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Sri Lanka - 7 nights

Sri Lanka - 7 nights

Colombo, Sri Lanka

From: R 13,390.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 13,390.00
  • Trip Reference

    #8579
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    7 nights
  • Valid From

    8th of November 2017 (Wednesday)
  • Valid To

    31st of March 2018 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Unfold the mysteries of Sri Lanka, as we take you through Colombo, the commercial capital and city, ancient archaeological cities, towns, Hill stations and beaches.

Sri Lanka is a fascinating island of paradise and a destination where a tourist and traveller will come across rich culture, scenic beauty and a variance of locations to explore with a taste culinary cuisine at is best.   

About the Holiday

DAY 1  : AIRPORT - COLOMBO

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by our Representative

Transfer from Airport to Colombo

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Colombo

 

DAY 2  : COLOMBO - PINNAWALA - DAMBULLA - SIGIRIYA

Breakfast at Hotel in Colombo

Transfer from Colombo to Pinnawala

As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants - orphaned and sometimes three-legged - are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!

Transfer from Pinnawala to Dambulla

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.

Transfer from Dambulla to Sigiriya

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Sigiriya

DAY 3  : SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - SIGIRIYA

Breakfast at Hotel in Sigiriya

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

Transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa

Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa - medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I - remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site - blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures - while observing the relic house - Watadage - which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Sigiriya

DAY 4  : SIGIRIYA - MATALE - KANDY

Breakfast at Hotel in Sigiriya

Transfer from Sigiriya to Matale

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome - and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.

Transfer from Matale to Kandy

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kandy

DAY 5  : KANDY - TEA PLANTATION - NUWARA ELIYA

Breakfast at Hotel in Kandy

Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation

Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya

Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.

Overnight Stay at Araliya Green Hills Hotel

DAY 6  : NUWARA ELIYA - KALUTARA

Breakfast at Araliya Green Hills Hotel

Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kalutara

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kalutara

DAY 7  : KALUTARA - KOSGODA - BALAPITIYA - KALUTARA

Breakfast at Hotel in Kalutara

Transfer from Kalutara to Kosgoda

Both locals and international volunteers battling it out for ''Sea Turtles' Sake'' is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sitting calm along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka - apart from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation - was later recognized by the Wildlife Protection Society who studded the region with a Sea Turtle Conservation Project which operates on a formidable scale today. Indirectly, this has become a watering hole of flipper & shell enthusiasts!

Transfer from Kosgoda to Balapitiya

Balapitiya is where one could just sit back and observe how ecology and culture combines under the sun! Cut through the clear water of Madu River - a lifeline of Balapitiya - and head towards Kotu Duwa, the small island housing a temple that dates back to ancient Sinhalese kings. Or, sail through tunnels of shady mangroves swaying alongside Madu River - hiding an ecological treasure - to witness the tranquility of this bio-diversity hot spot which boasts of reptiles, mollusks and over 70 species of fresh water fish. Today the region - which is strong in observing rural folk life in the island - does not only boast of cinnamon plantations in abundance, but also has a fine 'fish pedicure center' - one of the most potent & latest rejuvenation techniques. Apart from these amenities Balapitiya has also become a household name in the minds of bird watchers ensuring a thrilling offshore experience.

Transfer from Balapitiya to Kalutara

Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kalutara

DAY 8  : KALUTARA - COLOMBO - AIRPORT

Breakfast at Hotel in Kalutara

Transfer from Kalutara to Colombo

The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience - or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City - an offshore city - featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo's night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you're lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!

Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure

 

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 7 nights acommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transportation by A/C Vehicle as per the Itinerary
  • Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • All sightseeing as per Itinerary
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Any unmentioned meals or services

 

 

Package Conditions:

Peak season surcharges will apply
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Colombo
Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has a rich history, dating back to the fifth or sixth century BC. Buddhism was introduced in the third century BC. It is still the national religion and gives the country its unique atmosphere. The Portuguese started nearly 500 years of colonization in 1505. They were replaced by the Dutch and later the British, who led until independence in 1947.

Colombo is a lively and exciting city where part of the joy is just wandering and watching life unfold on the streets. To the north of the city is the Fort District – so named because both the Dutch and the Portuguese built forts here. This is the main commercial district where many businesses are located. Amidst the modern buildings, this area also has a distinct colonial feel, with the famous clock tower, the president's residence and a smattering of colonial-era buildings, which hark back to the days of the British Empire.

Cinnamon Gardens, the most exclusive area of Colombo, this is a district of large houses set on shady streets, lined with jacaranda and frangipani. Home too many of the city’s most exclusive and trendy bars, shops and restaurants. A stroll round Cinnamon Gardens is a pleasant way to spend a few hours in the city. In the middle of Cinnamon Gardens is Viharamahdevi Park, the city's largest open space.

Sri Lanka is not known for its nightlife, although there are a number of trendy bars that have sprung up in the Fort and Cinnamon Gardens areas of the city. Many of the bars cater for young Sri Lankans, who tend to prefer bar-hopping to staying in one place. There is often live music on weekends. Most of the club life is centred on the large hotels. There is generally a dress code and parties of single men may be excluded. Aim to get there after midnight and be prepared to dance until the small hours.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 08 November 2017.

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