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Destination

Sri Lanka

Duration

7 Days

Price

From $1,149 pp

Imagine ancient kingdoms now ruled by clever monkeys and centuries-old rock fortresses displaying powerful empires in their former glory. Explore these fascinating sites with the most passionate and knowledgeable private guides who will offer profound historical insights! Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya where King Kasyapa, the second king of the Mauryan dynasty, built an outstandingly lavish refuge for himself after being rejected by his people. Soar in a hot air balloon ride over the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa where sprawling monuments like the Royal Palace Complex and Audience Hall whisper of victory and grandeur. Wind your way through the sprawling tea estates of Nuwara Eliya and witness the splendor of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Experience majestic Sri Lanka where a deep royal legacy awaits discovery!

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Negombo
  • Negombo Airport Transfer (Arrival)
Jetwing Lagoon - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Negombo - Anuradhapura
  • Anuradhapura Tour
  • Evening at Leisure
Hotel Alakamanda - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Habarana
  • Anuradhapura to Habarana w/Dambulla Cave Temples
Cinnamon Lodge - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Habarana
  • Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya
Cinnamon Lodge - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Kandy
  • Habarana to Kandy w/ Hiriwadunna Village Trek
  • Cultural Dance Show
Cinnamon Citadel - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Kandy
  • Kandy City Tour
Cinnamon Citadel - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Colombo
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your guide will escort you to your hotel in Negombo in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and assist you with check-in.

Jetwing Lagoon Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 2
Negombo - Anuradhapura

Today you will visit Anuradhapura. It is one of the holiest cities in Sri Lanka. The holiest item is the Bodhi Tree. This Bodhi tree is a sapling of the original Tree at which the Buddha sat as he attained enlightenment and was sent to Sri Lanka by King Dharmasoka through the Thero Sangamitta in response to the request made by King Devanampiyatissa. The tree flourishes to this day at the same site at which it was planted. This tree apart from being sacred to the Buddhists is the oldest historical tree of the world. Kings who came to the throne after Devanampiyatissa have embellished the site with "prakaras", "makara" arches, flights of steps, etc. Channels too had been constructed for conveying the water required for watering the tree.

Enjoy an evening at leisure on the sandy beaches of Negombo.

Hotel Alakamanda - Deluxe Room

Day 3
Habarana

Today, you will drive to Habarana with a stop at the fascinating Dambulla Cave Temple on route!

Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. when fleeing from his enemies. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the center of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka"s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 meter long reclining Buddha and vividly colored frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world.

You will arrive in Habarana in the afternoon and will have the option of enjoying your beautiful hotel facilities.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana - Deluxe Room

Day 4
Habarana

After breakfast, you will be taken to the magnificent ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

It was under King Parakramabu I, who ruled in the late 11th century, that Polonnaruwa became a magnificent walled city. He built the vast reservoir, the Sea of Parakram, which is still in use today, and ordered the construction of monasteries, temples, palaces, bathing pools and Buddhist statues, all set in a forested park surrounded by moats. During his period of rule, it is said that Sri Lanka was known as the Granary of the East.

You will then head to Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Asia"s most protected and well-preserved city of the first millennium.

You will climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, also known as the 8th Wonder of the World. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, accessed by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare, was the site of the palace, and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana - Deluxe Room

Day 5
Kandy

After breakfast, you will take a short drive up to the village of Hiriwadunna, located near a picturesque reservoir. The trek will begin with a scenic walk along the bund of an ancient Wewa, an artificial reservoir.

During a three-hour walk, you will experience the activities of the villagers and observe rich birdlife, maybe even a few crocodiles. Next you will cross over a river in a small catamaran to reach a farm on the other side, whose owners will receive you warmly. Here, you can enjoy the hospitality of a modest peasant family. Continue the trek through dense bush-terrain, home to many animals such as monkeys, bears and the occasional elephant.

Continue on your journey to the lovely city of Kandy. Kandy lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city.

Your final stop is at a cultural dance performance where you will see various rituals and ceremonies, which are centuries old. These are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to Sinhalese era, before the dawn of Buddhism.

Cinnamon Citadel - Deluxe room

Day 6
Kandy

You will begin your fascinating tour of Kandy with a visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic!

