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- Visit beautiful Sri Lanka, tour some of this amazing country's most exciting locations and experience a wealth of unique culture along the way.
- Discover this culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites, 86 species of mammals and more than 400 bird species.
- Stay at a range of excellent hotels along the way on this unforgettable journey through Sri Lanka.
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Your Destination —
This is a culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites (the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colorful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.
Visit their ancient sites and marvel over their legendary temples, or see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree, Anuradhapura. Take a safari tour in one of Sri Lanka’s national parks to encounter elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, and exotic birds, or spend the day relaxing on the dazzlingly white, often untrodden, beaches. Try your hand at a little surfing or retreat up into the Sri Lankan hills to experience a more temperate climate and the lavish greenery of the tea plantations. And if you can even trek through the rainforests with an experienced guide or just take in the breathtaking vistas on a spectacular train ride.
With fabulously flavoursome food and a vast array of culturally rich experiences to delve into, Sri Lanka promises to be one of your best-loved travel destinations, and the charm of the people will simply enchant you.
Your Itinerary —
DAY 01 AIRPORT / COLOMBO
Arrival at Colombo International Airport. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Colombo for the night. (approximate travel time - 45 minutes to 1 hour).
Check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities. Overnight stay at OZO Colombo or similar.
DAY 02 COLOMBO / YALA
After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel and Proceed to Yala. (approximate travel time - 5 - 6 hours). En route, stop by for sightseeing of stilt fisherman and continue to Yala for your amazing wildlife experience.
The elephant is undoubtedly the best known attraction at Yala, seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys the pinkish rhesus and the grey faced Langur monkey, live and play on the tree tops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be memorable experience. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many varieties of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, and king-fisher & wood pecker are some of the birds can be seen in the park.
Overnight stay at Kithala Resort or Similar.
DAY 03 Yala / Kandy
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Ella Railway station to catch your train to Nanu Oya.
The train journey from Ella to Nanu Oya is one of the favorite train rides among all travelers who visiting Sri Lanka. This train powers up through Sri Lanka’s southern hill country, through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it descends to reach Ella.
On completion proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a small sight seeing tour of this amazing location.
Nuwara Eliya is set in the heart of tea-country is a beautiful town where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 6,200 feet above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
On completion proceed to visit a Tea Estate. Here you would see how the world’s famous “Ceylon Tea” is manufactured. In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. James Taylor was a British citizen who introduced commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Today even people who have never heard of Sri Lanka are familiar with Ceylon tea, which is known for its quality.
On completion proceed to your hotel in Kandy where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the amenities of the hotel.
Overnight Stay ot OZO Kandy or Similar. (Approx travel time: 2 - 2 1/2 hours / 60 miles)
DAY 04 KANDY
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and in the evening, explore the Royal City of Kandy. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned "Temple of the Tooth". Kandy and its satellite villages is the center of the island’s handicraft industry and its traditional dances are the most spectacular in the country.
Temple of the Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the City of Kandy. It is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist World. According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. On the outside, the temple buildings are not magnificent or elaborately decorated. While with red roofs, they cluster around Kandy Lake. In striking contrast to the plain exterior, the interiors of the temple buildings are richly carved and decorated with inlaid woods, ivory and lacquer. The relic of the tooth is kept in a two story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks.
After that, you will witness a Cultural Dance performance. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C. Return to the Hotel.
Overnight stay at OZO Kandy or Similar.
DAY 05 KANDY / MATALE / DAMBULLA / NILAVELI
After breakfast, proceed to Nilaveli. En route, you will visit the Matale Spice Garden.
Matale is famous for its batik production and spice gardens. Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics. (Transfer Time 1 1/2 hours).
After, proceed to Dambulla Cave Temple (Transfer time 1 1/2 - 2 hours). Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass- it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceiling found here are over 2000 years old and is the largest area of painting found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.
