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Sri Lanka Summer Highlights

This 15 Day comprehensive tour has been designed to reveal an insight to the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. It begins with a relaxing night to recover from the flight at a hotel within a short drive of the International Airport in the seaside resort town of Negombo. The town has plenty of restaurants and bars and is a relaxed introduction to a tourist part of Sri Lanka.

You will start your tour with a visit to the spectacular Galle Fort. Next get up close and personal with wild animals at Yala before heading to the Hill country of Sri Lanka where you can sample tea as you watch it being made at a tea factory. See the towering rock fortress of Sigiriya and the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa (optional) where you can explore the ruins of the Royal Palace.

Sri Lanka’s early history is reflected in the ruins that remain of Anuradhapura, a sacred city begun in the 4th century BC and venerated as the capital of Buddhism in the island. Spend the final night in Colombo, good for relaxing and Shopping.

DAY 01

Arrival at the Colombo International Airport. Clients will be met by our National Tour Guide and Airport Staff. Negombo – sometimes known as “Little Rome” due to the profusion of Christian Churches, this archetypical fishing village has now grown to a major beach resort on the west coast, north of Colombo and 15 minutes from the International Airport. The wide sandy beaches and safe sea bathing are major attractions, as is the fish market where busy trading of a variety of fish, prawns and crabs takes place each morning (except Sunday) when the fishing craft return to shore. Traditional large sailed outrigger canoes are a picturous sight in this village which was once a trading port for the Portuguese and Dutch. Other attractions are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison and the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route for the Dutch administration,

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Beacon Beach, Negambo (3*)
  • Option 02- Jetwing Sea, Negambo (4*)

DAY 02

After breakfast proceed to GALLE. GALLE – said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices, this “Living” UNESCO World Heritage Site is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. Captured and fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city still retains the air of old Holland. Within the well preserved 90 acre fort and ramparts built in 1663 are old Dutch churches and monuments with armorial bearings, an imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names. The New Oriental Hotel, built for a Dutch governor in 1684, a colonial gem now converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel and several other excellent boutique hotels are testimony to the importance of this location.

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Pedler 62, Galle (3*)
  • Option 02- Tamarind Hill, Galle (4*)

DAY 03

After breakfast proceed to Tissamaharama
Evening at leisure

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Chaarya Resort & Spa, Tissamaharama (3*)
  • Option 02- Cinnamon Wild, Yala (4*)

DAY 04

A.M. 4 x 4 Jeep safari to Yala National Park. Situated 309 km. south of Colombo, Yala is approximately 1,259 sq.km. inextent and is located in the south eastern corner of the island. Its northern boundaries border on the Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary and it has the added bonus of a scenic ocean frontage. The terrain is varied flat plains alternating with rocky outcrops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. Water holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the animals and birds. The specialty here is the large numbers of elephants.

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Chaarya Resort & Spa, Tissamaharama (3*)
  • Option 02- Cinnamon Wild, Yala (4*)

DAY 05

After breakfast leave for NUWARA ELIYA. En-route visiting Buduruwagala BUDURUWAGALA – This place is about 4 miles southeast of Welawaya. Buduruwagala does not seem to be mentioned in any ancient records and even its original name is not known. The modern name of the place means the Rock of Buddhist Sculptures. Nothing is known about the history of Buduruwagala or why someone would choose to make such huge images is such a remote place. Perhaps it was a hermitage for meditating monks who were content to live in the forest doing their own practice without attracting the attention of the outside world. Proceed to Nuwaraeliya NUWARA ELIYA - is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary. Check-in to the hotel. P.M. sightseeing of Nuwara Eliya Visit a teafactory/plantation. Here we will give a Demonstration of how the tea leaves are plucked on daily basis. Optional boat ride in Gregory lake

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Heaven Seven, Nuwara Eliya (3*)
  • Option 02- Ferncliff Bungalow, Nuwara Eliya (4*)

