Railway tour of Sri Lanka
Railway tour of Sri Lanka
EK

Highlights: Colombo- Kandy - Nuwara Eliya(Little England) - Yala - Galle


Other departures: Manchester - £2035, Birmingham - £2029, Glasgow - £1975, Edinburgh - £1975, George Best Belfast City - £2025, Bristol - £2035, Norwich - £2025, Southampton - £1965, Newcastle - £1955


Hotels:
Colombo - THe Cinnamon Grand
Kandy - Cinnamon Citadel
Nuwara Eliya - 98 Acres Resort & Spa
Yala - Jetwing Yala
Galle - Galle Fort Hotel


Itinerary:


Day 1 - Colombo :
On arrival, the clients will be met by a chauffeur guide and transferred to Colombo, the commercial city of the Country and Relax on your arrival.
Colombo - Colombo (derived from Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thota which means "mango harbour", altered by the Portuguese to honour Christopher Columbus), is the cultural capital and largest city and commercial center of Sri Lanka. (The new administrative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura-Kotte.)
Sightseeing highlights include the Colombo National and Dutch period museums, old and new parliament houses, Gangarama Buddhist Temple, Town Hall, and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Apart from excellent shopping, Colombo offers visits to one of the world’s leading tea auctions, an 18hole Golf Course, seasonal Buddhist and Hindu pageants, international cricket tournaments, plush casinos, enjoyable evening entertainment and excellent restaurants. State-of-the-Art communications and Cyber services are available in the hotels and other outlets.Evening, explore the Colombo city and their culture.


Overnight Stay at The Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, on BB Basis.


Day 2 - Kandy :
Kandy - This lovely city is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka and was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings. It still retains an aura of grandeur which has been unaffected by time. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned “Temple of the Tooth” and the Royal Botanical Gardens - home to one of Asia’s best Orchid collections. Kandy and its satellite villages are the center of the island’s handicraft industry and its traditional dances are the most lively and spectacular in the country.


After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Train, the age-old city of the Country.
Depart for the Railway Station: 7 a.m.
Arrive Kandy Railway Station: 9:30 a.m.


Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy, on BB Basis


Day 3 - Kandy :
After breakfast, proceed for day excursions: Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in time to witness the bathing and bottle feeding of elephants which have been abandoned by their herds in the wild or Bathing and Walking with Elephants at the Millennium Elephant Foundation.


Elephant Orphanage - Pinnawela
Near Kegalle on the Colombo Kandy road is the Pinnawela Elephant orphanage, a riverside sanctuary which cares for elephants displaced from wild habitats. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants.
The orphanage is home to hundreds of abandoned or injured elephants who are looked after with warmth, love and affection. The elephants at the orphanage are bathed daily in a river located nearby.


Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy, on BB Basis.


Day 4 – Eastern Hill Country :
Train Ride Through the Hill Country. The World`s Most Beautiful Train Trip


Train Ride - The train journey from Kandy to Ella was one of our favorite ever train rides on our travels. This train powers up through Sri Lanka’s southern hill country, through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it descends to reach Ella.


Overnight Stay at 98 Acres, Ella, on BB Basis.


Day 5 – Hill Country :
After breakfast, Explore the Ella Gap in the Morning and proceed to Yala, en-route visit Ravana Waterfall which is measures approximately 25 m (82 ft.) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.


Ella Gap – Ella is everyone’s favorite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses. The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast.


Thereafter, leave for Yala by car. Railway service from Ella to Yala is still unavailable.


Overnight Stay at Jetwing Yala, on BB Basis.


Day 6 – Galle :
Proceed to Galle, En-route Morning Jeep Safari - Encounters with Leopards and Wild Elephants at Yala. En-route visit The South Coast Road and The Stilt Fishermen of Koggala.
Evening Visit the Old Dutch Fort of Galle – Galle City Tour.
Yala National Park - Also known as Ruhuna, is an important national park on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka. The reserve covers 979 km², although only the original 141 km² are open to the public. Much of the reserve is parkland, but it also contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers and scrubland. The latter zone is punctuated with enormous rocky outcrops. The range of habitats gives rise to a good range of wildlife. The Port of Galle – Sri Lanka’s 04th biggest town is 115 km south of Colombo and close to Hikkaduwa. Galle is a town rich in history and in fact, was the centre of Dutch rule in the 17th century. The majestic Galle Fort bears ample testimony to that fact. The City of Galle is one of the best-preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia, and has been declared a World Heritage City. Galle was a major port in Sri Lanka and still handles shipping and cruising yachts.


Overnight Stay at Galle Fort Hotel, on BB Basis.


Day 7 – Colombo :
By Train from Galle – Colombo – After an early breakfast proceed back to Colombo. • DEPART GALLE RAILWAY STATION: 07:30 AM • ARRIVE COLOMBO RAILWAY STATION: 10:30 AM
The journey south will give you glimpse of the city and its bustling suburbs. Here you can enjoy the stunning sea views and life in the South. Down South is where you can explore the deep south of the island and fall in love with its incomparable beaches.


Overnight Stay at The Mount Lavinia Hotel, on BB Basis.


Day 8 – Departure :
Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Turkish Airlines
  • Airport taxes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transfers in Air- Conditioned car for 02 pax/ Air- conditioned Van for 03 pax with the services of an English- speaking chauffeur guide.
  • Entrance Fees to the above- mentioned guide.
  • All Taxes & Service Charges

Meal Plans

  • Bed & Breakfast