SRI LANKAN EXPERIENCE- Feb 18th to 26th’ 2017
In this incredible adventure on the island paradise of Sri Lanka there is lots in store that amazes and fascinates. Set adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this tropical land offers fascinating ancient history in incredible natural settings, making its sites ideal for inquiring minds to explore. From the bustle of Colombo, through the culture circuit of Dambulla, Kandy and Sigiriya, the tea gardens and hills of Nuwara Eliya, whale watching and exploring the pristine beaches of Mirissa and Hikkaduwa its a journey of many experiences.
Day 1 : February 18th – Negombo
Welcome to Negombo, Sri Lanka. There are are no activities planned today so you’re free to arrive at any time. Although Colombo is the commercial capital, and by far the largest city in Sri Lanka, it’s still relatively small. You won’t be staying in the capital itself but in a place by the beach. There are plenty of beach bars, pubs and restaurants available close by. Time permitting we visit the Negombo fish market and witnessing the bartering in the market and the variety of fish being presented by the locals is a great experience. Overnight at Negombo.
Day 2 : February 19th – Dambulla, Sigiriya and Habarana ( 130 kms / 4 hours )
After breakfast we leave for Dambulla to explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognised as a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. metres) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha. Afterward leave for Sigiriya. Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya – a 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”. Built by King Kassapa the fortress was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The lion rock (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the “Heavenly maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall. After the climb, head for Habarana, a silent peaceful village with fine accommodation options which are located facing green topographies of the village. Check in at your hotel on arrival, and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at Habarana.
Day 3 : February 20th – Kandy ( 95 kms / 3 hours )
After Breakfast head to Kandy. En route you will visit a spice garden in Matale. Kandy, the beautiful hill country capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is famous for the Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha. The Kandy Lake built in 1807 and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, are some of the key jewels of the town that elevate its magnificence.
In the Evening you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display. Overnight at Kandy.
Day 4: February 21st – Kandy to Nuwara Eliya ( 80 kms / 2 hours )
After Today you’ll enjoy a short but very scenic train journey to Nuwara Eliya, past lush green hills and gushing waterfalls (approximately 2 hours). This old British hill station is the heart of the tea growing industry and full of colonial charm. Built entirely during the 19th century, its quirky architecture reflects what you’d normally expect to find in an English country village, which will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Once known as ‘Little England’ by British colonialists, it’s a fascinating mix of water buffalo and brick Victorian buildings, golf courses and tea plantations. Head to your accommodation and enjoy the views across the hills and tea plantations. Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 5 : February 22nd – Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa ( 240 kms / 6 hours )
After breakfast drive to Mirissa through the beautiful hill town of Bandarawale. Enjoy an evening of beach splendour in Mirissa. The beach itself is a long curve of sand with lovely clear waters for swimming – a great spot to watch the sunset. Overnight in Mirissa. .
Day 6 : February 23rd – Mirissa
Today is a free day to explore Mirissa or just laze on the beach. Mirissa has also many tours and activities like whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling etc. You could join on of the tours or you could hire a bicycle/scooty and explore around. Overnight at Mirissa.
Day 7 : February 24th – Mirissa to Hikkaduwa via Galle ( 65 kms )
After breakfast we leave for Hikkaduwa. On the way we visit Weiligama fishing village, Galle old town, Galle fort and Unuwatuna beach. There are also many beautiful beaches like Wijaya, Dalawella and Mihiripanne beaches on the coastal route from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa and time permitting we will stay at a few of them. Overnight in Hikkaduwa.
Day 8 : February 25th- Hikkaduwa to Colombo ( 120 kms / 2 hours )
After breakfast we leave for Colombo and visit independent square before checking into the hotel. Afternoon and evening free to explore Colombo or go shopping. Overnight at Colombo.
Day 9 : February 26th – Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport. End of tour.
COST Rs 39500/- per person
– Explore the ancient sites of Sigiriya & Dambulla
– Visit the beautiful Mirissa beach and go whale and dolphin watching off the coast Mrissa
– Watch a Kandyan dance and visit the tooth relic temple in Kandy
– Enjoy the beautiful drives through the hills of Nuwara Eliya
– Savor some of Sri Lanka’s deliciously fiery cuisine
– Experience cosmopolitan and vibrant Colombo
– Meander through the labyrinth of ancient streets in the ancient fort town of Galle
– Laze on the beautiful beaches of the south coast
TRAVEL & STAY
– Stay will be in clean and comfortable hotels and home stay with good reviews on double / twin sharing.
– Mode of travel will be SUV / Mini Van.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
– 1 night stay each in Colombo, Negombo, habarana, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Hikkaduwa AND 2 nights at Mirissa
– Breakfast on all days ( 8 Breakfast )
– All transportation and transfers during tour in Suv / Mini Van
– Service charges and taxes
– Flight Charges ( Your city to Colombo and back )
– Whale or Dolphin watching tour, Snorkeling
– Entry tickets and camera charges
– Dinner & Lunch
– Other than mentioned
BOOKING & DISCOUNTS
– Rs 25000/- to be paid on booking and remaining to be paid by 5 February’ 2017
– Rs 1500/- discount for group booking of 3 or more people.