Experience East Coast Tour – 15 Days – Sri Lanka
This Sri Lankan tour is different compared to the others, it will take you to the Eastern part of Sri Lanka. Which is where the best beaches are during the period of April to October. In addition to the culture, mountains & wildlife. Please click the itinerary tab for more details. Please feel free to e-mail us directly for more information.
Day 1 AIRPORT / COLOMBO
Arrival at the Colombo international airport and then transfer to the hotel. At P.M. visit the fascinating city of Colombo which links the past with the present. You will visit the Fort area, the commercial center, Pettah – Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, cinnamon garden which comprises of large residences. Visit the Buddhist temple in Kelaniya. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2 COLOMBO / GALLE
After breakfast leave for Galle. Which is the capital of the Southern province, it is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site, the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. A 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the Fort and amidst its many historical buildings which are not invaded by skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6km South-East of the city centre. The Dutch reformed church, the church contains record of marriages since 1748 and baptism from 1678. Another significant fact of the building is there are no pillars inside, the weight of the roof is supported by the walls.
The Southern coastal belt is the most popular among the tourists and comes to life mainly from October through April when the monsoon moves North-East and the sea becomes calm with blue skies. The earliest European administrative center of Sri Lanka which 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 center for over 4 centuries. In the evening relax by the pool side and enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3 GALLE / YALA / TISSAMAHARAMA
After breakfast leave to Tissamaharama. P.M. visit Yala, get ready for a safari (by jeep) in the Yala National Park. The most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is an important establishment for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
The park covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometers (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to the freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka, 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that have been recorded in the park is more than 40 and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Later proceed to Arugam Bay. Arugam Bay is located at the end of the road on the East Coast side of Sri Lanka. If you are after remote rural life vibe with the atmosphere of the jungle – this is the place for you. Overnight at a hotel in Tissamaharama situated nearby.
Day 4 TISSAMAHARAMA / KUDA OYA / BUDURUWAGALA / ELLA - BANDARAWELA REGION
After breakfast leave to the Ella – Bandarawela region. En-route take a nature walk in Kuda Oya. Visit a village, walk through the paddy fields enjoy the company of the villagers & have lunch. Then visit Buduruwagala which is located about 5 km from Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” seven figures are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the centre. The rock it self has the shape of a kneeling elephant with its head facing down. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, it is now believed these carvings were done during the last days of the Anuradhapura period. Stay overnight in Ella or the Bandarawela Region.
Day 5 ELLA - BANDARAWELA REGION
After breakfast, go trekking in Ella. Which is blessed with the beautiful panoramic sights in Sri Lanka. It is only 8km away from Bandarawela, the small town is used as a base for many trekking expeditions to explore the surrounding countryside.
It occupies a very scenic vantage point, with views on a fine day which stretch right across to the South Coast of Sri Lanka. The best places you could visit in Ella are the Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adams Peak and Bambaragala Peak. Among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery. Ella is only a small village located high in the mountains and like most places in Sri Lanka the nicest thing about Ella is its climate. Quite similar to a hot English summer. Hot during the day and cool at night. If you fancy climbing the peaks that are dotted around Ella, make sure you have adequate sunscreen and water. Stay overnight in Ella or Bandarawela.
