Sri Lanka Enchanting Tour 17 Days
AIRPORT / NEGOMBO Sunset Beach Hotel
On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met at the international airport and transfer to Negombo. Depending on flight times there may be time to do a little sight-seeing in Negombo. Visit the city of Negombo fishing village & market & churches. The fishing village in Negombo, which is the center of the islands fishing community it is largely Roman Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every street. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo scenery. Return to the hotel for overnight stay in Negombo (Hotel)
NEGOMBO / DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA Pelwehera Village Resort Or Kassapa Lion Rock
After bfast this morning you will leave for Sigiriya. En route visit Dambulla cave temples Some of the frescoes in these caves are over 2000 years old. There is also a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha 14 meters long carved out of rock. Early Evening climb the rock of Sigiriya built by the patricide King Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D. Today it’s a treasure trove of rare art. In a pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the ‘’ heavenly maidens of Sigiriya’’ Return to hotel for overnight.
POLONNARUWA / TRINCOMALEE Nilaveli Garden Inn (A/C)
After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa & visit the 2nd capital of Sinhalese kings dating back to the 11th & 12th century A.D The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the ‘’Parakrama Samudra’’. Numerous monuments are found in this city & ‘’Gal Vihara ‘’ complex is one of the best among them with the fine sculpture of the recumbent, Standing and seated Buddha’s. PM leave for Trincomalee (is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka, about 110 miles northeast of Kandy and with a population of approximately 100,000 (2007). The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna it has been a sea port that has played a major role in the maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. The Bay of Trincomalee's harbour is renowned for its large size and security; unlike every other in the Indian Sea, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching during May to October. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base. Relax at the beach hotel & overnight with Dinner
TRINCOMALEE Nilaveli Garden Inn (A/C)
After bfast relax at the beach hotel. PM visit the city ok Trincomalee This port city has a history worth exploring, the strategic location of the natural harbour made it a city worthwhile conquering, and hence it was conquered by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. Trincomalee is fondly referred to as Trinco by the locals, the anglicized Tamil word 'Trincomalee' denotes the meaning lord of the sacred hill. Overnight at the Beach hotel with Dinner
TRINCOMALEE / WASGAMUWA Wasgamuwa Safari Village
After bfast leave to Wasgamuwa the journey passes through beautiful forested foothills where one can really appreciate the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival in Wasgamuwa you will check in at the lodge. Then PM leaves for the Safari of Wasgamuwa with picnic bfast. Park consists of riverine forest, dry mixed evergreen forest, grasslands and wetlands. As park is almost surrounded by Mahaweli & Amban Rivers, riverine forest area is fairly large.Flora of the park consists of Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Satin (Chloroxylon swietenia), Wa (Cassia roxburghii), Gal Siyambala (Dialium ovoideum) and Ebony (Diospyros ebenum). The riverine forest dominated by Kumbuk (Terminalia arjuna), Mee (Madhuca longifoloa) and Thimbiri (Diospyros malabarica). Grasslands mainly consist of (Imperata cylindrica). Wasgamuwa is famous as an elephant habitat. These elephants are known to be less habituated to people and are more wildish. Other than elephants, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, spotted and barking deer, wild boar and wild buffalo are also found here. Torque Macaque, Purple face leaf monkey and nocturnal slender Loris is also found in the park. Lesser Adjutant, Wooly necked stork, open bill, painted stork, Racket tailed Drongo, Yellow fronted barbet, Sri Lanka Junglefowl & Spurfowl are among the over 100 species of birds found within the park. Overnight in Wasgamuwa (Lodge basic accommodation) & Dinner included
WASGAMUWA / KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE / MATALE / KANDY The Mansion or Devon
After breakfast you will depart for the city of Kandy via the knuckles range. The importance of the Knuckles Mountain Range is obtained from several factors. It has a parasitical quality to it because of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear and perennial waterways, cloud forests and exquisite fauna and flora. Pregnant with history running into several millennia and a veritable treasure house of cultural heritage, the Knuckles Mountain Range can be considered a as a mirror to the past. Visit a spice garden & batik factory in Matale. En-route to Kandy Evening arrives at hotel in Kandy, the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka .visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Return to hotel for overnight.
