Grand Sri Lanka

 

Experience Sri Lanka in all its tropical grandeur, as we take you and your family on an unforgettable journey across the island. From the historic ruins of the ancient Anuradhpura kingdom to the golden beaches down south, Grand Sri Lanka is a luxurious 18-day mega package designed to cover everything the paradise isle has to offer.

DayLocationAttractions
Day 1AnuradhapuraAnuradhapura Historic City Tour
Day 2PolonnaruwaPolonnaruwa Historic City Tour
Day 3 & 4DambullaDambulla Cave Temple
Sigiriya
Pidurangala
Minneriya National Park
Day 5 & 6TrincomaleeNilaweli Beach
The Pigeon Island Marine National Park
Koneswaram Temple
Hot-Water Wells in Kinniya
Day 7 & 8KandyPinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Cultural Dance
Temple of the Tooth
City Tour
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Day 9 & 10Nuwara EliyaGregory Lake
Labookellei Tea Factory and Estate
Haggala Gardens
Day 11 & 12HaputaleLipton’s Seat
Dambetenne Tea Factory and Estate
Day 13YalaYala National Park
Day 14,15 & 16HikkaduwaEnjoy the Beach
Snorkeling
Water Sports
Galle Fort
Unawatuna Beach
Day 17ColomboCity Tour
Shopping
Day 18Departure

What is included:

  • Accommodation at 3 star or 3 star equivalent hotels on double sharing basis
  • 17 breakfast meals
  • All transfers in a chauffeur-driven car
  • Local government taxes applicable

What is not included:

  • Meals not stated above
  • Air fare
  • Entrance and activity fees
  • Guide Fees
  • Tips and gratitudes
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Camera and video permits at cultural sites.

Other information

  • Hotels are subject to availability and the prices will vary according to availability. Therefore price is subject to change
  • If the tour exceeds the given Km limits, every additional Km will be charged at Rs.45 per km
  • All reservations are subject to standard check-in of 14 hrs and check-out time of 12hrs
  • Rates mentioned are subject to change/revision based on any changes made by hotels and the government
  • Management will not be responsible for any belongings that are lost or stolen or damaged during the tour

Cancelation and Payment Policy

  • Cancellations within 01 to 08 days of the arrival date – 100% of the value of the booking
  • Cancellations within 9 to 15 days of the arrival date – 50% of the value of the booking
  • Cancellations within 16 to 28 days of the arrival date – 25% of the value of the booking
  • Cancellations beyond 28 days of the arrival date – Fee of USD 50 will be withheld for the work carried out
  • 25% payment to be made upon confirmation and the balance to be paid 10 working days prior to arrival

 

Day 1: Anuradhapura

Where it all began. Historically and chronologically considered the country’s first kingdom, Anudharapura can trace its roots all the way back to the 4th century BC; and, at the time, was a one of the most developed cities in the world.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the ancient city was made the capital of Lanka by King Pandukabhaya who started the great irrigation works on which it depended on (and still does) for sustenance.

The Heritage Tour will cover eight different sites of special historic and religious significance in the city of Anuradhapura. We begin at the Sri Maha Bodhiya, an ancient Bo tree which, according to legend, grew from a sapling off the very same tree in whose shade the Buddha was said to have achieved Enlightenment. Next stop: Ruvanveli Seya, a mammoth stupa built by King Dutugemunu that stands tall and proud among a sea of similar constructions scattered throughout the ancient city. The sheer size and majesty of it will take your breath away.

The first day will be devoted to exploring the length and breadth of this great kingdom. On your way to the various sites, feast your eyes on the massive artificial tanks on either side of the road that are testament to the unprecedented irrigational and technological expertise of ancient Sri Lankans.

Please find below a list of sites we will cover:

Spend the night in Anuradhapura, and prepare to head over to Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s second great kingdom, next morning.

Day 2: Polonnaruwa

From Anuradhpura, we make our way to the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Like Anuradhpura, Polannaruwa is an ancient city home to numerous ruins and relics of a bygone era that boast a land and people of much splendour, culture and religious devotion. It was one of the most powerful and prosperous kingdoms of ancient Sri Lanka that stood strong for nearly fifteen centuries.

One of the key stops here will be the Galwiharaya, a famous and picturesque outdoors temple that houses giant rock-carvings of the Buddha in seated, standing and reclining positions.

As part of the tour, you will explore many such sites in Polonnaruwa that are of great cultural value. Be sure to note the subtle differences in craftsmanship and depictions of religious figures between Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa during your visit.

