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Panoramic Lanka 13 Nights / 14 Days

 

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka “the finest island of its size in the entire world”. This splendid itinerary includes some easy trekking, nature safaris, tea plantation experience, golfing familiarity in Sri Lanka, fishing skills, cooking demonstration etc offering an excellent all round introduction to Sri Lanka.  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 explore the Temple of the Tooth and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep.

 

Day 01: Arrive Colombo

Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS tour executive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Thereafter, you will be transferred to Hotel for overnight stay.

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Ramada , Colombo

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo

 

 

Day 02: Colombo – Pinnawala – Habarana (Approx. Distance: 172kms; 3 hrs drive) 

After breakfast travel to Habarana the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Stop en-route at Pinnawala elephant orphanage, established in 1975 with seven orphan elephants. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, it soon branched out into a captive-breeding program and conservation and educational center. On this 25-acre coconut plantation on the Maha Oya River, the elephants are free to roam in a natural habitat. They are taken to the river to bathe daily and are fed a mix of rice bran and maize to promote strong health. The babies under three years of age are bottle-fed by mahouts and volunteers. Since 1984, over 23 elephants have been born, and the centre contains the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.

 

Thereafter 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 provides some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity.

 

Remaining of the evening is free to relax. Overnight at hotel. (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

Day 03: Excursion to Anuradhapura

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

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 Cntre 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 sampling 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.

 

Proceed to Habarana and enjoy elephant back rid in the jungles before concluding your day with dinner. (B, D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

 

Day 04: Hiriwaduna Village experience & Sigiriya

A morning bullock cart ride will take visitors through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savoured fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape  gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a Chena cultivation, where in the shade of a tree house of mud and thatched Palm leaves, the village of Hiriwaduna can be surveyed. On the return journey guests can drop by the house of a native and enjoy aromatic Ginger Tea and Jaggery. The next stop will be a visit to an authentic local cottage industry to witness the skillful carving of caricatures from old tree roots. Everyone will get a chance to carve his or her own token. Then, a stop at a local Kamatha (Paddy field) for lunch, to be treated to delicious local cuisine served on lotus leaves by a village family.

 

Later in the afternoon we visit the very impressive 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock, a mid level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, the lower palace on the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and water gardens that extend for some hundreds of meters out from the base. Return to hotel dinner and overnight stay.

(B, L, D)

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

 

Day 05: Excursion to Polonnaruwa

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, Polonnaruwa is another World Heritage Site. It comprises the Brahmanic monuments built by the South Indian Cholas, and the ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I during the golden age of Polonnaruwa in the 12th century. Irrigation systems far superior to those of the Anuradhapura age were constructed, systems which to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the dry season. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (4 huge statues of Buddha carved out of rock), the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu’s statue, and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Thereafter proceed to your hotel and 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 favourites 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)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

 

 

Day 06: Habarana – Kandy (Approx. Distance: 95kms; 1 hr 30mins drive) 

Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping en route in Matale spice growing region for special insight to some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. First stop at a coconut plantation to learn about the multitude of uses of this fascinating tree; see how the coconut is husked and its fibers used to make rope. Witness the collection of the sweet coconut water for a refreshing drink, the use of the coconut kernel for the extraction of coconut milk which forms the base for most   Sri Lankan curries and the production of honey and sweet juggery from sap collected from the coconut flower.

 

Proceed to a traditional spice garden for a cooking Demonstration where you will learn about the unique uses of spices in Sri Lankan cuisine. Those who would like to may assist in the preparation of some of the local dishes which we will then sample during lunch served out doors using lotus leaves instead of plates. After 04 days in the dry zone you will notice the distinctly different flavours present in hill country cuisine.

