CULTURE AND HERITAGE of SRI LANKA
DAY 01: Airport-Negombo
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from NKAR Travels & Tours (Pvt) Limited will Welcome you and proceed to Negambo and check-in to hotel.
Negombo is at the heart of Sri Lanka’s fishing industry. The sea and catamarans makeup the backdrop of Negombo. The city is renowned for its fishing. Negombo’s fish market is quite possibly the island’s best. The city is dominated by shrines and picturesque churches due to its majority Roman Catholic population. The biggest is the impressive, pastel hued church of St Mary’s, which exhibits some amazing ceiling paintings. Negombo offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport.
Overnight stay at Negambo on BB Basis
DAY 02: Negombo-Anuradhapura
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Anuradhapura to visit the Anuaradhapura ancient city
Anuradhapura is one of main ancient kingdoms in Sri Lanka which goes back to the 5th century B.C. Visit all the ruins of the kingdom and sites of special interest including the sacred Sri Maha Bodiya and Isurumuniya Temple. This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘Tree of Enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993 AD. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.
Overnight stay at Anuradhapura on BB Basis
DAY 03: Anuradhapura-Sigirya-Hiriwadunna-Habarana
After breakfast Proceed to Habarana for Hiriwadunna village trek.
The Hiriwadunne village in Habarana offers a unique village safari for tourists. Any traveller wanting to gain an insight in to the daily lives of the locals in this village can participate on their own volition.
Afternoon proceed to Sigiriya to visit the Sigiriya Rock fortress.
The magnificent 5th century A.D. rock-fortress citadel of a fugitive king, where history merges with melodrama. A gallery of frescoes of shapely be-jewelled maidens still glows with vibrant colour. It is believed these paintings depict the “apsaras” or goddesses and some say it represents the lightning and clouds. Another distinctive feature of Sigiriya is the Mirror Wall which is located just below the paintings. The surface of this wall is well polished and covered with writings known as “Sigiri Graffiti” which are a form of poems. The Lion Staircase leads to the summit and the special feature of this is the massive Lion Paw which is carved out of rock. The brick wall is still preserved in its original form. Sigiriya is being currently excavated and restored by UNESCO under the Cultural Triangle Project and according to sources is most likely to be declared as a Wonder of the World.Check in at hotel in Habarana/Sigiriya.
Overnight stay at Habarana or Sigiriya on BB Basis
DAY 04: Habarana-Dambulla-Matale-Kandy
After breakfast Proceed to Kandy. En route visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dating back to the 1st century B.C. Dambulla Rock Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a complex of five cave shrines. Among its highlights are pre-Christian rock inscriptions, sculptures and Buddhist murals which cover more than 20,000 sq. ft. of cave walls and ceilings, the largest antique painted surface in the world. Ancient drip-ledge drainage still keeps the caves free of seeping water. Dambulla Cave Temple is a treasure trove containing valuable images. The mural paintings that can be found here belong to a different period, traces of which can be seen today. The painted Buddha images and the depictions of the life of the Buddha as well as the murals that adorn the cave shrine show the ingenuity and artistic expression of those who painted them, drawing visitors daily to witness its historical value and beauty.Then drive to Spice Gardens in Matale.
Visit a Spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Matale spice gardens are among the best on in the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Then continue journey to Kandy
Visit the Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic in the evening. Kandy ‘s main attraction is the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD. This sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for its rulers and is always enshrined in great splendour. If you are visiting Kandy during July-August, a definite must see is the Esala Perahera, known to be one of the most popular Sri Lankan events. Termed as Asia’s grandest pageant, this spectacular annual event is held to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha and to obtain blessings of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at Kandy on BB Basis.
DAY 05: Kandy
After breakfast Proceed to the Morning city tour of Kandy. Kandy is famous for shopping, where you can visit Gem, batiks and souvenir shops.
Then drive to Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.
Six kilometres from Kandy, at Peradeniya, the magnificent 57-hectare Royal Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1832, are among the finest in the world. Its treasures of tropical flora include fine collections of orchids, aromatic spices, medicinal herbs, palms and rare, endangered plant species.
Afternoon tour city of Kandy and Evening you may witness a Kandyan dance performance in a local theatre and afterwards perhaps meet some of the dancers to learn all about the traditional Sinhalese dancing. This exhilarating art form involves dancers in lavishly decorated costumes performing acrobatic movements to pulsating drum rhythms.
Overnight stay at Kandy on BB Basis.
DAY 06: Kandy-Bandarawela-Wellawaya
After breakfast proceed to the Wellawaya via Bandarawela. En route visit Dowa temple and Ravana water falls.
