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  • On arrival you will be met and welcomed by the representative of Far Holidays, and transferred to Negombo.

  • Check in at hotel        

  • Overnight stay in Negombo(Full Moon Garden, 3 star, Standard room, BB)

  • No meals included

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • After breakfast check out and transferred to Sigiriya, en route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala.   PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

  • App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now, including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as some of the more than 25 babies born as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.(Entrance fees not included)

  • Evening proceed to Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

  • SIGIRIYA – is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colors. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed. (Entrance fees not included)

  • Overnight stay in Dambulla(Palvehera Village, 3 star, Standard room, BB)

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast proceed to Hiriwadunna for experience authentic Sri Lanka life style.

Village Ride & Village Lunch (Entrance Direct by AGENT),

  • Explore the Village of Habarana by Bullock cart Ride, then get on to a Canoe, A nature trail through an isolated tank getting on to a traditional canoe of a villager passing through the lake full of water Lillie, Lotus flowers and very rare water birds and getting into his plantation called a CHENA . Also you can enjoy Truly Sri Lankan Village meal at his simple village house.
  • Village Tour with Lunch - (Bullock Ride / Boat Trip / Village House activities / Village Lunch / Tuk Tuk safari)
  • Eveninig leave for Polonnaruwa. Visit Royal Pavilion, Watadagaya (circular stupa), Uththararamaya (Galvehare) where the reclining Buddha statue, Lankathilanka - the oldest buddhist temple etc.

 

 

  • POLONNARUWA – is another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall. (Entrance fees not included)

 

  • Overnight stay in Dambulla(Palvehera Village, 3  star, Standard room, BB)

 

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

 

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast check out and commence the journey to Kandy, en route visit a Dambulla Cave Temple in Dambulla.

  • DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLES is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. (Entrance fees not included) 

  • SPICE GARDENS - at Matale – You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella on the Colombo-Kandy road where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations.

  • Check in at hotel           

  • Overnight stay in Kandy.(Lagone, 3star, Standard room, BB )

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.

  • ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS - Peradeniya - 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy.  There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens.  Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world are one such avenue. (Entrance fees not included)

  • On completion visit to Gem museum.

 

GEMS OF SRI LANKA

  • The world’s best gems are available in Sri Lanka such as Blue and Yellow Sapphire, Star Ruby and Star Sapphire, Chrysoberyl  Cat’s Eye, Alexandrite, Topaz, Amethyst, Quartz, Garnet, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Tourmaline When comparing with other countries you will be lucky to buy pure and valuable gems at Sri Lanka for a competitive price. You can get the education about gems, making jewelries and other requests with them. You can buy gold, white gold and silver jewelry at your choice. You can even get them Tailor Made as per your preference.

  • Evening Witness the cultural dance show in Kandy.

  • Overnight stay in Kandy.(Lagone, 3star, Standard room, BB )

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only.

 

 

 

  •  Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en route visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory.

  • Nuwara Eliya meaning "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light” is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.

  • Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

  • Check in at hotel(Royal Hills, 3star, Standard room, BB)
  • Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After Breakfast at the Hotel leave to visit Hakgala Botanical Garden & Strawberry Farm.

  • (Optional - Entrance Direct by Clients) -Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka.  It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. Hakgala Botanic Gardens, about 28 hectares in extent, lie under the shadow of the Hakgala Rock. The Botanic Gardens are locally reputed for their collection, the rose garden, magnificent trees, indoor plants, and flowers. The climate of the Gardens is subtropical, cool and fresh.

  • Strawberry Farm – Transport included on the package / Entrance Ticket direct by Agent

  • Ambewela Farm – Transport included on the package / Entrance Ticket by direct by Agent

  • Victoriya Park – Transport included on the package / Entrance Ticket by direct by Agent

  • Back to the Hotel.

  • Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.(Royal Hills, 3star, Standard room, BB)

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast check out and proceed to Yala via Ella, en route experience with sight seining around EllaYou may visit Ella Gap to witness the beauty of the Hill Country

  • Evening enjoy an exciting Jeep Safari at Yala National Park.

 

YALA NATIONAL PARK

  • Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open. (Entrance fees not included)

  • Check in at hotel

  • Overnight stay in Yala or Thissamaharamaya.(Oak ray lake, 3star, Standard room, BB)

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast check out and proceed to Galle. Arrive in Galle and proceed on a city tour in Galle.

     

    GALLE

  • Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbor. Stroll around the lighthouse and harbor or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs.

  • Basking on the southern coast of Sri Lanka in the bay of Galle, the Fort was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 before being extensively fortified by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. Recognized by UNESCO for its cultural heritage value, the Fort was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 as a unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries." (Entrance fees not included)

  • On completion proceed to Beruwala or Bentota.

  • Check in at hotel

  • Overnight stay in Bentota or Beruwala.(Oasey Beach Hotel, 3 star, Standard room, BB)

     

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast proceed to Balapitiya to experience Maadu River Boat Ride.

     

    Optional

  • Water Sport Activities – Payment direct by clients.

