Glimpse of Nature & Wildlife
Day 1: Kandy
Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Kandy. En route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where more than 60 orphaned & injured elephants are cared for. You could be a part of their daily routine by bottle feeding the young ones or by lending a hand to bath them in the nearby river. Proceed to Kandy.
–Visit the Udawattakele sanctuary. Udawattakele Sanctuary, often spelled as Udawattakele, is a historic forest in the city of Kandy. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawattakele was known as “Uda Wasala Watta” in Sinhalese meaning, “the garden situated above the royal palace”. The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna. The reserve also contains a large variety of flora species. The forest is also of religious importance as there are a three Buddhist meditation hermitages here, and a few ancient or mediaeval rock shelter dwellings for Buddhist monk hermits. Udawattakele was designated as a forest reserve in 1856, and it became a sanctuary in 1938. Roam around Kandy city; make a stop at the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and lapidary, the downtown bazaar and Kandy Lake. Breathe in the clean air by the Lake while enjoying the breathtaking view of the city. Late evening, visit the Temple of tooth and enjoy a cultural dance show. Temple of the Tooth, with its guardian elephants is a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and draws thousands of pilgrims from across the world.
Check into hotel (Kandy) for dinner and overnight accommodation
Day 2: Nuwara Eliya
Morning after breakfast hops on the Train and admire the awe-inspiring sceneries of the hill country (observation deck on availability). With its cool mountain climate Nuwara Eliya became the favorite hill station of the British during their rule. Upon arrival set off on a guided tour of Nuwara Eliya; the most famous Ceylon tea is produced in this area. Visit a Tea Factory and a tea plantation; find out how tea leaves end up in a steamy hot cup. Don’t forget to grab a few fresh tea packets on your way out. Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, 147 acres in size, is responsible for the largest collection of flora in the South East Asia. Check into hotel (Hill Country) for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 4: Horton Plains – Yala
With packed breakfast proceed to Horton Plains (worlds End) –
optional (Price for Horton Plains is not included in the package. See below for the additional supplement)
Horton Plains Could Forests. Spread over 3169 hectares these quite and mysterious wet zone plains in the south central hills are a paradise for treks. Forming a plate au within some of the highest mountain peaks in Sri Lanka, the south part of the plains comes to an abrupt end, dropping over 700 m straight down. This spectacular place is called the “World’s End”. Leopards, herds of Sambar and Bear monkeys live in the plains. A variety of birds can also be seen here. Grassland dominates the plains with pockets of forest cover with unusual vegetation spread out in areas. Horton Plains is a place of a very special desolate type of beauty.
Proceed to Yala
Evening safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deers and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here. Check into hotel (Tissamaharama) for dinner and overnight accommodation
Day 4: Mirissa – Colombo
Early morning leave for Mirissa for Dolphin watching – optional (Price for dolphin watching is not included in the package. See below for additional supplement)
Normally, total trip duration is 3.5 hours to 4 hours; it will depend on sea condition. Morning session will start at 6.30 am and you are expected to report to the office at 6.20 am with passports numbers. The best place for Dolphin Watching is Dondra point which is close to Mirissa town. The best months for spotting Dolphins are December and January and you have a good chance in March and April as well. You will mostly see Spinner Dolphins here.
Proceed to Colombo. To conclude the tour, you will be transferred to Colombo for last minute souvenir shopping and then dropped off at Colombo International Airport for your departure flight or proceed to a beach hotel.
- Accommodation sharing room with meals on HB basis commencing with Dinner on Day 1 and ending with Breakfast on Day 4
- 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
- Extras of a personal nature such as liquor, tips, laundry etc.
- Lunch during tour.
- Peak Period supplement not included
- Compulsory X’ Mas supplement & Compulsory New Year Gala Dinner supplements.
- Beach Stay
- Departure Transfer after Beach Stay
- Supplement for Dolphin Watching at Mirissa – Euro 528 per boat accommodating 15 pax. The price per person will vary according to the number of people booked on the date.
- Supplement for Hoton Plains and World’s End– Euro 40 per person up to 6 pax
- Extra Bed
- Drive + English/ German speaking national guide for tour
- German speaking chauffer guide
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 in Sri 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$55
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
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.
•Bughers & Others 1%
•Buddhists - 69%
• Hindus - 15%
• Christians - 8%
• Islam - 8%
The official languages are Sinhala, Tamil and English. Communication in English is possible in most areas of the Island
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
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
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.
•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.
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/
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.
We recommend that you buy bottled water for drinking purposes. Avoid drinking water from taps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.