Get back to nature on this incredible 13 day tour and experience the authentic taste of Sri Lanka. Indulge in luxury at world class Hotels and Resorts such as the Shangri-La Colombo, Kandy Stone House & Heritance Negombo as you journey through this glorious country.
Experience the perfect colonial blend of traditional hospitality and modern comfort. Enjoy some shopping at the many shopping malls available in the commercial capital of Sri Lanka before being flown in comfort to one of Sri Lanka’s cultural hotspots, Sigiriya.
Explore the tranquil hills and live in luxury as you take in the sights before heading over to the gorgeous beach of Galle where you can spend time in paradise, taking in some sun and lazing on the golden beach surrounded by the gentle soothing sound of the waves.
Includes 12 Nights/13 Days accommodation, Daily Breakfast and Dinner, Transport in Air-conditioned vehicles, English speaking Tour guides and more.
Day 01: AIRPORT – COLOMBO
On Arrival at Colombo International airport you will be welcomed by our representative chauffer guide/national guide. Upon completion of arrival formalities, leave for your chosen hotel at Colombo.
- No breakfast will be served on Day 01
- National Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, Fort, Pettah, Old Parliament, Town
- Overnight stay at Shangri-La Colombo
Colombo-The commercial capital of Sri Lanka and the true hub of all activity in the island, Colombo is a buzzing hotpot of cosmopolitan life. In this throbbing city, a heady mix of cultures thrives. Here, contrasting landmarks - ancient sites, colonial masterpieces and ultra - modern skyscrapers sit side by side.
Day 02: COLOMBO – PINNAWELA – DAMBULLA – SIGIRIYA
After breakfast, proceed to your hotel in Sigiriya.
- Breakfast at Shangri-La Colombo & Dinner at Sigiriya Water Gardens
- Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage /Dambulla Cave Temple
- Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Dambulla Cave Temple
- Overnight Stay at Sigiriya Water Gardens-
Pinnawela- Begun in 1972, the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala 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.
Dambulla-The largest and the best preserved cave monastery in the island, Dambulla is a sacred pilgrimage site for followers of Buddhism for no less than 22 centuries. A cave complex comprising five sanctuaries, they were already established as important monasteries as far back as the 3rd century BC. At first, the caves were a refuge for King Valagambahu in 1st century BC. Returning from exile to his throne at Anuradhapura, he turned the caves into a magnificent temple for the monks who sheltered him.
Day 03: SIGIRIYA
After breakfast, visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
- Breakfast and Dinner at Sigiriya Water Garden
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress / Elephant Back Ride
- Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the morning / Elephant Back Ride in the evening
- Overnight Stay at Sigiriya Water Gardens
Sigiriya-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. A somewhat treacherous climb up the rock is well worth it to see the impressive ruins of a once glorious city at the summit – 370m high. And the 360 degree view from the top is equally astounding, more amazing are the exquisite frescoes painted on to the sheer rock face – their beauty still unmarred despite the trials of time and attempts at destruction. The village and its surrounding areas also offer plenty of interest both historical and natural for those willing to explore.
Day 04: SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA - SIGIRIYA
After breakfast, visit Polonnaruwa.
- Breakfast and Dinner at Sigiriya Water Garden
- Visit Polonnaruwa in the morning. Evening optional Game drive in to Minneriya National Park.
- Overnight Stay at Sigiriya Water Gardens
Polonnaruwa- The ancient city of Polonnaruwa 216 km northeast of Colombo is a cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. One of the most significant kingdoms in Sri Lankan history this medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) remains a well-preserved city of ancient stupas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and imposing statues. The ruins of this ancient city stay scattered over an extensive area of woodland and can be explored within a day. The city was enclosed by three concentric protecting the royal palace complex at its centre, the religious buildings - called Quadrangle, lie to the North and are very well preserved to this day. The largest monuments are found here including the buildings of the Menik Vihara, Rankot Vihara, Alahana Pirivena and Jetavana monasteries, the incredible Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara, the soaring Lankatilaka shrine, the majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath are must see sights. And of course, the giant statue of Polonnaruwa's greatest king - Parakramabahu, and the vast ‘Sea of Parakrama’ – a 12th century man-made reservoir which dominates the city are not to be missed either.
Day 05: SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY
After breakfast, proceed to Kandy via Matale.
- Breakfast at Sigiriya Water Garden & Dinner at Stone House
- Aluvihare Temple / Spice Garden / Temple of the Tooth / Cultural Dance Performance
- Visit Aluvihare Temple, Spice Garden, Temple of the Tooth and witness a Cultural Dance Performance.
- Overnight Stay at Kandy Stone House
Kandy-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. These traditions live on today in the city’s unique music, dance and architecture. For cultural attractions Kandy is overloaded with historic sites and there is much to explore. For the nature lover the Udawattekelle forest reserve is right at the heart of the city. One can literally walk from the hectic city centre to the quiet stillness of thick jungle in minutes.
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Price inclusive of:
- 12 nights/ 13 days Accommodation in a SGL/DBL room in above stated hotels. Similar hotels will be provided on unavailability. Cost may change.
- Meal Plan – Half Board basis right throughout the tour (including Breakfast & Dinner)
- Arrival, departure transfers and the tour as per the itinerary in an air conditioned Luxury Car/Micro.
- Service of an English speaking Chauffer Guide.
- For honeymooners, honeymoon courtesies will be provided at each hotel.
- Welcome drink and refreshing wipes in all hotels
- Train tickets in an A/C luxury compartment from Kandy to Nanuoya
- Passenger Insurance (Vehicle)
- Fuel, Parking & highway fees
- Free Gift
- 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 places visited in the itinerary as follows;
- Pinnawela - AUS $ 28 per person
- Dambulla - AUS $ 14 per person
- Sigiriya - AUS $ 43 per person
- Elephant Back Ride - AUS $ 15 per person
- Polonnaruwa - AUS $ 36 per person
- Minneriya - AUS $ 57 per person
- Temple of Tooth - AUS $ 14 per person
- Culture Dance Show - AUS $ 10 per person
- Horton Plains National Park - AUS $ 57 per person
- Yala National Park - AUS $ 57 per person
- Turtle Hatchery - AUS $ 5 per person
- 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.
- Acceptance of these ‘Terms and Conditions’ is a requirement of your booking. Submission of a booking is your acknowledgement that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by these ‘Terms and Conditions’.
- In order to confirm your tour package, full payment is required upon confirmation.
- Credit Card payments require a 3.5% surcharge.
- Bank TT or Pay Pal (3.5% surcharge required) are accepted which is a common mode of payment
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
- Within 30 days of departure - 100% of Tour Cost
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