Destinations Covered: Sri Lanka
Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Day 01: Arrive / ColomboTransfer from Airport to Colombo.
Do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries 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. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)- an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.
Overnight stay at Colombo.
Day 02: Colombo / Kitulgala / Nuwara EliyaBreakfast at a Hotel in Colombo.
Transfer from Colombo to Kitulgala.
The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning movie Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from some unknown civilization.
Transfer from Kitulgala to Nuwara Eliya.
Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 03: Nuwara Eliya / Tea Plantation / KandyBreakfast at a Hotel in Nuawara Eliya
Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy via Tea Plantation.
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
Day 04: Kandy / Pinnawala / ColomboBreakfast at a Hotel in Kandy.
Transfer from Kandy to Colombo via Pinnawala.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born.
The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
Overnight stay at Colombo.
Day 05: Colombo / DepartBreakfast at a Hotel in Colombo.
Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure.
- Accommodation in standard room on bed & breakfast basis at hotels specified or of similar standard.
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per program.
- Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Lunch & dinner throughout the tour.
- Entrance fees for places of interest.
- Cost of Christmas / New Year Dinner.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Airfare & visa.
- Any other services not specified above.
Peak supplement charges will be applicable.
Compulsory ICC cricket world cup supplement at hotels will be applicable.
Compulsory Christmas / New Year period Supplements will be applicable.
Not applicable for Indian Market.