0203 023 7776

Simply Sri Lanka

9 Nights   fr£1129

Tour Highlights
  • Return flights from London
  • Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Negombo the city of calm in the west coast of Sri Lanka
  • Dambulla Cave Temple the largest, best-preserved, cave-temple complex in the country
  • Sigiriya - Sri Lanka's abandoned lion rock fortress
  • Colombo the city of vibrant colours and rich culture
  • Kandy - home to sacred landmarks, landscaped gardens, and cultural museums
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What's Included

Overview

  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels on Bed & Breakfast basis

  • Transportation by air-conditioned Luxury large Coach

  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout the tour

  • Currently applicable government taxes

  • Meet and Greet service at the airport with our uniformed Sri Lanka Airport Representative

  • Sri Lanka welcome pack

  • Garlands on Arrival

  • Two 500ml mineral water bottles per person in all transfers

  • Airport porterage

  • Entrance tickets for

  • Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Spice identification and Cookery demonstration

  • Anuradhapura

  • Isurumuniya

  • Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

  • Polonnaruwa sites

  • One game drive at Minneriya National Park (Private basis)

  • Kandyan Dancing school visit

  • Peradeniya Gardens with a well know botanist (Join in basis)

  • Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic

  • Horton Plains visit – Extra transfer vehicle charges, trekker included

  • Tea factory excursion

  • Gangaramaya Temple


Itinerary in Brief

  • 1-night in Negombo - Goldi Sands Negombo | Standard Room

  • 3-nights in Habarana - Sigiriya Village | Superior Room or Kassapa Lions Rock | Standard Rooms

  • 2-nights in Kandy - Topaz Hotel | Standard rooms or Oak Ray Kandy | Standard Rooms

  • 2-nights in Nuwara Eliya - Galway Highest Nuwara Eliya | Deluxe Room or Windsor Hotel | Standard Rooms

  • 1-nights in Colombo - Fairway Hotel Colombo | Standard Room

Simply Sri Lanka

Day 1 - AIRPORT / NEGOMBO

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our Airport Representative and will be introduced to your English Speaking tour manager. Transfer from the Airport to your hotel in Negombo.

(approximate travel time 30 minutes).

Check in to the Hotel and relax. If you arrive early, your tour manager will escort you on a city tour in Negombo (or else you can do it next day morning with a fish market visit).

Located north of Colombo and just 30 minutes’ drive from Bandaranaike International Airport lies the fishing town of Negombo. With its hectic harbor and bustling fish market (every day except Sundays and Poya holidays), this town is a gourmet paradise with seafood aplenty. Palm-fringed beaches, old-fashioned catamarans, a Dutch-built canal, colonial architecture, and colorful boutiques all add character to this hub of activity. You will notice that ornate churches pepper the landscape in this part of the country since the majority of people here are Catholic or Christian. That said, there are still a few very important Buddhist temples to explore as well.

Overnight stay at Goldi Sands Negombo – Standard Room.

Day 2 - NEGOMBO / DAMBULLA / HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel check out and drive to Dambulla (approximate travel time 3.5 hours) and visit Dambulla Cave Temple.

Dating back to the First Century BC, Dambulla is a vast cave complex, converted into a rock temple which is still regarded today as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries. Covering the rock ceiling is the largest collection of paintings in Sri Lanka within a cave temple, and surrounding you is the highest number of Buddha statues found in one single place. As you wander through the temple, notice the serenity and the exceedingly well-preserved nature of the place. It is no wonder the Rock Temple has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to your hotel in Habarana (approximate travel time 40 minutes). Upon arrival check into your hotel and be at leisure.

In the evening enjoy a spice identification and cookery demonstration at your hotel.

Take part in a gastronomic experience where you will team up with the resort chef to prepare a specially curated meal. You will be invited to the resorts state of the art kitchen where your host will first introduce you to the island’s array of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, coriander and herbs, those that make the local curries taste as wonderful as they are. The fresh produce from the organic garden located in the resort premises will be selected for this special meal. Learn from the experts the local art of preparing spice-infused dishes and which spices to be used for seasoning of vegetables as well as those that best complement the flavors of meats and seafood. Learn how they will taste distinctly different depending on the way they are ground. Complete this experience which will be just over two hours by sitting down within the kitchen premises to enjoy dining with the chef.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon – Superior Room.

