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Sri Lanka - A Treat for Nature Lovers
AAYUBOWAN! Great many things have been said about Sri Lanka. The Arabs called it Serendib from which originated that lovely English word – “Serendipity” that so wonderfully describes the occurrence of events by a happy coincidence. Marco Polo described Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, as being “for its size, better circumstanced than any island in the world”. Endless palm-lined beaches, famed ancient Buddhist ruins, cooler mountainous terrain punctuated with waterfalls, vivid green tea plantations, oodles of elephants, friendly and welcoming people, delectable food, all make Sri Lanka irresistible. Come experience and enjoy Sri Lanka with us! ITINERARY _______________________________________________________________________________________ Day 01 | Arrive in Colombo. Transfer to Kandy On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, we’ll be transferred to the hotel / home-stay in Kandy. Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka is set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and bio diverse rainforest. After check-in, we visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), the golden-roofed shrine considered one of the Holiest Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka and is an important pilgrimage destination. We get to experience the Kandiyan Cultural Dance and Drumming Show. Overnight stay in Kandy. Day 02 | Kandy – Haputale {Most Scenic Train Journey} This morning, we head to the Kandy Lake and take a leisurely stroll around it. Later, we take a train* to Haputale, a village located in the Hill Country, which takes about 6 hours. Supposedly, one of the World’s most spectacular train routes passing through lush tea plantations, endless mountain views, green valleys, meandering streams, stunning waterfalls, and pine forests. You’ll love this journey by train even if you’re not a train-person. On reaching the Haputale railway station, we’ll check into our home-stay. After relaxing for some time, we visit Lipton’s Seat & Dambatenne Tea Estate. * 1st / 2nd Class Tickets. The class of ticket depends on the availability. In case of non-availability of tickets, we would be taking the road journey. Day 03 | Haputale – Horton Plains – World’s End {Ultimate Experience} Haputale is incredibly green and lush, right in the middle of tea plantations, surrounded by mountains covered with cloud forests some around 1500 meter high. It is a sleepy village with great scenery and has a cooler climate than its surroundings, due to its elevation. We rise early today at around 5.00AM and head to Horton Plains, an undulating misty plateau of rocky outcrops, sweeping grasslands, and patches of fairly dense forest over 2000m high excellent environment for hiking. The plains feature a diversity of landscape and rich variety of wildlife including leopard, sambar, and the endemic purple-faced langur. Endemic highland birds include the dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka white-eyed, and yellow-eared bulbul can also be seen. The plateau comes to a dramatic end known as World’s End, a sheer precipice with a 1050m drop. The hike back takes the scenic route past Baker’s waterfalls. We return to the home-stay for lunch and relax rest of the day. Day 04 | Haputale – Ella – Sinharaja Rainforest {Simply Fall in Love with Nature} This morning, we hike up the Little Adam’s Peak - a popular hike for its scenic views from the top. We also visit to the impressive Nine Arches Railway Bridge and the beautiful Ravana Falls. Continuing on through the Ella Gap we then enjoy some spectacular mountain views as we take long drive of about 5 hours towards the wet zone of Sabaragamuwa Province in the western foothills of the central highlands. It is an area with tropical rainforests, winding rivers and an undulating terrain. We reach the UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve of Sinharaja, a treasure trove for birdwatchers and nature lovers which provides diverse habitats for numerous species of endemic fauna and flora not found anywhere else in the world. The reserve covers an area of about 11,187 hectares of lowland rainforest and is a valuable storehouse of scientific knowledge. Take a relaxing walk to explore the surrounding areas or simply relax at the homestay. Day 05 | Sinharaja – Mirissa{It’s Beach Time} Wake up to the sounds of bird chirping and set out on a 2-3 hour easy trek with a local guide through this magnificent jungle, the last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest on the island. It is a truly enriching experience. Accompanied by nothing but the sound of gushing waterfalls, gurgling streams and rustling leaves, look out for exotic birds, vibrant reptiles and eye-catching butterflies moving through the trees and absorb the atmosphere of utter tranquility as the surroundings stir the senses. After a delicious lunch, we set off to Mirissa, a crescent shaped stunning beach in the South West Coast. Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours to slip calmly by.Stay relaxed and enjoy the sun, sea and sand after a long road journey. Overnight stay at Mirissa. Day 06 | Mirissa {Sun, Sea & Sand} Today we head on a Whale Watching trip, at extra cost subject to the weather and sea conditions. After return, we just relax for the rest of the day. Just do nothing or jump onto your hired bike and ride to the nearby beaches. You’ll be able to witness the fishermen perched up on a pole, balancing on it to catch fishes. Head to Weligama Bay, which is just 5 km away, if you wish to. You can take a boat cruise here. If you’re looking for some adventure, you can do snorkeling in the bay where you can see beautiful reef fish, corals and even the occasional turtle and basking shark. Or choose to engage yourself in any other water-sport of your choice – Scuba Diving, Surfing, Kayaking, etc. Watch the sun sink beyond the horizon and offer up a spectacularly vivid sunset. The night life in Mirissa is a pretty mellow affair. Opt for one of the relaxed seafront lounges, enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and relish the stunning ocean vistas.Overnight stay at Mirissa. Day 07 | Bid Adieu!!! {With Fond Memories} The morning is free at leisure until transfer to Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport for the departure flight. If we all have the return flight in the late evening, we can visit the colonial city of Galle before heading to the airport. In Galle, we can visit the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1588 by the Portuguese before being extensively fortified by the Dutch in the mid 1600s.Take an interesting stroll through this heritage monument that boasts of a colorful history. If you’ve an additional day, you can take a tuk-tuk tour of Colombo city before taking the next day flight. The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like. This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change. TRIP DATES _______________________________________________________________________________________ Start Date: October 13, 2018 (Saturday) End Date: October 19, 2018 (Friday) Pick-up / Drop-off at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pls ensure that you arrive before 11AM on the Start Date & book your return ticket for your flight after 3:00PM on the End Date. TRIP COST _______________________________________________________________________________________ INR 24,000 per person for the entire trip These rates are for Indian Nationals only. Minimum of 6 participants required to conduct the trip. Please do check with us before booking your air tickets. Please confirm your participation by paying Rs. 5,000/- (Non-refundable Booking Fee**) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 30 days before the tour start date. Please write to us at [masked] for bank account details. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee. **This has been mandated as only those who’re really keen join us & to ensure that we have no last minute surprises! INCLUSIONS _______________________________________________________________________________________ ~ Deluxe room accommodation on double / triple sharing basis in Home-stays / Hotels / Guesthouses for 6 nights / 7 days. ~ Morning Tea & Breakfast - Group airport transfer for arrival and departure in Colombo airport. If your flight arrival is at a different time, extra charges will be applicable. ~ Local sightseeing by an exclusive mini-van / bus. ~ 1st / 2nd Class Train ticket from Kandy to Haputale ~ Entry tickets to Sinharaja Forest Reserve ~ Local English Speaking Guide, wherever required ~ Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges ~ Service charges & Taxes EXCLUSIONS _______________________________________________________________________________________ ~ International airfare & airport taxes ~ Visa arrangements ~ Food / Snacks / Beverages other than mentioned above ~ Entry tickets to places of interest & Camera charges ~ Overseas Insurance ~ Scuba Diving, Banana ride, Kayak, other water-sport charges ~ Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly. ~ Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc. ~ Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’. KEY INFORMATION _______________________________________________________________________________________ ~ All travelers to Sri Lanka must apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for traveling to Sri Lanka. ~ Complete ETA Form and submit online. ~ ETA Fee of US$20 is applicable for all applications which has to be paid online Travelers from India, carrying an Indian passport can enter up to Sri Lanka for 30 days. ~ The processing time for a Sri Lanka visa is approx. 24 - 48 hours. ~ Valid Indian passport for minimum period of 6 months. ~ Valid round-trip ticket showing the port of entry into Sri Lanka. ~ Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages. ~ Requirement of ticket is not mandatory for applying for ETA. ~ The official local currency of Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). Currently, 1 INR = 2.31 LKR. RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL _______________________________________________________________________________________ We care about the local communities, their culture, economy and environment. Act responsibly while traveling. ~ Respect the culture, tradition & religious sensitivity of the locals. ~ Dress and behave properly in villages and holy places. ~ Minimize use of water & power. ~ Avoid buying products made of coral, endangered animals or plants. ~ Do not pluck flowers or plants. ~ Avoid littering. Bring them back to your place to dispose. Recycle where possible. ~ Eat what the locals eat. ~ Purchase local products. Avoid bargaining. Pay fair price. ~ Visit the locals, talk to them, and learn their culture. ~ Avoid smoking & drinking. ~ Take permission before taking pictures. For further details & booking your slot, email us at [masked] or Call/WhatsApp at[masked]

Colombo

Kandy · Galle

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