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December 19, 2018

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Price Includes

  • Accommodation in shared twin room with private bathroom
  • Meals are as stated in the programme inclusive of breakfast
  • Cost of transfers and tours in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English Speaking -speaking driver guide
  • All entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Sri Lanka (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Mineral water available on the vehicles
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Christmas & New Year Eve
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Electronic Travel Authorization fee for Visas upon arrival (Please note that an ETA is compulsory for nationalities besides nationals from the Republics of Singapore and Maldives)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Itinerary

Day 1Airport / Colombo

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of Nawamini Travels and transfer to Colombo.

Colombo – a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square

Day 2Colombo / Pinnawala / Habarana

Early Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Habarana en route visits

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – – This is established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born.

Check in to the hotel and evening visits the “Lion Rock”

Sigiriya –is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.

Day 3Habarana / Polonnaruwa / Habarana

Breakfast at the hotel.

Polonnaruwa – is another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues.
Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. RankothVehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and ParakramaBahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.

The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The ParakramaSamudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.

Elephant Back Ride – A jungle trek on elephant back is an adventurous experience. Accompanied by the mahout – the elephant handler, you set off for a ride of a lifetime along jungle paths and across shallow rivers.

Day 4Habarana / Dambulla / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel. Visits Dambulla

Dambulla – Built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. the Dambulla rock temple is now a world heritage site as well as the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq.metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Leave for Kandy the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere. En route visit the Dambulla Cave temple

Day 5Kandy city tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orison princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

Royal Botanical Gardens Peradeniya – This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. This is the second largest of its own in the South East Asia.

Day 6Kandy / Nuwaraeliya

Breakfast at the hotel.

Nuwaraeliya – Nuwaraeliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort. Nuwaraeliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwaraeliya also has one of the finest 18 whole golf courses in South Asia.
Evening City Tour in Nuwara Eliya, drive up to the Gregory Lake and feel the fresh air
Drive through the colonial city and enjoy the surroundings.

Day 7Nuwaraeliya / Yala

Breakfast at the hotel.
Yala – Do a safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer’s and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.

Day 8Yala / Galle/ Bentota or Beruwela

Breakfast at the hotel.

Galle – Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour.
Stroll around the lighthouse and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs.

The Dutch Fort – Galle – The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord.
Today, the 90-acre Galle Fort shows no evidence of the Portuguese founders. The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663. A second, taller wall was built inside of it. Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the Fort’s two half bastions overlooking the sea.
The Dutch also installed a sophisticated drainage system, complete with brick-lined underground sewers that were flushed twice a day by the high and low tides. The original gate to the fort was by the harbour. It is still there, marked by the British Coat-of-arms on the front and the Dutch V.O.C. (Vereenigde OostIndische Compagnie) with the Coat-of-arms with a rooster crest, on the inner side of the Fort.

Day 9Bentota/ Airport

Breakfast at the hotel.

After that Proceeds to the Airport for the departure Flight.

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