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Arthur C. Clarke, the well known scientist who lived half of his life in Sri Lanka, has once described “ The Island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size” Sri Lanka was also known as the “Granary of the East” for its bumping harvests and rich agricultural practices, and “Pearl of Indian Ocean” for its beauty and astonishing diversity. Marco Polo has described the country as “The finest Island for its size in all the world. The two monsoon seasons bring the Island timely rainfalls, thereby innovating a rich irrigation engineering system which provides adequate amount of water to the needy areas for cultivation.
From the ancient times, Sri Lanka had been occupied time and again by foreign forces and had been a colony for hundreds of years with the sole idea of trading Gems, Spices and timber etc.
The diversity of the Island includes variously shaped sublime beaches, geographic features such as lagoons, wetlands and Rivers, varies types of wildlife rich jungle, mist- shrouded mountains covered with wind stunted trees, plains known as Patanas, vast expanse of tea plantations and waterfalls.

Describing the people, one can always encounter the smiling and friendly faces and legendary hospitality of the Islands warm and friendly people. The multi-ethnic society consist of majority Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers etc. The country can also proudly boast of a rich cultural heritage for over 2000 years of recorded history. This is further confirmed and recognized by UNESCO which has declared six “World Heritage Sites” in the Island, namely The Sacred City of Anuradhapura, The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, The Golden Temple of Dambulla, The Ancient City (Fortress) of Sigiriya, The Sacred City of Kandy and
the Old Town (Fort) of Galle. (The seventh World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is an Ecological one ’The Sinharaja (Rain) Forest Reserve’

The country can also proudly boast of a rich cultural heritage for over 2000 years of recorded history. This is further confirmed and recognized by UNESCO which has declared six “World Heritage Sites” in the Island, namely The Sacred City of Anuradhapura, The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, The Golden Temple of Dambulla, The Ancient City (Fortress) of Sigiriya, The Sacred City of Kandy and the Old Town (Fort) of Galle. (The seventh World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is an Ecological one “The Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve”

The Island nation, multi ethnic and multi-religious endows from ancient times, a legacy of many colorful festivals relating to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions. These festivals are commemorated with flair of a people with a genius for pageantry and ritual. The most important being the Vesak, celebrated by Buddhists on Full Moon Poya day in May, commemorating the Birth, Enlightenment and Death of Buddha. The most tourist oriented festival is the Kandy Esala Perahera held in late July to August for 10 consecutive days climaxing on Esala (July) Poya day. Taking part in this are drummers, dancers, whip-crackers, torch bearers, acrobats and robed elephants. The reason for the festival, the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha is carried by a caparisoned tusker, for the people to venerate.

Surrounded by 1330 km coast, the Island Sri Lanka is an ideal location for surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, speed-boating, banana boating, water-scooter riding etc. The sites are located in the Negombo region, Wadduwa, Kalutara, Bentota and Hikkaduwa in west and South west coasts, Galle, Unawatuna, Koggala, Tangalle, Hambantota and Arugam-bay in South and South- eastern coasts. Sri Lanka having more than 100 rivers and lagoons and inland lakes have the facility to do camping trips and Kayaking and canoeing. Kithulgala is the best place to do white-water rafting through the Kelani River. Varied landscapes offer the opportunity for trekking, nature trails etc, in places like Sinharaja rain forest, knuckles mountain range, Horton plains and Hakgala Strickt Natural Reserve. Further, Para-gliding, rock-climbing, cave treks, mountain biking and hot-air ballooning are possible.

Sri Lanka possesses a high degree of biodiversity, 13% of the Island are conserved as national parks, reserves, sanctuaries and jungle-corridors. Conservationists have identified Sri Lanka (together with Western Ghats of India) as one of world biodiversity hot-spots. The Sinharaja Rain Forest is named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkably high proportion of endemic species. A wide variety of mammals such as elephants, leopards, sloth-bear, sambhur, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, water buffaloes, porcupines, civet cats, giant squirrels and monkeys can be observed in one of the 14 national parks on a jeep-safari. Also for ornithologists, fair amount of birds can be observed among 233 resident species (33 endemics) and migratory species, altogether numbering over 400 species. There are 171 reptiles including two crocodile species and 83 species of snakes out of which only 5 are lethal. Number of amphibians has risen to 106 of which 90 are endemic.