Day 3 - HABARANA / ANURADHAPURA / HABARANA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and drive to visit the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (approximate travel time 1.5 hours).

Anuradhapura Ancient Capital.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site predominantly influenced by Buddhism, Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's first Capital Kingdom. According to the ancient Sinhalese Chronicle 'Mahavansa,' the Kingdom was founded in the fifth century BC. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the brilliant white dome-shaped Ruwanweliseya and Jethawanarama stupas or dagobas (religious monuments). These two stupas have survived over two millennia and the mighty Jethawanarama is equal in size to the pyramids in Giza. Next, admire the 'Samadhi' Buddha statue, a granite statue of Buddha in a meditative pose and a true masterpiece of sculpture. Before concluding your visit to Anuradhapura, receive a blessing near the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree (Ficus Religiosa) which bears a branch brought over from India over 2,500 years ago and is considered to be the oldest tree recorded in the world.

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

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon – Superior Room.

Day 4 - HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and drive to Polonnaruwa (approximate travel time 1 hour).

An interesting blend of archaeological monuments, Polonnaruwa was the second kingdom of Sri Lanka and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic man-made reservoir was appropriately named “Parakrama Samudra”, or “the sea of Parakrama”, due to its enormous size. Look out for the famous Gal Viharaya or “Rock Temple” where you will see four colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone, reflecting peace, serenity, and strength. Polonnaruwa also boasts ruins of ancient palaces, intricately carved moonstones, and royal baths. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, this whole site can also be explored on the bike and your guide will be more than happy to arrange this for you.

Late afternoon drive to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress (approximate travel time 1.5 hours).

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is an enormous rock boulder rising up 200 meters above the surrounding jungle. Incredibly, the rock fortress was built by King Kassapa I in the fifth century and served as a royal citadel for more than 18 years, something that seems more astonishing with every step you climb. Pause occasionally during your ascent to admire the mirror wall, the sigiri graffiti, the famous Sigiriya frescoes (paintings) and the great lion paws. Upon reaching the summit you’ll immediately see that it was worth the effort. Wander through the ruins and admire the courage and work it must have taken to build this palace all those years ago- you will even find a fully-functional swimming pool up there. Aside from the ruins, with the unparalleled 360-degree view of the surrounding jungle and hills, it will not just be the climb that takes your breath away.

Note: Climbing to Sigiriya Rock requires a good fitness level. You can reach the summit around 1 hour at a moderate climb.

Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure (approximate travel time 30 minutes).

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon – Superior Room.

Day 5 - HABARANA / MINNERIYA / KANDY

Early morning with packed breakfast, proceed on a safari jeep ride at Minneriya National Park (approximate travel time 20 minutes).

The Minneriya National Park, located in the North Central district of Sri Lanka is a sanctuary for wildlife. Alongside the Udawalawe National Park, it is one of the best places on the island to see the Sri Lankan Elephant up close, all year round. As well as elephants, you are likely to see a whole host of other mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians. The park is also an important habitat for the two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka - the Purple-faced Langur and Toque Macaque.

Aside from the wildlife, the impressive Minneriya tank - a reservoir built by an ancient civilization – is undoubtedly the highlight of the park. If you are visiting between June and September you are likely to experience the dry season when the reservoir slowly dries out, giving way to fresh grass and shoots and attracting large herds of elephants, deer and water buffalo. It is during this time that Minneriya National Park gains fame in the viewing of “the Gathering” of wild elephants. If you are lucky, you may witness between 50 and 300 wild elephants making their way to the shores of the reservoir in what is considered to be the largest known meeting point of Asian Elephants in the world. We recommend an early morning or late evening visit to the park.

*Depending on the period of the year/weather we will provide the safari at different national parks with prior notice, Kaudulla National park or Eco Park which are located within the same region*.

Return to your hotel, checkout and drive to Kandy (approximate travel time 3 hours). Arrive in Kandy, and witness traditional Kandyan dancing school which will take you back to the era of Kandyan dancing.

Meet a third-generation traditional Kandyan dancing ‘guru’ who takes us back in time introducing his Kandyan dancing school. Your host relays stories of how the traditional dancing school trained generations of Kandyan dancers from an early age. He explains how, previously, all forms of dancing and drumming were taught in households, with knowledge passed down through the generations. But the survival of the art gave the need for a school. Every year more than sixty to seventy Kandyan Dancers trained at the school, preparing for the annual grand pageant, the Esala Perahara in honour of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy.