Dhowa Temple believed that the temple bears a history dating back to about 2,000 years. Historically, the Dhowa temple was known as the Kumbaltissa Ariyagala Vehera, named after its chief priest who had provided sanctuary for King Walagamba, who turned the cave into a temple. Work at the temple was not completed during the reign of King Walagamba, but was fully completed during the Kandyan Kingdom.The Stupa at Dhowa Raja Maha Vihara.The 12 m (39 ft) rock carved Buddha statue and the ornamental gateway are the main attractions of the temple. The statue is in a state of ruin due to rapid decaying. Folk tales hold that the half-finished Buddha statue was carved by King Walagamba himself while hiding in this caves during foreign invasions. The king is said to have left the area before he could finish carving the statue, thus leaving it half finished.
Then Proceed to visit Ravana falls.
This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.Continue journey to Wellawaya and check in at Hotel in Wellawaya.
Overnight stay at Wellawaya on BB Basis.
DAY 07: Wellawaya
Breakfast. Stay at leisure
Visit the Buduruwagala temple and Adishm Bungalow
Buduruwagala is located about 5 km from the Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figured are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the centre. The rock itself has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head own. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, Different historians have dated these statues from the 6th centuary to late Anuradhapura period. (between 8 – 10 Century). These carvings are of the Mahayana Buddhist style and belongs to the Pallawa- Sri Lankan art tradition and similar to the statues at Dova Temple.
Proceed to the Adisham Bungalow in Haputale.
Adisham Bungalow is a country house near Haputale, in the Badulla District, Sri Lanka. At present, it houses the Adisham monastery of Saint Benedict. It has a relic (a chip of a bone) of St. Sylvester at the chapel. The house was built in 1931 by an English aristocrat and planter Sir Thomas Villiers, former Chairman of George Steuart Co, a trading and estate agency based in Colombo. Sir Thomas was a grandson of Lord John Russell and descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. Named after Adisham, it was designed by R. Booth and F. Webster in Tudor and Jacobean style, on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. Adisham Hall played host to many prominent personalities of the colony until the retirement of Sir Thomas, after which it was sold to Sedawatte Mills in 1949. In 1961 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and was subsequently converted to a monastery. The house is well preserved along with its period fittings and furniture, and is open to visitors.
Overnight stay at Wellawaya on BB Basis.
DAY 08: Wellawaya- Udawalawa- Bentota/ Beruwala
After Breakfast proceed to the Bentota for Beach Stay. En route visit Elephant transit Home in Udawalawe.
The Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home is a facility within Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for ultimate release back into the wild.
Continue Journey to Bentota. Check in at hotel in Bentota.
(Please note that your guide will drop you at your hotel in Bentota and will not be available during your beach stay)
Overnight stay at Bentota/ Beruwala on BB Basis.
DAY 09-11: Bentota/ Beruwala
Beach stay at leisure
Overnight stay at Bentota/ Beruwala on BB Basis.
DAY 12: Bentota-Airport
An English-speaking driver will pick you up from your Hotel for your departure transfer according to your flight details.
END OF THE TOUR!!!
Below prices are in USD Net and inclusive of applicable taxes & valid from 01st Feb 2017 to 31st Oct 2017 For UK passport holders.
|Hotel List (The Rooms are already Quoted)|
|Negombo||Goldi Sands Hotel||Standard Room||01 Night|
|Anuradhapura||Palm Garden Village Hotel||Standard Room||01 Night|
|Habarana||Danawwa Resort||Deluxe Room||01 Night|
|Kandy||Ozo Kandy||Sleep Room||02 Nights|
|Wellawaya||Jetwing Kaduruketha||Deluxe Dwelling||02 Nights|
|Beruwala||The Palms Hotel||Deluxe Room||04 Nights|
Price per person sharing Double room on Bed & Breakfast Basis (USD)
PLUS £200 Acceptance Fee per person
|Quotation: 1st Jan to 31 Oct 2017||2 persons||4 Persons||6 Persons|
|Price per person sharing double room on Bed & Breakfast||US$ 965.00||US$ 815.00|| US$|
|Half Board Supplement per person||220.00||220.00||220.00|
Above Prices Include:
- Accommodation on BB basis as mentioned above
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with an English-Speaking Chauffer Guide.
- All government taxes applicable as at today.
Above Prices Do Not Include:
- Lunch, Dinner & Other beverages throughout the tour.
- Tips & Gratuities
- Video Camera and Still Camera permits.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Any other services not specified above.
- Agent commission.
