Sri Lanka Tour Itinerary 2016
27th July- 6th August
12 Days/11Nights

                                                          COST $1480 US (single sup $545 US)

                                                 
Day 1: 27th July

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Arrival day... Group transfer to hotel.

Experience an evening city tour of Colombo.

First invented by a stroke of British ingenuity, in order to stave off the malarial mosquitos, the Brits would gather at sunset and take their daily dose of Gin & Tonic. Hence the birth of the sundowner. Begin your evening partaking in this sacred ritual, and prepare to see a whole different side of Colombo opening up. Your guide will take you on a nighttime adventure that brings the nightlife of the past back to life, while seamlessly integrating it into the present. 

You’ll explore the streets of the city, sampling various foods and tasting a traditional Sri Lankan Hoppers dinner. To get a sense of the past, you’ll have a drink in a port hotel that was a prime British location but is now filled with local workers, in a bar once frequented by all the actors of a bygone era, and follow your guide to other secret locations around the city.  

Overnight at Ozo Colombo, Sleep / Dream room

Day 2: 28th July

Colombo-Kandy

Meals: B

After an early breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Kandy by train or private bus.

Unconquered for centuries, this capital city held the Sinhalese culture and sacred Buddhist relics safe against the unsuccessful onslaught of Dutch and Portuguese invasions, before finally falling to British political tricks at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Walking around this picturesque city is a beautiful experience in itself. With your guide you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the UNSECO world heritage city of Kandy, and gain fascinating insights into the history and culture that made Kandy a bastion of security. You’ll end the city tour at the Queen’s Hotel for a cup of tea, which is where the Queen of England used to reside when in Kandy

Overnight at Travellers Rest, Kandy   

Day 3: 29th July

Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

Meals: B+D

Kandy-Nuwara Eliya by Train 

Ceylon tea is perhaps the most well-known and famous tea in the world. As the most important export of Sri Lanka, we’ll take you behind the scenes of this world-renowned product. You’ll meet the people who pick it, learn about their lives, walk through the tea plantations, visit a processing factory, and enjoy a cup straight from where it’s made.  With your guide as a translator feel free to ask them questions about their lives and what it’s like to work in a tea plantation.

Nuwara Eliya meaning "the city of dawn" is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) can be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, is known as "Little England" and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows.

Overnight stay at Grand Hotel,   

Day 4: 30th July

Nuwara Eliya-Ella

Meals: B

Free morning to explore the wonderul Nuwara Eliya.

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia and probably the world and is enriched with a tradition and an ambience which is hard to equal. The Club is situated at the foot of Mount Piduruthalagala (Mount Pedro) and is surrounded by some of the finest tea gardens in Sri Lanka.    

 Transfer to Ella.

Overnight at Heavens Edge, Ella   

Day 5: 31st July

Ella-Yala

Meals: B

Breakfast at the hotel,

Time to stretch our legs with a morning walk to one of Sri Lankas famous landmarks the Demodara Bridge! Also known as the 9 Arch Bridge, a local guide will join us to along the way, enlightening us in on all the fanscinating history in the region.

Proceed to Yala,

Yala Situated 309 kms south of Colombo, Yala is approximately 1259 kms in extent and is located in the southeastern corner of the Island. It is popular for elephants, leopards, bears, crocodiles and wild boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.

Experience an evening jeep safari at the Yala National park

Overnight at Kithala Resort, Tissamaharama

Day 61st August

Yala- Ahangama

Meals: B

Transfer to Ahangama - one of Sri Lanka’s premier coastal surf destinations.. Free time here to relax, explore or maybe catch a wave!

Overnight at Insight Resort  

Day 7: 2nd August

Ahangama

Meals: B

Full day at leisure….Learn to surf or check out nearby Mirissa, which is famous for it’s whale watching and probably your best chance to get up close and personal with the largest mammal in the world.. the Blue Whale!

Overnight at Insight Hotel  

Day 8: 3rd August

Ahangama -Galle

Meals: B

Transfer to the stunning and enchanting Galle. Here we’ll do a walking tour inside the secluded fortress and learn about its fascinating history and hear stories of its interesting past.

Overnight at Closenberg Hotel Galle, Standard room

Day 9: 4th August

Galle

Meals: B

We venture the one of the worlds most unique international cricket grounds to watch the Australians tackle Sri Lanka on it’s home soil..While not exactly the MCG, the historical Galle Cricket Ground is set amongst stunning surroundings. Sri Lankans live and breathe cricket so expect the atmosphere to be electric in what promises to be a fun and memorable experience. 

Overnight at Closenberg Hotel Galle, Standard room  

Day 10: 5th August

Galle

Meals: B

Back for Day 2 of the cricket in Galle to wave the green and gold flag for Australia, in their quest to maintain the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy. The last time these two teams met here it was a fascinating encounter with the Aussies coming out on top by 125 runs.

Overnight at Closenberg Hotel Galle, Standard room

Day 11: 6th August

Colombo

Meals: B  

Transfer to Colombo.. One last night in the capital Colombo before we embark on our journey back home with memories of a lifetime!

Overnight at Ozo Colombo, Dream / Sleep room  

Day 12: 7th August

 Departure day ;-(

Meals: B

 PRICE $1480 US per person

                                       * WHAT'S INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED: 

- All transfers and transport as per program
- All accommodation as per program (based on double/twin sharing room)
- Service of English speaking Sri Lankan guide throughout the tour
- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Tour Shirt

NOT INCLUDED:

- International air tickets to Sri Lanka
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses
- All drinks
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization
- Tips
- Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
- Any service mentioned as optional

                                                                       ****PLEASE NOTE**** 

Accommodation, transport and tickets will be subject to availability at the time of booking and may change if not available.   Accommodation would be a similar standard to advertised!

                                           Sri Lanka route map! (click here for enlarged image)

                                          Sri Lanka route map! (click here for enlarged image)