Welcome to Sri Lanka!
Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise of what Marco Polo called the most beautiful island in the world! Sri Lanka has a real treasure trove of irreplaceable experiences to offer. Pearl of the Indian Ocean it is, indeed. Our beautiful country is rich in vibrant cultural identity, astonishing wildlife and deliciously unique food you will never forget!
Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth largest exporter of tea in the world. What Marco Polo claimed still holds true, our magnificent island is packed with an extraordinary range of destinations which boast splendour and diversity in every way. From sun-kissed beaches to exotic wildlife-rich jungles which provide a home to far-reaching populations of elephants, majestic lions, leopards and rare bird species, to the misty peaks of the flourishing hillsides draped in perfectly shaped tea estates, furthermore to thrilling festivals and parades loaded with entertainment and delight. If you’re on the lookout for an enchanting, fun-packed holiday to discover the little greatness and to spread love and joy, look no further than Sri Lanka.
So, you’re thinking of setting foot in Sri Lanka. Guess what? 7 billion people in this world and half of them seem to be thinking the same right now!
Why not get there soon as possible and cherish the enchanted land of greatness…
DAY 01: AIRPORT -> NEGOMBO
Your magical journey towards exploring the greatness of Sri Lanka begins soon as you arrive at the at the Colombo International Airport, where you will be directed by a professional chauffeur guide of our company, Hayleys Tours.
Soon after all the procedures at the airport are completed successfully, you will be ushered to your vehicle. This is where you can sit back, relax and see little bits of our island while you’re taken to your hotel. Check-in to the hotel and you’ll be taken away to the windy seaside town –Negombo, in the afternoon.
Negombo is occasionally known as “Little Rome” due to the abundance of Christian churches and graceful statues of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary. This beach town of sand, sails and sea is located just 10km from Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka which is renowned for seafood, making it the seafood gourmet paradise! A busy trading of seafood takes place each morning (except Sunday) when the fishermen return to the seashore. Water-sports and diving are extremely popular activities to be done when in Negombo. Moreover, the 50-year-old shipwreck that serves as a synthetic reef for many collections of fish can also be spotted in this coastline town. In addition to these sights, the Dutch fort is another attraction in Negombo. The old Dutch fort gate was built in 1672, which is now part of the prison, the only way you’ll get a glance inside is by committing a serious crime! The Hamilton Canal, by the Dutch, was back then used as a supply route for the Dutch administration. Lastly, the St. Mary’s Church, sitting right in the centre of the town. This church is a beautiful place with booming religious ceiling paintings covering the nave, a great place to take a glimpse at.
Overnight accommodation at Arie Lagoon or similar
DAY 02: NEGOMBO -> SIGIRIYA -> DAMBULLA
Rise and shine! Today, you will be exploring the rock fortress – Sigiriya.
Right after you have breakfast like a king, it’s time to leave for the majestic rock fortress of King Kasyapa, it is said to be the eighth wonder of the world. Sigiriya is located near a town called Dambulla. Earlier, this was a rock-shelter mountain monastery which was donated by Buddhist devotees. Later, King Kassapa remodeled it in the 5th century by constructing a palace with bathing pools and gardens. After his death, it was again used as a monastery. Sigiriya was nominated as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1982. Sigiriya is also,
Asia’s best-preserved city of the first millennium. This lion mountain refuses to show the greatness so easily, you’ll have to climb a bunch of high staircases which are attached to steep walls stairway that led between a huge pair of lion paws engraved into the bedrock and then into its mouth in order to reach the top. During the climb, you’ll witness some extraordinary frescoes or painting that were done long ago but, still in great condition with colors glowing as the sun’s rays fall onto them, the sad fact is, no photos allowed! The lion rock is a bewildering achievement of both engineering and construction. At the base of the Sigiriya rock, is a stunningly reshaped zone sprinkled with water landscapes, terraced gardens and stones that were once home to many Buddhist temples. Moreover, there is also a museum to learn more about this lion rock. Also, don’t forget to check out the mirror wall and all the other incredible areas to explore!
After discovering the royal fortress, you will check- into the hotel in Dambulla.
Overnight accommodation at Amaya Lake or similar
DAY 03: DAMBULLA -> POLONNARUWA -> MINNERIYA -> DAMBULLA
Another day has arrived to discover the greatness of Sri Lanka! After breakfast, you’ll be visiting the medieval city of Polonnaruwa by bicycles!. During the years of King Parakramabu I, who ruled in the late 11th century made Polonnaruwa one of the most magnificent fenced cities. This was when he built a massive reservoir name after him, Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama) which is still in use today. Polonnaruwa also has astonishing sights of the remains of monasteries, temples, palaces, bathing pools and Buddhist statues which were all made during the time of King Parakramabahu.