Day 6 ELLA / NUWARA ELIYA / TEA PLANTATION / KANDY
After breakfast leave for Kandy, en-route stop at Ella to admire the magnificent view then proceed to 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 a popular location in Nuwara Eliya and Shanthipura (the city view point). Take an evening walking in the cool climate. At P.M. – visit the city of Kandy. The most popular landmark of Kandy is its lake which is at the center of the city. You can visit the Kandy Museum. Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 7 KANDY / PINNAWELA / PERADENIYA / KANDY
After breakfast leave for Pinnawela & visit the elephant orphanage. The orphanage was established to feed, nurse & house young elephants abandoned by their mothers. As the young ones often fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. You can visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya too. It is well known for its large variety of plants. The garden is best known for its collection of orchids the largest in Asia. Return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8 KANDY / MATALE / KNUCKLES RANGE / DAMBULLA
After breakfast leave for Dambulla, en route visit Matale. This particular location situated 142 KM away from the capital Colombo and 26 kilometers (16 mi) from Kandy. It is a significant area in Sri Lankan history and village living. The spice garden in Matale is called ”Sri Lanka’s immortal soul” because it is easy to find in plenty the great scents, tastes and medicines that made Sri Lanka famous. Observe and learn about the spices at Matale, experience the great riches of the Sri Lankan cuisine and traditional ayurvedic therapy. Surrounding Matale are the Knuckles foot hills called ”Wiltshire.” The Knuckles mountain range is a special landmark of Matale.
Riverston is heart-touching atmosphere which is really ideal for nature lovers. The climate here is somewhat different from other locations & one can experience high cloud cover in the area which then passes off at the Riverston area making the atmosphere cold. The Alu Vihara Temple on the Northern side of the town, is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm leaves). Then visit the Dambulla cave temple (also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla) is another world heritage site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the Central part of the country. The site is situated 148 km (92 mi) East of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) North of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (525 ft) over the surrounding plains.
There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. In 1938 the architecture was embellished with arched colonnades and gabled entrances. Inside the caves, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religious images following the contours of the rock. The Dambulla cave monastery is still functional and remains the best-preserved ancient edifice in Sri Lanka. The complex dates back from the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. Return back for dinner & stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE
After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura & visit the ruins of the first capital founded in the 05th century B.C. here it has the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 SIGIRIYA / MEDIRIGIRIYA
After breakfast visit Sigiriya, which is considered by some as the eighth wonder of the world, consists of an ancient castle used by King Kashyapa of the 4th century A.D. The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of meters out from the base of the rock.
The site is both a palace and fortress. Sufficient remains to provide the visitor with a stunning insight into the ingenuity and creativity of its builders, the upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock that still retain water. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are still exquisitely beautiful. Later proceed to Medirigiriya. Which is situated in a beautiful surrounding has a history going in to the pre-Christian era. The brahmi characters found on the bricks and the some of the stone carvings is an indication of the long history of this site.
The first reference to this site are in the chronicles during the King Kanittha Tissa (0192-0194) of the Anuradhapura Era. Later many kings have contributed to this complex. There are remains of an advance hospital in the same area. This is built as two squares. The outer square has 33 stone pillars and the inner square has 20 pillars. There have been three entrances to the building. There are indications that the rooms have had doors. A well preserved medicine boat too can bee seen here. Dinner & an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 POLONNARUWA / TRINCOMALEE
After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa the second most ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 C.E. to reunite the country once more under a local leader. With Vijayabahus victory and he shifted the kingdom to a more strategic location – Polonnaruwa. The real hero of Polonnaruwa in the history books is actually his grandson, Parakramabahu I.
The city of Polonnaruwa was also called as Jananathamangalam during the short Chola reign. However, with the exception of his immediate successor Nissankamalla I all other monarchs of Polonnaruwa, were slightly weak-willed and rather prone to picking fights within their own court. They also went on to form more intimate matrimonial alliances with stronger South Indian Kingdoms, until these matrimonial links superseded the local royal lineage and gave rise to the Kalinga invasion by King Magha in 1214 and the eventual passing of power into the hands of a Pandyan King following the Arya Chakrawarthi invasion of Sri Lanka in 1284. The capital was then shifted to Dambadeniya. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best preserved archaeological relics in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdoms first rulers. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Then leave to the East coast selected resort area Trincomalee or Passikuda. Visit Trincomalee about a 113 miles South of Jaffna. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram Temple alluded to in its historic Tamil name ”Thirukonamalai” from which its anglicized name is derived. Among the sights of the place are the seven hot springs of Kanniyayi, on the road to Trincomalee. A high wall assembles all the seven springs in a rectangular enclosure. The water is mildly hot; the temperature varies but slightly in each. A shear rock outcrop called Swami Rock, several meters high above the sea is the tip of Fort Frederick thus named by the British. Swami Rock is Lovers Leap where a Dutch Officers daughter had leapt after a broken affair. The Trincomalee harbour is the fifth largest natural harbour in the world, it is overlooked by terraced highlands. The great European powers vied for mastery of the harbour. The Portuguese, Dutch, French and English each held it in turn and there have been many sea battles nearby.