Proceed to Kandy on reaching  we check-in at the hotel relax until 6:00 pm then get ready to enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding  the day.  (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Thilanka Hotel , Kandy

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

 

 

Day 07: Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, drive out to Peradeniya Botanical Garden. This 147-acre garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was later expanded by the British. It offers an amazing variety of trees, plants, and flowers. Return to Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and listed as another UNESCO world heritage site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions, and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1798. Visit Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum, and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Overnight stay at Hotel.  (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Thilanka Hotel , Kandy

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

 

 

Day 08: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (Approx. Distance: 78kms; 2 hrs 30 mins drive) 

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya in the Train (subject to availability of the seats).  Traveling by train in Sri Lanka is a unique experience. The railway track stretches across scenic hill country, magically untouched countryside, and secluded beaches of the Indian Ocean. The train still runs on the legendary route built in the 19th century.  From Peradenya the road starts to ascend steadily and in the late morning, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed 1’500 m. You are now in the tea country; where ever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals the white coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields and near the villages, vegetable plantations or gardens. The small resort town of Nuwara Eliya, situated at 2’070 m above sea level, lies on a little lake and is surrounded by mountains covered over and over by tea bushes. At the town boundaries there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields, but also along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens flowers are blooming. Check-in at Heritance Tea Factory rest of the afternoon explore this tea country by yourself and members those who are interested in Golf optionally at an extra cost transfer to the Nuwara Golf Club for a round of golf. Transfer back to hotel for overnight stay.  (B, D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya

 

 

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club:

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club built in 1891, It’s located in the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya; once the favourite hill station of the British; at the base of Mount Pidurutalagala, in the heart of tea country. The 5520 m (par 71) course is situated about 1890m above sea level. It features fir lined fairways, bunkers and scenic surroundings. The 9th is an island green surrounded by bunkers. Water (rivers) come into play on 6 holes. The fairways are long and narrow bordered by fir trees and thick bushes. The Nuwara Eliya Golf course demands respect from its players since the absolute up-hill and down-hill nature of the course requires skillful placement. The club has been redeveloped with tremendous changes to the fairways and greens. The landscaping is amazingly splendid and is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. For the non-golfer, there are a number of activities to choose from the clubhouse has a bar, dining room, badminton hall and billiard room. Accommodation and Restaurant assures the golfers of a pleasant and friendly service.

 

 

Day 09: Nuwara Eliya – Tea Tour

Wake up to the freshness of the tea garden enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready for a tea garden tour.  The tea industry in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is over 150 years old. It is a traditional industry commenced by the British when Ceylon was a colony. Vestiges of the Colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions.  Meet tea experts and scientists at the Tea Research Institute and learn about the latest scientific discoveries. Sharpen your tea tasting skills with experts. Remaining day is fee to relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings. Overnight stay at hotel. (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya

 

 

 Day 10: Nuwara Eliya – Ella (Approx. Distance 60kms; 1 hrs) – Kataragama / Yala (Approx. Distance 145kms; 4hrs)

We wake up early and have our breakfast before we drive From Nuwara Eliya to Yala en-route to Ella. Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views, you could find in Sri Lanka. Only 8 km from Bandarawela, this small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside. A taste of the breathtaking scenery of Ella could be had, if you just walk into the Garden of the Grand Ella Motel (Formerly Ella Rest House), where you seem to be standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you seems to disappear at your feet. Another fine view is from the Ambiente Hotel, where the wide doorway, opens out to the mountains, creating a dramatic cinematic like experience, on entry. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery. Thereafter proceed to Yala. Dinner and the overnight stay at hotel. (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at The Safari, Tissamaharama

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Wild, Yala

 

 

 

 Day 11:   Yala – Hikkaduwa Or Galle alle  (Approx. Distance 192kms; 03-04 hrs)

After breakfast do a morning jeep safari to Yala National Park

Yala – Sri Lanka’s most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.

 

Thereafter proceed to Galle and in the evening explore 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 stay at Hotel. (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Chaaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Light House Hotel, Galle

 

Day 12:   Galle – Bentota (Approx. Distance 55kms; 01-02 hrs)

After breakfast transfer to Bentota en route stop at Moonstones Mines at Meetiyagoda.