Witness how children gather at the school on the weekend to learn this traditional dance form, even some as young as five. Watch the synchronized movements as the students prepare themselves with warmup techniques. This form of dance is closely linked to Buddhism and self-discipline. Respecting his father’s wish, your host explains how he does not charge for these dance lessons, rather they are completely free of charge.

Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Earls Regent Kandy – Deluxe Room.

Day 6 - KANDY / PERADENIYA / KANDY

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Peradeniya (approximate travel time 30 minutes) and visit Royal Botanical Gardens with a well-known botanist (Host subjected to availability).

Join Bandara Palipana, an experienced botanist, on a fascinating walk through the scenic Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, located in the hill capital of Kandy. Palipana has worked in the gardens, which house over 4,000 species of plants and trees, for well over 30 years. Listen as he shares stories of the garden’s history and the precious live collections gathered over the past centuries. He explains how this ancient royal pleasure garden transformed into a botanical garden in 1821 and also about the ‘Grand Circle’ where world leaders have donated and planted trees since 1875. As you stroll along under the canopy of the trees, he points out features such as the bamboo collection, Palm Avenue and the herbal plants, which are in fact his favorite. Undoubtedly the most colorful collection is the orchids, where a priceless collection of over 300 varieties bloom in all their glory.

Later visit Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic followed by a city tour in Kandy.

Sacred Temple of the Tooth.

Built during the 16th Century, the Temple of the Tooth is one of the most important temples for Buddhists as it houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The Relic of the Tooth is kept in a two-story inner sanctum. The ‘Thevava’ or auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic takes place three times a day at pre-set times and a visit during this time is quite an experience. The resident monks demonstrate this age-old tradition as you become surrounded by the sound of drums and the smells of lotus and jasmine flowers, as well as incense. In July and August, the whole city comes to life as the Kandy Esala Perehara pageant takes place in honor of the Relic.

The city of Kandy was the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will notice a more comfortable temperature here, compared to the tropical climate prevailing throughout the rest of the island. The Sacred Temple of the Tooth is certainly the most revered and iconic place to visit in this cultural capital but other highlights include the historic Kandy Lake, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the scenic Victoria Golf Club. Whilst you are in Kandy, also look out for the silverware, brassware and gem-studded jewelry, carefully carved and designed by the Kandyan craftsman, who is known to be the most skilled in the country. Kandy can be a bustling place in the day so there is nothing quite like a late evening stroll around the serene lake with a view to the Sacred Temple and the distant sound of drums in the background.

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

Overnight stay at Earls Regent Kandy – Deluxe Room.

Day 7 - KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast at your hotel, checkout and enjoy a scenic drive to Hill country (approximate travel time 3 hours).

Upon arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour in Nuwara Eliya with your tour manager. The stunning drive to Nuwara Eliya is a photographer’s paradise. Pause every now and again to admire the gushing waterfalls, the vast tea terraces, the old tea factories and the expansive vegetable fields along the way. Upon arrival at Nuwara Eliya, you will notice the sudden drop in temperature. With log fires and blankets in the Victorian-style bungalows and the beautifully kept lawns and flower gardens, it is no wonder this part of the world has become known as ‘Little England’. Visit the Gregory’s Lake or the Seetha Amman Hindu Temple. Wander through the fruit and vegetable markets and strike a bargain at the night ‘bale’ market. Break up the day with a freshly brewed Ceylon tea and homemade strawberry jam on toast, or for those into golf, tee off at the Nuwara Elya Golf Club.

Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Black Pool Hotel – Deluxe Room.

Day 8 - NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA

Early morning with packed breakfast, drive to visit Horton Plains Cloud forest (approximate travel time 1 hour).

Lying at an altitude between 2,100 and 2,300 meters (7, 500 feet), and in stark contrast to the climate found elsewhere in Sri Lanka, Horton Plains National Park is often shrouded in mist, ground frost, and low-lying cloud. A UNESCO nature site, it is the only national park in the central highlands. The plains protect the sources of important rivers and host many species of plant, endemic birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies. Embark on an early morning trek for a higher chance of spotting the bold sambar deer and the purple-faced langur. Trickling streams lead you to the picturesque Baker Falls and Slab Rock Falls, and no trek through Horton Plains would be complete without taking in the views from World’s End, where the southern plains suddenly drop to 1,050 meters (3,500 feet) below.

