This 5 day trip across Sri Lanka offer stunning landscapes and the most breathtaking landmarks. You will discover all the secrets of this beautiful country and experience authentic Sri Lankan cuisine
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Welcome to Sri Lanka:
We welcome you to Sri Lanka. I personally myself will be there to welcome you and your family on arrival. Afterwards you will be introduced to your local chauffeur in the airport who will guide you throughout your tour. After a small briefing you will head towards to your hotel.
Air conditioned transport with dedicated Sri Lanka Tourist Board-licensed chauffeur guide throughout the tour
Bandaranaike International Airport to Sigiriya:
Continue to Sigiriya. The drive will take maximum 4 hours and also this depends on the road traffic.
Polonnaruwa is a famous medieval capital of Ceylon. There, you will visit the museum and thereafter you will be able to explore the city. The ancient ruins still remain in the city with good condition such as palaces, treasures, temples, and meeting halls.Above all, the ancient sculpture of Lord Buddha which was made in the middle of the 12th century is the most remarkable one at the Gal Vihara.
The movie "Monkey Kingdom" is a 2015 American nature documentary film directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill and narrated by Tina Fey. The documentary is about a family of monkeys living in ancient ruins founded in the jungles of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. The film was released by Disney nature on April 17, 2015.
Pidurangala Rock (05:30 - 07:30):
Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. The 360 degree views atop this rock are out of this world. You can see Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the forest it is so quiet and peaceful, all you can hear are monkeys in the forest below. Pidurangala rock is less touristy. Beautiful view, you feel a bit off the beaten track. The hike is a little difficult but not long. Well worth it! As for the climb, I would say 2/3 is steps and then the last 1/3 is scrambling up rocks. Do not wear flip flops. Heavy duty sandals that are strapped onto your feet are ok. The arrows do a good enough job of suggesting how to get up to the flat top.
Hint: Sunrise is the best. You must start hike around 5.30 AM
4X4 Jeep Safari Excursion
Minneriya National Park:
Minneriya National Park a place which can be best visited during June till October as the elephants may migrate to Kaudulla national park at other times. Giant herds of wild elephants gather around an ancient water tank, which was built by the Ceylon kings to bath and drink. You will be amazed to see more than fifty elephants at the same time in one place. Depending on where recent elephant sightings have been reported, you will visit Minneriya National Park or Kaudulla National Park
Sigiriya Rock Fortress:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress which was built by King Kashyapa in a mere seven years as his citadel. Apart from the fact that it is a fortress, fantastic side of engineering is also a fact to mesmerize about Sigiriya Rock. The palace was built on top of the rock, where all the things have been carried physically by men. Unfortunately, only a little part of the palace remains on the summit which is still can be seen after climbing the rock. Moreover, the amazing countryside view of Sri Lanka can be seen from the top of the rock.
Dambulla cave temple - Golden Temple of Dambulla:
Dambulla where there is the imposing rock tower over the plain with carved treasures init. Dambulla cave, the world recognized heritage was carved by king Valagambahu back in the first century BC. Also, there is a 14-meter-long carving of Buddha with all the Buddhist magnificence of the highest order.
Sigiriya to Kandy:
Continue to Kandy. The drive take minimum 3 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 480 m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Kandy was home to Sri Lanka's last independent Kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Visit the Peradeniya University campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper Lake Drive.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya:
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, where you will discover a wide variety of plants, flowers and spices which are only known in Sri Lanka. (It depends how much time you want to spend). You can walk around and check out the best quality gem and Jewellery shops in this neck of the woods (Premadasas Gem & Jewellery). Also, you can walk around the Kandy Lake under the shades of the big trees.
Tea Factory Visit:
Have you ever wondered why Sri Lankan tea tastes so good? So, this is the day for you to discover the truth about the Sri Lankan tea. To discover this, you will visit a tea estate with a guide who will explain you the process of making tea. On the way to the factory, you can see the Tamil women who will be working among the green tea leaves plucking them. Inside the factory you can see the process of weighing, drying, fermenting, and packing. At last, you will be able to taste the tea from that factory and enjoy the moment.
Temple of the Tooth:
In Kandy visit the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic which is believed to have the tooth of Buddha is also situated in Kandy. In the evening you will be able to attend the puja with hundreds of pilgrims passing by the beautifully lightened temple.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage:
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which was established to feed, house, and nurse young Elephants abandoned by their mothers. Get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside you as you see baby elephants wandering the enclosure and being bottle-fed by their loving handlers. Enjoy a playful scene between man and elephant as bath time takes place at Ma Oya, just in front of the orphanage.
Kandy to Colombo:
Continue to Colombo the drive will take 3 1/2 hrs also this depends on the road traffic.
