Duration; 13 Nights & 14 Days
Number of pax; Minimum 02 Adults – Maximum 06 Adults
Validity : 15th February to 31st October 2017
- Hotel accommodation double / twin sharing in standard rooms (subject to availability)
- Travel by an air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur
- The service of an experienced and professional photographer throughout the tour
- Airport transfers
- Meals with dinner and breakfast only (Starting from the Day 01 dinner at the Mandarina Hotel &
- ending on the Day 14 breakfast at Goldi Sands Hotel
- Entrance fees to the sites mentioned;
- Whale watching in Mirissa
- Stilt Fishing
- The Blowhole
- Mulkirigala Temple
- Yala National Park (one visit)
- Tea Factory visit
- Hakgala Botanical Garden
- Horton Plains National Park (one visit)
- Temple of the Tooth
- Cultural Show
- One mineral water bottle per person per day (500ml)
- Discounted vouchers from ODEL Fashion Store
- International airfares
- Airport tax or any kind of insurance cover
- Bank charges when transferring the funds through bank transfers or credit card
- Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc
- Tipping and gratuities (Tips are acceptable in Sri Lanka but down to personal discretion)
- Any other meals other than specified above (All lunches throughout the tour)
- Entrance fee / charges for the sites mentioned other than included
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Any other item/meal not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’
- Visa fees to Sri Lanka
- For the payments which will be making through credit cards, will be subject to 3% on total package price
- For the payments which will be making through bank transfers, subject to own bank charges (US$ 40 per transaction)
- Hotel check in time: 14.00 hours and Hotel check out time: 11.00 hours
**** Please note that the above is only a quotation and confirmation of the hotel rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking / Transfer times given are based on expected averages, not accounting for unforeseen circumstances such as road closures or festivals. Our friendly chauffeur will be happy to update timings on a daily basis given conditions on the day.
Day 01: Colombo
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be greeted by a Starron Tours representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to Colombo (approximately 01 hour drive). During your stay, take a city tour in Colombo.
Colombo city tour will begin from the Fort area of Colombo which has been named fort because of it being a fort during the times of Portuguese and Dutch. You will drive thru the commercial areas and drive past Pettah, a colorful Oriental bazaar with a mix of people, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples. You have a chance to see a Hindu Temple and a Buddhist temple. Continue your tour of Colombo through the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, Hulfts dorp Law Courts as you drive along the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, and also visit the Independence Square and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
Dinner & overnight stay in Colombo.
Day 02: Galle
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Galle (approximately 02 hours drive). Visit the famous Galle Fort in the evening.
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multiethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.”
Dinner & overnight stay in Galle.
Day 03 & 04: Mirissa
Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Mirissa (approximately 01 hour drive). During your stay in Mirissa, proceed on a whale watching safari and capture the fishermen on stilts.
Whale watching is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. In warm Indian Ocean, you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.
Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka, located off the coast of India in the Indian Ocean. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From this high position, the fishermen casts his line, and waits until a fish comes along to be caught. Although the approach looks primitive and ancient, stilt fishing is actually a recent tradition.
Dinner & overnight stay in Mirissa.
Day 05: Yala
Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Yala (approximately 03 ½ hours drive). En route, visit the famous blowhole and Mulkirigala Temple.
The Blowhole in the region of Sri Lanka and it is considered as the second largest in the league of blow holes, but Sri Lanka’s one and only. In essence it means a distance where the sound of “hoo” can easily be listened or heard by a person. It is a well-known attraction for the travellers and tourists visiting the area and is well known for its uniqueness and excitement aspect. It is located in the deeper southern region of the country and it certainly has its charming aspect that thrills many and attracts people from all across Sri Lanka.
Mulkirigala Temple is the most imposing rock temple in the south of the island is situated on an isolated rock 210m high, rising almost vertically from the surrounding forest. Terraces are found across the sloped southern side of this rock, where cave temples nestle beneath ledges of overhanging rock. The ancient origins of this temple are unclear, but it is learned from Brahmi scriptures carved into the rock that this has been the site of a Buddhist monastery for millennia. The general belief is that Mulgirigalla Vihara was founded around 130 BC and has been a place of tranquillity and sanctity ever since.
