Duration: 05 Nights & 06 Days
Number of pax: Minimum 02 adults – Maximum 05 adults

Validity : 9th August to 14th August 2017

 

 

Day 01: Kandy

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be greeted by a Company representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to Kandy (approximately 04 hours’ drive). Depending on your time of arrival, en route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 39 males and 49 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC).

(Milk feeding time 09;15 am and 13;15 hours and bath times are 10 am and 2pm. )

Temple of the Tooth 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.

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden is the Sri Lanka’s largest garden an elegant and spacious 147- acres (60-hectares). There are some 4,000 different species of plants at Peradeniya Gardens. The 10,000 or so trees, which are the stars, are mature, lofty giants, many of them tropical timber trees. Highlights of the collection include the Giant Bamboo of Burma, capable of growing to 40 meters height (130 feet) with a 25-centimetre (10-inch) stem diameter. Absolutely sensational is the century old giant Javan fig tree, its tentacle like roots spread across the enormous area of about 1,800 square meters (19,375 square feet) a massive central trunk beneath the tree’s vast canopy ‘umbrella’. The Cannonball tree is also intriguing, with its cannonball-like fruit hanging off the trunk and large open, waxy pink-white flowers. So is the Double Coconut Palm, one of 200 types of palms displayed at Peradeniya – originating from the Seychelles, this tree produces the largest seed known. Its fruits take five years to mature. The gardens showcase all of Sri Lanka’s flora and representative species from around the tropical world. Luminaries as varied as Queen Elizabeth II, Marshal Tito and Yuri Gagarin have planted trees to mark their visits to the garden.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Day 02 & 03: Nuwaraeliya

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya (approximately 02 ½ hours drive). The climate will get much cooler up here, nights and early mornings may dip as low as 10 degrees C. This drive is a scenic one through misty hills & tea estates and stopping to take in the view while taking a tour of a working tea factory will give you a chance to savour a warm cup of Ceylon tea During your stay in Nuwara Eliya, you could visit a tea factory, Victoria Park and Hakgala Botanical Garden.

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.

Victoria Park is a public park located in Nuwara Eliya. Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. The park was formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The park was established with the planting of its first tree, an Oak, by a visiting German Princess. The Nanu Oya River runs through the park, creating a number of small scenic lakes that greatly enhance the park’s natural beauty. A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park.

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, where, 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 Orchid House. A special attraction here is the variety of mountain orchids, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka.

Lake Gregory is one of the significant tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya. It was built by the Governor William Gregory during 1872 – 1877 periods by utilizing the water from the Nanu Oya which runs across the town. It is about 91.2 hectares in extent. It was said to be used for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British rule. A boat yard now allows visitors to go boating and rowing. Boat Tour is very popular activity on Gregory Lake. Both pedal boats and motor boats are offered for holiday makers.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.

 

Day 04: Kataragama

After breakfast proceed to Kataragama (approximately 04 hours’ drive). See a wide array of wildlife including birds, elephants and leopards at Lunugamvehera National Park.

Morning Safari 05:30 Hours & Evening Safari 14:30 Hours

Dinner & Overnight stay at Kataragama

 

Day 05: Galle (Unawatuna)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Galle (approximately 03 ½ hours’ drive). 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 multi-ethnic 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 06: Departure

You will be transferred to Colombo International Airport (03 ½ hours drive) for your homebound flight.

Included:

  • Hotel accommodation on standard rooms sharing basis.
  • Travel by an air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced English speaking chauffeur (From airport pick to drop).
  • Meals with breakfast and Dinner only ( Meals start with Dinner on the Day 01 and end with
    the breakfast on the Day 06)
  • 05 breakfasts at The Hotel ( packed breakfast if before 7 a.m.) and 05 Dinners
  • One mineral water bottle per person per day (500 ml).
  • Government tax (VAT15% + TDL 1%)

Not Included:

  • International airfares.
  • Airport tax or any kind of insurance cover.
  • Service of an experienced and professional photographer throughout the tour
  • 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).
  • Entrance fee to any of the activities / sightseeing (subject to rate changes).
  • Bank charges when transferring the funds through bank transfer or credit card
  • Early check-in or late check-out.
  • Any other item/meal not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’.
  • Visa fees to Sri Lanka.

General:

  • Hotel check in time: 14.00 hours and Hotel check out time: 11.00 hours

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations subject to no charge if cancelled 30 working days prior to arrival. 100% charge if cancelled within 30 working days of arrival or in case of a no show 

*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.

Not included in tour package and to be paid separately.

Site / Place Price Approx. ( Per Pax in US$)
Temple of the Tooth US$ 10
Cultural Pageant US$ 10
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden US$ 15
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage US$ 20
Kandy Lake Boat Ride US$ 10
Victoria Park US$ 05
Hakgala Botanical Gardens US$ 15
Boat Ride – Lake Gregory US$ 05
Lunugamvehera National Park US$ 28
Safari Jeep US$ 35 (Per Jeep – Half day)

SKILL LEVEL:

Beginners to Professionals

TOUR TYPE:

[   ] Leisure / Free & Easy tour

[X] Guided tour: Guided tour without photography instructor

[   ] Instructor-led tour: Photography guidance throughout tour

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