Sri Lanka Culture, Wildlife & East Coast


Sri Lanka Culture, Wildlife & East Coast

Nights:
11 Nights/13 Days
Board Basis:
Half Board
Destinations:
Negombo, Trinco, Trincomalee, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Mount Lavinia
Travel Between:
13 May - 31 Oct 17
from £1475/pp

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Overview

This Sri Lanka Culture, Wildlife & East Coast takes you deep back into history, archaeological and scenic interest filled with fascinating stories and events, This tour will lead you experience the past of Sri Lanka in different flavors. Start in west coast in Negombo for first night stay and then you will experience the Elephant feeding & Bathing in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then move toward to experience the east coast beach in Trincomalee.

Visit Dambulla’s cave temple with their breathtaking murals, inscriptions and statues; marvel at the magnificent carved Buddha statue in Polonnaruwa and climb magnificent Sigiriya’s rock fortress which are the World Heritage sites. Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Drive to Nuwara Eliya the Little England of Sri Lanka where you can see beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. Also experience the Horton Plains National Park. Your final destination is Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka.

Tour Itinerary

Day 01

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Sri Lanka.

Day 02

On arrival , meet & greet by our representative at the Airport and proceed to your first night stay in Negombo

Dinner & overnight stay at JETWING BLUE 5*, NEGOMBO.

Day 03

After Breakfast leave for Trincomalee. En route visit popular Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. A unique experience never to be missed.

Rest of the day free & leisure.

Dinner & overnight stay at Chaaya Blu 4*, Trinco.

Day 04 & 05

Breakfast at Hotel

Full day leisure.

Dinner & overnight stay at Chaaya Blu 4*, Trinco.

Day 06 - Trincomalee/Sigiriya/Dambulla

After breakfast drive to Dambulla.

Late afternoon visit the magnificent Rock Fortress of Sigirya. - Which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). A climb to the top (only for the energetic) will reveal a spectacular view. The gallery of frescoes half way up is definite highlight. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Dinner & overnight stay at Amaya Lake 4*, Dambulla.

Day 07 - Dambulla/Polonnaruwa/Dambulla

After breakfast proceed to Sri Lanka’s Buddhist capital from the 11th-13th centuries, Polonnaruwa is home to the former palace, audience hall and magnificent carved Buddhas. Parts of the city are ruined but its special atmosphere pervades amid lush gardens.

Late afternoon commence * A Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park - This National Park with 8889 hectares in extent is famous for it large population of elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, Sambhur, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.

Dinner & overnight stay at Amaya Lake 4*, Dambulla.

Day 08 - Dambulla/Matale/Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy. En route visit of Dambulla rock cave temple, where some of the finest preserved ancient frescoes can be found. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.
Evening witness a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Amaya Hills 4*, Kandy.

Day 09 - Kandy

After breakfast commence sightseeing including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square Arts & Crafts Centre and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Thereafter visit the famous Temple of the Tooth and later afternoon visit the Royal Botanical Gardens ablaze with colourful exotic plants.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Amaya Hills 4*, Kandy.

Day 10 - Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast drive toward the hill country, with a stop en route to visit a tea plantation and factory. Then travel on to Nuwarra Eliya, the most celebrated of the hill stations and set in a stunning mountain valley some 6,000 feet above sea level. Afternoon sightseeing, with spectacular views of the beautiful green hillsides, rushing waterfalls and tea plantations.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing St Andrews (Colonial), Nuwara Eliya.

Day 11 - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit Horton Plains - The highest plateau at 7000ft (2134 meters) is a National Park, visited by tourists and a large number of Sri Lanka tourists. The Patnas in the lower parts, rising from the Marshes and streams extends upto the tree-line. The trees, stunted by the wind and mist, covered with ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard, and the jungle is full of rare and endemic plants. The red flowered Rhododendrons, or the ‘Niloos’ that blooms once in 12 years, and the Butterflies, Birds, found only in the hill areas, the ‘Bear Monkey,’ large herds of Sambhur, Leopard and other animals are found in the plains.

The ‘World End’ and ‘Little World End” with sheer drops of 3000ft to the plantation below and the beautiful scenery, are not found anywhere else in the country.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing St Andrews (Colonial), Nuwara Eliya.

Day 12 - Dambulla/Matale/Kandy

After breakfast leave for Colombo via Kithulgala.
Rest of the day leisure.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Mount Lavinia Hotel 4*, Mount Lavinia.

Day 13 - Dambulla/Matale/Kandy

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure OR transfer to the preferred beach resort.

Extensions

You may chose to spend more time on the beach in Sri Lanka or spend a last night in Colombo. Also Sri Lanka can easily be combined with the Maldives, less than an hour’s flight away, and boasting some of the world’s finest beach resorts. Alternatively, Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour, India, offers a host of attractions, including the world famous Taj Mahal. It is also possible to combine Sri Lanka with Dubai or some of the other Gulf States and South East Asia.

Tailor Made –

Our private tailor-made journeys offer complete freedom of option. The Itineraries and accommodation shown are designed to give you a flavour of what is possible and can be tailor made to suite your preferences and necessary requirements. The price may vary according to selected accommodation, flights and season. Please call us to discuss your individual requirements.

Price Include

  • Return International Flight
  • Accommodation at the hotels specified or similar
  • Meals on Half Board basis
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with the service of English speaking chuffer for 2 – 6 Person & separate English speaking guide for 7 - 12 People
  • Local government taxes & service charges
  • Entrance fees to : Pinnawela , Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla Caves Temple, Temple of Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Garden, Yala National Park
  • Jeep safari to Yala national Park
  • Meals as stated in itinerary

Price Exclude

  • Visa for Sri Lanka, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
  • Meals not indicate in the Itinerary
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Camera & Video permits at cultural sights
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Tips at Restaurants during meals, drivers and Guides