The country has within it some of Asia’s finest hotels, located in ideal surround dings with assortment of accommodation options. In Colombo there is host of modern five –star hotels and also iconic colonial-era hotels with the charm of bygone era. In other parts of the country, there are hotels situated in stunning surroundings i.e. country side resort hotels, in coastal areas where most of the package tourists stay, some of which are designed by one of 20th century’s reputed Asian architects Geoffrey Bawa, whose vision is referred to as “tropical modernism”. There are also boutique type hotels on the west and south coasts, mainly centered at southern city Galle. In the hill-country towns such as Kandy, Nuwara’eliya and Bandarawela feature colonial-era hotels and also further accommodation like, beautifully converted colonial homes, tea and rubber plantation buildings, jungle cabins, tree-houses and eco-lodges and also camping under canvass.

The cultivation of many types of rice, spices, vegetables and fruits ensures availability of varied and select cuisine. Rice as a staple consumed with adequately spiced curries such as eggplant, potato, green banana, chicken, fish etc. Other Sri Lankan foods include hoppers (pan-cake like snack), string hoppers (steamed rice noodles) and pittu (mixture of flour and scraped coconut) Lamprais (rice and accompaniments baked in banana leaves). Sea food lovers can enjoy fresh fish, prawns, crab, squid and cray fish. The desserts consist of fresh fruits like mango, pineapple, banana and papaya etc, buffalo curd with palm-trickle and Malay type caramel-like watalappam.

Colombo in Sri Lanka has a lot of dining options. You can choose your plate from Italian, French, Mediterranean, Chinese and other tropical fares to cater to your varied tastes and moods. However, we shall suggest you to try out the oriental cuisine which will take you to the world of spices and aroma. And the best avenue to relish the Oriental experience is the Indian Restaurants in Colombo. The typical spicy flavor of the wide-ranging varieties of the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes will lead you into the world of Indian cuisine.

  • Indian Restaurants in Colombo will lead you into the world of the Indian cuisine, which reflects intense use of spices and herbs.
  • A traditional meal in Indian cuisine refers to fruit, vegetables, grain, meat, fish and dairy products
  • Indian Restaurants in Colombo will offer you rice, pulses and, vegetable curries.
  • isine is distinguished by use of coconut and curry leaves. Some of the famous South Indian dishes you will find in the Indian Restaurants in Colombo are, Dosa, Idly, Vada, Bonda, Bajji.

Up to a few years ago, Colombo was lacking in a variety of nightlife. Recently however, a rash of nightspots has popped up in a short space of time giving everyone who likes to indulge in such activities, more options. Although there are several nightclubs and bars catering to young adults, those with live bands (mostly of excellent standard), are very popular with a more mature clientele.
A wide choice of excellent restaurants can be found in Colombo and a few other places, serving a range of cuisines. Don't forget to try out the street-side joints where you will often find some of the tastiest food.
One of the biggest revolutions in Colombo's nightlife is the emergence of a Pub Culture, so coupled with Sri Lanka's reputation for being a hospitable place, engaging in a pub-crawl is sure to fill your night with great memories and new friends.
Colombo is an intriguing city with something for everyone, a place constantly changing, reinventing itself and moving forward as well as keeping some of its old lustre. One thing is for sure, you can never get bored in Colombo with so much to see and do.
Although no Las Vegas, there is plenty of nightlife in Colombo. Many casinos, or otherwise also called clubs here, scream for your attention with flashing neon lights. The clubs offer gamblers roulette, baccarat, poker, blackjack, and other games to try their luck as well as complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes music with live bands playing. Entrance is only for those over 18 years and some clubs offer entrance only for foreigners. Be dressed in smart casual for instant admission.