The remains of Polonnaruwa are plentiful, you’ll be able to witness them all, including one of the most outstanding sites, the Gal Vihara or Rock Shrine, the reclining Lord Buddha with a set of other Buddha statues in various positions of deep meditation. Moreover, a seven-meter-tall standing figure statue of the Lord Buddha with arms crossed is also available to witness.
Polonnaruwa was established as the first city of the island in the 11th Century, A.D. Pollonaruwa is of ancient bricks of all the glorious architectures made long ago. This ancient kingdom is also, known as the monkey kingdom! You are going to witness a lot of monkeys waiting to grab your treats, make sure you keep your goodies safe and also, remember to take great pictures of the little monkey buddies! Pollonaruwa owns the remains of hundreds of ancient buildings from tombs and temples to statues and stupas – The Quadrangle alone is worth the visit. Oh! Also, there is a Standing, nearly 4m high statue of whom which no one actually knows, some say it’s King Parakramabahu, you can figure out whether the king is grasping the ‘yoke of kingship’ or just holding a piece of papaya!
After exploring all of Polonnaruwa, you will get to enjoy an exclusive drive to the Minneriya National Park.
If you’re an elephant lover, Minneriya is another shelter of the wild elephants of Sri Lanka, also it’s possible to see leopards, deer, wild buffalos, wild pigs, grey langurs to even purple-faced leaf monkeys and peacocks! Maybe even an exceptionally rare grey slender loris, if you’re lucky.
Wild Elephants, the big guys migrate from the jungles to the lush grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, during the dry season. They come to feed and bathe in the waters during what is known as ‘the gathering’, in Minneriya, you’ll be able to witness the greatest elephant gathering! It is said, that there is a chance of spotting about 100 elephants during the dry season. The main sight of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank which was built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. The minneriya national park is another great destination to witness the beauty of Sri Lanka’s wildlife and rich greeneries.
After spending the day with the nature and wildlife of Sri Lanka, you’ll be headed back again to the hotel in Dambulla, tomorrow’s going to be 10 times astonishing!
Overnight accommodation at Amaya Lake or similar
04 DAY: DAMBULLA -> MATALE -> KANDY
Well, we have only discovered a little bit of Sri Lanka’s greatness, there’s so much more to fill the cup! Today, after having breakfast, we’ll be visiting one of the most marvelous destinations on planet earth, the Dambulla Cave Temple, which is also known as the Golden Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This marvelous destination is the largest and the best well-kept cave temple complex in the country. Now, get ready to be greeted by troops of monkeys and mesmerized by the picturesque glimpse of the Sigiriya Rock, which we visited yesterday – as it gloriously rises up to the blue skies.
Dambulla is greatly famous for the rock cave temple filled with amazing with statues and other Buddha filled the interior. This cave temple is of five single caves which contain about 157 undeniably fabulous Buddha statues and paintings creating an unbroken line of history and brush works of Sri Lanka from about 2500 years ago, in which some of them are Sri Lanka's most significant and reminiscent religious art. There are about 80 renowned caves in the neighborhood of the Golden Temple of which five caves own the title of containing the most striking archaeological structures which blow off your mind, making this the
largest antique painted surface in the world! From beautifully brushed traditional frescoes on the ceiling and walls illustrating the life of the Supreme Buddha along with a collection of astonishing Buddha statues of different sizes and positions amongst other fascinating artefacts! This is said to be an important holy place and it’s a must to be here if you’re in Dambulla.
Afterwards, you’ll be taken to a utopia of spices- the Spice Gardens in Matale.
Enter a world filled with heaps of spice estates where vanilla, rubber, cinchona, jackfruit, cocoa and cardamom flourish. That’s not it, there’s so much more from all spices to aloe Vera and tulsi to nutmeg and even henna plants and pepper! All these spices are used not only to flavour food but also in medicine and cosmetics. All these spice gardens are home gardens, this destination is going to be super knowledgeable and exciting!
Later, you’ll be continuing the breathtaking journey to Kandy!
Concealed within sharp green hills, mainly tea, at the heart of the island set Sri Lanka’s second city and the undisputed cultural capital of the island, Kandy. If you ever visit Sri Lanka, it’s a must to visit Kandy! Kandy is the English name for the city of Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura) and it was the last capital of the ancient king’s era of Sri Lanka. Kandy is the home to the temple of the tooth relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa ) and it is the irresistible taste of the tropics. This tantalizing hill-country breezes the mist to slightly part, revealing flamboyant houses amongst Kandy’s unbelievable forested aura. Kandy is a city of magnificent colonial-era and the Kandyan architecture is remarkable in every way! Speak no more, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism's most vital, blessed and sacred temples. This golden-roofed temple is Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic (tooth of the Buddha). Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was constructed by the Kandyan kings between the 17th and the 18th century and it was part of the royal palace. Legend utters that the sacred tooth of the Buddha was grabbed from the Buddha`s funeral pyre in India in 483 BC. In the 4th century AD, it was concealed in the hair of an Orissan princess named Hemamala and smuggled into Sri Lanka. It’s inside the temple where the magic happens, the interior of the temple structures is decoratively engraved and painted with outlandish woods, polish and ivory.
