Special Rate Sri Lanka Tour (10D/9N)
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Special Rate Sri Lanka Tour Itinerary (10 Days/9 Nights) *
This Special Rate Sri Lanka Tour offers Top Value with all the attractions you can expect from a tropical island. World-class beaches, the finest snorkelling and scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching (in season), ancient Buddhist and Hindu sites and optional top surfing with an Arugam Bay extention.
Special Rates are valid from May till 31. October 2019.
Our Special Rate Sri Lanka Tours can be easily combined with another Sri Lanka Tour or a Sri Lanka Holiday Package.
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SRI LANKA SPECIAL RATE TOUR ITINERARY (10 days / 9 nights)
Day 1 : Arrival at the Bandaranayake International Airport, meet and transfer to the first hotel in Negombo. Visit the
Colonial Dutch Fort
Close to the seafront near the lagoon mouth are the ruins of the old Dutch fort, which has a fine gateway inscribed with the date 1678. Also here is a green, called the Esplanade, where cricket matches are a big attraction. As the fort grounds are now occupied by the town’s prison, the only way you’ll get a peek inside is by committing a serious crime. You’d need to be very interested in old Dutch architecture to go to such lengths.
The boat ride/safari that takes you along the old Dutch canal which runs through Waikkal, gives you snap shots of bird life, essentially comprising waders, stunning kingfishers, rare pied kingfishers, bee-eaters, Brahminy kites, etc. Water monitors, bearing an uncanny resemblance to crocodiles, are also bound to make an appearance, so keep your eye out for a glimpse! You can prolong your boat journey by following the canal onto the sea, where you can continue onwards to Negombo where you can hop into the town, do some shopping and return via boat to Waikkal.
2nd biggest Fish Market in Sri Lanka
Negombo Fishing Village also known as the Lellama by the locals is located across the lagoon bridge, near the Old Dutch Gate. The large open air fish market is the second largest in the country. It gives you an unpretentious insight into the local fisher community. The market is loud, vibrant and smells like fish! You will be able to witness the fishermen in hundreds of boats bringing in their days catch.
See how the wholesalers and restaurateurs trade and watch the packing and loading of fish for distribution across the country as well as for export – worldwide. The retail area is a bustling hive of activity – with customers negotiating prices with mom and pop fish vendors.
Overnight at CAMELOT BEACH HOTEL
Day 2 : After breakfast leave for the ancient city of Anuradhapura. On the way visit
Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of 'Willus' (Natural lakes) - natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. The park is 1,317 square kilometers (131, 693 hectares) and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard population. A remote camera survey was conducted in Wilpattu by the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust and a sample of forty nine individual leopards were photo-captured in the surveyed area with a core area density that lays between that of Yala National Park & and Horton Plains National Park.
Overnight at GAMODH CITADEL RESORT
Day 3 : After breakfast
Anuradhapura Sightseeing (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
Anuradhapura was built in the 3rd century BC and capital of the Sinhalese people for 1000 years from the 4th century BC, despite frequent invasions from southern India. Today it is the largest and most important ancient site in Sri Lanka and there are a wealth of old palaces, temples, dagobas (Buddhist monument) and Buddha statues to explore over a large area. The most visited part is the sacred Bodhi tree which is said to have been planted from a sapling from the tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment. This was brought from India by Sangamitta, the daughter of the great Indian emperor, Ashoka, who had sent his own son, Arahath Mahinda, to spread Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is one of the most important pilgrimage places in the country.
Mihintale Mountain Peak
Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.
In the late afternoon continue to Trincomalee.
Overnight at ANANTAMAA HOTEL
Day 4 : After breakfast visit the
Pigeon Island Marine Park
Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province, encompassing a total area of 471.429 hectares. The island's name derives from the rock pigeon which has colonized it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was redesignated the 17th national park of Sri Lanka.
Fort Fredrick, also known as Trincomalee Fort or Fort of Triquillimale, was built by the Portuguese colonial forces from the debris of the world famous ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple (Temple of a Thousand Pillars). The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese colonial Constantino de Sá de Noronha under Phillip III, occupier of the Jaffna kingdom and Malabar country on the island. On the Konamalai Cape was also built a new village for Portuguese and Tamil people, 50 Portuguese soldiers and inside the fort, a church named after 'Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe'. The Fort of Triquillimale was dismantled and rebuilt by the Dutch in 1665, renamed Fort Fredrick.
