LIVELINESS OF SRI LANKA (3 Nights / 4 Days)
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LIVELINESS OF SRI LANKA

3 Nights / 4 Days

Overview

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.

Good to know

  • Currency : LKR (Sri Lankan Rupee)
  • Population : 20.48 million
  • Religion : Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
  • Time Difference : IST
  • Best Time to Visit : December - March (West and south coasts) / April /May - September (East coast)
  • Capital : Colombo
  • Languages : Sinhala, English, Tamil
  • Dialing Code : +94
  • Best Connectivity : BOM, DEL, MAA, HYD, BLR, CCU, AMD

Did you know?

  • Before 1972, Sri Lanka was known as 'Ceylon'
  • Spicy curry is Sri Lanka's most common dish, served with rice and vegetables
  • Sri Lanka is also called the 'Teardrop of India' because of its teardrop shape and, you guessed it, its proximity to India
  • The elephant is the symbol of Sri Lanka
  • Every year Sri Lanka serves as a venue for an elephant pageant

Highlights

  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Bentota
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage 
  • Spice Garden 
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth 
  • Gem Museum & Lapidary
  • Ramboda falls
  • Seetha Amman Temple 
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Cultural show
  • Shopping

Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Colombo

    On arrival transfer to Kandy. En route Pinnawela. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now, including baby elephant brought from various parts, as well as 14 babies born as a result of the captive breeding program.  The best time to visit is the feeding time and the bathing time when the elephant are taken to the river close by. A unique experience never to be missed.Visit a Spice Garden at Mawanella - and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamoms, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.Commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts and crafts Centre, a Gem museum and a lapidary and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Kandy - the hill capital. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic  - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. Gem Museum & Lapidary –Sri Lanka produces the finest quality of gem in the world. We mine semiprecious gems, the sapphires of Sri Lanka, which are very exclusive and comes in shades of blue, red, green, white…act.Be a witness of the cultural show.Kandyan Dance is a dance form that originated in the area called Kandy of the Central hills region in Sri Lanka. But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country.Overnight stay in Kandy.

  • Day 2 : Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.Royal Botanical Gardens, Sixty Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4000 species, this is haven not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well.Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, En Route Ramboda falls,Visit tea factories and tea plantation.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 coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence.  Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.Seetha Amman Temple is located approximately 1 kilometer from Hakgala Botanical Garden.The temple is located in the village called “Seetha Eliya”. This place is believed to be the place where Sitha held captive by the king Ravana in the Lanka of the epic, Ramayana.Afterwards commence a city tour in Nuwara Eliya,The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, polo, golf and cricket. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Galway Forest Lodge, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these landmark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Day 3 : Bentota

    After breakfast proceed to Bentota. En route visit to White Water Rafting at Kelani River.Kithulgala - Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.Next proceed to Bentota.visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatcheries pay fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Visitors are shown the huge tanks filled with new born but lively hatchlings. After being fed the hatchlings are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old. They are not always released during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.Overnight stay in Bentota.

  • Day 4 : Departure

    After breakfast transfer to Colombo. City tour and shopping in Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts; the old world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city.  The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to Visit shopping complexes such as ODEL, HOUSE OF FASHION, MAJESTIC CITY.

Inclusions

  • All Transfers & sightseeing on private basis
  • 03 Nights accommodation with Daily Breakfast
  • GST
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Bentota
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage 
  • Spice Garden 
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth 
  • Gem Museum & Lapidary
  • Ramboda falls
  • Seetha Amman Temple 
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Cultural show
  • Shopping

Exclusions

  • Cost for entrance Tickets 
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Air fare / Train fare / Visa Fees / Monument fare.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Guide & Entrance fees during sightseeing or any other item not specified in 'cost inclusions'
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel, leading to increase in surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.

Accommodation

3 STAR

COMFORT

Oakray City Hotel 

Oakray Summer Hill Breez Hotel 

Coco Royal Beach Hotel

Or similar

4 STAR

QUALITY

Earl’s Regent 

The Blackpool Hotel

The Surf

Or similar

5 STAR

LUXURY

Mahaweli Reach 

Araliya Green Hills 

Eden Resort & Spa 

Or similar

Terms

  • All Prices are in Indian Rupees and subject to change without prior notice.
  • Tour prices are valid for Indian Nationals & Foreigners holding Indian Resident Permit.
  • Cost based on standard / superior room basis.
  • Booking confirmations are subject to availability.
  • Child below 02 years are Free
  • All Hotels Rooms are subject to availability
  • We are not holding any reservations of air seats, hotel rooms, conference rooms etc. Final availability status will only be known when we request for bookings.
  • Holiday Surcharge will be additional if applicable
  • Any overstay expenses due to delay or change or cancellation in flight will be on the guests own & Akbar Holidays will not be held liable for such expenses however we will provide best possible assistance.
  • All rates are valid till Mar 2018.