LANKA GLORIOUS SUMMER

  
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CODE SR14D
Price £1,795 per person

Best time to go : May - October

Make the most of the nice & dry weather on the East coast to visit Srilanka during summertime. Travel in July-Aug to attend the spectacular Kandy Esala Perahera Elephant festival. Please add £150 per person.

COLOMBO - NUWARA ELIYA - HATTON - KANDY - DAMBUULA - SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - TRINCOMALE- MINHINTALE - ANURADHAPURA - PINNAWALA - NEGOMBO.

Price includes : Private a/c car with English speaking driver/guide, hotels as specified on halfboard basis (breakfast & dinner), entrance fees, train ride from nau Oya to Hatton, all government taxes.

Price excludes : International flights, visa for Srilanka ( e-visa obtainable on line ), lunch & drinks, tipping and any service not specified.

Day 01 : Departure from the UK

Day 02 : COLOMBO (-/-/-)
Arrive in Colombo. Car transfer to Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Day 03 : COLOMBO - NUWARA ELIYA (B/-/D)
visit asia - tours to asia Morning Colombo city tour starts with a walk around Beira Lake in the heart of Colombo. It is flanked by trees and is home to a floating temple, an island park and colourful birds. Follow the road to Gangaramaya Temple a trove antiques, artefacts and paintings of Buddhist mythology. Wedged north of Beira Lake and south of the harbour, Pettah Market enthrals travellers with its teeming streets. The floating market built on canal is a fresh urban initiative, unlike the shops across the road that have peddled bargains from the shipyard for generations. A walk through Fort- the city’s central business district- will take you to the Dutch Museum, the Galle Buck Lighthouse with its Indian Ocean view. Next we visit Colonial Heritage, temples, Churches and mosques, plus its landscaped parks, renovated mansions and collections of statues. Walk up to the huge Buddha Statue and the town hall that resembles the White House, weave past old homes and new high-rises and enter the avenue to Independence Square, where the locals come to stretch their legs. The walk will take you past gardens and fountains, around the grand courtyard where presidents are sworn in, through a colonial building now called the Arcade. Early afternoon depart by road to Nuwara Eliya. On arrival check in at the Araliya Green Hills Hotel.

Day 04 : NUWARA ELIYA (B/-/D)
After breakfast proceed for a city tour in Nuwara Eliya. This city is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city is known to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style". The Victorian, Georgian and Queen Anne styled houses and buildings are reminiscent of England. The Golf Course and Lake Gregory are centre-pieces to this historic city of Tea. Dinner & overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

visit asia - tours to asia Day 05 : TRAIN RIDE FROM NANU OYA TO HATTON - CAR RIDE TO KANDY (B/-/D)
After breakfast transfer to Nanu Oya station. Enjoy with a very scenic train journey to Hatton Tea Trails. Our driver will pick up you from Hatton railway station for car transfer to Kandy (2hrs drive). En route visit Tea Plantations and a tea factory to see the process of manufacturing tea leaves. Arrive in Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and a major tourist destination. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth Relic and many other temples the city is the cultural capital of the island which has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Later enjoy the city tour by visiting the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a Gem museum and lapidary. Dinner and overnight stay at Cinnamon Citadel.

Day 06 : KANDY (B/-/D) visit asia - tours to asia
After breakfast enjoy a leisurely walk in Peradeniya Botanical Garden. At one time these beautiful botanical gardens were reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today everyone is allowed into what are, at 60 hectares, the largest and most impressive botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. The many highlights include a fine collection of orchids and a stately avenue of royal palms. Another big hit is the giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn. Covering 2500 sq metres, it’s like a giant, living geodesic dome. Evening cultural show. Dinner & overnight at Cinnamon Citadel.

Day 07 : KANDY - DAMBULLA - SIGIRIYA (B/-/D)
Leave for Dambulla. Enroute visit a spice garden in Matale, where you can get the experience of Sri Lankan lush spice and many medicinal herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine. Next arrive at Dambulla Cave Temple in which there are five caves (shrine rooms) full of Buddha images in various sizes and paintings representing various epochs of Sinhalese Art. The early paintings of Dambulla are believed by some to belong to the 8th century A. C. Later in the afternoon drive to Sigiriya Vilage Hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 08 : SIGIRIYA (B/-/D) visit asia - tours to asia
After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. No visit to Sigiriya is complete without climbing Sigiriya Rock. Not only is the view from the top exhilarating; it also gives you a perspective of the sheer enormity of the building project King Kasyapa and his architects undertook 1600 years ago. Later proceed for a village tour in Sigiriya. Enjoy a Bullock Cart Ride in a rural village followed by a “Catamaran Safari” (Paired canoe joined together) on the scenic lake. Stop at Chena cultivation fields and be greeted by local farmers. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut or Aromatic ginger tea and taste seasonal fruits. Chance for bird watching while on the Catamaran. Peacocks, green pigeons, cormorants, green bitters, variety of king fishers, eagles and many more birds can be spot. Lunch at a local house prepared by the village women (Clay pots – buffet served on Lotus leaves. Dinner & overnight at Sigiriya Village Hotel.

Day 09 : POLONNARUWA - TRINCONMALE (B/-/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Today visit to Polonnaruwa medieval capital, one of the best preserved in Sri Lanka. Ruins of royal palaces, stupas and monasteries are scattered over several square kilometres around a vast lake known as the Sea of Parakrama. Stop at a wood carving factory, rice mill including a small museum, and local vegetable farm on the way. Continue by road to Trincomale, a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is located on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Trincomalee is an anglicized version of the Tamil word Tirukonamalai (which means "lord of the sacred hill"); it is a hill situated in the end of a natural land formation that resembles an arc. It is one of the main where Tamil is spoken at large scale. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna, a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. The Bay of Trincomalee provides security and is openly accessible to all types of sea crafts in all weathers. The beaches are used for recreational purposes such as surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city is renowned for housing the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base. On arrival check-in at the Trinco Blue Hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 10 : TRINCOMALE (B/-/D)
A day completely at leisure for beach relaxation staying at Trinco Blue Hotel on halfboard basis.

Day 11 : MINHINTALE - ANURADHAPURA (B/-/D)
visit asia - tours to asia After breakfast depart by road heading west to Mihintale which is revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Regardless of your beliefs, it is an unforgettable site comprising of a sequence of beautiful shrines, stupas and caves strung out across wooded hills, usually busy with crowds of devout and white-robed pilgrims. Continue by road to Anaradhapura. Dinner and overnight at Gamodh Citadel boutique Hotel.

Day 12 : ANURADHAPURA (B/-/D)
Today enjoy a city tour of Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the 1st capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. Highlights are the 2nd century Ruwanweliseya Dagoba and the sacred Bo Tree. Dinner and overnight stay at Gamodh Citadel.

Day 13 : NEGOMBO (B/-/D)
After breakfast depart by road heading south to Negombo. En route stop for a visit to the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala where Wild Asian elephants are kept and bred. Dinner & overnight at Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo.

Day 14 : DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
In due time car transfer to airport for flight home.