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SRI LANKA: JEWEL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

Special value tour of Sri Lanka

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. Golden Temple of Dambulla
3. Ancient City of Sigiriya 4. Sacred City of Kandy

Tour Information
Duration : 07 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 14 persons
Price (From) : US$ 1517
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Colombo
(D)
Day 02: Colombo
(B, D)
Day 03: Colombo/Polonnaruwa (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Kandy (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 06: Nuwara Eliya/Mount Lavinia (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Mount Lavinia/Depart Colombo (Drive)
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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

Independence Memorial, Colombo, Western Province, Sri LankaA 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.

Overnight: Deer Park Hotel, Polonnaruwa/ Amaya Lake, Dambulla (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04: Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Kandy (Drive)

Lion platform, Sigiriya, North Central Province, Sri LankaWe 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)

Tea pluckers, Nuwara Eliya, Central Province, Sri LankaAn 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

Departure Dates & Prices

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2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Feb 05 & 26; Mar 25; Apr 29; May 27; Jun 24; Jul 30; Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 04, 16, 30        
Feb 05 & 26, 2020 US$ 2078 US$ 627
VALIDITY (Mar 25, 2020 to Jun 24, 2020) US$ 1980 US$ 598
VALIDITY (Jul 30, 2020 to Sep 24, 2020) US$ 2078 US$ 627
VALIDITY (Oct 28, 2020 to Dec 22, 2020) US$ 1517 US$ 422
VALIDITY (Dec 30, 2020 to Jan 05, 2021) US$ 2163 US$ 551
2021 Per Person on
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Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan27; Feb 03, 17, 24; Mar 03, 10, 24; Apr 07, 21; May 26; Jun 23; Jul 22; Aug 26; Sep 31; Nov 03, 10, 24; Dec 01, 08, 22        
VALIDITY (Jan 27, 2021 to Mar 02, 2021) US$ 1605 US$ 501
VALIDITY (Mar 03, 2021 to Jul 28, 2021) US$ 1526 US$ 449
VALIDITY (Aug 26, 2021 to Oct 06, 2021) US$ 1543 US$ 464
VALIDITY (Nov 03, 2021 to Dec 14, 2021) US$ 1579 US$ 460
VALIDITY (Dec 22, 2021 to Dec 28, 2021) US$ 2251 US$ 573
2022 Per Person on
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Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan 26; Feb 02, 16, 23; Mar 02, 09, 30; Apr 06, 27; May 25; Jun 22; Jul 28; Aug 25; Sep 29        
VALIDITY (Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 01, 2022) US$ 1670 US$ 521
VALIDITY (Mar 02, 2022 to Aug 03, 2022) US$ 1588 US$ 468
VALIDITY (Aug 25, 2022 to Oct 05, 2022) US$ 1607 US$ 483
Stay tuned for future dates! If you want to be the first ones to know click here
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Feb 05 & 26; Mar 25; Apr 29; May 27; Jun 24; Jul 30; Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 04, 16, 30        
Feb 05 & 26, 2020 CA$ 2595 CA$ 882
VALIDITY (Mar 25, 2020 to Jun 24, 2020) CA$ 2438 CA$ 747
VALIDITY (Jul 30, 2020 to Sep 24, 2020) CA$ 2438 CA$ 747
VALIDITY (Oct 28, 2020 to Dec 22, 2020) CA$ 2018 CA$ 588
VALIDITY (Dec 30, 2020 to Jan 05, 2021) CA$ 2876 CA$ 733
2021 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan27; Feb 03, 17, 24; Mar 03, 10, 24; Apr 07, 21; May 26; Jun 23; Jul 22; Aug 26; Sep 31; Nov 03, 10, 24; Dec 01, 08, 22        
VALIDITY (Jan 27, 2021 to Mar 02, 2021) CA$ 2134 CA$ 666
VALIDITY (Mar 03, 2021 to Jul 28, 2021) CA$ 2030 CA$ 597
VALIDITY (Aug 26, 2021 to Oct 06, 2021) CA$ 2134 CA$ 666
VALIDITY (Nov 03, 2021 to Dec 14, 2021) CA$ 2101 CA$ 612
VALIDITY (Dec 22, 2021 to Dec 28, 2021) CA$ 2994 CA$ 762
2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
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Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan 26; Feb 02, 16, 23; Mar 02, 09, 30; Apr 06, 27; May 25; Jun 22; Jul 28; Aug 25; Sep 29        
VALIDITY (Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 01, 2022) CA$ 2221 CA$ 693
VALIDITY (Mar 02, 2022 to Aug 03, 2022) CA$ 2112 CA$ 622
VALIDITY (Aug 25, 2022 to Oct 05, 2022) CA$ 2221 CA$ 693


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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

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 14 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
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