SRI LANKA ADVENTURE SPECIALS 14 DAYS CODE: WALKER/LWT/ADV14D Basis: Half Board This tour includes 07 out of the 08 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Highlights of this tour include Ancient Cities, Historic Temples, Hill Country, Wildlife Safari and Beach Stay.
Arrival and transfer to Negombo and check-in at Jetwing Sea. Do a city tour of Negombo, when you are ready.
Negombo – sometimes known as “Little Rome” due to the profusion of Christian Churches, this archetypical fishing village has now grown to a major beach resort on the west coast, north of Colombo and 15 minutes from the International Airport. The wide sandy beaches and safe sea bathing are major attractions, as is the fish market where busy trading of a variety of fish, prawns and crabs takes place each morning (except Sunday) when the fishing craft return to shore. Traditional large sailed outrigger canoes are a picturous sight in this village, which was once a trading port for the Portuguese and Dutch. Other attractions are the Old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison and the Dutch Canal, which was then a supply route for the Dutch administration
Distance: Negombo/Pinnawala 75 km - Drive Time: 1.5 hrs Distance: Pinnawala/Habarana 112 km - Drive Time: 2.5 hrs
Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Habarana en route visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to witness the bottle-feeding of the baby elephant at 0915hrs.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh 60 kg or more. This is the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, the world's first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby – an unforgettable sight! Established in 1975, by the Wildlife Department and National Zoological gardens, which subsequently led to a breeding programme through which more than twenty-five elephants have been born since 1984.
Proceed to Habarana Arrive in Habarana and check-in at Chaaya Village. Rest of the day at leisure to relax by the pool or just take a walk in the large garden by the lake. Option is available for an elephant back safari.
Habarana to Anuradhapura (Approximate distance and drive time: 65kms & 01 ½hours) Anuradhapura to Mihintale (Approximate distance and drive time: 13kms & 30 minutes) Mihintale to Aukana (Approximate distance and drive time: 50kms & 01 ½ hours) Aukana to Habarana (Approximate distance and drive time: 48kms & 01 ½ hours)
Leave after breakfast for the ancient city of Anuradhapura (01st capital of Sri Lanka) also visiting Mihintale and Aukana.
Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island was the first capital (5th century BC - 9th century AD), the centre of the island's Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. In antiquity and the interest, it is the equal of any ancient 'buried city' in the world. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) - The Sri Maha Bodhi, brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island's oldest Buddhist shrines - some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white 'dagabas' (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura. Specific places to visit are - the Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C.), with 1600 significant stone columns are the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks – an engineering marvel at the time, Ruwanweli Seya (2nd century B.C) the most famous of all the dagoba’s, originally depicted the perfect water-bubble shape that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce, Samadhi Buddha (3rd century B.C.) regarded as the finest rock sculpture in the island - depicting the Buddha in a state of deep meditation, Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C.) known for its rock carving of the “Lovers”, Kuttam Pokuna, twin ponds (3rd century B.C.) which were used by monks of this glorious era as a bathing pool. Thuparama (3rd century B.C.), the oldest dagoba in the island – enshrines the right collarbone of Buddha, Ratnaprasada with the best preserved Guard Stone, Mahasena’s Palace with its renowned Moonstone, Abayagiri and Jetevanarama – a huge dagoba said to the largest brick built structure in the world
Transfer to Mihintale
Mihintale – a little away from Anuradhapura, the forest clad mountain is of great spiritual significance to Buddhists because it was the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Mihintale has many different points of interest – the 1840 ancient granite steps, dagaba’s, the relic house and monks refectory, the assembly hall, meditation rock, caves and ponds. The climb to the summit is also interesting from a scenic aspect for stunning views of the surrounding countryside
Transfer to Aukana
Aukana- what may be called one of the wonders of the world is the tall, standing statue of the Buddha at Aukana, another architectural marvel of the ancient Sinhalese. The rock cut statue which stands 39 feet above its decorated lotus plinth and 10 feet across the shoulders, belongs to the period of King Dhatusena (459-477 AD), the builder of the great reservoir Kalawewa. It has been very well preserved over the years and is a joy for anyone to see and appreciate. It is a unique creation by an unknown sculptor.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner & overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana (04 star – Superior Room)
DAY 04: HABARANA/POLONNARUWA
Approximate distance and drive time: 46kms & 01 hour)
Very early this morning you make the one and a half hours drive (complete with packed breakfast) to Parakrama Lake.
You will drive via Minneriya National Park arriving at dawn, a very mystical way to start the day as the plains are covered in mist! Parakrama Lake is known as one of Sri Lanka’s greatest man-made lakes and you can watch the changing hues as the light comes up. These man-made lakes are known as 'wevas' to the Sri Lankan people and were created to provide irrigation. It’s a fun, friendly experience as you wait alongside the wives and young children of fisherman, who’ve gone out to retrieve their fishing nets laid out the night before - a great way to get to know the locals!
