Highlights: Negombo - Habarana - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Tissamaharama - Galle - Maldives
Other departure: Manchester - £2565
Negombo - Camelot Beach Hotel
Habarana - Oak Ray Elephant Lake
Kandy - Oak Ray Regency Hotel
Nuwara Eliya - Galway Heights Hotel
Tissamaharama - Hotel Chandrika
Galle - The Entrance Galle Fort
Maldives - Fihalhohi Island Resort
Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise, known to Arab traders as Serendib – hence "serendipity", meaning discovery by happy accident. Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoiled.
There are 8 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. The Golden Temple of Dambulla in 1991 and finally the Central highlands were added in 2010. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka.
Having a history marked by four centuries of colonial rule, the country still manages to safeguard remnants from the past in their original grandeur. Some of the more renowned historic sites are the Galle Fort built originally by the Portuguese, Colombo Harbour and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa all confirm Sri Lanka’s ancient and colorful past. The rock temple of the Buddha, Gal Vihara is one of the finest examples of religious heritage. Temples play an important part in everyday life and a visit to one should be a must for all visitors.
Friday, 26 February 2021 Colombo Airport/ Negombo
Arrive at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport. Our airport representative will meet you on arrival and introduce you to the chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. Transfer to accommodation in Negombo and check-in to the hotel. (Private Transfer – approximate driving duration 30-45 minutes)
Overnight accommodation at Camelot Beach Hotel (Deluxe room on BB)
Sunday, 27 February 2021 Negombo / Haarana
After a delicious breakfast, check-out and proceed to Haarana. (Approximate driving duration 3 1⁄2 -4 1⁄2 hours) . Once reached, check-in to the hotel and relax. Enjoy an evening walk around the hotel. Overnight accommodation at Oak Ray Elephant Lake (Deluxe room on BB) .
Sunday, 28 February 2021 Sigiriya Rock Fortress/ Minneriya Breakfast
Today early in the morning, proceed to Sigiriya to witness the magnificent Rock Fortress (Approximate drive duration 30-45minutes).
**Early morning climb is recommended to beat the heat and humidity. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare, was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory. On completion, visit Minneriya National Park & indulge in a Jeep safari. (Approximate drive duration: 30-45 minutes) Minneriya is yet another haven for the elephants that migrate from surrounding jungles to enjoy the lush grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, during the dry season. Reports of elephant sightings range from a mere 100 to an astounding 700. The central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built-in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). This tank is generally known as a place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters. On completion, return to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Oak Ray Elephant Lake (Deluxe room on BB)
Monday, 1 March 2021 Habarana/ Dambulla / Kandy Breakfast
After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the rock from which the caves were carved towers 160 meters (520 ft) over the surrounding plains. A total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings, and four statues of gods and goddesses also stand in the site. On completion, proceed to Kandy via Matale. Stop at Matale and visit a spice garden to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. (Approximate drive duration from Dambulla to Kandy: 3 – 3 1⁄2 hours) You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon, and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand.
On completion, continue to Kandy and check-in to the hotel.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy afterward. Kandy city – the hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Thereafter visit The Temple of the tooth. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of 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 UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. Evening attends the evening ceremony in the Temple of the Tooth relic.
On completion, return to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Oak Ray Regency Hotel (Deluxe room on BB)
Today after breakfast, check-out the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. (Approximate drive duration: 3 – 3 1⁄2 hours).
Tuesday, 2 March 2021 Kandy/ Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing Breakfast
Today after breakfast, check-out and proceed to Tissamaharama. (Approximate drive duration: 4-5 hours) Afternoon, proceed on a sightseeing tour of the ‘Little England’
After a scenic drive, check-in to your hotel and relax.
Nuwara Eliya is set in the heart of tea-country is a beautiful town where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 6,200 feet above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Pony and Horse riding is available at the turf club of Nuwara Eliya to facilitate you with some sports and adventure. On completion, return to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Galway Heights Hotel (Deluxe room on BB)
Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Nuwara Eliya / Tissamaharama Breakfast
Today after breakfast, check-out and proceed to Tissamaharama. (Approximate drive duration: 4-5 hours) En-route, visit a local vegetable market and witness the local men selling vegetables in ‘The Sri Lankan Way’. Enjoy a cup of Sri Lanka’s favorite dessert “Curd & Treacle” Once reached, check-in to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Hotel Chandrika (Deluxe room on BB)
Thursday, 4 March 2021 Tissamaharama/ Yala Safari/ Galle Breakfast
Early in the morning, proceed to ‘Yala National Park’ for an exciting jeep safari.
The elephant is undoubtedly the best-known attraction at Yala, seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys the pinkish rhesus and the grey-faced Langur monkey, life and play on the treetops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be a memorable experience. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many varieties of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, and king-fisher & woodpecker are some of the birds that can be seen in the park. Yala National Park is a widely known Sri Lankan forest reserve which is located in the southeast part of the island. It is prominent among the other national parks due to the fact that it has the highest density of leopards. The park is an internationally recognized wildlife preservation, which is about 309 km away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Though the reserve is spread in about 1,259 square km of land, a mere 141 square km block is open for the public. On completion, proceed to Galle and check-in to the hotel. (Approximate drive duration: 2-3 hours)
Later in the afternoon, visit Galle Fort. Galle is Sri Lanka’s most preferred destination amongst Foreigners and locals alike. Situated on the Southern coast, it features one of the most alluring beaches in Sri Lanka. Galle is the best example of colonial impact by Europeans in South and South-East Asia and interaction between European architectural influences and South Asian traditions. On completion, return to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at The Entrance Galle Fort (Standard room on BB)
Friday, 5 March 2021 Galle/ Colombo Airport Breakfast
Today you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport at 8.15 am to catch your flight to the Maldives accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle, Sri Lanka. (Approximate drive duration 2-3 hours) 7 Nights at Resort in the Maldives. Today, depart the Maldives
Friday, 5 March 2021 Galle/ Colombo Airport Breakfast
Friday, 5 March 2021 Arrive at the Maldives
Friday, 12 March 2021 Depart Maldives and Arrive at Heathrow
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• Tips & portages.
• Early check-ins & late check-outs.
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- Return flights
- Airport taxes
- 2 nights accommodation in Habarana at Oak Ray Elephant Lake on bed & breakfast basis
- 1 night accommodation in Kandy at Oak Ray Regency Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- 1 night accommodation in Negombo at Camelot Beach Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- 1 night accommodation in Nuwara Eliya at Galway Heights Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- 1 night accommodation in Tissamaharama at Hotel Chandrika on bed & breakfast basis
- 1 nights accommodation in Galle at The Entrance Galle Fort on bed & breakfast basis
- 7 nights accommodation in Maldives at Fihalhohi Island Resort on All Inclusive basis
- Air conditioned transport with services of an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide. (Sri Lanka)
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Return transfers in Maldives by shared Speed boat
- As per Itinerary