KANDY / PINNAWALA / KANDY Leisure Village or The Rock Hotel
After breakfast leave for Pinnawela & visit the elephant Orphanage. This orphanage was established to feed nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and ravines in their request for water during drought period. P.M. visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark of Kandy is its lake, in the center of the city. Visit the Kandy Museum. The Kandy market is a great bazaar full of the sounds of exiting trade. Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance return to hotel overnight
PERADENIYA / NUWARAELIYA Rafter’s Retreat
After breakfast visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya which is well known for it’s large number and variety of plants, ornamental, Decorative, Useful & medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids the largest in Asia. P.M. leave for Nuwaraeliya the center of hill country, En-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous ‘’ Ceylon tea ‘’. Spend the evening walking in the cool climate. Nuwara Eliya was established during the colonial era and once had a regular fox hunt and polo events. The town is often referred to as ‘Little England’ as it has retained many of its colonial buildings Arrive at hotel for overnight.
NUWARAELIYA / KITULGALA Blue Magpie Lodge (Basic Accommodation)
With early bfast on the way to Kitulgala you will stop at the Horton Plains Nature Reserve and have a guided tour with a resident naturalist guide. Horton Plains is another wildlife hot spot, the vegetation cover here is open, grassy woodland, home to species such as the sambar, leopard and endemic purple-faced langur. From here you will continue to Kitulgala where you will be staying in beautifully designed eco-lodges overlooking the Kelaniya River. You have the option of rafting in the river which is very famous in Sri Lanka for Rafting. (Minimum 2 pax are required & payment direct) Overnight in Kitulgala (Lodge) Dinner included
KITULGALA / SINGHARAJA Orient Hotel
After bfast today you will drive out to Singharaja National Park which is of international, ecological significance and has recently become a world heritage site. The area has some of the best preserved virgin rainforest on earth, saved from commercial logging due to its inaccessibility. Overnight in Singharaja (Lodge basic accommodation facilities) Dinner included
SINGHARAJA / BANDARAWELA Centuria Hotel (Standard)
After bfast the morning will be spent exploring the Singharaja rainforest. Due to the dense vegetation cover wildlife viewing is difficult and the elusive mammals such as the leopard are rarely seen. You may see some of the brightly coloured birds of the region which tend to move through the jungle in mixed feeding flocks. In the afternoon leave to Bandarawela Overnight in (Hotel)
BANDARAWELA / UDAWALAWE Chandrika Hotel
After bfast early in the morning trekking in this small town area in Bandarawela then you will travel south to Udawalawe. This large national park was designed to protect the diverse catchments area of the Udawalawe Reservoir. The vegetation here is different again; mainly compose of open parkland with some mature teak trees. The park is home to around 400 wild elephants which are easy to spot and there are also good numbers of golden jackal, crocodile and buffalo. The afternoon will be spent out on safari in the national park. Overnight in Udawalawe (Lodge/Hotel) & Dinner included
UDAWALAWE / YALA Panchi Villa
After bfast this morning you will head to the south-east corner of the island. Yala National park is the most famous of all Sri Lanka’s parks. It contains an amazing variety of habitats from Open Park to dense jungle, and also contains fresh water rivers and lakes as well as beaches. Yala’s greatest claim to fame is that it has the world’s highest concentration of leopard (though this still does not guarantee seeing any!) Yala was badly affected by the Tsunami in 2004 which destroyed the visitor’s centre and tourist lodge and resulted in the loss of many human lives. Interestingly the park records show that the animal numbers were little affected. In the afternoon you will set off on safari in the Yala National Park. Overnight at (Hotel) & Dinner included
YALA BEACH Panchi Villa
After bfast today you will travel to Galle. Your journey will take you along the coast where destruction caused by the Tsunami is still evident in some places. On the way you can visit the famous community of stilt fisherman, En-route visit Galle. Visit the Old Portuguese fort, later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch is still fine preservation. Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort. The view from the ramparts is superb. Relax at the beach hotel in the South of Sri Lanka. Dinner Included If Category B selected Weligama & Galle visits will be done on day 16.