After the fishermen have sorted their catch, it’s time to head out on a catamaran across the lake; a real adventure! You may even be able to spot white bellied fish eagles, brahmini kites, ibis, cormorants and other native birds as you travel. In the middle of the lake is a small island, a rocky outcrop that provides great 360° views of the lake and forests beyond.
NB – The catamaran ride is subject to water levels and not usually available from June to September.
Bidding the fishermen and their families’ farewell, you continue to Polonnaruwa (02nd capital of Sri Lanka) exploring the ancient ruins by bicycle is the easiest way to get around the palaces and temple complex. While the local bikes may be old, they are good enough to get the job done!
Polonnaruwa – this medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th - 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite - a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence – the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Budhist temples, the Lankatileka and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights
Return to the hotel
Dinner & overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana (04 star – Superior Room)
DAY 05: HABARANA/HIRIWADUNA/SIGIRIYA
Habarana to Hiriwaduna (Approximate distance and drive time: 02kms & 10 minutes) Habarana to Sigiriya (Approximate distance and drive time: 25kms & 45 minutes
Leave early morning with a packed breakfast for Hiriwaduna (10 minute transfer) for a 03 hour trek through this archetypal Sri Lankan village.
The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a “Wewa” or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. You wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get to a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on an obliging farmer’s catamaran!!
At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. With the guidance of the farmer and his family, pick some of the fresh vegetables from their plot and join in the preparation of a simple meal prepared in the traditional method using earthenware pots and firewood as fuel. A great opportunity to sample authentic local cuisine.
The journey continues as you board a waiting ‘Bullock Cart’. The cart ride is on a jungle path that wends through dense shrub forests home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant. Simply lie back on the cart and enjoy the unique view of the forest canopy as the cart rambles through… flashes of blue sky through the dense forest cover, the sight of a giant squirrel hanging precariously off a branch or a flock of rose ringed parakeets flying overhead… all this accompanied by the sound of the bullock clip clopping on the gravel path and the tinkle of the large bells hanging round its neck… a dream holiday in the making!
In the evening transfer to the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
Sigiriya – this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today), which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway, are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.
Return to the hotel. Dinner & overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana (04 star – Superior Room)
DAY 06: HABARANA/DAMBULLA/KANDY
Habarana to Dambulla (Approximate distance and drive time: 24kms & 30 minutes) Dambulla to Kandy (Approximate distance and drive time: 72kms & 01 ½ hours)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Thereafter transfer to the Hill capital - Kandy en route visiting the Rock Cave Temples of Dambulla and a Spice garden in Matale to discover the island’s variety of indigenous spices and learn about their uses with a Cookery demonstration
Dambulla – located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Transfer to Matale and visit a spice garden.
Lunch at the spice garden
Thereafter proceed to Kandy and check-in at Cinnamon Citadel
Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
In the afternoon take a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Kandy to Digana (Approximate distance and drive time: 20kms & 30 minutes)
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Tamarind Gardens in Digana, a unique ‘Live Like a Local’ home stay concept property located on the banks of the Victoria reservoir approximately 20 kilometers outside Kandy.
Tamarind Gardens is a collection of 04 chalets which have been designed and built to be similar to local village homes. Each chalet has 02 twin bedded rooms with on suite bathrooms. Basic amenities including electric fans and mosquito netting are provided. The property is home to a working farm which includes cattle, goats, poultry and vegetable and fruit garden. The ethos of the product is ‘Sustainability’ through a ‘Live Like a Local’ experience.
All fruit, meat and vegetables used are locally sourced from the surrounding village. All services including laundry, maintenance & housekeeping are outsourced to local villagers to ensure that the community as a whole gains direct benefit through your travel. In return travelers are enriched through a rare insight to the lives of the local community and their individual personalities and way of life…
The entire experience is designed to allow travellers the opportunity to interact freely with the local community and to volunteer in as many local activities as they like. Traditional meals are cooked in an open kitchen by village folk and the group can either watch the preparation or join in and assist in the preparation of their meals.
A dynamic local couple whose sincere purpose is to improve the quality of life enjoyed by the local community runs Tamarind Gardens and they already have many community based projects underway. These include the building of and provision to local families either chicken coops or goat pens with a small breeding stock in order to provide them with a means to establish financial stability. It is possible for travelers to contribute to these projects both financially and physically by assisting to build the chicken coops and goat pens.
