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7 Days Tailored Tour 1

7 Days Tailored Tour 1

(Wild Life/Cultural Triangle/Hill Country/South Coast)

A week’s comprehensive tour package visiting all the traditional, standard sights and places – ideal for first timers to Sri Lanka.

Highlights

  1. Seasonal Dolphin & Whale watching
  2. Games drives at the 2 biggest parks
  3. Visit the ancient ruins
  4. Witness the panorama of the hill country
  5. Relax at the beach down south

TOUR ITINERARY

Morning – leave for Kalpitiya.

Afternoon  – visit the Kalpitiya town and fort.

Overnight at Kalpitiya.

Before Breakfast embark on a Dolphin/Whale watching excursion starting from the Resort Boat house at 6 am in the morning. (Weather permitting – season between November to April each year). 

DOLPHIN WATCHING AT KALPITIYA

During November to March is the best season, when at times, literally thousands of dolphins can be observed in large pods. To watch dolphins it’s best to take a boat at sunrise and from November 2009 to April 2010, over 3000 guests went to see dolphins and whales. Sightings are so certain that we offer a free dolphin safari the next day if you are unlucky on your first outing. Four types can be seen, namely Spinner, Bottlenose, Risso’s and Pink. The playful, friendly and acrobatic Spinner dolphin(Stenella longirostis) is the most commonly sighted.

Dolphin and Whale watching in Sri Lanka first entered the public consciousness in 2007 when Alankuda Beach Resort started its operations with providing accommodation and boats. This was followed by Mirissa in the South and Dolphin Beach. Spinner Dolphins are the most common and are the most spectacular due to its engaging in acrobatic leaps out of the water. Whilst airborne it rotates along its longitudinal axis, hence the name spinner dolphins. Other Dolphins to be seen are Bottlenose, Risso and Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins or popularly known as Pink Dophins. Though whale sightings are not that frequent off Kalpitiya compared to Dondra, it’s still one of the best places to see the ever smiling and singing chirpy Dolphins.  If you are at the right place at the right time – which you can entrust to us – the spinner dolphins in Kalpitiya will give a show in their hundreds, perhaps even in their thousands.

Afternoon  – leave for a game drive at Wilpattu National Park and proceed to Anuradhapura.

GAME SAFARI WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka Located in Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park lies within the North-central & North-western providences. The area of the park is 131693 ha. An unusual feature of the park’s topography are the numerous villus: these look like lakes, though they’re actually just depressions filled with rainwater which expand and contract with the seasons, attracting a range of water-birds and wild life. Elephants, leopards, sloth bear, water buffalo and spotted deer are among the large mammals. Coastal belt and  willus  support  abundant  birdlife  such  as  painted  storks,  white  ibis,  open  bills,  Whistling  teals, spoonbills, cormorants and kingfishers. Apart from them serpent eagles, great racket tail Drongo, Malabar pied hornbills, crested hawk eagles & Sri Lanka junglefowls are commonly seen. Both water monitors and mugger crocodiles can be seen in the willus. Wilpattu National Park is the largest and was one of the most popular national parks until its position close to the front line of the civil war led to its closure in 1985. It was finally reopened in 2003.

Late afternoon proceed to Anuradhapura (lunch on the way).

Overnight at Anuradhapura

Morning – sightseeing of the Ancient Anuradhapura city and  proceed to Kandy en route visiting the 5 c. Sigiriya Rock Fortress and/or Dambulla Cave Temple and if time permits visit a spice garden in Matale.

SIGHT SEEING TOUR OF ANURADHAPURA

A sapling of the “Tree of Enlightenment” under which the Bodhisatva attained Englightenment and became the Buddha, brought to Sri Lanka by Bikkhuni Sangamittha, who was the founder of the order of Buddhist Bikkunis (Nuns) and who was the sister of Ahahat Mahinda, was planted in Anuradhapura. This City of Anuradhapura developed greately afterwards and flourished as the political and religious capital of the country. for over 1,300 years.

This “City of Ruins” and home for “The Sri Maha Bodhi” or the “Tree of Enlightnement”, is not only one of the most  sacred places for the Buddhists but also a great Tourist  destination. This city has so much to offer to the Pilgrums and Tourists alike. Among the important sites are the great white and fine Ruvanweli Seya (Dagoba), the small but important Thuparama dagoba, Huge 75m high Abhayagiri Dagoba, Jetavanarama Dagoba which is 70n high, the Brazen Palace which has been a  nine story building of which the roof was bronze built on 1600 stone pillars (now only the stone pillars are to be seen) etc. This vast area that has been hidden away in the thick jungle for a long time and now turned into one large garden, has ruins of so many Temples, Palaces, Monasteries, Monuments and other important places of interest to be seen.

THE ASCENT TO THE SIGIRIYA ROCK SUMMIT

The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982.  It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.  Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the entrance through which visitors  begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’).  Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock.  The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself. This amazing rock rises incredibly over 600ft up from the scrub jungle and what is more amazing is that its flat top has an area of over 3-1/2 acres. The amazement is not over; not wanting to be second to the Nature’s creation, the King has  used this space in its entirety to creat his palace and fortress complexes including a swimming pool on the summit of this rock.

