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Colonial Tour – 11 Days – Sri Lanka

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A comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka dwelling into its historical past & its natural beauty with a Wild Life Safari, tea plantations in the hills and its beaches. It includes a few days stay at a beach hotel in the south of Sri Lanka. The tour is an ideal one as it is complemented by Colonial style accommodation where ever possible at a reasonable rate, taking in the rich history of Sri Lanka. fascinating culture and the scenery.

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  1. Day 1 AIRPORT / COLOMBO

     

    Flight Arrival in Sri Lanka and landing at Colombo Bandaranayke International Airport.  After the completion of your Immigrations, Customs and Security procedures, please proceed to the Meeting Lobby of the arrival Terminal. Welcome Reception, Meeting with Assistance at the Lobby by our Representative, later your tour chauffeur will pick you at the Exit Gate of the arrival terminal to commence the Tour

    You will be transferred to Colombo City,

    In the afternoon, City tour in Colombo. Visit the fascinating city of Colombo, which links the past with the present. You will visit the Fort area, the commercial center, and Pettah Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, Cinnamon gardens that comprises of large residences and later on enjoy your free time in Colombo. Colombo is the largest city and the Commercial Capital of Sri Lanka. This is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. The Colombo harbour was known to Romans, Arabs and Chinese traders over 2000 years ago. The Colombo Fort, a Portuguese established small trading post. Colombo has several performing art centers such as Lionel Wendt Theater, the Elphinstone and the Tower Hall. The Nawaragahala is the country’s first national theatre. The world trade center, the 40 story Twin tower complex is important. The Independence Square in Cinnamon Gardens is another important landmark. The St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya is one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka. Colombo is an ideal location to start the Sri Lankan journey. Adjacent to Fort is Pettah-Colombo’s leading bazaar district. It has narrow cobbled streets lined with shops and street stalls that offer the most fantastic bargains.

    Stay overnight in a Colombo hotel.

     

  2. Day 2 COLOMBO / NEGOMBO / ANURADHAPURA

    After breakfast, leave for Anuradhapura. En-route visit Negombo.

    Negombo has predominantly Catholic & Christian population by faith, after European colonization in 1505. Negombo is called “Little Rome” among the locals and it is apparent due to the large structured churches and large community down almost every street compared to any other city in the Country. Traditionally a Fishing Village with catamarans by the beach at the backdrop to the Negombo scenery; which later developed as a fishing marketing centre. You can visit the Fishing Village & the fish market. In the morning, you can watch the highly active fishing community involved in hauling fish from the sea, also discussing fish pricing and deals. Negombo has an old Dutch Fort built in 1672. It is situated near the shore and offers a glimpse into the colonial history of Sri Lanka. However, the Fort is now in a state of disrepair.

    Afternoon arrival in Anuradhapura to visit the ruins of the first Royal capital founded in the 05th century BC. It is known to have the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. In this World Heritage city Anuradhapura, in picturesque ruins, was once a major center of Sri Lanka. It is evident that the dominant rice-based agriculture with paddy fields also many manmade ancient lakes and the prominent Pagodas with the Temples have developed the Buddhist civilization. There are many stone sculptures and some of the most popular stone Buddha Statues in this historical kingdom. During reign of The Great King Dutu-Gamunu, the city has developed and elevated highly.

    Overnight stay at Anuradhapura.

  3. Day 3 AVUKANA / SIGIRIYA

    Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Sigiriya, en route visit Aukana.

    Aukana Buddha Statue is the most famous stone sculpture of this village in the neighbourhood of the lake of Kala Wewa.  According to history, the magnificent 12m (30ft) standing Aukana Buddha was sculpted during the reign of Dhatusena in the 5th century – though some sources date it to the 12th or 13th century. Aukana means ’sun-eating’ and dawn is the best time to see it when the first rays of the sun light up the huge statue’s finely-carved features. There’s a local story that the statue is so finely carved that a drop of water would fall from its nose, without any breeze, between the Buddha’s feet. The reconstruction of the brick shelter over the statue looks like it was built by rail engineers, and detracts a little from the scene. There’s another similar statue nearby the Aukana statue but, inferior in workmanship and incomplete however worth a visit

    Later arrive in the Cultural Triangle Region. Late afternoon visit to Sigiriya located in the north-central part of Sri Lanka which preserves the architectural tradition of the country. The town is famous for its historical rock fortress which is over 1000 years old and has landscaped gardens, water fountains and a sanctuary. Sigiriya has spectacular importance in Sri Lanka. Erected during the reign of King Kashyapa is an ancient palace complex, which has been declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO.

    In the evening relax & overnight stay at the hotel.

     

  4. Day 4 POLONNARUWA / MEDIRIGIRIYA

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    Breakfast at hotel, in the morning an excursion to Polonnaruwa.

