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Sri Lanka Highlights

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6 Days
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Enjoy the wonders this tropical island country has to offer, such as historic Galle, the Pinnawela elephant orphanage, plus tea plantations, World Heritage sites, and wildlife sanctuaries. Sri Lanka is rich in scenery, with pristine beaches and cool highlands, and in ancient culture, with a fascinating 2500 year-old history.


Sri Lanka is a tropical nation and has a multi-cultural society with very hospitable people. There are eight UNESCO protected sited plus many ancient cities and old towns.  It offers a wonderful selection of pristine beaches with the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean and large National Parks plus there is an abundance of wildlife to satisfy all animal lovers. For nature enthusiasts, there are many excellent botanical gardens.

On arrival in Colombo, the capital, overnight and then start your tour of Sri Lanka.

First stop is at the Pinnawela elephant orphanage for a close up experience with its more than 60 elephants.  The small tranquil town of Kandy is well known for the Temple of the Sacred Tooth which contains the tooth of Buddha smuggled into Sri Lanka by a princess in the 4th Century. It is still carried in processions which take pace each July and August.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional cultural show. The next day, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in nearby Peradeniya, an excellent place to see exotic plants and flowers including orchids. Also spend time at a local tea plantation and factory.

Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya, a colonial hill station renowned in the days of British rule. Next stop is YalaNational Park, a wonderful wildlife sanctuary, important for the preservation of elephants and aquatic birds. One can also see leopards, deer, wild boars, monkeys, ant eaters and crocodiles.

The final stop is at MountLavinia, a coastal town close to Colombo. It is steeped in history and is known for its “Golden Mile” of beaches and Galle Fort, built by the Dutch and dating back to the 1500’s. 


 

 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,178

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Day 1

Arrive Colombo

You will be met by Goway's representative and transferred by private car to your hotel in Katunayake, near the city of Colombo. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo

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    The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo


    Nestled amidst a 38-acre coconut plantation bordering the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, The Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, is a haven of spacious comforts and top amenities. True to its name, the hotel is situated in Seeduwa - Katunayake, conveniently close to the airport and other regional ...

    Nestled amidst a 38-acre coconut plantation bordering the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, The Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, is a haven of spacious comforts and top amenities. True to its name, the hotel is situated in Seeduwa - Katunayake, conveniently close to the airport and other regional attractions. Much like the city of Colombo, the hotel is the perfect blend of comfort and vibrancy. With 110 aesthetically designed rooms including suites and up-to-date business facilities, The Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, is the ideal spot for the business and leisure traveller alike.

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    • Fitness Centre
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Day 2

Seeduwa To Pinnawala To Kandy

Today will drive to Pinnawela where you will visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 with seven orphan elephants. Today it is home to roughly 60 elephants. Pinnawela started as captive-breeding program for elephants with an aim of conservation and with the help of local and foreign elephant experts it became a success. Here you can view the feeding and bathing of the elephants. This is one place you will never forget! After lunch drive to Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea, making it one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. Here you will visit The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most respected places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka. Visit the town of Kandy and its bazaar, as well as the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary to see artists form stones into decorative items.

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Duration1 Night
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Amaya Hills

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    Amaya Hills


    The Amaya Hills Hotel Kandy is located about 90 minutes' drive from Colombo. It is perched on a forested, tranquil hill, a short drive from Kandy City. The Amaya Hills Hotel has been designed in a modern, local Kandyan style. Rooms have good amenities with ...

    The Amaya Hills Hotel Kandy is located about 90 minutes' drive from Colombo. It is perched on a forested, tranquil hill, a short drive from Kandy City. The Amaya Hills Hotel has been designed in a modern, local Kandyan style. Rooms have good amenities with individual balconies or terraces. An excellent spa offers a range of traditional and natural treatments.

