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Relaxation & Adventure

Relaxation & Adventure - 12 Days

12 Day Tour of Sri Lanka

A 12 Day trip that covers most of Sri Lanka’s most famous and popular sites to see. Go on adventurous treks on the plains of Horton and discover the untouched wildlife in Udawalawa National Park. Hear the stories and tales behind Sri Lanka’s last kingdom, Kandy and get lost in the beautiful scenic hills and valleys of Nuwara Eliya and Ella. Finally enjoy a well-deserved beach break, bathing in the warm sun by the turquoise blue-green oceans of the southern coast, sipping on a King Coconut before exploring the urban capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

Highlights

  • World Class – Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
  • Gentle Giants – Millennium Elephant Foundation in Pinnawala
  • Into the Wild – Minneriya, Horton Plains and Udawalawa National Parks.
  • Last Kingdom – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic & Kandyan Culture
  • Misty Mountains – Evergreen peaks and cosy little towns in Nuwara Eliya & Ella
  • On the Shores – Postcolonial Galle & Beautiful Unawatuna
  • Urban Adventure – Discover the commercial hub, Colombo

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 travelling to.

What add-on’s are available for this trip?

  • Yala & Minneriya National Parks
  • Cultural Triangle – Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla
  • Spice Garden & Herbal Center in Matale

We can arrange for just about any add-on’s on this trip. Discuss with our travel expert to help you decide.

When to book

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

Day 01 - Airport - Negombo

Arrive at Colombo International Airport and after the formalities proceed to Negombo and check into the hotel.

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Day 02 - Negombo - Pinnawala - Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Kandy, en-route make a stop at Pinnawala and visit Elephant Orphanage.

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.

Thereafter continue to Kandy check into the hotel. Towards the evening go on technical tours and watch the Kandyan Cultural Show.

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 colourful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.

On completion, return to the hotel.

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Day 03 - Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.

Royal Botanical Gardens of 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.

Thereafter go on a city tour in Kandy City, and visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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.

On completion return to the hotel

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Day 04 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and Reach Peradeniya Railway Station to catch the Train to Nanu Oya.

Scenic Train Ride

The Kandy to Nanu Oya (Nuwara Eliya) train journey takes you on a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. Watch the brilliant greens carpets of the tea plantations. See the picturesque villages with misty mountain backdrops pass by. Peer through drizzle and mist to look at the magical landscapes of Hill Country. Enjoy the amazing sights of intimidating mountains, deep and dark woodlands, and magnificent waterfalls as they go by your windows.

Your chauffeur will meet you at Nanu Oya Station, thereafter proceed to the hotel and check-in.

Later visit a Tea Factory get a guided tour through a Tea Estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of Tea and go on a sightseen tour in Nuwara Eliya City.

Tea Factory Visit 

Tea Factory to learn how tea is manufactured in Sri Lanka. You can observe the tea pickers, locally known as ‘tea pluckers’ as they move between the lush green rows along the mountains with their large baskets.Thereafter you will be given a guided tour explaining fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and the grading of tea. Finish with a tea tasting process and learn of the history, and why Ceylon Tea is considered among the best in the world.

On completion return to the hotel and relax.

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Day 05 - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Palins - Nuwara Eliya

With a packed breakfast proceed to Horton Plains National Park to go on a lovely hike in the National Park.

Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World’s End and the cooling sprays from Baker’s Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in the area.

After the trek returns to the hotel and relax. Later go on a lovely city tour in the city of Nuwara Eliya.

Beautiful City

Visit the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make a memory in the old red-bricked postoffice as you purchase an inexpensive and colourful postcard to take home or send to your friends. Relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory.

On completion return to the hotel and relax.

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Day 06 - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Udawalawe

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Ella and explore the misty City.

Marvellous 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 proceed to Udawalawe and check into the hotel and relax

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Day 07 - Udawalawe - Galle - Hikkaduwa

Early morning proceed to Udawalawe National Park to go on a lovely jeep safari.

Udawalawe National Park

Enjoy a safari which would give you a chance to explore the amazing Udawalawe National Park. Travel through the marshes, forests and grasslands of the park that was created as a sanctuary for wildlife in the 1970s. See the water birds and Sri Lankan elephants for which the park is famed. Catch glimpses of the other mammals and birds, as well as the reptiles, amphibians and butterflies.

After the safari return to the hotel, relax, check out and proceed to Galle and visit Old Colonial City.

The Old Colonial City of Galle.

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 continue to Hikkaduwa, check into the hotel and relax.

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Day 08 to 10 - Hikkaduwa (3 Nights)

Free and easy on the beach.

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Day 11 - Hikkaduwa - Colombo

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Colombo and go on a City Tour in Colombo.

Colombo City Tour

Experience the colourful lights and bright life of Colombo, the capital City of Sri Lanka. Visit historic monuments such as the Old Lighthouse, the Old Parliament, Galle Face Hotel, Galle Face Green, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum and more. Enjoy the malls of Independence Square or the Race Course. Visit boutique shops and designer stores.

On completion proceed to the hotel and check-in.

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Day 12 - Hikkaduwa - Airport

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed directly to Bandaranaike International Airport for your departure from Sri Lanka after spending a memorable time on the island.

Price

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

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.

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.

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.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance before you travel.

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.

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