Enjoy this enchanting journey in Sri Lanka with a mix of culture and Beach. You will traverse the towns of Sri Lanka experiencing an amazing mix of culture, ancient history, Sri Lankan values and local hospitality, The central highlands offer you a vast array of scenery amidst misty mountains, evergreen cloud forests and canopied rainforests. You will taste pure Ceylon tea at one of our tea factories. Take a hike through tea plantations and join the tea pluckers if you may. Relax and rejuvenated at a beach resort before you bid "adios" after a great holiday in Sri Lanka.
SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST
DAY 01: AIRPORT/COLOMBO
Travel time 30 mins approximately
Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. Please look out for our representative who will be holding your name board at the arrival lounge. Your hotel: Cinnamon Grand Colombo 5* Meals: Bed & Breakfast
CINNAMON GRAND HOTEL COLOMBO
DAY 02: DAMBULLA
Travel time 3 hours 30 minutes approximately
Today after breakfast proceed to Dambulla, en-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, located 13 km northwest of Kegalle towards Kandy, is famous because of the elephant orphanage located in the area. Optional visit to sites within the cultural Triangle (Sigiriya,Dambulla,Polonnaruwa,Anuradhapura). These enchanting sites within the triangle’s boundaries that date back to 4th century B. C.
Overnight stay at Jetwing Lake Dambulla 5* Meals: Breakfast
JETWING LAKE HOTEL DAMBULLA
DAY 03: DAMBULLA
Travel time 1 hour approximately
Today after breakfast do a half day tour to Dambulla Cave Templeand a wildlife tour at the Minneriya National Park. Dambulla Cave temple, a complex that lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town is one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country and is renowned for its unique sculpture and the large mural paintings. Minneriya National Park, is famous for the gathering of large herds of elephants. The ‘Sixth Greatest Wildlife Spectacle of the World’ – the amazing phenomenon of the ‘Minneriya Elephant gathering’ occurs during end of summer.
Overnight stay at Jetwing Lake Dambulla 5* Meals: Breakfast
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE
ELEPHANTS AT MINNERIYA
DAY 04: KANDY
Travel time 3 hours approximately
Spice Garden Today after breakfast proceed to Kandy, en-route visit Spice Garden and visit Temple of Tooth Relic. Check out the many different types of spices produced in Sri Lanka. Do not feel obliged to buy spices from here after you do a guided tour in the garden. Prices could be exorbitant here. But a small purchase from you will keep the locals in employment. The duration of the tour in these gardens is around 20 minutes and there is a 5 minute complimentary massage offered. Tipping is optional. Kandy Next you will visit Kandy, a majour city located in the central province. Kandy was the last remaining Kingdom that fell to the British during colonial occupation. The city is famous for housing the sacred tooth relic of the buddha. A scenic lake Bogambara is situated in the heart of this city offering good photo opportunities Overnight stay at Hotel Topaz 4* Meals: Breakfast
SPICE GARDEN DAMBULLA
HOTEL TOPAZ KANDY
DAY 05: KANDY
Travel time approximately 2 hours
Today after breakfast you will visit the Peradeniya Botanical garden. Return for a brief tour of the town of Kandy. In the evening you will attend a Kandyan cultural dance show. The Peradeniya botanical garden was reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. After the kingdom came under colonial rule, locals were allowed to visit. You will see a fine collection of orchids, a pathway of royal palms, a beautiful cannonball fruit tree and 40m-high Burma bamboo. Another picturesque site is the giant Javan fig tree gracefully spreading its colossal central trunk forming a canopy of branches. Overnight stay at Hotel Topaz 4* Meals: Breakfast
JAVAN FIG TREE
DAY 06: NUWARA ELIYA
Travel time approximately 2 hours
Today after breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route visit a tea factory and tea plantation. Nuwara Eliya, dubbed the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’ is located in the thick, misty hills. The town resembles a British countryside complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows. The world's best tea, better known as Ceylon Tea is found here. You can taste a cup of pure ceylon tea during this visit. Overnight stay at Blackpool hotel 4* Meals: Breakfast
BLACKPOOL HOTEL NUWARA ELIYA
TEA PLANTATION NUWARA ELIYA
DAY 07: NUWARA ELIYA
Today you will have the whole day to yourself. You can relax or get about doing your own think. Overnight stay at Blackpool hotel 4* Meals: Breakfast Optional tours to Horton plains or Ella nine arch bridge are available. Prior arrangements need to be done with us.
