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Hidden Voyages – 15 Days Tour

Hidden Voyages

15 days from $ 2,900 Per Person

Immerse in a perfectly sun-kissed holiday through the hills in Kandy and the untouched foot paths of Gal Oya. A sense of luxury while exploring the unknown. Experience a completely different aspect of Paradise Island. Explore the Vedda Villages and go on treks by the surrounding. Climb the Monkey Rock and see the beauties of the surrounding for yourself. Explore the Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy and walk among the misty hills of the Hill Country. Finally, enjoy a long beach stay in the southwestern coast where you can witness the beautiful sunset each and every day while enjoying a walk in the coast tasting a King coconut as the waves touch your feet covered in wet sand.

Highlights

  • Stay in some of the best boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.
  • Visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic.
  • Walk with an elephant around the grounds of the Millenium Elephant Foundation.
  • Learn about Sri Lanka’s Arts & Crafts.
  • Meet the Aborigines; the descendants of the island’s original neolithic community dating back from at least 18,000 B.C.
  • Enjoy a traditional farm house lunch.
  • Go on a game drive in Gal Oya National Park
  • Trek the Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock.
  • See the renowned Stilt fishermen
  • Explore the Galle Fort and its centuries worth history.
  • Enjoy the turquoise blue beach in Balapitiya.

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 blends perfectly with the locations you are traveling to.

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

  • 2 nights in Yala National Park
  • 2 nights in Sinharaja Rain Forest.
  • Beach Extensions

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 in to the hotel.

Overnight Stay – The Wallawwa

Day 02 - Negombo - 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 colorful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.

On completion, return to the hotel.

Overnight Stay – The Clingendael

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

Overnight Stay – The Clingendael

Day 04 - Kandy - Gal oya

After relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Gal Oya and check into the hotel.

Later in the evening visit the Vedda Village.

Vedda Village – This is a remote jungle village, where the original indigenous people of Sri Lanka still reside. The Veddas are descendants of the island’s original Neolithic community dating back from at least 18,000 B.C. Veddas were originally hunter-gatherers, with the women of the tribe staying at home to tend to the family. They used bows and arrows to hunt game, and also gathered wild plants and honey. The original dwellings of the Veddas consisted of caves and rock shelters. Many elaborate cave paintings have been discovered in Sri Lanka, painted mainly by the womenfolk whilst waiting for their men to return from the hunt. Joining the Veddas of Sri Lanka in their village gives visitors a unique opportunity to get a firsthand experience of the Vedda culture, which remains relatively untarnished by modern technology and commercialization.

On completion return to the hotel.

Overnight Stay – Gal Oya Lodge

Day 05 - Gal oya

Early in the morning prior to breakfast go on a trek to the Monkey Mountain.

Monkey Mountain

For the intrepid ones, a 2-hour uphill trek first thing in the morning to the top of the cliffs facing the lodge is rewarded with stunning 180 degrees views over the large forested valley we are in. If you set off early enough you can watch the sun rise over the hills in the distance and observe the seemingly never ending jungle canopy below. Return for a well-earned breakfast and enjoy the view looking back up what you just climbed.

Later this day, have a traditional lunch at a local farmhouse.

Visit to a Local Farm House

Visit the friendly local Maha Banda and his family in their traditional home. Enjoy a tour of his farm and orchard to see what he is growing and learn more about local life, followed by lunch in their traditional mud house with the rest of the family. A truly local experience of eating with your hands, socialising with the locals and tasting a few homegrown delicacies.

This action filled day is not over until you enjoy a lovely evening safari in the Gal Oya National Park.

Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s undiscovered natural treasures. Within the park exist herds of elephants, wild boar, four species of deer, jackals, sloth bears, marsh mugger crocodiles and an array of rare exotic birds. We offer a jeep safari into the forgotten Nilgala section of the park, once protected by ancient royalty for the abundant medicinal plants and endemic birdlife in this unique ecosystem. Our more intrepid guests can couple the drive with a safari on foot! Our hike through the park with our expert naturalist, offers a chance to explore hidden corners of the park.

Return back to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight Stay – Gal Oya Lodge

Day 06 - Gal oya - Haputale

After the breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Haputale. On completion proceed to Ella and check in to the hotel.

Explore the most famous landmarks of Haputale. Visit Lipton’s seat, one of the most famed observation points in Sri Lanka, which gives views of the Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern Provinces. Walk through its graveyard which is the resting place of many British tea planters, and much more. This is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the calming beauty of Haputale and its sights.

Overnight Stay – Thotalagala

Day 07 - Haputale

After the breakfast at the hotel, explore Scenic 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.

On completion return back to the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay – Thotalagala

Day 08 - Haputale - Balapitiya

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed Balapitiya.

En route visit 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 Balapitiya and check in to the hotel.

Overnight Stay – The Sandals by Edwards Collection

Day 09 to 14 - Balapitiya (5 Nights)

Free and easy on the beach.

Overnight Stay – The Sandals by Edwards Collection

Day 15 - Balapitiya - Airport

Today, you bid a farewell to Sri Lanka. Depending on your departure flight, your transfer driver will be available at the hotel to pick you up. Our travel experts will advice the correct time to be ready.

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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