SRI LANKA

15 DAYS

SRI LANKA 15 DAYS

FULLY ESCORTED BY BRETT ROBINSON

11 AUGUST 2017

15 DAYS

BEAUTIFUL

Fantastic array of attractions

Sri Lanka has emerged from decades of turmoil to offer Asia travellers a fantastic array of attractions, concentrated on one very beautiful island. The ancient Buddhist kingdom riches of the Cultural Triangle, the verdant teagrowing highlands, national parks rich in wildlife, golden palm-fringed beaches, a bustling colourful capital, the wonderful antique fortress of Galle – and everywhere the glowing smiles of welcoming people. Sri Lanka is a destination which is sure to delight any visitor with a love for Asia’s cultures and experiences.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assisting on arrival and departure at Colombo Airport

  • Accommodation & meals as per the program

  • National guide escorting from start to finish

  • All entrance fees as per the program, including safari jeep hire at Yala National park

  • Portage & service charge

  • All Government taxes including VAT

  • Tipping

  • Fully escorted by Helloworld Leopold

  • Return transfers from Bellarine Peninsula to Melbourne

  • Return airfares with Singapore Airlines in economy class

$5885* pp twin share

$7545* single

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1: 11 AUGUST 2017 ARRIVE COLOMBO

Accommodation: Ramada Colombo, Deluxe Room

You will be met by your Insider Journeys guide and transported to your hotel.

DAY 2: 12 AUGUST 2017 COLOMBO

Sri Lanka’s capital city is filled with colonial heritage, and a sightseeing tour unveils the city’s many charms, including a guided walk through the colonial Fort area and the colour and atmosphere of Pettah, Colombo’s vibrant market area and one of Asia’s classic street markets. (B/D)

DAY 3: 13 AUGUST 2017 SIGIRIYA

Accommodation: Cinnamon Lodge.

Travel to the fishing and beach town of Negombo to see the town’s famous fish market, the Llelama, where traditional boats haul in their catches for sale – a little on the nose but a fascinating sight. Continue on to Habarana. (B/D)

DAY 4: 14 AUGUST 2017 POLONNARUWA

Spend time in rural Sri Lanka for a deeper understanding of village life, where famers work the land according to the changing seasons. You will also have a chance to sample some delicious village cuisine as well as helping , before continuing on to ancient Polonnaruwa and its historic attractions. The rest of evening at leisure. (B/L/D)

DAY 5: 15 AUGUST 2017 SIGIRIYA & RITIGALA

Visit one of Asia’s most spectacular cultural sites, the Sigiriya Rock fortress. Only the fit and adventurous will want to climb the rock, but all can enjoy the superb ruins and fine views around the base. For those unable to do the climb a visit to the Sigiriya Museum is highly recommended. Later drive through lush tropical forest, with monkeys swinging on the branches of tall trees, to visit a strict nature reserve and an ancient Buddhist monastery dating back to the 1st century BC. (B/L/D)

DAY 6: 16 AUGUST 2017 DAMBULLA – KANDY

Accommodation: Suisse Hotel.

After breakfast leave for a visit to the rock cave temples of Dambulla. The temple complex consists of 5 caves which have been converted to shrines. Evening in Kandy at leisure. (B/D)

DAY 7: 17 AUGUST 2017 KANDY

Visit the famous Sri Dalada Maligawa – Kandy’s revered Temple of the Tooth Relic. It was built within the royal palace complex and houses only surviving relic of Buddha, which is venerated by Buddhists. Later, visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; these started off as a pleasure gardens for Sinhalese Royalty and was turned into Botanical a garden by the British in 1843. All plants and trees are marked with their botanical names. It was also the location of the supreme headquarters of Lord Mountbatten during World War 2. It has an amazing collection of over 300 varieties of orchids, probably the largest collection in Asia. (B/D)

DAY 8: 18 AUGUST 2017 TRAIN JOURNEY & NUWARA ELIYA

Accommodation: Grand Hotel.

After breakfast drive down to the railway station and then experience one of the most exciting and scenic train journeys on the island, around the Tea covered mountains, through tunnels and over bridges. Upon arrival at the station, you will be met by your chauffer guide. Continue tour into the hills. En route stop to visit one of the area’s renowned tea factories, and learn more about this famous Sri Lankan export. (B/D)

DAY 9: 19 AUGUST 2017 HORTON PLAINS & HAKGALA GARDEN

Leave on an adventurous drive to Horton Plains National Park, located at an altitude of over 2000 metres and covering an area of 3160 hectares. Commence the circular trek through the park from the visitor’s center where you will find some interesting exhibits pertaining to the history, fauna and flora of Horton Plains. The 9 kilometre circular trek will take approximately 3 hours to complete and will cover an escarpment called mini worlds end and the famous escarpment called worlds end, from which point on a clear day you could see the southern coast of Sri Lanka. (B/D)

DAY 10: 20 AUGUST 2017 ELLA – YALA NATIONAL PARK

Accommodation: Jetwing Yala.

This morning leave on a scenic drive to reach Ella which is blessed with some of the most beautiful views, you could find in Sri Lanka. Continue your journey to Yala. (B/D)

DAY 11: 21 AUGUST 2017 YALA SAFARI

Debark on an exciting safari drive through the Yala National Park, with its unique eco system of dry and wet monsoon forests, dry grasslands, thorny scrublands along with freshwater and marine wetlands and the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. The Yala National Park is the second largest in Sri Lanka. 44 species of mammals including Elephant, Leopard (the highest density found in the world), Monkeys, Sloth bear, wild water Buffalo, Toque Macaque, Golden Palm Civet, Red Slender Loris, and Fishing Cat and about 215 Bird species. (B/D)

DAY 12: 22 AUGUST 2017 MULKIRIGALA

Accommodation: Ranna 212.

Reminiscent of the famous Golden Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, it is one of the 64 temples built by King Kavantissa, father of Dutugemunu, the Hero of the Nation, who reigned in a principality in the ancient kingdom of Ruhuna situated in the South of Sri Lanka. There are seven cave temples situated in five Terraced areas of different altitudes. The Cave temples consist of images of the Reclined Buddha, Seated Buddha and Standing Buddha, paintings of Buddhas, Arhaths. Afternoon transfer to Hikkaduwa.

DAY 13: 23 AUGUST 2017 GALLE

Accommodation: Chaaya Tranz.

Leave for your beach hotel in the morning. En route vist port town of Galle. The town was founded by the Portuguese in 16th century. In 1598, the Portuguese built a small fort which was later extended. The rest of the day at leisure. (B/D)

DAY 14: 24 AUGUST 2017 GALLE

Late morning leave for Unawatuna to participate in the cooking program in the Taproban Hotel. The Chef will show how to select good Seafoods/Vegetables and other ingredients. Learn to cook the typical Sri Lankan meals which you will later enjoy for lunch. (B/L/D)

DAY 15: 25 AUGUST 2017 DEPART GALLE

Spend today at leisure relaxing at the resort or enjoying the beach, before a lovely farewell dinner. After dinner transfer to Colombo airport for your homebound flight.

GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS

*Conditions apply. The quoted prices will be subject to change at the time of booking. A non-refundable holding deposit of AUD$500 is required to make a booking. Prices are correct at time of issue and subject to change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. Insider Journeys booking terms and conditions apply. ABN 84 003 237 296 Lic. No. 2TA 002558. Issued 20 Sept 16.

from $6,895* pp
twin share

Sri Lanka is a destination which is sure to delight any visitor with a love for Asia’s cultures and experiences.

BRETT ROBINSON

Expert Travel Escort

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