EXPLORE SRI LANKA

13 Nights/14 Days | Bed & Breakfast basis AU$ 1,990 | Half-Board basis AU$ 2,250

This special tour will guide you through a land that two monsoons mark time creating a curious, wonderful place that is utterly unique and captivating. It’s a verdant land of lakes and misty highlands, full of magical creatures that have been isolated by place and time.

Day 1 :: Airport – Negombo

Welcome on arrival by representatives of Tropical Destinations

Transfer to hotel in Negombo for Check–in

NEGOMBO
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 Amagi Lagoon Resort & Spa or Similar, 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 Joe’s Habarana Village, Habarana or Similar

Day 3 :: Sigiriya – Dambulla

After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and visit Dambulla

SIGIRIYA
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
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 Joe’s Habarana Village, Habarana or Similar

Day 4 :: Polonnaruwa – Aukana

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa and Aukana

POLONNARUWA
This city was considered the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Though smaller in scope, it is said to be aesthetically superior to Anuradhapura. The ruins of palaces, shrines, temples and dagobas built by King Parakrama Bahu the Great, whose statue stands sentinel over the 5,940 acre Parakrama Samudra or ‘Sea of Parakrama’ which is an enormous reservoir built by him for irrigation and a drinking supply of water, are as fascinating as the history they unfold.

Visit a Wood Carving Factory and witness the skills of SriLankan craftsmen

AUKANA
The Aukana Buddha is said to be the most magnificent and most well preserved ancient image in the island. Constructed in the 5th Century B.C., during the time of King Dhatusena, it stands 13 meters high underneath a recently constructed brick shelter said to be a reconstruction of an image house which contained it 1,000 years ago. The name ‘Aukana’ means ‘sun eating’ and indeed this monument is best viewed at daybreak.

Overnight stay at Joe’s Habarana Village, Habarana or Similar

Day 5 :: Anuradhapura – Kandy

After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura

ANURADHAPURA
A World Heritage site, the city which is one of the principal shrines of Buddhism was a political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years and was abandoned after an invasion from India in 993AD. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, this splendid site, with its magnificent dagobas, palaces, monasteries and monuments is accessible once again. It is the location of the Shri Maha Bodhi temple which contains a sapling from the tree Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. It is the oldest recorded tree in the world and Sri Lanka’s second most sacred Buddhist shrine.

MIHINTALE
Located on a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, it is believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in 247BC. The complex is a series of beautiful shrines, stupas and caves strung out across wooded hills, usually busy with crowds of devout, white robed pilgrims. Climb to the summit using 1840 granite steps built by stone artisans many centuries ago. The adjoining Mihintale National Park was the first wildlife sanctuary in the world.

Transfer to Kandy

Overnight stay at Oak-Ray Regency Hotel, Kandy or Similar

Day 6 :: Kandy

After breakfast leave on a Kandy city tour

KANDY
This lovely city is the erstwhile 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’. Places of interest are the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Mahaweli Diversion Project in their impressive settings. Spice Gardens dot the outskirts of Kandy along with handicraft centers and the market-place is a hub of activity. Kandy retains an aura of colonial and royal grandeur which time has not effaced.

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 Oak-Ray Regency Hotel, Kandy or Similar

Day 7 :: Kandy – 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.

NUWARA ELIYA
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 Glenfall Reach Hotel, Nuwara Eliya or Similar

Day 8 :: Nuwara Eliya – Tissamaharama

After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama

Lovely drive down the southern escarpment, past tea estates and misty mountains. Abundant wildlife and the chance of seeing elephants and leopard in the wild.

Enroute visit the Buduruwagala Rock Carvings, a collection of rock carvings whose authorship is still unknown .

TISSAMAHARAMA
Known as ‘Tissa’ to the locals, the ancient capital of the Sinhalese kingdom of Ruhuna in the 3rd century BC is home to an enormous, snowy-white dagoba by a pretty lake. It is surrounded by a wilderness full of local animals and is an ideal base for safaris to the nearby Yala and Bundala National Parks.

Overnight stay at Oak-Ray Tissamaharama or Similar

Day 9 :: Tissamaharama – Yala National Park – Unawatuna

After breakfast transfer from Tissamaharama to Yala for morning sa

YALA NATIONAL PARK
This park is located in the South-East and offers you the chance of seeing animals such as wild boar, deer, leopards, elephants, monkeys, and crocodiles in their natural environment. The best times to spot these animals are in the early morning hours, or at dusk when they come out of the seclusion of the jungle to drink water at the edge of the tank.
Afternoon relax at the hotel

Overnight stay at Oak-Ray Tissamaharama or Similar

Day 10 :: Tissamaharama – KalutaraKalutara

After breakfast leave for Kalutara

KALUTARA

Once an important spice-trading center, the town’s name is derived from the Kalu Ganga River (‘Black River’ in native Sinhala). In the 11th Century, the town was temporarily made a capital on the orders of a South Indian Prince. The region was later planted with coconut trees, whose by-products are used for both internal and external trade. The location also boast fortifications (Kalutara fort) dating back from the times when Portuguese, Dutch and British vied for control of the area. The 38 m (125 ft) long Kalutara Bridge was built at the mouth of the Kalu Ganga River and serves as a major link between the country’s western and southern border.
Afternoon beach-time and leisure at the hotel

Overnight stay at Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara or Similar

Day 11 :: Kalutara – Galle – Kalutara

After breakfast leave for Galle

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 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. Walking around the fort of its wide expansive walls and viewing the town and surrounding area from above is a pleasant experience.

Afternoon beach-time and leisure at the hotel

Overnight stay at Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara or Similar

Day 12 :: Kalutara – Colombo

After breakfast leave for Colombo

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.

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MOUNT LAVINIA HOTEL

You can have lunch or high tea at the Heritage Colonial Mount Lavinia Hotel. 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.

Have evening drinks and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean from the poolside garden.

Overnight stay at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo

Day 13 :: ColomboColomboOldParliament

After breakfast, undertake a half day City Tour including a Buddhist Temple, Dutch Wolvendhal Church, Old Dutch Hospital, a Hindu Temple, Town Hall, Cinnamon Gardens which is a prime residential area with colonial-style houses, replica of standing Buddha Statue, the Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre and newly developed Parliament area.

Afternoon leisure by the pool.

In the evening, walk along Galle Face Green to the Galle Face Hotel and have dinner at the SEASPRAY Restaurant.

Next day – relax by the pool or go shopping to the Pettah market bazaars / the Old Dutch Hospital complex / BAREFOOT / ODEL / House of Fashion

Suggest you have lunch at the BAREFOOT Garden Café after your day of shopping.

Dinner at CHUTNEYS (South Indian) or at the Gallery Café at Paradise Road.

Overnight stay at The Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo

Day 14 :: Colombo – AirportColomboTownHall

Day of leisure and/or shopping

 

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$ 1,990
Per person sharing in DBL on Half-Board basis AU$ 2,250

THE ABOVE COST INCLUDES

> Airport pickup 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 14.
> Entrance fees at – Buduruwagala, Pinnawela, Kandy Temple, Yala safari & ticket, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Aukana.
> Jeep hire with a tracker’s services for safari tours.
> All the tourist sites included in the programme.
> Any other local assistance.

THE ABOVE COST EXCLUDES

> Airfares
> Visa to Sri Lanka. (http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/)
> All beverages
> Lunch & Dinner throughout the tour (Dinner included with half-board).
> All expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, 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.
> 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.

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