In the afternoon you will visit the
The famous Koneswaram temple is located inside this fort. This Hindu temple was earlier known as the temple of thousand Pillars and is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and it is one out of five such temples situated around Sri Lanka. It is believed that this Kovil has been in existence since 2500 years ago and was renovated by the south Indian Chola king Kulakottan and maintained by other Sinhala Buddhist kings.
Overnight at ANANTAMAA HOTEL
Day 5 : Today you will go on a
Whale Watching Tour
Whale watching season on Sri Lanka's Eastern Coast is from May to October. Trincomalee, 257 km east of Colombo has become one of the top places to watch Whales, largest animal to inhabit earth, in the wild. With resident and migratory colonies being spotted off the island’s south west coast, Sri Lanka is perfect to watch Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Dolphins.
Overnight at ANANTAMAA HOTEL
Day 6 : After breakfast leave for Sigiriya. Visit
Hiriwaduna (local village)
Hiriwaduna is located just 02 km (05 minutes drive) from Sigiriya. Trek through the typical Sri Lankan village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a Wewa or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake.
Initially one wades through a shallow stream and thereafter crosses a wider tributary in a catamaran of an obliging farmer to inspect Chena cultivation (slash and burn agriculture). Enjoy the farmer's humble hospitality. With the guidance of the farmer, pick some fresh vegetables from the plot and join in the preparation of a simple meal prepared in the traditional method using earthenware pots and firewood as fuel. This is great opportunity to sample authentic local cuisine. The journey continues through dense shrub forests, home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant. In Hiriwaduna you can do bicycle tour, oxcart ride or boat trip.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
Sigiriya is an archeological site in North Central Sri Lanka. It contains the ruins of an ancient palace complex, built during the region of King Kasyapa (477AD - 495 AD). It is one of the 7 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka and is one of its most popular tourist destinations.
The Sigiriya site consists of a 180m tall granite rock, whose sides are so steep that at some points the top overhangs the base. At the top of the site there is a palace complex. The ruins of various chambers, stairways and pools can be seen at the top. There is a stone stairway leading from the base to the top of the mountain.
About half way to the top, there is a pair giant pair of lions paws which is in fact the ruin of a huge head of a lion whose open mouth served as the entrance to the royal palace. Surrounding the palace complex are the ruins of a garden complex consisting of two moats, various pools.
Overnight at KASSAPA LIONS ROCK HOTEL
Day 7 : After breakfast leave for Kandy. On the way visit the
Dambulla Cave Temple Complex (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
Dambulla Cave Temple is located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level and raises on a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla. It is home to the world’s most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. The five main temple caves cover over 1000 square meters, these were formed out of a deep cavern, part natural and part excavated. One cave consists of a reclining Buddha over 15 meters in length and another holds 50 statues in a variety of positions and is decorated in glowing colors. The ceiling of this ancient monastery is covered with the colorful frescoes. Long strips of narrative paintings depict episodes of a story such as the life of Buddha or the coming of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
Spice Garden in Matale
During past history Sri Lanka known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its Quality Spices. In the 16th century Ceylon, as it was then known, was discovered by Portuguese who soon began trading in cinnamon and other spices. The Dutch and British followed bringing with them their own history and influences, forming a strong Western presence which created a history of food expressed with spices which can be tasted in the dishes today. Spices are an essential element of the cuisine of Sri Lanka and the Ayurvedic tradition and a visit to a garden specializes in the cultivation of these substances and an excellent way for purposes of new uses of certain ingredients that perhaps though they knew well. Find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom and black pepper, to name a few. Europeans can buy the products in their natural state or in the form of oils and potions that are used by Ayurvedic medicine.
Kandy Temple of the Tooth (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE)
Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy is the most prominent and sacred Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka, even in the world. The relic of the tooth is kept in a two-story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks. The relic rests on a solid gold lotus flower, encased in jewelled caskets that sit on a throne. The temple is joined to the Pattiripuwa (Octagon) tower, built in 1803, that was originally a prison but now houses a collection of palm-leaf manuscripts. The king's palace is also in the temple compound.
