14 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS TOUR OF SRI LANKA

14 day trip for XXXXXX

This 14 days 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. Tours are 100% CUSTOMIZABLE


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Highlights

Polonnaruwa the medieval capital of Ceylon
Sigiriya rock fortress and ancient palace complex
Minneriya national park or Kaudulla national park
Dambulla cave temple
Sightseeing tour of the historic city of Kandy
Temple of the tooth relic
Watch an amazing Kandyan dance performance
Peradeniya royal botanical gardens
Visit a tea factory where you can see the tea production process
Train journey past beautiful waterfalls and hilly tea estates
Horton plains national park - world's end
Go on a wildlife safari at Yala national park, where you are bound to spot leopards
Tour of the fort - Galle
Colombo sightseeing

Day by day

Days 4-5
Sun, 22 Oct - Mon, 23 Oct
Dambulla
Kandy
Ulapane
Days 9-10
Fri, 27 Oct - Sat, 28 Oct
Ella
Yala
Hambantota
Days 11-12
Sun, 29 Oct - Mon, 30 Oct
Yala
Galle
Koggala
Unawatuna
Day 13
Tue, 31 Oct
Galle
Colombo

Your detailed itinerary

Bandaranaike International Airport - Negombo

Thu, 19 Oct

Day 1

Welcome to Sri Lanka:

We welcome you to Sri Lanka. Luxurious Sri Lanka staff will be there to welcome you 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.

Private Car:

Air conditioned transport with dedicated Sri Lanka Tourist Board-licensed chauffeur guide throughout the tour

Bandaranaike International Airport to Negombo:

Continue to Negombo. The drive will take maximum 20 Minutes.

Jetwing Blue

Price includes:
  • Free Wifi (Jetwing Blue) (Jetwing Blue)

Negombo - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

Fri, 20 Oct

Day 2

Negombo to Sigiriya:

Continue to Sigiriya the drive will take 3 1/2 hrs also this depends on the road traffic.

Polonnaruwa Sightseeing:

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.

Complimentary 60 minute full body massage

Lake Lodge Kandalama

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Lake Lodge Kandalama) (Lake Lodge Kandalama)

Sigiriya - Minneriya or Kaudulla

Sat, 21 Oct

Day 3

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.

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

Kaudulla National Park:

Kaudulla is the newly established national park in the heart of the cultural triangle. Kaudulla in the country and has excellent potential for viewing elephant and other species of wildlife. The location is situated in 30 km away from Polonnaruwa District in North central province.

Lake Lodge Kandalama

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Lake Lodge Kandalama) (Lake Lodge Kandalama)

Dambulla - Kandy

Sun, 22 Oct

Day 4

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.

Kandy Sightseeing:

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.

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.

Kandyan Cultural Dance Performance:

Watch an amazing Kandyan dance performance. You’ll be amazed as you witness the variety of skills, of which amongst is the incredible fire walking.

Weir House

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Free Wifi (Weir House) (Weir House)

Kandy

Mon, 23 Oct

Day 5

Coffee And Spice - Weir House:

Join us for a morning walk through our 10-acre property where we grow several different spices and Arabica coffee. We show you how the plants are cultivated,encourage you to try your hand at picking any spices that are ready for harvesting and give you a brief history of the ancient spice trade while we are at it.

Rice & Cookery Demonstration - Weir House:

Spend a morning at the Weir House with our cook Leslie who will show you how to put together that lunch sample of all Sri Lankan homes - the amazing rice and curry. He will give you tips, show you how to use spices, and even walk you through our gardens to collect produce for your meal. You then get to enjoy the meal you cooked and also receive the Weir House Lunch, a booklet of rice and curry recipes.

Weir House

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Free Wifi (Weir House) (Weir House)

Peradeniya - Kandy - Hatton

Tue, 24 Oct

Day 6

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.

Train Journey (11:10 - 13:30):

You will get onto a train and head towards the Tea Mountains situated in Hatton while watching the verdant surrounding. You will be received by your chauffeur in the railway station who will drive you up to 4000 feet altitude to reach your hotel.

Farm Resort Castlereagh

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Farm Resort Castlereagh) (Farm Resort Castlereagh)

Hatton

Wed, 25 Oct

Day 7

Adam's Peak:

Adam's Peak is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas. You have to start very early at 2AM and there will be many locals making the pilgrimage to the top old and young so you are never alone when going there!! This excellent hike is with 6000 stairs, however it is one great experience and you should definitely go there and make it to really feel Sri Lankan atmosphere. Normally it takes like 4 hours to get to the top. You have to be at the top at lease by 6 AM for the sunrise. If you are very fit it will only take two and half hours to reach the peak so leave a little later if you are fit. Make sure to dress warm! 

