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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).

$953 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Awesome 14-Day-round-the-Island-Tour

1st day - Pick up from airport or 8.30 from hotel, drive from Colombo/Negombo to Habarana, visit Dambulla cave temple, overnight stay in Habarana2nd day – Visit Sigiriya rock (UNESCO-protected site), after breakfast climb Sigiriya lion rock, in the evening climb and see sun set from Pidurangala rock, overnight stay in Habarana3rd day – Drive from Habarana to Polonnaruwa, sightseeing of the ancient city, in the evening visit Minneriya national park and enjoy wild-elephant- safari, overnight stay in Habarana4th day – Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura, visit the sacred cities of Anuradhapura and Mihintale, overnight stay in Anuradhapura5th day – Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side6th day – Early morning boat tour to Pidgeon Island and diving there, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel 7th day – Visit Trincomalee with Koneswaram temple, Fort Fredrick, Novel museum, Kanniya hot springs, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel8th day – Drive from Trincomalee to Kandy, route via Nalanda Gedige temple, visit spice garden in Matale, Aluvihare  rock temple and Matale Hindu temple, overnight stay in Kandy9th day – Visit Kandy, Tooth Relic temple and Royal Botanical garden in Peradeniya, evening walk around Kandy lake, overnight stay in Kandy10th day – Going from Kandy to Ella by train (6-hour-tour), enjoying view of hills and tea plantations, overnight stay in Ella11th day – Visit 9-Arch-Bridge and Ella Water falls, small hiking tour, overnight stay in Ella12th day – Drive from Ella to Yala, early morning leaving from Ella, visit Yala national park, overnight stay in Yala13th day – Drive from Yala to Galle, stop at most southern point Dowundara  with lighthouse, visit Galle Fort (UNESCO-protected site) and Dutch quarter, overnight stay at Unawatuna beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side 14th day – Drive from Galle/Unawatuna to Colombo airport, if schedule allows (depending on flight departure time) visit gem producer in Galle or Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda

$430 Cultural & Theme Tours

Round tour 08 Days with certified chauffeur and car

Itinerary in detailDay 1 Colombo > AnuradhapuraMorning start from your hotel or airport on arrival   Proceed to Elephant park [2 & 1/2 hours] (104 Km) Enjoy elephant safari, bath & feed Proceed to Anuradhapura [205 Km] (4 & 1/2 hours) Evening explore first ancient capital, man made city Anuradhapura Day 2 Anuradhapura > Mihintale > SigiriyaMorning proceed to Sigiriya [02 hours] (90 Km) En route visit Mihintale buddhist monastery Enjoy Traditional village tour, Catamaran ride, bullock cart ride, Coocking program in Habarana Evening Trekking to Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress UNESCO heritage site Day 3 Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > SigiriyaMorning proceed to Polonnaruwa [1 & 1/2 hours] (60 Km) Explore UNESCO heritage site, second ancient capital, man made city Polonnaruwa, Afternoon proceed to Minneriya national park for safari (01 hours) [38 Km] Enjoy Jeep safari, Wild life visit in Minneriya National park, Proceed to Sigiriya, Cycling tour in Village Day 4 Sigiriya > Dambulla > Matale > Kandy > Nuwara eliyaMorning leave from Sigiriya to Kandy, [85 Km] (3 hours) En route visit Rock Cave Temple & Golden Temple in Dambulla En route visit Herbal & Spice garden in Matale (Optional) Reach to Kandy Enjoy City tour & sightseeing in Kandy Visit Upper lake view point, Cultural dancing show, Temple of tooth relic, Kandy lake, Visit Art & craft, Gem & Jewelry, Silk & Batik shops (Optional) There after proceed to Nuwaraeliya [ 78 km ] ( 2 1/2 hours ) Day 5 Nuwara eliya > Horton plain > [Train tour] > EllaEarly morning proceed to Horton plain national park & trekking with sightseeing Afternoon return to Nuwara eliya & sightseeing in Nuwara eliya, Train tour from Nanuoya to Ella by Train in Evening, Meet tour guide & car in Ella railway station and proceed to Hotel Day 6 Ella > Udawalawe > Mirissa Early morning enjoy trekking to Ella Rock, Visit Rawana waterfall, Ella Gap, Proceed to Udawalawe national park [03 hours] (98 Km) Enjoy Jeep safari, Elephant visit, Bird watching in Udawalawe national park, Evening proceed to Mirissa, [3 & 1/2 hours] (125 Km) Day 7 Mirissa > Unawatuna > Galle > MirissaMorning (As per weather conditional suggest for Whale & dolphin watching in Mirissa) Leisure in hotel & beach Evening visit to Unawatuna beach & visit to Dutch fort, Light house, UNESCO heritage site Galle Day 8 Mirissa > Airport Leave from Mirissa to Airport [3 hours] (180 Km)

$338 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Round tour 6 days Sri Lanka with Heritages, Nature, Beaches