Dinner & overnight at Tamarind Gardens, Digana (home stay concept)
DAY 08: DIGANA
The full day is available to join in the many projects around the village and community or to help around the local farm. Alternatively, travelers can explore the beautiful countryside and village, on their own…
Dinner & overnight at Tamarind Gardens, Digana (home stay concept)
DAY 09: DIGANA/NUWARA ELIYA
Digana to Nuwara Eliya (Approximate distance and drive time: 82kms & 03 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the lovely hills of Nuwara Eliya… You will feel how the climate and the geography changes in just a few hours.
Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character
Arrive in Nuwara Eliya and take a sightseeing tour including a visit to a Tea Factory where you will witness how the world famous Ceylon Tea is produced.
Thereafter check-in at Grand Hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains (Approximate distance and drive time: 36kms & 01 hour)
Leave early morning with a packed breakfast for Horton Plains en route having a photo stop at the Gregory Lake. You are now in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
Horton Plains – this National Park, on Sri Lanka's highest plateau over 2100m above sea level in the central mountains is a strange and tranquil region with an astounding variety of scenery – from misty mountains to grasslands, from marshes to ice cold streams, lakes and waterfalls. Sri Lanka's best flavoured “high grown” teas are from estates in the surrounding areas. Two highlights are the spectacular view from 'Worlds End' where the plateau plunges almost 1000m in a sheer drop and the beautiful “Bridal Veil” Bakers Falls. Distinctive flora with a high level of endemism, colourful butterflies, many rare endemic, resident or migrant birds and several species of Gauna including Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar, Hare and even a few very rare sightings of Leopard are recorded. The perfect location for hiking and cycling with excellent trails and cool climate
Return to the hotel and at leisure.
Dinner & overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (04 star Colonial Hotel– Deluxe Room)
DAY 11: NUWARA ELIYA/YALA
Nuwara Eliya to Yala (Approximate distance and drive time: 180kms & 04 ½ hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter leave hotel at approximately 0730hrs and transfer to Yala en route having a stop at Ravana Falls and at Buduruwagala.
Ravana Falls - The 25m-high Ravana Falls cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. In the dry season, the flow of water is markedly reduced, whereas rain turns the fall into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. Forming part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, the source of the fall is the Bandarawela Hill Oya Reservoir, and it flows to the Kirindi Oya Reservoir
Buduruwagala statue - Is located about 5 km from the Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figures are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the centre. The rock it self has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head down. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, Different historians have dated these statues from the 6th centuary to late Anuradhapura period. (between 8 - 10 Century). These carvings are of the Mahayana Buddhist style and belongs to the Pallawa- Sri Lankan art tradition and similar to the statues at Dova Temple. The tallest Buddha statue in the world was the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan until the destruction of this ancient monument by the Taliban in March 2001. The Buduruwagala Buddha Statue is now considered the tallest in the world
Proceed to Yala and check-in at Cinnamon Wild.
In the afternoon do a jeep safari at the Yala National Park.
Yala – Sri Lanka’s most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide
Yala to Wirawila (Approximate distance and drive time: 40kms & 45 minutes)
Leave early morning at approximately 0500hrs to Wirawila and embark on a trip with a local fisherman.
The local fisherman set out each morning to cast their nets or to check on their overnight bait. Your task will be to help them out – Watch out for that giant Lake Prawn and the crocodiles that rise to catch an early snack on your fishing tours in Sri Lanka
If you already have your own fishing gear, then advice on the best spots from the locals is all you need. Set the hook, mend your line, watch your drift and haul in your catch! If you are not a fan of fly fishing you can always cast a different kind of net. Throw nets or "visi del" are a popular form of fishing here – you can either watch or participate.
Let the team cook up that fresh catch with a tantalizing array of southern spices! The regular accompaniment of Manioc and “Pol Sambol” sprinkled with some homemade lime pickle is literally a hot favorite! Of course you can also cook your own fish the way you like it as well!
Thereafter take a cycle ride along the Wirawila Lake and the village.
For those willing to explore, Saraii village is a treasure trove of bike paths which run through local homes and fields, some of which even we haven’t discovered ourselves yet. While the main A2 highway is the biggest safest main road, we recommend taking a guide from the hotel for more scenic by-roads which run through shrub jungles and paddy fields and even around the Weerawila Lake
Return to the hotel.
Dinner & overnight at Cinnamon Wild, Yala (04 star - Jungle Chalet)
DAY 13: YALA/AHANGAMA/GALLE/BENTOTA
Yala to Ahangama (Approximate distance and drive time: 150kms & 04 hours) Ahangama to Galle (Approximate distance and drive time: 12kms & 30 minutes using local transportation) Galle to Bentota (Approximate distance and drive time: 60kms & 01 ½ hours)
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Galle en route at a special location learn how to make buffalo curd. Transfer to Ahangama for a cookery demonstration and lunch.
