CULTURAL TOUR

9 Nights / 10 Days

  • Highlights of the Tour
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  • Fishing Village in Negombo

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

  • Anuradhapura Ancient City

  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City

  • Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Matale Spice Garden

  • Cultural Dance Show

  • Kandy City Tour

  • Temple of Tooth Relic

  • Botanical Garden- Peradeniya

  • Nuwara Eliya City

  • Galle City tour including Galle Fort

  • Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

  • Madu River Cruise- Balapitiya

  • Kaluthara

  • Colombo City/ Shopping tour

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  • Arrival-Negombo

    On arrival at the Bandaranaika International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; representative from Island Hopper Tours will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to Negombo.

    In the evening, visit a Fishing Village in Negombo.

    Over night stay at Camelot Beach Hotel
  • Negombo-Pinnawala-Sigiriya

    After breakfast at the hotel, Proceed to Sigiriya. En-route visit Pinnawela elephant orphanage.

    The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Was established In 1975, 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 during the last four decades.

    Transfer from Pinnawala to Sigiriya.

    Evening visit Sigiriya rock fortress.

  • Evening visit Sigiriya rock fortress

    Sigiriya is an ancient palace 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 Kasyapa (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 Sīhāgiri, 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. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.

    Over night stay at Hotel Sigiriya
  • Sigiriya-Anuradhapura-Sigiriya

    After breakfast at the hotel, Visit Anuradhapura ancient city.

    Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was 3rd capital of the kingdom of Rajarata after Thambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

    The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of the Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

    Drive back to Sigiriya.

    Over night stay at Hotel Sigiriya
  • Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya

    After breakfast at the hotel, Visit Polonnaruwa ancient city.

    Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town region and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the ancient royal city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

    The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa, was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders who came from India in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader.

    Drive back to Sigiriya.

    Over night stay at Hotel Sigiriya
  • Sigiriya-Dambulla-Matale-Kandy

    After breakfast at the hotel, Visit Dambulla cave temple.

    Dambulla cave temple is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the Central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.

    En-route to Kandy, visit Spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. You can witness a cookery demonstration as well.

    Proceed to Kandy & in the evening witness cultural dance show.

    Over night stay at Thilanka Hotel
  • After breakfast at the hotel, do a city tour of Kandy including Temple of the Tooth Relic & Royal Botanical Garden.

    Temple of the Tooth Relic 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.

    Royal Botanical garden , This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

    Over night stay at Thilanka Hotel
  • Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a City tour including a Tea estate & a Tea factory tour.

    Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort renowned for its cool invigorating climate and is picturesquely located on the shores of Lake Gregory in a prime tea growing district. Set up and developed as an English village and health resort by the 19th century British colonial settlers, its older buildings such as the post office, Holy Trinity church, the Grand hotel, vintage hotels and houses and the golf club have old English architecture, pretty flower gardens and great nostalgic charm. The sightseeing highlights are the Victoria park, the Nuwara Eliya golf course and the Hakgala botanical gardens, which has a good collection of sub tropical and mountain flora. The high season in Nuwara Eliya is considered from February To April, when several enjoyable events are organized such as flower and agriculture shows, tennis and golf tournaments, motor racing, Horse races, fun fairs, fiestas and more.

    Over night stay at Hill Club Hotel
  • Nuwara Eliya-Galle-Kalutara

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Galle.

    Galle is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The Galle Fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

    Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city's natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel

    Proceed to Kalutara

    Over night stay at Coco Royal Beach Resort
  • Kalutara-Kosgoda-Kalutara

    After breakfast at the hotel visit Kosgoda Turtle hatchery & Madu River for a boat ride.

    Kosgoda Turtle hatchery is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild.

    The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survives to maturity.

    Kosgoda turtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.

    The estuary of the Madu River is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals; monkeys eat fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey.

    There are around 64 islands in the river and lagoon, from a tiny speck housing a deserted shrine to one housing 250 families connected to the mainland with a very long footbridge. You can visit an island with a Buddhist monastery, where the friendly young monks will show you a 150-year-old book made of palm leaves and how they cook on cinnamon wood on an open fire.

    The main occupations of the local inhabitants are producing cinnamon and prawn fishing. If you take the trip in the evening you will see the fishermen in their canoes lighting lanterns to attract the shellfish into their traps.

    Drive back to Kalutara.

    Over night stay at Coco Royal Beach Resort
  • Kalutara-Colombo-Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the airport for the departure flight.

    En-route to the airport, if time permits, depending on the departure time, Colombo City/shopping tour

    Colombo- Sri Lanka‘s bustling commercial hub, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – initially the Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists.

    The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high-piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. On its crowded streets stand places of worship, symbolic of Sri Lanka‘s multiethnic heritage: graceful Buddhist viharas (temples), for instance, stand close to extravagant temples encrusted with Hindu statuary, along with Muslim mosques with minarets scattered along Colombo’s streets. Its population is swollen by some 400,000 plus commuting workers during the day and is virtually empty after nightfall. There is a lively nightlife at a number of International standard hotels, clubs, pubs and dining venues while it is limited mainly to the high end customer. During the day, Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, temples churches and mosques, and the lovely Viharamahadevi Park with it beautiful trees, makes it a great place to explore on foot.

    Shopping- When shopping in Colombo, your options are anything but limiting. From modern, air conditioned malls to the famously buzzing street markets, there's something for everyone. Colombo itself has a fair share of shopping malls and department stores. With everything from the latest pair of shoes & designer jewellery to mobile phones and electronic items, Colombo has an exhaustive variety of things to buy. Popular purchases include clothes, handicrafts, tea and souvenirs.

    END OF THE TOUR!!!
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Price include

Price does not include

    • Accommodation on BB Basis sharing DBL rooms or a SGL room
    • Transportation by air conditioned Vehicle
    • Services of an English Speaking Chauffer Guide
    • Entrance Fees as follows;

    Pinnawela elephant orphanage | Sigiriya rock fortress | Anuradhapura ancient city | Polonnaruwa ancient city  |  Dambulla cave temple  |  Cultural show- Kandy  | Temple of the tooth relic- Kandy | Peradeniya Royal botanical gardens | Galle fortress  | Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery | Balapitiya Madu River boat ride
  • Expenses of personal nature (Telephone calls, Laundry etc.)
  • Items specifically not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lunches & Dinner during tour
  • Video and Camera permits.
  • Mineral water & Beverages throughout the tour.
  • Any kind of other entrance fees
  • Any kind of Special Supplements at Hotels
 

Number of persons

2 persons

4 persons

6 persons

7 and above

Price per person sharing a double room

USD 1075 USD 945 USD 890 Please Inquire

Single room supplement

USD 340 USD 340 USD 340 USD 340

Above rates are net in USD for the period of 01st November 2015 to 30th April 2016

Child Rates ( under 12 yrs )
If child is sharing parents’ bed - 30% of the per person rate
If child needs an extra bed - 50% of the per person rate

Peak period supplements:
 

Camelot Beach Hotel

20/12/15- 20/01/16

USD 15 per room per night

Hotel Sigiriya

16/01/16- 30/04/16
21/12/15- 15/01/16

USD 10 per room per night
USD 20 per room per night

Coco Royal Beach

01/12/15- 31/03/16

USD 15 per room per night

Cancellation made 28 days before arrival

No Charge

Cancellation made between 28 - 15 days before arrival

25% of the total cost

Cancellation made between 15 - 10 days before arrival

50% of the total cost

Cancellation made less than 10 days and no-shows

100% of the total tour cost

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