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Sri Lanka at a glance Just south of India, and surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lies the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. With miles of unspoilt, palm-fringed beaches, there is a wealth of attractions to be explored.
Tour Map :
Day 01 - Airport – Kandy (Approx. 05hrs.)
Arrival Sri Lanka, you will be welcome by our Representative on Arrival and transfer to Kandy. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Most important tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Volunteers and caretakers provide shelter and take care of orphaned, abandoned and injured elephants within the park. You can watch caretakers feed, bathe and help these gentle giants. You want walk with the herd to the nearby river to watch the elephants bathe and play around in water.
The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000- 1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
Day 02 - Kandy
After the breakfast engage in city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Home to sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha Temple [Dalada Maligawa / Temple of the tooth relic]
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Peradeniya botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best in the region. It dates back to the ancient kings of the country although the British changed the look of it. The British are said to have used the gardens to grow trees that could not be grown at Kew gardens. The large banyan tree, the orchid house, the suspension bridge, and the bats are some of the main attractions.
Cultural show - Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from "Salupliya" depicting several demons, "Thelme" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour (Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre features daily shows at 17.00 hrs)
Day 03 - Kandy – Nuwaraeliya (Approx. 03hrs.)
We request for an early departure so please enjoy your breakfast and proceed to NuwaraEliya.
Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
Enroute Visit Ramboda Falls - Ramboda Falls is 109 m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass.
Evening city tour of Nuwaraeliya
Hakgala Botanical Gardens - is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The garden was established in 1861, under George Henry Kendrick Thwaites as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, a commercial crop thriving at the time. Once after the Tea replaced the Cinchona, it was turned into an experimental Tea cultivation. In 1884 it transformed to a garden. Since then many sub-tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens. In the folklores, it says Sri Lankan demon King Ravana after abducting Sita, kept her hidden in this area and area was offered to Sita as a pleasure garden, the place finds mention in the Ramayana as Ashok Vatika. The area was named as "SitaEliya" and "Sita Amman Temple" was built on the site.
Gregory Lake - Lake Gregory is one of the significant tourist attractions in NuwaraEliya. It was built by the Governor William Gregory during 1872 – 1877 periods by utilizing the water from the Nanuoya which runs across the town. It is about 91.2 hectares in extent. It was said to be used for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British rule. A boat yard now allows visitors to go boating and rowing.
Queen Victoria Park - The Victoria Park of NuwaraEliya said to be named to comorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally the park was used as the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden which is located about 04 km away from the city center. It is known that this park was established by planting an Oak tree by a German Princes who visited NuwaraEliya
Day 04 - Nuwaraeliya
After breakfast proceed to Horton Plains (Optional – Van / Jeep must be hired separately to visit Horton Plains).
Horton Plains - The highest plateau at 7000ft (2134 meters) is a National Park, visited by tourists and a large number of Sri Lanka tourist’s .The Patnas in the lower parts, rising from the Marshes and streams extends up to the tree-line. The trees, stunted by the wind and mist, covered with ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard, and the jungle is full of rare and endemic plants. The red flowered Rhododendrons, or the ‘Niloos’ that blooms once in 12 years, and the Butterflies, Birds, found only in the hill areas, the ‘Bear Monkey,’ large herds of Sambhur, Leopard and other animals are found in the plains.
The ‘World End’ and ‘Little World End” with sheer drops of 3000ft to the plantation below and the beautiful scenery, are not found anywhere else in the country.
Day 05 - Nuwaraeliya – Bentota (Approx. 06 hrs.)
After breakfast at the hotel checkout and proceed to Bentota via Kithulgala. If you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of White Water Rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. The 5km on the picturesque Kelani River run covers 5 major rapids and 4 minor ones. You will be in good hands with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. Those who prefer to keep their feet dry can take it easy, relax and admire the beautiful views.
Day 06 - Bentota
After breakfast proceed to visit Kosgoda turtle farm & Madu river boat ride.
Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survive to maturity. Kosgoda turtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.
