7 Nights/8 Days | Bed & Breakfast basis AU$ 2,200 | Half-Board basis AU$ 2,500
This special tour will guide you through a land that two monsoons mark time thus creating a curious, wonderful place that is utterly unique and captivating. It is a land of lakes and misty highlands once ruled by European colonial powers for 450 years, their legacy still visible for all to see.
Day 1 :: Airport – Negombo
Welcome on arrival by representatives of Tropical Destinations
Transfer to hotel in Negombo for Check–in
Negombo is an ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the country’s main international airport and also to the city of Colombo. The 100 km long canal network built by the Dutch running through the city is still in use, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily. Remnants of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, administrative buildings, churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Negombo is also home to the country’s second-largest fish market at the north end of the town’s lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area’s fishermen, buy fish and even organize fishing trips on the colorful boats into the lagoon and the ocean beyond.
Overnight stay at Jetwing Blue **** Hotel, Negombo
Day 2 :: Negombo – Pinnawala – Sigiriya
After an early breakfast leave for Pinnawala
PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
At this orphanage you will find elephants of all ages which are abandoned or otherwise unable to fend for themselves. They are looked after with loving care until such time they are ready to work or be freed back to the jungles. A unique feature is that you could feed the baby elephants with bottles of milk during the feeding times. The elephants are bathed daily in a river located across the orphanage. This is a great photo opportunity.
Transfer from Pinnawala to Dambulla
Enroute visit a Batik Making Factory and watch village girls turn out beautiful batiks with colorful designs
Overnight stay at Sigiriya Village **** Hotel, Sigiriya
Day 3 :: Sigiriya – Dambulla – Sigiriya
After breakfast climb the World Heritage Sigiriya Rock Fortress
This legendary citadel which tells a tale of power, intrigue and tragedy is a massive monolith of red stone that rises 600 ft. above ground. It derived the name ‘Lion Rock’ as the entrance to the climb to the summit is reached between the paws of a lion. Its founder, King Kasyapa, who murdered his father, seized the throne from his brother, the rightful heir, then fled to the 182 meter high rock and built his palace there, safe from his enemies. Sigiriya is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface and its galleries with their pockets of frescoes; paintings of lovely maidens done in brilliant tempera on the walls.
Transfer to Dambulla
DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE
Also World Heritage listed, Dambulla is a collection of rock cave temples dating back to the 1st Century B.C. The rock is 152 meters in height with a colossal recumbent figure of the Buddha, 14 meters in length in the largest cave. Considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000 sq. ft. of painted surfaces, the paintings on the ceilings of the caves and the many carvings depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhala people. The ancient temple consisting of five caves of differing sizes is listed as a World Heritage site.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya Village **** Hotel, Sigiriya
Day 4 :: Kandy
After breakfast transfer to Kandy
This lovely city is the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned “Temple of the Tooth”. Spice Gardens dot the outskirts of Kandy along with handicraft centers and the central market-place is a hub of activity.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC
The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Lord Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers) the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and visitors. The tooth which is not visible is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba which contains six dagoba caskets of diminishing size.
In the evening, attend a cultural performance by traditional Kandyan dancers and drummers including a devotional ‘Fire Walking’ ceremony.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Suisse ****, Kandy
Day 5 :: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast transfer by vehicle or train to Nuwara Eliya
You have the option of traveling by train from Kandy to Nanu-Oya, winding alongside the beautiful tea-covered hills of the central highlands through tunnels carved into living rock during colonial times, past working tea estates and witness beautiful waterfalls and misty mountains.
By vehicle, visit Ramboda Falls and tour a working tea factory.
Nestled in a wooded basin at the foot of Mount Pidurutalagala, the islands highest peak, this region at 1800M above sea-level has a cool, crisp climate unknown elsewhere in Sri Lanka. A serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Colombo, the town resembles a slice of the English Lake District, aptly named by the British colonials as ‘Little England’ – their holiday retreat from the heat in Colombo. Unusual plants, birds and animals thrive here besides waterfalls and caves. The local golf course is one of the finest and picturesque in Asia, and the serene Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, colonial bungalows, beautiful parks and well-kept lawns and hedges give the place an air of colonial nostalgia.
Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory ***** Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
HERITANCE TEA FACTORY HOTEL
Stay in a converted tea factory located in the middle of a working tea estate and surrounded by Sri Lanka’s breathtaking hill country. Nestled in the mountain range of the southern highlands, the original tea factory was constructed during the time of the British Raj. Since its opening, the Heritance Tea Factory has won 26 awards for architecture, heritage and environmental policies.
Day 6 :: Nuwara Eliya – Galle
After breakfast, leave for the World Heritage listed town of Galle
The fortified town of Galle is Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city and was the center of Dutch rule on the island. The fortified Dutch quarter with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings jutting out on a promontory into the sea, is a well preserved remnant of the islands colonial heritage. It’s Dutch-period villas on narrow verandah-lined streets, surround a number of imposing churches and other colonial buildings. The historic Fort area is crammed full of little boutique shops, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets – a third of the houses are owned by foreigners. Just wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries.
Overnight stay at Galle Fort **** Hotel, Galle
Day 7 :: Colombo – Departure
After breakfast, leave for Colombo
Colombo is a fascinating city with a rich colonial heritage. It’s known not only for its comfortable blend and vibrant mixture of the past and the present but for a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. It is the commercial capital of the country, and is only 35 km south of the country’s main international airport.
Undertake a half day City Tour including the Dutch Reformed Wolvendhal Church, Old Dutch Hospital, Old British Parliament Building, Colonial-style Town Hall, Cinnamon Gardens which is a prime residential area with colonial-style houses.
Suggest you have lunch at the BAREFOOT Garden Café. Dinner at CHUTNEYS (South Indian) or at the Gallery Café at Paradise Road.
SEASPRAY Restaurant at the Hotel.
Overnight stay at the Galle Face ***** Hotel, Colombo
Day 8 :: Colombo – Departure
Day of leisure and shopping.
Relax by the pool or go shopping to the Pettah market bazaars / the Old Dutch Hospital complex / BAREFOOT / ODEL / House of Fashion
Depending on your departure time, you can have lunch at the Heritage Colonial-era Mount Lavinia Hotel just south of Colombo. The hotel, originally built as the home for British Governor Maitland is now one of the best hotels on the island. The poolside café gives you an excellent view of the Indian ocean and lines of ships waiting to enter Colombo harbor.
In the evening leave for the airport. Please note that all passengers must be at the airport departure lobby three hours prior to their scheduled departure.
– End of Tour Arrangements –
Per person sharing in DBL on Bed & Breakfast basis AU$ 2,200
Per person sharing in DBL on Half-Board basis AU$ 2,500
THE ABOVE COST INCLUDES
> Airport pick up and drop off.
> Air conditioned vehicle and the services of an English speaking Professional guide for the entire tour.
> Accommodation sharing Double room on Bed and Breakfast basis as specified above.
> Starting from Breakfast on Day 02 & ending with Breakfast on Day 07.
> Entrance fees for historical and cultural sites
> All the tourist sites included in the programme.
> Any other local assistance.
THE ABOVE COST EXCLUDES
> Visa to Sri Lanka. (http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/)
> All beverages
> Lunch & Dinner throughout the tour.
> All expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, tipping, etc.
> Cost of photography by camera/video camera at certain monuments.
> Extra transfers or any other item not specified in the itinerary.
> Tips & Porterages at the Airport & Hotels.
Payment is accepted by Bank Transfer, MasterCard/Visa or PayPal.
> Deposit of half the amount is required when booking is made to confirm accommodation.
> Final payment must be made two-weeks before travel date.
> A cancellation fee will apply after the booking is confirmed. The cancellation fee will vary, depending on how close to the travel date the cancellation is made, and the hotels cancellation policies.