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PROGRAMME
: Explore Sri Lanka - 7 days
DURATION
: 06 Nights / 07 Days
PERIOD
:Valid till 30th April 2015
Culture and Nature Tours in Sri Lanka -TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 - Airport - Colombo

Arrival.. meet & greet and transfer to Colombo .

Enroute Shopping at Colombo , Sri Lanka 's Commercial Capital.

COLOMBO is Sri Lanka 's commercial capital with Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels & restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos- which has the highest winning percentage in the world, night-clubs and other entertainment facilities
Colombo is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange   center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe .

Even a commercial city, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits.

There are many locations relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The Colombo Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Old Parliament, World Trade Center, Zoo, Dutch Museum, Kelani Viharaya, National Art Gallery. Folk Art Center- Kotte, Natural History Museum, BMICH, Municipal Museum, Fort Railway Station dates back to 1904, Wolfandhal Church and Vaneshwara Kovil and main tourist attractions in Colombo.

SCHEDULE

  • Arrival transfer from the airport to Colombo.
  • Check in to Hotel in Colombo.
  • After a long journey leisure and relax or Do Colombo city tour.
  • Dinner and Overnight stay at Ramada hotel or similar

Day 2 - Colombo - Belihuloya

After the breakfast, proceed to Belihuolya.

En route visit a Gem pit & a Gem museum in City Of Gems / Rathnapura.

RATNAPURA - CITY OF GEMS . A land of stirring myth and legend, for you raise your eyes. This area has a long history for finest gems in the world specifically best rubies in the world.

The extent to which Ratnapura still yields its fabulous gems is sufficient to account for the early tales of their profusion and splendour. Yes, Ratnapura (also called the city of rubies) remains to this day the convergence of Sri Lanka's mineral wealth, the place to which the detritus of the rocks sweep down and are held lovingly in the dips and rises of a land that seems to stir in its sleep, then pulls the coverlets of green and gold around it. Gem collections can be seen at the National Museum , Ratnapura, and a number of private museums.

GEM INDUSTRY Gems are a very important mineral resource in Sri Lanka . According to the chronicles, Sri Lankan gem industry has a very long history and dates back even before the 6 th century B.C.. It is one of the oldest industries of Sri Lanka , which still plays a major contribution to Sri Lankan economy. In ancient times Sri Lanka was known as the "Ratnadeepa" (the island of gems) by foreigners. There is much evidence available on the ancient Sri Lankan gem industry and gems and they are found in the chronicles and records of monks, tourists, explorers, historians and others.

 

Check in to Belihuloya River Garden Resort Eco Team's Main Activity Centre for Lunch.

Canoeing in Samanalawewa in the Evening.

CANOEING IN SAMANALAWEWA  The still calm waters of the Samanalawewa reservoir are perfect for canoeing.  Whether you want to take your time and go for a leisurely paddle for a couple of hours, perhaps venturing out to the mouth of the Belihuloya River or spend an entire day exploring the perimeter of the reservoir, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. The surrounding mountains add to the idyllic setting of the reservoir.  All groups will be supplied with an experienced guide and modern life jackets, and a proper orientation will be offered for those who are new to canoeing.

Dinner and overnight stay at the River Garden Cottages.

SCHEDULE

  • After the breakfast, proceed to Belihuloya.
  • Enroute visit a Gem Pit and Gem Museum at Rathnapura.
  • Check in to River Garden Resort for Lunch.
  • Canoeing in Samanalawewa in the Evening.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at the River Garden Cottages.

Day 3 - Belihuloya - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya via Horton Plains National Park

  • Nature walk in Horton Plains Nature Reserve, which is approximateli 10,000 Hectares in extent, is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hare , Porcupine, and a variety of Migratory birds, unique to this region. According to a recent count there are 16 Leopards in Horton Plains. If you are very lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard during your sojourn in the Horton Plains.
  • You will first visit the Baker’s falls and then arrive at the World’s End cliff covering approximately 3km. To get to the Baker’s Falls, you have to deviate from the main trail and go approximately 500m on a very difficult downward path. 
  • Take pictures at these locations to take your memories home. Most of the day both small and big “World’s Ends” are covered with mist and clouds. So, one must have patience to wait at these points for clouds to clearup to get a glimpse of a steep drop and a tea estate beneath World’s End. The big World’s End has a sheer drop of 3700 feet.
  • Total distance of trekking inside the park would be 6km.[Graded as a soft trail]

Check in at Alpine Hotel.

Evening at leisure or walk in the City.

Dinner and overnight stay at Alpine Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.

SCHEDULE

  • After the breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya via Horton Plains.
  • Check in to Windsor Hotel for Lunch.
  • Evening relax & leisure.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at the Alpine Hotel.

Day 4 - Nuwara Eliya (FB)

After the Breakfast, a City Tour in Nuwara Eliya.

NUWARA ELIYA lies in the central hills of Sri Lanka, 6200 feet above sea level. The 160 km drive from Colombo is one of the most scenic in the island with wonderful views and a visual introduction to the tea country of Sri Lanka. The jewel in the crown of NE is the 117-year-old course in the heart of the town. Nuwara-Eliya is surrounded by mountain chains covered by dense, moss-covered cloud forests and tea plantations; its perpetual English spring weather, seasonal mists and dry winds provide ideal weather conditions for the production of one of the choicest grades of high grown tea, to which it gives its name. The city's southern end is adorned by Lake Gregory; high waterfalls add to its scenic beauty. The cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13 oC this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called little England. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka is famous for Yellow-eared Bulbul, Blackbird, in winter Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher.