Feel the healing touch of Ayurveda at a tropical health spa that refreshes your soul and spirit. For thousands of years the most popular method used to restore and rejuvenate tired bodies and weary souls has been Ayurveda for which Sri Lanka has been the center for past 2000 years. This consists of herbal treatments, baths and massages, together with yoga, meditation and special diets. In addition to this Sri Lanka has number of spas which has Thai massage, hydrotherapy, reflexology and beauty treatments. A visit to an herbal/spice garden will keep you updated about plants and its effect on Ayurvedic treatments.

In Sri Lanka take advantage of a sensational range of shopping. In handicraft shops familiarize yourself with traditional designs such as makara (the mythical animal) lion, swan, elephant and lotus carved on brassware like boxes, trays, lanterns, vases and carved and jewel studded silverware, and tea sets that make excellent souvenirs. In addition ritual masks and other wood carvings, lacquer ware, batiks and handloom textiles, lace are popular. A visit to a bargain priced shopping mall one can find latest international fashion cloths, not forgetting the fact that Sri Lanka is a major garments exporter. Finally one must not forget to visit a gem museum in Sri Lanka, where you find the finest variety of precious stones among the world’s gem producing countries – blue sapphires, star sapphires, rubies, cat’s eyes, garnets, moon stones, aquamarines and topazes, etc. Also Sri Lanka has a tradition naturally in jewellery-making that turns the gems more attractive.






Tour Code

Itineray Name

Destinations Covered

Nights

WEI-001

Sri-Lanka at Glance

Dambulla -Kandy-NuwaraEliya-Hikkadawa

07 Nights

WEI-002

The Scenic Sri-Lanka

Colombo-harbana-kandy-Ella-Yala-Hikkaduwa

10 Nights

WEI-003

The Splendors of Srilanka

Dambulla-kandy-NuwaraEliya-Yala-Hikkaduwa

08 Nights

WEI-004

Grand Sri-Lanka Tour

Colombo-Beruwela-Udawalawe-NuwarEliya-kandy-Pinnawela

9 Nights

WEI-005

Sri-Lanka Cultural Tour

Negombo-Dambulla-kandy-NuwaraEliya-Yala-Hikkaduwa

9 Nights

WEI-006

The Esala Perahera Tour

Kandy-Harbana-colombo

5 Nights













Sri-Lanka at Glaance

Code – Itinerary - Nights

  WEI/001/SL - Sri-Lanka at Glance– 07 

Destinations

 Dambulla 02,  Kandy 02, NuwaraEliya 01, Hikkaduwa 02



Day 01 – Airport / Dambulla

Arrive at the airport Arrive in Colombo. At the airport, a warm welcome by World Escapes associates in Sri Lanka. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02–Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya / Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa - is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D,and is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya , the audience hall, the lotus bath, the Polonnaruwa statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Sam udra tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great. There are also ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the KiriVihareDagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth.

Lunch at local Restaurant
Afterwards proceed to Sigiriya and climb and sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Rock fortress.
Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 03–Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Kandy. En route visitDambulla Rock Cave temple.

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple - was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site andis the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.
Proceed towards Kandy. En route visit a spice garden to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Lunch at the spice garden.

Arrive in Kandy. In Kandy witness a traditional Sri Lankan dance show. Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Ceylon, which is situated about 72 miles (120 kilometers) from the modern capital at Colombo. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04– Kandy / Pinnawala /Peradeniya / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Pinnawela. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.

Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Kandy.

City tour of Kandy, The Temple of the Tooth, the palatial complex, and the sacred city of Kandy are directly and tangibly associated with the history of the spread of Buddhism, one of humanity's great religions.
Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 05 – Kandy / NuwaraEliya
(By Surface)

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to NuwaraEliya. En route visit a Tea factory in NuwaraEliya.

Tea Plantation - visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best tea in the world is produced. Youwill be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pureCeylon tea in the factory.