On completion, proceed to Nilaveli for your fabulous beach stay. (Transfer time 2 - 2 1/2 hours)
Dinner and overnight stay at Anilana Nilaveli, Trincomalee or similar.
DAY 06 - 9, 11 or 13 NILAVELI
Breakfast at hotel, spend rest of the day at leisure by beach or pool and enjoying the other facilities of the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at Anilana Nilaveli, Trincomalee or similar.
DAY 10, 12 or 14 NILAVELI/NEGOMBO
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Negombo, where your final day will be at leisure to enjoy your surroundings. (approximate travel time - 5 - 6 hours).
Overnight at Jetwing Blue or Similar.
Day 11, 13, or 15 NEGOMBO / AIRPORT
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport to catch your flight, back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka once known as Taprobane.
Your Hotels —
Understated, unassuming but with an unexpected twist. Simplicity worked to perfection, 24/7. Welcome to OZO Colombo Sri Lanka. Cozy rooms complete with Sri Lankan charm. Stunning Indian Ocean views from some, Marine Drive Colombo 04 from others. Outfitted with the modern technology you’ll need when on the road. No tricks or gimmicks. Sleep quality trumps and comfy beds rule. Give the snooze button a rest; waking early will be a breeze.
There's amazing local food with zest and spice to hit the spot and the ON14 rooftop lounge for you to work the scene. Need a kick to get going in the mornings? No worries. The EAT2GO Breakfast Boost will fire you up at the start of your day.
Located a couple minutes from Galle Road and an hour’s drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, it's that ‘just right’ hotel in Colombo you’re looking for, the place that feels like home when you’re away.
Kithala Resort, surrounded by vast paddy fields and a plethora of natural beauty, is a true piece of heaven as one explores the magnificent landscapes of Sri Lanka. Inspired by the scores of exotic birds in the area, the resort is named after the Kithala, or the Purple Coot.
Offering an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant as well as elegant accommodation, the Kithala Resort is ideally located in Tissamaharama. During your time here you are able to discover its garden and barbecue facilities, enjoy a drink at the bar, or simply enjoy the lush garden views from your balcony.
Just a few minutes from the Sacred Tooth and from the city centre is the OZO Kandy. Here you are able to enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop lounge BOMU. Each elegant and bright room features air conditioning, a sofa seating area, a dining area, and private bathrooms with free toiletries.
During your stay you are able to visit the fitness centre and 24-hour front desk. Enjoy a daily breakfast served in the EAT2GO restaurant before setting out to explore the beauty of Kandy.
Located on the quietest part of one of the best beaches in the world, this brand-new, stylishly designed resort is an intimate and luxurious escape for you to relax and enjoy some luxury, good food and the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.
Laze around one of the two swimming pools, relax and rejuvenate in the Anilana Spa, take in wonderful views from the roof top bar or simply take some time out in the gardens to breathe and enjoy. Bask in the freedom of doing whatever you want, whenever - all in a tropical paradise.
With a range of 3 superb restaurants and 2 sleek bars guests are never far from tantalising dishes and tropical drinks, all made truly special by the friendly and attentive service; a true insight into Sri Lankan hospitality.
Perched on the golden sands of Negombo Beach is the 5-Star Jetwing Blue Resort. Boasting two spectacular outdoor swimming pools, two tempting restaurants, a sophisticated spa and breathtaking views of the ocean, it is ideally located for a beach stay in Negombo.
Rooms are breezy with their own private balconies and feature a seating area, flat-screen TV, and a minibar.
Be sure to visit the restaurant where you can dine on a wide variety of international dishes and sip on refreshing beverages at the Centre Point Bar located by the pool.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers are included as per the itinerary.
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Start your holiday ensconced in premium amenities including Turkish delicacies and individual touch-screens offer excellent in-flight entertainment with close to 350 films and shorter programmes to choose from. With In-flight connectivity you can send and receive text messages and e-mails.
This airline likes its guests to have a relaxed and comfortable travel experience, starting with their lounges where you will find the finest service to ensure your trip begins the way you wish.
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