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Worldwide Sensation in One

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Worldwide Sensation in One

10 Day tour of Sri Lanka

Wander around the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, exploring culture, heritage, adventure, nature and wildlife. Go on a tour which will take you on a ride like never before. Experience all the sensations as mentioned before in one tour around Paradise. Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and walk in between the Lion’s Staircase. Learn about the ancient local history through the ruins in Polonnaruwa and the real authentic taste of spices in Matale. Have a true experience of a village traditional life style in the Village tour in Sigiriya. Explore the scenic destinations in Ella and the wildlife in Yala. Have a true feeling of a tropical islander by having a sip of King Coconut while the sun sets down.

Highlights

  • World Class – UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Gentle Giants – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
  • Into the Wild – Minneriya & Yala National Park.
  • Spice Trails – Spice & Herbal Gardens in Matale.
  • Last Kingdom – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic & Kandyan Culture.
  • Misty Mountains – See the nature’s creations at Ella.
  • On the Shores – Explore the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka.

Itinerary

Dambulla - 2 Nights

Day 01

Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a designated chauffeur guide from Lakpura. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air-conditioned Vehicle and proceed to Dambulla, en route make a pause at Pinnwala and visit Pinnawala Elaphant Orphanage. (Travel Time: 2 ½ to 2 hrs)

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat, located at Pinnawala village in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world.

On completion of the visit continue to Dambulla and check into the hotel for relaxation. Later that evening; visit the Cave Temples.  (Travel Time: 20 to 30 mins)

Dambulla Cave Temple

Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.

Day 02

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. (Travel Time: 50 to 60 mins)

Polonnaruwa

Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the second major capital of Sri Lanka. Walk through the ruins of the city that flourished between the 10th to the 13th century AD. View important monuments such as Gal Vihara, Vatadage, the lotus bath, Lankathilaka Temple and the statue of King Parakramabahu whose reign was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa. Get to know more about Sri Lanka’s ancient history.

Thereafter proceed to Minneriya and go on a lovely jeep safari in Minneriya National Park (Travel Time: 30 to 40 mins)

Minneriya Safari

This safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry season between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrublands, forests and other areas.

On completion, return to the hotel.

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Fresco Water Villa
Standard Option (4 Star) – Cinnamon Lodge
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Heritance Kandalama

Kandy - 1 Night

Day 03

After breakfast proceed at the hotel check out and visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. (Travel Time: 50 to 60 mins)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy, en-route make a pause at Matale, visit a Spice Garden and do a guided tour of a spice and herbal garden, where you learn about spices, such as coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg; and their uses. (Travel Time: 1 to 1 ½ hrs)

Matale Spice Tour

The Matale Spice Tour gives you a hands on experience of a Spice & Herbal Garden within the Spice capital of Sri Lanka, Matale. Here you will learn about Sri Lanka’s famous spices such as coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and their uses. The garden is enriched with herbs, spice groves and plants with fragrant greenery shading from the tropical trees that heighten the unique aroma of each spice and herb. Apart from gaining knowledge on Sri Lankan spices, this unique tour also let’s you learn about Ayurvedic medicine. The tropical climate in which the plants and herbs are grown helps them preserve its ancient originality.

Thereafter continue to Kandy and check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time: 50 to 60 mins) Later go on technical tours related to arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks and watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music

Technical Tours

Go on technical tours related to arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks. And watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music.

Cultural Show

The Kandy Cultural Show gives an opportunity to experience some of the traditions of Sri Lanka. Enjoy this hour long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get wowed by fire dancers and sword dancers. Watch the colorful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.

On completion return to the hotel.

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Oakray Regency
Standard Option (4 Star) – Cinnamon Citadel
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Earl’s Regency

Hatton - 1 Night

Day 04

After the breakfast at the hotel, check out and visit Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Tooth Relic a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls, done in red, cream and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and get amazed by the beautiful golden statues. Get an unforgettable experience of history and art.

