Minneriya Sri Lankan Elephants

Discover Tour – 8 Days – Sri Lanka

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Discover Sri Lanka in 08 Days and 07 nights! The tour dwells into the rich Sri Lankan history, fascinating culture and beautiful scenery. A few highlights of the tour are wild life safari, visiting tea plantations in the hills, Beautiful Sri Lanka Beaches as well as immerse in the ancient 2500 years cultural ruins of Sri Lanka..

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  1. Day 1 AIRPORT / NEGOMBO / SIGIRIYA / CULTURAL TRIANGLE

    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 leave to Cultural Triangle Region, 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 fishing marketing center. You can visit Fishing Village & fish market.

    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 the 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. The famous “Sigiriya Apsara or Damsels of Sigiriya ”  the frescoes of heavenly maidens add the charming art and the colour to the Rock.

    Overnight stay in the Cultural Triangle Region.

     

  2. Day 2 ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE

    After breakfast, an excursion to 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. 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.

    In the afternoon visit Mihintale, the sacred mountain of Mihintale is considered the location where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka or the Cradle of Buddhist Civilization in the Country. In the month of June on the Full Moon (Poson) night of the lunar calendar has the main state religious Ceremony in Mihintale and Anuradhapura to celebrate these significances to the Sri Lankan Society.

    Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.

  3. Day 3 POLONNARUWA / MEDIRIGIRIYA

    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.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 the overnight stay.

     

  4. Day 4 DAMBULLA / NALANDA GEDIGE/ MATALE / 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. 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.The prominent Bogambara Lake in the centre is surrounded by the city with roads and buildings planned accordingly.

    An overnight stay in Kandy.

  5. Day 5 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 historically 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.

    Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

     

  6. Day 6 NUWARA ELIYA / ELLA / BUDURUWAGALA / YALA or UDAWALAWE

    After breakfast leave to the South of Sri Lanka, en route at Ella admire the magnificent view. Ella is only a small village located high in the mountains. Like most places in Sri Lanka, the nice thing about Ella is the climate. It reminds you of a hot English summer. Hot during the day and cool at night. If you fancy climbing the peaks that are dotted around Ella, then make sure you take sun protection and water.

    Then visit Buduruwagala, 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.

    Visit one of these two reserves by Jeep.

    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.

    Or it is also possible to visit the Udawalawe National Park which is a major National park in Sri Lanka renowned for its high population of wild Asian elephants. The Udawalawe national park is the closest national park to Colombo.

    Later on, arrive at the hotel for overnight stay.

  7. Day 7 WELIGAMA / GALLE / BEACH

    After breakfast leave for 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 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.  Installation at your beach hotel, free time relax at the beach & stay overnight.

     

  8. Day 8 BEACH / COLOMBO / AIRPORT

     

    After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect to your flight for departure. Rooms till 12h00 in the afternoon. If time permits visit the city of Colombo en route which links the past with the present. You will visit the Fort area, the commercial centre, Pettah Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, a cinnamon garden which is a large residential complex.

Economy Comfort
Day 1 Wewa Addara Hotel / Ruins Chaya Hotel Girithale Hotel / Kassapa Lion Rock
Day 2 Wewa Addara Hotel / Ruins Chaya Hotel Girithale Hotel / Kassapa Lion Rock
Day 3 Wewa Addara Hotel / Ruins Chaya Hotel Girithale Hotel / Kassapa Lion Rock
Day 4 Aur Blanc / Oak Ray City Hotel Thilanka Hotel / Suisse Hotel
Day 5 Lu Chalet Hotel / Blue Meadow Hotel Galway Heights Hotel
Day 6 Tamarind Tree Hotel / Gaga Bees Hotel Kithala Resort / Grand Udawalawe Hotel
Day 7 Joes Resort Unawatuna Pandanus Resort / Coral Sands Hotel
All about the Discover Tour – 8 Days – Sri Lanka.
Services Included
  • All rates quoted are in US Dollars & nett 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 at 14h00 & Check-out at 12h00.
  • Three nights on bed & breakfast basis (breakfast only)  and four nights on half-board basis (breakfast & dinner).
  • 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 private 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 in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 180 per person. Please change foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs, there are many 24 hrs bank counters at the airport as all these payments have to be made only in SLRS. No credit card payments are accepted at these historical sites. (Entrance fees are subject to change, rates are as applicable at the moment – Children under 12 years will be charged a half rate in some places.)
  • Personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax, beverages etc.)
  • The right to use video cameras at sites – most places will allow 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/ ). The process is very simple and 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 parent’s will be free on arrival.  All others have to obtain a visit visa except for Singaporean, Maldivian & Seychelles passport holders who will be provided with free visas on arrival.
  • There has to be a minimum of two clients per booking. If only one client is travelling alone please contact us for further details.

01st April to 31st Oct 2020

Number of clients Economy Comfort
2 USD 645 Per Person USD 770 Per Person
4 USD 495 Per Person USD 620 Per Person
Single room extra charges USD 365 per person USD 310 per person

 

01st Nov to 20th Dec 2020

Number of clients Economy Comfort
2 USD 670 Per Person USD 750 Per Person
4 USD 525 Per Person USD 605 Per Person
Single room extra charges USD 205 per person USD 310 per person

 

11th Jan 2021 to 30th Apr 2021

Number of clients Economy Comfort
2 USD 680 Per Person USD 805 Per Person
4 USD 540 Per Person USD 660 Per Person
Single room extra charges USD 210 per person USD 370 per person

 

01st May – 31st Oct 2021 (Excluding Kandy Perahara period for ten nights from 14th  to 23rd Jul 2021 or 13th to 22nd Aug 2021 – dates are not finalized will be decided by Feb 2021) during Kandy Perahara period if clients are in Kandy overnight an extra supplement will apply – (Per room per night Economy Category – USD 35 per night per room extra & Comfort Category – USD 60 per night per room extra.)

Number of clients Economy Comfort
2 USD 660 Per Person USD 745 Per Person
4 USD 520 Per Person USD 600 Per Person
Single room extra charges USD 210 per person USD 315 per person
  • All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 170 per person. Please change foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs, there are many 24 hrs 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% charges)
  • To view the Kandy Perahara procession in the night seats can be purchased directly (payment direct) or stand by the road side like the Sri Lankan’s & enjoy the view of the procession.
  • For Reservations during,  Super Peak Period – 21st December 2020 to 10th 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 15 days prior to the first date of reservation following additional cancellation charges will apply.
  • Less than 14 days before arrival 25% of total invoice
  • Less than 07 days before arrival 50% of total invoice
  • Less than 03 days before arrival 100% of total invoice
  • No show or early departure 100% of total invoice