Madu River Safari – Balapitya- Madu River, known in ancient text as Weliganga (Sandy River) is located in the coastal town of Balapitiya and is considered the last remaining tract of pristine mangrove forest in Sri Lanka after Bentota. A virgin habitat constituting a coastal wetland mangrove ecosystem and the fact that it's bio-locked, meaning that it's protected from outside influence to its native aquatic plant & animals. It has a high ecological and biological significance, also on record for being home to over 300 plant species from 95 families and 250 plus vertebrate families. The main reason for the existence of Madu River is the tides of the area.
Bentota is the water-sports capital of Sri Lanka
One of the advantages of being an island is that you have water all around you and sandy beaches to match, where one can enjoy Jet Ski riding, boogie boarding in Bentota.
Day 07 Bentota – Colombo
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Colombo. Evening proceed on Colombo city tour.
The National Museum of Colombo - Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 09:00-17:00. Also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, it is the largest museum in Colombo. Among its exhibits, it contains regalia of the 17th century Kandyan Kings.
Wolvendaal Church - Another relic of the Dutch period is this stone church on Wolvendaal Street, built in 1749. Worth looking at are the tombstones set into the floor, which were moved from a church within the Fort in 1813.The dates on the tombs of several Dutch governors, whose bones were reinterred here, reveal how risky life could have been for the Dutch conquerors: even during peacetime, the death toll from disease was high and many died after only a short stay in Colombo. Open during usual church hours.
Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple - Located amidst the calm waters of the Beira Lake, the Gangaramaya Temple complex is a vibrant venue located in the heart of the Business District. The complex consists of the Main Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the “SeemaMalaka” which is an assembly hall for monks and also a vocational training institute. The temple is over 120 years old while now it has been converted to an institution of International significance.
The Dutch Period Museum - Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 09:00-17:00. Historical museums documenting Dutch colonial rule in Sri Lanka. Houses Dutch-inspired artifacts.
Nightlife - Colombo has a buzzing scene, with chill-out bars, casinos if you want to try your hand at roulette or baccarat, or cool clubs where you can party until dawn. (E.g. Bellagio Casino)
Day 08 - Departure
After breakfast checkout from hotel and you will be transferred to Colombo International Airport to connect your flight back home.
|City||Category C (Three Star Level)||Superior (4 Star Level)||Deluxe (5 Star Level)||Nights|
|Kandy||Senani||Royal Kandyan||Grand Kandyan||2|
|Nuwaraeliya||Stamford Star||Galway Heights||Araliya Green City||2|
|Kalutara||Coco Royal||Tangerine Beach||Royal Palms||2|
|Colombo||Fair View Hotel||Fairway Hotel||Hilton Colombo||1|
Package Inclusions & Exclusions
Package Inclusions :
- All Accommodation on Breakfast basis
- All transfers & sightseeing in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of English speaking chauffeur driver cum guide
- Breakfast starts from Day 02
- En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
- Kandy City Tour
- Nuwaraeliya City Tour
- Bentota City Tour of
- Colombo City Tour
- During Tours 02 Bottles (500 ml) of mineral water per person per day
Package Exclusions :
- Air-tickets NOT included
- Sightseeing entrance charges (Unless Specified)
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Camera & video permits
- Guide/Driver tips
- Personal expenses
- Late check outs & early check in charges
- Sri Lanka Tourist Visa
- Perahera Supplement Jul - Aug 2018
- Vehicle at your disposal (Due to safety condition driver will be available from morning 8 am to evening at 8pm)
- Hotel Check-in 1400hrs and check out 1200hrs
- The small vehicle will be provided for 1-2 travellers and Van will be provided for 3-8 travellers
- Room Category is the base category of each hotel.
- Rooms and Rates are subject to availability
- The Tour itinerary is based on morning arrivals (flight) at Colombo International Airport
Cancellation Policy :
- In case of cancellation, the following cancellation charges will be applicable
- Less than 30 Days 50% of the Total Invoice
- Less than 25 Days 100% of the Total Invoice
- No Show & Early Check - 100% of the Total Invoice