Historical cities such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla were home to flourising ancient kingdoms, still retain many relics artefacts of bygone eras. The town of Nuwara Eliya still retains much of its British colonial charm earning the name Little England. Sit inside a colonial home and drink the finest tea considered to be the best in the world.
- All currencies are in AUD unless stated
- Maximum occupancy per room 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 1 Child (Under 12 Years).
- Accommodation (in standard rooms) on Bed and breakfast basis from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 7 at hotels pecified or at hotels of similar standard.
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
- Entrance fees for Elephant Orphanage, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy Temple, Cultural Show.
- Services of English Speaking Driver Guide.
Package Not Include
- Video Camera permits at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
- Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
- Entrance fees to sites not specified above.
- Lunch & dinner throughout the tour.
- Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Tips and Porterage
- Any other services not specified above.
- Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
- Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk.
- Jeeps available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
- 5 days or less: 100% cancellation charge.
- Between 6 days and 14 days: 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the first two days charges depending on the
rogramme and period of stay.
- Above 15 days: No cancellation charges provided no commitment or advances are made to 3rd parties.
Hotel Rules and Regulations
- Check in: 1200hrs
- Check out: 1100hrs
- Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of rooms after the release period.
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Sri Lanka International Airport to Colombo (Approx.40 min)
Arrival and transfer to hotel
Do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for bargains, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - BMICH, an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.
Accommodation: Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Grand Colombo 5* (Deluxe) / Grand Oriental Hotel 3* (Standard)
Colombo to Pinnawala (Approx. 3 hrs)
After Breakfast proceed to Kandalama
Visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama (Deluxe) / Hotel Kassapa Lion Rock(Standard)
Kandalama to Polonnaruwa ( Approx. 1 hour )
After Breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa, this was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which a world heritage site is. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya -where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama (Deluxe) / Hotel Kassapa Lion Rock (Standard)
Kandalama to Dambulla ( Approx. 20 Min)
After Breakfast proceed to Kandy
Visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.
Dambulla - Kandy (Approx. 2 hrs.)
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Proceed to Kandy do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Earls Regency Hotel (Deluxe) / Hill Top Hotel (Standard).
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya ( Approx. 3.5 hrs)
After Breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya
Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory ( Deluxe ) / Galway Forest lodge (Standard)
Nuwara Eliya to Colombo ( Approx. 4 hrs)
After Breakfast proceed to Colombo
Visit Ratnapura. Its name remains unchanged over the years and means "City of Gems". In Ratnapura, prospecting and mining goes on every day. Visit a gem mine and a museum and strike a bargain at one of the shops.
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Cinnamon Grand Colombo ( Deluxe) / Grand Oriental Hotel (Standard)
After Breakfast transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure