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Say hello to Culture Holidays newest hot spot, Blissful Sri Lanka. This adventure is going to take you all over, from national parks to beaches to the world-famous tea country, we’ve squeezed in all the highlights to create the perfect 11-day trip. Imagine hand-picked inclusions and free time add-ons that deliver the best Sri Lanka has to offer. Bask in the jewel-shaped island nation - SriLanka and rejuvenate your senses with serene and tranquil air of SriLanka.

Travel Deal Highlights

Dambulla Cave Temple, known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO listed gigantic column of rock, was once a Royal Palace.

The Holy Temple of the Tooth of the Buddha, most sacred shrine of Buddhism.

Nuwara Eliya - The "Little England" of Sri Lanka is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations.

Jeep Safari in Ruhuna Yala National Park, Yala.

Itinerary: Discover Sri Lanka

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL COLOMBO

Sri Lanka Tour Upon arrival welcome and assistant by our representative and transfer to Colombo Hotel (01 hour) check in and leisure at Colombo Hotel.

Colombo - A cozy mixture of the past and present, The Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan.

Visit Galle Face Green, Old Parliament, BMICH conference Hall, Independence square, Gangarama Temple and Bare Lake and Hindu Kovil, Bazaars & Markets.

Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 2: COLOMBO / HABARANA

Sri Lanka Tour After breakfast leave for Habarana (04 hrs drive) through lush tropical country side en route visit Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla is a magnificent rock temple consists of 5 caves, on a hill 340 m high, containing 150 serene statues of Buddha, numerous carvings & murals. The fascinating & memorable site was founded by King Valagambahu during the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he found in the caves during an invasion by marauding Dravidians from southern India.

Thereafter proceed to Hotel afternoon Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park the 8890 hectares of MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka's favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. (25min from Habarana).

Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / VILLAGE TOUR / HABARANA

Sri Lanka Tour After breakfast leave for Sigiriya (30min drive) climb Sigiriya rock fortress, the Lion Rock Citadel, Sigiriya was the Royal Citadel of King Kasayapa who ruled in The 05th Century A.D. Moats, Terrace Gardens, water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Boulder Gardens & Stone Stairways and the beautiful ancient frescos of heavenly maidens in a pocket of the rock, on the top of rock are ruins of the palace & two intact man – made pools of water.

Village Tour – At the start Traveling by bullock cart thorough typical dry Zone village then get on to traditional village boat for boat ride in the lake running through the village and get into their paddy fields & cultivation lands and experience how farmers working there and thereafter having Typical Sri Lankan village lunch serve by Banana or Nelum leaf in side of mud house and at last walking through the village to start point while experience the Village life.

Afternoon proceeds to Polonnaruwa (01 hour) - Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. In its time, a 6 km rampart protected the city. Even during the time when Anuradhapura was the capital Polonnaruwa was an important city because it strategically commanded all the crossings over the Mahaveli River and acted as a buffer against the invading armies. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.

Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: HABARANA / KANDY

Sri Lanka Tour After breakfast drive to Kandy (04 hours) en route visit spice gardens in Matale which grows spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication. Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea-faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.

Reach to Kandy hotel check in and refresh at hotel in Kandy, two days leisure and sightseeing in Kandy.

Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: KANDY

Sri Lanka Tour Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure or you can do sightseeing in Kandy as per follows.

Sightseeing in Kandy city - Visit Art and Crafts centre and Gem Bureau, view a documentary film too on how Sri Lankan Gem mining is traditionally done. Visit the The Holy Temple of the Tooth of the Buddha (01 hrs spend) This temple, the most important one for the Sri Lankan Buddhists was built in the 16th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic. Enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming, Dancing & music.

Pinnawala Elephant orphanage (01 hour drive from Kandy) - This orphanage is situated in Rambukkana northwest of the town in Kegalla. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department, this 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding for elephants the first elephant baby was born in 1984 and it has the greatest herd elephants in captivity in the world, Between 1975 and 2012, 67 animals were born here.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden (10 min drive) - were originally conceived in 1371 as the queens pleasure garden, later becoming the residence of a Kandyan king the 60 hector park was were converted into a botanical garden with extensive well kept lawns, pavilions an orchid house with an outstanding collection, an Octagon conservatory fernery bank of bamboo and numerous flower bed with cannas, croton and colorful bougainvilleas. Giant water lily and papyrus reeds complement unusual exotic specimen tree.

Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

Sri Lanka Tour After breakfast take to railway station to catch the 08.40am train to travel Nanu oya. This train ride go through the Tea Plantation and this train route considered most spectacular and beautiful rail routes, hugging Narrow Mountain passes with views of mountain ranges and waterfalls (Reach to Nanu oya railway station 12.45pm).