 

Evening (if time permits) witness a cultural show in Kandy featuring many of the traditional dances and drumming of a variety and at the end of the show a thrilling fire-walking display.

Overnight at Kandy.

Morning – visit the Dalada Maligawa, the golden roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of The Buddha and further sightseeing and shopping in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural center and the most beautiful city.

VISIT TO THE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH IN KANDY,

Kandy was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka where the famous Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site – is, is a very important place to visit.  The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth  houses the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.

Afternoon – leave for Nuwara Eliya by train, at heart of the tea country. Evening-sightseeing  in Nuwara Eliya.

 

SOJOURN IN NUWARA ELIYA,

Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka and  has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC. This is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, is a beautiful place to visit.

 

Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.

Morning – sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya and proceed to Yala via Koslanda en route visiting the Hakgala Botanical Gardens and Buduruwagala Temple.

Late afternoon do a  jeep safari of the Yala National Park 

GAME DRIVE OF YALA NATIONAL PARK

This park lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces.  The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest.  Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (associated with beautiful coral reefs).  It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.

Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. As well as leopards there is a large number of elephants living inside the park and these can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes within the park. You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Iora’s.

Overnight at Yala / Tissamaharama

Early morning – Game drive at Yala National Park. Afternoon – leave for Galle the 17 c. Dutch fortified  city, Sight­ seeing in Galle.

VISIT OF THE GALLE FORTRESS

Considered as the southern capital (116 km from Colombo), Sri Lanka’s fourth biggest town, Galle is the most historically interesting living city. Its modern towns were gradually built separately from the ancient one. It was the seaport of Sri Lanka before the Colombo Port was developed in the late 19 th century and it still handles shipping and cruising yachts today. Its main attraction is the Fort called ‘ Santa Cruz’ that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British the one time colonial masters of the island. What now remains is mostly the work of the Dutch and the British.

Afternoon  proceed to Hikkaduwa. At leisure on the beach.

HIKKADUWA is a coastal city famous for its golden sun-kissed beaches. The town is a popular tourist attraction and also a favourite destination for watersports. It is especially famous among the foreign tourists (these are optional and not included in the tour package).

If time permits you could visit the Galle fortress and a Turtle Hatchery and return to Hikkaduwa.

Overnight at Hikkaduwa.

Morning – Leave for Colombo.

Shopping at Colombo , Sri Lanka ‘s Commercial Capital (optional).

COLOMBO is Sri Lanka ‘s commercial capital with Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels & restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos- which has the highest wining percentage in the world, night-clubs and other entertainment facilities Colombo is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe .

Even a commercial city, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits.

There are many locations relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The Colombo Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Old Parliament, World Trade Center, Zoo, Dutch Museum, Kelani Viharaya, National Art Gallery. Folk Art Center- Kotte, Natural History Museum, BMICH, Municipal Museum, Fort Railway Station dates back to 1904, Wolfandhal Church and Vaneshwara Kovil and main tourist attractions in Colombo.

Afternoon shopping and sightseeing in Colombo or depart to Airport for departure flight.

 

Day Overnight Standard Deluxe Premium
1 Kalpitiya Diyambe Beach Bar Reef Resort Dolphin Beach
2 Anuradhapura Heritage Hotel Palm Garden Village Ulagalla Resort
3 Kandy Devon Hotel Thilanka Hotel The Tourmaline
4 Nuwara Eliya The Rock Glenfall Reach Hotel Grand Hotel
5 Yala (Area) Yala Adventure Kithala Resort Cinnamon Wild
6 Hikkaduwa Avenra Beach Hotel Coral Sands Hotel Chaaya Tranzl
End of Tour

 

(Validity period – 01st May 2017 to 31st October 2017)

Number of pax

per person US$

1 pax 2 pax 3 to 6  pax 7 to 11 pax 12 to 16 pax 17 to 25 pax Single Supp Triple Redct Peak

Sup p/p

Standard
Deluxe
Premium

 

Peak period –

 

Rate includes/excludes :

  • Accommodation at specified hotels or similar category hotels on Bed & breakfast basis.
  • Air conditioned transportation with services of English speaking guide/chauffeur.
  • For groups over 12pax, the services of a Russian speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to the sites/attractions mentioned in itinerary, excluding Sigiriya Rock Fortress for which a Supplement of US$ 33.00 per person is applicable (payable direct to guide on tour).
  • Jeep Hire for Safari at Yala National Park (include in the rate)
  • Optional Train Ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya – US$ 20/= per person
  • Optional Beach activities, whale/dolphin watching excursions at Nilaveli are payable direct to the hotel

 

Once you ascertain your requirement about your holiday in Sri Lanka from the information derived from our tour itineraries, you may inquire from us through our contact portal (given above) and from there on, one of our expert sales consultants will guide you through the process of planning and booking your holiday.

Be it budget do-it-yourself tours, standard or luxury/high end tailor made packages, we would be there to provide you an answer!

Inquire from TailoredSriLanka. Call us at +94 11 301 2553

If you are happy with the above tour package we have listed out, then go ahead and fill and submit the “Tour request form” visible on the right hand of this page.

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