Are you looking for Sri Lanka tour packages from Pune? Then you’ve come to the right place. Sri Lanka the pearl of the Indian Ocean is very much close to Pune yet they are very different from each other.
Many people assume that Sri Lanka and India are identical before they visit each of the countries. These two beauties may have simple similarities but they are poles apart. When you travel from Pune to Sri Lanka, you can expect a refreshing change that you will surely enjoy.
The exotic beaches, Buddhist culture, colonial architecture, and historical monuments make Sri Lanka the ideal holiday destination.
Here we talk of two Sri Lanka tour packages from Pune, which allows you to discover the top destinations in the country. T2 Travels Sri Lanka the leading travel agents in Sri Lanka also offer customized Sri Lanka tour packages that give you the chance to experience the best of Sri Lanka.
The best way to make the most of your 5-day trip is to reach Sri Lanka at least a day ahead. Get some rest after your flight– then get ready to start your holi-holidayy!
Sri Lanka Tour Packages from Pune Option 1 – (5 DAYS)
Day 1 – Kandy
Kandy is the entrance to a spiritual and charming city with misty mountains enveloped by emerald tea plantations. The proud cultural capital of Sri Lanka never fails to charm visitors with its oozing confidence and glory.
Sri Lanka’s second-largest city, Kandy is a modern metropolitan blended with a strong sense of culture and heritage. You can expect to be amazed by the interesting list of experiences that the city has to offer.
Visit the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
The temple of the Tooth is located in the heart of Kandy. This sacred temple houses the tooth relics of Buddha. Safely kept inside a golden casket shaped like a stupa, the sacred relics are not displayed for anyone to see directly. The guarded room in which, the relics are kept only open during special poojas (offerings and prayer times).
The temple is magnificent and the complex includes shrine rooms, Buddha statues, and museums. There are guides available at the premises that will take you around the complex. If you travel through us our experienced guides will assist you.
Tip – Make sure to wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders. Since you need to remove shoes before entering wear a pair that is easy to take off.
Take a stroll through Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Located 5km west of the city, the Peradeniya botanical garden is an impressive plot of land with over 500 species of plants. It is no wonder that the garden is very grand since it was once made for the pleasure of a Kandyan Queen. Back in the day, it was reserved only for royals but in 1821 it was converted to a Botanic Garden.
Tip – the beautiful orchard patches are a must-see.
Enjoy Kandyan cultural performances
The cultural shows in Kandy are quite spectacular. It’s a combination of Kandyan dance, drumming, acrobats and music. The shows are usually held in the Kandy town and the show depicts different forms of Kandyan dancing which was once unique to this part of the country but has spread everywhere now.
The show performs beautiful dance acts and enchanting drumming performances. There’ll be oohs and ahhs from the audience when the energetic male acrobats perform their leaps and stunts. The show usually ends with performers walking on fire, barefoot!
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Day 2 & 3 Nuwara Eliya (Train ride)
On your second day, you will start your day with a hearty breakfast and set off to the cooling ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya. The comforting atmosphere and luxuriant green mountain peaks attract thousands of visitors to Nuwara Eliya. Referred to as ‘Little England’ due to its cool climate throughout the year, it is one of the top tourist destinations in the hill country.
The train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is very popular. This short 4-hour ride passes a scenic route that leaves you breathless.
Once you reach Nuwara Eliya, here are a few things you can do.
Visit a tea plantation
On route to Nuwara Eliya, you would pass several lush green tea estates. Take a tour of a tea factory and see the process that goes into creating that perfect cuppa. If you are travelling with kids, this will be an educational experience for them. You will be able to taste the finest cup of Ceylon tea and some of the plantations sell yummy chocolate cakes to compliment the drink.
Have fun at Gregory Lake
Gregory Lake is located in the heart of Nuwara Eliya. It’s a major highlight of the town and cannot go unnoticed. The Lake is named after Sir William Gregory during the 18th century. It is a prominent attraction to enjoy water-based activities and some outdoor entertainment.
You can go fishing in the lake but the swan-shaped pedal (not paddle) boats are a popular choice among visitors. There are pony rides available around the lake for kids and plenty of food stalls serving yummy snacks.