Lunch at a local restaurant Upon arrival in NuawaraEliya check-in to the hotel. Do a city and sightseeing tour in NuwaraEliya.

NuwaraEliya- is Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate. NuwaraEliya is also theheart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing 50% of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. NuwaraEliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in Asia. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 –NuwaraEliya /Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Ahungalla or Hikkaduwa. Arrive in Ahungalla or Hikkaduwa.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 - Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla

Leisure on the beach on FB basis.

Day 08 - Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla / Colombo / Airport

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Colombo. City tour in Colombo.Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo 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. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.
Dinner at a local restaurant & transfer to the airport for the departure.



The Scenic Sri-Lanka

Code – Itinerary - Nights

 WEI/002/SL - The Scenic Sri-Lanka– 10

Destinations

Colombo 01, Harbana 03, kandy 02, Ella 01, Yala 01, Hikkaduwa 02



Day 01 – AIRPORT / MOUNT LAVINIA (Colombo)

Arrival at the Colombo international airport & receive a warm welcome by Royal Holiday. Transfer to Mount Lavinia.
City tour in Colombo. Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo 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. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit . Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 –MOUNT LAVINIA (Colombo) / HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Habarana. Lunch at a local restaurant.
  Evening enjoy Elephant Ride in Habarana.

Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 –HABARANA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA / HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa - is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D, and is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (3 splendid statues of the Buddha in upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of rock). The audience hall, the lotus bath, the Polonnaruwa statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Sam udra tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great. There are also ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth.
Lunch at local Restaurant

Afterwards proceed to Sigiriya and climb and sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Rock fortress.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 04 –HABARANA / ANURADHAPURA /MIHINTALE / HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel & Proceed to Anuradahpura.
Anuradhapura - is located in the north central part of the Island, it was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two world heritage sites. Many places of historical and archeological interest could be visited. Sri-Mahabodhi (sacred Bo-tree), brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

Lunch at a local Restaurant.
Mihintale - was where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka and is therefore regarded as the cradle of Buddhism. On this rock are many shrines and dwellings, originally used by monks. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of granite slabs 15 feet wide, leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.
Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay. CINNAMON LODGE - HABARANA

Day 05 –HABARANA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple - was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Proceed towards Kandy. En route visit a spice garden to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Lunch at the spice garden.

Arrive in Kandy. In Kandy witness a traditional Sri Lankan dance show. Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Ceylon, which is situated about 72 miles (120 kilometers) from the modern capital at Colombo. This genre is today considered the classical dance of Sri Lanka. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 – KANDY / PINNAWELA /PERDENIYA / KANDY
(By Surface)

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Pinnawela. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.

Return to Kandy.
City tour of Kandy, The Temple of the Tooth, the palatial complex, and the sacred city of Kandy are directly and tangibly associated with the history of the spread of Buddhism, one of humanity's great religions. Built to house the relic of the tooth of Buddha, which had come from Kalinga (Orissa State, India) to Sri Lanka during the reign of Sri Meghavanna (310-28), when it was transferred a final time, the Temple of Kandy bears witness to an ever flourishing cult.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 07 – KANDY /ELLA

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Ella.
En route visit a tea factory.
Arrive in Ella. Sightseen in Ella.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
98 Acres Resort
Optional: Train ride from Peradeniya to Ella.
98 ACRES HOTEL - ELLA

Day 08 – NUWARA ELIYA / YALA
(By Surface)

Breakfast at the hotel & Proceed to Yala.
Do a Jeep Safari in Yala National Park.
Yala - Situated 309 kms south of Colombo, Yala is approximately 1259 kms in extent and is located in the southeastern corner of the Island. The terrain is varied, flat plains alternating with rocky out crops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. The specialty here is the large numbers of Elephants. Yala is the largest national park in sri lanka and is the home of wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, leopard, bear, deer and crocodiles. isitors can also see large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds.
CINNAMON WILD - YALA.

