Enjoy unforgettable days experiencing the topographical, ecological and cultural diversity in this pearl-shaped island.
Truly a land like no other with endless bounds of nature. Sri Lanka’s vast variety of habitats include exquisite beaches, mist-shrouded mountains covered in forests of wind-stunted trees, highland grasslands, rolling tea plantations, virgin jungles, dramatic waterfalls, mangrove swamps, wetlands, rivers and several internationally recognized National Parks.
With its unusual and interesting fauna and flora, diverse climatic conditions, archeological and historical sites, colourful festivals and various other attractions, this island has something to suit almost any preference. Visit a rural village and enjoy local cuisine, stop for a photo at the scenic waterfalls while driving along misty hills, taste a cup of Ceylon tea, search for leopards and elephants on a safari, explore Colombo, Kandy, Galle and more. This tour includes 8 nights accommodation, 8 meals including daily buffet breakfast, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, English-speaking Tour Guides and more.
Day 01: Airport - Habarana
On Arrival at Colombo International airport you will be welcomed by our chauffer guide and thereafter check into the Hotel in Colombo.
Overnight stay at Colombo.
- Galadari Hotel
Day 02: Colombo - Habarana
- Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage ($28pp), Climb Sigiriya ($42pp)
- Cinnamon Lodge Hotel
On route visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. (AUS $ 28 per person)
The town of Pinnawela near Kegalle, on the route to Kandy has become a vital stopover for most travellers who flock to visit the famed Elephant Orphanage. Begun in 1972, the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela is a remarkable project created to protect abandoned or orphaned wild elephants who would not otherwise have survived in the wild. Relocated to the present size in 1975, today it has grown to become one of Sri Lanka’s key attractions. The elephants roam free within the sanctuary – and the highlight of their (and the visitors’) day is the feeding sessions and when they are led down to the river for a bath. From the banks of the river you can watch these gleeful herds of elephants splashing around freely on the river.
Evening, we climb the sky fortress of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya (AUS $ 42 per person)
The ultimate icon of Sri Lanka’s historic past, the giant rock fortress of Sigiriya arises high above the flat landscape, surrounded by jungle on all sides. A testimony to the inventiveness of the ancient civilizations of the land, the once impenetrable stronghold of King Kassapa, ‘Sihagiri’ or Lion’s Rock as it was called then, is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world today. The feats of artistry, architecture and engineering at Sigiriya continue to impress visitors with their utter magnificence, even thousands of years on. Intricately landscaped pleasure gardens sprawl out below the rock, giant lion paws hewn in stone mark the entrance to the fortress at its foot, a highly polished mirror wall still carries the scrawled writings of ancient poets.
Overnight stay at Habarana.
Day 03: Habarana - Dambulla - Kandy
- Temple of the Tooth
- Dambulla Cave Temple ($14pp), Royal Botanical Gardens ($14pp)
- Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Proceed to Kandy. On the way, you can visit the Dambulla Cave Temple (AUS $ 14 per person) and spice Garden in Matale.
And in the evening, walk in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. (AUS $ 14 per person)
The cultural epicenter and the hill capital of the island, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second city and home to the Temple of the Tooth - the country’s most important religious shrine, and the traditional pageant the Esala Perahera. Although modernity and urban sprawl has changed the face of this once quaint hill station, it still carries a regal atmosphere with graceful Kandyan style architecture mingling with colonial buildings set around a tranquil lake surrounded by green hills. The kingdom of Kandy was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese, clinging to its sovereignty long after the island had fallen to the Portuguese and Dutch and the English, preserving its own unique customs and culture until the very last.
Overnight stay in Kandy
Day 04: Kandy
- Silk Factory, Ceylon Tea Museum
- Visit the Temple of the Tooth ($14pp)
- Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Spend the day at leisure, or take part in the following excursions.
Visit the scared Temple of the toot (AUS $ 14 per person), which houses the Scared Relic of Lord Buddha, following a visit to the Silk Factory and the Ceylon Tea Museum in Kandy.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 05: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Plantation
- Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel
Leave for Nuwara Eliya.
On the way, visit the Tea Factory Planation to witness the manufacturing process of world famous Ceylon Tea.
Hidden away high in the central mountains at an altitude of over 6000 feet, Nuwara Eliya is the resort capital of the hills – and a world away from the hot tropical beach atmosphere of the coast, not just in climate but in its character too. The British planters who flocked to the region to grow tea in the mid-19th century developed Nuwara Eliya as their summer retreat. Created as an exact replica of an English town it is often called ‘Little England’; and with its primarily colonial architecture, the stately Victoria Park, golf course, racing track, boating lake and grand period style hotels – and the cold, frequent showers of rain adding to the illusion, you could well be in an old English country town. This is the heart of the tea country, and is also a good base for excursions to discover other attractions of the hills.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
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PRICE INCLUSIVE OF:
- 10 nights/ 11 days Accommodation in a SGL/DBL room in above stated
- hotels. Similar hotels will be provided on unavailability. Cost may change.
- Meal Plan - Bed & Breakfast basis right throughout the tour (except Day 1
- Arrival, departure transfers and the tour as per the itinerary in an air
- conditioned Car/Micro accompanied with an English speaking licensed
- Chauffeur guide.
- Passenger Insurance (Vehicle)
- Fuel, Parking & highway fees
- Complimentary SIM Card on arrival
- Garlands on arrival
- All currently applicable government taxes and service charges
- Cost of Entrance Tickets & Jeep/boat hire charges to the sites visited in the itinerary. (breakdown is shown separately in above itinerary)
- Dinner cost & Lunch cost.
- International air - fare, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover other than
- what is stated.
- Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
- Any other Sites not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any other item not specifically mentioned above in ‘PRICE INCLUSIONS’.
- Visa fees to Sri Lanka.
- Hotel check-in time: 1400h, Hotel check-out time: 11.00 hours.
- ‘No Show’ will not be entitled to any refunds.
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Tour cancellation policy
- 90 days or more before departure – Loss of deposit
- 89 to 64 days before departure - 25% of Tour Cost
- 63 to 43 days before departure - 50% of Tour Cost
- 42 to 31 days before departure - 75% of Tour Cost
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