Sri Lanka - The Charmed Land

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Wild Sri Lanka

DAY 01 : AIRPORT /NEGOMBO/ PINNAWALA /DAMBULLA
On arrival we pick up clients from the Airport and proceed to Negombo and visit the Negombo Fish Market.
Negombo is the heart of Sri Lanka's fishing industry. The sea and catamarans are the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. Visit the Negombo lagoon and a fish auction.
Transfer from Negombo to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grand children born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservational and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and sex. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born.
The success story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawala have been published in several languages. The members of Pinnawala herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
Thereafter we proceed to Dambulla. Rest of the day you can enjoy your leisure time.
You can have your dinner from Amaya Lake. ( 4 star) and spend your night there.
 
DAY 02 : DAMBULLA/SIGIRIYA / ELEPHANT BACK RIDE ( 01 HR ) HABARANA/DAMBULLA
DAMBULLA / SAFARI AT MINNERIYA OR KAUDULLA NATIONAL PARK /DAMBULLA

Breakfast at Amaya Lake.
Transfer from Dambulla to Sigiriya, and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Thereafter we proceed to Habarana and carryout an Elephant Back Ride appx 01 hr. On completion return to hotel, for a short rest.
In the afternoon we proceed you to Minneriya / Kaudulla and carryout safaris of Minneriya / Kaudulla National Park by jeep.
The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. There are wet-lands in this National Park, which have international importance, animal and plant species, which are plenty in dry zone are found in this park. Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are bamboo trees which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently. The significant feature is that these elephants can be seen going closer to them.
On completion we arrange to return to the hotel. You can have your dinner from Amaya Lake hotel spend your night there.
 
DAY 03 : DAMBULLA/ SPICE GARDEN IN MATALE / TREK IN THE AREA / KANDY & CITY TOUR
Breakfast at Amaya Lake.
Transfer from Dambulla to Matale and visit a spice garden.
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Thereafter carryout a trek in the area, trekking by the village area, through, rubber plantations, up & down a small hill, by a paddy field and getting across a suspension bridge and a water-ways bare-foot ! (appx 2 – 2 ½ hrs )
On completion of the trek proceed to Kandy. In the late afternoon carry out city tour of Kandy.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show. ( No cultural show during the days Kandy Pageant is taking place )Dinner and overnight stay at Amaya Hills. ( 4 star)
 
DAY 04 : BIRD WATCHING TREK IN THE HOTEL PREMISES
Breakfast at Amaya Hills. In the early morning we carryout you to bird watching trek in the area.
Thereafter we proceed to Peradeniya and visit the Botanical Gardens.
Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, enroute visiting a Tea Plantation.
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you can observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. You have the opportunity to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Visit to Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankan tea which produces a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Piduruthalagala (8282 feet) is also located here. Nuwara Eliya has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Next we proceed up to Kandapola.
Dinner and overnight stay at Tea Factory Hotel. ( 4 star )
 
DAY 05 : TREK AT HORTON PLAINS
Picnic breakfast from Tea Factory Hotel.
In the early morning we proceed to Horton Plains and carryout a trek app. 12 – 14 km.
We visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above the sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World’s End, considered as the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, as it is named. You can also see the beautiful Backer’s falls. (Walk is about 14 km)
The park shelters mammals such as sambhur, leopard and endemic bear, monkeys and the lizards which are famous for its endemic nature. This area is a home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
On completion we return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Tea Factory Hotel.
 