     

    (Optional)

  • Maduganga River is a shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. In has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. It might be one of the last remaining territories of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. (Entrance Fees not included)

  • Thereafter visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.

  • Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. (Entrance fees not included)

  • Overnight stay in Beruwala or Bentota(Oasey Beach Hotel, 3 star, Standard room, BB)

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • Full day leisure at the beach hotel or own activities.

  • Overnight stay in Bentota or Beruwala.(Oasey Beach Hotel, 3 star, Standard room, BB)

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast check out from the Hotel and proceed to Colombo.

  • Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour took place during the British period. The legacies of colonial Colombo's garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards. Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. (Entrance fees not  included)

  • Overnight stay in Colombo.(Global Towers, 3 star, Standard room, BB)

  • Included Meals: Breakfast Only.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • After breakfast check out and proceed to airport for your departure flight accordingly. Have a safe flight!!!

Inclusions

  • Meet & Greet service at the airport
  • Transportation by A/C vehicle as per the above program
  • Hotel accommodation at above mentioned hotels or similar as per the meal basis mentioned in the programme. (BB Basis)
  • Service of an English speaking guide
  • 2 no. of 500 ml mineral water bottles for each guest
  • Departure transfer
  • All taxes

Exclusions

  • Lunch  & Dinner through-out the tour
  • Early check-in or late checkout (Standard check-in time 14:00hrs and check out time 12.00 hrs)
  • Camera & Video permits
  • Entrance fees to the places mentioned in the program
  • Any beverages
  • Guide Tips and other tips
  • Air fare
  • Visa fees
  • Any additional visits which occur a cost

Ask Locals

Ayubowan – aayu-bo-one – The iconic greeting in Sri Lanka, wishing long life

Gaana Keeyada – Gaa-nuh Ki-ya-da – How much is this?

Muhuda – mu-hu-da – Ocean.

Me Koheda – Meh Ko-he-da – Where is this?

Transportation

Travelling in Sri Lanka, is easy in almost all the tourist locations which has a relatively good interconnection in public transport. Within the commercial city Colombo – transport could be arranged by any type of vehicle and public transport services which are quite regular and same applies with Kandy, Galle, Anuradhapura and etc.

Trains are plenty – might not be quite punctual, main road bus services are active – always ask before you leap in. And the Tuk-Tuk (three-wheeler) culture is much famous among travelers and you can also travel around cities of Sri Lanka in a Tuk-Tuk.

Where to Go

Sigiriya – Named as a UNESCO world heritage site and with a uniqueness which you would not find on earth on construction, artistry and heritage Sigiriya holds the number 01 must visit of the country. The frescoes, ponds with water technology, a castle built on top of a rock, caves with thrones and fountains are only a few to amaze.

Kandy Perahera – This is a one of its kind pageant held in August every year with a number of cultural dances from different parts of the country, king’s men and elephants and tuskers parading on the streets of Kandy. Kandy Perahera is one single night of the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

Galle Dutch Fort–  Margined to the Indian Ocean from the southernmost coast, even after more than 450 years lies majestically with the remains of the Portuguese. The UNESCO had been able to recognize this marvelous construction as a World Heritage Site, rising strong for generations to explore Sri Lanka.

Activities

Watch a game of cricket – to be amazed by how people get boozed out with a International Cricket Match played at home – in one of the grounds around Colombo, Galle and Kandy. Wear a t-shirt with the name, have some face painting and cheer for a country other than yours.

Surfing – Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa are named as world’s best surf spots and they are here in Sri Lanka. With all sorts of assistance for a beginner you can experience the rough and wild waves in a Best Surf Spot in the World.

White Water Rafting and other water sports– Kitulgala is the marked spot for white water rafting enthusiasts with a boulder-strewn grade 3–4 rapids. And also kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, jet skiing are also available at various locations around.

Trekking – Spectacular scenery with modest climates captures the unexploited wildlife rich lowlands, rainforests, tea estates and paddy fields. While visiting some unique tourist locations of Sri Lanka, it is always advisable that you use trekking to travel for more experiences.

Diving and Snorkeling– The diving season on the west coast runs from November to April and in the east coast it is from May to October. Though the island is not much renowned for snorkeling you can dive to the Coral Sanctuary at Hikkaduwa, and also Pigeon Islands and Polhena.

Food & Accommodation

Ready to book a hotel in Sri Lanka, but has no idea which type to look for? Hotels in Sri Lanka has a vivid range on its room types may it be luxury or budget hotel rooms. Most importantly they change according to the location with its facilities and price. Almost every tourist hotspot in Sri Lanka has luxurious accommodation and also budget rooms which are safe and secure.

Food in Sri Lanka is a topic that is completely different. But in general, the native food is a little bit spicy – that even the mildest could be found with a curry or dish that is spicy. Still there are many places that you can find foods which would match your taste and many of the hotels provide Native Sri Lankan foods in their International buffet spread. When you are travelling out always make sure to experience some of the native foods with the help of our guides.