You will also visit a Tea Factory and plantation and learn the process of Ceylon Tea making.

Note: Tea factory will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Overnight stay at Black Pool Hotel – Deluxe Room.

Day 9 - NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBO

After breakfast check out from the hotel, and drive to Colombo (approximate travel time 5.5 hours) through the scenic mountain road.

Upon arrival enjoy a city tour in Colombo including a visit to Gangaramaya Temple.

The city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and largest city, is a blend of both historic value and modern vibes. Dating back over 600 years, Colombo was a trading hub for sea merchants and colonial rulers, and one of the first things you will notice on your tour is how diverse the city has become. The wide array of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches reflect the various beliefs practiced all over the island and the beautiful facades of the old, colonial buildings contrast with the modern shopping arcades. Your insightful tour takes you past the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Pettah bazaar area, the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, the Old Parliament complex, The Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Viharamahadevi Park, the Independence Square. Before heading back to your hotel, perhaps take a stroll along the Galle Face green and enjoy afternoon tea or a sundowner (payable locally) at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, one of the oldest in South Asia, with fantastic views out across the glistening Indian Ocean.

Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Fairway Colombo – Standard Room.

Day 10 - COLOMBO / AIRPORT

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and drive to Bandaranayke International Airport for your departure flight (approximately 1-hour drive).

NEXT STEP?

To find out more information and make a reservation, contact one of our Specialist Travel Experts directly on 0203 023 7776. Alternatively, fill out our enquiry form or send us an email at res@affordableluxurytravel.co.uk

Dates & Prices

2020

Prices From

08 October

£1,129 pp

Notes

Prices Excluded

  • Any other services not specified above

  • Expenses of personal nature

  • International or domestic flights

  • Local flights not specified

  • Meals not specified

  • Tipping

  • Fast Track arrival and departure USD 70 per person per event

Please Note:-

  • The quotation is based on maximum 30-40 Adults travelling on a Single/Double occupancy basis

  • You are required to hold a valid visa to Sri Lanka which can be obtained prior to travel by visiting http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.

  • We are more than happy to organise pre-check in services at all hotels which will save you time on arrival. Please send copies of passports for each traveller if you would like us to provide this service

NEXT STEP?

To find out more information and make a reservation, contact one of our Specialist Travel Experts directly on 0203 023 7776. Alternatively, fill out our enquiry form or send us an email at res@affordableluxurytravel.co.uk

What's Included

Overview

  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels on Bed & Breakfast basis

  • Transportation by air-conditioned Luxury large Coach

  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout the tour

  • Currently applicable government taxes

  • Meet and Greet service at the airport with our uniformed Sri Lanka Airport Representative

  • Sri Lanka welcome pack

  • Garlands on Arrival

  • Two 500ml mineral water bottles per person in all transfers

  • Airport porterage

  • Entrance tickets for

  • Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Spice identification and Cookery demonstration

  • Anuradhapura

  • Isurumuniya

  • Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

  • Polonnaruwa sites

  • One game drive at Minneriya National Park (Private basis)

  • Kandyan Dancing school visit

  • Peradeniya Gardens with a well know botanist (Join in basis)

  • Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic

  • Horton Plains visit – Extra transfer vehicle charges, trekker included

  • Tea factory excursion

  • Gangaramaya Temple


Itinerary in Brief

  • 1-night in Negombo - Goldi Sands Negombo | Standard Room

  • 3-nights in Habarana - Sigiriya Village | Superior Room or Kassapa Lions Rock | Standard Rooms

  • 2-nights in Kandy - Topaz Hotel | Standard rooms or Oak Ray Kandy | Standard Rooms

  • 2-nights in Nuwara Eliya - Galway Highest Nuwara Eliya | Deluxe Room or Windsor Hotel | Standard Rooms

  • 1-nights in Colombo - Fairway Hotel Colombo | Standard Room

Simply Sri Lanka

Day 1 - AIRPORT / NEGOMBO

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our Airport Representative and will be introduced to your English Speaking tour manager. Transfer from the Airport to your hotel in Negombo.

(approximate travel time 30 minutes).

