Sri Lanka Classical Tour

7 Nights from R34,312 pps



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Departure Date: 01/03/2019

With an interior of dense tropical jungle and mountains framed by sandy golden beaches, this stunning island is one of the Indian Ocean’s most fascinating destinations. Combine visits to sparkling waterfalls, forays along spectacular hiking trails and wonderful wildlife encounters (especially in Yala National Park) with trips to sacred Buddhist cities where you can marvel at ancient temples dating back thousands of years.

Take a look at this incredibly 8 Day Journey.
A taste of Sri Lankan culture, Natural beauty and wildlife

* Day 1 - Airport / Sigiriya
On arrival in Sri Lanka, please clear immigration, collect your luggage then proceed through the customs green channel to the arrival lobby. Your Chauffeur will be waiting in the designated area with a paging board. You will then be escorted to the car park for your transfer to Sigiriya. (Optional - En route visiting Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.)

As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants - orphaned and sometimes three-legged - are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be seen anywhere else on earth!

Dinner & overnight stay at Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya (Deluxe HB)

* Day 2: Sigiriya
After breakfast you will proceed to Polonnaruwa.

(Optional - Polonnaruwa today is a showcase of the great ancient Sri Lankan architecture dating back to 12th Century AD, which was interwoven with many Buddhist monasteries and monuments which were built by the King Parakramabahu I. It had been a prosperous time for the entire island nation. He developed the city with architects and technicians brought down from India and the influence of the Indian architecture can be seen from many well preserved sites existing today such as Gal Viharaya, consisting of three huge stone monoliths of the Lord Buddha, in a sitting, standing and reclining positions. Thuparamaya Image House and Lankatilaka Image House and many other sites scattered throughout Polonnaruwa ancient city.

(Optional - Visit Minneriya National Park is situated 20 kilometers northwest of Polonnaruwa. Although comparatively small in size - covering 8,889 hectares - it has a high degree of diversity. The park encompasses the beautiful Minneriya tank, built by King Mahasena (274-301 AD). The ecosystem is dominated by tropical mixed evergreen forest. 24 species of mammal are to be found in the park, the most important being the elephant, of which there are 150-200. Other species present include the Sri Lanka sambhur, Sri Lanka spotted deer, Sri Lanka sloth bear, toque monkey and purple-faced leaf monkey.)

Dinner & overnight stay at Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya (Deluxe HB)

* Day 3: Sigiriya

(Optional - Early morning climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Considered the 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya was built in 5th century AD by patricide King Kasyappa and boasts the world famous frescoes of women painted on sheer rock face. Climb the rock fortress and marvel at the feats of architecture achieved in the moats, the lions paw and finally at the summit of the rock, where the palace was situated. King Kasyappa had 500 hand maidens living in this palace.)

(Optional - After your climb you will proceed to Habarana for a village tour. You will travel by Bullock Cart through paddy fields to the river, which you will cross by a traditional boat ‘Oruwa’. This is a beautiful lake with lotuses, birds and the boatman singing traditional songs adds flavor to this experience. On arrival on the other side you will walk to a farm house to be greeted with a refreshing King Coconut. Take a walk around the field before sitting for the traditional lunch prepared by the famer’s family.)

Dinner & overnight stay at Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya (Deluxe HB)

* Day 4 Sigiriya / Kandy
This morning after breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Kandy. , which was the capital of Sri Lanka in ancient times and the seat of the Kandyan Kings. Kandy, at an altitude of 500m is the cultural center of Sri Lanka and was the capital of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is particularly relaxed hills station once the stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, captured by the British.

(Optional - En route visit the famous Dambulla cave Temples, which contain rare. 2000 year old paintings of Lord Buddha, depicting his birth, life and death. You may also visit a wood carving factory and spice garden where you can have quick shoulder massage with herbal oils. )

On arrival in Kandy, visit a gem museum, where you will have the opportunity to view a documentary on the complete gem mining process which takes place in Sri Lanka…from the mining of the raw minerals from the soil to the exquisitely polished and intricately cut shapes available in jewelry stores. A process which will leave you spell bound.

(Optional - This Evening visit the focal point of the town which is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa also known as the “Temple of the Tooth” where the sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. In the evening you will participate at the “Pooja” where devotees offer flowers to the sacred relic of Lord Buddha. )

After Evening pooja you may also witness a colorful Kandyan dance performance in a local theatre.

Dinner & overnight stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy (Superior HB)

* Day 5: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast visit the Peradeniya botanical garden situated in the Hill capital Kandy. Visit to this garden will provide spectacles of extraordinary beauty and absorbing interest for any nature lover and casual visitor. 4 miles off Kandy this garden dates from 14th century reign of King Vikrama Bahu III.

The best know attraction of the garden is the orchid House, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids. A spice garden gives you a first hand introduction to the trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Mahaweli river, Sri Lanka's longest river surrounding this garden gives an added beauty to this garden.

Continue to Nuwara Eliya en route visit a working tea factory to learn how a bud and 2 leaves from the tea plant ends up in your cup!!!

Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queens’ Cottage, General’s House, Grand Hotel, Town Post Office. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.

(Optional - Take a tour of this small town by tuk tuk.)

Dinner and overnight at Araliya Green Hills, Nuwara Eliya (Standard HB)

* Day 6 Nuwara Eliya / Yala
After breakfast today check out of the hotel and leave the hills behind as you proceed on to the wilder side of Sri Lanka! Proceed to Yala on Sri Lanka’s south east coast…

Check in to Yala Village Hotel which is situated on the border of the Yala National Wild Life Sanctuary
Optional - After lunch a jeep safari of Yala National Park.

Witness nature at its best, with the beauty of the wild animals in in their natural habitat. Inside the park you will come across wild boar, deer, leopards, elephants, bears, peacocks, flamingoes and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them to live. The elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and you may watch them bathing their young and immersing themselves in the river. They can also be sighted at close range sometimes. You may also see leopards sunning themselves on rocks in the park. Herds of deer roam at will keeping a wary eye on the predators. Peacocks flaunting their colourful feathers strut around and flamingos are a breathtaking sight.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Chandrika, Tissamaharama (Deluxe HB).

* Day 7: Wadduwa
After breakfast leave for Colombo en route visiting Galle.
Galle Fort built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage, which even after more than 423 years, maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka

The fort has a colourful history, and has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European. There are quaint boutiques, antique shops, restaurants in addition to a Marine museum and ancient churches.

Continue to your beach hotel In Wadduwa.

Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Blue Water, Wadduwa (Deluxe HB)

* Day 8:
After breakfast departure transfer to the Airport.

What's Included

Return flights ex Johannesburg via Dubai to Colombo, approx. airport taxes, Accommodation at the hotels specified, Meals as specified in the itinerary, Transportation as per specified in the attached itinerary an AC vehicle with an English speaking Sri Lanka Tourist Board qualified chauffeur guide services on tour as per specified, 06 bottles of water whilst on tour, Departure transfer, A surprise gift and All applicable taxes.

7 Nights from R34,312 pps

The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid 1 - 10 March 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes. Packages exclude items of personal nature, entrance fees for any sites visited that are optional, meals & drinks not specified, options excursions, tipping. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.

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