Galle Face Green, Galle Face Hotel, Dutch Hospital, Old Parliament, Old Colombo Light House, Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo Harbour, Slave Island Area, Gangarama Seema Malakaya, War Memorial, Public Library, National Museum, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo Town Hall, Race Course, Independence Square, Replica of Aukana Buddha Statue, and BMICH.
Ministry of Crab (Optional):
Late in the evening (Optional) enjoy the dinner at one of the best restaurants "Ministry of Crab" runs by former cricketer Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara. Reservations required otherwise they may run out of crabs as the crabs are only for reserved tables. So keep in mind that you need to make a reservation beforehand and we at Luxurious Sri Lanka will assist you on reserving the seats.
Colombo - Bandaranaike International Airport:
It's time to say goodbye. Look back on a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and many impressions that the country has given you. You will be collected at your accommodation and transferred to the airport. The drive to Bandaranaike International Airport will take 45 minutes.
For visiting Sri Lanka, tourists are advised to register online on www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
The applicable fee will be USD 30/=.
Sri Lanka is a very casual country, so no smart attire is required at any of the hotels. That said you may like to change for dinner at certain hotels – simply to make it more of an occasion. This is a personal decision. Because of the tropical climate light cotton and linen clothing is ideal. You will need some sturdy shoes for the climb up Sigiriya Rock, and on safari muted colors are best. Because of the heat we recommend you carry a sunhat and sunglasses at all times. We also suggest you pack some form of waterproof jacket as rain is always a possibility in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s currency is the 'Rupee', abbreviated as ‘Rps’. Rupees. Notes (Bills) are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000, 2000 and 5000 Rupees. It is not possible to purchase Sri Lankan Rupees outside of the country. The current exchange rate is approximately 110 Rps to the Australian Dollar and 150 Rps to the United States Dollar
Visiting foreigners can exchange money at international airports where 24-hour exchange facilities are available, through banks and approved money changers. Because you will not be spending any time in the cities we suggest you get all necessary currency at the airport on arrival.
Travelers Cheque /Credit Cards
Travelers’ Cheque should be of well-known brands like Thomas Cook, American Express and Visa. The hotels generally accept Major Credit Cards like American Express, Master Cards, Visa, etc., including hotels, shops and airlines.
Tipping (This is only a recommendation)
It is usual to tip your chauffeur guide and National Park Drivers and Guide. Though we give below the general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view these guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.
Please note the below amounts are per group / couple / individual traveler.
Chauffeur Guide: USD 20.00 per day given on last day departure.
National Park Driver: LKR 1500
National Park Naturalist: LKR 1500
Safari Camp Staff: USD 20.00 per day given to staff on departure.
Please note that whilst all hotels include a 10% service charge in their rates, it is customary to leave tips at the end of your stay at the boutique properties in particular. We suggest 1500 Rupees per day which can be left with the manager on departure
In Sri Lanka voltage is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles, though some areas also have DC supplies. Visitors are advised to check the voltage before using electrical appliances. Socket sizes vary, so it is as well to take a set of plug adapters, available from most electrical stores.
The import of prohibited articles such as dangerous drugs, live plants, gold/silver bullion and coins, not in current use, is either totally prohibited or restricted. The law provides heavy penalties for the infringement of this restriction. Also, bylaw, visitors are banned from taking antiques and wildlife products out of the country – any infringement is punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Visitors to Sri Lanka find varied subjects for photography including people, monuments, wildlife, festivities, and landscapes. Most Sri Lankans are very happy to have their photograph taken but common courtesies apply and permission should be asked beforehand. No money need be given; this is not the Sri Lankan way.
Visiting Places of Worship
Removing shoes one’s before entering any temples is essential. Do not wear shorts, skirts above the knee or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.
It is always advisable to obtain good travel insurance to cover the worst possible scenario. Do keep a copy of your policy separately as a safeguard.
Before traveling to Sri Lanka it is advised that you consult your doctor or local travel clinic regarding any inoculations you may need. Malaria preventive course may be taken before your trip, but again this should be consulted with your doctor.
4 night’s double sharing accommodation – 01 double
BB at Lake Lodge, HB at Weir House
Private air-conditioned car and English-speaking driver for tour and transfers
Entry fees to sights mentioned on the itinerary
Transport price includes accommodation for the driver
All prices are inclusive of tax and service charges
Transport times are approximate and subject to change due to road conditions and weather
All reservations subject to availability at time of booking
The standard check-out time in Sri Lanka is 12 noon and check-in time 02 pm.
Founded in March 2014 in Colombo Sri Lanka. Jagathsingh Jayasingh (Short Name - Jagath) who has been in this hospitality industry for past 15 years. It started in 1997 when Jagath was asked from the local church from Hatton (Christ Church - Dickoya) to accompanying Rev Richard Woodham to Adam's Speak. Luxurious Lanka founder and CEO is Jagath who is passionate about traveling and exploring new places. His motto "customer is always right".
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