DAY 08: YALA
Travel time approximately 4 hours
Today after breakfast proceed to Yala, en-route to do a half day Yala National Park safari. Yala National Park offers excitement as you spot majestic elephants, fine feathered peacocks, great black bears and agile leopards that steal away into the shadows of the thick foliage. Spend the evening relaxing at your hotel. Overnight stay at Jetwing Hotel Yala Meals: Breakfast
SLOTH BEAR YALA
JETWING HOTEL YALA
DAY 09: BALAPITIYA/KOSGODA/BENTOTA
Travel time approximately 5 hours
Today after breakfast proceed to Bentota, en-route visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. The Madu-ganga river zone, is famous for boat rides within the mangroves. This river is brimming with a rich ecosystem has 2 main islands two main islands and 30 islets that provides shelter to over 200 families. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, in the south, established in 1981, was one of the earliest attempts to safeguard local turtles from extinction. Overnight stay at Avani Bentota 4 * Meals: Breakfast
AVANI RESORT BENTOTA
TURTLE HATCHERY KOSGODA
DAY 10: BENTOTA
Full day at leisure Overnight stay at Avani Bentota 4 * Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11: COLOMBO/AIRPORT
Travel time approximately 3 hours
OUR TOUR PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF
Accommodation in shared double room with private bathroom
Meals are as stated in the programme B= breakfast,
Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in private air-conditioned vehicles
NOT INCLUDED ARE
All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
Peak period supplements
International airfare to / from Sri Lanka (quoted separately, if requested)
Surcharges for other language guides
Surcharges for Christmas & New Year Eve
Personal travel insurance
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Drinks with meals
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Electronic Travel Authorisation fee for Visas upon arrival (Please note that an ETA is compulsory for nationalities besides nationals from the Republics of Singapore and Maldives)
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
PAYMENTS BY CREDIT CARD
If the payments are made by credit card, the following charges will be added to your invoice value
Payment facilitation fee locally - 2%
Online payment facilitation fee - 3.15%
Before 21 days no cancellation.
Between 21 – 14 days 50% cancellation of the total invoice value.
Between 14 – 07 days 75% cancellation of the total invoice value.
Less than 7 days 100% cancellation of the total invoice value.
No shows & early departures 100% cancellation of the total invoice value
Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced. **Certain Hotels impose stricter cancellation policies which will be advised separately.
For air ticket reservations, we require the guests’ full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS.
Airfares and reservations are always subject to change until paid in full and ticketed.
Airfares are subject to increase without prior notice.
Please be advised that prices will be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers.
This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made.
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Most Museums are closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. Colombo National Museum is open all 7 days a week except on public holidays.
Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
The visits to wildlife parks will be at your own risk. The available jeeps are basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of the vehicle which is used on the tour)
In the event the road condition is unsuitable for the Tour vehicle to be used during a specific segment of the tour a basic alternate third party vehicle would be provided, no liability or insurance would cover such vehicles.
Poya holidays are observed on the day of each full moon in general, Hindu and Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is often only possible to forecast the approximate time of their occurrence. On such days of religious reverence selling alcohol in public is illegal. However at certain hotels the room bars remain accessible.
Programmes, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
We strongly advise to leave valuable items (money, passport, credit cards, jewellery, sensitive documents, laptop computer, etc.) in the hotel safe. During excursions and round trips, personal belongings, especially money and valuables should NEVER be left on vehicles, even during short breaks, and carried around at all times. Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka is not responsible for any loss or theft.
Due to ongoing rapid upgrades/developments of roadways and highways in Sri Lanka the times mentioned for transfers may take longer than estimated without prior notice.
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