Check in to the Hotel and relax. If you arrive early, your tour manager will escort you on a city tour in Negombo (or else you can do it next day morning with a fish market visit).

Located north of Colombo and just 30 minutes’ drive from Bandaranaike International Airport lies the fishing town of Negombo. With its hectic harbor and bustling fish market (every day except Sundays and Poya holidays), this town is a gourmet paradise with seafood aplenty. Palm-fringed beaches, old-fashioned catamarans, a Dutch-built canal, colonial architecture, and colorful boutiques all add character to this hub of activity. You will notice that ornate churches pepper the landscape in this part of the country since the majority of people here are Catholic or Christian. That said, there are still a few very important Buddhist temples to explore as well.

Overnight stay at Goldi Sands Negombo – Standard Room.

Day 2 - NEGOMBO / DAMBULLA / HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel check out and drive to Dambulla (approximate travel time 3.5 hours) and visit Dambulla Cave Temple.

Dating back to the First Century BC, Dambulla is a vast cave complex, converted into a rock temple which is still regarded today as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries. Covering the rock ceiling is the largest collection of paintings in Sri Lanka within a cave temple, and surrounding you is the highest number of Buddha statues found in one single place. As you wander through the temple, notice the serenity and the exceedingly well-preserved nature of the place. It is no wonder the Rock Temple has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to your hotel in Habarana (approximate travel time 40 minutes). Upon arrival check into your hotel and be at leisure.

In the evening enjoy a spice identification and cookery demonstration at your hotel.

Take part in a gastronomic experience where you will team up with the resort chef to prepare a specially curated meal. You will be invited to the resorts state of the art kitchen where your host will first introduce you to the island’s array of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, coriander and herbs, those that make the local curries taste as wonderful as they are. The fresh produce from the organic garden located in the resort premises will be selected for this special meal. Learn from the experts the local art of preparing spice-infused dishes and which spices to be used for seasoning of vegetables as well as those that best complement the flavors of meats and seafood. Learn how they will taste distinctly different depending on the way they are ground. Complete this experience which will be just over two hours by sitting down within the kitchen premises to enjoy dining with the chef.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon – Superior Room.

Day 3 - HABARANA / ANURADHAPURA / HABARANA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and drive to visit the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (approximate travel time 1.5 hours).

Anuradhapura Ancient Capital.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site predominantly influenced by Buddhism, Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's first Capital Kingdom. According to the ancient Sinhalese Chronicle 'Mahavansa,' the Kingdom was founded in the fifth century BC. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the brilliant white dome-shaped Ruwanweliseya and Jethawanarama stupas or dagobas (religious monuments). These two stupas have survived over two millennia and the mighty Jethawanarama is equal in size to the pyramids in Giza. Next, admire the 'Samadhi' Buddha statue, a granite statue of Buddha in a meditative pose and a true masterpiece of sculpture. Before concluding your visit to Anuradhapura, receive a blessing near the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree (Ficus Religiosa) which bears a branch brought over from India over 2,500 years ago and is considered to be the oldest tree recorded in the world.

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

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon – Superior Room.

Day 4 - HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and drive to Polonnaruwa (approximate travel time 1 hour).

An interesting blend of archaeological monuments, Polonnaruwa was the second kingdom of Sri Lanka and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic man-made reservoir was appropriately named “Parakrama Samudra”, or “the sea of Parakrama”, due to its enormous size. Look out for the famous Gal Viharaya or “Rock Temple” where you will see four colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone, reflecting peace, serenity, and strength. Polonnaruwa also boasts ruins of ancient palaces, intricately carved moonstones, and royal baths. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, this whole site can also be explored on the bike and your guide will be more than happy to arrange this for you.

Late afternoon drive to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress (approximate travel time 1.5 hours).

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is an enormous rock boulder rising up 200 meters above the surrounding jungle. Incredibly, the rock fortress was built by King Kassapa I in the fifth century and served as a royal citadel for more than 18 years, something that seems more astonishing with every step you climb. Pause occasionally during your ascent to admire the mirror wall, the sigiri graffiti, the famous Sigiriya frescoes (paintings) and the great lion paws. Upon reaching the summit you’ll immediately see that it was worth the effort. Wander through the ruins and admire the courage and work it must have taken to build this palace all those years ago- you will even find a fully-functional swimming pool up there. Aside from the ruins, with the unparalleled 360-degree view of the surrounding jungle and hills, it will not just be the climb that takes your breath away.

