Taking the award for Best in Travel 2019 by Lonely Planet and voted top spot in the BBC Good Food Trends for 2019, Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes for an amazing travel experience. Colombo was awarded first place in ‘must photograph’ travel destinations of 2019 presented by mobile phone company Huawei.
Hotels sales are once again on the increase as tourists head for Sri Lanka, making it the perfect time to take advantage of some great offers. Seize this opportunity to arrange an exciting itinerary at incredibly low cost through Tour East, be it visiting the cardamom and vanilla spice plantations north of Mawanalla, the Rayana waterfalls, tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya or the elephant and leopard in Yala National Park. For history lovers there’s the Galle Dutch Fortress and of course the ancient tombs and temples at World Heritage Site Polonnawura archaeological park. With the comfort of comprehensive insurance and safety measures when arranging your visit through Tour East, take advantage of the hotel prices and tours currently on offer.
A sample itinerary below gives a flavour of the exotic experiences that await in Sri Lanka:
Highland and Nature
6 Days: Colombo/Kandy/Nuwara Eliya/YalA
AIRPORT / COLOMBO
On arrival at the Airport you will be welcomed with a garland by a representative of Tour East and will be transferred to the hotel in Colombo for overnight stay.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Overnight stay: Jetwing Colombo 7, Colombo (Standard Rooms)
COLOMBO / KANDY
After breakfast leave for Kandy (116 kms – Approx. 3 hrs drive). En-route visit Spice Gardens at Mawanalla.
Mawanalla is a featureless urban sprawl that quickly transforms on the road north of town, lined with dozens of visitor-friendly spice plantations where vanilla, rubber, cinchona, jackfruit, cocoa and cardamom thrive. The area is also famous for kohila (a type of watercress) and small, mild chillies. After visiting Spice Gardens we continue on to Kandy.
City tour of Kandy, including upper lake drive and the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Kandy This relaxing and fun-filled Kandy city walking tour includes a visit to the famous ‘Dalada Maligawa’ (Temple of the Tooth Relic), the main Kandy market, gem shops, handy craft shops and other interesting places. We will take you on a walk around the beautiful Kandy Lake which is located close to the Temple. You can also enjoy the Cultural Show at Kandy in the evening.
Dinner & overnight stay: Amaya Hills (Superior Rooms)
KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Nuwara Eliya (78 kms – Approx 2 ½ hrs drive) en-route make a stop at the Ramboda Falls & also visit a tea plantation and a tea factory and learn the process of making the world famous Ceylon Tea.
We can arrange a scenic train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya for an additional supplement of USD 20 per person.
Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Anne style mansions. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Dinner & overnight Stay: Jetwing St Andrews (Superior Rooms)
NUWARA ELIYA / YALA
After breakfast travel to Yala (189 kms – Approx 4 ½ hrs drive) en route visit Ravana Water Falls. Nine Arches Bridge in Ella and Ella Gap.
Ravana falls -The falls have been named after the legendary King Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped Princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. The reason for the kidnapping is said to be revenge for slicing off the nose of his sister by Rama (husband of Sita) and his brother Laxmana. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that formed from the water falling from this waterfall. They believed that Ravana has played the Ravanahatha over her.
Upon arrival to Yala check in at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay: Jetwing Yala (Superior Rooms)
Early morning travel to the National Park at Yala National Park for safari.
Yala National Park - the Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this were established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of elephant, leopard, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodile, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.
After breakfast proceed to Colombo for overnight stay. En-route you will be able to see Stilt Fishing which is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods in Sri Lanka & also the Galle Fortress.
Upon arrival to Galle visit Galle Dutch Fort.
Galle - the Dutch Fort- “A World Heritage Site” and visit the Old Dutch Church c. 1752 constructed as a thanksgiving by the wife of the Commander Casparous de Jong, for the gift of a child. See several grave-stones inside the Church. In the garden some of the grave stones with inscriptions, brought from the “Kerkof” (1786) of the town (earliest one dates to 1710) can be seen. Visit the Bastions including the Sun, Moon, Star, Zwart (with the old water-gate and hidden entrance identified as the Santa Cruz Bastion of the Portuguese), Akesloot (where the first breadfruit tree was planted by the Dutch), Old Gunpowder Magazine, Aeloes, Triton, Neptune and other Bastions. Walk in the narrow streets, including Lighthouse Street (Zeeburg Street), Leyn-Baan Street (Lijnberg meaning rope walk), and Modarabaay Street (Modder-baai meaning Mud bay) see the Old Dutch Houses, private museum where Dutch period antiques are seen and part of the old sewer system that emptied to the sea with the high/low tide.
Leave for Colombo for overnight stay.
Overnight stay : Jetwing Colombo 7 (Deluxe Rooms)
COLOMBO / AIRPORT
After breakfast leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.
QUOTATION IS VALID FROM
01/06/2019 – 31/10/2019 ONLY
Hotels used below or similar
Amaya Hills (Standard Rooms), Kandy or similar
Jetwing St Andrews (Superior Rooms), Nwuara Eliya or similar
Jetwing Yala (Superior Room) or similar
Jetwing Colombo 7, Colombo (Deluxe Rooms) or similar.
6 Days / 5 Nights Tour
DBL Sharing per person rate
01 Pax – Alone: USD 785
02 Pax: USD 452
03 – 05 Pax: USD 408
06 – 08 Pax: USD 339
SGL Supplement: USD 162
TPL Reduction: USD 10
5 Nights accommodation at the hotels specified above or similar
Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- 01 – 02 Pax – by car
- 03 – 08 Pax – by van
Service of an English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
Meals on HB basis while Colombo remains on BB basis.
Entrance fees to the sights namely
- Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic
- Yala National park
- Cultural Dance performance.
Jeep Hire at Yala National Park
Meet and greet at the Airport
Return Airport transfers
Bottled water on tour
Garlands on arrival.
Tips and Porterage
Extras on tour
Entry visa fees
www.eta.gov.lk – please visit the site
Meals which are not specified above
(Lunch and Dinner in Colombo)
Compulsory Supplements Applicable for the Season
Perahera Supplement at Amaya Hills – USD 40 (05 – 15/August)
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