Glimpse Of Sri Lanka
5 Night 6 Days
Colombo in Sri Lanka
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Glimpse Of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a mesmerizing island nation in, the South of India. Surrounded by the blue Indian Ocean from all sides, the island covers an area of 65,610 sq km. Blessed with a diverse landscape ranging from lush green tropical forests to highlands, arid plains and pristine sandy beaches, this county has something for everyone. The capital city Colombo is a modern hub exhibiting urbane life. The city apart from its suave urban glimmer also houses some prominent forts and buildings of the colonial era. Colombo also provides vibrant retail therapy at the traditional Pettah Bazaar. Moving on from the polished city life, Sri Lanka’s exotic attractions are a paradise for animal and nature lovers. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary is home to 60 abandoned wild elephant babies who are cared for. Revel as you watch the elephants enjoying their river soak. Nuwara Eliya is the country’s lush green hill station, once a summer retreat of colonizers, it is now home to verdant tea plantations, Sri Lanka’s best golf course and the beautiful Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Kandy is another gorgeous hill city that is built around an attractive man-made lake, the town is famous for the Esala Perahera Festival in August. Kandy is also known for housing a sacred artifact in a guarded coffer in Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of The Tooth.
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Day 1 – Arrival
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will meet your representatives and be transferred directly to Colombo. Optional: Depending on the flight time, do a city tour of Colombo before checking in to the hotel. After checking into your hotel, you are free for the rest of the day. Feel free to take a walk and explore Colombo nightlife on your own. Overnight Stay in Colombo.
Day 2 – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage / Temple of The Tooth Relic
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea or coffee before journeying through the stunning Sri Lankan countryside to Kandy. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department on a 25-acre coconut property near the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungle. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Evening, you’ll explore on your walk around Kandy city centre before engaging with a cultural dance show which is inspired by Sri Lankan arts, traditional dance, and cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 3 – Ramboda Waterfall / Tea Factory.
After breakfast, you will be heading to the Sri Lanka tea region of Nuwara Eliya. This place is also referred to as Little England due to the presence of many colonial buildings in the area. While driving through the cold and misty hills that host lush green tea plantations, stop at a tea factory to observe the rich tradition of making Ceylon tea kept alive and up to date. Make sure to end your factory visit in style over a perfectly blended cup of tea. Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing 50 per of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. Nuwara Eliya is the location of one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Asia. Nuwara Eliya is the final destination today. You can walk around in Nuwara Eliyas city centre and visit its market on your own if you wish to. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 4 – Nuwara Eliya – Bentota
After a fantastic journey through the coconut palms, mountains, and waterfalls, you will finally arrive at the world-famous beachside of Sri Lanka. Bentota is a delightful sandy beach that was a well-kept secret in the past, but now few restaurants and pubs are opening up to visitors. It’s a magnificent place characterized by white sands and coconut palms growing right from the edge of the sea as if in imitation of a postcard of a perfect tropical beach. Upon arrival at your hotel, you may grab a towel to relax on the beach while enjoying a cocktail or a chill Overnight stay in Bentota.
Day 5 – Turtle Hatchery/ Madu River Boat Ride.
After breakfast, Visit a Turtle hatchery Farm. The Turtle Hatchery Project at Bentota Beach is another important attraction. Up to five endangered species of turtles have been frequenting a stretch on this undisturbed beach for a long time now. The turtles are allowed to hatch and thrive in a protected area before being set free. Leave for a river cruise along the Madu Ganga, the estuary of the Madu Ganga River is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. The boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals, monkeys eat the fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey. There are around 64 islands in the river and lagoon, from a speck housing a deserted shrine to one housing 250 families connected to the mainland with a very long footbridge. The main occupations of the local inhabitants are producing cinnamon and prawn fishing if you take the trip in the evening, you will see the fishermen in their canoes lighting lanterns to attract the shellfish into their traps.
Day 6 – Departure
Check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport to board your onward flight and back to India with lots of unforgettable memories.
