Hello all ,
I have carefully designed this tour with my srilankan team to give you a maximum insight in to island srilanka. in additions to exploring the island you have good time to relax in sandy beaches of southern srilanka . I have included the southern beaches since that part of the island will be sunny in the months of June,july,august ,sept. so all you need is just to book a two week of holiday from your your work place .
travelling from London Heathrow to Colombo srilanka is super easy .srilankan airlines flies in just under 11 hours . usually you can get deal around £550 .
there are plenty of flights that involve a stopover for about the same price, such as emirates ,ethihad,jet airways, Oman air ,Qatar airways.
apply for your visa online before you fly : you normally get approval on the same day (30 days with double entry £20 )
I will email all Q & A for sign up travellers and we can discuss them at my next meet up ,which will be soon ..
the cost of the tour is around £ 750 pounds excluding flight (min two pax on shared basis ) we can arrange same gender or interest parties for sharing the room ,if you want a separate room of your own that can be arranged at a small supplement .
you have to arrange the flight but I can help you with finding a good deal.online is still the more cheaper option for flight deals.
the accommodation that I am arranging is 3 to 4 star ,because the two star rate accommodation in the island is not up to standard in most places.
I have simple terms and conditions in place to safe guard both you and the travel providers .
Sri Lanka Round Tour – 11 Days / 10 Nights
DAY 01 : Airport / Negambo.
Arrival to Colombo International Airport and meet Island Srilanka Travels guide at the airport arrival lobby.
Transfer from Airport to Negambo (20 min drive from the airport)
Negambo is a coastal city in the West Coast of Sri Lanka. It is famous as a fishing hub .Thus so many traditional fisherman live in Negambo. It is a tourist attraction. The city is so live with the number of different restaurants, shops, pubs & hotels. The beach road is the ideal place for hanging out.
Being a coastal town, Negombo is housed to thousands of fisherman who actively take part in fishing on a daily basis. The excess catch is
Being dried & preserved using indigenous technologies. we can visit the area where locals are busy with drying fish & packing them.
Dutch Canal Boat Ride (Optional)
Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in negombo :3 star to 4 star
DAY 02 : Negombo / Pinnawala / Sigiriya
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer from Negombo to Pinnawala. (one and half hours drive)
Those who want to see the tamed and semi wild elephants in close proximity the best place is the “Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage”. It is located northwest of Kegalle town along the Colombo ~ Kandy main road. The orphanage is in a twenty five acre coconut land near Maha Oya. The wide area of shallow water and the huge rocks of Maha Oya make the ideal place to these magnificent animals. This facility was established in year 1975 as a conservation breading center for Elephants by Sri Lanka Wildlife department. It was started with a heard of five baby Elephants. In year 1978 it was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is treated as one of the largest breading center in the world.
Transfer from Pinnawala to Sigiriya.( approximately 2 hours drive)
Climb the citadel of Sigiriya which was built in 5th century. Sigiriya is treated as one of the most remarkable creations in the world, built by King Kashyapa [masked] AD). Path through the gardens along Stone stairways come to the Lion Gate. Only the rock carving and the brick structure is evident today of the lions mouth through which millions of people have walked to admire the beauty of this magnificent citadel.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in sigiriya. (3 or 4 star hotel)
DAY 03 : Sigiriya / Anuradhapura / Sigiriya
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura.( approx. 2 hours drive )
Explore Anuradhapura by Cycles.
Visit Anuradhapura the first capital of Sri Lanka which is a UNESCO world heritage city. Anuradhapura was once a very wealthy monastic city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. British explores discovered this lost city in 19th century. Visit many historical and archeological important places at Anuradhapura such as Sacred Bo-Tree (Sri Maha Bodhi), the right branch of the secret Bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment and one of the oldest historical documented tree in the world, Ruwanweliseya which was built by King Dutugemunu (one of the most greatest stupas in the world). This magnificent huge Dagaba which is 103 meters in height and 287 meters in circumference was built in 2nd century B.C, the Brazen Palace (dated back to 2nd century B.C) a magnificent multi storied residence built for monks, Samadhi Statue (A statue in the position of deep meditation) which is the most famous statue at Anuradhapura and Isurumuniya which is the most famous beautiful rock carvings.
Elephant Back Safari. (Optional)
Ride on an Elephant Back crossing through rivers & beautiful jungles.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in sigiriya .
DAY 04 : Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
Breakfast at Hotel
(the drive to kandy is about 3 hours).
Transfer from Sigiriya to Dambulla.
Dambulla Rock temple was built by King Walagambahu during the 1st Century B.C. The major attraction of Dambulla is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex which covers an area about 2,100 m². Dambulla is a UENESCO world heritage site. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding and the paintings are done on the ceiling. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess.
Transfer from Dambulla to Matale.
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Clients will be able to see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness Cookery demonstrations as well.
This culinary tour is an ideal way by which the discerning traveler can immerse himself or herself in the history and the ethos of Sri Lanka, its people and their customs and of course most importantly their food. You can learn about Sri Lankan spices and various Sri Lankan cookery methods.
Transfer to Kandy city.
Kandy was the last capital of Sinhala Kings. The valley of Kandy is surrounded by magnificent hills which made it as the last bastion. Today Kandy offers its visitors rich collection of art and craft and historical buildings. It includes a collection of ancient temples buildings, handicrafts, souvenirs, bazaar and gem museum and the temple of tooth relic which houses the most sacred Buddhist relic in the world, the Tooth of Lord Buddha. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary.
Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of Hotel.
DAY 05 : Explore Kandy city
Breakfast at Hotel.
Gems & Jewellery!!
