Essence of Sri Lanka

9 Days 8 Nights
Colombo, Habarana, Kandy, Pinnawala, Nuwara Eliya, Hikkaduwa

Day 1:    Colombo – Arrival

Arrive at Colombo International airport, meet and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Fairway Colombo Hotel or similar

Day 2:    Colombo (B)

After breakfast explore the city by wandering through the sprawling collection of ancient artifacts and colonial-era relics at the must-see National Museum, Old Parliament, beautiful Buddhist & Hindu temples, the historic Wolfendhal church, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well-known brand “Noritake” and ODEL, the renowned shopping centre. Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 3:    Colombo – Habarana (B)

Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple; one of Sri Lanka’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites. consists of five caves and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, as well as numerous paintings on its ceilings and walls. The history of the caves, the rock and the temple dates back to the 1st century BC. The fascination of these caves is not only the statues but also the many intricate and delicate paintings that adorn its many surfaces, created painstakingly with indigenous traditional paints. Because of its ancient history, as well as its archaeological and artistic implications, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. The temple has been in use for over 22 centuries, and the sense of meditative peace is still palpable within. On arriving at Habarana, check in at the hotel and refresh yourself before you get to immerse yourself in an experience of rural life at a local village close to the base of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Thereafter, in the evening you’ll visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Accommodation:  Habarana Village or similar

Day 4:    Habarana – Kandy (B)

Today we head into the hills to the picturesque town of Kandy. En route stop at a spice garden near Matale where you can see various spices and herbs growing and there is a chance to stock up on massage oils, spices and Ayurvedic medicines. Upon arrival in Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic. The Tooth of Buddha was taken from the funeral pyre in 543 BC and only found its way to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD. 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.

Accommodation:  Amaya Hills or similar

Day 5:    Kandy – Pinnawala – Kandy (B)

After breakfast, visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and view a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House. Proceed to visit Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, now home to about 60 elephants, many of whom are baby elephants that were found orphaned in the wild. They are cared for, fed and trained by wildlife authorities. Return to Kandy for a tour around the city, where you will first stop by the Royal Botanical Garden, home to over 4000 species of plants. Then experience a demonstration of Batik and visit a manufactory of Ceylon semi-precious stones which are world famous (The blue sapphire).

Day 6:    Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B)

After breakfast, travel to Nuwara Eliya via Kitulgala, en route stop by the Ramboda falls. Then continue to visit a tea factory to witness the process of producing tea, here you will get to taste a fine cup of Sri Lankan Tea.   Continue your drive to Nuwara Eliya and check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Araliy Green Hills or similar

Day 7:    Nuwara Eliya – Hikkaduwa (B)

After breakfast, travel to Hikkaduwa, famous for its strong surf and beaches. Today is free to spend at leisure.

Accommodation:  Coral Rock by Bansei or similar

Day 8:    Hikkaduwa – Galle – Hikkaduwa (B)

After breakfast, drive along the southern shores of Sri Lanka to Galle to visit the 17 century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Turtle HatcheryGalle city on the southern coast is a must-see for colonial architecture buffs. Its main attraction is a 17th-century Dutch fort, one of the most extensive monuments left by European colonialists.  If you walk along the top of the walls at dusk, you will see dozens of cricket games, an old lighthouse, beautiful views of the town’s harbor and hundreds of Sri Lankans out socializing. Within the fort, visit any of the several old churches or simply stroll the narrow streets to get a good look at the old buildings.

Day 9:    Hikkaduwa – Colombo – Departure (B)

After breakfast transfer to Colombo airport to board your homebound flight.

B – Breakfast

Tour Price per Person Double Occupancy – minimum 2 persons

DAILY DEPARTURE Land Package From Single Supp.
2020:  April 1020 490
2020:  May – June 950 450
2020:  July – December 1050 500
2021:  January – March 1070 510

HOTEL BLACK OUT DATES and FAIR/SEASONAL SURCHARGES may apply.

~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~

Your Tour Package Includes:

  • Return transfer between airport and hotel.
  • Superior 4-Star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking local guide service.

 

Your Tour Package Does NOT Include:

  • International airfare from Canada to Sri Lanka.
  • Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
  • Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
  • Travel insurance, travel visa and all personal expenses.
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers and hotel staff.
  • Any items not specified as included.

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