Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was known for many years, offers a breathtaking combination of stunning landscapes, a calm yet dynamic culture and warm hospitality. Embark on a discovery of the rich history of this island off the coast of India, which dates back to 4th century B.C. Explore Buddhist and Hindu temples, lush green tea estates, sandy beaches and unique culture on this enchanting island paradise.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Ancient City of Polonnaruwa|
|2.||Ancient City of Sigiriya|
|3.||Golden Temple of Dambulla|
|4.||Sacred City of Kandy|
|Tour Duration||:||07 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||14 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Colombo
Enna vishayam (Welcome in Tamil)! Upon arrival, we are welcomed in traditional Sri Lankan style and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (2 nights) (D)
Day 02: Colombo
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 and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal, dating back to 1794. We also explore the historical Davatagaha Mosque and the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara (Buddhist Temple), believed to be the site visited by Lord Buddha 2500 years ago. (B, D)
Day 03: Colombo/Polonnaruwa (Drive)
After an early breakfast, we journey to the famous Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Here we get up close with these gentle giants for their feeding (900hrs) and bath in the river. After this unique experience, we visit the iconic Dambulla* to explore the rock cave temple, filled with 48 statues of Buddha. In this series of five caverns, intricate paintings on the folds of the rock have been skillfully used to give the impression of cloth. We then proceed to the 11th century capital city of Polonnaruwa*, where South Indian influence on the architecture is still noticeable. At Gal Vihare, 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 a vast man-made lake, the Sea of Parakrama - a feat of ancient engineering.
Day 04: Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Kandy (Drive)
We start our day with an exploration of the fantastic World Heritage Site at Sigiriya*, one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. At the centre sits a 200-meter-high rock column upon which the king of the Kassapa civilization built his palace. We climb this 5th century rock fortress and experience the unique cloud-swept ruins at the top. The mirror wall that protects a series of exquisite murals 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 the Spice Gardens at Matale en route. Kandy was the seat of the Kandyan Kings since the 14th century and is a repository of Sinhala culture. Evening is an interesting 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 05: 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 stunning Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which are home to more than 4000 species of plant. The avenue of the Royal Palms, the bamboo fringed Riverside drive and 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. 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-hole golf course and the picturesque lake are a year-round attraction. Tour this unusual little city and visit a tea factory, where we can see the intricate process of manufacturing the world’s best-loved brew.
Overnight: Hill Club Hotel / Glenfall Reach, Nuwara Eliya (1 night) (B, D)
Day 06: Nuwara Eliya/Mount Lavinia (Drive)
An interesting day ahead as we journey to 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 here, and we see the extraction process with a visit to a gem "pit". We then proceed to Mount Lavinia. Evening is at leisure to explore, laze by the pool or walk along the beach.
Overnight: Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia (1 night) (B, D)
Day 07: Depart Colombo
VarOnga naan (goodbye in Tamil). After an interesting journey to discover the Jewel of the Indian Ocean, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Or extend your adventure with holiday tour packages to South or North India, just a short flight away. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).
May 07 & 25; Jun 22; Jul 24; Aug 28; Sep 25; Oct 29; Nov 28; Dec 26
Feb 06 & 27; Mar 27; May 01 & 22; Jun 26; Jul 18; Aug 22 Sep 19; Oct 23; Dec 04 & 25
Feb 05 & 26; Mar 25; Apr 29; May 27; Jun 24; Jul 30; Aug 27; Sep 24
|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|VALIDITY (Jul 24 2018 to Sep 25, 2018)||US$ 1799 CA$ 2362||US$ 547 CA$ 710|
|Oct 29, 2018 & Nov 28, 2018)||US$ 1870 CA$ 2335||US$ 520 CA$ 650|
|Dec 26, 2018||US$ 2240 CA$ 2797||US$ 655 CA$ 817|
|Feb 06 & 27, 2019||US$ 1952 CA$ 2438||US$ 598 CA$ 747|
|VALIDITY (Mar 27, 2019 to Jun 26, 2019)||US$ 1870 CA$ 2335||US$ 520 CA$ 650|
|VALIDITY (Jul 18, 2019 to Dec 04, 2019)||US$ 1980 CA$ 2438||US$ 598 CA$ 747|
|Dec 25, 2019||US$ 2240 CA$ 2797||US$ 655 CA$ 817|
|Feb 05 & 26, 2020||US$ 2078 CA$ 2595||US$ 627 CA$ 882|
|VALIDITY (Mar 25, 2020 to Jun 24, 2020)||US$ 1980 CA$ 2438||US$ 598 CA$ 747|
|VALIDITY (Jul 30, 2020 to Sep 24, 2020)||US$ 2078 CA$ 2595||US$ 627 CA$ 882|
Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 14 participants
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.
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