DAY 06

A.M. excursion to Horton Plains Nature & Wild Life Reserve with picnic breakfast. HORTON PLAINS - Short trek to Worlds End & Bakers Falls with picnic breakfast. The Horton Plains National Park is the only National Park situated in the Hill Country and falls within the Nuwara Eliya district and is 200 km. away from Colombo. Panoramic scenic beauty of the Hill Country could be witnessed within the Park. The famous`Worlds End' is a major attraction within the Park. Endemic slender loris and endemic purple monkey are among the important animal species that could be seen in addition to sambhur, a member of the cat family etc. There are some endemic avifauna also found within this Park. Return to hotel and proceed to Kandy enroute Visiting a teafactory/plantation. Here we will give A Demonstration of how the tea leaves are plucked on daily basis. KANDY - Sri Lanka's hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most beautiful town. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa. The highlight of the year is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and elephants during ten glittering nights in July/August. Visit Kalapuraya in the beautiful Dumbara valley. There are many shrines and temples, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, wood and stone carvings

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Thilanka Hotel, Kandy (3*)
  • Option 02- Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy (4*)

DAY 07

After breakfast visit Royal Botanical Garden About 6km (4miles) southwest of the town centre at peradeniya on the Colombo highway, close to the banks of the Mahaweli Ganga, these gorgrous gardens were first planted and laid out for king Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-1780) and cover some 60ha (150acres) of trees lawns and flowering shrubs, including a 20-ha (50acre) arboretum of more than 10,000 trees. Under British rule, the royal park became a botanical garden in 1821 and is the largest of Sr lanka's three main botaincal gardens. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea,nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) - all of which later became important to Sri Lanka's economy - were tested. Sights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905. Another British import was the enormous spreading Java fig which sprewls across the lawn, grown from a sapling brought from the East Indies. The gardens also have stands of towering bamboos from Burma, Japan China and the East Indiaes, and a fine collection of orchids from Sri Lanka and further afield. In the centre of the gardens is an artifical lake in the shape of the island of Sri Lanka, beside which a white- domed rotunda commemorates George Garder, superintendent of the gardens in the mid 19th Century. P.M. city tour of Kandy including visits to the temple of the tooth, market square and upper lake drive. Also witness a cultural show.

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Thilanka Hotel, Kandy (3*)
  • Option 02- Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy (4*)

DAY 08

After breakfast travel to Sigiriya en-route visiting a Spice Garden in Matale to see spices growing in their natural habitat. Learn about spices and their use in Sri Lankan cuisine. Optional visit of Dambulla on the way.

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya (3*)
  • Option 02- Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana (4*)

DAY 09

After breakfast full day sightseeing of ANURADHAPURA (Optional) ANURADHAPURA - a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island was the first capital (5th century BC - 9th century AD), the centre of the island's Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. In antiquity and the interest, it is the equal of any ancient 'buried city' in the world. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) - The Sri Maha Bodhi, brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island's oldest Buddhist shrines - some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white 'dagabas' (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura. Specific places to visit are - the Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C.), with 1600 significant stone columns are the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks – an engineering marvel at the time, Ruwanweli Seya (2nd century B.C) the most famous of all the dagoba’s, originally depicted the perfect water-bubble shape that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce, Samadhi Buddha (3rd century B.C.) regarded as the finest rock sculpture in the island - depicting the Buddha in a state of deep meditation, Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C.) known for its rock carving of the “Lovers”, Kuttam Pokuna, twin ponds (3rd century B.C.) which were used by monks of this glorious era as a bathing pool. Thuparama (3rd century B.C.), the oldest dagoba in the island – enshrines the right collarbone of Buddha, Ratnaprasada with the best preserved Guard Stone, Mahasena’s Palace with its renowned Moonstone, Abayagiri and Jetevanarama – a huge dagoba said to the largest brick built structure in the world.