    Polonnaruwa Kingdom is the second ancient capital city for three centuries, it is a site which cannot be missed in Sri Lanka with many well-preserved ruins of palaces and monasteries. Compared to Anuradhapura you can see more brick structures and monuments in addition to the stone monuments. The kings have developed and improved the Temples, Monuments, Lakes, Pagodas and the education among the priests. The Parakrama Samudra (means the Ocean of Parakrama), a very large manmade lake that has flourished during rule of the King Parakrama Bahu the Great.

    In the late afternoon visit Medirigiriya. The Medirigiriya Vatadage is on a high circular stage. It has three concentric circles of pillars (with the same center) and a decorated stone wall about three and a half feet high. Although this is a Ruin, the site has fewer natural damages.

    Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

  5. Day 5 DAMBULLA / MATALE / NALANDA GEDIGE / KANDY

    After breakfast leave for Kandy. En-route visit Dambulla. In Sri Lankan history, the Dambulla cave complex dates back to 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. Even before the making of the complex it was well established as one of the largest monasteries in Sri Lanka. The Dambulla caves have been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The Royal Golden Rock Cave Temple is the formal name of the temple. The area is also known for bird watching,

    You will next visit Nalanda Gedige the Abu Simbel of Sri Lanka. Nalanda Gedige is one out of a number of remarkable archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. Buddhist – Hindu hybrid Architecture and the Sculpture is a prominent and unique feature of the site. On the way to Kandy, visit a spice garden and a batik factory in Matale.

    In the afternoon arrive at the hotel in Kandy. Kandy was the last Kingdom of ancient Sri Lanka and the Royal Capital with the King’s Rule until the British Invasion in 1815. Also known as the centre of traditional arts in Sri Lanka. In the evening you can enjoy a Cultural Dance Show and later visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha at the evening ceremony. The Sacred Tooth Palace Temple with the Golden Roof is the main attraction of the city and also the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka. It also has similar importance among the Buddhist World, as the Great Vatican City and St. Peters Basilica among the World Catholics. The prominent Bogambara Lake in the centre is surrounded by the city with roads and buildings planned accordingly.

    An overnight stay in Kandy.

  6. Day 6 KANDY / PINNAWELA / KANDY

    Breakfast at hotel, in the morning leave for Pinnawela a one-hour drive from Kandy to visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, one of the most popular attractions in Sri Lanka. It is 80km northeast of Colombo. This place is popular for having the biggest herds of captive elephants in the world.  Pinnawela elephant Orphanage is the home for about 85 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being taken care, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. You can also watch the elephants bathing in the nearby river in the morning and in the afternoon. This a place you will really enjoy and never forget. Started in 1972 the Elephant Orphanage was relocated to the present site in 1975.

    Return to Kandy. In the afternoon, site seeing of Kandy City, the 2nd highest tourist visiting city in Sri Lanka after Colombo; with prominent Bogambara Lake in the center which is surrounded by the city with roads and buildings planned accordingly. A famous landmark in the city is the lake, popular among people for walking leisurely or as a sport (Jogging) especially in early morning or later in the night. A complete tour around the lake with the cool breeze is relaxing and gives insight to the way of life in Kandy. You can visit the Kandy Museum too, which is located near (adjoining) the Temple of the tooth relic. The Temple which used to be the Royal Palace of the King and the Queens Quarters located in the present Museum prominently features the Kandyan architecture. The historical and modern Kandyan Handicrafts are at display including weapons, jewellery, tools and other artefacts.

    In the evening you can enjoy a Cultural Dance with traditional dances from Kandyan Kingdom which have been maintained, gradually developed and now considered as a National Dance, performed at State Cultural & National Events, also among the local population at Wedding Ceremonies and other private functions.

    Later return to the hotel for the overnight stay.

  7. Day 7 KANDY / PERADENIYA / NUWARA ELIYA

    After breakfast, visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya which is well known for its large variety of plants. The garden is best known for its collection of orchids which is the largest in Asia.  This has been the Royal Garden among the kings in the past and later developed as a Botanical Garden during the British Colonial Era. In the modern history, the Garden was used as the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander of South East Asia Command during the World War II.

    Later leave for Nuwara Eliya the center of the hill country, en-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world-famous Ceylon tea. Gregory Lake is one of the most attractive locations in Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy the view at Shanthipura (the city view point) and spend the evening walking in the cool climate. Nuwara Eliya was promoted as a Summer Holiday Resort (mainly during April) during British Colonial Rule. Nuwara Eliya is called as the Paradise of Nature & as the heart of Tea country located at a height of 1980 meters in the central highland of a tropical Island. The weather & the climate of this location feel different in comparison with the other places in Sri Lanka. Therefore, most of the visitors are interested in spending their holidays in Nuwara-Eliya. Apart from the assortment of Climate, there are plenty of eye-catching & heart-touching places. Gregory’s Lake, Race Course, Victoria Park, The Golf Club, the old Brick Post Office Building Grand Hotels are among the most prominent features of the City. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), also known as ’Little England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and its strict formal dinner attire; all remind you of ’England’.

    Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

  8. Day 8 NUWARA ELIYA /ELLA / BUDURUWAGALA / YALA

    After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama region, stop at Ella to admire the magnificent view then visit Buduruwagala.

    The small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside. A taste of the breathtaking scenery of Ella could be witnessed, if you walk into the Garden of the EKHO Ella Hotel (Formerly Ella Rest House), where you seem to be standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you will disappear at your feet. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ella Gap, Rawana Ella Falls, Little Adams Peak and Bambaragala Peak among many other varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery. Trekking & Hiking of Little Adams Peak both for scenic beauty and as a sport activity is popular among visitors to Ella.

    Later visit Buduruwagala, the seven colossal figures carved out of a rock face at Buduruwagala are reached by a side road to the west, five kilometers south of Wellawaya, on the road to Tissa. The rock itself resembles a kneeling elephant with its head bowed and the end of the folded trunk is its mouth. The term Buduruwagala means “The Rock with the statue of Buddha” and this is exactly what it is. The rock itself is formed into the shape of a kneeling elephant. The statues date back to 10th century A.D.

    In the afternoon you will travel by Jeep for a safari in the Yala National Park and enjoy the wilderness as you cruise around in a jeep. The breath-taking view of the wild elephants, seen in small and large herds are undoubtedly the best-known attraction at Yala. The park is also known for herds of spotted deer which are found all over the park. Monkeys like the Pinkish Rhesus and the Grey-faced Langur live and play on the tree-tops and the ground. Other animals like wild buffalos & wild boars would startle you with their presence and the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole will be a memorable experience

    Proceed to Tissamaharama. Stay overnight at the hotel.

  9. Day 9 KATARAGAMA / WELIGAMA / GALLE / BEACH STAY

    After breakfast, you will pay a visit to the sacred city of Kataragama

    In Kataragama, you can find another great pilgrim shrine dedicated to Skanda, a popular Hindu deity among the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda communities of Sri Lanka and South India. Daily poojas are conducted in the morning and evening, which draw large crowds bringing offerings of fruits, flowers and incense to make and fulfill vows. This is a plain building void of any decorations. There are no figures of gods or idols in the building.  Katragama Esala Maha Perahara is one of the main events of the Kataragama Calendar. This ritualistic possession is held on the Esala Full moon Poya Day which falls on July – August. This Perahara is unique in the way it is held and the possession itself. One interesting fact is that the Perahara festival officially begins by the flag hoisting ceremony at the Islamic mosque in Kataragama. The festival is coloured by fire walking ceremonies, Kavadi Dances and self-mutilating sacrifices by devotees. Although Kataragama Pilgrimage season reaches its peak on this annual Perahara, it is a place where people visit any time of the year. This sacred shrine is connected among the general public of most communities, starting from the birth of a child, education, marriages, house construction, new vehicles as they visit the sacred city to pay homage during these personal family events and successful achievements.

    Later you will leave to South Coast to visit Galle, en route view the stilt fisherman of Weligama as they fish, then visit the Old Portuguese fort, later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch. It is still well preserved. Galle, the capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. The magnificent Portuguese – Dutch fort is the most popular site in this town. The 300-year-old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings. The Dutch Reformed Church is very significant as there are no pillars inside the building and the weight of the roof is entirely supported by the walls. The earliest European administrative centre of Sri Lanka was the major port and the largest city until the British shifted the port to Colombo. The City of Galle had been the European administrative centre for over 4 centuries. A well-known fact of the Galle Fort is that it is a World Heritage site and the largest remaining fortress built in Asia by European colonists. The view from the ramparts is superb.

    The journey includes a stay at a beach hotel. Relax in the evening and enjoy your overnight stay at the beach.

  10. Day 10 BEACH DAY

    Relax at the beach hotel, dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

  11. Day 11 BEACH / AIRPORT

    After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect to your flight for departure. Rooms till 12h00 in the afternoon.

