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Pearl of the Indian Ocean 9 Days 8 Nights

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8 Nights
Availability : Jan 18’ - Dec 18’
Sri Lanka
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 50
Tour Details

Day 01 – Colombo

Day 02 – Dambulla

Day 03 – Dambulla

Day 04 – Kandy

Day 05 – Nuwara-Eliya

Day 06 – Yala

Day 07 – Bentota

Day 08 – Bentota

Day 09 – Airport

Departure & Return Location

Bandaranaike International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Driver Bata / Guide Fee
  • Entrance Fees
  • Airport Paging
  • Gasoline
  • Full Insurance with baggage’s
  • Return Airport transfer
  • All current applicable taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch & dinner during the tour
  • Water Sport
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services other than those specified
  • Whale-watching $120

Complementaries

  • Watter bottles during the tour
  • T-Shirt
  • Surprise GIFT
Itinerary

Day 1 Colombo

Greet at the airport on arrival and drive to hotel in Colombo

Colombo, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

Overnight stay at Colombo

Day 2Dambulla

After Breakfast drive to Dambulla

In the evening climb Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

Dambulla is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it is the center of vegetable distribution in the country.

Overnight stay at Dambulla

Day 3Dambulla

After your leisure Breakfast drive to sigiriya

Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

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.

Do a city tour of 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.

Overnight stay at Dambulla

Day 4Kandy

After your leisure breakfast drive to Kandy

In 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.

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.

Thereafter witness a cultural show.

Overnight stay at kandy

Day 5 Nuwara-Eliya

After your leisure breakfast drive to Nuwara-Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies. Nearby Seetha Amman Temple, a colorful Hindu shrine, is decorated with religious figures.

Overnight stay at Nuwara-Eliya

Day 06 Yala

After your leisure breakfast drive to Yala via Ella

Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species.

Overnight Stay at Yala

Day 07 Ahungalla

Have a boat trip in Madhu 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.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Heritance Ahungalla

Day 08 Mirissa / Ambalangoda / Kosgoda

A small sandy tropical beach village which boasts some of Sri Lanka’s most stunning sunsets and sunrises. It is also on the worlds ‘Top Hot Spots’ for Sperm and Blue whale sightings. In the warm Indian Ocean you can see Blue whales,Sperm whales,Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins.

Take the boat from the fishery harbour out to sea. Blue Whales in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world would be the highlight. After seeing the blue whales, your naturalist will take you further out to sea to look for sperm whales.

Have a visit to the mask factory in Ambalangoda.

Faces carved into perfection on solid wood and painted cobra hoods are common sites for a wanderer across the seaside suburb of Ambalangoda.

Conversely, this is a masker’s bliss! Walk into the gallery of folk dances & mask making – the mask museum – or simply take a look at a hut busy cutting, molding and painting masks. You might be able to tune into the mysteries that surround Ambalangoda’s heritage of mask making, that acts as the backdrop of folk dances and rituals staged across the pearl of the Indian ocean, Sri Lanka.

Visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.
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!

Leisure time at Heritance

Dinner & Overnight stay

Day 09 Colombo / Airport

After breakfast transfer to the Airport for departure.

Day 10Kandapola / Bandarawela / Buduruwagala / Yala

Bandarawela is a charming town at an elevation of 4000 feet. It is a popular health resort.
Transfer to Buduruwagala.

The great sculptures of Buduruwagala dates back to the 9th or 10th century. The central figure of the Buddha is 51 feet (15.5 metres) from head to toe. The statue is attended on either side by figures of two ‘Bodhisattvas’, each of 40 feet in height. It is approached through a jungle area until suddenly the face of the Buddha statue emerges through a dark arch of forest.

Transfer from Buduruwagala to Yala.

Do a safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deers and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.

Dinner and overnight stay

Day 11Yala / Galle / Beach Hotel

Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. Visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which has been originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663.

This is a World Heritage Site.

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