- Entrance fees to sites
- Compulsory Peak period supplements
Compulsory Peak Season Supplements
|Peak period Supplement at Goldi Sands (11 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017)||USD 30 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Goldi Sands (01 April 2017 – 30 April 2017)||USD 15 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Goldi Sands (15 June 2017 – 31 August 2017)||USD 25 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Goldi Sands (01 Sep 2017 – 31 Oct 2017)||USD 5 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Ozo Kandy (01 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017)||USD 35 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Ozo Kandy (01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017)||USD 25 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Ozo Kandy (01 Jul 2017 – 31 Aug 2017)||USD 30 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Ozo Kandy (01 Sep 2017 – 31 Oct 2017)||USD 15 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Jetwing Kaduruketha (11 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017)||USD 30 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at Jetwing Kaduruketha (01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017)||USD 10 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at The Palms Hotel (16 Jan 2017 – 30 Apr 2017)||USD 80 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at The Palms Hotel (01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017)||USD 20 per room per night|
|Peak period Supplement at The Palms Hotel (21 Jul 2017 – 31 Aug 2017)||USD 10 per room per night|
|Perahera Supplement (29 Jul 2017 – 08 Aug 2017)||USD 45 per room per night|
Activities Supplements (USD)
|Activities||Per person price (USD)|
|Anuradhapura Ancient city||USD 30|
|Hiriwadunna Village Trek||USD 25|
|Sigiriya Rock Fortress||USD 35|
|Cultural Show||USD 10|
|Temple of The Tooth||USD 15|
|Royal Botanical Garden||USD 15|
|Elephant Transit Home||USD 10|
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally. Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk. Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
Tipping is customary in Sri Lanka, and while it is certainly up to the discretion of each client, to a certain extent it is recommended in order to guarantee the best level of service. We can provide you with a list of recommended tipping scales if you wish, or suggest an all-inclusive tips package that can be included in the total cost and that we, as NKAR, will promise to distribute fairly to ensure the best possible service.
1. On acceptance – £200/£250 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) payable to “S W & M Miller” by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account.
Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company in Sri Lanka. to whom payment for the tour is made.
Any bank charges levied by the sending bank relating to transfers to our Partner Company or Complete India & Asia must be paid by the Client and added to the amount to be transferred.
2. You pay 100% of the total 12 weeks prior to arrival in Sri Lanka. or on Acceptance if less than twelve weeks – in USD, by International Bank Transfer to Sri Lanka
WE RECOMMEND: Payment via our Currency Payment transfer system which gives a commercial rate and NO bank charges apply –
Before 60 Days: Full Refund.
60 – 46 Days: 25% of the Tour Cost.
45 – 31 Days: 50% of the Tour Cost.
30 – 16 Days: 75% of the Tour Cost.
15 days to Day of Departure: 100 % of the Tour Cost or No Refund.
Flight cancellation is not included in these charges
Acceptance Payment non refundable
- Check in / check out time at the Hotels is 1200 Noon except few hotels / cities.
- For International flight check-in time is 03 hours before the departure time.
- For Domestic flight check-in time is 01 hour before the departure time.
- Flight schedule and air fare quoted is subject to change as per the airlines notice from time to time.
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
- Any additional expense incurred due to a change in the Government of India and Reserve Bank of India regulations pertaining to taxes, fuel hikes, air-fares and transport and any force majeure situation due to political conditions, we reserve the right to change the cost.
- In case of any increase in the accommodation cost and other services by the service providers will be applicable and levied on the above advised cost.
- Any increase in rate of exchange leading to an increase in surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
- Please be advised that we have not blocked any accommodation for this tour at the time of quotation. Once we receive your acceptance of the same will proceed ahead with the bookings. In case of non availability of original Hotels as envisaged will book alternate Hotels of similar standards.
Included in the Cost
- Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability, Any single room subject to supplement shown.
- Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
- Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable and noted in itinerary.
- All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned Toyota Innova where appropriate.
- Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
- Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
- Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.
Excluded from the Cost
- Expenses of a personal nature table drinks, laundry, telephone calls Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
- No tipping is included.
- Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
- Any international airfares to India and Asia
- Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change.
- Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
- Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
- Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
- Travel Insurance
SPECIAL ROOM REQUESTS:
Where Special requests i.e. Room locations, Interconnecting /Adjacent rooms, Double/Twin beds, Smoking rooms & non-smoking rooms etc. are an important factor in the choice of holiday, please advise us when the booking is made. We will pass on your request to the hotel but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated.
Unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice
- a) The programme is based on the availability of the hotel rooms at the time of forwarding the quotation. As such rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- b) Due to high occupancy/demand, the hotels accept only the confirmed bookings.
- c) Once our proposal is accepted, the final confirmation will be forwarded along with the relevant overnight stays and itinerary. We will do our best to book the mentioned hotels or alternate similar category hotels.
- d) In case of any price fluctuations due to change of hotels, we will send a revised quotation.
HOTEL RULES AND REGULATIONS:
The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs – 1400 hrs. The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs. Hotel Check in/Check out times are fixed and there is no guarantee for early/late check in /out unless paid for.