 Comfort
Day 1Galle Face Hotel (Superior Room)
Day 2Sanctuary at Tissawewa
Day 3The Lake Hotel Polonnaruwa
Day 4 The Lake Hotel Polonnaruwa
Day 5 Suisse Hotel (Superior)
Day 6 Suisse Hotel (Superior)
Day 7Mirage King's Cottage
Day 8EKHO Safari Hotel
Day 9Club Villa Bentota (Deluxe room)
Day 10Club Villa Bentota (Deluxe room)
Day 11No Hotel
All about the Colonial Tour – 11 Days – Sri Lanka.
Services Included
  • All rates quoted are in US Dollars & net per person inclusive of all applicable taxes.
  • Every two persons sharing a double or twin room at mentioned properties or similar.
  • Welcomed at the airport by our representative.
  • Check-in & Check-out at 12h00.
  • Five nights on half-board basis (breakfast & dinner) and five nights on bed & breakfast basis (breakfast only).
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur will be provided (Private Tour).
  • No vehicle will be provided on any free days if any (as per program).
  • Fuel & local assurance for vehicle & passengers while travelling included.
  • The chauffeur will look after his own meals & accommodation.
  • Basic Jeep to visit reserve included for half a day – (Entrance fees to be paid directly by clients at the reserve). If for any reason the mentioned reserve is closed, we shall make arrangements to visit another reserve.
Services Not Included.
  • All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly only in Sri Lankan Rupees and it will cost around USD 197 per person. Please change foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs (bank counters are open 24hrs at the airport). No credit card payments are accepted at at historical sites. (Entrance fees are subject to change; rates are as applicable at the moment – Children under 12 years will be charged half the rate at some places.)
  • Personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax, beverages etc.)
  • The right to use video cameras at sites – most places will allow you to use video cameras once the entrance fee is paid except at The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy & the Pinnawela Elephant orphanage (USD 05 per Video Camera per location).
  • Medical expenses, travel insurance, international flights.
  • Sri Lanka visa charges, USD 35 per person for NON-SAARC countries & USD 20 for SAARC countries, (please visit this site- http://www.eta.gov.lk/). If there is any difficulty with this process contact us via email and the necessary arrangements shall be made in 48hrs. (Payments can be done online). The passport should be submitted on the day of arrival along with a hard copy of the confirmation document and code. The passport has to be valid for six months from the day of arrival. Return air tickets & sufficient funds or reservations for the holiday should be with you. Visas for children under 12 years travelling with parents’ visas will be free on arrival.  All others have to obtain a visit visa except for Singaporean & Maldivian passport holders who will be provided with free visas on arrival.

 

 

 

APRIL – MAY – JUNE (2020)

Number of clients Comfort (USD)
02 $1220 Per Person
04 $1065 Per Person

 JULY – OCTOBER (2020)

Number of clients Comfort (USD)
02 $1265 Per Person
04 $1120 Per Person

 

01st NOVEMBER 2020  – 20th DECEMBER 2020

Number of clients Comfort (USD)
02 $1245 Per Person
04 $1090 Per Person
06 $1015 Per Person
  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category : $ 650

11th JANUARY 2021  – 30th APRIL 2021

Number of clients Comfort (USD)
02 $ 1490 Per Person
04 $ 1335 Per Person
06 $ 1260 Per Person
  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category : $ 840

01st MAY 2021  – 30th JUNE 2021

Number of clients Comfort (USD)
02 $ 1195 Per Person
04 $ 1035 Per Person
06 $ 965 Per Person
  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category : $ 595

01st JULY 2021  – 30th OCTOBER 2021

Number of clients Comfort (USD)
02 $ 1215 Per Person
04 $ 1055 Per Person
06 $ 985 Per Person
  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category : $ 615

  • All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 197 per person. Please change foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs, there are many 24hrs bank counters at the airport as all these payments have to be made only in SLRS. No credit card payments are accepted at these sites.  Subject to change slightly sometimes details are provided with rates as applicable at the moment. (Children under 12 years will be charged half rate 50%)
  •    Kandy Perahara Period for ten nights from 25th July to 04th August 2020 (Per room per night, only if clients are spending the night in Kandy during the Perahara Period)
    CategoryEconomyComfort
    SupplementUSD 60USD 60
  • For Reservations during,  Super Peak Period – 21 December 2020 to 10 January 2021  period please contact us for further details. As Peak supplements apply at hotels during this period & this will change according to the category of hotels and actual days of stay at each hotel.
  • If required we can modify the program to have the last night in a beach hotel south of Colombo or in Negombo  then proceed to the airport. Any other modifications to the program can be arranged as per individual preferences.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY –  You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of       the reservations which has to be acknowledged by our company in writing. If the cancellation is made 44 days before the first date of the reservation we will retain your 1st small deposit to cover our costs. If the cancellation is notified less than 44 days prior to the first date of reservation following additional cancellation charges will apply.
  • Less than 44 days before arrival 25% of total invoice
  • Less than 21 days before arrival 50% of total invoice
  • Less than 15 days before arrival 100% of total invoice
  • No show or early departure 100% of total invoice