From the moment you enter this sacred shrine, you’ll feel like you entered a never-ending destination of wonder and artistry! The relic is paraded majestically on the back of an elephant during the Kandy Parade. It is said that visiting and worshipping this sacred shrine improves one`s karmic lot immensely! Moreover, this city is also home to the National Museum of all the great collections of the royal regalia.
After visiting one of the most incredible destinations in our amazing country, we head back to the hotel in Kandy.
Overnight accommodation at OZO Kandy or similar
in bustling Kandy!
(THE OPTIONAL PERAHERA VISIT)
Are you interested to witness elephants dressed in astonishing costumes amongst a parade filled with incredible traditional dancers and drummers dressed in amazing garments performing magnificently? No other parade than the Kandy parade!
The Kandy Perahera is one of Asia's extremely traditional and most outstanding parades! Taking place in the month of Esala (July/August), it is at this is the time of the year where Kandyan dancers and drummers reveal their talents. It is said to be an irreplaceable symbol of Sri Lanka, the parade involves of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural performances.
Moreover, there are musicians, pole walkers, fire twirlers, whip crackers and other youngsters waving vibrant banners. Then comes a wonderful pageant of up to 50 beautifully illuminated elephants who are decorated from trunk to toe with lavish costumes. All these wonderful sights put on a great display and the image which will stay with you forever! All the talented performers will be following the principal elephant (the temple’s tusker), who carries the relic majestically in a casket on his back, as a ritual.
The parade consists of a combination of five is actually a combination of five separate parades. Four originate from the four Kandy devales (complexes for worshipping Hindu or Sri Lankan deities, who are also devotees and servants of the Buddha): Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini. The fifth and most splendid parade is from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth itself.
The purpose of the Kandy Esala Perahera/Parade is to plead the blessings of the gods to obtain sufficient rain for the cultivation of the crops and to enrich the great lands of the country. The Kandy parade is well-thought-out as one of the most stunning festivals in Asia! You will be able to eyewitness a twinkling tropic night, the ancient city of Kandy echoes as it unquestionably did centuries ago, to the harmonies of massed drums and flutes, the cracking of whips and the jangles of elephants' bells while the intense cheers of worship from the whole-hearted audiences are mesmerizing, indeed.
After witnessing the Kandy parade 2018 you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Kandy.
On completion proceed to OZO Kandy.
05 DAY: KANDY / PERADENIYA / NUWARA ELIYA
After having breakfast in the beautiful town of Sri Lanka, we will take you to the Royal Botanical Gardens located in Peradeniya, 6 km away from Kandy.
Peradeniya botanical gardens are one of the most fabulous gardens in the country, which were once reserved entirely for Kandyan royalty.
This extraordinary garden is of 60 hectares containing a bright collection of orchids and many other gorgeous flowers, a splendid boulevard of royal palms, a 40m-high Burma bamboo with an umbrella-like shade of branches. This fantastic garden is rich with a collection of tropical
forested plants and other 4,000 species of florae.
Also, get ready to share the garden with thousands of wing-flapping fruit bats, hundreds of naughty monkeys and dozens of loving couples!
On completion, we proceed to the Peradeniya Railway station to catch the train to Nanu Oya!
On completion check-in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Overnight accommodation at Blackpool Hotel or similar
06 DAY: KANDY / NANU OYA / NUWARA ELIYA
Today we bid farewell to the glorious city, Kandy and you’ll be continuing the journey for a much more irreplaceable experience!
After breakfast, you’ll be proceeding to the Peradeniya Railway station to catch the train to Nanu Oya! As the train starts to chug, we depart to Nanu Oya, once we reach Nanu Oya, we leave for the Hill County Nuwara Eliya by vehicle.
