12 Days Sri Lanka – Culture & Wildlife

Tour Code: SL12

Duration
12 days
Price From
$3,999
Valued up to $4,099

Deposit only $500 per person today to secure your trip

Notes

  • Transfer timings given are only approximate timing. These timing could vary depending on road conditions, road repairs, and diversions etc.
  • All nationalities require visa for entry which could be obtained online. Visit – eta.gov.lk
  • Check in time 1400Hrs / checkout time 1100Hrs.
  • Rates subject to change in the event of any fuel increase or Governmental taxes
  • Poya day’s liquor may not serve in the hotel or liquor shops will be closed. But they can use the mini bar in the room.

Route

Colombo – Pinnawala – Habarana – Kandy - Nuwara Eliya – Yala - Galle

Highlights

  • Colombo City tour
  • Anuradhapura and Mihintale
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Polonnaruwa City tour
  • Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Kandy City tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart for Colombo

Today you board your flight to Colombo.

Meals: In-flight meal

Day 2: Arrive Colombo - Hotel

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport.

Transfer to the hotel in North West Province area.

You have just arrived so we suggest you take it easy today.

Pamper and invigorate yourself before you commence the adventure the next day

Dinner and overnight stay in Chilaw.

Day 3: Pinnawala - Habarana

After an early breakfast, proceed to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. A home for about 90 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants, found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Continue onto Habarana.

Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana/Sigiriya

Day 4: Habarana - Anuradhapura - Mihintale – Habarana

After breakfast proceed on a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon, visit the archaeological sites in Anuradhapura, the Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tre). Over 2000 years old it is said to be the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Under this tree, Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment. Also, visit the Isurmuniya rock temple and Mihintale. Return to hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana/Sigiriya

Day 5: Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya – Habarana

Today drive towards Polonnaruwa to visit the ruins of the Royal Palace and Gal Viharaya to view the statues of Buddha and of King Parakumbahu.

Visit a wood carving factory. In the afternoon return to Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, known as the ‘Lion Rock’. Visit the world-renowned frescos of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya. Afterwards visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. Return to the hotel in the evening.

Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana/Sigiriya

Day 6: Habarana – Dambulla – Matale - Kandy

Today visit Dambulla cave temples, world heritage site, and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples – caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings containing 150 images of the Buddha. Later visit the spice garden in Matale. Drive to Kandy to visit a gem factory to see artisans in a workroom cutting and polishing the gems found in Sri Lanka. Visit the Kandy Garrison cemetery, well maintained garden cemetery, founded in 1817 for the internment of British-era colonists and managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Witness a cultural show.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy

Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

Today visit Temple of the Tooth Relic before continuing to Nuwara-eliya. On arrival check – in, in   the afternoon, take a city tour of Nuwara known as “Little England”, Visit the Gayathri Pe(e)dam, this is believed to be the place from where King Ravana’s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and pooja’s and in turn was granted powers by Lord Shiva. Later visit a tea plantation, a tea factory and enjoy a cup of Ceylon Tea.

Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara-eliya

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya – Yala National Park

After breakfast depart we start our visit to Sita Amman Temple, Ashok Vatica, Sita Eliya. The Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita lived most of the time of her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana’s magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashok Vatika or Ashokavanam where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana’s wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. We continue the trail today visiting the Divurumpola Temple. This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent “Agni Pariksha” (test). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Divurumpola means place of oath in Sinhala. The legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties. We continue to the palace where Sita is believed to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hanuman. Ravana 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 area flower with withering petals. Proceed to Yala. On arrival check in leisure. Return to you lodge after the safari.

Dinner and overnight stay in Yala

Day 9: Yala National Park – Galle

Have a morning safari. The second largest national park in Sri Lanka bordering the Indian Ocean. Getting a chance to the Sri Lankan elephant, leopards and many other wildlife.

After breakfast today we drive towards Galle to visit Galle Dutch Fort, the stilt fisherman in Ahangama and visit the Hoo-maniya blow. Time permitting visit the Galle Cricket grounds (from outside).

Dinner and overnight stay in Galle

Day 10: Galle - Colombo City tour

After breakfast depart for Colombo. On arrival check in and have an afternoon half day city tour of Colombo visit the Anjaneyar Temple. This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. The chariot festival is held annually end December to beginning of January.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 11: Colombo – Departure

Today depending on your flight time transfer to the airport for your flight.

Meals:Breakfast, In-flight meal

Day 12: Home arrival

You will arrive home today.

