Explore Sri Lanka
Explore Sri Lanka
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Highlights: Habarana - Kandy - Ella - Yala - Bentota


Other departures: Gatwick - £1389, Manchester - £1425, Birmingham - £1405, Glasgow - £1425, Newcastle - £1405


Alternate travel dates: 22 Oct 18 - 30 Nov 18


Hotels:
Habarana - Jetwing Lake or similar 5*
Kandy - OZO Kandy Sri Lanka or similar 4*
Ella - The Secret Ella or similar 3.5*
Yala - Hotel Chandrika or similar 4*
Bentota - The Eden Resort & Spa or similar 5*


Itinerary:


Day 1: Arrival - Habarana
- On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to Habarana.
- Hiriwaduna village walk in the afternoon. This is a true Sri Lankan village experience.


Hiriwadunna Village Trek
This is a unique jungle and village experience which is popular with most clients. Depart early from the hotel to a point off the main road where you begin a scintillating walk over village paths, a tank (ancient reservoir) bund and forest. Cross a little jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmers simple "wattle and daub" house. Begin the next phase of your trek, which will lead you through vegetable plots and into a scrub forest, where a waiting bullock cart will transport you through jungle and passed paddy fields. A truly Sri Lankan experience.


- Rest of the evening stay free at the hotel.
- Free for optional activities such as Ayurvedhic Herbal massages, etc.
- Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 2: Sigiriya
- This morning the clients will visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya.


The Lion rock was a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The world-renowned frescoes of the heavenly maidens of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.


- Thereafter transfer to visit the Polonnaruwa Ruins.


Polonnaruwa rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura. Its period of greatness was from the 10th - 12th centuries AD. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, veritable inland seas the most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbor. The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. See the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving.


- Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day 3: Kandy
- Breakfast at the hotel, thereafter you will be transferred to Kandy via Matale(Duration from Habarana to Kandy – Approx. 3 Hours)
- En-route visit the Cave temples in Dambulla.


Dambulla Rock Temple - was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. 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. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.


- After breakfast, proceed to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala.


Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - It is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared for, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 0900hHrs in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babies’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.


- Transfer to Kandy.
- Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 4: Kandy
- After breakfast, proceed to visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.


Royal Botanical Gardens - It 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. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) - all of which later became important to Sri Lanka's economy - were tested. Sights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905.


- Later in the afternoon transfer to Kandy to visit The Sacred Temple of the tooth Relic.


Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic: It is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple


- Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 5: Ella
- After breakfast transfer to Ella.
- Take the magical Train ride from Peradeniya to Ella. This journey will cover few of the most beautiful scenic views in Sri Lanka on the hills.


Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level.


Visit the Little Adams peak which is a Trek of about 2km’s. The climb takes approx.; about 02 Hours which is a worth climb when u you reach the top.


- Rest of the evening free for leisure activities.
- Overnight stay at the hotel in Ella.


Day 6: Yala
- Breakfast and transfer to Yala for an adventurous safari experience.


Yala - Situated 309 kms south of Colombo, Yala is approximately 1259 kms in extent and is located in the southeastern corner of the Island. The terrain is varied, flat plains alternating with rocky out crops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. The specialty here is the large numbers of Elephants. Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and is the home of wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, leopard, bear, deer and crocodiles. Visitors can also see large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds.


- 4 x 4 Safari ride in the evening – 14:30 hrs.
- Return to the hotel for overnight stay


Day 7: Bentota
- Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bentota.
- Transfer to do a City tour in Galle.


Galle: It is said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible is the Port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. Fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city still retains the air of old Holland. Old Dutch Churches and monuments with armorial bearings, well preserved Fort and ramparts, imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names.


- Transfer to Bentota and check-in to your beach resort.
- Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 8: Bentota
- Breakfast and full day at leisure. Relax and enjoy the beaches and pools.


Optional: Visit to Madhu River and boat ride on the river
Madu River which flows across Balapitiya (approx. 80kms down south from Colombo) is one of the rarely visited and unspoiled attractions any nature lover can find in Sri Lanka. She boasts of having a cluster of 64 small islands scattered along her path and the most of which are uninhabited and covered with mangroves.


- Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 9: Departure
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Proceed to the airport in time for the departure flight.



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Emirates
  • Airport taxes
  • 8 nights accommodation at chosen hotels as per itinerary
  • Tours and Excursions as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • Transfers as per itinerary in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle with an English speaking guide

Meal Plans

  • Bed & Breakfast