Pick up from Nanu oya railway station and drive to Nuwara Eliya two days sightseeing and leisure at Colonial city.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: NUWARA ELIYA

Sri Lanka Tour Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure or you can do sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya as per follows:

Sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya city, Known as "Little England" to be greeted by the fresh wintry atmosphere, the cottage type bungalows and the colonial air. City tour in Nuwara Eliya: we drive through the town of Nuwara Eliya observing the well-maintained buildings of colonial Architecture. Busy market, Lake Gregory, vegetable cultivation, tea plantations nearby in Nuwara Eliya.

Day excursion to Horton plan (01hrs drive) Horton plan National Park to reach the escarpment before the mist descends clouding the panoramic view. The Horton Plains are located in the highest plateau of Sri Lanka at an elevation of 7,200 feet above sea level. The highlight of the Plains is the terrific escarpment, The World's End, 3kms working trail from Horton plain, which drops vertically for about 700m. On a very clear day, one could view the east horizon too. En route you could visit bakes falls.

Amebewala Farm - There are two farms at Ambewela and those are called New Zealand farm and Ambewala Farms. New Zealand farm is at 01km from Ambewela and Ambewela is at before Ambewela. Rabbits, Cattles, cows, pigs, Goats and grass lands, vegetable farm, seed potatoes producing center and nice reservoir is available on Ambewela farm. In 12.30pm of every day demonstrates the get cow milk in electronic machine. Cheese factory, Goat yard and thousands of animals can be seen in Ambewela farms, Largest grass lands of Sri Lanka also a part of Ambewela farms.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: NUWARA ELIYA / YALA

Sri Lanka Tour After breakfast drive down to Yala (04 hour drive) we descend from the Central Highlands to lowlands through enchanting scenery & waterfalls, reach to Yala two days sightseeing and leisure at Yala.

Afternoon Jeep Safari in Yala you could do Jeep Safari in Ruhuna Yala National Park. (03hrs spend) The world best place to observe leopards natural habited in the noon time Safari tour by jeep with a jungle tracker, where we can enjoy wildlife including Elephants, Bears, Wild boar, Dear, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals if you are lucky, leopards too. You also could see different types of birds.

Overnight: Yala
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: YALA / BENTOTA

Sri Lanka Tour After breakfast leave for Bentota (04 hours) en route visit slit fishing in Weligama, Turtle Farm in Habaraduwa and Historical city in Galle - An ancient city is now a modern and buzzing town though the Dutch fortress remains as it was during the Dutch period. Galle was the most important sea port at the crossroads of Far East & Middle East since the days of the Romans. The Fortress is one of the best preserved in the Island.

Habaraduwa Turtle Farm - was created to protect this endangered species. The eggs are collected and immediately buried in a sandy compound that offers protection from birds, crabs and humans, thanks to some netting. There are 8 varieties of turtle in the world, five of which can be found here: parrot, green, loggerhead, crocodile and leatherback. All turtles lay 105 eggs six times a year and the incubation period lasts 48 days. The turtles are kept for a 3-day period to let their navel close and prevent them from being eaten by fishes and crabs.

Madu Ganga Boat ride - The Maduganga river is a shallow water body in south west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya, the Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on an isolated island in the lake together with the smaller Randomber Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it form the Madu Ganga wetland. It has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance being home to 303 species of plants belongs to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. It might be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka.

Overnight: Bentota
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: BENTOTA: DAY FREE AT LEISURE

Sri Lanka Tour Breakfast at hotel. Today free at leisure to explore city and spend time at the beach.

Overnight: Bentota
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel. Later in time transfer to airport to take a flight back to home armed with tour happy memories and enriching experience to last a life time.

Meals: Breakfast

Download - General Information of This Trip

Where you'll Stay

City

Nights

Hotels

Colombo 1 Ozo Colombo / Cinnamon Red or Similar
Habarana 2 Cinnamon Village / Habarana Village or similar
Kandy 2 Amaya Hills / Ozo Kandy or Similar
Nuwara Eliya 2 St. Andrew's Hotel / Ariliya Green Hills / Or Similar
Yala 1 The Safari / Mandara Rosen or Similar
Bentota 2 Centara Ceysands / The Surf or Similar

Dates & Rates

(All prices are per person in USD.)

Month
Dates
Twin/Double/ Sharing
Single Supplement
January 2019 21 $1575 $640
February 2019 11 $1725 $700
March 2019 18 $1575 $640
April 2019 22 $1575 $640
May 2019 20 $1575 $640
June 2019 17 $1575 $640
July 2019 22 $1575 $640
August 2019 19 $1725 $700
September 2019 23 $1775 $640
October 2019 21 $1575 $640
November 2019 18 $1575 $640
December 2019 04 $1575 $640

(All prices are per person in USD.)

Month
Dates
Twin/Double/ Sharing
Single Supplement
January 2020 20 $1723 $699
February 2020 17 $1888 $765
March 2020 13 $1723 $699
April 2020 20 $1723 $699
May 2020 18 $1723 $699
June 2020 22 $1723 $699
July 2020 27 $1723 $699
August 2020 10 $1888 $765
September 2020 14 $1723 $699

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