Let us show you incredible Sri Lanka and beyond.
Submerge yourself with diversity in central and south of Sri Lanka. Throughout this itinerary you will discover - the beauty of the hill country, the history, the food and the people.
And experience some of the main highlights of this tour, including a jeep safari in Yala National Park - home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards and crocodiles just to name a few and a chance for you to travel the scenic route along the coast to Galle.
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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 10 nights start with Breakfast on day 02 ending with Breakfast on day 11 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
Entrance fees to Sigiriya, Pinnawala, Dambulla Temple, Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Yala National Park (1).
Cost of jeep at Yala (1).
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.
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by your Aitken Spence Travels Representative, who will guide you to your chauffer driven car. Transfer from Airport to Colombo (Approximately 45 minutes).
The rest of your day is at leisure to explore Colombo.
Colombo, like capital cities in many developing countries, is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood and 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, next to new hotel sites. 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 Chin.
After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to the Sigiriya area.
Route: Colombo-Pinnawala. Drive: Approximately 2.5 hrs
Route: Pinnawala-Sigiriya. Drive: Approximately 2.5 hrs
Once at the Sigiriya area, you will proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
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.
On completion proceed to Sigiriya and check in to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
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.
On completion you will continue on to the Buddhist caves of Dambulla.
Route: Sigiriya - Dambulla. Drive: Approximately 45 minutes.
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 where visitors must remove their shoes and approach the shrines bare-foot.
The first cave is filled with the 47-foot-long recumbent image of the meditating Buddha. In the second cave, there are 150 beautifully carved and preserved gilded statues of gods and Buddhas.
The 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.
After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to Kandy via the Matale Spice Gardens.
Route: Sigiriya - Matale. Drive: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Route: Matale - Kandy. Drive: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for.
Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, 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 and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand. Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste a herbal brew and in some venues, enjoy the full flavours of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on natural products from the garden.
Continue to Kandy (Approximately 1 hour) and enjoy a city tour.
Duration of the city tour - Approximately 3 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.
At the Upper Lake Drive Viewpoint you can see whole of 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.
After breakfast at your hotel you will be taken to Peradeniya to catch the train to Nanu Oya (approximately 4 hours).
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.
After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to Yala.
En-route visit Little Adam's Peak in Ella.
Route: Nuwara Eliya - Ella. Drive: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Route: Ella - Yala. Drive: Approximately 3.5 hours.
Little Adam's Peak, also known as Punchi Sri Pada in Sinhala, is situated in Ella. It is an ideal alternative for those who prefer not to climb Adam's Peak as it just a short walk of 45 mins - 1 hour from Ella. The walk to Little Adam's peak is relatively easy and only slightly uphill towards the end as you reach the summit. Along the walk you will be surrounded by lush green landscapes and hillsides including tea plantations. At the end of the walk as you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Ella Rock, Ella Gap and Ruwana Falls.
Upon arrival the rest of your day is at leisure.
Early this morning you will proceed on a jeep safari in Yala National Park complete with packed breakfast.
Duration of the safari - Approximately 3 hours.
First established in the 1890s as a game sanctuary, and now the most visited park in Sri Lanka, this is the area with the highest concentration of leopards in the world. The Park is approximately 1,259 sq. kms and is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. It has a massive array of flora and fauna to see, and is a must for any enthusiast of nature, and 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.
On completion you will return to the hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to your Beach Hotel.
Route: Yala - Koggala / Kalutara / Bentota. Drive : Approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.
After breakfast at your hotel your day is at leisure. The vehicle will not be at your disposal.
After breakfast at your hotel your day is at leisure.
The vehicle will not be at your disposal to explore the surrounding area, or just relax on the beach.
After breakfast at your hotel you will be driven to the airport for your departure flight (Approximately 3 hours).
End of Tour