Among the sites we will be visiting are:

Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Polonnaruwa.

Day 3: Dambulla/Habarana

Travel to Dambulla on the third day. Come lunch time, you can check into the hotel, and either enjoy the buffet there or head out for lunch someplace else, after which you can relax at the hotel premises and even ride an elephant while you’re at it.

In the evening, you and the family can visit the ancient Dambulla Rock Temple renowned for its mural paintings and Buddha statues and also happens to be one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country.

Night stay at Dambulla.

Day 4: Dambulla/Habarana

After a quick breakfast at the hotel, you can spend the morning climbing the world famous Sigiriya rock fortress – yet another UNESCO heritage site, famous for its ancient frescoes as well as its extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and plumbing dating back to the 5th century AD. Take in the splendour of a bygone majesty.

You will be escorted back to the hotel in Dambulla where you are expected to spend the night.

Day 5: Trincomalee

Trincomalee – Hot water wells in Kinniya, The Pigeon Island Marine National Park, snorkeling, enjoy the beach, Fort Fedrick, Koneswaram Temple

The port city of Trincomalee, located in north-eastern Sri Lanka, captures the essence of coastal Sri Lankan life and is home to some of the most picturesque sites in the region. World renowned for its spectacular sandy beaches, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching, Trinco is the ultimate tropical getaway.

It’s not all about the fishes and beaches, though. Trinco boasts a rich cultural heritage. During your stay, explore the expansive Fort Fedrick, through which you can make your way to the historic Koneswaram Hindu Temple. This is located atop a cliff facing the Indian Ocean with a sudden and unnerving drop affectionately known as the Lover’s Leap.

The seven hot-water wells in Kinniya is an attraction unique to Trincomalee. Each of these natural springs generates water of a slightly different temperature, making Kinniya a popular destination for tourists both local and foreign.

Overnight stay will be in Trinco.

Day 6: Trincomalee

Nilaweli Beach, located just 12km off Trinco town, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, if not the world. Stretching for what looks like miles, Nilaweli is known for its white sand, clear blue waters and breathtaking sunrises.

The Pigeon Island Marine National Park, a 7-10 minute boat- ride off the coast of Nilaveli, is a small but magnificent island that contains some of the best coral reefs in Sri Lanka, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Overnight stay will be in Trinco.

Day 7: Kandy

On the way to Kandy from Trincomalee, get up close and personal with the gentle giants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the largest sanctuary for abandoned elephants in South-East Asia. Observe the daily routine of these majestic creatures as they are fed and cared for by experienced mahouts. Schedule your visit to coincide with the elephants’ bathing and feeding times and you and your family are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience that you can cherish forever. (And yes, your kids are allowed to pet them).

Bottle feeding time: 9.15am/13.15 /17. Bath time – 10/14.Breakfast will be served at a location near Pinnawala.

Before making your way to Kandy City from Pinnawala, you will visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, home to over 4000 species of exotic flora from various parts of the world and a true feast for the senses. The lush greenery provides a great backdrop for all your family photos and selfies.

And then, off to Kandy we go. Sitting on a plateau 500 metres above sea level, Kandy is, in essence, the heart and soul of the island.

Check in to the hotel in Kandy, and wind down for the rest of the day.

Day 8: Kandy

You will be taken on a city tour after breakfast – an excursion that will include a stroll around the world famous Kandy Lake. If you want to buy original, authentic Sri Lankan handicrafts and souvenirs, Kandy is the place to be. On Day 2, you can shop in and around the city premises to your heart’s content.

After lunch, take a boat ride on the lake to give your evening that extra bit of serenity. The day will end with a magnificent traditional dance show at 5pm.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by a long but picturesque drive to Nuwara Eliya, home to some of the highest peaks and plains of the island.

On the way, you can drop by the Labookellei tea factory and plantation, one of many producers of fine, world renowned Ceylon Tea. The plantation staff will give you a guided tour of the premises with an introduction on tea cultivation and the manufacturing process that you and your family will no doubt find fascinating. Plus, you will be served a heavenly homemade chocolate cake before you leave with a refreshing cup of tea to wash it down with.

And then it’s time to wind down by the Gregory Lake, one of the most breathtaking lakes in the island. This 91.2 hectare body of water is sure to take your breath away.