BEACH Panchi Villa
Relaxed and friendly beach resort in the south-west of the island. It is the start of a sandy beach which stretches for 130km. Total relaxation, the hotel has many facilities including pool and a range of treatments and therapies to relax and rejuvenate you after a busy tour. Many water sports are also on offer and there is a coral garden just off the coast which makes for great diving and snorkeling during November to April. Overnight (Hotel) & Dinner included
BEACH / COLOMBO / NEGOMBO Sunset Beach Hotel
After bfast leave to Colombo en route visit a village in an island by boat in Madhu Ganga and visit one of the sea turtle Hatcheries. Visit the city of Colombo then continuation to Negombo. Which links the past with the present you will visit the fort area, the commercial center, ’’Pettah’’ Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, a cinnamon garden which is full of large residences, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples & mosques. Visit the Buddhist temple in Kelaniya. Overnight at hotel in Negombo
NEGOMBO / AIRPORT No Hotel
Tour ends today, after bfast a transfer vehicle will be provided to take you to the airport for your onward flight. Check out 12h00
Summer 2012 - 01.jun.2012 to 31.Oct.2012
Category A (USD)
2 pax 1261.00
3 pax 1134.00
4 - 6 pax 1034.00
Single Supplement 459.00
Winter 2013 - 21.Jan.2013 to 30.Apr.2013
Category A (USD)
2 pax 1336.00
3 pax 1207.00
4 - 6 pax 1106.00
Single Supplement 527.00
All rates quoted are in US Dollars & net per person inclusive of all applicable taxes.(around 25%)
If you are traveling alone please send us an email we shall advise you the details
All entrance fees as per programme to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around
USD 270 per person
Please change Foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs there are many 24hrs bank counters at the airport as all these payments have to be made only in SLRS No credit card payments are accepted in these places. Subject to change slightly sometimes details are provided with rates as applicable at the moment)
(Children under 12 years will be half rate in most places) -
** Kandy Perahara Period for ten nights 23rd July to 01st Aug 2012
Perahara Supplement - Per room per night During Kandy Hotel Nights only extra if clients are in Kandy during the Kandy Perahara Period
Category A : USD 35
For Reservations during Super Peak Period – 20 December 2012 to 20 January 2013 period please contact us for further details .As Peak supplements apply at hotels during this period & this will change according to the category of hotels and actual days of stay at each hotel.
If required we can modify the programme. Any modifications to the programme can be arranged as per individual preferences.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
Single room supplement, the personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax etc ....) Beverages, the rights to use cameras or video at sites where most places they are free when you pay the entrance fees except at Kandy Tooth Temple & Pinnawela Elephant orphanage there are extra charges for Video around USD 05 per person, medical expenses, insurance, international flights.
Sri Lanka Visa charges USD 20 per person for NON SAARC countries & USD 10 for SAARC countries, can be obtained directly via the internet please visit this site. http://www.eta.gov.lk/ The process is not complicated if you have any difficulty we could make arrangements for same too in 48hrs to obtain same if details are provided to us by mail. The process is very simple payments can be paid online & with the confirmation document print out & code you have to submit passport on arrival only. The passport has to be valid for six months from the day of arrival return air tickets & sufficient funds or reservations for the holiday should be with you. All have to obtain a visit visa except for Singapore & Maldivian passport holders.
TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be acknowledged by our company.If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your small deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:
AMOUNT OF CANCELLATION CHARGES: -
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
Less than 14 Days before the first day of the tour 75%
Less than 7 Days before the first day of the tour 100%
No show or early departure 100%
OUR PRICES INCLUDE:
*Welcome at the airport by ACME representative.
*Tour based on 11 nights on Bed & Bfast Basis & 06 nights on Half Board Basis (Dinner & Bfast included)
*The accommodation in half Twin/Double basis in the hotels / Lodges mentioned or similar Check-in/check-out 12h00.
*Meals start on 2nd day Breakfast & ends on Last day Bfast.
*The excursions sightseeing & visits as per program (Entrance Fees To be paid by clients directly).
*Jeep to visit reserve but Entrance fees to be paid directly by clients.
*English speaking chauffeur in air-conditioned private Vehicles will be provided.
*Fuel and Local assurance for the vehicle included
(No vehicle on free days unless specifically mentioned in the programme).
*Working hours of chauffeur will be between 08h00 to 19h00 on any given day but this can be modified by discussing with the chauffeur. Sufficient resting time has to be provided for the next day’s trip. (Arrival & departure transfers can be at any time).
*The chauffeur will look after his meals & accommodation by him self.
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