Have you a friend or a family member faced barriers in travelling to a destination due to certain special requirements? This is a concern that we are now able to resolve in Sri Lanka
Our team is prepared and ready to provide travel solutions for differently-abled travellers who need special care. From the moment you step into Sri Lanka until you leave the country, we are here to ensure that you have all that you need to make your trip secure and comfortable.
All the hotels and campsites are accessible by Mobility Vehicles and all the rooms would be in close proximity to public areas like restaurants and bars, lobbies, swimming pools, etc. Where hotels cannot provide ground floor rooms, elevators will be available to access upper floors, using the mobility vehicles.
All tour vehicles utilised including MPVs, coaches and the safari vehicles, will have ample space for your luggage and the mobility vehicle. An electronic elevated platform or a tailor-made portable ramp will ensure our guests’ mobility vehicles can easily board and disembark without a hassle.
We allow our guests to experience the locality at its best, our stops for sightseeing & activities are chosen based on your abilities. If you need the service of a carer to push your wheelchair during the tour, we are always happy to provide the services required.
OUR SPECIAL SERVICES FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED GUESTS
- Mobility vehicle-friendly vehicles.
- Specially selected hotels & restaurants for accommodation with easy access rooms.
- Specially selected sites and highlights for sightseeing.
- Special arrangements at the airport.
- Specially modified Safari Jeeps for mobility vehicles and wheelchairs.
- Wheelchair Rentals.
- Carers for wheelchair assistance for Senior Citizens.
Highlights at a glance
- Roam in “Little Rome” Negombo.
- Experience the Wilderness of Wilpattu National Park.
- Heritage at its best: Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa historical Sites, Dambulla Cave Temple & Kandy Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
- Polonnaruwa - the Sri Lankan 12th century Kingdom, home to a large monkey population which was famously featured in Disney’s engaging documentary film ‘Monkey Kingdom’.
- Panoramic views of enormous tea plantations in the hill country, including tea experiences in Nuwara Eliya.
- Explore the Land of Elephants - Jeep Safari in Udawalawe National Park.
- Craft your own pot; Pottery experience in Udawalawe.
- Witness the living heritage; Galle Dutch Fort.
- Fabulous sandy beaches - enjoy a beach stay in Mirissa.
The start of your holiday in Sri Lanka, just ease into it. Depending on what time you arrive, it really is up to you to decide what you would like to do on your brief stop here. You may fancy a boat ride on Negombo’s Dutch Canal which weaves an interesting route around the city, or you may just like to linger on the beach. If you choose to venture out, Hotel Road teems with bars and seafood restaurants to check out.
Goldi Sands Hotel
An early morning start will see you heading to the fish market to watch the day’s catch coming in, experience the process of wholesale fish trading and also to learn about the process of drying fish. Afterwards you’ll be heading to Wilpattu.
Your accommodation will be quite unique during this leg of the journey as you will be staying in an accessible tent, glamping style, with all the modern amenities. The secure campsite is situated right on the border of the Park, which means that there will be plenty of safe encounters without even leaving the camp premises.
Among things to do in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu National Park is a multi-faceted treasure: on your afternoon jeep safari, you will get a sense of this sprawling landscape: from low scrub forests, wetlands to tall ebony and milla trees, and its iconic lakes – getting its vernacular name which means ten lakes. “The Land of Lakes” is the biggest and 2nd oldest Wildlife Park of Sri Lanka. Look out for its wildlife, especially the elusive Sri Lankan leopard and numerous birds.
At the end of the safari, a delicious BBQ dinner under the stars awaits you at the campsite.
After a solid night’s rest, we’ll take you again for a morning Guided Safari with packed breakfast. This gives you more opportunities to see different wildlife in action. Then you will drive to Sigiriya via Anuradhapura. You will stop at Anuradhapura and it’s the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka with ruins. This vast city is full of amazing ancient Sri Lankan architecture and you will visit: Ruwanwelisaya – one of the world’s tallest ancient monuments which houses the Buddha’s relics, Thuparamaya – the first Buddhist temple, Lovamahapaya – a nine storied skyscraper of the ancient world, Isurumuniya – famous for its intriguing carvings, the 4th century CE Samadhi Statue carved out of dolomite marble, Kuttam Pokuna and Eth Pokuna – elaborately constructed bathing ponds, and the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi – the 2,250 year-old sacred Bo tree, grown from the southern branch of the sacred Bo tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment.
Then you will be heading to Sigiriya for an overnight stay at a hotel.
Today you will be visiting the Monkey project, which filmed the famous documentary “Monkey Kingdom”. Next, the 13th century mediaeval capital of Sri Lanka; Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa, with its ruins in a resplendent state of preservation, was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th to 13th century. The ancient city defended by enclosing walls, is dotted with palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. The Gal Vihara temple complex, cut from a single granite wall, consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha and ranks among the masterpieces of Sri Lankan art.
A short drive after breakfast will bring you to the Dambulla fruit & vegetable market which is a massive hub for fresh produce trading. After touring the market and sampling various produce, you will head over to the Dambulla Cave Temple. You can explore the lower temple of this World Heritage Site.
Then, a scenic drive will get you to Kandy and overnight stay at a hotel.
Today you will visit Royal Botanical Gardens in an Electric Cart, a stunning, 60-hectare garden with its fine collection of orchids and spice gardens. There is also the extraordinary cannonball fruit tree and 40m-high Burma bamboo.
After a delicious lunch you will resume your journey to visit the Temple of the Tooth (the Sri Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred relic of a tooth belonging to Lord Buddha is kept) and also witness a daily sacred ritual known as Thewawa.
Sightseeing this quaint town will be peaked by your visit to a tea factory. With incredible dexterity and speed, versatile women pluck tea leaves filling up their tea sacks every day. At the tea factory, you will see the entire process of how tea is made from scratch, from tea bush to teapot.