Overnight at THILANKA HOTEL
Day 8 : After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. On the way visit
Tea Plantations & a Tea Factory
No visit to the hill country is complete without a visit to a tea estate, where you can view the vibrant green fields of tea which for so many people epitomize the image of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by the breathtaking, idyllic landscape, you will also get a chance to taste and purchase some of the world’s finest tea.
Nuwara Eliya situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka and the heart of the tea industry. This city with an elevation of 6200 meters is the highest in Sri Lanka. Once a pleasure retreats of the European planters the town is still very much an English town with many English style bungalows and buildings. Some of the finest teas in the world are produced here, and a visit to a tea factory and a tea plantation is a must. The process is unchanged from Victorian times, and you can follow it through from picking, drying and crushing to fermenting, packing, and especially tasting and buying.
Then leave for Ella by train.
Overnight at ELLA FLOWER GARDEN RESORT
Day 9 : After breakfast visit
Little Adams Peak
Whether considering the word ‘Little’, it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the mountain was called as Little Adams Peak. It is 1141 m in height. Little Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views. You walk through lush green tea plantations, waterfalls and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries. It will be priceless if you visit the place in the morning when the clouds roll in. Further places like Little Adams Peak deliberates ‘How far Sri Lanka is worth and rich with beautiful natural destinations of Sri Lankan tourism’. It will feel like a neck exercise for the visitors as you have to rotate their body to seek the views outstanding for 360 degrees.
Nine Arch Bridge
The Nine Arches Bridge also called The Bridge in the Sky is one of the most iconic bridges in Sri Lanka and is one of the best examples of British railway constructions when Ceylon was yet a colony of the British Empire. It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations.
As of the past decade the surrounding area has seen a steady increase of tourism due to the bridge's architectural ingenuity and the profuse greenery in the nearby hillsides. Loosely founded, albeit popular rumours suggest that when construction work commenced on the bridge, the Great War began between the empires of Europe and the steel consignment assigned for this site was reallocated to Britain's War related projects at the battlefront. As a result when the work came to a standstill the locals came forward and built the bridge with solid stone bricks and cement without steel.
Rawana Water Fall
The Ravana Falls popularly known as Ravana Ella is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.
This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically.
Later leave for Unawatuna.
Overnight at JOE’S BUNGALOWS UNAWATUNA
Day 10 : Breakfast at your hotel. Relax at the beach. Later visit
Galle Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)
Galle is a bustling provincial capital and administrative centre for the South. Once a port, Galle was Sri Lanka’s first international commerce and trade centre, and the streets are still awash with a cosmopolitan range of goods available to buy in exotic markets and quirky art galleries. The Dutch presence is still visible in Galle, and should you want to retrace the footsteps of the Dutch rule, let our guide give you the tour of the Old Dutch fort, the Dutch Government House, the former New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), the old bell tower, and the Dutch tide-based sewage system.
Later transfer back to the airport for departure or to your next destination in Sri Lanka.
End of Tour.
- Accommodation on half board basis (dinner + breakfast) for 09 nights from dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 10 at hotels specified or similar standard ( 09 dinners & 09 breakfasts)
- Sightseeing without entrance fees
- Private transport from airport to airport in an A/C luxury vehicle with the service of an English-speaking Chauffeur guide.
- Visa fees and international / domestic flights
- Medical Insurance
- Anything not specified in the package inclusions
- Peak season and special event surcharges if applicable
- Meals other than specified
- Entrance fees
- Items of personal nature
- Tipping and porterage
Rate in US$ net per person sharing a double/twin room – validity from 10.May until 31.Oct.2019
- 2 people – USD 560 p.p.
- 4 people – USD 470 p.p.
- 6 people – USD 430 p.p.
Peak period supplement at Thilanka Hotel in Kandy ( from 05 to 16.Aug ) – USD 30 per person
Peak period supplement at Anantama Hotel in Trincomale ( from 16.Jun to 15.Sep ) – USD 20 per person per night
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