Thereafter proceed to Peradeniya and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. (Travel Time: 1 to 1 ½ hrs)

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

which were formed in the early 19th century. Walk through the vast area containing over 4000 species of plants. Enjoy the learning more about the orchids, spices and medicinal plants. Wander down avenues shaded by large and rare trees, or bordered by flowering plants. Enjoy seeing the cannonball tree, walking over the wobbly suspension bridge and through the short hedge mazes or even climbing the twisty trees that make wonderful jungle gyms.

On completion proceed to Hatton, check into the hotel and relax. (Travel Time: 2 ½ to 3 hrs)

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Laa Adams
Standard Option (4 Star) – Laa Adams
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Ceylon Tea Trails

Ella - 1 Night

Day 05

Early in the morning around 01.00 am in the morning start climbing the Adam’s Peak.

Adams Peak

Adams Peak, there is probably no mountain anywhere more famous than Sri Pada – Adam’s Peak (7362ft/2250m) for non-mountain reasons than this. It is sacred to three religions; to Buddhists the human-foot-shaped hollow on the pinnacle boulder marks one of the personal appearances of the Buddha; the Muslims believe that the depression marks Adam’s expiation of his disobedience by standing there for an age on one foot; to the Hindus, by whom the Peak has been venerated for millennia, its name is Sivan Adi Padham, for it is the Creative Dance of the god Siva that the ‘print’ calls to remembrance. Whichever legend you may believe; this beautiful place has been a pilgrimage center for over a thousand years

On completion return to the hotel, have breakfast at the Hotel and relax. Later check out from the hotel and proceed to Ella and check in to the hotel. (Travel Time: 3 to 3 ½ hrs)

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Ella Gap Hotel
Standard Option (4 Star) – Ella Jungle Resort
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – 98 Acres Resort

Yala - 1 Night

Day 06

Early in the morning embrace the marvelous of scenic Ella.

Explore the Marvels of Ella 

Explore Ella’s most interesting places. Pass through bright green tea fields, and tough stretches of rock, and get to see the magical views of Little Adam’s Peak. Walk over the history seeped Nine Arches Bridge and listen to the story of its construction. End your hike at the Demodara Railway station with its unique loop-over track design. This tour gives you the chance to see the best sights of Sri Lanka.

Thereafter return to the hotel, check out and proceed to Yala and check in to the hotel. (Travel Time: 2 ½ to 3 hrs)

Later proceed to Yala National Park and go on a lovely Jeep Safari.

Yala National Park

This amazing Safari offers the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the second largest in the island based off the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

On completion return to the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Chaarya Resort & Spa
Standard Option (4 Star) – Kithala Resort
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Jetwing Yala

Ahangama - 2 Nights

Day 07

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Ahangama. On arrival to Ahanghama, visit Handungoda Tea Factory. (Travel Time: 2 ½ to 3 hrs)

Handunugoda Tea Factory

Visit Handunugoda Tea Factory which is also known as the Virgin White Tea Factory. Learn the history of the tea that this factory produces. Get to know how the famous Virgin White Tea is plucked and processed completely untouched by human hands. Engage in a tasting session with a delicious cup of tea and scrumptious chocolate cake. Get a chance to purchase some tea leaves as a souvenir.

Thereafter proceed to Ahangama and check into the hotel. (Travel Time: 20 to 30 mins) Later in the evening visit Galle and see Stilt Fisherman of Koggala.

Stilt Fishermen in Koggala

Watch the captivating sight of fishermen perched on stilts in the waters along the coast of Koggala. Learn how stilt fishing is done in detail and marvel at the level of skill that goes into it. Get some amazing photographs of the fishermen silhouetted against the shoreline at sunset

Galle City & The Galle Dutch Fort

Discover the city of Galle, where the Portuguese and Dutch made their headquarters, and its secrets. Visit the Galle Fort which is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Asia. View the Maritime Museum, Galle National Museum, and the lighthouse. Walk through the cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names as you learn more about their histories.