From the strong accent on speech to dress, architecture and of course cuisine the south of Sri Lanka has traditionally evolved a distinctly unique culture. Arrive at a local villager’s home where you will join in the preparation of a few typically southern dishes…
Learn the art or more correctly the science of creating the perfect “Fish Ambul Thiyal”. This is a classical local favorite made of Tuna or similar fish where a potent concoction of spices are used in combination with an interesting method of slow-cooking to create a fish preparation which keeps fresh for many days even without refrigeration or artificial preservatives.
Also learn how to prepare a curry made of young Jack Fruit which, correctly prepared makes a great substitute for meat and so is a great favorite among Sri Lanka’s vegetarians! The curry powder used for this dish is a unique mix of powdered Coriander, Cumin, Sweet Cumin, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Cloves!
Enjoy your lunch…
Thereafter you will be transferred to the Habaraduwa local bus stand. Hop in to a local bus (these buses are very basic and cannot be compared with the busses in New Zealand)
The bus journey will be for approximately 30 minutes and you will get off from the main bus halt in Galle
Thereafter do a city tour of Galle including a visit to the world famous Galle Fort.
Galle – said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices, this “Living” UNESCO World Heritage Site is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. Captured and fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city still retains the air of old Holland. Within the well preserved 90 acre fort and ramparts built in 1663 are old Dutch churches and monuments with armorial bearings, an imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names. The New Oriental Hotel, built for a Dutch governor in 1684, a colonial gem now converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel and several other excellent boutique hotels are testimony to the importance of this location
Transfer to Bentota.
Bentota – situated on the south west coast, at the confluence of the sea and the Bentota river, the sun drenched location and its golden, palm-fringed beaches which border the warm, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean made it a natural choice for development as the first tourist resort. Today it is known in Sri Lanka’s global tourist markets as a highly attractive holiday resort with a wide and varied choice of distinctive hotels to suit every taste and purse. Bentota has a complete range of tourist facilities, great seafood and very popular water sports centres which provide boating, water skiing, jet skiing, snorkelling and wind surfing
Arrive in Bentota and check-in at Bentota Beach Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the sun, sea and sand
Dinner & overnight at Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota (04 star – Standard Room)
DAY 15: BENTOTA/AIRPORT
Bentota to Airport (Approximate distance and drive time: 102kms & 02 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka – Colombo
Colombo – the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers - the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city - a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Zoo, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre
Arrive in Colombo and do a city tour also visiting the latest addition - The Arcade Independence Square – (Lunch – own arrangements)
Check-in at Cinnamon Red (Day Use Room)
Transfer to the airport in time for the departure flight
VALID FROM: SEPTEMBER 2015 - october 2015
During 24/12/2014 till 05/01/2015 we can use Cinnamon Lakeside instead of Jetwing Sea, as the rates at Jetwing Sea during this period will be very high. The reduction for using Cinnamon Lakeside will be US$ 100.00 per person per night.
Reduction for using Cinnamon Red (www.cinnamonhotels.com) instead of Cinnamon Lakeside will be US$ 40.00 per room per night
Accommodation on HB basis throughout the tour except while in Negombo and Colombo where accommodation will be on BB basis (Bed & breakfast) and RO basis (Room Only) respectively
Transport in an air-conditioned fully insured vehicle
Services of an English speaking chauffeur for groups below 06 pax and a National Guide for groups above 07 pax
Entrance fee to places of interests as per the programme
Lunch at a spice garden on Day 06
Lunch while in Ahangama on Day 13
Cycle ride at in Polonnaruwa on Day 04
Cycle ride in Wirawila on Day 12
Hiriwaduna Trek including Bullock Cart Ride
01 jeep safari at the Yala National Park
Fishing excursion on Day 12
Catamaran ride on Day 04
Home stay with excursions while in Tamarind Gardens
Early check-in and late check-out as per the programme
All service charges and VAT
Tips and other expenses of a personal nature
Entrance fee to places of interests which are not mentioned in the itinerary or mentioned as optional
Lunch throughout the tour except on Day 06 and 13 and lunch and dinner while in Negombo and Colombo
Visa fee to Sri Lanka
Transfer times mentioned above are without stops and are subject to change with the change in weather conditions / road conditions
Optional excursions can be booked directly and paid for locally
Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time
The above mentioned hotels will only be confirmed on availability at the time of booking if booked above allocation during the specified time periods. In such an event suitable alternatives will be suggested prior to confirmation.
In the event an international cricket teams tour Sri Lanka, a peak period supplement will be applicable at the following locations. This will be advised as and when respective hotels update us.
Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs and check out is at 1200 noon