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    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Kandy To Peradeniya and Tea Plantation To Nuwara Eliya

Today visit the Royal Botanical Garden Peradeniya, a 60 hectare (147 acre) garden which is the largest in Sri Lanka. These gardens are renowned for its collection of a of orchids which includes more than 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palms trees. You will also visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the some of the best tea in the world is produced. You will have a chance to learn about the process of manufacturing and grading tea as well as taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea. Continue on to the mountain station of Nuwara Eliya. Set an elevation of 6200 feet, it is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka

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Grand Hotel

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    Grand Hotel



    The Grand Hotel is a British Colonial style luxury hotel which is over 100 years old. The Grand Hotel is situated in the high elms of Nuwara Eliya (known as "Little England" or "Switzerland of the East"), has a heritage exceeding 120 years and was ...

    The Grand Hotel is a British Colonial style luxury hotel which is over 100 years old. The Grand Hotel is situated in the high elms of Nuwara Eliya (known as "Little England" or "Switzerland of the East"), has a heritage exceeding 120 years and was the residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka during the era from 1830 to 1850. The Hotel has 154 elegantly designed rooms including 3 Presidential Suites, 2 Junior Suites and 1 Governors' Suite equipped with all the modern amenities but maintaining the traditional colonial charm and beauty.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Nuwara Eliya To Ella To Yala To Tissamaharama

This morning drive to Ella, a small village in the mountains. Explore the area and then proceed to Tissamaharama one of the most pleasant towns in the southern coast. The beautiful man-made tank (reservoir) in Tissa Wewa with its remarkable bird life provides the scenic backdrop to the town.

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Duration1 Night
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Cinnamon Wild Yala

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    Cinnamon Wild Yala



    Cinnamon Wild Yala is located in the south region of Sri Lanka, which is known for its wildlife and scrub jungle and has the highest population of leopards in Asia. The fully furnished 54 jungle chalets and 6 beach chalets are situated in Yala National ...

    Cinnamon Wild Yala is located in the south region of Sri Lanka, which is known for its wildlife and scrub jungle and has the highest population of leopards in Asia. The fully furnished 54 jungle chalets and 6 beach chalets are situated in Yala National Park, where guests will see wildlife roaming freely. For a close-up look, of the wildlife, the hotel arranges safari tours. The hotel offers guests a wide selection of both eastern and western cuisines at their restaurant. A not-to-be-missed experience is the top floor of the hotel, giving guests a 360 degree view of the forest and the Indian Ocean.

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Day 5

Tissamaharama To Yala To Galle and Mount Lavinia

Today embark on a jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka and covers 979 square kms. It was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900. It is famous for its large variety of wild animals, the conservation of the Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds, as well as having the highest leopard densities in the world. Elephants are the most often-spotted inhabitants of the vast Yala National Park but you can also see numerous species of birds, sambhur, spotted deer, sloths, crocodiles, monkeys, wild boar and porcupines. Afterwards, continue to Galle, the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Europeans in Southeast Asia and displays the unique blend between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priest, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel. Proceed to Galle Dutch Fort, situated along the Palm fringed coast line. This Fort is an UNESCO World Heritage site containing an amazing collection of architectural structures dating back to the 1600's when the Dutch first began building. Later, proceed to your hotel in mount Lavinia; a coastal town famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches.

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Duration1 Night
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Mount Lavinia Hotel

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    Mount Lavinia Hotel



    Step back in time to an era of colonial splendour, mystique and romance. Mount Lavinia Hotel offers you the very best of modern facilities blended with a magical touch of antiquity. This enchanting British Colonial heritage hotel, located on a breathtaking beachfront, is a living ...

    Step back in time to an era of colonial splendour, mystique and romance. Mount Lavinia Hotel offers you the very best of modern facilities blended with a magical touch of antiquity. This enchanting British Colonial heritage hotel, located on a breathtaking beachfront, is a living legacy to the secret love story between the British Governor General of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, and the beautiful mestizo dancer, Lovina. The Victorian era ambiance, gourmet cuisine prepared by our world-class chefs and the exceptional service, have made this luxury beach resort in the city the preferred venue for conventions, product launches, dinner dances, theme parties and other private events.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Mt. Lavinia to Colombo

Today you will transfer to Colombo for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

5 nights accommodation, transfers, sightseeing by private car, driver and local guides, and meals as indicated.

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30 Apr 2018
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