Lunch to be taken at suitable location.

Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Alpine Hotel.

SCHEDULE

  • After the breakfast, City tour around Nuwara Eliya.
  • Back to the Alpine Hotel.
  • Evening relax & leisure.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at the Alpine Hotel.

Day 5 - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

After the breakfast, you will be transferred to Kandy.

KANDY was the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against colonial powers.  It is also the home of the Temple of the Tooth relic.  Its architectural monuments date mainly from the 19th century, when Vikrama Rajashinha went on a building spree, the cost of which hastened the downfall and eventual surrender to the British forces in 1815.

Kandy was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese people call it “Mahanuwara” meaning the "Great City”. But the name Kandy was derived from the Word Kanda, which means mountain. Due to its geographical location Kandy was not an easy target for the foreign invaders who could gain the control of coastal area of the island. It is still very much a focal point of Sri Lankan culture. It was the capitol of last generation of Sri Lanka`s kings until it fell in to the hands of British.

Check in to Swiss Residence.

City Tour in the Evening. Visit Temple of Tooth, Gem Museum.

DALADAMALIGAWA - The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa dates from the 16th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century.  Entering the shrine over a moonstone step, you pass a stone depicting the Indian goddess Lakshmi and a wall with frescoes illustrating the Buddhist conception of hell.  The upper stories house the relic of the tooth, caged behind the gilded iron bars.  Behind the tooth relic sanctuary is a hall with a number of golden Buddha statues and modern paintings, showing Buddha’s life and the arrival of Buddhism in the land.  We end our tour just before the evening drumming begins, which precedes the ceremonious opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the tooth.

Back to the Hotel. Visit a Cultural Show in Kandy in the late evening.

Dinner and overnight stay at Swiss Residence.

SCHEDULE

  • After the breakfast, proceed to Kandy.
  • Check in to the Swiss Residence.
  • Evening City Tour.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at the Swiss Residence.
Day 6 - Kandy - Negombo (FB)

After the breakfast proceed to Negombo.

On the way to Visit the Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala.

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE See baby jumbos wondering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless. Started in 1972 the Elephant Orphanage was relocated to at the present site in 1975 Bathing time at Ma Oya just in front of the orphanage is sharp at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Feeding time is about and hour earlier.

Wild Elephant Viewing Locations in Sri Lanka Udawalawe National Park and Yala (Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary) and Gal Oya National Park are popular safari destination for viewing these big mammals. It is not uncommon to come across herds crossing public roads on the Habarana. One should keep its distance if the elephants are not in a herd because of their threatening behaviour. Getting there Pinnawala is about 3 km from Rambukkana junction on Colombo-Kandy (90km from Colombo) road. Travelers by bus from Colombo or Kandy could take the Rambukkana bus from Kegalle town.

Continue to Negombo.

NEGOMBO

A characteristic fishing town 6 km from the International Airport, Negambo has a fascinating and picturesque beachfront. Bustling Negambo town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The narrow strip of land between the lagoon & the sea and the many canals make for a good exploring. The lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and fish auctions on the beach that are worth a look.

The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it again in the same year, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negambo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.

Check in to the Golden Star Beach Hotel for lunch.

Evening relax on the beach.

Dinner and overnight stay at Golden Star Beach Hotel.

SCHEDULE

  • After the breakfast, proceed to Negombo.
  • Check in at Golden Star Beach Hotel.
  • Evening relax on the beach.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at Golden Star Beach Hotel.

Day 7 - Departure

After breakfast proceed to Katunayake Interantional Airport for Departure.

- End of the Tour -


RATE SCHEDULE FOR THE TOUR

No of Pax

02 pax

Per person in US$

885

**Discounted rates are available for 3 pax and above. Please Contact Us

OUR RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation at Bungalow/ Cottages/Hotels or similar as mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • Meal plan to be on HB basis during the whole tour..
  • Transportation throughout the tour, in an Air conditioned Micro Van with English speaking chauffer Guide. (Please note the total mileage calculated for this tour is for 800 Kms. If exceeded the above quoted mileage a supplement of US$ .40 per km will be charged.)
  • Entrance Fees to Horton Plains National Park and tracker fee.
  • Entrance fees to Temple of Tooth and the charges for Cultural Show.
  • Entrance fees to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
  • Service charges and all Government taxes.

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Any extra beverages or food.
  • Lunch During the whole Tour.
  • Any Tips to the staff.
  • Compulsory peak season supplementary ( New year supplementary  on 31st Dec’14, X’mas supplementary on 24th Dec’14, Kandy Perahera supplementary from 27th Jul14 to 11th Aug’14)
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.

PAYMENT POLICY:

Full payment with the confirmation

CANCELLATION POLICY :

  • 90 Days to 30 Days - 250 US $ Administrative fee or 10% of the tour fee whichever is higher.
  • 14 Days to 29 Days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 50 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking. Balance will be refunded. 
  • 8 Days to 13 Days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 75 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking. Balance will be refunded. 
  • Less than 7 days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 100 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking.
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