Tip – Adults should refrain from riding ponies since the weight is too much for their poor backs.
Nuwara Eliya is blessed with several waterfalls. You can choose from the most popular ones such as Lover’s Leap, Devon falls and Glen falls. These waterfalls are amazing and some of them carry interesting folktales linked to their names.
Tip – If the water pressure is low you can even bath at the waterfalls. But make sure it’s not the monsoon season since the water pressure can be too high.
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Day 4 & 5 – Bentota
You’ reached the final days of your Srilanka tour package from Pune. Your next and final stop is one of the most sought after destinations on the south coast of Lanka – Bentota. The drive from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota takes up to 5 hours and 30 minutes. Bentota will be a welcoming change after Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.
Relax at Bentota beach
The pristine waters in Bentota continue for several kilometers to the south of the town. This is one of the top beaches in Sri Lanka where you can enjoy a swim and stay stretched out on the sandy shores holding your favourite drink. If you are looking for adventure try – windsurfing, banana boating, or jet skiing.
Explore a turtle hatchery
A short drive from Bentota will take you to the turtle hatchery in Koggala beach. Not many people know that Sri Lanka is a major breeding spot for (endangered) sea turtles. The turtle hatcheries educate visitors on the importance of protecting turtles and the care given to the newborn turtles.
Tip – Turtle hatcheries that genuinely care for the well being of turtles have certain restrictions such as banned photography, please respect these guidelines.
Once you visit the above locations it will be evening and you can either enjoy the nightlife around the area or relax at your hotel.
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Srilanka Tour Package from Pune Option 2 – (6 DAYS)
Our second schedule for Sri Lanka tour packages from Pune starts the trip from the biggest city in Sri Lanka – Colombo.
Day 1 – Colombo
Colombo is the commercial capital and the most prominent city in Sri Lanka. Many people think Colombo is too commercial for a holiday but when you dig a little deeper, you will discover the beautiful little things in the city that’s worth exploring.
Admire the Independence Square
Located in the heart Colombo, Independence Square is a massive open hall built to celebrate independence from the British colonies in 1948. The square is surrounded by a huge garden with grassland and trees blooming with flowers.
Visit the Gangaramaya temple and Seema Malakaya
Gangaramaya temple is an elaborately designed temple located in Colombo. There is an innumerable number of Buddha statues in various sizes at the temple. The shrine room, library, and museum are all ornately decorated.
A 10-minute walk from the temple will take you to the Seema Malakaya which is a small temple built on the Beira Lake. You need to walk on a pier kind of a bridge to reach the temple. The setting at the Seema Malakaya is serene and is great for meditation even though it’s right in the middle of the city.
Tip – Since you need to remove your shoes when entering the temple, wear easy to remove footwear.
Walk through the Pettah market
If you have a taste for colonial architecture or shopping at a bargain then you will love the Pettah market. The Dutch Period Museum and Wolvendaal Church are inspired by a colonial architecture while Jami- Ul- Alfar Mosque has a touch of Indian architecture. This is a great place to get small souvenirs to take back home at a good bargain.
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Day 2 – Hikkaduwa
On day two of the Srilanka tour package from Pune, you can head to one of the most popular beach towns in the country – Hikkaduwa.
A 2.5-hour drive from Colombo on the southern expressway will take you to Hikkaduwa. Home to sunny beaches, cultural sites, turtle hatcheries, and a list of other attractions that will keep visitors occupied during their holiday. Discover new sights and enjoy the amazing experiences of ‘Hikka’, the holiday haven on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Hikkaduwa Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka. Known locally as ‘Hikka Beach’ it is a beautiful beach ideal to soak up the sun, surf, snorkel, or scuba dive. Hikka Beach is famed for its coral gardens and one can take a glass-bottom boat to explore these underwater beauties.
Hikka beach parties are considered the most happening in the country and many of them attract a massive amount of locals and foreigners. Apart from the upbeat nightlife, Hikkaduwa beach is also great for delicious fusion cuisines.