Day09 – YALA / HIKKADUWA
(By Surface)

Breakfast at the hotel & Proceed to Hikkaduwa.
Optional: Early morning Safari at Yala National Park.
En route visit stilt fisherman in Mirissa.
Lunch at local restaurant in Galle.
After Lunch, do a city tour in Galle & visit a mask Factory.
Arrive in Hikkaduwa.
CHAAYA TRANZ – HIKKADUWA

Day 10/11 – HIKKADUWA

Leisure on the beach on Full board basis. Optional: Boat Safari in Madhu River .
CHAAYA TRANZ – HIKKADUWA

Day 12 – HIKKADUWA / AIRPORT

Breakfast at the hotel & Transfer to the airport for the departure.



The Splendors of Sri-Lanka

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/003/SL - The Splendors of Sri-Lanka– 08

Destinations

Dambulla 02, Kandy 02, NuwaraEliya 01, Yala 01, Hikkaduwa 02



Day 01 – Airport / Dambulla

Arrive at the airport Arrive in Colombo. At the airport, a warm welcome by World Escapes associates in Sri Lanka. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02–Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya / Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa - is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D, and is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (3 splendid statues of the Buddha in upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of rock). The audience hall, the lotus bath, the Polonnaruwa statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Sam udra tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great. There are also ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the KiriVihareDagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth. Lunch at local Restaurant
Afterwards proceed to Sigiriya and climb and sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Rock fortress.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 03–Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Kandy. En route visit Dambulla Rock Cave temple.

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple - was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. Proceed towards Kandy. En route visit a spice garden to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Lunch at the spice garden.

Arrive in Kandy. In Kandy witness a traditional Sri Lankan dance show. Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Ceylon, which is situated about 72 miles (120 kilometers) from the modern capital at Colombo. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04– Kandy / Pinnawala /Peradeniya / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Pinnawela. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.

Lunch at a local restaurant Return to Kandy.

City tour of Kandy, The Temple of the Tooth, the palatial complex, and the sacred city of Kandy are directly and tangibly associated with the history of the spread of Buddhism, one of humanity's great religions. Built to house the relic of the tooth of Buddha, which had come from Kalinga (Orissa State, India) to Sri Lanka during the reign of Sri Meghavanna (310-28), when it was transferred a final time, the Temple of Kandy bears witness to an ever flourishing cult.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 05 – Kandy / NuwaraEliya

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to NuwaraEliya. En route visit a Tea factory in NuwaraEliya.
Tea Plantation - visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best tea in the world is produced. Youwill be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pureCeylon tea in the factory.

Lunch at a local restaurant . Upon arrival in NuawaraEliya check-in to the hotel. Do a city and sightseeing tour in NuwaraEliya.
NuwaraEliya- is Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate. NuwaraEliya is also theheart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing 50% of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountainPidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. NuwaraEliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole golf courses inAsia.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 –NuwaraEliya /Yala

Breakfast at hotel and proceed toYala.
Arrive in Yala for Lunch.
After Lunch in the Afternoon enjoy a Jeep Safari in Yala National Park.
Yala - Situated 309 kms south of Colombo, Yala is approximately 1259 kms in extent and is located in the southeastern corner of the Island. The terrain is varied, flat plains alternating with rocky out crops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. The specialty here is the large numbers of Elephants. Yala is the largest national park in srilanka and is the home of wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, leopard, bear, deer and crocodiles. Visitors can also see large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds.
Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay

Day 07 – Yala /Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Ahungalla or Hikkaduwa Arrive in Ahungalla or Hikkaduwa.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 - Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla

Leisure on the beach on FB basis.

Day 09 - Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla / Colombo / Airport

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Colombo. City tour in Colombo.Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo 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. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.
Dinner at a local restaurant & transfer to the airport for the departure.