Nuwara Eliya means the "city on the plain or "city of light", this is a town in the central plateaus of Sri Lanka. It is one of the major tea manufacturing areas in the world! The tallest mountain in Sri Lanka "Pidurutalagala" oversees this beautiful city. You’ll be able to witness some spectacular waterfalls and lush tea plantations that look just like some fine-looking velvet green spreads! Nuwara Eliya is Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this pretentious plateau community does have a rose-tinted, imprecisely British-village impression to it, adding extra essence with its colonial-era bungalows, well-tended windbreaks and lovely gardens. The grassy lush surroundings of tea plantations and the carefully cultivated vegetable plots and weathered hills are extremely picturesque. Also, strawberries and some good tea! Don’t forget to taste some of the homegrown strawberries and to sip some hot, fresh tea! Moreover, if you’re interested in visiting the world’s end, there’s actually a place called the World’s End in Nuwara Eliya!
From lavish tea estates to wonderful lakes and park, Nuwara Eliya adds great essence to the greatness of Sri Lanka!
On completion check-in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Overnight accommodation at Blackpool Hotel or similar
07 DAY: NUWARA ELIYA - > GALLE
After spending the night in the misty highland, we proceed to Galle after breakfast.
Galle is the everlasting melody of the ocean.
Galle is simply a charm! Galle is said to be A Unesco World Heritage Site! This extraordinary city is a delight to sightsee on foot with your flip-flops! An unendingly glamorous old trading port fortunate with striking Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums, all in Galle. Wandering the long-winded lanes, you'll pass some classy cafes, strange boutiques and beautifully restored hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers, all available in the city of Galle! Another great site is the Dutch Fort.
The Dutch Fort is nearby to the island’s southernmost point, 173km from Colombo, and has owned the title of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia, now that’s big! The Dutch fort is the old Dutch quarter, a living heritage site which is of 90 hectares (222 acres), containing a superb blend of architecture with earthworks that look like those in the seaside areas of Portugal. Moreover, you won’t find a calmer town anywhere else on the island other than Galle! Most travellers are absolutely seduced by Galle's atmosphere, and it's undeniably southern Sri Lanka's one unforgettable sights.
On completion check-in to the hotel
Overnight accommodation at Lady Hill Hotel or similar
08 DAY: GALLE -> AIRPORT OR BEACH
Lying in Southeast Asia is this beautiful country, which you explored and discovered of for the past few days. Our country’s history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably fascinating in every way. It’s the place you might say which has been hiding in plain eyesight, true. Never-ending beaches, enduring ruins, heaps of elephants, amazing tea and deliciously unique food make our little island, Sri Lanka irresistible.
Today is your last day in the magnificent paradise, after having your breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport via Expressway to catch your flight back home carrying all the happy memories and marvellous moments experienced in this heaven-on-earth!
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Overnight accommodation at Amaya Lake or similar
Rates (per person): The Special Validity Period From 13th Aug 18 to 22nd Aug 18
13.08.2018 – 18.08.2018
|PRICE PER PAX SHARING Double on BB Basis
|Single Room Supplement
|Supplement for Kandy Perahera viewing gallery Seats - Per Person rate
Above cost includes
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Please note that standard check-in time is 1400hrs and standard check-out time is 1200hrs.
This is only an offer without any obligation on the hotel rooms, until such time the tour is confirmed and availability is checked.
When making payment, kindly ensure that the entire amount is given in our offer (finally in our invoice) is made without any deductions to us. All bank charges to be borne by the remitter. As such total amount in our final invoice to be credited to our account without any deduction, please. In the event of any deductions, such differences are to be collected in cash on arrival of the guests.
If payment is to be made via credit card, then a 2.75% to be added on top of the quote we made in our offer and represented in our final invoice for payment.
Good to know
On Arrival at the Airport, you will first reach Immigration, then to collect your ‘checked-in’ baggage. Once you clear customs, our representative will page you and meet you just outside the arrival hall. In an unlikely event, if you are unable to locate him, you may kindly proceed to our flagship hotel counter THE KINGSBURY and report your arrival in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka being a tropical county, ideal clothing would be cotton and comfortable clothing. Shorts and T-shirts are ideal other than when visiting the temples. Ladies are required to cover the shoulders as well.
The temperature throughout the year in lowland areas ranges between 25 to 35 C and in the hill country between 20 to 25 C during the daytime. During the nights it can drop little below 15 C in certain months of the year.
Liquor will NOT be served during the Perahera period and on Poya days and on any other Religious holidays. These are considered dry days. There is a Poya day for each calendar month (August poya on 25th August 2018).
All major credit cards will be widely accepted in all reputable outlets (restaurants/shops etc.)
Tipping is customary, but not obligatory. But if you are keen to know what is acceptable in local terms, it ranges between US$.5/- per day up to US$.25/- per day depending on the level of satisfaction of your driver when it comes to individual/family travel. For group travel other than the guide, the coaching crew is to be tipped too. The amount for a day can vary depending on group size, but the recommended amount is US$.15/- to 40/- per day.