Day 1: Arrival - Sigiriya (D)Meet, greet and proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage. It provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. The orphanage was established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphaned elephants. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their calfs born in the same location. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born in 1984. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river near by. Upon completion proceed to Sigiriya and check in at the Camelia Resort and Spa for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Tour (B/D)After breakfast climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ''Heavenly Maidens'' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Upon completion proceed to Polonnaruwa. The island's medieval capital (built in the 11th and 12th century AD) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. It is a world heritage site. Many of the ruins are in an excellent condition. Its great artificial lake, the Parakrama Samudra which covers an area of 6,000 acres, feeds a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks. Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya which has 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and the statue of King Parakramabahu. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. After visiting Polonnaruwa, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Polonnaruwa to Kandy Tour (B/D)After breakfast proceed and visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. It was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres. Upon completion proceed to Kandy via visiting a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Continue to Kandy and do a city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name 'Kandy' conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town, the bazaar, an arts & crafts centre and a gem museum / lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show. Upon completion check in at the Hotel Topaz for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Peradeniya and Nuwara Eliya Tour (B/D)After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya and visit a Botanical Garden. This beautiful garden is located 4 miles off Kandy. It was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It covers approximately 147 acres and is a walkers paradise with extensive well kept lawns, pavilions, an octagon conservatory, fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flower beds. The best attraction is the orchid house. Upon completion proceed to Nuwara Eliya via visiting a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Continue to Nuwara Eliya and do a walk in the city. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Upon completion check in at Galway Forest Lodge Nuwara Eliya for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Excursion to Horton Plains (B/D)Early morning proceed with breakfast packets on and excursion to Horton Plains. It is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2,100 - 2,300 metres (6,900 - 7,500 ft) above the sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. The unique feature of Horton Plains is "World's End". It is considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Bakers falls. (Walk is about 14 km). The park shelters mammals such as samburs, leopards, bears, monkeys and endemic lizards. This area is also home for over 20 endemic bird species including the Sri Lankan whistling thrush, orange-billed babbler and yellow-eared bulbul. Upon completion return to the hotel. In the evening do a short walk around the hotel. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Galway Forest Lodge.
Day 6: Yala Tour (B/D)After breakfast leave for Yala via Ella Wellawaya and do a jeep safari at the National Park. The Yala National Park is approximately 1,259 sq. kms in extent and is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is located in the south eastern corner of the island and it has the added bonus of a scenic ocean frontage. The park is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here. On completion check in at Mandara Rosen Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Galle and Katunayake Tour (B/D)After breakfast proceed to Galle and do a short city tour. Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon and is a town rich in history. It was the center of the Dutch regime in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort ( spanning 90 acres ) bears testimony to this fact. The city of Galle is one of the well preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia and has been declared a 'World Heritage Site'. The Dutch museum & the Dutch church are two famous tourist attractions in Galle. The city is also known for its delicate handmade lace and ebony carvings. Upon completion proceed to Katunayake and check in at Ramada Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Departure - Katunayake (B)After breakfast proceed to the Airport for departure.
** Per Person rates in USD
|3 and 4 Star Hotel||Book||3*||T.B.A||851||T.B.A||T.B.A||270|
Hotels3 Star Hotel or Similar
Galway Forest Lodge (Nuwara Eliya)
4 Star Hotel or Similar
Camelia Resort and Spa (Sigiriya)
Hotel Topaz (Kandy)
Mandara Rosen Hotel (Yala)
Ramada Hotel (Katunayake)
Term & Conditions
Rates are applicable to minimum of 2 persons, unless specified. Valid to ALL Markets.
Validity Period: 01 May - 31 October 2014
Not included in the package: Cost of the Yala Jeep safari, Lunch throughout the tour, Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the sites, Expenses of a personal nature and Any other services not specified above.
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
The rates are nett and include all government taxes totaling to 13%.
These rates are subject to change without prior notice in the event government changes the tax policy.
Rates are still subject to change. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Compulsory Perehara Supplement during the stay in Kandy (From 01/08/2014 till 10/08/2014) - 60USD
Other terms and conditions apply.
a.) 9 days or less - 100% cancellation charge.
b.) Between 10 days & 16 days - 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the first two days charges depending on the programme and period of stay.
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia; known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
Sri Lanka has a documented history that spans over 3000 years. Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka is a diverse country, home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. It is the land of the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils, Moors, Indian Tamils, Burghers, Malays, Kaffirs and the aboriginal Vedda. Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island. The country's recent history has been marred by a thirty-year civil war which decisively but controversially ended in a military victory in 2009.
Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near town of Dambulla of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archeaological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477-495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure Siha¬Āgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.