1 May 2017 - 31 October 2018
High Season: $250
June 1, 2017 - Aug 15, 2017
December 01, 2017- January 10, 2018
June 01, 2018 - July 31, 2018
|DEPARTURE||PER PERSON*||SINGLE SUPPL.||SINGLE TRAVELER|
|San Francisco/Los Angeles||$2,399||$550||$3,449|
Kandyan Esala Perahera : August 2017 Nights in Kandy: US$ 55.00 per room, per night
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: AIRPORT / KATUNAIKE (3KMS / 10 MNTS)
Arrive in Sri Lanka on SQ 468 just past midnight. Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by a Representative of Sayang Holidays. You will then be escorted to your vehicle and introduced to your chauffeur and transferred to the hotel, located just minutes away from the airport. Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 3: KATUNAIKE / PINNAWELA / KANDY
Breakfast in the hotel. Checkout at 10H00 and proceed to Pinnawela, to visit the Elephant Orphanage. You will arrive at the Orphanage by lunch time, time to witness the afternoon feeding. The Elephant Orphanage provides a good chance for people to get up close and personal with a pachyderm. It is a good idea to go and have lunch by the river as after feeding, they are all brought down to bathe and to watch them from a vantage point with a cold drink is a pleasant experience. Continue to Kandy.
In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the city of Kandy. Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations. Set in the mountainous area of the island, there are fantastic views over the city from some of the hotels. Wandering about in Kandy is a fun experience, with crossroads and interconnecting byroads – all forming an intertwined complex. Most pavements are dominated by vendors selling garments, lotteries, toys and various fancy items – making passing through look almost impossible, especially during festive seasons.
The main market area in the heart of the town is frequented often for its array of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat stalls, sweets, clothes, fancy goods and what not. Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones. Sapphires of all colours, rubies, tourmalines and spinnels can all be found here. Visitors are also invited to have a look around their workshop, where they will be able to see the design, cutting, polishing and setting processes. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha in the late afternoon. Ever since it was founded in the 16th Century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. See the blessing ceremony with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and brightly coloured Monks performing their rituals. There is also local dance performance which you will enjoy in the town in the late afternoon, which is a little touristy but entertaining none the less. Check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4: KANDY / SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDY
After breakfast in the hotel proceed to visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, the “Lion Rock” famous for its frescoes of ‘Celestial Maidens’ is possibly the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century on top of a vast 200m granite rock it took seven years to build and was abandoned after ten years of occupation when the King, defeated by his brother, committed suicide. Although it is a steep climb, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort. Sigiriya is best visited first thing in the morning or just before sunset when it is cooler and less crowded. Continue to Dambulla to visit the Cave Temple Complex in the late afternoon. Dambulla is renowned for its Cave Temples, which were built by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he sought in the caves when fleeing from Indian invaders. Sited on a gigantic granite outcrop, which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land, the caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting religious and secular scenes. Protected within the caves are hundreds of statues of Buddha, many carved out of the rock itself, of which the largest is the 15m long Dying Buddha.
While continuing back to Kandy, on the way (in Matale) you will have the chance to visit spice plantations that grow a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You could also visit a batik factory and watch the production of the artistic fabric. Return to Kandy for overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
DAY 5: KANDY / PERADENIYA / NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. You will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya on your way in the morning. Initially a royal park, in 1821 under British rule it became a botanical garden. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) – all of which were to become important to the country’s economy were first tested. The Botanical gardens are fantastic with an excellent orchid house and a wide variety of plant species from all over the world. For keen gardeners, at least a morning is recommended to visit the gardens, possibly longer. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Just outside Nuwara Eliya, you will visit a tea plantation and a factory. Here you will learn the process how two fresh tea leaves and a bud are converted in to that fine brown dust we call tea!
Arrive in Nuwara Eliya and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy a guided tour of the city. Set in the cool and misty hilly interior at an altitude of 1800m is the colonial hill station of Nuwara Eliya. Built by the British in the 19th century as an escape from the sweltering heat of the lowlands it came complete with half-timbered mock-Tudor houses with inglenook fireplaces & billiard tables, a golf course, race track, gentlemen’s clubs and botanical gardens. Now a bustling town and the vegetable garden of Sri Lanka it nonetheless gives you a glimpse into life in the colonial heyday. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 6: NUWARA ELIYA / YALA
After an early breakfast, checkout and proceed to Yala, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of Ella. You will also have the opportunity to visit the stunning waterfalls in Ella You will arrive in Yala in the afternoon. Check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7: YALA
After an early Breakfast proceed to Yala National Park accompanied by a tracker. Yala National Park (1,570 sq km) was created in 1938 and is located in the south-eastern corner of the island. Its diverse range of habitats, including scrub jungle, brackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to approximately 400 elephants and 120 leopards in addition to wild buffalo, crocodile, wild boar, sambhurs deer, musk deer, black bears, macaques, jackals and a numerous variety of birds. After the morning safari return to the hotel to rest. In the late afternoon you will proceed back to Yala National Park for your second safari. Return to hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 8: YALA / COLOMBO
After Breakfast checkout and proceed to Colombo. Arrive in Colombo and check into Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 9: COLOMBO
After breakfast, take a guided tour of the city. Facing the Indian Ocean and stretching along 14 km of the island’s western shores Colombo used to be called the Garden City of the East. Things have changed, overcrowded buses and minivans have replaced the bullock carts and the once quiet roads are now bustling with people and traffic. Yet the city still has its charms with its complex assortment of tree-lines boulevards, colonial buildings, parks, open air markets, temples, lakes, churches and now even skyscrapers.
Colombo is the natural entry and exit point from the country and if not for its own charms its excellent shopping, great restaurants and a thriving art scene make it an enjoyable stop. You will also visit the famous Gangarama Temple and the historical Museum of Colombo. Return to hotel in the late afternoon. Relax and enjoy dinner.
DAY 10: COLOMBO AIRPORT / HOME
Transfer to airport for flight home
|Colombo||2||Galle Face Hotel|
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