The pilgrims season to Sri Pada traditionally starts on the full moon of December and ends on the full moon of April. Most people make the climb at night so they can arrive in time for the sunrise. Alternatively, you can climb up during the day, stay overnight and go down the next morning. This way you can avoid the crowds, climb at a leisurely pace, have plenty of time to enjoy the view, see the sunset and get the best place to observe the sunrise in the morning. Accommodation on the summit is basic and you would have to bring your own food and perhaps a blanket or sleeping bag. However, whenever you decide to go, check the weather report before setting out. Rain can make for a miserable trip and it is more likely that cloud or mist will obscure the view. Out of season you can still do the climb, you'll just need a torch (flashlight).

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.

Farm Resort Castlereagh

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Farm Resort Castlereagh) (Farm Resort Castlereagh)

Hatton - Ella - Nuwara Eliya

Thu, 26 Oct

Day 8

Hatton to Ella:

Continue to Ella. The drive will take minimum 3 1/2 hours also this depends on the road traffic.

Horton Plains National Park - World's End:

You will be starting your journey early morning (6 am) with packed breakfast as you have a big day ahead. Horton Plains National Park the highest plateau of the island. To make sure to see the wildlife and the magnificent view before it is covered with mist. It is often considered to resemble the highlands of Scotland. Among the natural habitat of twenty one of Sri Lanka‘s endemic birds,four species are only endemic in Horton Plains. This is a very good place to be visited by bird lovers as there the birds can be observed while walking in the open space. If you are fortunate enough, you will be able to see the very shy purple faced leaf-monkey, which is one of the 25 critically endangered primates in the world. Afterward, you will be walking through the danger zone leading to the gentle trek to World’s End, a steep of 1050 meter drop into the valleys underneath. Cautiously walk in the edge as the wind will be blowing gently. If it is a clear day you will be able to see 81 km away standing from there up until the Indian Ocean. The nature walk in the national park it’s about 9 km’s walk through rocky, uphill, downhill & narrow patches and this excursion will take 3 – 4 Hrs. Climate of Horton plains - The average annual temperature will be 14-18 degrees Celsius.

98 Acres Resort & Spa

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (98 Acres Resort & Spa) (98 Acres Resort & Spa)

Ella - Yala

Fri, 27 Oct

Day 9

Little Adam's Peak:

Little Adam's Peak is a brisk 2 hour walk through tea plantations before you climb the summit via large steps. Once at the top, put your feet up and enjoy the amazing views.

Ella to Yala:

Continue to Yala, The drive to Yala will take 2 1/2 hours also this depends on the road traffic.

Yala National Park:

Continue to Yala for the evening safari (If you are late for the evening safari you can still do this on next day early morning). You will visit the Yala National Park, where you can see an enormous number of wild animals. Here you can see the elephant preservation, leopards abound, and hundreds of bird species. Moreover, you will be able to explore the traces of the ancient civilization in that area. This takes an important place in the Sri Lankan history.

4X4 Jeep Safari Excursion

Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation in a safari type tent (Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala) (Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala)

Yala National Park or Bundala National Park

Sat, 28 Oct

Day 10

Yala National Park (Optional):

Usually leopards, lurk around at night to protect themselves from their predators.However, in Yala you will be able to see the leopards ruling the roost. Also,you can see that people trying to click photos of those strolling leopards from their jeeps. They have the highest population in this part of the world.Furthermore, you can see the herds of elephants bathing in many watering holes.This is the greatest chance to take photos of the nature and wild animals with a clear near shot.

Bundala National Park:

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometers (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.

4X4 Jeep Safari Excursion

Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation in a safari type tent (Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala) (Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala)

Yala - Galle - Koggala

Sun, 29 Oct

Day 11

Yala to Galle:

Continue to Galle, The drive to Galle will take 3 hours also this depends on the road traffic.

Galle Sightseeing:

Visit Galle, a coastal area in the South which has a great colonial influence. In the afternoon, you can visit the Fort which was built and occupied by Portuguese, Dutch, and British. You also can walk around the beautiful old, Dutch ramparts sticking out to the sea. Moreover, a visit to the beach will give you a glimpse view of the sunset in the evening.

Stilt Fisherman:

This is no ordinary fishing,there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling. Fishermen in Sri Lanka use stilts to catch a fish. Stilt Fishing is an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in Galle, in southwestern-most Sri Lanka, especially around the towns of Koggala, Kathaluwa and Ahangama. They usually fish during sunset, noon and sunrise, with each one taking their elevated position and balancing about 2 meters above the water. As you can see in the picture front slider, there is a vertical pole engrafted into the sea bed, attached to it is a cross bar, called petta, on which the fishermen do the balancing act. So with one hand they hold the stilt and the other hand they have a fishing rod or a line to catch spotted herrings and small mackerels, which are then kept in a plastic bag tied around their waist or the pole.