Check out the Natural Moonstone Mine
Apart from enjoying the beach and the best beach parties, you can also explore the area around Hikkaduwa. The only natural moonstone mine in the country is located close to Hikka. You will be walked through the mining process and you can see the gleam of the refined moonstones at the end.
Visit a turtle hatchery
A short drive from Hikkaduwa will take you to several turtle hatcheries in the areas. Not many people know that Sri Lanka is a major breeding spot for (endangered) sea turtles. The turtle hatcheries show and educate visitors on the importance of protecting turtles and the care given to the newborn turtles.
Day 3 & 4 – Ella
A three and a half-hour drive from Hikkaduwa will take you the central highlands of Ella. It will be a refreshing change to getaway to this cool and quaint village that you are surely going to love.
A beautiful, quiet village in Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Ella has the perfect cold climate and a picturesque vantage point. Ella is the perfect place for relaxing with walks through tea plantations, visits to historic temples, and the famous Ravana waterfall – the widest waterfall in the country. This is a place that will chase away your anxieties while keeping your mind and body relaxed.
Be amazed by the Ravana Falls
Ravana Ella (waterfall) is a voluptuous gush of water providing a continuous source of life to the locals. Flowing gracefully yet fiercely this a very popular stopover for visitors. There’s a folktale surrounding the Ravana Ella that there is a copper pot full of gold buried under the waterfall.
The atmosphere around the waterfall is welcoming. You can enjoy local snacks such as pol roti (coconut pancake), pickled fruits, freshly boiled corn kernels, and black tea served with jaggery.
Admire the architecture of the Nine Arch Bridge
The nine arch bridge in Ella is a beautiful piece of architecture. To get the best view without any disturbance – you must go early in the morning. The lighting is perfect during sunrise. The bridge is made out of stone and cement without using steel. This rail bridge was built during the colonial times and it’s one of Ella’s best architecture.
Enjoy the nightlife
Over the years Ella has become popular with backpackers. There are plenty of chic cafes serving mouthwatering western dishes and toe-tapping music playing in the background.
Day 5 & 6 – Sigiriya & Dambulla
Since you have reached the final days of the Sri Lanka tour packages from Pune, there’s no better place to go than Sigiriya and Dambulla.
Sigiriya and Dambulla are two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The city of Dambulla is approximately 25km from Sigiriya where you find the world-renowned Lion’s Rock. The ancient cave temple in Dambulla and Sigiriya rock fortress is undoubtedly the top tourist attractions in the country. Located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, a trip to these beauties is highly recommended.
Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress built by King Kashyapa. Today only the ruins of the fortress can be seen. The architecture and engineering to construct Sigiriya are far above its time. Many tourists cannot fathom the splendor of the fortress, which was there 1600 years ago.
Sigiriya can be considered one of the best-preserved examples of primeval urban planning in the world. It had been a place of lush greenery, fountains, ponds, and colourful pavilions. The ancient paintings (frescoes) on the rock walls are uniquely Sri Lankan. All the frescoes are of women, and it is said that they depict King Kashayapa’s harem.
Reaching the summit. There is a grand entrance to the fortress since it is through giant lion paws where the stairway starts. There are about 1200 steps to climb and it takes up to two hours to reach the top and climb down. The climb to the top is worth it.
You can easily finish the tour around the museum within 1 hour. Since the museum is located outside the main entrance you may want to visit it before starting your climb. You get lots of photos of Sigiriya excavations, frescos, translations of the graffiti. The entrance ticket covers the museum tour as well.
On your final day of the Sri Lanka tour packages from Pune, you can visit the sacred Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave temple comprises of five caves and an amazing 157 Buddha statues. The temple, which dates back to the 1st century, is very well preserved.
The statues and original murals depicting stories about Buddhism are still in good condition. On the eastern end of the shrine room, there is a continued drip of water that filters through the roof. The droplets are filled into a vessel and that water is considered sacred and has healing powers.
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You can travel straight to the airport from Dambulla, which will take up to 4 hours. After your short visit to Sri Lanka, you will surely want to come back for more and T2 Travels Sri Lanka is there to get you the best tour packages!