Meals: In-flight meals

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at the hotels specified in the itinerary. (Yet to be booked / subject to availability).
  • Accommodations on HB Basis for 09 Nights 10 Days stay.
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned Car (02 pax)/Van (03-06 Pax) with English speaking Chauffeur driver.
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned Mini coach (07 -09 pax)/ Long Mini Coach (11-15 pax) / 33 Seater (16-20 Pax) / 40 Seater (20-30 Pax) / 50 Seater (31-40 Pax)/ 02 33 Seater (41-50 Pax) with an English-speaking tourist board national guide.
  • Quote inclusive of prevailing government taxes.
  • Hotels offered are subject to availability.
  • 02 refiling water glass bottles.
  • Gift Tea pack on departure.
  • Welcome drinks at all hotels.
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the program.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights.
  • Sri Lankan Visa Fee
  • All expenses of personal nature.
  • Any additional equipment or site visit which are not mention in the tour program.
  • Tips and porterage.

*Actual accommodation may vary due to availability. However, equivalent quality is guaranteed.

Dates & Prices

* indicates Lowest Price for that region

Departure

Price

Tue
07 Apr 2020

Sat
18 Apr 2020

$3,999

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Thu
07 May 2020

Mon
18 May 2020

$4,099

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Mon
15 Jun 2020

Fri
26 Jun 2020

$4,099

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Mon
06 Jul 2020

Fri
17 Jul 2020

$4,099

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Tue
01 Sep 2020

Sat
12 Sep 2020

$4,099

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Thu
01 Oct 2020

Mon
12 Oct 2020

$4,099

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Fine Print

How to book & payments

Deposit & Payments

  • Secure your package with a deposit of $500 per person.
  • Pay a 2nd instalment of $1,500 per person within 30 days.
  • You will then be invoiced for final payment 90 days prior to departure.

Booking Process

Step 1: Customer selects one of our ready-made tour packages along with your preferred travel date based on the availability calendar.

Noted: In case you request a free quote for your planned vacation, simply fill in this Customize Request Form: https://www.asiavacationgroup.com.au/customize/ 

Step 2: Complete the Booking Form

Step 3: One of our Reservation team will contact you within 12 hours to confirm your booking request.

Please note that customers must book at least 90 days prior to departure to ensure your desired travel date and time.

How to extend your stay.

If you wish to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Follow the “Book Now” prompts, until you reach the “Anything else we need to know?” field
  2. Here, please specify your preferred flight arrangements and if you require additional accommodation, with the number of nights needed.
  3. After finalising your purchase and submitting your booking form, a member of our Reservation team will be in contact with you via email to verify your request.

The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice, due 90 days prior to departure, and is strictly subject to availability.

Important Information

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

For the services of your guide, it is suggested that you budget for AUD$10-20 per person, per day. Tipping of your driver is also appreciated and we would suggest AUD$5 per person, per day.

As this particular tour does not collect a ‘kitty’, it is entirely up to the individual whether or not you would like to tip locals for the services of things like taxis or when dining at restaurants. In these cases, we suggest you allow 10-20% of the value of the service as a tip. Again, it is not compulsory and entirely up to the individual.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $750 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Paired Solo Traveler
Not available.

Triple Share
Upon your request except for cruises

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with SureSave to offer you competitive rates for your travel insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover simply to arrange your policy.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of your return.

An e-visa is required for entry into Sri Lanka. The Department of Immigration and Emigration launched a system called “Electronic Travel Authorization – ETA” in order to grant prior approval for a visa online for foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka. You can visit http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/to purchase your visa online. The cost is US$35 per person. We can assist you over the phone as best as possible, however cannot submit the application on your behalf.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.aufor up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Tour Documentation
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Group Size
4-30 people

Children
Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Asia Vacation Group shall not deliver a refund for any delay or change in program or expenses incurred or injury and damage due to airlines, accident, breakdown of transport and sickness.

In some cases, your chosen extra tours may be canceled by Asia Vacation Group due to force majeure you may choose to change to other alternative tour OR receive a coupon equal to the amount you paid for it. The difference in cost of the alternative tour will be paid by you or transferred to a coupon as applicable. This coupon is issued after the tour and is valid for two years. It is valid for any tour by Asia Vacation Group and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Flight Information

Airfare Information

  • Airline: Singapore Airlines or similar (20kg for checked baggage per passenger and 7kg hand luggage per passenger, 01-piece check-in baggage each person only
  • Some flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 15 kilos checked baggage per person, along with 7 kilos of hand luggage.
  • Despite the airlines baggage allowance, we recommend travelling with 15 kilos per person due to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation. Also, you will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters is not included. If travelling over this amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable direct.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.
  • Any airline ‘extras’ such as pre-allocated seating is at your own arrangement (additional charges apply)

Premium Economy or Business Class upgrades 

  • Business Class upgrade available from an additional $3,000 per person (subject to availability).

Please specify this as a “Anything else we need to know?” when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable, or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

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