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CEYLON AT IT’S BEST  – 11 days / 10 Nights

 

This brief tour combines culture and relaxation taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the pleasures of a few days by the sea. Tour the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you may explore the Temple of the Tooth and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Travel to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the misty experience of the tea garden. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep.

 

Day 01

Arrival and transfer to Colombo

The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax or explore Colombo on your own

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

 Day 02

Leave after an early breakfast for Dambulla Or Habarana the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Stop en route at Yapahuwa to explore the remains of one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capital cities.

 

Proceed to Habarana. Located in the north central part of the island, Habarana is a part of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity.

 

In the evening take a catamaran ride on the Habarana Lake with a local fisherman (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Pelwehera Village Resort, Dambulla

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge ,Habarana

  

Day 03

 

Leave after breakfast for Sri Lanka’s ancient capital Anuradhapura.

 

Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, 5th century BC – 9th century AD and the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization. In antiquity and the interest, it is the equal of any ancient ‘buried city’. The island’s oldest Buddhist shrines – some dating back to 3rd century BC are found here. Impressive white ‘dagabas’ (relic chambers) and monuments, embellished with handsome stone carvings and sculpture, the oldest documented tree on earth – The Sri Maha Bodhi (over 2000 years old) , pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds, a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the attractions of Anuradhapura.

 

Also visit Mihintale located a little away from the main Anuradhapura town. 

 

This forest clad mountain is sacred to all Buddhist because Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC at this point. There is a Buddhist dagaba on the top of the rock which is riddled with shrines and rock dwellings. Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. A gravel stairway of 1,840 steps made of granite slabs 15 ft wide leads from the very foot of Mihintale to the summit.  (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Pelwehera Village Resort, Dambulla

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge ,Habarana

 

 

 Day 04

After breakfast proceed to the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa where a collection of rich architecture and extraordinary irrigation methods can be seen.

 

Polonnaruwa rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura. Its period of greatness was from the 10th – 12th centuries AD. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, veritable inland seas the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbor. The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. See the Royal Palace complex, 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.

 

Leave in the afternoon for Minneriya or Kawudullawewa National Park for a jeep safari. These parks are well known for a migratory herd of approximately 200 elephants. (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Pelwehera Village Resort, Dambulla

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                                            –              Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge ,Habarana

Day 05

After an early breakfast visit the Sigiriya and climb the rock fortress.

 

Sigiriya – A mighty 600 ft high rock-fortress of a 5th century King is famous for its entrancingly beautiful frescoes which are found in a sheltered pocket of the rock. One cannot fail to marvel at the masterful execution of the sinuous forms of these women (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today). The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a huge crouching lion, carved from the rock- today only the paws remain. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit.

 

Proceed to Kandy visiting the Cave temples of Dambulla en-route.

 

Kandy – A lovely city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings retains an aura of grandeur, which time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned “Temple of the Tooth” and the Royal Botanical gardens home to one of the best collections of Orchids. Kandy and its satellite villages is the centre of the islands handicraft industry and its traditional dances are the most spectacular in the country.

 

Also visit a spice garden in Matale to see Sri Lankan spices growing in their natural habitat. Witness a Kandyan cultural dance performance in the evening. (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Topaz Hotel, Kandy

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Thilanka Hotel, Kandy

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

 

 

 Day 06

Leave after an early breakfast for the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela to witness the bathing and bottle feeding of baby elephants.

 

Return to Kandy and take a brief sightseeing tour of Kandy including a visit to the to Arts and Craft workshops, Batik Manufactures and the much revered temple of the tooth relic of the lord Buddha. (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Topaz Hotel, Kandy

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Thilanka Hotel, Kandy

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

 

 

Day 07

Leave after an early breakfast for the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.

Proceed to Nuwara Eliya and visit a Tea Plantation and Factory to witness the process of turning the raw green leaf in to the familiar black/brown finished product. (B,D)

  

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Heritance Tea Factory , Nuwara Eliya

 

Day 08

Leave early morning for Horton Plains for a trek to Worlds End and the beautiful Bakers Falls (02 – 03 hrs).

 

Sri Lanka’s highest plateau 7200 ft above sea level in the central mountain country. This ‘Fen” is a very scenic region with an astounding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands, from marshes to trout streams. Sri Lanka’s best flavored high grown teas are grown in the surrounding areas. Spectacular view from ‘Worlds End’ where the plateau plunges a thousand feet in a straight sheer drop. Cool and bracing climate, excellent for trout fishing and very good hiking country. Distinctive flora (many English field flowers grow on the plains) colourful butterflies and many rare highland birds.

