Senses and Soul of Sri Lanka – FULLY BOOKED!

Senses and Soul of Sri Lanka – FULLY BOOKED!

From $ 5,199 AUD

Description

Pristine white sand beaches, sparkling blue seas, a rich history and colourful culture, friendly locals and vast wildlife to discover. Sri Lanka is a diverse island paradise just waiting to be discovered. Ancient cities, scenic panoramas and wildlife at its best, this tour takes in the many exciting highlights that this Indian Ocean country has to offer. Escorted by Dr Carla Litchfield, an animal behaviourist— you do not want to miss this rare opportunity!
$5,199.00* per person twin share departing Adelaide (Includes flights, taxes and touring)

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Trip Name
Senses and Soul of Sri Lanka
Days
16
Overview
Pristine white sand beaches, sparkling blue seas, a rich history and colourful culture, friendly locals and vast wildlife to discover. Sri Lanka is a diverse island paradise just waiting to be discovered. Ancient cities, scenic panoramas and wildlife at its best, this tour takes in the many exciting highlights that this Indian Ocean country has to offer. Escorted by an animal behaviourist— you do not want to miss this rare opportunity!

Itinerary

Day 1: 2 March, 2018
Adelaide—Colombo

Departing Adelaide at 10.25am via Singapore, you will arrive into Colombo at 11.55pm. You will be met at the airport by a local representative before being transferred to your accommodation.
Accommodation: Ozo Colombo Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: 3 March, 2018
Colombo

Enjoy a late breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a day of sightseeing. The morning activities includes a visit to the National Museum of Colombo, whilst the afternoon unveils the city’s many charms. You will take a guided walk through the colour, history and atmosphere of Pettah, Colombo’s vibrant market area and one of Asia’s classic street markets, the Colonial Fort, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, Old parliament House and the picturesque Beira Lake.
Accommodation: Ozo Colombo Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 3: 4 March, 2018
Koggala – Habaraduwa – Galle

After breakfast you will depart Colombo and travel to Koggala, where you will encounter the stilt fishermen seated on poles going about their daily work.
Continuing your journey, we visit the Tsunami memorial before heading onto Habaraduwa and the Sea Turtle Hatchery. Originally set up to help protect Sri Lanka’s turtles against the threat of extinction this coastal stretch is protected as a breeding ground for these sea turtles.
Later drive to Galle where the remainder of the afternoon can be spent at your own leisure.
Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4: 5 March, 2018
Whale/Dolphin watching – Galle City tour

Early morning (6.00am approximately) drive to Mirissa for a cruise on the Indian Ocean in the hopes of spotting one of the most elusive creatures on the
planet – the magnificent blue whale.
The deep southern waters off the coast of Mirissa offer one of the best places in the world to encounter blue whales and sperm whales. Your voyage will take 4-5 hours.
Travelling back to Galle, the afternoon will be spent exploring the Galle Fort; one of the finest and most intact fortified cities built by the former European colonial powers in Asia. The narrow streets of Galle Fort are lined with Dutch merchant villas, pillared verandas, carved doors and windows. British and Dutch period offices are still in use. This is a living world heritage city with residents walking the 300 year old ramparts at sunset.

Strolling along the high rampart walls you will see the Old Dutch and English churches, the Governor’s house, the massive VOC warehouses, the Square of Courts, the elegant pillared facade of the Old Dutch hospital, the Portuguese Black Fort, the lighthouse, the Clock Tower and much more.
Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: 6 March, 2018
Uda Walawe – Kataragama – Yala

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Kataragama via Uda Walawe National Park which was designed in 1972 to offer a refuge to migratory elephants. It has also become a sanctuary for many other mammals, including spotted deer, toque monkey, wild pig, grey langur, leopard and sambar, as well as numerous birds. Nearly 100 bird species may be spotted here in a single day. Enjoy a jeep safari at Uda Walawe.

Later visit the famous Kataragama Temple.
Kataragama is a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents by Buddhists & Hindus, in Sri Lanka. The main shrine is devoted to Skanda, popularly described in eulogies as God having six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to the 2nd century BC.
Accommodation: Jetwing Yala (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6: 7 March, 2018
Yala National Park

This day is all about wildlife and nature as you embark on a jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka and is home to wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, sloth bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here. Later in the afternoon enjoy another game drive into Yala National Park.
Accommodation: Jetwing Yala
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 7: 8 March, 2018
Ella Gap – Nuwaralla Gap – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast you will leave Yala for a change of pace and scenery. Nuwara Eliya, known as “Little England” offers marvellous views over the hill country. Here you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory. You will watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands, perhaps this is the secret of Sri Lankan tea? At the factory you will see where the all-important conversion to black tea happens. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. Observe the process of manufacturing tea, tea grading and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea.
Accommodation: Jetwing St Andrews or similar
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8: 9 March, 2018
Kandy

Enjoy your breakfast in the hill country’s chilly climate and drive to Kandy through the mountains covered with tea bushes and cascading waterfalls.
Kandy which is known as the charming hill capital of Sri Lanka, lies picturesquely surrounded by mountains and was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings which finally ceded to the British in 1815.