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya (3*)
  • Option 02- Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana (4*)

DAY 10

After breakfast excursion to POLONNARUWA which is the 2nd Capital of Sri Lanka. POLONNARUWA - this medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th - 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite - a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence - the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Buddhist temples, the Lankatileka and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights. In the evening leave for a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park "As the drought in the Sri Lankan dry zone heightens every year in June and most national parks in the area are parched; there remains only one oasis - "Minneriya National Park". Here too the magnificent Minneriya Tank reduces in size by more than half giving rise to fresh grassland. Abundant grazing land and water draw many herds from the surrounding forests, which converge at Minneriya National Park during the months prior to the rains which are expected in September, resulting in an amazing GATHERING of over 300 elephants. An incredible experience....." (The Elephant gathering can be witnessed during May - October)

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya (3*)
  • Option 02- Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana (4*)

DAY 11

Morning visit of Lions Rock. SIGIRIYA - this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site. Afterwards proceed to the preferred beach destination of Trincomalee or Passekudha Trincomalee - The Worlds 5th largest natural harbour. Even the likes of the great Horatio Nelson aboard the H.M.S Sea horse (in 1975) have berthed at the famous port and remembered it as “the finest harbour in the World”. The first recorded European landing was made in 1617 by a Dutch – Sponsored Danish Vessel. (OPTIONAL Whale watching excursion or Snorkeling) These are very fine beaches in the East Coast. Kalkudah Bay is a 2 km. long wide stretch of beach well protected from the monsoon by the off shore reef. Passekudah Bay is another wide beach 4 km. long just south of Kalkudah. The combined area of Passekudah and Kalkudah is an ideal stretch for bathing, windsurfing and water skiingnd beautiful shoals of fish can be explored either by snorkeling or taking a ride in a glass bottom boat (OPTIONAL Yacht Cruise or Snorkeling)

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Anantamaa, Trincomalee (3*)
  • Option 02- Jungle Beach, Trincomalee (4*)

DAY 12 - 13

At leisure

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Anantamaa, Trincomalee (3*)
  • Option 02- Jungle Beach, Trincomalee (4*)

DAY 14

After breakfast transfer to COLOMBO. COLOMBO - The trade capital has long been the traditional gateway to the orient. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city with a happy blend of east & west, past & present with a charm of its own. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, which is the local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, the historic Wolfendhal church, the main residential area - cinnamon gardens and the BMICH - International Conference Hall and the commercial area - Fort. Check-in to the hotel. P.M. city tour of Colombo

Overnight at
  • Option 01- Lake Lodge, Colombo (3*)
  • Option 02- Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (4*)

DAY 15

After breakfast departure transfer to the AIRPORT.


Inclusions & Exclusions
The above cost include:
  • 14 Nights accommodation. Half board basis at all hotels except the in Colombo, Trincomalee, Galle and Negambo
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle with the services of an English-Speaking driver/guide.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Jeep hire to access the Horton plains
  • Jeep hire for 01 safari of Yala National Park
  • Jeep hire for 01 safari of Minneriya NP
  • Hotel service charges and VAT
The above cost does not include:
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature
  • Compulsory Christmas Supplements and New Year Supplements
Avaialbiltity at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates
Price
Description Price
Based on traveling during 01st May 2019 – 14th July 2019 & 01st September 2019 – 31st October 2019
Per person S/ Double 02 Pax 1495
Per person S/ Double 03-06 1360
Supplement of US$ 75 per room per night applicable during July for using Jungle Beach instead of Anantamaa
Based on traveling during 15th July 2019 – 30th August 2019
Per person S/ Double 02 Pax 1565
Per person S/ Double 03-06 1425
*US$ 60 per room per night Compulsory Perahera supplement applicable from 05th – 14th August during the stay in Kandy*
Payment Policy

Please note we require 50% of the payment on confirmation and the balance 02 weeks prior to arrival. Or the full payment can be settled on confirmation.

  • All above hotel rates are subjected to revision as and when government taxes are revised, when respective hotel managements revise rates or due to any currency fluctuations experienced at a given time.
  • Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time.
  • Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs. and check out is at 1200 noon.
Payment methods
  • On-line payment using a personal credit card (Amex/Visa/Master). Log in details will be sent on confirmation.
  • Bank transfer.
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A sanctuary for Elephants among the trees and grasslands
A Leopard - one of the powerful big cats
Close up of a Endemic Sri Lanka Blue Magpie from Sinharaja