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THE GRAND TOUR

Despite Its Fame As A Resplendent Island And A Leading Tourist Destination, The Secret Of Sri Lanka’s Attraction Lies With Its People. The Spice Addicted, Cricket Crazy And Tea Drinking People Of Sri Lanka Are Famed For Big Smiles And A Bigger Heart. With A Culture Enriched With Three Thousand Years Of Knowledge, Buddhism And Many A Colonial Traditions, The Sri Lankan Society Is A Potpourri Of Religions And Races Different Yet Similar In Many A Ways. The Sri Lankans All Love Their Food Spicy And Their Tea Light; An Unavoidable For A Country, Which Produces The World’s Best Spices And Tea. Introduced To The Country In The 19th Century By Colonial British Ceylon Tea Is The Best Tea In The World While Sri Lanka Has Also Been Known For Its High-Quality Spices Since Time Immemorial.
In Sri Lanka, Cricket Is The Ultimate Passion Which Draws All The Sri Lankans Together Irrespective Of Caste, Race And Creed.
England’s Cricket Tour To Sri Lanka Offers You The Prefect Opportunity To Discover A Truly Beautiful Island, While Following The Test Or One Day Series. For Followers Of Test Cricket, We Have Created The Grand Tour, Which Takes Place During November And Combines The Galle, Kandy And Colombo Tests With Many Unique Touring Experiences.

