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Tour Overview

  • ReferenceUWST09
  • Start Date04/29/2020
  • TypeGuided Tours
  • LocationSri Lanka
  • Departure CityCOLOMBO
  • End CityCOLOMBO
  • Cancellation policyUp to 24 hours
  • Durations 9 days 8 nights

Tour Description

Sri Lanka is a place that is known for glory epitomized in the brilliant coastline and verdant slopes, cloud backwoods and shallow fields. You 9-day picturesque visit will grasp the excellence of the scene as you investigate the verifiable association of the nearby culture with the encompassing natural surroundings and the charming untamed life that lives in the different situations. Your experience will start with your landing in Bandaranaike International Airport, and your private exchange will welcome you upon appearance and escort you along a beautiful street towards Kandy. Sink into the advantage of your settlement close to the shores of Lake Kandy before participating in a hypnotizing show that will exhibit the conventional Kandyan moving and drumming.

Wake the following day to visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and investigate the different sanctuaries around the city. At night, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth to see the relic of the Buddha. Following day, your guide will lead you along the path of Udawatta Forest, known as the Forest of the Kings. Make the most of your time spent crossing the Buddhist caverns used by loner priests and locate the jeopardized toque macaque. Your private exchange will at that point meet you at your lodging the next morning and escorts you to the tea-developing district of Nuwara Eliya. After a loosening up beautiful ride, your private guide will lead you on a voyage through a tea manor where you will pick tea leaves with experts and follow the procedure of development before examining the assortment of teas offered by the domain.

At night, you will subside into the solaces of your delightful convenience situated in a redesigned nineteenth century house. The following day, you will go into the Wildlife Sanctuary of Horton Plains looking for red slim loris and samba deer. Relish the magnificent vibe and lovely path that prompts Baker’s Waterfall. Following day, your private exchange will accompany you to Hatton for a speedy trip to Koggala. Revel in the noteworthy waterfront landscape as you show up in the town of Mirissa and step onto a vessel for an extraordinary whale-watching journey before visiting the Port of Galle.

 

Travel inland close to Udawalawe National Park with a stop at the Elephant Transit Home to see stranded and restoring elephants. Savor the experience of a night game drive to see the wilds of the asylum in the cool night, and afterward set out for a morning game drive the following day before flying back to Colombo. Your half-day voyage through the city will offer understanding into the sanctuaries and culture of Sri Lanka’s capital city. Finish up as your private exchange will meet you in your inn hall and escort you to Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.

Tour Highlights

  • View wild elephants meandering through the open plain and brushing within a little restoration community at Udawalawe National Park and in the Elephant Transit Home
  • Travel along the waters of the Indian Ocean looking for breaking blue whales, orcas, and dolphins
  • Wander along the kept up trails of Udawattakele Sanctuary to look for toque macaque, three-toed kingfisher, and shrouded Buddhist caverns
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth during a daily parade for a life-changing second observing the tooth of Buddha joined by reverberating drums
  • Discover the normal excellence of the Horton Plains looking for sambar deer, the amazing bluff of World's End, and the dazzling vision of Baker Falls
  • Witness a notorious, conventional Kandyan moving and drumming execution, with artists wearing social garments
  • Enjoy the ravishing hues and exquisite structures of the chronicled regal botanic gardens in Colombo and outside of Kandy
  • Relish time on a tea bequest for the exceptional experience of finding out about tea development from gather to preparing

Tour Includes

  • Audio guide
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Special activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned

Tour Program

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DAY 01 - ARRIVE IN COLOMBO AND TRANSFER TO KANDY – REACH SRI LANKA’S MOUNTAIN CAPITAL WITH AN OPENING TOUR

Arrive Colombo, meet assist at the airport & transfer to Kandy. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Enroute to your destination, you can visit one of the most important tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Volunteers and caretakers provide shelter and take care of orphaned, abandoned and injured elephants within the park. You can watch caretakers feed, bathe and help these gentle giants. You want walk with the herd to the nearby river to watch the elephants bathe and play around in water. Night stay in Kandy.

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DAY 02 – IN KANDY – VISIT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN AND PAST AT THE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

After breakfast excursion to Dambulla. Dambulla is one of the ancient cities of Sri Lanka. The city also boasts to have the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest. Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site found in Dambulla. Dambulla along with nearby Sigiriya and Harbarana form a cluster of tourist area within it. City tour: Your city tour will commence with the visit to one of the wonders of the ancient world -the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It is also a UNESCO world Heritage site. Sigiriya Rock was once an ancient Castle used both as a palace and a fortress and was created by the great King Kasyapa. The magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya is visible for miles from all directions and dominates the surrounding plain. The Sigiriya Complex consists of the central rock, which arises abruptly 200 meters above the surrounding plain with the two rectangular precincts on the east and the west. The rock is surrounded by two wide moats, where crocodiles were introduced in ancient times and three ramparts. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are still exquisitely beautiful. Dambulla Cave Temple is the largest and best-preserved cave temple compound in Sri Lanka. There are above 80 chronicle caves around this location. The most prominent allures are advanced over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are depicted to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. Additional tours wildlife tours can be added to the tour. Costs will be extra. Night stay in Kandy.