Sri Lanka is world renowned for its precious & semi-precious Gems. Specially the Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire. It is very unique & owns a huge reputation in the world. Clients could visit a Gemological Museum, a gem cutting factory & also can witness a documentary on Gem mining & the process. Later you can shop for Gems, Jewelry & Other ornaments. Don’t forget to collect your authenticity certificate for gems.
Visit the Silk Garden.
Clients will be shown the process of making silk & how the handloom sarees are been made in Sri Lanka.The ladies will be given a chance to wear a traditional Sri Lankn saree & it be an ideal opportunity to experience the Sri Lankan dressing culture. You can shop for Silk items, sarees, sarongs, shirts & many other beautiful materials according to your choice.
Wood Carving / Handy Crafts Centre
Wood carving is a traditional industry in Sri Lanka. Believed to be emerged in the ancient temples, the traditions & the techniques were passed from one generation to another. Today some of the wonderful craftsmen who belonged to such generations are still engaged in the field. They create wood carvings, statues, furniture, traditional masks, sculptures, handy craft, and paintings and to various other products of same nature. A visit to a wood carving centre involves in learning of these ancient traditions & one could make purchases as well.
In the evening traditional Cultural show in Kandy City
Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in kandy
DAY 06 : Kandy / Ramboda / Nuwara Eliya.
Breakfast at Hotel.
(the drive is about 2 and half hours )
Transfer from Kandy to Ramboda area.
Visit the Famous Ramboda water Fall.
Ramboda is a breathtaking natural beauty. There are two prominent waterfalls next to each other. Clients could take pictures & enjoy the view from a view deck.
Transfer from Ramboda to Nuwara Eliya hill country.
Nuwara Eliya is located at the heart of the hill country 6182 feet above from the sea level. The town is situated at 74 km away along Kandy-Nuwara Eliya road and this was rediscovered by British in 1827. It is still very much like an old English town with styled Bungalows and buildings.
The cool calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best “Ceylon tea” and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. You can visit the Golf Club, Strawberry Farms & pick some strawberries.You can take a nice evening walk around the Gregory Lake. Visit the beautiful club house & Have a hot & nice cup of Ceylon Tea .
Do a peddling boat ride.
Transfer to Seetha Amman Temple (Hindu shrine).
A temple for Lord Rama, Seetha Devi, Luxshmana and Hanuman built on the sides of the stream where Seetha Devi bathed. This is considered a prime location in the Ramayana Trail. Worshiped by many thousands of Hindu Devotees around the globe.
Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel in nuwara eliya
DAY 07 : Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Yala
Breakfast at Hotel.
(the hole journey is about 3 and half hours up to yala)
Transfer from Nuwara Eliya\ to Ella.
Visit the Rawana Falls
The Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Ella in Sinhala) 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 high and cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.
Transfer from Ella to Yala (national park)
Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and Is the most visit The Park consists of 05 blocks. Only two are now open for the public.
Safari at Yala Park.
Do a jeep safari at Yala National Park, Stated about 309 km from Colombo Yala National Park is treated as one of the most premier tourist destination of Sri Lanka. The park is very popular for Jeep Safaris among local and foreign tourists Park is home to Leopards ,elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, sloth bear, Wild buffalo, and wild boar. More than 120 species of birds are living in the park.
Dinner and overnight stay in yala ,we can also arrange a camping night instead of a hotel.
DAY 08 : Yala / Galle / Bentota
Breakfast at Hotel.
Still Fishing – Galle
Still fishing is one of the most iconic scenes in Sri Lanka. It is a very unique traditional way of fishing for Sri Lankan fishing community. The fisherman spends hours sitting on a thin plank waiting for a good catch.
Transfer to Galle.
Galle was a main port of Sri Lanka from 14th century. The first fort of Galle was built by Portuguese. Walk along the walls of the fort enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and do not forget to watch the sun set which gives you an astonishing view from the walls of the Galle fort.
Proceed to Bentota coastal village.
A Sri Lankan coastal city famous for golden beaches, Bentota is situated on the southern coastal tip of the Galle District of the Southern Province. The town is a popular tourist attraction and also a favorite destination for watersports. It is especially famous among the foreign tourists.
Dinner and overnight stay at Bentota.
DAY 09 : Beach Break
Breakfast at Hotel
Full day at Leisure or water sports activities.
Option for a Spa Treatment
Dinner & overnight stay at bentota.
DAY 10 : Bentota / Balapitiya / Bentota
Early morning transfer to Madu River for a river cruise.
Transfer to Balapitiya- Excursion in Madu River.
The Maduganga River is a shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. In has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 303 species of plants.
A nice snack in in an Island & transfer back to the beach Hotel.
Day at Leisure
Dinner & overnight stay at bentota beach.
DAY 11 : Bentota / Airport
Breakfast at Hotel.
(from down south to the Colombo airport is approx. 3 hours drive)
Transfer to Airport.
what will be the the terms and conditions
Note: once enough people sign up for this tour I will arrange an invoice with the price for each person.
The above rates are net and include all government taxes.
These rates are subject to change without prior notice in the event government changes the tax policy. But this is highly unlikely since the government budget just over this year.
Discount for children from 2-12 years sharing parents room –: 30% on the per person sharing double room rate
(Please note that the extra bed in a triple room will be foldable and rollaway bed)
The above prices include:
Accommodation in standard rooms on … HB basis for 10 nights starting from the Dinner on the day 1 to Breakfast at day 11 at hotels specified or similar.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from pick up at Airport to drop off at Airport.
Services of an English Speaking Chauffer / National Guide.
Above prices does not include:
Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
Lunch throughout the tour
Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
Expenses of a personal nature.
Tips and Porterage
Any other services not specified above.
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk.
Jeeps available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
need to arrange your own travel insurance before departure.
5 days or less – 100% cancellation charge
this tour can be tailor-make and can be done as bespoke private tour also.