In the evening enjoy a cultural show and overnight stay in Kandy.
Accommodation: Manor House Kandy (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 9: 10 March, 2018
Pinnewela – Kandy

After breakfast you will visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. Established in 1975, with seven orphans, today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Kandy.
Accommodation: Manor House Kandy (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 10: 11 March, 2018
Kandy

This morning you will visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. You will then travel on to Pinnawala, where you will visit the Embekka wood carving temple, Gadaladeniya stone carving temple and Lankathillake temple.

No journey to Sri Lanka would be complete without visiting a gem lapidary to see how rough gems (particularly the famous Blue & Star sapphires) are mined , cut and polished using traditional methods.

The rest of the day is free to relax or explore.
Accommodation: Manor House Kandy (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 11: 12 March, 2018
Matale – Dambulla

Today you will travel to Matale and visit the Aluvihare Temple which is one of the most important cultural sites in Sri Lanka. It was believed to be where Buddhist doctrines were first recorded on Ola leaves, after passing through the area in the 1st century BC, during the reign of King Vattagamini Abaya.
Later visit Dambulla rock cave temple built by King Walagambahu, in the 1st Century B.C. It is a World Heritage Site, and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.  Afterward you will be able to explore the area around Minneriya National Park. During the journey, you will be able to spot occasional herds of wild elephants. A truly adventurous journey!
Accommodation: Elephant Corridor Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: 13 March, 2018
Polonnaruwa – Wasgamuwa National Park

After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and a world heritage site (built in the 11th and 12th century AD) with many of the ruins still in excellent condition. You will visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and The Statue of King Parakramabahu.
Later drive to Wasgamuwa National Park. It is one of the largest national parks in Sri Lanka and has a lot to offer in terms of its diverse wildlife. It is famous for Sri Lankan Sloth Bears and still remains a haven for these highly endangered animals. Enjoy a jeep safari at Wasgamuwa National Park.
Accommodation: Elephant Corridor Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 13: 14 March, 2018
Sigiriya – Kalpitiya

After breakfast you will explore one of Asia’s most spectacular cultural sites, the Sigiriya Rock fortress.
Only the fit and adventurous will want to climb the rock, but all can marvel at the sheer vertical walls of this fortress.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a World Heritage site of 5th century AD, was built by King Kashyapa. It is home to water gardens, frescoes, ancient graffiti and commands an amazing view of Sri Lanka’s greenery.

Later you will drive to Kalpitiya – the new spot for untouched nature.
Accommodation: Anantaya Resort and Spa
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 14: 15 March, 2018
Kalpitiya

In the morning (around 6am), you will embark on a dolphin/whale watching cruise on the North Western Coast. Spinner dolphins are the most common with Bottlenose, Risso and Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins being seen regularly. Whilst Sperm whales are the most common, the Blue Whale, Minke, Melon-Headed and Dwarf Sperm whales are also spotted. Recently even Orcas have been photographed in the region.

For the rest of the afternoon you will have free time to rejuvenate yourself and enjoy the rich nature of the area.
Accommodation: Anantaya Resort and Spa
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15—16 March, 2018
Kalpitiya – Airport

After an early breakfast it is time to bid farewell to Sri Lanka as you travel to Colombo Airport for your flights home.
Departing at 11.30am, you will arrive into Singapore in time for dinner. An overnight flight back to Adelaide arrives the next day at 9am.

Day 16—17 March, 2018
Singapore—Adelaide

Arrive in Adelaide at 9.00am.



Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
02-03-201817-03-2018AUD $ 5,199-

Inclusions

    · Escorted by Dr Carla Litchfield from  Adelaide
    · Return Economy Class flights Adelaide to Colombo
    · Private airport transfers
    · Local tour guide throughout Sri Lanka
    · Government taxes and service charges
    · Private air-conditioned mini coach throughout Sri Lanka
    · All other transport as specified in the itinerary
    · All entrance fees and excursions in Sri Lanka as specified in the itinerary
    · 14 nights hotel accommodation
    · Breakfast and dinner daily  (except day 1/15)
    · 9 lunches
    · Bottled water throughout the tour (2 bottles per day)
    · Tipping for guide, driver and assistant

     

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