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Serene Getaway – Sri Lanka

Code: SGSPT14
8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS
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DEPARTURE Muscat / Salalah
INCLUDED
Return air ticket MCT – CMB – MCT
7 nights’ accommodation in selected hotel
Daily breakfast at hotel, commencing on day 2 till day 8
Comfortable transport with English speaking chauffeur guide.
All transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
EXCLUDES
Early check-in and late check-out
Lunch or dinner during a tour
Entrance fee to any site
Any expenses of a personal nature
Travel insurance (on request)
Visa assistance / Visa Fees (on request)

TRAVEL VALIDITY: Travel any time during 1st November, 2019 – 30th April, 2020 (excluding 25th December, 2019 – 15th January, 2020)

PACKAGE VALIDITY: Valid until before 30th April, 2020 (excluding public holidays).

CHILD DISCOUNT: Below 8 years, available “ON REQUEST”

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Day 1: Arrival in Colombo

Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport and be met by a a representative of Hayleys Tours, who will warmly welcome you and thereafter take you on your tour as per the itinerary.

Proceed direct to Habarana. En route you can visit the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for a one of a kind viewing and interacting experience with the magnificent elephants within.
Pinnawala is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat. This is the only such sanctuary in the world; you will watch the beasts being fed their quota of milk from handheld bottles. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born. The success story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. Once you arrive in Habarana check-in to the hotel.

Overnight Stay in: Habarana.

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Day 2: Habarana – Sigiriya – Habarana

After Breakfast at the hotel proceed to Sigiriya. Proceed to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice.

On completion return the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay in: Habarana.

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Day 3: Habarana – Matale – Kandy

After Breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Kandy. En route Matale spice garden.

You would also visit a Spice Garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics

On completion proceed to Kandy.

Kandy perhaps is Sri Lanka’s most beautiful town. Set 488 meters above sea level, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s most visited place after Colombo. The focal point of the town is the golden-roofed ‘Dalada Maligawa’, where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. There are numerous shrines and temples in and around Kandy, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, and stone carvings.

Overnight Stay in: Kandy.

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Day 4: Kandy City Tour/ Botanical Garden

After Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden.

147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy.  There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens.  Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.

On completion proceed to do a city tour in Kandy.

The hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.

 

PM – Witness a cultural dance show. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C.

Overnight Stay in: Kandy.

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Day 5: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Nuwara eliya. En route Visit tea plantation and waterfalls.

Nuwara Eliya, popularly known as the little England is a beautiful city situated in the Central Province at a distance of 180 km from the capital Colombo. It is the city which has the lowest temperature of the whole country during a year being 2000m above the sea level and this climate along with its mountain ranges has given way to large tea plantations, vegetable and fruit plantations to survive quite successfully. It has got the name little England as a result of the houses and other buildings built by the British during their time of reign following English architectural styles and many of these buildings still remain in their original status.

After the tour check into the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay in: Nuwara Eliya.

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Day 6: Nuwara Eliya – Beruwela

After breakfast proceed to Beach. En route visiting Kitulgala.

It is one of the most famous places for White Water Rafting adventures. Chief among these are the historic Beli Lena Caves where the pre-historic Balangoda Man supposed to have lived. The caves are reached after a short 10km drive from the main road through the Kitulgala tea estate. David Lean’s epic war film “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed in this area of the Kelani River, which runs through Kitulgala, and the ruins of the bridge still remains.

Check in at the Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure!

Overnight Stay in: Beruwela.

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Day 7: Beruwela – Balapitiya – Kosgoda – Beruwela

Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit Kosgoda.

Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more than 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery. On completion, proceed to visit Balapitiya.

The 915-hectare Madhu Ganga Estuary is connected by two narrow channels to the Randombe Lake, forming a complex wetland system encompassing 64 mangrove islets. In the year 2000, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) undertook a detailed biodiversity survey of the region & revealed the existence of no less than 10 major wetland vegetation types supporting over 300 plant species & 248 species of vertebrates. This remarkable diversity has led to its being classified under RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands in 2003.

On completion return the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay in: Beruwela.

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Day 8: Departure from Colombo

After breakfast, you will be transported to the airport after spending a memorable time and adventure in the island known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean.