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$440 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

Day 1 : Hotel / Sigiriya You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia and driven to Dambulla. Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage). Spend overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 2: Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya In the morning, take a morning cycling tour at one of the best maintained ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa where was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon, drive from your hotel to Sigiriya by TukTuk and Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress where you will visit rocky abode and water gardens (UNESCO World Heritage site & one of the Wonders of the World). Spend overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 3: Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandyin the morning, trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan Typical village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a Wewa or man-made reservoir. The reservoir, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning or an evening activity. You will continue your tour with a bullock cart ride up to a village house where you can experience a Sri Lankan Lunch.After Lunch, we will drive to Kandy. En route visit a Spice garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated exports and are used for not only food but also medicines and cosmetics. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more. Spend overnight in Kandy. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis. Day 4 : Kandy / Your Hotel Today after breakfast, you will be taken back to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia or Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

$1400 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Night Romantic Honeymoon Package

Day 1: Arrive, NegomboUpon arrival at the Bandaranaike International airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Negombo (Approximately 30 minutes drive). Once there, you will relax and stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 2: Negombo, SigiriyaIn the morning you will have breakfast and drive to Sigiriya. (Approximately 4-hour drive). On the way, you will stop at Dambulla cave temple. Overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 3: Sigiriya, Hiriwadunna, SigiriyaIn the morning you will be driven to Hiriwadunna for village trekking. You will explore in canoes, take a bullock cart ride and have a traditional Sri Lankan Lunch. In the afternoon, you will be able to visit Sigiriya rock fortress, then stay overnight in a 3-star hotel. Day 4: Sigiriya, Matale, KandyIn the morning you will have breakfast and then drive to Kandy (Approx. 2 ½ hrs drive). Along the way you will visit the spice garden. Experience a cooking demonstration and a free head and shoulder massage. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a TukTuk ride in Kandy followed by a city shopping tour. You'll stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 5: KandySpend the day at leisure in the hotel or do some shopping in Kandy. Stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 6: Kandy, Peradeniya, Nuwara EliyaSpend a few hours at leisure in the hotel and then proceed to Peradeniya Railway Station for a scenic train journey to Nanuoya. The train leaves Peradeniya at 12:30 pm and reaches Nanu Oya at 3:55 pm. Lunch will be provided on board. You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 7: Nuwara EliyaIn the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Horton Plains (approx 1 hour drive) to a viewpoint known as World’s End. In the afternoon you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Then stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 8: Nuwara Eliya, BentotaAfter breakfast, you will be driven to Bentota (approx. 5 hrs drive). Along the way, visit St. Claire and Devon waterfalls. In the evening, you will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 9 and 10: BentotaYou are free to spend these days at your leisure to explore or relax on your own. You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 11: Bentota, ColomboAfter breakfast, drive to Colombo. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of Colombo and be able to explore and go shopping. You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 12: Colombo, AirportThere is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast you will be taken to Bandaranaike International Airport according to your departure flight schedule (approx. 1 hr drive).

$1059 Cultural & Theme Tours

7D - Highlights of Sri Lanka

Day 1: Airport Pick-up - Transfer to NegomboOn arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Negombo accommodation for check-in. . Spend the rest of the day at leisure to relax and settle-in. Overnight in Negombo.Day 2: Negombo - Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Dambulla (B)After breakfast, you will visit the Badagamuwa Forest Reserve. Refresh and enjoy a small traditional snack on your way. Next we’ll continue our trip to towards Sigiriya to visit its famous Rock Fortress. You will also visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. After Sigiriya, you will be transferred to Dambulla for check-in and overnight.Day 3: Dambulla - Polonnaruwa City Tour - Minneriya National Park Safari - Dambulla (B)After breakfast, head to Polonnaruwa for a city tour. View the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu, Parakrama Samudraya lake, and monuments of famous places of worship. You will also have a chance to visit a wood carving shop. In the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari of the Minneriya National Park. From Aug-Oct, more than 300 wild elephants gather on the shores of the reservoir. Throughout the year you may also see spotted deer, sambur, and dozens of species of birds.Day 4: Dambulla Rock Temple - Matale Spice Garden - Kandy City Tour, Temple of the Tooth Relic and Cultural Show (B)After breakfast, journey to Kandy. Stopover at Dambulla Rock Temple, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Next stop is the Spice Garden in Matale. Finally, we will reach the sacred city of Kandy. During a tour of the city you will explore Kandy Lake, Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Those interested in gems & jewellery can also visit the gem museum shops in the area (not included). In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), a famous pilgrimage site. Later witness the Kandy Cultural Show, where up to 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed. Overnight in Kandy.Day 5: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (B)After breakfast, continue to Nuwara Eliya. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day to relax in Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. In earlier times, Nuwara Eliya was the favoured cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking British pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Overnight.Day 6: Nuwara Eliya - Unawatuna (B)After breakfast, you'll journey towards Unawatuna. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day to discover this beautiful coastal town on your own. Overnight.Day 7: Airport Drop-off (B)After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Bandaranaike International Airport.

