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Date Duration Destination Accomodation Cost
16/11/18 - 30/11/18 14 nights Sri Lanka Hotel £3300
 
Sri Lanka
Set in the Indian Ocean this tropical tear-drop shaped island is a popular tourist destination with its glorious beaches and mighty elephants.
Sri Lanka
  • Visit an Elephant Sanctuary.
  • Discover the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Island.
  • Maybe a visit to a spice plantation or a tea plantation.
  • There may be an opportunity to go whale watching and see the enormous blue whales.
  • A jeep safari to see the wildlife in the national parks.
  • But mostly relax in the wonderful sunshine by the crystal blue sea.
Sri Lanka
 
TOUR ITINERARY
SRI LANKA IN NOVEMBER 2018
 
DAY 01 (17/11/18): ARRIVAL TRANSFER / COLOMBO
Mihin Lanka airplane at Bandaranaike International Airport
Meet on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by an Antiquity Representative & transfer to Colombo - remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 02 (18/11/18): COLOMBO / MINNERIYA / SIGIRIYA
Beautiful Landmark Muslim Mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka

After breakfast, leave for Sigiriya.

The city skyline has dramatically changed during the last decade, trendy malls and cafes sit alongside old colonial architectural monuments and local eateries. The city tour will take you pass the Colombo harbor to the area known as the Fort, the islands administrative and main banking quarter adjoining the famous Dutch Hospital and the esplanade known as the Galle Face. The colorful religious edifices that adorn the different zones in the city reflect the countries multi-ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. The Cinnamon Gardens, the ‘chic’ residential section of Colombo with its numerous villas and mansions blends well with the recently restored Race- Course and Victoria Park. The Gangaramaya Temple with its collection of oriental antiquities and Buddhist manuscripts offers visitors a completely different turn-around from the rich and grand archeological monuments of Sri Lanka.

Afternoon proceed on a jeep safari to visit the Minneriya National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Sri Lanka to get close to free-ranging elephants. Bordering the Minneriya tank and the Giritale tank, the 7,529 hectare park attracts hundreds of elephants during the dry season, as surrounding water source dries up. Watching them travel in herds of 10 to 20, it is impossible not to be impressed with the sheer bulk of a fully grown adult, but equally spectacular is seeing how they interact. There is also a host of water birds, both large and small, so keep your eyes open for delicately hued storks, slender and elegant grey herons, and great white pelicans.

DAY 03 (19/11/18): SIGIRIYA
Sigiriya

Breakfast at Hotel - explore the Lion Rock Fortress soaring above the jungle like a prehistoric island. The complex was built by King Kashyapa after killing his father and stealing the throne from his brother. It was here in 477 AD where Kashyapa held court and oversaw excessive architectural projects until he was defeated by his brother’s army in 495 AD. Once guarded by a giant sculpted lion, today only its paws lay in the jungle like the “vast and trunkless legs” of Ozymandias. Walk up the steps to the palace to behold the remarkable frescoes and the wall once decorated by a large mirror.

Want to try something traditional and completely different? A delightful evening bullock cart ride is just the ticket, which will take you to some of the nicest places on the island. It’s pretty unconventional and definitely an adventure. Riding in the shade of the forests, you will see the country’s historic sites and some of the lovely scenery as well. What makes this ride exceptional is that you will visit a Sri Lankan village and enjoy a cookery demonstration and home-cooked meal from the local women and then top it off with a canoe ride across a beautiful lake! This tour will make your holiday that much more unforgettable!

DAY 04 (20/11/18): SIGIRIYA / MATALE / KANDY
Dambulla Rock Temple - panoramio

Proceed to visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.

Once completed Leave for Kandy – En route visit a Spice Gardens in Matale to see the different types of flavours the island is famous for and how they are grown. Lunch and a cookery demonstration at the Spice Garden will make you appreciate just what a feast for the senses Sri Lanka can be.

DAY 05 (21/11/18): KANDY
Sri Lanka - 029 - Kandy Temple of the Tooth

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy - Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a 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 the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.

DAY 06 (22/11/18): KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
Mahagasthota, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka - panoramio

After breakfast, proceed to the Kandy Train Station to board the Train leaving for Nanu Oya – It is an unforgettable train ride to Nuwara Eliya. You can catch jaw-dropping views as the train powers up through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels. The railway in Sri Lanka was first introduced by the British Colonial government in 1864, to transport tea from places like Nuwara Eliya to the capital, Colombo.

Nuwara Eliya is a city tucked away within the hill country of the Central Province. The town is renowned for its lush tea plantations, waterfalls, red-roofed English country style houses, a golf course and a manmade lake. Nuwara Eliya is nicked named “Little England” because it was established by the British in the 1840s as a base for the colonists and still retains some distinctive English features, like the red post box and the Queen’s Cottage.

DAY 07 (23/11/18): NUWARA ELIYA / YALA
Ella Rock from Little Adam's Peak - panoramio (1)

After breakfast, proceed to the Tissamaharama via Ella – “Ella” is blessed with some of the most beautiful views, you could find in Sri Lanka. Sights in Ella include the Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak and Bambaragala Peak among other stunning scenery. The Ravana Ella was named after the demon ruler of Sri Lanka. Ravana, who is the main antagonist in the renowned epic Ramayana - It is believed that he hid Sita whom he kidnapped in India, in the caves situated behind the falls. The Ravana Ella falls has a main drop which is 30 feet in height, and it is ranked as one of the widest falls in the country.

Continue to Tissamaharama.

DAY 08 (24/11/18): YALA (SAFARI) / BEACH STAY
Crocodile in Yala National Park 2

Early morning (with packed breakfast) proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park – The most popular park frequented by tourists is composed of a variety of habitats, from thorny scrub to dense forests, lagoon and ocean. The larger denizens the elephants, leopard and the bears are the main attractions here whereas crocodiles are spotted basking along the banks of lakes. Yala protects a rich avifauna from predating eagles to brightly feathered kingfishers as well as migrant birds that flock here during the winter months. Once completed leave for Kosgoda.

En route visit a Turtle Hatchery - The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survive to maturity. Kosgoda turtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.

Once completed proceed to Koggala / Kalutara, Remainder of the day at leisure.

DAYS 08 TO 11 (25/11/18 28/11/18): BEACH STAY
TAPROBANE ISLAND NEAR KOGGLA SRI LANKA JAN 2013 (8491428227)

After our busy touring schedule, take time to unwind and relax by spending the day at leisure on the beach and its immediate surroundings. 

DAY 12 (29/11/18): DEPARTURE TRANSFER

After Breakfast - Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.

HOTELS USED
Location Hotel & Room type Number of nights
Colombo Zmax Fairway Colombo (3*)  01 Night
Sigiriya Kassapa Lions Rock (3*) 02 Nights
Kandy Heaven Seven Kandy (3*) 02 Nights
Nuwara Eliya Heaven Seven Nuwara Eliya (3*) 01 Night
Yala Hotel Tamarind Tree (3*) 01 Night
Kalutara Coco Royal Beach Hotel (3*) 05 Nights
 
IMPORTANT: -
  • 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 such an event suitable alternative will be suggested prior to confirmation.
  • Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 14:00hrs and check out is at 12:00 noon.
  • All transfer times are subject to variation due to road conditions, weather & traffic.
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