SRI LANKA: JEWEL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN
Cultural tour of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was known for many years, is an ancient land with a recorded history that began around 4th century BC when people settled in Anuradhapura. History, however, is just one small part of what this country has to offer. Breathtaking landscapes, a calm yet dynamic culture, and warm hospitality, influenced by Buddhism, is a large part of what one will experience on this island off the coast of India. Explore Buddhist and Hindu temples, lush green tea estates, sandy beaches and rich culture on this enchanting island.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 07 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : N/A
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Colombo
(D)
Day 02: Colombo/Polonnaruwa (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 03: Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Kandy (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Nuwara Eliya/Mount Lavina (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Mount Lavina/Colombo (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Depart Colombo
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Colombo

Enna vishayam! (Welcome in Tamil) Upon arrival in one of the world's oldest countries we are welcomed in traditional Sri Lankan style and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (1 night) (D)

Day 02: Colombo/Polonnaruwa (Drive)

After an early breakfast we head off for the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala for the (0900 hrs) feeding of the elephants and bathing in the river. After this unique experience we visit Dambulla*, to explore the rock cave temple, which is comprised of a series of 5 caverns with ceilings of natural rock covered with intricate paintings. The natural folds of the rock have been skillfully used to given the illusion of a cloth. Forty-eight statues of the Buddha and images of the various deities can be seen inside the cave. Thereafter we proceed to the 11th Century A.D capital city of Polonnaruwa* where the South Indian influence on the architecture is still noticeable. The Gal Vihare is where four colossal statues of the Buddha carved out of the living rock stand testimony to the skill of master craftsmen. We also visit the Tivanka Pilgrimage with its priceless murals and the vast man made lake that is the Sea of Parakrama - a feat of ancient engineering.
Overnight: Deer Park Hotel, Polonnaruwa/ Amaya Lake Dambulla (1 night) (B, D)

Day 03: Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Kandy (Drive)

The day starts with a visit to the World Heritage site at Sigiriya* where we climb the 5th century A.D. Rock Fortress. The vision of a patricidal king named Kasyapa transformed an awesome monolith into a cloud swept city. The mirror wall that protects a series of exquisite murals (frescoes of celestial maidens using natural pigments) and the Lion's Paw entrance to the ruined palace on the summit are well worth the effort of the ascent. We proceed to Kandy visiting en route the Spice Gardens at Matale. Kandy was the seat of the Kandyan Kings from the 14th century A.D. and is a repository of Sinhala culture. Evening is an interesting cultural experience as we enjoy a Kandyan Cultural Dance complete with fire eating and fire walking. The day culminates with a visit of the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth in time for the Pooja (sacred offering).
Overnight: Hotel Suisse, Kandy (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (Drive)

Our morning tour of Kandy* takes us around the beautiful lake and the upper lake drive. We visit the Arts and Crafts center where we can buy Kandyan silver and brassware, metal work, lacquer work, wood and bone carvings, pottery and hand woven fabrics. Next we visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, formerly the pleasure gardens of the Sinhala Queens. The gardens contain over 4000 species of plants. The avenue of the Royal Palms, the bamboo fringed Riverside drive, the Bat drive with a vast collection of flying foxes who spend the daylight hours hanging upside down, are some of the special features of this lovely garden. There is also an Orchid house, a Spice garden, a Herb garden and Glass house of Begonias, African Violets and other greenhouse plants. We then proceed to Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea country, which was established by the British as a replica of a little English village reminiscent of the Lake District. Even today Tudor and Victorian style houses with trim English gardens speak of a gentler age. An 18 holes golf course and the picturesque lake are a year round attraction. Tour this unusual little city and en-route visit a tea factory where you can see the intricacies that go into the manufacture of the world's best loved brew.
Overnight: Hill Club Hotel, Nuwara Eliya / Glenfall Reach (1 night) (B, D)

Day 05: Nuwara Eliya/Mount Lavina (Drive)

An interesting day ahead as we head off for Ratnapura, the City of Gems, famous for blue, yellow and star sapphires, cat’s eyes, rubies, alexandrite and a multitude of semi precious stones in every hue of the rainbow. Gems are found very close to the surface and a visit to a gem "pit" is on every visitor's itinerary. We then proceed to Mount Lavinia. Evening is at leisure or laze by the pool or walk along the beach.
Overnight: Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavina (1 night) (B, D)

Day 06: Mount Lavina/Colombo (Drive)

A scenic drive through the city brings us to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree lined residential Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarter in Pettah, the bazaar area, a Hindu Temple, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1794, the historical Davatagaha Mosque, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara (Buddhist Temple) believed to be the site visited by Lord Buddha 2500 years ago.
Overnight: The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07: Depart Colombo

VarOnga naan (goodbye in Tamil). After an interesting journey to the Jewel of the Indian Ocean, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 30; Feb 17; Mar 27; May 05 & 26; Jun 23; Jul 25; Aug 22; Sep 26; Oct 23; Nov 13; Dec 18

2018

Feb 06 & 26; Mar 26; May 07 & 25; Jun 22; Jul 24; Aug 28; Sep 25

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Jan 30; Feb 17 US$ 1775 / CA$ 2325 US$ 542 / CA$ 710
Mar 27; May 05 & 26; Jun 23 US$ 1548 / CA$ 2032 US$ 430 / CA$ 565
Jul 25; Aug 22; Sep 26 US$ 1640 / CA$ 2149 US$ 498 / CA$ 652
Oct 23; Nov 13 US$ 1699 / CA$ 2235 US$ 472 / CA$ 620
Dec 18 US$ 1952 / CA$ 2257 US$ 596 / CA$ 780
2018
Feb 06 & 26 US$ 1952 / CA$ 2257 US$ 596 / CA$ 780
Mar 26; May 07 & 25; Jun 22 US$ 1699 / CA$ 2235 US$ 472 / CA$ 620
Jul 24; Aug 28; Sep 25 US$ 1799 / CA$ 2362 US$ 547 / CA$ 710


Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 12 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrances fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary¬†
  • Cultural dance show in Kandy
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.