Autumn & Winter 2018
Highlights of Sri Lanka
11 Days / 9 Nights
Valid from 01 November To 30 April 2018
|4* Fairway Colombo
4* The Paradise
4* Araliya Green Hill
4* Mandara Rosen
4* Turyaa Kalutara
|01 Nov - 30 Apr||$ 1470||$ 1560||$ 1990|
5* Heritance Kandalama
5* Grand Kandyan
5* Araliya Green City
5* Jetwing Yala
5* The Surf
01 Nov - 23 Dec
Day 01: Beirut / Doha / Colombo
Arrival, meet greet and proceed to Colombo. Check in hotel. Afternoon do a city tour of Colombo,like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight,skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)- an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China and the Dutch Museum.
Day 02: Colombo – Pinnawala – (Kandalama)
After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975,commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. Thereafter proceed to hotel.
Day 03: Kandalama
After breakfast - Sigiriya excursion Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. On completion return to hotel.
Day 04: Kandalama - Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Matale. Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. On arrival check in to hotel. Afternoon do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a Cultural show.
Day 05: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit the factory and tea plantation. P.m. city tour Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea. Sri Lanka highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Day 06: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast full day at leisure at the Hotel.
Day 07: Nuwara Eliya - Yala
After breakfast proceed to Yala. Do a safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes,leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.
Day 08: Yala – Gale - Kalutara
After breakfast proceed to the beach along the southern coastal best of Sri Lanka. Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is a World Heritage Site. Continue and check-in at hotel in Kalutara.
Day 09: Kalutara
After breakfast at leisure at Kalutara to enjoy the beach
tAfter breakfast, day free in Colombo to enjoy the beach. Afternoon Transfer to Airport and return to Beirut via Doha
- Return Economy class ticket on Qatar Airways on "W" booking Class: Beirut / Doha / Colombo / Doha / Beirut.
- Airport Taxes in Lebanon & in Sri Lanka
- 9 Nights accommodation in selected 5* Hotel Category in with daily Buffet breakfast
- Airport / Hotel / Airport Transfers in air-conditioning Bus with an English Speaking Chauffeur guide.
- Entrance fees to Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya, Cultural Show, Kandy Temple and Botanical Gardens .
- All Tours, transfers, entrance fees and guidance with an English Speaking Guide.
- Travel Insurance
Rate does not include:
- Visa Fees to Sri Lanka = $ 45