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The Sri Lanka Experience 6 night stay from €2,299 per person

Experience the amazing contrasts that this pearl of the Indian Ocean offers on this full Sri Lanka Experience Tour.  Sri Lanka is a land of phenomenal natural beauty and is home to seven World Heritage sights.

The itinerary encompasses a myriad of cultural sights, a feast of attractions, an abundance of wildlife and showcases the diverse beauty of the island.  Your journey commences with the bustling capital of Colombo and moving on you start the first of many wildlife experiences at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

As you tour, you will discover breath-taking scenery and sights with contrasts of palm-fringed beaches, misty mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush tea plantations and tropical rainforest. All of this is experienced in a tropical climate and with the natural charm and hospitality of the locals

DAY 1: COLOMBO


On arrival in Colombo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night, check into your city hotel before an afternoon sightseeing tour of Colombo.

Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is a major port near the mouth of the Kelani Ganga River. Its great breakwaters  give shelter to a large, artificially created harbour. Beira Lake, part of the Port of Colombo, is connected to the harbour by a canal and locks.
Sri Jayavardhanapura, the legislative and judicial capital of Sri Lanka, is on the outskirts of Colombo. and business section of Colombo, called the Fort, occupies the sites of the former fortified area. Broad avenues and modern buildings contrast with the narrow, crooked streets and ramshackle structures of the Pettah quarter.
There are numerous churches, mosques and temples reflecting the multi-cultural history of Colombo and educational institutions including the University of Colombo and the Sri Lanka Technical Collage dating back to 1893.

Return to the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight accommodation for one night:

Premium accommodation: The Cinnamon Lakeside

Meals included: Dinner

 

DAY 2: PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE - HABARANA

After breakfast proceed to Habarana en-route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is unique in that it breeds elephants in captivity for re- release into the wild and also takes care of orphaned wild elephants found in the jungles. The feeding for these elephants is extremely interesting; they drink at least 7 bottles of milk all in large slurps, holding the bottles precariously in their trunks. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 
Continue on your journey to Habarana and on arrival check into your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight accommodation for two nights:

Premium accommodation: The Cinnamon Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 
DAY 3: RUINED CITY OF POLONNARUWA

After breakfast you will visit the ruined city of Polonnaruwa which displays the influences of both Indian and Sinhalese cultures. Stand and admire the world famous Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya consisting of three huge stone monoliths of the Lord Buddha, in a sitting, standing and reclining position. Appreciate the Vatadageya, Sathmahal Prasadaya, Rajasaba Mandapaya, Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, and Parakrama Samudra, the most famous places of Buddhist interest in ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 4: SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS – DAMBULLA CAVES TEMPLES - KANDY

After breakfast, leave for Kandy, this will involve a full day drive, stopping at Sigiriya Rock Fortress en route  (Considered the 8th wonder of the world).  Sigiriya was built in 5th century AD by patricide King Kasyappa and boasts the world famous frescoes of women carved on sheer rock face.
Climb the rock fortress and marvel at the feats of architecture achieved in the moats, the lions paw and at the summit of the rock, where the palace was situated. (The climb can be a little tough and might not be suitable for everyone)
Continue on the picturesque drive to Kandy.  En-route you will also visit the cave temples of Dambulla, considered by most to be the central point of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is a town built around a vast isolated rock 500ft high and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The view from the top of this rock is breathtaking. The caves reveal a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft, long, cut out from the rock, There are images of deities associated with Buddhism, frescoes on the walls and ceiling (dated to the 15th - 18th centuries) and are no less than 150 life size statues of gods. There are numerous images of the Buddha as well. The ceiling too is covered with frescoes which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhala People.

The road to Kandy is a beautiful one, as you eventually begin the climb up to the delightful hill station. Girdled by hills, Kandy is a peaceful haven to retire to, enjoying a cool of the climate. 
Kandy, at an altitude of 500m is the cultural center of Sri Lanka and was the capital of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a particularly relaxed hill station, with a colonial past. It is dominated by its lake and the nearby Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka's most sacred relic.

After arriving at your hotel enjoy watching a colorful Kandyan dance performance with traditional music.

Overnight accommodation for one night:

Premium accommodation: The Cinnamon Citadel

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 5: NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast you will depart for Nuwara Eliya, taking in the breath-taking scenery as you drive on mountainous roads amidst tea gardens and cascading waterfalls. The journey will include a visit to a working tea factory where you can watch the process of complete tea making, before continuing to Nuwara Eliya.

Situated in the heart of the tea growing region of Sri Lanka, described as a beautiful "Little England" pretty little town has a very strong British influence. Little cottage houses with neat rose gardens are a very picturesque sight indeed.

After some time sightseeing of Nuwara Eliya, continue to the Royal Golf Club.

The afternoon will be at leisure to play a round of golf on Nuwara Eliya's 18 hole golf course, 5000ft above sea level and an extremely pleasant course (green fees and renting of golf clubs at an additional cost). Alternatively enjoy a few hours relaxation.

Overnight accommodation for one night:

Premium accommodation: The Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 6: YALA, TISSAMAHARAMA – YALA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast this morning leave for Yala, Tissamaharama.  Admire the spectacular scenery as you descend from the tea region, through the elephant corridor to Yala National Park a stunning journey of approximately 6 hours.  Dinner included at the hotel.

Overnight accommodation for one night:

Premium accommodation: The Cinnamon

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 7: YALA NATIONAL PARK – GALLE FORT

Take an early morning Jeep safari to Yala National park where you can see Sri Lankan wild animals in their natural state. Inside the park you will come across wild boar, deer, leopards, elephants, bears,
peacocks, flamingos and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them to live. The
elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and you may watch them bathing their young and
immersing themselves in the river. You may also see leopards sunning themselves on rocks in the park. Herds of deer roam at will, Peacocks flaunt their colourful feathers and flamingos.

Return to the hotel for breakfast before you begin your trip to Galle, the southern capital of Sri Lanka.

Visit the famous Dutch ramparts in the Galle Fort. This fort now houses most of the offices of the government, the old post office, the beautiful Dutch church over 350 years old and other colonial style buildings. Walk along the ramparts which offer views of the harbour and the famous old light house.

Galle is well known for its cottage industries and lace making which is a traditional southern Sri Lankan craft. Visit a lace making craft centre as well as a mask making centre. These wooden masks are used in ceremonies and festivals in Sri Lanka. Each one is hand carved and significant of a
certain human feeling.

After your sightseeing tour of Galle, you will be dropped off at a beach hotel of your choice along the coast from Galle to Colombo.  (not included in tour price please call for more details)

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Travelling times, mode of transport and visits to attractions may be subject to change depending on opening times and local conditions.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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6 night stay from €2,299 per person

(based on two persons sharing) for Premium accommodation.

Based on travel from 15th April to 15th July 2017.

(Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply) 

The tour includes: Accommodation and meals as specified, transportation in an AC private vehicle, English speaking Sri Lanka Tourist Board qualified chauffeur guide services, entrance fees if and where applicable, taxes and international flights.  Supplements may apply during cricket and festive seasons.

***Reference, Yala, please note that visits to wildlife parks will be at client's own risk. Safari vehicles (non-air-conditioned) available, are basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours)

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