 

Return to Nuwara Eliya and spend the afternoon exploring the small town on your own (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Heritance Tea Factory , Nuwara Eliya

 

 

Day 09

After a leisurely breakfast you will proceed to Beruwala / Bentota  and Rest of the day free for leisure Or Optional Activities. (B,D)

 

  • Boat Ride in Madu River

  • Visit to Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Tapro Spa , Bentota

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Bentota Beach Hotel

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

 

 

Day 10

After  breakfast do an excursion to Galle.

 

Galle, said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible is the Port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. Fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city still retains the air of old Holland. Old Dutch Churches and monuments with armorial bearings, well preserved Fort and ramparts, imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names. As for souvenirs, one may make a pick of exquisite hand-made lace, Ivory carvings, moonstone jewellery and beautiful translucent tortoise shell ware, including bracelets, trinket boxes, combs – sometimes inlaid with silver.

 

Rest of the day free for leisure. (B,D)

 

Comfort Package                           –              Overnight at Tapro Spa , Bentota

Deluxe Package                              –              Overnight at Bentota Beach Hotel

Luxury Package                                             –              Overnight at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

 

 Day 11

Departure transfer to the airport (B)

 

 

Comfort Package

Applicable Rates ( 01st November 2014 – 30th  April 2015)

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07Pax above

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  1090.00                     950.00                                920.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$    350.00                     350.00                                350.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$    360.00

 

Seasonal Supplements – 20th Dec 2014 – 15th January 2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  50.00                              50.00                                50.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$  70.00                              70.00                70.00

Applicable Rates ( 01st May 2015 – 31st October 2015)

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07Pax above

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  1070.00                     930.00                                900.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$    330.00                     330.00                                330.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$    360.00

 

Seasonal Supplements – 01st July 2015 – 31st August   2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$       30.00                         30.00                                  30.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$       50.00                         50.00                   60.00

Deluxe Package

Applicable Rates ( 01st November 2014 – 30th April 2015 )

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  1440.00                     1300.00                              1270.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$    590.00                       590.00                                 590.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$    360.00

Seasonal Supplement  – 20th Dec 2014 – 15th January 2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 170.00                        170.00                                 170.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$ 220.00                        220.00                                 220.00

Applicable Rates ( 01st May 2015 – 31st October 2015 )

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07 Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 1380.00                       1245.00                             1215.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$   540.00                        540.00                                 540.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$  360.00

Seasonal Supplement  – 01st July 2015 – 31st August   2015

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$     90.00                            90.00                                 90.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$   100.00                          100.00                               100.00

Luxury Package

Applicable Rates ( 01st November 2014 – 30th April 2015 )

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07 Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 1525.00                    1400.00                            1360.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$   660.00                      660.00                               660.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$  360.00

Seasonal Supplement  – 20th Dec 2014 – 15th January 2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 170.00                        170.00                                 170.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$ 220.00                        220.00                                 220.00

Applicable Rates ( 01st May 2015 – 31st October 2015)

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07 Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  1420.00                    1300.00                             1250.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$    580.00                       580.00                               580.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$    360.00

Seasonal Supplement  – 01st July 2015 – 31st August   2015

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$   90.00                          90.00                                  90.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$ 100.00                        100.00                                 100.00

 

 

 

Price includes

  • 10 Nights accommodation on Half board  ( With Dinner and Breakfast) at all hotels specified or Similar except for the stay in Colombo where the accommodation is provided on Bed and Breakfast Basis.

  • All transfers as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle with the services of an English speaking chauffeur guide

  • Hire of catamaran for lake excursion

  • Jeep hire for 01 safari of Minneriya National Park

  • All entrance fees to cultural sites, national parks and places of interest as per the itinerary

  • Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya

  • Mihintale

  • Minneriya National Park

  • Dambulla Temple

  • Kandy Temple

  • Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden

  • Pinnawala

  • Horton Plains

  • Hotel service charges and VAT

Price excludes

  • Cost of air-ticket

  • Lunch throughout the tour

  • Optional tours and excursions

  • Compulsory Seasonal Supplement

  • Compulsory Accommodation Supplement in Kandy During Perahera ( 20th – 30th August 2014 )

  • Pre-reserved seating gallery to view Perahera ( 20th – 30th August 2014 )

  • Compulsory X – Mas Eve  ( 24th Dec) and New Years Eve (31st December ) Supplement at hotels

  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature