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Explore Sri Lanka Tour

Explore Sri Lanka Tour Tour

Combine cultural and historical experiences with beautiful scenery of the hill country that merges over the misty landscapes surrounded by a seemingly endless array of tea plantations populated by tea pickers. The main highlights of this tour includes Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Spice garden in Matale and eat your way through the city like a local in Colombo.

Duration: 
8 Days - 7 Nights
Hotel Rating Prices from:
3 Star AUD $1,165.00
4 Star AUD $1,619.00
5 star AUD $1,719.00

Rates valid until 30 April 2019. Seasonalities apply.

Prices are per person, based on twin share.

THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDES:
Accommodation in standard rooms on BB basis for 7 nights start with Breakfast on day 02 ending with Breakfast on day 8 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
Entrance fees to Sigiriya, Pinnawala, Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Dambulla.
Train ride from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya.
Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.

ABOVE PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Lunch and dinner throughout the tour.
Entrance fees to sites not mentioned above or any optional activities.
Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
Expenses of a personal nature.
Any other services not specified above.

Tour Highlights:

Map of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Tour

ITINERARY

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by our representative, who will guide you to your chauffer driven car (Approximately 30 minutes).

Transfer from Airport to Negombo.

If you have spare time, your chauffeur guide will introduce you to some of the curious sites to see in Negombo, such as the Dutch churches and the canals. Negombo was an important port during the colonial period. And in the late 17th century the Dutch built a network of canals, over 100km in length that was used to transport cinnamon and other spices from inland plantations to the coast.

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Route: Negombo-Pinnawala. Drive: Approximately 2.0 hrs.
Route: Pinnawala-Sigiriya. Drive: Approximately 2.5 hrs.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.

The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at your hotel proceed to Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

The duration of the climb: Approximately 3 hours.

The 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was built by King Kashyapa between 477 and 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.

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to Kandy via Dambulla and the Spice Gardens of Matale.

Route: Sigiriya-Dambulla. Drive: Approximately 45 minutes.
Route: Dambulla-Matale. Drive: Approximately 1.5 hrs.
Route: Matale-Kandy. Drive: Approximately 1.0 hrs.

Dambulla Rock Temple is a magnificent gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings not seen anywhere else in the Island. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the 1st century BC. Dambulla and its five cave temples are filed with Buddhist murals and many Buddha statues. The first cave is filled with the 47-foot-long recumbent image of the meditating Buddha. Rock ceilings are painted in brilliantly preserved and intricately detailed patterns and images of the holy figures. There is also a tree grown from a sapling taken from Anuradhapura.

(Approximately 1.5 hours)

After Dambulla Caves you will proceed to Kandy via Matale.

The Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery.

(Approximately 1 hour)

Continue to Kandy and enjoy a city tour. (Approximately 2 hours)

Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha's Tooth and the Kandy Lake. You will also can see Kandy magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.

Visit The Temple of The Buddha's Tooth in the evening, for the ''pooja ceremony'' that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer Flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing -a magical experience.

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at your hotel you will be taken to Peradeniya to catch the train to Nanu Oya (approximately 4 hours).

Upon arrival to Nanu Oya Railway Station driver pick up and proceed to Nuwara Eliya (approximately 30 minutes).

Nuwara Eliya, or 'City of Light', is the tea capital of Sri Lanka, and its highest town at an altitude of 1889m. Since colonial times it has offered a break from the oppressive heat and humidity that surrounds the rest of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya was found by a group of British officers during the earlier part of the 19th century, who as the story goes, had gotten lost while elephant hunting. The British governor at the time, Sir Edward Barnes, was told about this little town and subsequently decided to take residence there, soon creating a health resort, which soon became internationally renowned. Nuwara Eliya is surrounded by a seemingly endless array of tea plantations populated by tea pickers who are almost exclusively Indian Tamils, who are distinct from the Ceylonese Tamils who live in the Northeast of the country. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Overnight stay.

At the Heritance Tea Factory we recommend you dine 'On Wheels'. CK 6685, a third-class carriage of the Udapussellawa narrow-gauge railway line that used to transport tea but closed down in 1950, has been converted to a fine-dining restaurant. Its former passengers would marvel at today's menu, with its range of top-quality ingredients from around the world - smoked salmon from Norway, beef and lamb from Australia, duck from the US. And of course there's an international wine list to match.

The executive chef himself takes your order to discuss any particular preferences you may have. Then it's time to sit back and enjoy the ride through six courses, or "stations". With candlelight reflected in the gleaming teak and brass, it's a delightfully nostalgic experience.

Portions are well balanced and beautifully presented - all the vegetables and herbs come from the hotel's own organic vegetable patch. And the service adds to the sense of theatre, as the cloche is lifted from your main course with flourish.

With only 16 covers a night, be sure to book your seat!

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at your hotel you will be driven to Colombo (Approximately 5 hours). This afternoon you can enjoy the 'Eat, Eat and Repeat' food tour of Colombo.

Route: Nuwara Eliya - Colombo. Drive: Approximately 6.0 hrs.

Dig into Colombo's street food scene and eat, eat, eat your way through the city like a local! Sample Colombo's unique mix of Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil, and Malay cuisines. Explore the busy streets of Pettah and witness the hustle and bustle of the local markets. See iconic sites like Fort Station, the Red Mosque, and the Khan clock tower. Hang out on the strip where locals like to chill out after a busy day. Sightseeing makes us hungry, which is why we've loaded this Colombo walking tour with tons of food stops to keep you fuelled along the way! See the city sites while tasting typical Sri Lankan street food like hoppers, wadai, and kothu from the places where locals love to snack.

Overnight stay.

In the morning, after breakfast at your hotel you will be driven to the airport for your departure flight (Approximately 45 minutes).

End of Tour

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