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DAY 03 – IN KANDY – LEARN THE FOREST OF THE KINGS AND THE BUDDHIST ROCK ABODES

After breakfast city tour of Kandy. Lying amidst the hills, Kandy is the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. While being the second largest city in Sri Lanka it is also famous for its immense beauty and is named as one of the seven UNESCO declared World Heritage sites in the country. With its luxuriant prairie, picturesque lake, longest river of the country and misty mountains, Kandy successfully mesmerizes every visitor unsurprisingly. City Tour: While on your city tour you will visit one of the world heritages as well as a sacred place for the Buddhists all over the world; namely the Temple of the Tooth Relic known to the Sri Lankans as Dalada Maligawa. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a paradise for nature lovers. This beautiful flower Eden is restored with over 300 different varieties of orchids, other spices, medicinal plants and Palm trees. Every year more than 1.2 million people are enchanted by the beauty of these 147 acre flower gardens. The real evidence of the richness will be affirmed by your visit to the Gem Museum. Sri Lanka produces the finest quality of gems in the world. Semi-precious gems, the sapphires of Sri Lanka, which are very exclusive and comes in shades of blue, red, green, white etc. In the evening you will witness a Traditional Cultural Dance Show. Night stay in Kandy.

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DAY 04 - KANDY TO NUWARA ELIYA – FIND THE TEA GROWING CENTER TO LOOK HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

After breakfast depart by surface to Nuwara Eliya. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. It is also known as “Little England”, which was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club with its hunting pictures, trophies and strict formal dinner attire; the 18 whole golf course, horse race course, etc., all remind you of “England”. City tour: During the city tour in Nuwara Eliya you will visit the main attractions of the town which include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. You can also visit a working tea factory where the slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoe tea. You can also add Seetha Eliya and Haggala Gardens. Seetha Eliya is a temple which was mentioned in the famous epic Ramayana. Haggala is a temperate hill-country garden where languid low-country lotus and water lily float in their serene loveliness. Night stay in Nuwara Eliya.

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DAY 05 – IN NUWARA ELIYA – SPEND ENTIRE DAY IN THE WILDERNESS AND WATERFALL TREK IN THE HORTON PLAINS

After breakfast city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Ella is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. First there is the Ravana Ella Cave, located at the massive Ella Falls; a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. The rocky undergoes of the waterfall is Khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes faster decay as hard gneiss or granite. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters is where Sita is said to have bathed Ravana. Night stay in Nuwara Eliya.

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DAY 06 - NUWARA ELIYA TO UDAWALAWE –ADORE THE UDAWALAWE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TO DISCOVER AMAZING ANIMALS

After breakfast depart by surface to Udawalawe. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Udawalawe. Evening leisure at the hotel. Night stay in Udawalawe.

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DAY 07 - UDAWALAWE TO MIRISSA – FLY TO MIRISSA TO TAKE THE WHALE WATCHING TOUR AND SEE THE FORT OF GALLE

Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq. mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (Chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometers (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country. Later depart by surface to Mirissa. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Evening leisure at the hotel. Night stay in Mirissa.

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DAY 08 - MIRISSA TO COLOMBO – EXCURSION TO THE UDAWALAWE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BEFORE COLOMBO FLIGHT

After breakfast Do the most special Whale & dolphin Watching Boat Tour in Mirissa. Later depart by surface to Colombo. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast, it is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern and colonial impressions. Colombo has wildly varying architecture that span centuries and depict various styles. Many colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British exist alongside structures built in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and Contemporary architectural styles. No other place is this more evident in the heart of the city the Fort area. Colombo also boasts many shopping malls and department stores that offer brand name clothing at highly discounted prices. Therefore, it has become an important shopping destination among tourists. City Tour: While on your city tour in Colombo you may visit famous places including Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Twin World Trade Center towers, Old Parliament Building, Fort district, Independence Hall at Independence Square, and prominent Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian places of worship. Night stay in Colombo.

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DAY 09 – DEPART COLOMBO – LEAVE FOR HOME

In time transfer to airport to your flight for onward destination.

General FAQs

  • How many people will be on my trip?

    Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips, you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

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  • Snow Sherry says: June 11, 2020 at 9:54 am    Reply

    The entire experience was great. Driver/guide was very helpful. We enjoy a lot in Sri Lanka. Thank you for arranging a great time in Sri Lanka. We recommend going with the Exotic Luxury Holiday for a memorable time.

  • Bayon says: June 11, 2020 at 9:55 am    Reply

    A very good introduction to the multitude of sights and experiences that Sri Lanka offers–from ancient ruins to Buddhist temples, large expanses of botanical gardens and breathtaking views of the country’s tea plantations. We had an excellent driver and informative guides. With the exception of Kassapa Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya, the other accommodations were very good. I would have advised the tour website to offer some kind of mentions though as to how much walking or climbing would be involved in each activity.

  • Benny says: June 11, 2020 at 10:01 am    Reply

    My family, friends and I visited Sri Lanka for 9 days, 8 nights as a group of 14 tourists. It was our first time in the country and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide or driver! But they were a spectacular host. The outlined schedule of the tour was a great starting point, but he worked with us to make sure we got to see what we wanted within the city and ensure we had time at the places we found most interesting. . I can highly recommend using Exotic Luxury Holiday, with their extensive local knowledge, to organise your trip.

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