Traveling to Sri Lanka means you will encounter a country full of romantic landscapes, stirring mountains, lush green tea gardens and golden beaches, the island nation of Sri Lanka is nothing short of magnificent. The country has no shortage of beautiful awe-inspiring spots, natural, historic and cultural, each more picture-perfect than the next. After the tour you would find it difficult to leave, however, the Maldives is awaiting your arrival.
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At a glance
|SRI LANKA||8 Day Island touring with private driver/guide|
|Accommodation||7 Nights in double room in 5* Hotels|
|Meals||Breakfast and dinner daily|
|Other||Transportation in AC vehicle|
|Free local Mobile Sim Card|
|All entrance fees|
|MALDIVES||6 Days / 5 Nights at the 5* Royal Island Resort|
|Accommodation||5 Nights in Standard Double room|
|Other||Domestic flight and Boat transfers|
Sri Lanka Travel tips:
Get a Sim on arrival (Tourist date Package)
Respect Sri Lanka’s local cultures and appropriate dress is required when visiting temples (legs & shoulders must be covered)
Don’t drink tap water, only bottled water
Experience local food. Cooked with love and spices that will open your pallet to new experiences
Change some of your Dollars to the local currency, always handy to have cash for tipping and the odd bottle of water
Dambulla: Best known for its cave temples with an impressive and spellbinding architectural layout
Sigiriya: An ancient rock fortress also called “ The Fortress in the Sky”
Kandy: One of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage in the world and home to the Temple of the sacred tooth
Nuwara Aliya: You may be forgiven thinking you are in a typical British country area. Breathtaking valleys, mountains and greenery will surround you
Beruwala: Tropical Holiday destination with superb beaches. The highlight of your stay will be a visit to the Turtle Hatchery where five of the world’s 8 species nest.
Maldives Travel tips:
Currency: Local currency is Maldivian Rufiyaa. It is best to bring US Dollars. Credit Cards are also accepted in your Resort
Visa: Maldives grants its visitors a 30-day free visa on arrival.
Snorkeling: Bring your fins and mask if you own one from home.
Stay Sun protected: A must to pack is sunscreen and lots of it, and if possible, purchase a Reef safe sunscreen
Arrive Colombo - Travel to Dambulla (D)
- You are met on arrival by our representative for transfer from Airport to Dambulla (05 ½ Hrs – approx.)
- En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
- Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 10965 elephants, including 4643 males and 968 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.
- The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka
- Continue the journey to Dambulla
- Dambulla - is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island.
- In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around.
- The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are overpainted in the Kandy period.
- In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.
- Check-in at your hotel
Habarana - Sigiriya tour (B/D)
- Enjoy a Village experience in Hiriwadunna.
- Your day begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a Wewa or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself and the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity.
- The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks at the periphery of the lake.
- Continue from Habarana to Sigiriya
- Sigiriya, a “World Heritage Site” with its 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock.
- On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace with tanks supplying water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses.
- On one of the stairways, the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life-sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color. See the Water and Fountain Gardens, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves are not be missed.
- Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Dambulla - Kandy (B/D)
- After breakfast travel to Kandy (03 Hrs)
- En-route visit a Spice garden in Matale
- Continue the journey to Kandy and enjoy a city tour
- Kandy City Tour: A UNESCO world heritage site and historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains. In former times the city was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, meaning hill country.
- Kandy was home to Sri Lanka's last independent Kingdom and survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
- Visit the Temple of the tooth, The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Peradeniya University campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper Lake Drive.
- In the evening attend a cultural dance performance.
- Return Flights from Jo'burg on Emirates Airlines (Specific & Limited Seats)
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Meals as mentioned
- Transfers & Tours as mentioned
- Increases in airfares and Airline Levies
- Visa fees
- Optional tours
- Services not mentioned in the program
- Travel Insurance
Valid for travel between 01 and 30 October 2019
Seasonal, weekend, Events and School Holiday Supplements MAY be applicable
Contact us for any other travel date required
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 several 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