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Sri Lanka “Kandy Perahera” Festival Tour

28 July to 08 August 2017 (12 Days)

sri lanka tour kandy perahera festival tourSri Lanka is the land of festivals and traditions... one of the most  magnificent of these festivals is the Kandy Esala Perahera.  This is a religious festival and one of the biggest Buddhist celebrations of the year, during which devotees pray for good rains to cultivate the crops. One of Buddhism’s most sacred relics, the Sacred Tooth is taken from the Temple of the Tooth and paraded through the streets in a golden bejeweled casket that sits on top of the majestic ‘Maligawa” (temple) elephant. Following the parade many more festive events take centre stage and visitors can expect to see a lively cast of Kandyan dancers and drummers in colouful traditional costumes. Kandyan Chieftains in medieval court dress, gaily caparisoned elephants numbering almost one hundred, country dancers, acrobats, whip crackers, torch bearers etc., make it an unforgettable experience for any traveler.

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Sri Lanka Land Tour Itinerary - 2017


Arrival in Sri Lanka. Meeting and assistance at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Colombo.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER (No Dinner today, as Singapore Airlines arrives at 11pm.)

sri lanka tour colomboLate morning, a city tour of Colombo – a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree lined residential Cinnamon Gardens.  Visit Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarter in Pettah, the bazaar area, a Hindu Temple, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1794, the historical Davatagaha Mosque.  Also visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara (Buddhist Temple) believed to be the site visited by Lord Buddha 2500 years ago.

Evening at leisure.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

sri lanka festival tour kandyMorning visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawala. The bathing time at the river is 1000 – 1400 hours.

In the evening, leave for Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to climb the 5th century A.D. Rock Fortress. The vision of a patricidal king named Kasyapa transformed an awesome monolith into a cloud swept city. The mirror wall, which, protects a series of exquisite murals (frescoes of celestial maidens using natural pigments) and the Lion’s Paw entrance to the ruined palace on the summit are well worth the effort of the ascent.

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OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

sri lanka tour anuradhapuraAfter breakfast leave for Anuradhapura, the capital of Sri Lanka, 3rd century B.C, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is the city of stupas and monasteries, steeped in antiquity.  Visit the oldest historically documented tree in the world.  This is a branch from the Original peepul or Bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.  The tree continues to be venerated today after an unbroken period of 23 centuries.  The ruins of the "Brazen Palace", the twin ponds, the queens’ baths and other relics of a bygone age speak of an ancient grandeur that is almost tangible even today.

sri lanka tour aukanaVisit Aukana, which is one hour's drive from Anuradhapura is famed for its magnificent 39 foot rock-cut statue of Lord Buddha, considered one of the finest ancient stone sculpture in Asia.

Evening return to Sigiriya.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

sri lanka tour polonnaruwaAfter b’fast leave for Polonnaruwa, a former capital of Sri Lanka 11th to 12th century. A.D. and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, an obvious South Indian influence on the architecture is noticeable.  The Gal Vihare comprises of four colossal statues of the Buddha carved out of the living rock stand testimony to the skill of master craftsmen.  Visit also the Tivanka Pilimage with its priceless murals and the vast man-made lake that is the Sea of Parakrama – a feat of ancient engineering.

Evening leave for the Minneriya National Park to see “The Gathering’ where this phenomenon of over 100 elephants converge towards the Minneriya Reservoir in search of water during the dry season.

Evening return to Sigiriya

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

sri lanka festival tour dambullaMorning leave for Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to visit the rock cave temple, which is comprised of a series of 5 caverns with ceilings of natural rock covered with intricate paintings.  The natural folds of the rock have been skillfully used to given the illusion of cloth.  Forty eight statues of the Buddha and images of the various deities can be seen inside the cave.

Thereafter leave for Kandy enroute visiting the Spice Gardens at Matale.

Later visit the Temple of the tooth or the Dalada Maligawa as it is called is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Then enjoy a city tour of Kandy – drive around the beautiful lake and the upper lake drive.  Visit the Arts and Crafts centre where you can buy Kandyan silver and brass ware, Metal work, Lacquer work, Wood and bone carvings, Pottery and Hand woven fabrics.  Demonstrations of artisans at work. 

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

In the morning visit the Temple of the tooth or the Dalada Maligawa as it is called is a UNESCO World Heritage site

sri lanka tour kandy perahera festival tourAfter early dinner view the Kandy Perahera, the annual pageant of gaily caparisoned Elephants, dancers, drummers, torch bearers, whip crackers, torch spinners. The Maligawa Tusker carries the bejewelled, golden relic casket; stepping gracefully on the yards of white cloth laid on the road.