On completion return to the hotel

Day 08

Early in the morning proceed to Mirissa harbor and go on a Whale Watching Safari in the Seas of Mirissa. (Travel Time: 20 to 30 mins)

Whale Watching in Mirissa

The Whale Watching Tour in Mirissa, this five-hour tour gives you an opportunity to see the biggest mammals on earth, the whales, in their natural habitat. Get a chance to see blue whales, sperm whales, and fin whales as they swim in the waters to the south of Sri Lanka. Gain more knowledge about the whales as a species from a qualified naturalist and learn to identify them. This tour gives you a responsible whale watching experience with a minimal imprint on nature.

On completion of the day return to the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Paradise Beach Club
Standard Option (4 Star) – Mandara Resort
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Casa Mirissa

Colombo - 1 Night

Day 09

After breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Balapitiya and go on a lovely boat safari in Madu River. (Travel Time: 50 to 60 mins)

Madu River Boat Safari

Go on a wonderful two hour boat ride down the Madu River with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves. See the basking crocodiles and water monitors. Visit one of the small islands with its cinnamon harvesting natives. Enjoy the restorative qualities of the famous fish massage. Observe the waterbirds in their natural habitats.

Thereafter proceed to Kosgoda and visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. (Travel Time: 20 to 30 mins)

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Learn more about the five endangered sea turtle species that come to the shores of Sri Lanka to nest. Learn how the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program helps protect the nests until they hatch and increases the chances of survival for the babies. Get a chance to see, touch and feed baby turtles; or even injured adult turtles that the Turtle Hatchery cares for.

On completion proceed to Colombo and check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time: 1 ½ to 2 hrs)

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Zmax Fairway
Standard Option (4 Star) – Mount Lavinia Hotel
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Cinnamon Grand

Departure

Day 10

After breakfast at the hotel on your final day, proceed to the Colombo International Airport (CMB) and get ready for your departure after spending a memorable time on the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Price Starting From:

USD 850 Per Person

When to go on this trip?

The best time of the year you can enjoy this trip is from December to May. Calm south coast beaches, cool and sunny climate and green sceneries that blend perfectly with the locations you are traveling to.

When to book

We recommend that you book this tour at least 6 months ahead.

What add-ons are available for this trip?

We can arrange for just about any add-on’s on this trip. Have a chat with one of our Tour Consultants to help you decide.

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Hotel Timing

Standard Check in time : 1400 hrs.
Standard Check out time : 1200 hrs.
The above may differ from hotel to hotel. Speak to your travel expert for more details.
We are able to arrange early check-in and late check-outs depending on the hotels you choose. However, you may be subject to additional charges.

Booking Process

After deciding on which trip you want to go, send us an inquiry with the requested details. If you want to further customize this trip, our travel experts would be glad to help perfect the tour itinerary for you. Once all planning is final, the next step is starting the booking process. We request for a 20% deposit to confirm the booking. On receipt of the deposit, our team will start booking your hotels and the vehicles that were agreed upon. The balance 80% payment can be made 30 to 45 days prior to the date of arrival. For cancellation and refund policies please take a look at the terms & conditions.

Price

The price quoted is valid till April 2018. Will be subject to seasonal supplements. Speak to your travel expert to learn more details.

Packing Essentials

When packing for Sri Lanka, you only need to remember that this is a tropical country. Sunny weather & warm water. Hence, packing thin cotton clothing is essential. However, if your stay includes places like Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella, we recommend that you pack a few sweaters just in case. You must not forget the following:

  • Effective mosquito repellent.
  • A good sunscreen.
  • (Ladies) Tampons – Nearly impossible to find outside Colombo.
  • Universal power adapter.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance before you travel.

VISA

Visa can be obtained online via www.eta.gov.lk. You can obtain Visa on arrival as well, however, this option is not available for some countries. Do read more on this topic here.

Travel Information

Sri Lanka is a developing nation. Yet, there are many things you must look out for during your travel. For example; when visiting religious sites, it is important that you dress to cover. All key information you need to know before traveling is right here.