Sri Lanka Holidays: Your overnight stays
Day 1: Colombo – Cinnamon Lake Side
Day 2: Dambulla – Heritance Kandalama
Day 3: Dambulla – Heritance Kandalama
Day 4: Kandy – Earl’S Regency
Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Heritance Tea Factory
Day 6: Yala – Jetwing Yala
Day 7: Galle – Jetwing Lighthouse
Price is subject to availability
Board Type: Half Board
Includes Entrance fees
Includes Taxes & Service charges
Flights not included
DAY 1: AIRPORT - COLOMBO
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Aitken Spence Travels Representative
Transfer from Airport to Colombo (Approx: 1 hour drive)
Do a panoramic City Tour of Colombo (if time permits only)
Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings.
Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas - where you find stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)- an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Lake Side - Superior City View Room
DAY 2: COLOMBO - PINNAWALA - KANDALAMA
Breakfast at Cinnamon Lake Side
Transfer from Colombo to Pinnawala (Approx: 02 1/2 Hrs drive)
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. The orphanage was established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphaned elephants. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their calfs born in the same location. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born in 1984. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river near by.
Transfer from Pinnawala to Kandalama. Rest of the day is free for you to rest & relax in the hotel (Approx: 02 1/2 Hrs drive)
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Heritance Kandalama - Superior Room in Dambulla Wing
DAY 3: KANDALAMA - SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - KANDALAMA
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama
Transfer from Kandalama to Sigiriya (Approx: 45 Minutes drive)
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ''Heavenly Maidens'' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa (Approx: 01 1/2 Hrs drive)
The island's medieval capital (built in the 11th and 12th century AD) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. It is a world heritage site. Many of the ruins are in an excellent condition. Its great artificial lake, the Parakrama Samudra which covers an area of 6,000 acres, feeds a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks.
Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya which has 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and the statue of King Parakramabahu.
There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Kandalama (Approx: 02 Hrs drive)
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Heritance Kandalama
DAY 4: KANDALAMA - DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama
Transfer from Kandalama to Dambulla (Approx: 30 Minutes drive)
The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is 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 of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Transfer from Dambulla to Matale (Approx: 45 Minutes drive)
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Transfer from Matale to Kandy (Approx: 30 Minutes drive)
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name 'Kandy' conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.
Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town, the bazaar, an arts & crafts centre and a gem museum / lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Earl'S Regency - a Deluxe Room
DAY 5: KANDY - PERADENIYA - TEA PLANTATION - NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at Earl'S Regency
Transfer from Earl'S Regency to Peradeniya
This beautiful garden is located 4 miles off Kandy. It was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It covers approximately 147 acres and is a walkers paradise with extensive well kept lawns, pavilions, an octagon conservatory, fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flower beds. The best attraction is the orchid house.
Transfer from Peradeniya to Tea Plantation
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya (Approx: o1 Hr drive)
Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to rest & relax in the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Heritance Tea Factory - a Superior Room
DAY 6: NUWARA ELIYA - BANDARAWELA - YALA
Breakfast at Heritance Tea Factory
Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Bandarawela (Approx: o1 Hr drive)
Bandarawela is a charming town at an elevation of 4000 feet and is a popular health resort.
Transfer from Bandarawela to Yala (Approx: o5 Hrs drive)
The Yala National Park is approximately 1,259 sq. kms in extent and is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is located in the south eastern corner of the island and it has the added bonus of a scenic ocean frontage. The park is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Jetwing Yala - a Deluxe Room
DAY 7 : YALA - GALLE
Breakfast at Jetwing Yala
Transfer from Yala to Galle (Approx: 04 1/2 Hrs drive)
Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon and is a town rich in history. It was the center of the Dutch regime in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort ( spanning 90 acres ) bears testimony to this fact.
The city of Galle is one of the well preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia and has been declared a 'World Heritage Site'. The Dutch museum & the Dutch church are two famous tourist attractions in Galle. The city is also known for its delicate handmade lace and ebony carvings.
Rest of the day is free for you to rest & relax in the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel & Spa - a Deluxe Room
DAY 8: GALLE - SOUTHERN HIGH-WAY - AIRPORT
Breakfast at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel & Spa
Transfer from Galle to Airport for departure (Approx: 02 Hrs drive)
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The above prices include only:
Accommodation in standard rooms on Half Board basis for 7 nights from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the Itinerary.
Entrance fees to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Cultural Show in Kandy, Kandy Temple, Dambulla, Pedro Estate, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, a Jeep safari in Yala National Park & Galle Museum only.
Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
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