Calamander Unawatuna Beach

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Calamander Unawatuna Beach) (Calamander Unawatuna Beach)

Beach Stay

Mon, 30 Oct

Day 12
Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Calamander Unawatuna Beach) (Calamander Unawatuna Beach)

Galle - Colombo

Tue, 31 Oct

Day 13

Galle to Colombo:

Proceed to Colombo using the Southern Expressway. The Southern Expressway, also known as the Southern Lanka Distributor is Sri Lanka's first E Class highway. The 126-kilometre-long (78 mi)highway links the Sri Lankan capital Colombo with Galle and Matara, major cities in the south of the island. The expressway reduces the time taken to travel from Colombo to Galle to one and a half hours from the current four to five hours. On your way to Colombo you will be able to see the richness of history in this city, as this country was once been colonized by Portuguese,Dutch, and British, you can see the reflection of the colonization in architecture, people’s attitudes, clothing, and food. If you choose to roam and explore the city, you will be able to see the existing colonial buildings beside Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and contemporary styles of architecture. The drive to Colombo will take 1 ½ to 2 hours also this depends on the road traffic after you exit the Southern Expressway.

Colombo Sightseeing:

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.

Lake Lodge Colombo

Price includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Wifi (Lake Lodge Colombo) (Lake Lodge Colombo)

Colombo - Bandaranaike International Airport

Wed, 1 Nov

Day 14

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.

Price includes:
  • Breakfast

GENERAL TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR SRI LANKA

Visa Formalities
For visiting Sri Lanka, tourists are advised to register online on www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
The applicable fee will be USD 30/=.

Dress
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.

Currency
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

Foreign Exchange
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

Electricity
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.

Prohibited Articles
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.

Photography
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.

Insurance
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.

Inoculations/Vaccinations

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.


Accommodations

Jetwing Blue on day 1

Welcome to Jetwing Blue, Negombo, a stylish beach hotel which redefines the ultimate beach holiday experience. Warm Sri Lankan hospitality combined with contemporary comforts and excellent service is yours to enjoy as you enter this world of secluded bliss.

Lake Lodge Kandalama on days 2 & 3

Lake Lodge is a small and exclusive 12 room hotel in the little village of Kandalama, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

Weir House on days 4 & 5

Amongst Insight Guides' 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Sri Lanka.

Farm Resort Castlereagh on days 6 & 7

The Farm Resorts, on the banks of the Castlereigh Reservoir, is a magical,untouched serene tranquil haven to gather your strengths in a peaceful natural ambience, absolutely the best way to experience the Hill Country. Just three and a half hours by road from Colombo or less than a hour by seaplane to The Farm Resorts. We offer unique accommodation in a reasonable price range.

98 Acres Resort & Spa on day 8

Experience the beauty and serenity of Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country within the luxurious comforts of a boutique hotel par excellence. 98 Acres Resort and Spa is an elegant, chic hotel that stands on a scenic 98 acre tea estate, surrounded by a stunning landscape.

Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala on days 9 & 10

Big Game Camp Yala is located near the boundary of the park, a mere 20 minute drive to the entrance. This semi-wilderness location lies just behind the Nimalawa Sanctuary. The campsite is frequently visited by elephants, and night-time wilderness walks can be arranged.

Calamander Unawatuna Beach on days 11 & 12

Calamander Unawatuna Beach is an 'affordable luxury',family friendly resort that celebrates its superb location.The resort is all about being outdoors:sun bathing on one of the world's best beaches,joining a game of beach volleyball or a yoga class,lounging by one of Sri Lanka's three best swimming pools, kayaking on the Indian Ocean in one of our free kayaks, or dining al-fresco at one of our four beach side restaurants and bars.

Lake Lodge Colombo on day 13

'Taru Villas - Lake Lodge',Colombo, one of the city's first accredited hotels, was transformed into a stunning city break haven in 2009. Keen to respect the rich heritage of a building which had been in her family for four decades, Nayantara 'Taru' Fonseka embarked on a project which would crystallize into the gold standard for'luxury-for-less' hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Package price includes and excludes

Includes
13 night’s accommodation – 01 double
BB at all hotels, HB at Weir House and Big Game Camps & Lodges Yala
Private air-conditioned car and English speaking driver for tour and transfers
1st class observation train ride – tickets subject to availability

Excludes
Entry fees to sights mentioned on the itinerary including Jeep hire 

Notes:
Transport price includes accommodation for the driver
Train tickets are strictly subject to availability
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.
Price is based on USD


$2,700.00

Per person USD 1350 (Based on double room)


OUR STORY


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".

Concept

1. Passion and love to create unique and memorable travel experiences that last a lifetime
2. All request will be taken care and will be delivered and personalized service will be provided to each client.
3. We work only with experienced Guides and Chauffeur Guides and the best hotels.
4. Based on the clients request we will provide the guides who can fulfill client’s needs.
5. Book trips directly with us therefore you skip costly middlemen. This means you travel cheaper, faster and better. It’s your ideal trip how you want it, when you want it and according to your own personal budget.


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