Polonnaruwa2

Explore Tour – 6 Days – Sri Lanka

from $430.00

Enjoy the panoramic view of the pearl of the Indian Ocean for five nights and visit the main highlights of our tropical island. You can visit the cultural triangle area, the hilly mountains and Kandy.

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  1. Day 1 AIRPORT / NEGOMBO / SIGIRIYA

    Flight Arrival in Sri Lanka and landing at Colombo Bandaranayake 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 leave to the 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 the large community down almost every street compared to any other city in the Country. This place is 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. The morning is the best time to visit these places as you can watch highly active fishing community involved in hauling fish from the sea, also discussing fish pricing and deals. Negombo has an old Dutch Fort, which was 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.

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

    Overnight stay in the Cultural Triangle Region.

  2. Day 2 POLONNARUWA / MEDIRIGIRIYA

    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 afternoon, a safari tour by jeep in the Minneriya National Park.

    Minneriya National Park is a hot spot for safari lovers due to its abundance of Elephants.  The park consists of mixed evergreen forests and scrub areas and is home to popular species like the sambar deer, leopards and elephants.  However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses and the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters. The early morning and the late evening are the optimum observation times of the day to witness resident and migratory birds. Flocks of about 2000 little cormorants (Phalacrocorax niger) diving in the waters of the Minneriya reservoir is not a rare scene. In addition, painted strokes (Mycteria leucocephala), Great white pelicans (Pelicanus anocrotalus), Ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) and Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) can also be seen.

    Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in the Cultural Triangle Region.

  3. Day 3 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 and the Royal Capital with the King’s Rule until the British Invasion in 1815. Kandy is 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 World Buddhists, 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.

  4. Day 4 KANDY / PERADENIYA / PINNAWALA / 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

    Then travel to 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 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.

    Later leave for Nuwara Eliya, the centre 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 the Island. The weather & the climate of this location feel different in comparison to 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. The Gregory’s Lake, Race Course, Victoria Park, The Golf Club, the old Brick Post Office Building Grand Hotels are among the prominent features of the City. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), also known as ’Little England’, was the favourite 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; the 18-hole golf course and the race course all remind you of ’England’.

    Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

     

  5. Day 5 NUWARA ELIYA / KITULGALA / COLOMBO

    After breakfast leave for Colombo through misty mountain routes. You can view waterfalls as well as landscapes with tea plantations and other vegetation via Kitulgala.  It is a small town to the West of Sri Lanka. The Academy Award-winning movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ originally a novel written by the French author Pierre Boulle was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala. Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream. The small Village – Town is now developing fast as a Fresh Water sports and Nature Sports resort with water sports like Waterfall Abseiling, Rock Pool Sliding (Canyouning), Confidence Jump to the Rock pool and White-Water Kayak. You can also do Bird Watching, Bicycle Riding, Jungle Trekking and Zip Line. A Large number of people make the excursion from Colombo on weekends to enjoy the beautiful scenery, play in the river, have an excellent rice and curry lunch at the local restaurants.

    Overnight Stay in Colombo.

  6. Day 6 COLOMBO / AIRPORT

    After breakfast at hotel, visit Colombo City.

    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, and 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 is 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. The National Museum is housed in a grand colonial building, it is the custodian of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are a vast collection of half a million books, more than 4000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, bronze brassware and royal weapons of Sri Lankan kings and more. The most interesting among the exhibits are the regalia of the Kandyan Kings dating back to the 17th century.

    Then transfer to the airport for departure or extend your visit with a beach stay. Check out at 12h00.

     

Accommodation
Economy Comfort
Day 1 Wewa Addara Hotel / Muwan Palassa Hotel Elephas Resort / Girithale Hotel
Day 2 Wewa Addara Hotel / Muwan Palassa Hotel Elephas Resort / Girithale Hotel
Day 3 Aur Blanc / Pepper Tree Thilanka Hotel / Suisse Hotel (Deluxe)
Day 4 The Rock Hotel Mirage King’s Cottage
Day 5 Mirage Colombo Fairway Colombo
Day 6 No Hotel No Hotel
All about the Explore Tour – 6 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 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 126 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.

 

 

SUMMER 2020

01st APRIL 2020  – 31st OCTOBER 2020

Number of clients Economy (USD) Comfort (USD)
2 $510 Per Person $590 Per Person
4 $405 Per Person $480 Per Person

 

01st NOVEMBER 2020 – 20th DECEMBER 2020

Number of clients                    Economy (USD)                    Economy (USD)                   
02 $ 525 Per Person $ 580 Per Person
04 $ 420 Per Person $ 475 Per Person
06 $ 370 Per Person $ 425 Per Person

 

  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Economy Category : $ 150

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category   : $ 185

 

11th JANUARY 2021 – 30th APRIL 2021

Number of clients                    Economy (USD)                    Economy (USD)                   
02 $ 530 Per Person $ 595 Per Person
04 $ 420 Per Person $ 490 Per Person
06 $ 370 Per Person $ 440 Per Person

 

  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Economy Category : $ 150

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category   : $ 210

 

01st May 2021 – 30th October 2021 (Except 01st July 2021 – 31st August 2021)

Number of clients                    Economy (USD)                    Economy (USD)                   
02 $ 525 Per Person $ 580 Per Person
04 $ 420 Per Person $ 475 Per Person
06 $ 370 Per Person $ 425 Per Person

 

  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Economy Category : $ 150

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category   : $ 195

 

01st July 2021 – 31st August 2021 

Number of clients                    Economy (USD)                    Economy (USD)                   
02 $ 525 Per Person $ 595 Per Person
04 $ 420 Per Person $ 490 Per Person
06 $ 370 Per Person $ 440 Per Person

 

  • Minimum clients per booking compulsory is two.

if occupying an extra single room in Economy Category : $ 150

if occupying an extra single room in Comfort Category   : $ 210

 

  • All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 126 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 14th July 2021 to 23rd July 2021 or 13th August 2021 to 22th August 2021) The dates for this celebration yet have not been declared, we may have dates only around the beginning of march 2021.
  • Category Economy Comfort Superior
    Supplement USD 60USD 60 USD 60
  • For Reservations during,  Super Peak Period – 15th December 2019 to 15th January 2020  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