Tour itinerary in detail, (mentioned timing is flexible as per interest of customer)  Day 1 Airport > ColomboWelcome by our tour guide at the airport & proceed to Colombo [01 hour] (38 Km) Evening enjoy city tour & sightseeing in Colombo Leisure in hotel Day 2 Colombo > Dambulla > Sigiriya 08.00 Am, Start from Colombo Proceed to Sigiriya [177 Km] (04 & 1/2 hours) 02.30 Pm, Start trekking to Sigiriya Lion rock fortress 05.30 Pm, Return back from rock & proceed to hotel leisure in hotel (As per weather and timing suggest to visit Dambulla rock cave temple or Day 3 morning) Day 3 Sigiriya > Kandy > Nuwara eliyaAs per day 02 plan - Suggest to start by 07.30 Am, visit to Dambulla Rock cave temple 09.30 Return back from Dambulla & start to Kandy [98 Km] (03 hours) En route visit to Matale hindu temple/ Herbal & spice garden visit (as per time availability visit to Nalanda gedige) 01.30 Pm, Reach to Kandy Enjoy city tour & sightseeing in Kandy Visit Kandy Lake, Upper lake view point, Temple of tooth relic & royal palace, peradeniya royal garden, (as per interest visit to Art & craft, Gem & Jewelry, Silk & Batik show rooms) Enjoy cultural dancing show in Kandy 05.00 Pm start 06.30 Pm, leave from Kandy to Nuwara eliya 09.00 Pm, Reach to Nuwara eliya & leisure in hotel Day 4 Nuwara eliya > [Train Tour] Ella Enjoy sightseeing in Nuwara eliya Trekking to Ramboda waterfall, visit to Hanuman temple & stunning mountain view of Ramboda Visit tea factory & plantation, Single tree hill, Gregory's lake park, race course, local market & living style of people 02.00 Pm, Train start from Nanuoya railway station to Ella (Enjoy the scenic train tour) 06.00 Pm, Train reach to Ella & meet guide with car from Ella railway station Evening leisure in Ella Day 5 Ella > Yala > Mirissa07.00 Am, Trekking to Little Adam's peak in Ella 09.30 Am, Visit 9 Arch bridge in Ella 11.00 Am, leave from Ella to Yala [2 & 1/2 hours] (85 Km) 02.00 Pm, Enjoy jeep safari & wild life visit in Yala national park 05.00 Pm, Leave from Yala to Mirissa [03 hours] (150 Km) 08.30 Pm, Reach to Mirissa  Day 6 Mirissa > Galle > Airport(Suggest for Whale & dolphin watching in Mirissa 06.00 Am to 11.00 Am) or Beach  10.00 Am, start from Mirissa & proceed to Galle 11.00 Am, Visit Dutch fort 01.00 Pm, Leave from Galle to Airport (03 hours) 04.00 Pm, Reach to Airport (Bard to airport before 02 hours to departure flight) 06.30 Pm, Departure flight or drop to hotel Tour complete

$175 Transfers & Ground Transport

9N10 D Sri Lanka Discovery Tour

DAY 01 - AIRPORT / SIGIRIYA On arrival to Bandaranayke International Airport & transfer clients to Habarana/ Sigiriya.En-route visit to Pinnawala and visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. TCheck in at hotel - Evening climb the Sigiriya Rock. Sigiriya - 08th wonder of the world Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century "Fortress in the Sky" which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress.  Overnight: Hotel in Habarana / Sigiriya DAY 02 - HABARANA / SIGIRIYA After visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks.  Overnight: Hotel in Habarana / Sigiriya. DAY 03 - SIGIRIYA / KANDY After breakfast proceed to Kandy. En-route visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for.   In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Overnight: Hotel in Kandy. DAY 04 - KANDY After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. Overnight: Hotel in Kandy. DAY 05 - KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea.Overnight: Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. DAY 06 - NUWARA ELIYA / YALA After breakfast proceed to leave for Yala. Yala National Park (a few kms past Hambantota on the coast) is one of the island's most popular parks with a vast array of animals including deer, peacock, elephant, wild buffalo and some lucky visitors may get to see a leopard or bear. P.M visit the Yala National Park. Overnight: hotel in Yala. DAY 07 - YALA / BENTOTA After Breakfast proceed to beach hotel. Thereafter proceed to Bentota. Overnight: hotel in Kalutara / Beruwala / Bentota or similar. DAY 08 - BENTOTA Day of leisure at the beach hotel on bed & breakfast basis. Overnight: hotel in Kalutara / Beruwala / Bentota or similar. DAY 09 - BENTOTA / COLOMBO After breakfast transfer to Colombo. Afternoon City Tour of Colombo driving through the Commercial area of the "Fort" so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point.  Overnight: Hotel in Colombo. DAY 10 - COLOMBO / AIRPORT After breakfast proceed to the Airport in time to connect with the flight for departure.