PERAHERA VIEWING – QUEENS HOTEL CORRIDOR

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

Morning leave for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, a formerly the pleasure gardens of the Sinhala Queens.  The gardens contain over 4000 species of plants.  The avenue of the Royal Palms, the bamboo fringed Riverside drive, the Bat drive with a vast collection of flying foxes who spend the daylight hours hanging upside down, are some of the special features of this lovely garden.  There is also an Orchid house, a Spice garden, a Herb garden and Glass house of Anthuriums, Begonias, African Violets and other greenhouse plants.

sri lanka festival tour nuwara eliya tea pluckersThen leave for Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea country, which was established by the British as a replica of a little English village reminiscent of the Lake District.  Even today Tudor and Victorian style houses with trim English gardens speak of a gentler age.  An 18 hole golf course and the picturesque lake are a year round attraction.  Tour this unusual little city and en route visit a tea factory where you can see the intricacies that go into the manufacture of the world’s best loved brew.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

In the morning leave for Yala.

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Evening, a half day safari at the Yala National Park or the Ruhunu National Park which is a sanctuary for a variety of wild life.  The Ceylon elephant roams freely here and close encounters are not uncommon.  Leopards, deer, sambhur, wild buffalo, crocodiles and monitor lizards are among the larger mammals that can be observed in their natural habitat.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

sri lanka festival tour galleMorning, leave for Galle, the seafarer’s capital to visit the natural harbour and the Dutch Fortress with its towering ramparts and the mediaeval Dutch buildings.

Then proceed to the beach en route visiting the Mask carving centre at Ambalangoda.

Evening at leisure.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER

sri lanka festival tour beachAt leisure  - free to enjoy the beach or explore local villages.

OVERNIGHT WITH BREAKFAST & DINNER



Morning leave for Colombo en route visiting the turtle hatcheries at Balapitiya.

Afternoon shopping at the Malls and the handicrafts centres.

Evening proceed to Seeduwa.(near airport)

DAY USE OF ROOM (NO MEALS - ROOM ONLY BASIS)

On time transfer to the airport for your departure to Singapore or next destination. (Flight details TBA)

*Itinerary is subject to change due to changes in local conditions or for circumstances beyond our control.

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Quotation Per Itinerary 

Standard Hotels (3 star & moderate 4 star)
*Guaranteed departure

Land cost per person, sharing twin / dbl (w/b'fast/dinner) USD 3085
Single room supplement USD   850
International Airfare on Singapore Airlines (Economy)
SFO / LAX - SIN - CMB R/T
USD 1295*

*Airfare is subject to change. *Other gateway cities available on request.
Standard Hotels
Ramada Colombo (standard room)
Sigiriya Village (deluxe room)                    
Hotel Thilanka Kandy (deluxe room)
Jetwing St Andrew’s Nuwara Eliya (superior room)
The Safari Hotel – Yala (standard room)
The Michelle Beach Hotel  –Southern Beach (standard room)    
The Gateway – Seeduwa – Near Airport (standard room)

Superior / Deluxe Hotels (Good 4 star & 5 star)
*Guaranteed departure

Land cost per person, sharing twin / dbl (w/b'fast/dinner) USD 3765
Single room supplement USD 1290
International Airfare on Singapore Airlines (Economy)
SFO / LAX - SIN - CMB R/T
USD1295*

*Airfare is subject to change. *Other gateway cities available on request.
Superior & Deluxe Hotels
Taj Samudra Hotel – Colombo – Deluxe Ocean View Room
Heritance Kandalama Hotel – Dambulla – Superior Room
Mahaweli Reach Hotel – Kandy – Deluxe Room
Grand Hotel – Nuwara Eliya – Deluxe Wing Room
Jetwing Yala – Superior Room
Heritance Ahungalla – Deluxe Ocean View Room
The Gateway Hotel (Taj) – standard room (Near airport)

  • 11 nights’ accommodation with breakfast & dinner (B'fast from 29 July & ending with b'fast on 08 Aug)
  • 01 night’s accommodation on room only basis
  • Taxes, Tourism Levy and service charges
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide and a separate guide from 4 pax and above
  • Entrance fees to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Kandy Perahera viewing (reserved seat)
  • Jeep hire for a half day safari at the Yala National Park and Minneriya National Park
  • Porterage
  • Bottled water in vehicle whilst on tour
  • Lunches
  • Beverages
  • Airport tax,
  • Tipping at restaurants and gratuities
  • Cricket supplements if applicable
  • Any items not specifically mentioned
  • Visa fees (currently USD 35 pp) www.eta.gov.lk

LOW COST ADD-ON AIRFARES AVAILABLE FROM YOUR HOME CITY.

COMPLETED BOOKING FORMS & A DEPOSIT OF $500 PER PERSON ARE REQUIRED TO RESERVE SPACE ON THIS TOUR.

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sri lanka tour extension to south india houseboatExtension tour to South India / Kerala and the Maldives available on request.