Grand Sri-Lanka Cultural Tour

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/004/SL – Grand Sri-Lanka Cultural Tour– 09 

Destinations

Colombo 02, Beruwela 02, Udawalawe 01, NuwaraEliya 02, Kandy 01, Pinnaweka 01



Day 01 - AIRPORT / MOUNT LAVINIA (Colombo)

Midnight arrival at the Colombo international airport & receive a warm welcome by our associates .
Transfer toColonial, Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo 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. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.
Overnight stay at the hotel. MOUNT LAVINIA HOTEL

Day 02-MOUNT LAVINIA

Breakfast atthe hotel.Proceed Candle Aid swim School in Mortuwa. Meet the officials and Volunteers there. Watch the swimming program differently abled Children, then proceed to Captain Elmo’s place for Tea. Afterwards a boat safari in Bolgoda River.Evening return to Hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Day 03 – Mount Lavinia- Beruwela

AfterbreakfastproceedtoBeruwela. Check –in at beautifulThePalms Hotel.
Afterwardsrelaxing at the hotel and beach.
Dinner and overnight at ThePalms Hotel.

Day 04- Beruwela

Afterbreakfastproceedto Galle ontheHighwaytoBike Tours Center. Visit Galle Fort and Places of interest in Galle Eg; Unawatuna, Rumassala, Etc.,Returnto hotel onthehighway.
Dinner and overnight at ThePalms Hotel Beruwela.

Day 05- Beruwela -Udawalawe

AfterbreakfastproceedtoUdawalawe. Check in at KalusHideaway .Eveningproceedto a 4WD jeep safari in UdawalaweNationalpark.
Dinner and overnight at Kalu’sHideaway.

Day 06- Udawalawe- NuwaraEliya

After breakfast proceed to NuwaraEliya. Enroute visit to a Tea Estate and a Factory.
Witness a Natural waterfall, Check- in at Beautiful HeritanceTea factory Hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, NuwaraEliya.

Day 07- NuwaraEliya

Breakfast at the Hotel. Then proceed to a site seeing tour in NuwaraEliya area.
Dinner and overnight in Heritance Tea Factory Hotel.

Day 08- NuwaraEliya –Kandy

After breakfast Proceed to Kandy.
Arrive in Kandy. City tour of Kandy, The Temple of the Tooth, the palatial complex, and the sacred city of Kandy are directly and tangibly associated with the history of the spread of Buddhism, one of humanity's great religions. Built to house the relic of the tooth of Buddha, which had come from Kalinga (Orissa State, India) to Sri Lanka during the reign of Sri Meghavanna (310-28), when it was transferred a final time, the Temple of Kandy bears witness to an ever flourishing cult.

In Kandy witness a traditional Sri Lankan dance show. Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Ceylon, which is situated about 72 miles (120 kilometers) from the modern capital at Colombo.
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09 – KANDY / PINNAWELA

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Pinnawela. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.

Afterwards travel to Yatiyanthota to meet Subaharan.
Then proceed to Airport for the departure flight.



Sri- Lanka Cultural Tour

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/005/SL – Sri- Lanka Cultural Tour – 09 

Destinations

Negombo 01, Dambulla 02, Kandy 02, NuwaraEliya 01, Yala 01, Hikkaduwa 02



Day 01 – Airport / Negombo
(By International Flight)

Arrive at the airport Arrive in Colombo. At the airport, a warm welcome by World Escapes associates in Sri Lanka. Thereafter proceed to Negombo.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02–Negombo / Dambulla

IBreakfast at the hotel &do a city tour in Negombo&proceed to Dambulla.
Arrive in Dambulla.
Evening do an elephant ride in Habarana
Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03–Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya / Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa - is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D, and is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (3 splendid statues of the Buddha in upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of rock). The audience hall, the lotus bath, the Polonnaruwa statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Sam udra tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great. There are also ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the KiriVihareDagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth. Lunch at local Restaurant

Afterwards proceed to Sigiriya and climb and sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Rock fortress.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 04–Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Kandy. En route visitDambulla Rock Cave temple.
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple - was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site andis the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Proceed towards Kandy. En route visit a spice garden to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Lunch at the spice garden.