Thereafter proceed to Yala.
Dinner & overnight stay in Yala.
Day 06: Yala
With an early breakfast or with packed breakfasts, proceed on a morning and an evening jeep safari to Yala National Park.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. Among the largest is Lunugamvehera National Park. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
Dinner & overnight stay in Yala.
Day 07 & 08: Ella
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Ella (approximately 03 hours drive). During your stay, you could proceed on a city tour in Ella.
Ella, a beautiful small village located high in the hill country of Sri Lanka. Ella has some of the best views in Sri Lanka, but it is highly underrated as a tourist destination. The Ravana Falls, Ravana cave and the temple are popular sightseeing attractions in Ella where the legendary Ravana left Sita for safe-keeping. Demodara Railway Station, 9 Arch Stone Bridge and Ella Rock are other interesting sightseeing when touring the hill country of Sri Lanka.
Dinner & overnight stay in Ella.
Day 09 & 10: Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya (approximately 02 hours drive).
Nuwara Eliya, the city affectionately nicknamed ‘Little England’ and take a tour of a tea factory and tea plantation where you can pick your very own tea. You could also visit the Hakgala Botanical Garden and Horton Plains National Park during your stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Visit a working Tea Factory and be enlightened on the tea manufacturing process. Watch the tea pickers as they nimbly climb up the mountainside with their large baskets and pick the tea leaves, then visit the factory and you will be taken around by a friendly staff member who will explain the process of fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and grading of tea. There are machines for almost every part of the process except of course the all-important tea tasting at the end of the process to determine the quality of the tea.
Hakgala Botanical Garden was founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr GHK Thwaites, who was superintendent of the more famous gardens at Peradeniya, near Kandy. The climate of the Hakgala area, whose mean temperature is around 16ºC, is perfect for temperate-zone plants, both ornamental and useful. These include conifers and cedars from Australia, Bermuda and Japan, and cypresses from the Himalayas, China and as far as Persia, Mexico and California. An English oak, introduced around 1890, commemorates the “hearts of oak” of Britain’s vaunted sea power. There is also an excellent specimen of the camphor tree, whose habitat is usually in regions above 12,000 m elevation. In the Rose Garden, you can experience the sights and scents of these glorious blooms in their infinite variety. From here it is a short stroll to the exotic sophistication of the Orchid House. A special attraction here is the variety of mountain orchids, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka.
Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900– 7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture have been found here. The plains’ vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park and some studies suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon. The sheer precipice of World’s End and Baker’s fall are among the tourist attractions of the park.
Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 11 & 12: Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Kandy (approximately 03 hours drive). You could visit the Temple of the Tooth and witness a cultural dance show in the evening.
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. This is a royal palace complex that preserves the left canine tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Built during the 17th century, this Temple is well preserved till today and visited by many thousands of devotees and tourists from around the world. This shrine has always played an important role in politics because there is a belief that whoever is in possession of the relic is the one who holds the governance of the country. In 1987, a golden canopy was built over the main shrine and this made the Temple easily identifiable from far away. Due to the significances that this sacred relic is known for it is one of the best places to visit in Kandy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cultural show, Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre features daily shows at 5.30 pm which showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Kandyan Kingdom. These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital. The Centre overlooks the scenic lake as it is located along its shore.
Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 13: Negombo
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Negombo (approximately 03 hours drive). Relax at the hotel.
Day 14: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your departure flight (approximately 30 minutes drive).
|City / Town||Hotel|
|Colombo||Mandarina Hotel or similar|
|Galle||Unawatuna Beach Resort or similar|
|Mirissa||Hotel Silan Mo or similar|
|Yala||Tamarind Lake Hotel or similar|
|Ella||Mountain Heavens Hotel or similar|
|Nuwara Eliya||Heaven Seven Hotel or similar|
|Kandy||Serene Grand Hotel or similar|
|Negombo||Goldi Sands Hotel or similar|