$1200 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days around the Sri Lanka Tour

Day 01: Air port /habaranaArrive in Sri lanka you will be wel comed and Pick up by representative.At evening will be visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress.Transfer back to hotelovernight stay inn on the tree habaranaDay 02 habarana/polonnaruwaAfter breakfast transfer to Polonnaruwa.Polonnaruwa is a world heritage site and the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11thh and 12th centuries AD. in eavining safari in minnariya national parkovernight stay inn on the tree habaranaDay 03: Habarana / Dambulla / KandyAfter breakfast transfer for Kandy via Dambulla.dambulla cave templeVisit to Spice Garden in Matale en route. You could be witness different Spices. Such as Fragrant clove, Cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and Pepper.onthe way bathik factory and its proceduresProceed to Kandy and Visit to the Temple of Tooth Relic. The Temple of the Tooth, with its guardian elephants is a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and draws thousands of pilgrims from across the world. After, you could be entertained with a spectacular Sri Lankan cultural show.Transfer to hotelheavens holiday resort kandy Day 04: Kandy / Peradeniya Botanical Garden/nuwaraeliya After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit to Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya en route.visit tea plantaion and its surrounding eving you can relax in gregory lakeNuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. It is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea. The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations.  stay at manudi glean fall restDay 05:nuwaraelia/haputaleafter departure to haputale by train.you can experiance amazing train ride with great viwe.after arriavl to haputale you can see the lipton seat tea plantationsTransfer to hotelovernight Srilak View HolidayDay 06: ella / sinharajaAfter breakfast transfer to sinharaja rain forestyou have a walk in sinharaja forest    Transfer back to hotel.overnight stay bird paradise resort sinharaja Day 06: sinharaja /hikaduwaafter break first transfer to hikkaduwa beachvisit turtle farm and galle fort overnight stay star holidayDay 07 : hikkaduwa/ airportafter break first departure to airport.on the way madu river bort ride and fish massagetour end

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Secrets of Sri Lanka: Private Day Trip to Matale Including Cooking Class and Lunch

Begin the day at 8:30am when your vehicle picks you up from your Kandy hotel. Breakfast is not included in your tour package so bring your own along or have it before leaving. It will take 2-hours to reach your first destination, Nalanda Gedige in Matale. Nalanda Gedige is an old Dravidian (Pallava era) structure believed to have been built between the 8th to 10th century. At first view, it’s an obviously Hindu temple from the detailed wall and roof architecture, to the little windowless main shrine. However, the site’s erotic tantric sculptures, along with its plain moonstone, point to a more Buddhist origin. After viewing this structure and discussing it with your tour guide, you will leave for Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens at 11:30am. Arrive at Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens by 11:45am. Start your visit with a 1 to 1.5-hour tour of the spice and herbal gardens. During the tour, you will learn more about the gardens’ different spices and herbs, as well as how they are grown and harvested and watch a traditional cooking demo that puts them to good use. You will leave the spice gardens at 2:00pm. It will take 20-minutes to transfer to Aluvihara, a religious complex that is believed to mean ‘light temple’ or ‘cave with light’ based on two different beliefs. Aluvihara is most famous as the place of creation of the Buddhist religious script ‘Triptaka’. The stupa is literally built on top of a large rock. Meanwhile, the rock itself is riddled with a cave system. So far 13 caves have been found, with much more buried under old cave-ins. You will have to climb up and through the rock to see the historic and interesting insides of these caves and learn more about the history within. Leave Aluvihara at 3:30pm. You can return to Kandy at this time, or opt for a sunset visit to Sembuwatta Lake located in the Elkaduwa area. You will get there by 4:30pm. Sembuwatta is an artificial lake made from a natural spring in the area. It’s famed for its amazing views and natural swimming pool. You will be spending a relaxing hour here, allowing you to take some spectacular photos with the setting sun. Leave the lake at 5:30pm and return to Kandy by 7:00pm.

$33 Outdoor Activities

Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya

You will begin your Great Elephant Gathering Safari at the entrance gates of Minneriya National Park at 2:30pm in the afternoon. If you are staying in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gate of Minneriya, you will be receiving a complimentary pickup. Sri Lanka has a very high count of Asian elephants. It is believed that there are over 4000 elephants spread over many areas of the island, with over 2500 being in protected areas. The North Central Province has a fairly large concentration of the animals. Minneriya National Park, which is one of the main areas where elephants can be seen, was formed around the artificial reservoir created by King Mahasena in the third century AD. Over the ages, the area around the reservoir became a haven for wildlife and was later declared a wildlife sanctuary and national park. During the months from August to October the water levels of the reservoir goes down, allowing a fresh growth of plants to rise from the newly revealed ground. During this season elephants from the areas around Minneriya, such as Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kaudulla, make their way to Minneriya National Park in order to feed on the fresh growth. This results in a large influx of elephants gathering on the banks of the reservoir. At the peak of the Great Elephant Gathering, it is believed that over 200 elephants gather at the same place, making it the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. You will be visiting the banks of the reservoir in a jeep, and watching from a safe distance. As the sun sinks in the sky, you will see the awe-striking sight of large numbers of huge elephants flowing in from all directions. You can watch from mere feet away as whole families of the mammals feed and play. Watch the giant pool party where large glistening bodies roll in the water, and spray it into the air. See the most incredible sight that you can never see anywhere else in the world. In addition to the elephants, other wildlife such as various species of deer, monkeys, the Sri Lankan sloth bear, crocodiles and many different species of birds can also be seen in Minneriya National Park. You will be finishing your safari at 5:30pm at the entrance gates. If you stay in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gates you will be entitled to a complimentary drop off right at your hotel.