04th Nov. 2018
Arrival transfer to Galle.
Transfer Time: Approx. 3 hrs. Check into the hotel. Relax & unwind. Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.
07 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel around Galle. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
Beautiful view of Galle Fort Lighthouse
05th Nov. 2018
After your visit to Galle, visit a turtle hatchery.
After breakfast take a walking tour of Galle Fort. Wander along the ramparts, pass the lighthouse and the old Portuguese harbour to see some of the many colonial era buildings, including the Dutch Reformed Church, the Anglican All Saints Church and the former house of the Dutch governor. After your visit to Galle, visit a turtle hatchery. Sri Lanka is home to five endangered species of turtle. To aid conservation, hatcheries have sprung up along the southwest coast. Fishermen are paid to collect the eggs (mostly Nov - Apr) and hand them over to the hatchery staff who then bury the eggs protected areas before releasing the hatchlings into the waters.
Head back to the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure.
06th – 10th Nov. 2018
1st TEST, SRI LANKA v ENGLAND
Venue: Galle International Cricket Stadium
1st TEST, SRI LANKA v ENGLAND
11th Nov. 2018
Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast drive to Hill Country of Nuwara Eliya. Transfer Time: Approx. 7 hrs
01 Night accommodation in a 03 Star hotel around Nuwara Eliya.
Panoramic layered view of Hill country Tea plantation
12th Nov. 2018
City tour around Nuwara Eliya & Kandy
After breakfast enjoy a city tour around Nuwara Eliya including a visit to the Tea Factory Plantation. Thereafter drive to Hill country capital of Kandy. Transfer Time: Approx. 3 hrs. Check into the hotel. Relax & unwind. Sri Lanka’s second largest city, Kandy was the capital of the last Sinhalese Kingdom and enjoys a scenic setting around a lake surrounded by green hills. Home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, said to house Buddha’s tooth, each August the city also hosts the spectacular Perahera festival featuring dancers, firebreathers and lavishly decorated elephants.
07 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel in Kandy. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
City tour around Nuwara Eliya & Kandy
13th Nov. 2018
City Tour of Kandy
After breakfast enjoy a tour of Kandy, including a walk by the lake, the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center and a gem museum and lapidary. The evening is the best time to visit the temple of the tooth relic and thereafter witness a traditional cultural dance show. Head back to the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure.
07 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel in Kandy. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
City Tour of Kandy
14th – 18th Nov. 2018
2nd TEST, SRI LANKA v ENGLAND
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
2nd TEST, SRI LANKA v ENGLAND
19th Nov. 2018
Proceed to Habarana
After breakfast proceed to Habarana, the Hub for the Cultural Triangle. Transfer Time: Approx. 03 Hrs. Check into the resort, relax and unwind.
03 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel in The Cultural Triangle. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
Tranquility at the Chalets of Habarana Village by Cinnamon
20th Nov. 2018
Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
After breakfast visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Enjoy an afternoon safari at Minneriya National Park.
03 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel in The Cultural Triangle. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
Picturesque & astonishing Sigiriya Fortress in Sri Lanka
21st Nov. 2018
Dambulla Rock Caves Temples.
After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Caves Temples. P.m. visit the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Transfer Time: Approx. 1.5 Hrs.
03 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel in The Cultural Triangle.
The frescoes & Buddha statues of the Dambulla Cave temple
22nd Nov. 2018
Drive to Colombo.
Check into the hotel. Relax & unwind. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.
06 Nights’ accommodation in a 03 Star hotel in Colombo. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
Amazing capture of Beira Lake & Colombo city view
23th - 27th Nov. 2018
3rd TEST, SRI LANKA v ENGLAND
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Cricket Stadium
3rd TEST, SRI LANKA v ENGLAND
28th Nov. 2018
Drive to Colombo airport for your onward flight.
Transfer Time: Approx. 1 hr.
Close up view of an Aero plane landed on the ground at sunset
Available Attractions
SIGIRIYA
Called by many names including “The Lion Rock” for its initial name of “Sinhagiri”, Sigiriya is near the town of Dambulla and is a colossal column of rock nearly 200m high. It was a royal citadel for 18 years (477-495) when it was fortified by King Kasyapa. The architectural and irrigational technologies of Sigiriya, such as the Water Gardens, still baffle engineers. The climb up steep steps of metal with railings passes a wall decorated with frescoes of bare-breasted women. Art experts consider them unique. The summit of the rock is a hectare in area and the outer wall of the palace was constructed on the brink of the rock with gardens and ponds softening the harshness of the eerie. Since it was constructed over 1,500 years ago, it is claimed by enthusiast as the Eighth Wonder of the World and is anyway a World Heritage Site.
Picturesque & astonishing Sigiriya Fortress in Sri Lanka
Dambulla
The Dambulla temple has five caves and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, many paintings on the ceilings and walls that emphasis the artistic talent of ancient days. The history of the caves, rock and temple dates from the first century B.C. The fascination of these caves is not only the statues but also the many intricate and delicate paintings that cover the ceiling and walls, created with indigenous traditional paints. Because of the history, archaeological and artistic implications, the premises were declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991. The temple has been in use for over 22 centuries and still holds a sense of benevolence and spirituality. Visitors may climb up steps to the temple and the view from the top of the rock is as inspiring as the temple’s golden interior.
The frescoes & Buddha statues of the Dambulla Cave temple
Kandy
The ancient kingdom of Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha as well as Edwardian buildings, a king-made lake, a nature reserve and exciting shops. As the second largest city of the island and the capital of the Central Province, Kandy has grown from being a medieval kingdom to a friendly, busy city set in forested hills and surrounded by tea plantations and close to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. As well as the Temple of the Tooth, there are many Buddhist monasteries and Hindu places of worship to visit, and cultural dance performances to watch. Kandy is a convenient base to stay for a few days while exploring the Cultural Triangle as there are comfortable hotels to suit every budget. The city is easily accessible from Colombo by rail, road and float plane.
Kandy in sri lanka
Nuwara Eliya
At an altitude of over 1,800m above sea level the picturesque landscape of Nuwara Eliya is known as “Little England” because of the resemblance of its homesteads to English bungalows, and it’s cool climate (there are even log fires in some hotels). Nuwara Eliya is overlooked by Piduruthalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. In colonial days it was the retreat from the coastal heat for British residents and even today rituals like horse racing, boating on the lake, beautiful flower garden competitions and golf tournaments are held during the local holiday season months of April and August. Most of Sri Lanka’s fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables are grown in the area and there are also dairy and strawberry farms. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens near the town is a prime attraction, as is a trek across Horton Plains.
The radiant smile of a tea plucker in Hill-country
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Price
Description Price
Cost per person sharing a Double room at US$ 2690/- Nett
Cost per person sharing a Triple room at US$ 2140/- Nett
Inclusions & Exclusions
The above cost includes:
  • Accommodation on Bed & breakfast basis at 3 start hotels.
  • Double/Triple Room Sharing.
  • Breakfast at the hotels.
  • Transport in an Air-Conditioned vehicle with an accompanying English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • Entrance/excursion fees to the places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Government Tax (17%)
The above cost does not include:
  • Tickets for the Matches.
  • Air Fare, VISA, Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Early check-in & Late check-out.
  • Tips & expenses of personal nature
  • Meals & beverages not included in the package price
  • Optional excursions
Availability at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates
Payment Policy
*Official match tickets are not included in the package price and will be added to your booking, at cost, upon release from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, subject to availability and terms and conditions*
AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY **NOT APPLICABLE FOR HOT DEALS** Cancellation of bookings is possible through www.walkerstours.com . However, this is subject to cancellation, bank and administrative charges. Cancellation of bookings will not be accommodated within a time frame of 14 days prior to the commencement of the Tour. This would vary based on the hotels cancellation policy and the period of the booking. Our cancellation policy is as below, * Cancellations informed 31 days prior to arrival, will be eligible for a full refund. * Cancellations informed 15 days or (more), prior to arrival will be charged 50% cancellation. * Cancellation informed less than 15 days prior to arrival will be charged full cancellation. Please note: Our cancellation policy varies during peak period (July to August & Mid December to February) To amend your booking, please, contact Customer Care hotline or your travel consultant, indicating your reference number. www.walkerstours.com reserves the right to accept / decline amendment requested by customers

TERMS & CONDITIONS - 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 - The above mentioned hotels will only be confirmed on availability at the time of booking. In an event the hotels are unavailable, suitable alternatives will be suggested prior to confirmation. - Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs and check out is at 1200 noon -
Payment Methods
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.
  • On-line payment using a personal credit card (Amex/Visa/Master). Log in details will be sent on confirmation.
  • Bank transfer.