In the factory, with an expert tea maker, you will go through the entire tea-making process: from withering to grading. Similar to wine tasting, tea tasting is an art and at the end of the process, you will be guided to attempt tasting some of the tea varieties.
The Blackpool Hotel
Then you’ll be heading down to the elephant country! you will be passing through the panoramic view of Ella. Despite its diverse population of animals and birds, Udawalawe National Park’s reputation is dominated by the giants, as it is home to over 400 elephants. Your accessible comfortable glamping accommodation will also offer up some great sightings, as it is situated right on the border of the Park. Next: an evening Guided Jeep Safari at Udawalawe. At the end of the safari, a delicious BBQ dinner under the stars awaits you at the campsite.
An early morning start will see you set off on a half day safari at Udawalawe National Park with packed breakfast. Then you’ll be heading to the South Coast beaches. The drive to Mirissa will take around 2 hours. You’ll spend your next couple of days here. In The evening you will stay relaxed at a hotel or beach.
After the long Sri Lanka’s cultural highlights & wildlife around the country, before departure from the beautiful island you will stay at south beaches.
Leave for Colombo; the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The drive will take a maximum of 3 hours.
A melting pot of cultures and commerce, Colombo is a lively city with the most fascinating history. Ancient Arab sailors frequented these ports to trade with the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists that occupied the city. Today, Colombo has something for everyone! Visit impressive cultural sights, Buddhist Temples and Hindu Kovils scattered throughout the city and experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Drive through the city’s commercial center known as the “Fort”, where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern hotels and office structures. Explore the vibrant markets and bazaars in Pettah. Discover the Museums and Art Centers with their fine collections of antiques, arts and crafts of Sri Lanka. Or indulge in shopping and tasting Sri Lankan delicacies. Stay night at Fairway Colombo.
We’ve reached the end of your 11-night holiday to Sri Lanka and it is time to depart. Your chauffeur will take you to Colombo Airport in time to catch your departure flight.
Includes / Excludes
- 11 nights accommodation.
- Breakfast & Dinner at all hotels.
- All Inclusive at Mahoora campsites by Eco Team.
- Transportation in an Airconditioned Vehicle with an English Speaking Chauffeur throughout the tour including Airport Transfers.
- Jeep Safaris in the above mentioned National Park in a Private Jeep including the entry permit costs & government tracker fees. Including 4 Half Day Jeep Safaris at Wilpattu & Udawalawe National Parks.
- Entry Permits to all the sites, temples, museums & monuments mentioned in the itinerary.
- Costs of all experiences, community visits, hikes and village walks mentioned in the itinerary.
- Service charges at the hotels & current applicable taxes by the Sri Lankan Government.
- Any International or Domestic flights.
- Any Visa fee or ETA fee. (Electronic Travel Authorization)
- Christmas & New Year Eve dinner supplement. (24th & 31st December)
- Perahera Supplement at Kandy Hotel during the Perahera Period.
- Any additional beverage or food.
- Early Check-in or Late Checkout Charges at Hotels.
- Any tips to the staff.
- Any expense of personal requirements telephone, laundry, hotel extra bills etc.)
- Any additional expenses , other than mentioned in the inclusions list above.
When it comes to the accommodation, all the reservations are subject to availability at the time of confirmation, and as soon as we have received the payment, our Tour Operations Team will take in charge of your tour and proceed with the reservations. In case a hotel mentioned in your itinerary has no availability, we will find you an alternative. No changes will be done without your approval!
We will make a rough day-by-day schedule for your tour, but won’t set you exact timings for each and every activity – unless there is a an activity which start at a specific time. Since you will be traveling by private vehicle, with a knowledgeable driver-guide, we want you to have your part in decision making. With the help from him, you may tune the schedule to your rhythm.
Along the destinations included in your itinerary, you are free to take as many stops as you want to. When it comes to additional visits and destinations that are located out of the original route, the extra kilometers will be taken in consideration. For your journey, we will calculate a total mileage that is sufficient for the whole tour and mentioned in your itinerary. If this limit is exceeded, we will charge a supplement according the extra mileage.
We’ll do our best to accommodate the programme in your needs and wishes, if something urgent occurs during your tour. In a situation that requires changing the accommodation, the cancellation policies of the hotels concerned are to be taken on account.
Since the 1st of January 2012, all travelers must be in possession of a visa when arriving in Sri Lanka. Citizens from Singapore and The Maldives are the only exempt. Visitors can apply for the official Electronic Travel Authorization (visa) via www.eta.gov.lk, or upon arrival at the airport. There is a small fee to pay, and you must have at least six months left on your passport at the time of travel to obtain one.
MasterCard and Visa are widely used and accepted by many local shops, restaurants and hotels, but it’s always better to double check. Other major cards such as AmEx and DinersClub are accepted often also.
The Important Stuff
Sri Lanka is a nation where religion and culture occupy an important place in the day-to-day lives of the local people. It is important to be aware of the customs and practices that are particular to the location you are visiting, so here are a few general tips to keep in mind during your travels. Your chauffeur will assist you with more detailed information.
- If you plan on visiting any temples, ancient or current, you should wear clothing that covers your body from your shoulders down to your knees. Head coverings such as caps or helmets should be removed and shoes must be taken off at the entrance. White coloured clothing is generally a good choice to go with here.
- Some religious places do not allow photography or videography without prior permission and some may not allow it at all. Refer to signage or ask your chauffeur guide about the policy or protocol. Don’t try to photograph or take videos without permission.
- If you have any tattoos associated with Buddhism, Hinduism or Islamism, it’s best that you cover them completely in public places.
- Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places, workplaces and on public transport.