In the evening relax, have dinner & stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 TRINCOMALEE - BEACH DAY
Rest and relax on your free day at the beach resort on Half Board Basis. (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Day 13 TRINCOMALEE - BEACH DAY
Another free day at the beach resort on Half Board Basis. (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Day 14 TRINCOMALEE / NEGOMBO
Free day at the beach resort on Half Board Basis. (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Day 15 NEGOMBO / AIRPORT
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure. Rooms are available until 12h00 in the afternoon.
|Day 1||Ramada Colombo||Hilton Colombo|
|Day 2||Lady Hill||Amari Galle - Deluxe room|
|Day 3||Chandrika Hotel - Deluxe room||EKHO Safari|
|Day 4||Ella Gap Hotel||98 Acres - Superior room|
|Day 5||Ella Gap Hotel||98 Acres - Superior room|
|Day 6||Hotel Suisse - Superior room||Mahaweli Reach|
|Day 7||Hotel Suisse - Superior room||Mahaweli Reach|
|Day 8||Kassapa Lions Rock||Amaya Lake/Habarana Village|
|Day 9||Kassapa Lions Rock||Amaya Lake/Habarana Village|
|Day 10||Kassapa Lions Rock||Amaya Lake/Habarana Village|
|Day 11||Trinco Blu by Cinnamon - Superior room||Jungle Beach Resort - Lagoon cabin|
|Day 12||Trinco Blu by Cinnamon||Jungle Beach Resort - Lagoon cabin|
|Day 13||Trinco Blu by Cinnamon - Superior room||Jungle Beach Resort - Lagoon cabin|
|Day 14||Camelot Beach Hotel||Jetwing Lagoon|
|Day 15||No Hotel||No Hotel|
- 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 12h00.
- Three nights on half-board basis (breakfast & dinner) and eleven 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 meals & accommodation by himself.
- Basic Jeep to visit reserve included for a half day – (Entrance fees for the reserve to be paid directly by clients). If for any reason the mentioned reserve is closed we shall make arrangements to visit another reserve.
- All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 209 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 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 rights to use video cameras at sites – most places they are free when you pay the entrance fees except at Kandy Tooth Temple & Pinnawela Elephant orphanage there are extra charges for Video camera’s only 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, can be obtained directly via the internet please visit this site (http://www.eta.gov.lk/). The process is not complicated if you have any difficulty we could make arrangements for same too in 48hrs to obtain same if details are provided to us by mail. The process is very simple payments can be paid online & with the confirmation document print out & code you have to submit passport on arrival only. 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. Children under 12 years travelling with parent’s visas will be free on arrival. All others have to obtain a visit visa except for Singaporean & Maldivian passport holders who will be provided free visas on arrival.
WINTER 2017 (Excluding Period 20th December to 10th January 2018) – 1st November 2017 TO 30th April 2018
|Number of clients||Comfort (USD)||Superior (USD)|
|6||$1196 Per Person||$2144 Per Person|
|4||$1301 Per Person||$2250 Per Person|
|2||$1523 Per Person||$2475 Per Person|
- All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 209 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 18th July to 27th July 2018 or 17th Aug to 26th Aug 2018 – Probable dates Subject to confirmation around March 2018 only (Per room per night During Kandy Hotel Nights, only if clients are spending the night in Kandy during the Kandy Perahara Period)
Category Economy Comfort Superior Supplement USD 40 USD 50 USD 65
- For Reservations during, Super Peak Period – 21 December 2017 to 10 January 2018 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