Wildlife & Cultural Sri Lanka 10 days


More than a week long Sri Lanka wildlife safari tour lets you explore the jungles and rain forest in search of leopards, elephants, crocodiles, deer, exotic birds and vibrant flora. Enjoy these unique wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka, spot the exotic birds and vivid flora and spices that make the island truly vibrant.

Travel Period:

01 Nov 2017 - 31 October 2018

High Season: $350
December 01, 2017- January 10, 2018 
June 01, 2018 - July 31, 2018 

DEPARTURE  PER PERSON* SINGLE SUPPL. SINGLE TRAVELER
San Francisco/Los Angeles $2,270 $550 $3,240
New York $2,370 $550  

Compulsory Supplements:

December Supplement -  USD 320.00

February Supplement  -  USD 90.00

August Supplement     -  USD 100.00

Flights are subject to availability only.
*Price per person based on double occupancy

For departure and arrivals on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday - add $100.00 weekend surcharge each person.

Includes fuel surcharges & other taxes.

DAY 1: DEPARTURE

Depart from San Francisco/Los Angeles/Houston/New York to Sri Lanka on Singapore Airline. Rest gateway on major airlines.

 

DAY 2:  Arrival to Sri Lanka

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Aitken Spence Travels Representative

                        Overnight Stay at  a selected Hotel

DAY 3: Transfer to Kandy

                        Breakfast at a hotel

                        Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

 As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants - orphaned and sometimes three-legged - are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!

                        Transfer to Kandy

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

                        Dinner and Overnight Stay at a selected Hotel

DAY 4: Explore the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

                        Visit Dambulla Cave Temple

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.

                       Dinner and Overnight Stay at selected Hotel

DAY 5: Transfer to NuwaraEliya  

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden

First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya - today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy - is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights - the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree - of this place which overflow in grace.

                        Transfer to NuwaraEliya

Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.

                        Dinner and Overnight Stay at a selected Hotel

DAY 6: Transfer to Yala

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Visit Yala National Park

Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala - with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes - rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.

                        Dinner and Overnight Stay at a selected Hotel

DAY 7: Enjoy a day in Yala

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Spend the day at leisure in Yala

                        Dinner and Overnight Stay at Selected Hotel

DAY 8: Transfer to Yala

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Transfer from Yala to Colombo

The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience - or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City - an offshore city - featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo's night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you're lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!

                        Dinner and Overnight Stay at Hotel

DAY 9: Enjoy a day in Colombo

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Spend the day at leisure in Colombo

                        Dinner and Overnight Stay at Selected Hotel

DAY 10: Departure from Sri Lanka

                        Breakfast at Hotel

                        Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure

  • Roundtrip flight on Singapore Airlines or major airlines. JFK in major airlines
  • Taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Accommodation for 8 nights on Half Board basis
  • Entrance fees to sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Jeep and tracker for the game drives proposed
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles, as mentioned above
  • Tour as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
  • Roundtrip airport - hotel transfer
  • English speaking guide
  • Visa
  • Lunch
  • Still camera/video camera charges
  • Tipping and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, mini bar, drinks/meals out of itinerary, and etc.
LOCATION NO.
OF NIGHT(S) 
HOTEL
Katunayake 1 Tamarind Tree
Kandy 2 Hotel Suisse
Nuwara-Eliya 1 St. Andrews
Yala 2 The Safari
Colombo 2 Galle Face Hotel

Starting $2,270.00
per person based on double occupancy

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