Sri Lanka has plenty on offer, from Elephant interaction and Game Reserves to Tea Plantations and Watersports.
The land is rich in culture and so many remote places yet to be explored.
Let us take you on this spectacular journey through Sri Lanka's mountainous regions and coastline.
From R10 000 per person sharing (private tour)
*Rate is dependable on seasons
- Meet and assist Arrival / Departure transfers & tour as per the itinerary by Air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / High Roof Large Van/ Mini coach with services of an English Speaking driver guide / English speaking national guide.
- 7 Nights accommodation in hotels listed on twin/double sharing Basis.
- Meal Plan on Bed and Breakfast Basis
- Entrance Fees: Kandy Temple of Tooth / Cultural Show, Munneswaram Temple and Seetha Amman Temple
- Hotel Service charges, VAT & Government tax.
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Entrance fees: Hakgala botanical gardens
- Train tickets from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya
- Perahara Supplement of USD50 per room per night for 2 nights in Kandy during 2 week period in July or August. Dates have not been published and will be advised.
DAY 01 ARRIVAL TRANSFER / COLOMBO
You will be met by an Asian Adventures representative at the Bandaranaike International Airport and transferred to Colombo.
The trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a” pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers – the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have 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. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city – a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre.
Check in at Ozo Colombo (Sleep room) or similar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 02 COLOMBO / KANDY
After breakfast, proceed on a “drive through” city tour of Colombo passing many of the significant sites. On Completion proceed to Kandy visiting a Spice Garden en route.
Check in at Ozo Kandy (Sleep room) or similar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03 KANDY
After breakfast, leisure at the hotel. In the afternoon proceed on a city tour.
A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the SriLankan Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which still retains an aura of grandeur. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
On completion return to the hotel for the overnight stay.
DAY 04 KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast proceed take an optional train ride, drive to the Peradeniya Railway Station to board the train leaving for Nanu Oya – This dramatic ride will get you chance of viewing some of the magnificent sites of Sri Lanka. Stunning waterfalls, breathtaking views, long tunnels, etc are common sites in this trip. Or you can get in the vehicle and proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
En-route visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character. Check in at Hill Club (Standard room) or similar. Overnight stay at the hotel. The Hill Club which is the historic Colonial Tea Planters club retains its famous traditions including formal dress for dining. It is mandatory for Gentlemen to wear Jacket/ Blazer and ladies to be smartly dressed for dinner in the historic Colonial dining room.
DAY 05 NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast proceed to visit the Seetha Amman Temple.
Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita lived most of the time of her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana’s magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashok Vatika or Ashokavanam where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana’s wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time,
identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hanuman. On completion return to the hotel.
In the afternoon proceed an optional visit to the Hakgala Botanical gardens.
This Garden was established in 1861 as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, a commercial crop thriving at the time. Once after the tea replace the Cinchona, it was turned into an experimental Tea Cultivation. In 1884 it transformed to a garden since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens. On completion return to the hotel for the overnight stay.
DAY 06 NUWARA ELIYA / CHILAW / NEGOMBO
After breakfast leave to Chilaw. En route visit the Munneswaram Kovil
One of the 5 major Shiva temples of Sri Lanka and Rameswaram islands. They are called Ishvarams. According to a Tamil legend, the temple is situated at a place where King Rama prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime according to Hindu Dharma, namely Brahmahasti, the killing of a priest, because Ravana who had to be killed by Rama in order to liberate Sita, was of Brahmin caste. Rama stopped the Vimana vehicle at Munneswaram because of his feeling that the Doshana sin was not following him at this place. So he ascended from the vimana and prayed to God Shiva asking for a remedy. On completion proceed to Negombo.
The Negombo town is situated by the shores of lagoon once has been a trading port during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch migration. There are many interesting remnants of Portuguese and Dutch visitors who ousted the moors took possession of the Negombo coast. These two nations came mainly for its Cinnamon. There are delightful canals, interesting creeks and an extensive lagoon. Negombo has a distinctive character.
Check in at Jetwing Sea (Deluxe room) or similar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 07 NEGOMBO
Breakfast and leisure day at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel
(Vehicle not at disposal)
DAY 08 NEGOMBO / DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.