Sri Lanka Tropical Island Paradise includes palm-fringed beaches, misty mountains and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The tear-drop shaped island has a verdant jungle, ancient Buddhist temples and an average of eight hours of sunshine a day. The superb local tea is ideally sipped in a colonial-style guesthouse overlooking a hillside plantation.
Fringing the coasts is an array of gently golden-sand beaches. There is an amazing diversity in such a compact nation. Equipped with a glamorous combination of scenery, culture, and history, Sri Lanka is on the radar for curious travelers seeking a unique experience. There is a growing focus on sustainable tourism and more settled society.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Sri Lanka. Meet and transfer to Dambulla|
|Day 2||Travel to Kandy - a World Heritage City|
|Day 3||Day tour to Nuwara Eliya, the emerald city of Sri Lanka|
|Day 4||Continue your journey to Bentota - famed for its beaches|
|Day 5||Return to Colombo|
|Day 6||Last day in Sri Lanka. Transfer to Colombo Airport|
Arrival in Sri Lanka - Dambulla
- On arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport; you will be warmly received by a representative.
- Your holiday of pure leisure has just begun.
- You are escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Dambulla the starting point of an idyllic vacation.
- Dambulla; located in Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle; offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the day.
- Explore some of Sri Lanka's fascinating UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites - the lion rock of Sigiriya a royal capital city built in 477 AD; the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa; which was Sri Lanka's royal medieval capital between the late 11th - 13th centuries
- Things to do:
- Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Overnight at a Hotel in Dambulla
Dambulla - Kandy (B)
- Travel to Kandy a World Heritage city.
- Traditions and culture remain undisturbed by European influence in the colonial era.
- The Royal Palace; now known as The Temple of the Tooth Relic (of Lord Buddha); situated right beside the Kandy lake gives a magical beauty to the city.
- Kandy is also home to one of the largest botanical gardens in South East Asia.
- The Gardens date back to the 14th century and boast over 4000 species of plants and many trees with significant histories.
- Visitors from the UK will be particularly interested in the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V. The tree is bent with its fruits; which resemble cannonballs hence the name.
- Things to do:
- Visit the Cave Temples in Dambulla en route to Kandy
- Consider a visit to a spice garden in Matale.
- In Kandy join devotees at the Temple of the Tooth Relic
- Witness a cultural show after the visit to the Temple
- Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
- Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Kandy (B)
- Travel to Nuwara Eliya; the emerald city of Sri Lanka; also known as 'Little England' for its cool climate and colonial style architecture.
- It is located at an altitude of 1;868 m (6;128 ft) above sea level which enables the plantations to produce the finest tea in the world.
- Things to do:
- Visit a Tea Plantation and be amazed at how the mountains have been tamed into carpets of tea
- Enjoy a scenic city tour of Nuwara Eliya
- Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 5 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English-speaking Chauffeur Guide
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Sri Lanka visa fee
- Optional tours – local Guide and Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT to 20 DEC 2020
Seasonal supplements may be applicable
Best time to go
Sri Lanka has a more complicated weather line compared to other Asian Islands. The West and South experience monsoon rains between May and September. The North and East experience monsoon between October and January. So, plan your holiday carefully. The coastal dry season is between April and November for the East Coast and December to March for the western coast areas. Also note that the humidity is rather high
Taxis have yellow tops and red/white number plates. They are metered but it is advisable to agree on a rate before boarding. Use the brand-new Tourist friendly Tuk-tuks for a short ride. Agree the rate with the driver beforehand
Culture and Language
The normal manner of greetings is a handshake. Western clothing is very suitable during your stay except when visiting Buddhist Temples, formal and modest dress is required (no bare legs and upper arms). Sri Lankans are conscious of social order and status.
Sinhala is the mother tongue, but Tamil is the classical and oldest language
Sri Lanka food & drink
The staple meal consists of rice accompanied by a number of side dishes such as vegetables, egg, meat or fish. The local cuisine is a treat for the taste buds. Fish and Seafood feature strongly on many menus. Sweet and strong tea is served any time of the day
Most hotels and restaurants already include a 10% service charge. Anywhere else, tipping is optional BUT appreciated and would be around 10%. When visiting temples, one can leave money in the donation box
Sri Lanka Favourite dishes
Hoppers: Sri Lankans version of thin pancakes with curry edges
Kottu: consists of flatbread, vegetables, oil, spices and egg/chicken or cheese
Coconut Sambol: finely grated coconut mixed with red onions, dried chilies, lime juice and salt
Wambatu Moju: Eggplant deep fried and combined with chili powder, mustard seeds, cloves and salt
Asmi: A combination of milk, rice flour, cinnamon leaves and coconut milk
Kandy is the only other real 'city' in Sri Lanka and is the easy-going capital of the Hill Country. It has a lot to offer - history, culture, forested hills and a touch of urban buzz. Kandy is also home to one of the largest botanical gardens in South East Asia. The Gardens date back to the 14th century and boasts over 4000 species of plants and many trees with significant histories. Only 115km inland from the capital, climatically it is a world away due to its 500m altitude.
Bentota's beach is one of the best on the west coast, protected from Galle Road by the broad sweep of the Bentota Ganga. Although dominated by big package hotels, it provides a number of smaller places catering to the independent traveler. Bentota has plenty to offer apart from pure leisure. It is "the" recognized area for scuba divining, snorkeling and many water-based sports.
Colombo, the capital and major port draws together all the colors and cultures that make up this island nation. It condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand, and knocks them against a narrow slab of beachfront.
Discover paradise on its tropical beaches and combine your holiday with cultural insight into this beautiful and fascinating country!