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Cultures Of Sri Lanka

Cultures Of Sri Lanka Tour

This 10 day tour is a must for those interested in the ancient history, traditions and cultures of Sri Lanka whilst exploring the wildlife at Wilpattu National Park - one of the best areas to see Sri Lankan leopards. It is also home to healthy populations of elephants, sloth bear, deer and buffalo.

This tour does not end here, you will also visit the iconic tea growing areas and explore the old Galle Dutch Fort on a well guided tour of the fortress.

Duration: 
10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
Hotel Rating Prices from:
3 Star AUD $1,590.00
4 Star AUD $2,160.00
5 star AUD $2,320.00

Rates valid until 30 April 2019. Seasonalities apply.

*Prices are per person, based on twin share. Breakfast included.

THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDE :
Accommodation in standard rooms on BB basis for 9 nights start with Breakfast on day 02 ending with Breakfast on day 10 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
Entrance fees to Wilpattu National Park, Sri Maha Bodhiya, Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Entrance, Kandy Temple, Dambulla, Cultural Show, Visit To A Tea Plantation (Nuwara Eliya), Gangaramaya Temple, Galle, Colombo Museum.
Cost of a safari jeep each at the Minneriya & Wilpattu national parks.
Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.

ABOVE PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Lunch & Dinner throughout the tour.
Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
Expenses of a personal nature.
Any other services not specified above.

OTHER CONDITIONS:
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk.
Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).

Tour Highlights:

Map of Wilpattu National Park Tour

ITINERARY

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Representative.
Proceed to Negombo and check in at hotel.

Rest of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight Stay.

This morning after Breakfast clients will check out from the hotel and will travel to Wilpattu for a safari at the Wilpattu national Park.

This is the land haunted by big cats of the island paradise. Recording a vast number of Sri Lankan Leopards - smarter looking than its Indian cousin - Wilpattu National Park has been named due to 'Willus' (Natural Lakes) studded throughout the park. Apart from big cats & precious flora, the park is well known for a healthy population of elephant, sloth bear, spotted deer, mongoose and water buffalo.
Do not be surprised if the squeal of a helpless wild boar pierce through your ears, just observe closer and you might be presented with a fantastic hunt because it is all action that speaks at Wilpattu.

On completion travel to check in at the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight Stay.

After Breakfast at the hotel clients will check out and will travel to embark on a guided City tour of Anuradhapura.

Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura - one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world starring 113 kings & spanning over 1300 years in its peak - avows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital. The sapphire of its crown is certainly the Sri Maha Bodhi - the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment - standing more than 2200 years in its pride.

Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya - the gigantic dagoba resting alongside the Basawakkulama Tank - shading the Samadhi Buddha Statue & Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empower the culture, heritage and supremacy of arguably the strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.

On completion travel your way to Sigiriya. check in at the hotel on arrival.

Overnight Stay.

After Breakfast at the hotel leisurely proceed to visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

On arrival embark on a guided tour to the peak of the rock fortress.

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress.
Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India.
Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.

On completion travel to the Minneriya National Park for an evening safari at the national park.

If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants - one by one - roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 300 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

On completion return to the hotel.

Overnight Stay.

check out after Breakfast and clients will travel to visit the Dambulla Rock Temple on arrival embark on a guided tour of the temple.

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla.
Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.

Thereafter on completion clients will travel to the Hill Capital city of Kandy. Embark on a well guided city tour on arrival.

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market.
Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Once complete clients will travel to check in at the hotel.

Overnight Stay.

After Breakfast at the hotel you will check out from the hotel & continue your way to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a Tea plantation.

Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date.
As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

There after travel to check in at the hotel.

Overnight Stay.

After Breakfast at the hotel check out from the hotel and continue your way to Galle.

On arrival at the hotel check in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Stay.

After Breakfast at the Hotel spend the rest of the day at leisure. Please note that the Client will have the vehicle at their disposal for a maximum mileage of 80 km.

Overnight Stay.

This morning check out after Breakfast and clients will travel to visit and explore the old Galle Dutch Fort on a well guided tour of the fortress.

Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale.
Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries.
Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas.
Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections.
However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!

Once complete clients will travel to the capital city of Colombo, embark on a guided city tour on arrival.

The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques.

Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience - or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City - an offshore city - featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square.
Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple.
Or, jazz up to Colombo's night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle.
If you're lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!

Upon completion clients will travel to check in at the hotel.

Overnight Stay.

After Breakfast at the Hotel check Out and proceed to the Airport in time for your departure flight.

End of Tour

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