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Classical Sri Lanka Tour

Day 1: Colombo

Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be met by our representative & transferred to Hotel.

Day 2: Dambulla – Kandalama

After breakfast proceed to Dambulla/ Kandalama. En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where over 70 Elephants ranging from little babies to adult are cared for. Evening proceed to Dambulla.  Dambulla rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site.  It is the most impressive ofSri Lanka’s cave temples.  The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world.  It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.  Elephant back ride through the Jungle of Habarana – A very popular excursion for visitors to this area is elephant back rides through the very pretty landscapes of Habarana where the forest is interspersed with villages and lakes. Overnight accommodation and dinner at hotel.

Day 3: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa

After Breakfast Proceed to Sigiriya.  Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.  Afternoon Sightseeing of Polonnaruwa – the Medieval Kingdom from the 11th to the 13th century. Ethnic harmony prevailed between the Sinhalese and the Tamils during this period. Buddhist and Hindu Temples located in the same complex and many other ruins symbolizes this fact.  The Palaces, Huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex irrigation systems built by the Great Kings conveys the extent of development that existed in this middle history period Return to Hotel for dinner and accommodation.

Day 4: Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Matale Spice Garden. The area around Matale has a favorable climate for the cultivation of many varieties of spices. There are quite a few ‘SpiceGardens’, which are squarely aimed at tourists where a guided tour around a spice plantation usually followed by an invitation to purchase some raw spice products. For those interested in spices as used for Oriental cooking and curries in particular, this will be an opportunity to buy spice products at relatively cheap prices. Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, 147 acres in size, is responsible for the largest collection of flora in theSouth East Asia. More sightseeing of Kandy- visit the Dalad Maligawa Temple. View a Cultural Dance Show. Overnight accommodation and dinner at hotel.

Day 5: Nuwara Eliyaon

After breakfast transfer to train station in time for the train to Nuwara Eliyaon the scenic mountain route through Tea country. With its cool mountain climate Nuwara Eliya became the favorite hill station of the British during their rule. You   may also stop along the way to look at St Clair’s Falls and Devon Falls, two of the islands prettiest waterfalls, which are easily observed from the roadside. Overnight accommodation and dinner at hotel.

Day 6: Buttala

After breakfast proceed to Buttala.  Nature Walk along with a local resident you will pass some of the typical local houses, rural landscapes and their vegetable gardens.  Typical Sri Lankan Lunch.  Afternoon free to laze around the river and we highly recommend a ‘river bath’ in the famous Menik River flowing by the cottages at Wildescape.  After dinner enjoy an ‘Arrack Tasting’ a very popular Sri Lankan brewed liquor.

Day 7: Yala

After breakfast transfer from Ratnapura to Yala. Evening jeep safari at theYala National Park.  Yala is the largest National Park inSri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles.  Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.  Overnight accommodation and dinner at hotel.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast proceed to Beach resort (OR Colombo Airport for departure flight), via Dutch fort in Galle, Glass bottom boat ride in Hikkaduwa OR boat ride on theMadhuRiver.  Return to preferred Beach resort for dinner and overnight
Price Includes

  • Accommodation sharing room with meals on HB basis commencing with Dinner on Day 2 and ending with Breakfast on Day 7. Meals on BB while at Colombo/ Negombo
  • Transport in a private vehicle with an English speaking chauffer guide.
  • Entrance fees at places of sight seeing as per the program.
  • Jeep hire for Safari

 Price Exclude

  • Extras of a personal nature such as liquor, tips, laundry etc.
  • Lunch during tour
  • Lunch and Dinner while at Colombo
  • Peak Period supplement not included
  • Compulsory X’ Mas supplement & Compulsory New Year Gala Dinner supplements
  • Beach Stay
  • Departure Transfer after Beach Stay
  • Extra Bed
  • Driver + English/ German speaking national guide for tour
  • German speaking chauffer guide

Notes

Please note all vehicles we use are generally Japanese Toyota, Nissan, Mazda or Mitsubishi cars in very good condition which are 5 to 10 years old. These are generally the vehicles used in the industry inSri Lanka. However in the event if a client requests for a new car than this (0 to 5years old) we would charge a supplement as follows;

New Vehicle (0 – 05 years old) – US$75

Geography
The small tropical island of Sri Lanka is situated south of the Indian sub-continent. Sri Lanka covers an area of 65,610 square kilometers, the maximum length of Sri Lanka is 435 Km and the island's maximum breadth is 225 km. Sri Lanka lies 880 km north of the Equator. The central mountainous region is surrounded by wide plains that extend up to the island’s 1230 kilometer coastline of Palm fringed beaches,
•Longest River in Sri Lanka - The Mahaweli - 331 Km
• Highest Mountain in Sri Lanka - Pidurutalagala - 2520 m
• Highest Waterfall - Bambarakanda - 241 m

Climate
The climate is a perfect example of all year round tropical weather. In Sri Lanka the temperature changes with the altitude. The lowland plains average around 27 C, in the hill country it ranges from 20 - 25 C and in the mountains between 10 - 16 C. The sea temperature around the island seldom drops below 27 C.

