Duration: 06 Nights & 07 Days
Number of pax: Minimum 02 adults – Maximum 05 adults

Validity : 9th August to 16th August 2017

 

Day 01 to 02: Habarana

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be greeted by a Starron Tours representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to Habarana (approximately 04 ½ Hours’ drive).

Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.

Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its population. A remote camera survey was conducted in Wilpattu from July to October 2015 by the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust. A sample of forty nine individual leopards were photo-captured in the surveyed area.

Minneriya National Park is located 182 kms away from Colombo, in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka. The recently renovated, the ancient Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir irrigates a considerable area of the district of Polonnaruwa and is the focal point of the Minneriya National Park. May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephant herds. The gathering is documented as the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. During the dry season from July to September each year, herds up to 300 elephants are seen within a few square kilometres of the vast Minneriya Reservoir. This Elephant Gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for rest of the life of all those who were fortunate enough to witness it. 24 species of mammals and over 170 species of birds have been recorded here and out Of the 25 species of reptiles recorded in the park 8 are endemic.

Half day Village Tour including Boat ride, Village lunch, Bullock Cart ride – Habarana Bullock Cart is the ancient Sri Lanka’s one of major transportation system and still some villages of Sri Lanka using Bullock Cart as transportation. You can experience traditional Sri Lankans transportation system and meantime you will experience green paddy fields in Habarana Area.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Habarana.

 

Day 03 & 04: Trincomalee

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Trincomalee (approximately 02 hours drive). During your stay in Trincomalee, Proceed on a whale watching safari, Thiriyai Temple, Koneswaram Temple and the hot springs at Kanniyai.

Whale watching safari has been recognized as a great spot for whale and dolphin watching in Trincomalee. Sperm whales, blue whales, and spring dolphins can be spotted off the eastern coast of Trinco from May to October. Within ten nautical miles to the east of the Trincomalee coastline whales and dolphins can be spotted.

Thiriyai Temple is the Buddhist temple known as Girihadu Seya is considered as the first Dagaba in Sri Lanka. Girihadu Seya was built by “Thapassue Balluka” Merchants‚ who offered first alms giving to Lord Buddha. Girihadu Seya is located on top of a mountain‚ where the “Thapassue Balluka” merchants kept the relic hair of Buddha on a temporary basis on their visit to Sri Lanka.

Koneswaram Temple is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka venerated by Saivites throughout the continent. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbour port town. The primary deity is the Hindu God Lord Shiva in the form Konesar. At its zenith, the Konesar temple was the main shrine of the Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple Compounds, one of three ancient connected Hindu temples on Swami Rock with a considerably sized Gopuram. This temple stood distinctly in the middle of the cape, at its highest eminence. The other two connected temple shrines of the Koneswaram complex, to deities Ganesh, Vishnu (Thirumal), Ambal-Shakti and Murukan stretched across the cape to its extremities. The complex has laid in ruins, been restored, renovated and enlarged by various royals and devotees throughout.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Trincomalee

 

Day 05 : Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will transferred to Kandy (approximately 02 ½ to 03hours drive). Evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth. Temple of the Tooth 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.

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden is the Sri Lanka’s largest garden an elegant and spacious 147- acres (60-hectares). There are some 4,000 different species of plants at Peradeniya Gardens. The 10,000 or so trees, which are the stars, are mature, lofty giants, many of them tropical timber trees. Highlights of the collection include the Giant Bamboo of Burma, capable of growing to 40 meters height (130 feet) with a 25-centimetre (10-inch) stem diameter. Absolutely sensational is the century old giant Javan fig tree, its tentacle like roots spread across the enormous area of about 1,800 square meters (19,375 square feet) a massive central trunk beneath the tree’s vast canopy ‘umbrella’. The Cannonball tree is also intriguing, with its cannonball-like fruit hanging off the trunk and large open, waxy pink-white flowers. So is the Double Coconut Palm, one of 200 types of palms displayed at Peradeniya – originating from the Seychelles, this tree produces the largest seed known. Its fruits take five years to mature. The gardens showcase all of Sri Lanka’s flora and representative species from around the tropical world. Luminaries as varied as Queen Elizabeth II, Marshal Tito and Yuri Gagarin have planted trees to mark their visits to the garden.

Cultural Show features daily shows at 5.30 pm which showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Kandyan Kingdom. These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital. The Centre overlooks the scenic lake as it is located along its shore.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Day 06: Negombo

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Negombo (approximately 03 ½ hours drive). Spend the evening relaxing on the sandy beach taking in the spectacular sun set. Walking around the quaint streets around the hotel area is an experience not to be missed.

Overnight stay in Negombo.

 

Day 07: Departure

 Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport (approximately 30 minutes’ drive)

Included:

  • Hotel accommodation on standard rooms sharing basis.
  • Travel by an air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced English speaking chauffeur (From airport pick to drop).
  • Meals with breakfast and Dinner only ( Meals start with Dinner on the Day 01 and end with the breakfast on the Day 07 )
  • 06 breakfasts at The Hotel ( packed breakfast if before 7 a.m.) and 06 Dinners
  • One mineral water bottle per person per day (500 ml).
  • Government tax (VAT15% + TDL 1%)

Not Included:

  • International airfares.
  • Airport tax or any kind of insurance cover.
  • Service of an experienced and professional photographer throughout the tour
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
  • Tipping and gratuities (Tips are acceptable in Sri Lanka but down to personal discretion).
  • Entrance fee to any of the activities / sightseeing (subject to rate changes).
  • Bank charges when transferring the funds through bank transfer or credit card
  • Early check-in or late check-out.
  • Any other item/meal not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’.
  • Visa fees to Sri Lanka.

General:

  • Hotel check in time: 14.00 hours and Hotel check out time: 11.00 hours

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations subject to no charge if cancelled 30 working days prior to arrival. 100% charge if cancelled within 30 working days of arrival or in case of a no show 

*Confirmation of the hotel rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking. Transfer times given are based on expected averages, not accounting for unforeseen circumstances such as road closures or festivals. Our friendly chauffeur will be happy to update timings on a daily basis given conditions on the day.

Not included in tour package and to be paid separately.

Site / Place Approx. Price ( Per Pax in US$ )
Sigiriya USD 33
Wipattu National Park USD 25

Safari Jeep USD 35

Minneriya National Park USD 25

Safari Jeep USD 35

Habarana Village tour USD 12
Elephant Back ride USD 10
Whale watching safari USD 45 to 50
Temple of the Tooth USD 10
Cultural Pageant USD 10
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden USD 15

SKILL LEVEL:

Beginners to Professionals

TOUR TYPE:

[   ] Leisure / Free & Easy tour

[X] Guided tour: Guided tour without photography instructor

[   ] Instructor-led tour: Photography guidance throughout tour

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