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SKYWAY GROUP - DANDENONG | MELBOURNE | EPPING

CEYLON GEM OF A DREAM MINI TOUR

This is a mini tour of Sri Lanka which highlights main cultural sites located in the North Central province of Ceylon.

Day 01

Meet on arrival and you will be greeted by our airport representative and will be introduced to your private chauffeur guide. Thereafter proceed to your hotel located close to the airport.

Comfort                              –  Overnight at  Ramada, Katunayake

Deluxe                                 –  Overnight at  Tamarind Tree, Katunayake

Luxury                                 –  Overnight at  Gateway Airport Garden, Katunayake

 

 Day 02

 

After breakfast you will be transferred to Habarana en route visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

The Elephant Orphanage, located on the banks of the Maha Oya, is mainly to house young elephants who find themselves displaced and lost from their natural habitats for various reasons – environmental changes due to development projects, being abandoned by their parents when they fall into pits & ravines, etc. The most interesting times to visit is at feeding or bathing time.

Thereafter proceed to your hotel in 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 any thing 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  visit Minneriya National Park and do a jeep safari in Minneriya.

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park  consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters. ( B, D)

Comfort                              –  Overnight at  Pelwehera Village Resort, Dambulla

Deluxe                                 –  Overnight at  Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury                                 –  Overnight at  Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

 

Day 03

 

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

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 Budhist 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.

Return to your hotel and in the evening Take an Optional Elephant Back Safari through the villages of Habarana ( B, D)

 

Comfort                              –  Overnight at  Pelwehera Village Resort, Dambulla

Deluxe                                 –  Overnight at  Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury                                 –  Overnight at  Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

 

Day 04

 

After breakfast visit and climb rock fortress Sigiriya.

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.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy visiting a spice garden and a batik factory in Matale. On arrival to Kandy do a brief orientation tour including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

On Completion leave for Colombo ( B)

 

Comfort                              –  Overnight at  Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo

Deluxe                                 –  Overnight at  Kingsbury, Colombo

Luxury                                 –  Overnight at  Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

Day 05

 

After breakfast leave for airport in time for departure. ( B)

Comfort Package

 

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

 

02 – 03 Pax           04- 06 Pax            07 Pax and Above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  435.00           380.00                350.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  130.00           130.00                130.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement                  US$  170.00

Seasonal Supplements.

 

20th Dec 2014 – 15th January 2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  10.00           10.00                    20.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  20.00           20.00                    20.00

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

 

02 – 03 Pax           04- 06 Pax            07 Pax and Above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  425.00           370.00                335.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  120.00           120.00                120.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement                  US$  170.00

Seasonal Supplements.

01st July – 31st August   2013

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  10.00           10.00                    20.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  20.00           20.00                    20.00

Deluxe Package

 

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

 

02 – 03 Pax           04- 06 Pax            07 Pax and Above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  560.00           520.00                480.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  220.00           220.00                220.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement                  US$  170.00

Seasonal Supplements.

 

20th Dec 2014 – 15th January 2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  20.00           20.00                    20.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  30.00           30.00                    30.00

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

 

02 – 03 Pax           04- 06 Pax            07 Pax and Above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  535.00           495.00                455.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  210.00           210.00                210.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement                  US$  170.00

Seasonal Supplements.

01st July – 31st August   2013

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  20.00           20.00                    20.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  30.00           30.00                    30.00

Luxury Package

 

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

 

02 – 03 Pax           04- 06 Pax            07 Pax and Above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  570.00           530.00                500.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  255.00           255.00                255.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement                  US$  170.00

Seasonal Supplements.

 

20th Dec 2014 – 15th January 2015

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  30.00           30.00                    30.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  40.00           40.00                    40.00

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

 

02 – 03 Pax           04- 06 Pax            07 Pax and Above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  550.00           510.00                470.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  240.00           240.00                240.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement                  US$  170.00

Seasonal Supplements.

01st July – 31st August   2013

Price Per Person Sharing Double                    US$  30.00           30.00                    30.00

Single Room Supplement                                US$  40.00           40.00                    40.00

Package Includes

  • 04 Nights accommodation. Bed and Breakfast at all hotels except for Day 02 where the accommodation is provided on Half Board Basis (Inclusive Of Dinner and Breakfast)

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

  • 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

  • Hotel service charges and VAT

 

Package Excludes

  • Cost of Air-ticket

  • Optional tours and excursions

  • Lunch throughout the tour and Dinner On Day 01 and Day 04  

  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature

 

 

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