Sri Lanka the Pearl Island
Group | 11 Days / 9 Nights
€ 3270 Onwards
Since ages, India has captured the vision of the traveller with its rich mosaic of religions, culture, legends and people. This classical tour unveils the mysteries and legends encircling the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi; the holy city of Varanasi; the intricately carved temples of Khajuraho; the cool Taj Mahal in Agra.
Sri Lanka the Pearl Island
*Colombo * Dambulah * Polonnaruwa * Singriya * Kandy * Nuwara Eliya * Yala National Park * Galle
Dates & Prices
DAY 1: COLOMBO – DAMBULLAH ( 155 KM, 4 hrs)
Arrival at Colombo airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative. Leave straight for Dambullah. On arrival check in at the hotel. Late afternoon visit the Golden Cave Temples in Dambullah. Golden Cave Temples contain some of the world’s finest examples of ancient Buddhist art. Many of the frescoes and sculptures are in fact well over 2000 years old. Overnight stay
DAY 2: DAMBULLAH – POLONNARUWA – DAMBULLAH (140 KMS, 3 HOURS )
After breakfast drive to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 11th to 14th Century. Visit the ruins of stupas, temples and palaces which are still in excellent state of preservation. The Gal Vihare with 3 huge rock-cut images of the Buddha which is considered to be one of the world’s great masterpieces of sculpture is another interesting spot to visit. Enjoy an elephant back ride in Habarana through the villages and forests. Evening drive back to Dambullah for overnight stay.
DAY 3: DAMBULLAH – KANDY (75 KM, 2 HOURS)
After breakfast drive to Sigriya. Many consider Sigiriya to be the 8th Wonder Of The Ancient World. It is difficult not to be awe-struck upon setting your eyes upon this strange shaped rock with ruins of a palace and citadel hanging on to its sides. A rusty staircase takes you to a cave gallery containing frescoes of the famous Sigiriya Maidens. Further on are the giant Lions Paws leading to a dizzy climb to the top from where superb views of the jungles and distant hills are seen. From here proceed to Kandy. It is the centre of the island’s indigenous culture, with many surrounding villages producing good quality arts and crafts. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake, magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background. Evening visit The Temple of Tooth. Overnight stay.
DAY 4: KANDY
Morning visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and Peradeniya Gardens and its Orchid Houses are the highlights of the day. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is Sri Lanka’s number one tourist attraction. It is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours in the company of over 70 elephants, the largest herd in the entire world. You can turn up for feeding time at 9 am or watch them bathe in the Maha Oya River for the rest of the day. Peradeniya Gardens and Its Orchid Houses are the finest botanical gardens in the East including an Orchid House with 300 varieties of orchids. Overnight stay.
DAY 5: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA (120 KM, 4 HOURS)
Morning drive to Nuwara Eliya. Nuware Eliya was the original Hill Station of the British tea planters who came to Ceylon, as it was then known. There is a Hill Club, Grand Hotel, a Golf Course that is the oldest in Asia and even a Race Course - all of which are bygone reminders of an English social life which once thrived here. En route visit Labookellie Tea Estate at the top of Ramboda Pass for a guided tour and a cup of tea. Overnight stay.
DAY 6: NUWARA ELIYA - YALA (200 KM, 5 HOURS)
Morning leave for. After arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon go for an exclusive jeep safari in the national park. Yala, the largest national park in Sri Lanka is very reminiscent of the African savannah and is where the greatest variety of wildlife can be observed.Herds of Spotted Deer, solitary Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar are common. Yala is now gaining an international reputation as the best place to watch Leopards in the world. The aggressive Sloth Bear is also present but rarely seen.Yala also contains about 250 Elephants including some magnificent solitary cross-tuskers. Overnight stay.
DAY 7: YALA - COLOMBO (290 KM, 6 HOURS)
After breakfast, you will be dropped to Colombo airport to catch your onward flight or to the resort for your beach holidaying. En-route visit the The Old World Town Of Galle. Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) itself the best preserved in Asia,
whose ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. Finally reach Colombo airport to catch flight for onward destination.
Guaranteed departures from 02 pax onwards with local guides.
Tour Type: Individual Tour (Special rates available for Group Tours)
Code: TCTNI 2014
The cost includes:
The cost does not includes:
Per person Net Cost
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
€ 510 per person
€ 190 net
€ 105 per person
€ 105 per person
€ 485 per person
€ 170 net
Minimum 02 pax
Supplement for accompanied language speaking Guide till Agra
Airfare Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi
Request Tariff for 1 October 2014 onwards
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TRAVEL BY ROAD
AIRFARES AND TRAVELLING BY AIR
NOTE: The following are the allowances permitted for the baggage checked-in of Indian domestic flights.
All airlines (except SpiceJet which allows 20kg) allow a baggage of the weight indicated below. Please check the airline website for any last minute changes.
Economic class (check), maximum weight allowed 15kg. Any additional kg should be set up in ` per passenger immediately at check price ` 250/kg .This policy is in effect on the following companies:
* Go Air follows a different policy for 03 Sectors [Leh / Jammu / Srinagar] because they are highly sensitive Areas & airport there are not as well equipped as the metro cities in India:
Delhi / Leh / Delhi
Hand baggage of maximum weight of 10 Kgs + Check-in Baggage Maximum of 15 Kgs is allowed.
Only Valuables [Purse / Jewelry / Camera / Laptop / Coat / Mobile] are allowed in Hand luggage & rest all items be should be in the Check-in Baggage (even shoes ) .
Please note that you can carry electronic items like camera etc. but without the batteries. Batteries should be taken out and placed in the check- in baggage. Otherwise the security personnel at the airport shall remove the batteries and throw them away.
We recommend the following:
ACTIVITIES (Wildlife Safari/ Boat ride/ Desert & Rural Safari/ Bicycle & Rickshaw Ride/ Animal Rides)
In order not to encourage begging, we suggest that you should not distribute anything during your visits (candy, money, toys, pens etc.).
Should you wish to made donations in cash or kind, please consult your guide who would provide you with the best advice.
We suggest that you spend your money to buy locally produced things made my local craftsmen and take them to the country of your origin and contribute to the local economy thus providing work to those in need.
PRICE AND OTHER CONDITION OF SALE
(Indicative only because it is at the discretion of each / not to spare but only tickets ) :
• 10% of the total amount of the invoice/meals in restaurants, hotels
• 20 ` (Indian Rupees `) / porterage at hotels
• PP 03 € per day for guide escort (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
• PP 02 € per day for the driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
• PP 01 € 01 per day for the assistant driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
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