Note: Climbing to Sigiriya Rock requires a good fitness level. You can reach the summit around 1 hour at a moderate climb.

Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure (approximate travel time 30 minutes).

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon – Superior Room.

Day 5 - HABARANA / MINNERIYA / KANDY

Early morning with packed breakfast, proceed on a safari jeep ride at Minneriya National Park (approximate travel time 20 minutes).

The Minneriya National Park, located in the North Central district of Sri Lanka is a sanctuary for wildlife. Alongside the Udawalawe National Park, it is one of the best places on the island to see the Sri Lankan Elephant up close, all year round. As well as elephants, you are likely to see a whole host of other mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians. The park is also an important habitat for the two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka - the Purple-faced Langur and Toque Macaque.

Aside from the wildlife, the impressive Minneriya tank - a reservoir built by an ancient civilization – is undoubtedly the highlight of the park. If you are visiting between June and September you are likely to experience the dry season when the reservoir slowly dries out, giving way to fresh grass and shoots and attracting large herds of elephants, deer and water buffalo. It is during this time that Minneriya National Park gains fame in the viewing of “the Gathering” of wild elephants. If you are lucky, you may witness between 50 and 300 wild elephants making their way to the shores of the reservoir in what is considered to be the largest known meeting point of Asian Elephants in the world. We recommend an early morning or late evening visit to the park.

*Depending on the period of the year/weather we will provide the safari at different national parks with prior notice, Kaudulla National park or Eco Park which are located within the same region*.

Return to your hotel, checkout and drive to Kandy (approximate travel time 3 hours). Arrive in Kandy, and witness traditional Kandyan dancing school which will take you back to the era of Kandyan dancing.

Meet a third-generation traditional Kandyan dancing ‘guru’ who takes us back in time introducing his Kandyan dancing school. Your host relays stories of how the traditional dancing school trained generations of Kandyan dancers from an early age. He explains how, previously, all forms of dancing and drumming were taught in households, with knowledge passed down through the generations. But the survival of the art gave the need for a school. Every year more than sixty to seventy Kandyan Dancers trained at the school, preparing for the annual grand pageant, the Esala Perahara in honour of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy.

Witness how children gather at the school on the weekend to learn this traditional dance form, even some as young as five. Watch the synchronized movements as the students prepare themselves with warmup techniques. This form of dance is closely linked to Buddhism and self-discipline. Respecting his father’s wish, your host explains how he does not charge for these dance lessons, rather they are completely free of charge.

Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Earls Regent Kandy – Deluxe Room.

Day 6 - KANDY / PERADENIYA / KANDY

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Peradeniya (approximate travel time 30 minutes) and visit Royal Botanical Gardens with a well-known botanist (Host subjected to availability).

Join Bandara Palipana, an experienced botanist, on a fascinating walk through the scenic Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, located in the hill capital of Kandy. Palipana has worked in the gardens, which house over 4,000 species of plants and trees, for well over 30 years. Listen as he shares stories of the garden’s history and the precious live collections gathered over the past centuries. He explains how this ancient royal pleasure garden transformed into a botanical garden in 1821 and also about the ‘Grand Circle’ where world leaders have donated and planted trees since 1875. As you stroll along under the canopy of the trees, he points out features such as the bamboo collection, Palm Avenue and the herbal plants, which are in fact his favorite. Undoubtedly the most colorful collection is the orchids, where a priceless collection of over 300 varieties bloom in all their glory.

Later visit Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic followed by a city tour in Kandy.

Sacred Temple of the Tooth.

Built during the 16th Century, the Temple of the Tooth is one of the most important temples for Buddhists as it houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The Relic of the Tooth is kept in a two-story inner sanctum. The ‘Thevava’ or auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic takes place three times a day at pre-set times and a visit during this time is quite an experience. The resident monks demonstrate this age-old tradition as you become surrounded by the sound of drums and the smells of lotus and jasmine flowers, as well as incense. In July and August, the whole city comes to life as the Kandy Esala Perehara pageant takes place in honor of the Relic.