Sri Lanka's weather patterns have been affected like many other places in the world. However, it has definite periods of dry and rainy seasons. In general the Island is affected by two monsoons. The south West monsoon is from May to October and the North East monsoon is from December to January. Although there is heavy rains during the monsoon, sunny days are extremely common even during its peak. Unlike in the past, where it could rain the entire day, rain is normally experienced in short, sharp 15-minute bursts about 3 or 4 times daily.

Population
•Sinhalese 74%
•Tamils 18%
•Muslims 7%
•Bughers & Others 1%

Religions
•Buddhists - 69%
• Hindus - 15%
• Christians - 8%
• Islam - 8%

Languages
The official languages are Sinhala, Tamil and English. Communication in English is possible in most areas of the Island

Economy
Sri Lanka's economy has depended on agriculture and plantation crops since its pre independence era. Rice is the staple cereal. The major export crops continue to be Tea, Rubber and Coconut. However the economy has diversified and the Garment sector, Fisheries, repatriated earnings of Sri Lankans working in the Middle East and Tourism have become major foreign exchange earners for the country.

Capital City : Sri Jayawardenapura, kotte
Commercial Capital : Colombo

Currency
Sri Lanka's currency is the Rupee. The Rupee is divided into 100 cents. While the currency notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. The coins come in denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5, 10 and cents 5, 10, 25, 50.

In addition, ATM machines are found in the main cities in the country

Credit Cards
Major Credit Cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express are accepted. Moreover, you can easily exchange your currency from Sri Lankan banks in any part of the country.

International Airport
•Bandaranaike International Airport
Bandaranaike International Airport (airport code CMB) at Katunayake, is the main International Airport in Sri Lanaka located 30 kilometers north of the capital city, Colombo. It will only take approximately 30 minutes to get to the airport from the Colombo City on the highway.

•Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is the second international airport (airport code MRIA). This is placed in the deep south of the country close to the fast developing coastal town of Hambantota.

Visas
All visitors are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Nationals of Singapore and Maldives are exempted from this requirement.
•Official Website of Airport & Aviation Services in Sri Lanka : www.airport.lk
•Sri Lanka's Electronic travel Authorization (ETA) system : www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

Customs
On arrival visitors to Sri Lanka are officially required to declare all currency, valuable equipment, jewellery and gems, even though this is rarely checked.

Other Important Information
•Sri Lankan Embassies Overseas : www.mea.gov.lk/index.php/en/missions
•Foreign Embassies in Sri Lanka : www.sltda.lk/embassies_in_sri_lanka

Public Holidays in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is renowned as the country with the most number of holidays in the world. Every month we celebrate Poya Holiday which is the Full Moon day. On this day, no alcohol will be sold or can be purchased. It is not a good day for shopping as most shops are closed.

Water
We recommend that you buy bottled water for drinking purposes. Avoid drinking water from taps.

Beaches
The Sea can be very appealing and at the same time very dangerous. Do not swim where warning signs such as Red flags are put up.

Shopping
Sri Lanka is a shopper’s paradise. Famous for its gems, especially blue sapphires, finished jewellery, handicrafts, silver ware and spices. Other best buys are garments (Sri Lanka produces many of the clothes found in the large Department Store chains in the US, UK and Europe), handloom fabrics and fine porcelain tableware. We advise you to purchase all items from shops licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority.

Visits to Places of Worship
It is required that you remove your shoes at places of religious worship such as Buddhist and Hindu temples, shrines etc. You should avoid shorts, short skirts, sleeveless shirts and blouses.

Photography
Do not attempt to be photographed with Buddhist monks or to pose for photos with statues of the Buddha or other deities and paintings. Photography is prohibited in certain sections of the sacred sites as well as sensitive areas such as airports, dams and military installations.

Hill Country - Cool Climates
Hill country is covered with most popular tea plantations, the weather resembles autumn and therefore we suggest that you bring light jackets and pullovers. The temperature ranges between 8-22 “C degrees.

Sunshine
Use a good sun tan lotion if you are staying in the sun for long hours. The Afternoon sun can be very hot. It is good to wear hats, and cotton clothes. Drink plenty of water.

Beach Touts
There have been many occasions where tourists have been cheated by beach touts. We strongly advise you against associating with them, for personal safety reasons. If you do so, it will be at your own risk and we will not take responsibility.

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