Sri Lanka is famous for its precious gems and moonstone. Moonstones belong in the semi-precious category but are an important component of the gem business. Meetiyagoda, located between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa, is one of the few places where they are found in such high concentrations. The moonstone is grey and  feels cool and smooth to the touch when polished and has a glow like that of the moon. The finest are bluish in colour and there are quite a few of them in these mines. At Meetiyagoda, you can see or even go down into the deep, narrow shafts from which the stones are mined. The small visitor centre will provide information related to this stone while the large shop on the premises sells moonstones as well as other stones. Proceed to Bentota and in the evening visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.

Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.

The beaches of Sri Lanka are the nesting grounds for five species of marine turtles. They are the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. All 5 species have been recorded to nest along specific areas of Sri Lanka’s coast. Studies have indicated that beaches can be categorized in accordance with visitation by different species of turtles. For example Leatherbacks nest at Walawe Modera and Godawaya. Hawksbill nests at Bentota while Green Turtle nests at Rekawa and Kosgoda. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel . (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Bentota Beach Hotel

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

 

 

Day 13: Bentota

After breakfast morning free for leisure to relax on the beach. In the evening transfer to Balapitiya for a Boat Ride to witness the Cinnamon Quilling. Overnight stay at Hotel. (B,D)

 

Deluxe Package               –              Overnight at Bentota Beach Hotel

Luxury Package                –             Overnight at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

 

Day  14: Bentota – Colombo (Approx. Distance 65kms; 2hrs)

After breakfast transfer to Colombo and in the evening explore the city of Colombo

Colombo- the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient.  Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers – the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city – a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area.  Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Zoo, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre, and MC.

Thereafter proceed to airport to take your return flight. (B)

 

 

Deluxe Package

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

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  1950.00                     1850.00                              1790.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$    800.00                       800.00                                 800.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$    385.00

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

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 175.00                        175.00                                 175.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$ 300.00                        300.00                                 300.00

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

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07 Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 1780.00                       1680.00                             1620.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$   705.00                        705.00                                 705.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$  385.00

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

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$   140.00                         140.00                               140.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$   260.00                          260.00                               260.00

 

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$ 2120.00                    2020.00                            1950.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$   905.00                      905.00                               905.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$  385.00

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

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 200.00                        200.00                                 200.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$ 345.00                        345.00                                 345.00

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

02 – 03 Pax                         04- 06 Pax                          07 Pax above

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$  1950.00                    1830.00                             1770.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$    700.00                       700.00                               700.00

Single Pax Transport Supplement US$    385.00

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

 

Price Per Person Sharing Double                 US$ 180.00                       180.00                                180.00

Single Room Supplement                              US$ 240.00                        240.00                                 240.00

 

Price Includes

  • 13 Nights Accommodation on Half Board Basis (Inclusive of Dinner and Breakfast) at hotels specified above or similar Except for the stay on Day 01 where the accommodation is provided on Bed and Breakfast Basis.

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned  Coach as per the itinerary with the service of Driver , helper and National Guide Lecturer.

  • Applicable Entrance Fees to Following Sites. ( 01 Visit)

  • Elephant Orphanage Pinnawala

  • Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya

  • Minneriya National Park or Kaudulla or Eco Park with 01 Jeep Safari

  • Kandy Temple

  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden

  • Cultural Dance Ticket in Kandy

  • Yala National Park with 01 Jeep safari

  • Entrance to Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

  • Cost of Hiriwaduna Trek with Lunch

  • Cost of Cooking Demonstration at Spice Garden  with Lunch

  • Cost of Boat Safari in Balapitiya

  • Hotel Service Charge and Taxes

 

Package  Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Cost of Foreign Tour Leader         

  • Optional Tours and Activities  (Golf Etc etc)

  • Lunch throughout the tour except during Day 04 where the Lunch is included

  • Compulsory Accommodation Supplement in Kandy During Perahera ( 20th – 30th August 2015 )

  • Perahera Tickets for Pre Reserved Seating Gallery in Kandy (20th  – 30th August 2015)

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

  • Tips, Porterage and Other expenses of Personal Nature. (Laundry etc)