The Temple of the Tooth Relic is located in the royal palace complex, which houses the relic of the tooth of 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 Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site, partly due to the temple.

You will then visit the lush gardens in Peradeniya. Located in Peradeniya near Kandy, the gardens are noted for its rich and varied collections of tropical woody plants. Occupying 59 hectares (146 acres), it has about 4,000 species of plants. The most important specimens of the garden include palms, some of which are planted in impressive avenues. Significant, too, are the collections of orchids, gymnosperms, and flowering trees.

Cinnamon Citadel - Deluxe room

 

Day 7
Colombo

Unfortunately we say goodbye to you today. A Travelous representative will take you to the airport and provide full assistance there.the drive on this brand new express highway can range from hour and a half to two hours, depending on traffic. Keep the memories alive and hope to see you once again in Sri Lanka. Stay Travelous!

Sri Lanka is an island of magical proportions, known to many as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. With its hidden jungles remarkably untouched and its stunning sandy beaches unspoiled, Sri Lanka affords pristine natural beauty to enthusiastic travelers. Discover timeless history and ancient Buddhist ruins, breathtaking palaces, gorgeous natural beauty and gastronomic delights. From monkey kingdoms to elephant orphanages, Sri Lanka rewards its visitors with unforgettable and unique adventures that are off the beaten path.

Jetwing Lagoon Hotel

Experience the perfect respite at Jetwing Lagoon, a spa resort with a difference. Located next to the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, it is an elegant and chic hotel which has the distinct privilege of being a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Featuring luxurious bedding, a spacious bathroom with a separate rain shower and a room decked out in dark brown furniture contrasted with pure white linen, the Deluxe Room is a treat for the senses. Free Wi-Fi, Cable TV and a well stocked mini-bar are all part of the basic facilities on offer.

Hotel Alakamanda

Hotel Alakamanda is an exquisite holiday destination in the exotic and cultural city of Anuradhapura, nestled among lush greenery, surrounded by picturesque ancient ruins.. Your private haven away from home, this hotel is a unique boutique that upholds tradition yet built to an ancient architectural design which is located a few miles away from the heart of the city of Anuradhapura. Immerse yourself in a rich heritage of an ancient kingdom while we enfold you in quiet luxury and tranquility. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Hotel Alakamanda.

There are 06 spacious and bright deluxe rooms comprising of 30 sq meters that can either be taken with twin-beds or a king size bed, depending on your need. Reflecting style and simplicity, the Deluxe Rooms have a well lit courtyard that provide a bright and beautiful surrounding and the rooms open up to give you a beautiful view of the sky, enabling you to be at one with nature. These rooms have the comfort of your own wardrobe, a side table, chairs and air-conditioning to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

Sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land, and one of the foremost Sri Lanka resorts, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, is an exclusive hideaway for the entire family. Maintaining over 1700 trees, time stands still enabling guests to experience serenity and tranquility while walking along the paths that lead up to the chalet-type rooms. The architect of the property derived inspiration from the glorious remains of Ritigala - a monastery that dates back to the 6th Century.

The 63 Deluxe Rooms overlook the scenic grounds of Cinnamon Lodge Habarana and include either a balcony or verandah. Spacious and comfortable, all rooms boast of terracotta and timber floors, and have a bedroom with an elevated bed and living area, and DVD player. The stylish bathrooms feature a bathtub and separate shower area.

Cinnamon Citadel

Kandy is the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka and an iconic citadel in its own right, where once great kings ruled and where nature, art and architecture flourished. Influenced by the old, inspired by the new and distinguishing itself from other Kandy hotels, Cinnamon Citadel has fused retro chic design with the rich heritage of this ancient kingdom to breathe new life to the most stylish hotel in the hills of Sri Lanka.

The 24 deluxe rooms (562sqft) are located in the new wing of the resort with a choice of views either of the garden or the river beyond. The location of these rooms exemplify the peace and solitude of the surroundings of Cinnamon Citadel Kandy. Guests can enjoy a cup of Ceylon's finest brew whilst enjoying views of the Mahaweli from their spacious balcony

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.      In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.      Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.     Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.     Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

       *NOTE: Certain destinations require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and therefore, would supersede our standard cancellation policy prior to 90 days in this instance.

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