The city of Kandy was the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will notice a more comfortable temperature here, compared to the tropical climate prevailing throughout the rest of the island. The Sacred Temple of the Tooth is certainly the most revered and iconic place to visit in this cultural capital but other highlights include the historic Kandy Lake, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the scenic Victoria Golf Club. Whilst you are in Kandy, also look out for the silverware, brassware and gem-studded jewelry, carefully carved and designed by the Kandyan craftsman, who is known to be the most skilled in the country. Kandy can be a bustling place in the day so there is nothing quite like a late evening stroll around the serene lake with a view to the Sacred Temple and the distant sound of drums in the background.

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

Overnight stay at Earls Regent Kandy – Deluxe Room.

Day 7 - KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast at your hotel, checkout and enjoy a scenic drive to Hill country (approximate travel time 3 hours).

Upon arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour in Nuwara Eliya with your tour manager. The stunning drive to Nuwara Eliya is a photographer’s paradise. Pause every now and again to admire the gushing waterfalls, the vast tea terraces, the old tea factories and the expansive vegetable fields along the way. Upon arrival at Nuwara Eliya, you will notice the sudden drop in temperature. With log fires and blankets in the Victorian-style bungalows and the beautifully kept lawns and flower gardens, it is no wonder this part of the world has become known as ‘Little England’. Visit the Gregory’s Lake or the Seetha Amman Hindu Temple. Wander through the fruit and vegetable markets and strike a bargain at the night ‘bale’ market. Break up the day with a freshly brewed Ceylon tea and homemade strawberry jam on toast, or for those into golf, tee off at the Nuwara Elya Golf Club.

Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Black Pool Hotel – Deluxe Room.

Day 8 - NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA

Early morning with packed breakfast, drive to visit Horton Plains Cloud forest (approximate travel time 1 hour).

Lying at an altitude between 2,100 and 2,300 meters (7, 500 feet), and in stark contrast to the climate found elsewhere in Sri Lanka, Horton Plains National Park is often shrouded in mist, ground frost, and low-lying cloud. A UNESCO nature site, it is the only national park in the central highlands. The plains protect the sources of important rivers and host many species of plant, endemic birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies. Embark on an early morning trek for a higher chance of spotting the bold sambar deer and the purple-faced langur. Trickling streams lead you to the picturesque Baker Falls and Slab Rock Falls, and no trek through Horton Plains would be complete without taking in the views from World’s End, where the southern plains suddenly drop to 1,050 meters (3,500 feet) below.

You will also visit a Tea Factory and plantation and learn the process of Ceylon Tea making.

Note: Tea factory will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Overnight stay at Black Pool Hotel – Deluxe Room.

Day 9 - NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBO

After breakfast check out from the hotel, and drive to Colombo (approximate travel time 5.5 hours) through the scenic mountain road.

Upon arrival enjoy a city tour in Colombo including a visit to Gangaramaya Temple.

The city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and largest city, is a blend of both historic value and modern vibes. Dating back over 600 years, Colombo was a trading hub for sea merchants and colonial rulers, and one of the first things you will notice on your tour is how diverse the city has become. The wide array of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches reflect the various beliefs practiced all over the island and the beautiful facades of the old, colonial buildings contrast with the modern shopping arcades. Your insightful tour takes you past the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Pettah bazaar area, the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, the Old Parliament complex, The Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Viharamahadevi Park, the Independence Square. Before heading back to your hotel, perhaps take a stroll along the Galle Face green and enjoy afternoon tea or a sundowner (payable locally) at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, one of the oldest in South Asia, with fantastic views out across the glistening Indian Ocean.

Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Fairway Colombo – Standard Room.

Day 10 - COLOMBO / AIRPORT

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and drive to Bandaranayke International Airport for your departure flight (approximately 1-hour drive).

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Dates & Prices

2020

Prices From

08 October

£1,129 pp

Notes

Prices Excluded

  • Any other services not specified above

  • Expenses of personal nature

  • International or domestic flights

  • Local flights not specified

  • Meals not specified

  • Tipping

  • Fast Track arrival and departure USD 70 per person per event

Please Note:-

  • The quotation is based on maximum 30-40 Adults travelling on a Single/Double occupancy basis

  • You are required to hold a valid visa to Sri Lanka which can be obtained prior to travel by visiting http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.

  • We are more than happy to organise pre-check in services at all hotels which will save you time on arrival. Please send copies of passports for each traveller if you would like us to provide this service

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