DAY 01 # AIRPORT – NEGOMBO
YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO SRI LANKA!!!!
Meet, Greet and respectively transfer from Airport to your hotel in Negombo, rest and relax at the hotel. (Early check-in subject to the availability)
Negombo – sometimes known as “Little Rome” due to the profusion of Christian Churches, this typical fishing village has now grown to a major beach resort on the west coast, north of Colombo and 15 minutes from the International Airport. The wide sandy beaches and safe sea bathing are major attractions, as is the fish market where busy trading of a variety of fish, prawns and crabs takes place each morning (except Sunday) when the fishing craft return to shore. Traditional large sailed outrigger canoes are pictures sight in this village which was once a trading port for the Portuguese and Dutch. Other attractions are the Old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison and the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route for the Dutch administration.
Overnight stay in Negombo
DAY 02 # NEGOMBO – KANDY
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to hill capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy. En- route visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
The Pinawella Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanage’s population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from new-borns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild.
Elephant bathing at river – Daily at: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm / 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Fruits feeding – Daily at: 09.00 am – 09.45 am / 12.00 pm – 1.45 pm
Upon completion transfer to Kandy, check in to the hotel. Rest and relax.
Overnight stay in Kandy
DAY 03 # KANDY
Breakfast at the hotel and explore the Royal City, Kandy.
Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines The Tooth Relic of the Buddha and The Royal Botanical Gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the center of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewelry and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
In the night you will be able to enjoy famous Kandy Perahera.
About Kandy Esala Perahera
Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth of Lord Buddha) is the grand festival of the month of August held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated Elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandiyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments.
The Esala Perahera in Kandy is believed to be a fusion of two separate but interconnected “Peraheras” (Processions) – The Esala and Dalada. The Esala Perahera which is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC, was a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall. The Dalada Perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th Century AD. The TOOTH RELIC was taken in procession to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala & Prince Dantha.
Kumbal Perahera (Kumbal Procession)
The first procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic starts with the Kumbal Perahera. This is the first Kumbal Perahera shown to the infants to drive away Evil Spells and Ill will. It is a tradition that the procession parades the streets of Kandy for five days. But the Kumbal Perahera is popular and remains as an unfinished procession or a semi procession. The reason is that Nilames do not walk in this procession. But the Drummers and Tuskers take part without any ceremonial costumes
Randoli Perahera (Randoli Procession)
This could be seen only with the procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic and parade the streets for whole five days which is a tradition. In the days of the Kings, the Chief Queens of the Kings paraded in this procession in Palanquins. As the participation of the Queens was not proper to the procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic they were stopped but a palanquin is taken in the procession as an honor to the Queen. Today it is taken as the last item of the procession. The four Devalas carry their own decorated palanquins with religious articles of the Devales. Although palanquins are carried the honor they receive is no less.
Maha Randoli Perahera (Grand Randoli Procession)
The Maha Randoli Perahaera is the last Procession. It is the grandest event of the festival. The Tuskers come with garlands and decorated with gold stitched costumes. The drummers come fully dressed with ceremonial costumes. The Diyawadana Nilame adds a novel glamour to the procession by wearing a newly stitched costume.
Overnight stay in Kandy
DAY 04 # KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at Hotel and transfer to “little England of Sri Lanka”, Nuwara Eliya!!!
On the way you will be able to see the beautiful Ramboda Waterfalls, see all the beautiful scenery and drive through the Sri Lanka’s longest road tunnel “Ramboda Tunnel”. You may also visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory, buy some fresh Ceylon Tea pack.
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 05 # NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO
After breakfast return to Colombo via Kithulgala.
Optional : If you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of White-Water Rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. The 5km on the picturesque Kelani River run cover s 5 major rapids and 4 minor ones. You will be in good hands with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing given by our white-water rafting instructors beforehand. Those who prefer to keep their feet dry can take it easy, relax and admire the beautiful views.
(USD 20.00 per person for water-rafting in Kithulgala)
Upon completion transfer to Capital Colombo.
Colombo – like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However it was only made the Capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815.
Overnight stay in Colombo
DAY 06 # COLOMBO – AIRPORT
Breakfast at Hotel, checkout by 12.00 noon and transfer to Airport for board on your departure flight. (you have to be at the airport 03 hours prior to the flight time)
* The above is an approximate. Road Conditions, Diversions, en route visits, Weather Conditions, Traffic, etc. affect driving distance
End of Program.
Special Remarks: Above program could be extended if the clients wish to visit cultural sites, national parks or beach stays in East Coast or South West Coast
Negombo – Jetwing Blue/Jetwing Sea/Jetwing Beach/ Suriya Resort
Kandy – Mahaweli Reach
Nuwara Eliya – Araliya Green Hills
Colombo – Cinnamon Grand/Cinnamon Lakeside/
Mode of Payment
Full payment 21 days prior to arrival by a telegraphic bank transfer with confirmation of booking.
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk.
Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours)
SPECIAL ROOM REQUESTS:
Where Special requests E.g.: Room locations, Interconnecting /Adjacent rooms, Double/Twin beds, Smoking rooms & nonsmoking rooms etc. are an important factor in the choice of holiday, please advise us when the booking is made. We will pass on your request to the hotel but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated.
Unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice
a) Rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking.
b) Due to high occupancy/demand, the hotels accept only the confirmed bookings.
c) Once our proposal is accepted, the final confirmation will be forwarded along with the relevant overnight stays and itinerary. We will do our best to book the mentioned hotels or alternate similar category hotels.
d) In case of any price fluctuations due to change of hotels, we will send a revised quotation.
HOTEL RULES AND REGULATIONS:
The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs – 1400 hrs (depend on the hotel).
The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs.
Hotel Check in/Check out times are fixed and there is no guarantee for early/late check in /out unless paid for.
The Validity of the passport should be 06 months from the date of departure.
Please note all clients will have log into the website and obtain the visas prior to arrival in Sri Lanka excluding citizens from Singapore and Maldives. The government has informed that all applications will be processed within 48 hours and payment can be made on-line by credit card.
The details are available at the website www.eta.gov.lk.
PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL:
Please note alcohol will not be served in public areas in hotels and restaurants during religious holidays
ATTIRE: Visitors of both genders have to wear decent clothing to cover the body appropriately when visiting religious places and shorts and sleeveless tops are not acceptable. This rule is strictly adhered to at all religious sites especially the Sacred Bo Tree and Stupas in Anuradhapura and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
Visitors should remove hats, caps, shoes and slippers when entering buildings and sites with religious monuments. Most of these places have a secure facility at the entrance for visitors to leave behind shoes and slippers for a very small
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