Arrive in Kandy. In Kandy witness a traditional Sri Lankan dance show. Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Ceylon, which is situated about 72 miles (120 kilometers) from the modern capital at Colombo. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05– Kandy / Pinnawala /Peradeniya / Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Pinnawela. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.

Lunch at a local restaurant

Return to Kandy.
City tour of Kandy, The Temple of the Tooth, the palatial complex, and the sacred city of Kandy are directly and tangibly associated with the history of the spread of Buddhism, one of humanity's great religions. Built to house the relic of the tooth of Buddha, which had come from Kalinga (Orissa State, India) to Sri Lanka during the reign of Sri Meghavanna (310-28), when it was transferred a final time, the Temple of Kandy bears witness to an ever flourishing cult.
After visit, Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 06– Kandy / NuwaraEliya

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to NuwaraEliya. En route visit a Tea factory in NuwaraEliya. Tea Plantation - visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best tea in the world is produced. Youwill be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pureCeylon tea in the factory.

NuwaraEliya- is Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate. NuwaraEliya is also theheart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing 50% of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountainPidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. NuwaraEliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole golf courses inAsia.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07–NuwaraEliya /Yala

Breakfast at hotel and proceed toYala. Arrive in Yala for Lunch. Afternoon do a Jeep Safari in Yala National Park.
Yala - Situated 309 kms south of Colombo, Yala is approximately 1259 kms in extent and is located in the southeastern corner of the Island. The terrain is varied, flat plains alternating with rocky out crops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. The specialty here is the large numbers of Elephants. Yala is the largest national park in srilanka and is the home of wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, leopard, bear, deer and crocodiles. Visitors can also see large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds.
Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay

Day 08 – Yala /Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Ahungalla or Hikkaduwa.
Arrive in Ahungalla or Hikkaduwa.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 - Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla

Leisure on the beach on FB basis.

Day 10 - Hikkaduwa or Ahungalla / Colombo / Airport

Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Colombo. City tour in Colombo. Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo 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. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.
Dinner at a local restaurant & transfer to the airport for the departure.



The Esala Perahera Tour

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/006/SL – The Esala Perahera Tour – 05

Destinations

Kandy 02, Harbana 02, Colombo 01



Day 01 -

Arrival and Transfer to Thilanka Hotel Kandy. In the evening to Watch the Grand Kandy perahera( Final Perahera) in special reserved seat.
Dinner and overnight at Thilanka Hotel, Kandy

Day 02-

After Breakfast proceed Kandy shopping and city tour including Temple of the TooothRelic .late evening, enjoy a cultural show in Kandy.
Overnight stay at ThilankaHotel, Kandy.

Day 03-

After B' fast proceed to Habarana, the Heart of the Sri Lanka’s cultural trangle. En route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dambulla Golden Cave Temple. The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century B.C. and occupied continuously to this day. Its location has marked a transportation node between the Eastern and Western Dry Zones and between the Dry Zones and the central mountains throughout the history of Sri Lanka. The cave-temple complex is established on an inselberg or erosional remnant of importance in the study of the island's geological history. The 25 hectare site proposed for inscription also includes evidence of human occupation going back to the prehistoric period, including the recently excavated megalithic cemetery at Ibbankatuwa.

Afterwards proceed to Sigiriya to climb and sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya sometimes also referred to as the eighth wonder of the world dates back from over 7,000 years ago, through Pre-Historic to Proto-Historic to Early Historic times, then as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 3rd century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the sangha.

Dinner and overnight at Chaaya Village Hotel, Habarana.

Day 04-

Breakfast at Hotel proceed to UNESCO World Heritage site Polonnaruwa Ancient City. In the afternoon to do a 4WDjeep safari in Minneriya National Park.
Overnight Stay atChaaya Village Hotel, Habarana.

Day 05 -

After breakfast Proceed to Colombo. After Check in at the hotel, proceed for a Shopping and city tour including Gangaramaya temple.
Dinner and overnight at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.

Day 06-

After breakfast proceed to the Airport for departure