- Parking and Toll tax
- Meet & greet at arrival
- Pick and Drop at the time of arrival/departure
- Driver’s allowance, Road tax and Fuel charges
- Sightseeing by private car
- Return airport transfers and Intercity transfers. City tours as per the itinerary 02 X 500ML mineral water bottles per person per day. An aircon luxury vehicle with an English-speaking driver throughout the tour. All applicable Government taxes All sightseeing & transfers on a private cab basis, 5% TCS – Refundable at the time of ITR
- All tours and transfers by Personal Car are included
- Camera fee
- Alcoholic / Non- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Any Airfare / Train fare
- Expenses are caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances etc.
- Tips, laundry & phone call
- Entrance fees to monuments and museum
- All personal expenses
All Sri Lanka packages would include stays at the island nation’s beach getaways. You need to select the ones you prefer after doing your research. Close to its capital Colombo is the quaint fishing village of Negombo, now a plush seaside resort. It has a stunning stretch of coastline, palm groves crowding them and the beaches clean and well-maintained. It is a great idea to stay at a beach resort and enjoy the setting of its atmospheric private beach. Bentota is another popular beach getaway in Sri Lanka visited predominantly for its water sports scene. The beach is otherwise a silken stretch of sand lying on the west coast, with the sands running south from the Bentota lagoon, and a few atmospheric hotels speckled on its fringes. The waters of Bentota Beach are ideal for jet-skiing, with kayaking opportunities abounding on the lagoon. You can even take a boat ride in the mangrove wilderness. Bentota lies mid-way between Colombo and Galle. Head to the Arugam Bay on the east coast made famous by wave surfers. The area is still quaint and has a few guesthouses dotting the coast. For some off-beat beach getaways, visit Hiriketiya on the south coast, a horseshoe-shaped stretch of unspoilt sand that is slowly climbing up the popularity charts.
Most Sri Lanka tour packages would have Galle in the itinerary. Here is why. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle is an old-world historical town that is best explored on foot. An erstwhile trading port, Galle’s clutch of Dutch-colonial structures, age-old churches, mosques, museums and elaborate mansions, several in disuse, is the reason tourists regularly find their way to this Sri Lankan gem. Soak up the atmosphere as you saunter down its narrow lanes lined with cosy cafes, quaint boutiques, souvenir shops and a handful of heritage hotels, not to mention, an interesting milieu of people comprising artists, painters, writers, musicians, designers, photographers and amusing locals. It was the Dutch that built this port city in the 17th century, especially its most iconic structure, the Galle Fort which is at the heart of Galle, an imposing walled enclave surrounded by the sea on three sides. Stay at a quaint heritage property in Galle and take in its special aura and all its maritime history related to several of its museums and places of sightseeing. Saying nothing of its stunning seaside setting.
Before booking one of the Sri Lanka holiday packages, you need to first decide on the season in which you plan to visit and whether it would be conducive to your travels. The island nation has a diverse topography made of tropical forests, beaches, rich ethnic heritage and eclectic biodiversity. Sri Lanka has both dry and wet seasons. May to November are the monsoon months affecting predominantly Sri Lanka’s southwestern part. But come December and the dry spell begins lasting till April. But monsoon comes to Sri Lanka in phases. The northeastern monsoon, for instance, brings thunder and rains to the northern and eastern coastal region from October to January, the dry spell beginning in May and going on till September. For the lover of sunshine, the December to April window is ideal. A dry period with ample sun in the day and a pleasant breeze coming in from the sea at night, this is the best time to visit its churches, archaeological ruins, tea gardens and hill stations. Avoid travelling to Sri Lanka from May to August as it remains very hot and muggy during the day, hampering your travels.
If you are planning to book one of the Sri Lanka packages, you must first consider the best time to visit the island nation. Tropical jungles, sparkling beaches, azure waters, rich history, a vibrant culture, spirituality and biodiversity symbolise Sri Lanka, and owing to its diverse topography it remains a top destination on the list of holidaymakers. The country experiences distinct dry and wet seasons. The southwestern monsoon brings rain to Sri Lanka’s southwestern region between May and November and keeps it dry between December and April. The northeastern monsoon on the other hand brings rain to the eastern and northern coastal regions between October and January, keeping it dry between May and September. For a culture connoisseur and sunshine lover, the December to April window is the best to visit Sri Lanka as this is generally the dry period and a great time to visit its historical ruins, elaborate temples, old-world churches and its hill stations. The shoulder season, however, remains between September and November. But you need to avoid Sri Lanka between May and August because of the heat and humidity making it impossible to travel around.