DAY 06 : KANDAPOLA/NUWARA ELIYA/ WHITE WATER RAFTING IN KITULGALA /WEDDAGALA OFF RATNAPURA
Breakfast at Tea Factory Hotel.
Transfer from Kandapola to Nuwara Eliya to Kitulgala. Enroute view of waterfalls St Clares & Devon.
We carryout white water rafting activity in Kitulgala.
This thrilling adventure on the white water section of the Kelani River is suitable for amateurs as well as professionals alike. During the run, you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and euphoria of making it through. As the river widens, you will pass the scenic location used to film - "Bridge over the river Kwai" which was filmed in 1956, a good place to jump in for a refresh swim. On a clear day, you may even dive to see the remains of the actual bridge and the carriages used for the film (only for experienced divers with proper equipment).
Thereafter we proceed to Weddagala, off Ratnapura. Dinner and overnight stay at The Rain Forest Edge Hotel. ( Boutique hotel, ONLY SRI LANKAN COUSINE, NO WESTERN MENU)
DAY 07 : SINHARAJA/SINHARAJA/RATNAPURA/MOUNT LAVINIA
 In the morning we proceed to Sinharaja Rain Forest and carryout a trek in the Forest.
This is Sri Lanka's only remaining primeval rain forest. A single foot path cuts through the heart of its 50 sq. miles. The vegetation is many layered as in the Amazon or Congo. Rare orchids blossom and cicadas chirp around the area. The only other sound is the sound of the rain : 200 inches rain fall annually through ot the year.
We return to the hotel in the mid afternoon. Thereafter we proceed to Mt Lavinia .
Dinner and overnight stay at Mount Lavinia Hotel. ( Sea & Garden Wing rooms , 3 star)
 
DAY 08 : MOUNT LAVINIA /AIRPORT
Breakfast at Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Transfer from Mount Lavinia to Airport .
 

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The prices include:
• Accommodation in standard rooms on HB basis for 7 nights from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
• Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the programme.
• Entrance fees to Elephant Orphanage , Sigiriya Entrance , Minneriya / Kaudulla National Park , Kandy Temple , Cultural Show , Botanical Gardens & Horton Plains ,
• Cost of Elephant Back Ride appx 01 hr
• Cost of trekking in Matale area
• Cost of Bird Watching in Kandy
• Cost of White Water Rafting in Kitulgala
• Cost of Cycling in Kalutara
• Cost of Jeep safari at Minneriya / kaudulla National park ,
• Cost of transfers to/from hotel / Horton Plains
• Services of a English Speaking Chauffeur Guide

The prices does not include:
• Video Camera permits at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
• Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
• Lunch throughout the tour.
• Breakfast on day 01
• Entrance fees to sites not specified above.
• Supplement for accommodation in Kandy during Kandy Esala Perahera period. (July or August)
• Cost of ticket to view the Kandy Esala Perahera which will be held in Kandy.
• Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
• Expenses of a personal nature.
• Tips and Porte rage
• Any other services not specified above.

Important Notes :
• It is recommended to have insect / leech repellent and personal effects for warm/windy/rainy conditions
• It is recommended to use trekking shoes or boots for trekking.
• Inside the tropical forests can be very humid and warm and it will be convenient to use light cloths such as T-shirts and shorts.
• All Nature based / soft adventures activities given in the itinerary will be on clients own risk.
 


Other conditions:
• Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
• Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk.
• Jeeps available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
• White Water Rafting & cycling : Client needs to sign a liability release form prior to taking part in the activities of White Water Rafting & Cycling.

CANCELLATION CHARGES
a). 4 working days or less - 100% cancellation charge.
b). Between 6 days and 10 days - 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the first
two days charges depending on the programme and period of stay.
c). Above 11 days - No cancellation charges provided no commitment or
advances are made to 3rd parties.

Hotel rules and regulations:
The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs.
The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs.
Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of rooms after the release period.

Payment details:
All the payments will be received at our office before clients arrive to Sri Lanaka.
A Pro-forma invoice will be forwarded once the booking is confirmed and original invoices will be received within 3 days of tour stating date. All the bank charges should be borne by payer.

Visas:
Visas for nationals of 77 countries will be given free of charge on arrival at the Colombo International Airport which is valid for 30 days. For further details, visit www.immigration.gov.lk

Airport Tax:
Cost of Airport tax is included to the flight ticket. However, this could differ for Charter flights.

Airline operating to Sri Lanka :
Sri Lankan Airlines, Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi, Air Arabia, Royal Jordanian, Indian Airlines,
Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, LTU, Condor, Martinair, Austrian Airlines, Malaysian Airlines.
 

 

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