In the evening, you may pay a visit to the Haggala Botanical Gardens, located 1745m above sea level. While not as extensive as its Kandyan coutnerpart, Haggala boasts a wide array of indigenous mountain flora that grow among various types of plants from other subtropical countries.

The night will be spent at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by a 32km drive to Horton Plains, a national park on the island’s highest plateau located a staggering 6900 – 7500 metres above sea level.

A haven of biodiversity, a majority of the flora and fauna found at the park are endemic to the region. Your kids will be beyond delighted to spot Sambur deer that are often not afraid to get close to humans.

You can hike up to the famous World’s End, a precipice with a 2854ft drop that will take your breath away.

There is also Baker’s Falls, a popular waterfall that attracts many a local and foreign tourist, despite the at times blistering cold.

The rest of the evening can be spent relaxing. Overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 11: Haputale

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by a quiet, 50km drive to Haputale, a mountain range so picturesque it could be something straight out of a postcard.

Check in at the hotel, and enjoy the rest of your evening, letting the cool climate wash over you like a long awaited shower.

The night will be spent at the hotel in Haputale.

Day 12: Haputale

Rise and shine! This is going to be a day to remember, with a killer view to boot.

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, after which you can head out to Lipton’s Seat, located 1970m above sea level, providing you a bird’s eye view of five different provinces. It is to die for. April to August would be the best time to visit this truly magnificent place – one that, mark our words, you can talk about for years to come.

Before heading back down to lunch, you might want to stop by the Dambetenne tea factory, one of the better known tea estates in the region with its colonial heritage still intact.

Have lunch at either the hotel or outside, and spend the rest of the day relaxing and taking in the natural, unspoilt beauty of the hill country.

There is also Baker’s Falls, a popular waterfall that attracts many a local and foreign tourist, despite the at times blistering cold.

Day 13: Yala

The Grand Sri Lanka tour includes a safari at the Yala National Park, which boasts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Home to various species of flora and fauna including wild elephants and 215 different species of bird, six of whom are endemic to Sri Lanka, Yala is one of the most sought after destinations for wild life enthusiasts that visit Sri Lanka.

The safari will be followed by a relaxing boat ride in the evening on the Tissa Wewa, a beautiful manmade tank dating back to the third century BC.

Night stay at Yala.

Day 14: Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country, known internationally for its golden beach that stretches for miles, eye-popping corals and the amazing nightlife. It is also one of the better-known surfing spots along the coastal belt of Sri Lanka.

Arrive in Hikkaduwa town first thing in the morning and relax, and spend some time exploring the area and the beach. Take a dip in the sea, or try snorkeling or surfing or maybe even take a boat ride if you feel like it.

Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa.

Day 15: Hikkaduwa

Quick breakfast at the hotel followed by a short drive to Galle. First stop: Galle Fort. Built by the Portugese in 1588 and later heavily fortified by Dutch colonists from 1649 onwards, the Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its colourful history, artifacts of a bygone era and the multi-ethnic and multi-religious population residing within its walls.

Next we stop at Unawtuna Bay, yet another beach famous for its beauty and colourful fish and corals. Ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, Unawatuna is the perfect place to spend an evening chilling by the beach.

Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa.

Day 16: Hikkaduwa

Spend some time enjoying the sun,sea and the sand. Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa.

Day 17: Colombo

Just a short drive away from Hikkaduwa on the Southern Expressway is Colombo, the country’s commercial capital. It is a rapidly developing metropolis well on its way to becoming one of the most modern cities in the South Asian region.

Among the numerous sites of cultural significance in Colombo is the Independence Square, built in 1948 to commemorate Ceylon’s independence from the British Empire. Colombo is world famous for its rich colonial past, the relics of which can be found sprinkled throughout the city, from the old parliament building to the old Light House and elegant-looking buildings in Pettah dating back to the 19th century.

A multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city, Colombo is home to various places of worship. Among these is the Gangarama Temple, a must-see for all visitors.

An evening stroll along Galle Face Green is the perfect way to wind down for you and your family in the heart of Colombo. Street food is popular in the area, ranging from Isso Vades (prawn cakes) to Kottu (a uniquely Sri-Lankan – and dynamite hot – dish that you must try).

There’s a wide array of nightclubs, pubs and bars to choose from. With local and international DJs and bands performing virtually every other night, Colombo’s ever growing nightlife is bustling and vibrant, with music that extends from Jazz to Rock n Roll, Hip hop to popular dance music.

Overnight stay in Colombo

Day 18: Departure

All good things must come to an end, so after a memorable final breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight.

 

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