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Sri Lanka Festival - "Nawam Maha" Perahera 2020

06-17 February 2020 (12 days)

sri lanka festival nawam perahera tourSri Lanka festivals! Nawam Maha Perahera is similar to the famous Kandy Perahera festival and is held in Colombo. This colorful and exotic Sri Lankan festival comprises of almost 100 elephants, over 5,000 artistes with dancers, acrobats, drummers, torch bearers and more... The Nawam Maha Perahera is officially inaugurated when the sacred relics are paraded in a gilded casket placed on a majestic tusker, which is elegantly caparisoned and walks calmly amidst the hive of activity. The Sri Lanka festival tour includes other highlights of Sri Lanka with its myriad of attractions.

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Sri Lanka Land Tour Itinerary

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


sri lanka festival nawam perahera tourLate morning enjoy 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.

sri lanka festival nawam perahera tourEvening, view the Nawam Perahera or pageant, a significant event in Colombo.  The perahera comprises of nearly 50 elephants and more than 1000 artistes and wends its way along the route of the Beira Lake similar to the Kandy or Esala perahera.  The perahera is officially inaugurated when the sacred relics are paraded in a gilded casket placed on a majestic tusker, which is elegantly caparisoned and walks calmly amidst the hive of activity.


sri lanka festival tour pinnawelaMorning, leave for the Millennium Elephant Foundation at Kegalle.  Enjoy the elephant walk experience.  http://millenniumelephantfoundation.com/elephantwalk/

Then proceed to Dambulla.

In the evening, leave for Sigiriya to climb the 5th century A.D. Rock Fortress.  Declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and identified as the 8th Wonder of the World by Sir Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer.     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) shows a close resemblance to the paintings seen in the Ajanta caves in India.  All these features and the Lion’s Paw, the entrance to the ruined palace on the summit are well worth the effort of the ascent.

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sri lanka tour anuradhapuraAfter breakfast leave for Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of Sri Lanka, 3rd century B.C.  It is the city of stupas and monasteries, steeped in antiquity. Visit Ruwanweliseya and Thuparama Dagobas and the Samadhi Buddha. 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 festival tour aukanaVisit Aukana, which is one hour's drive from Anuradhapura is famed for its magnificent 39 feet rock-cut statue of Lord Buddha, considered one of the finest ancient stone sculpture in Asia.

Evening return to Dambulla.


sri lanka tour polonnaruwaAfter b’fast leave for Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a former capital of Sri Lanka 11th to 12th century. A.D., 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.

Afternoon undertake a half day safari to the Hurulu Eco Park or the Minneriya National Park to see elephants.


sri lanka festival tour dambullaMorning leave for Dambulla, 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.

Kandy was the seat of the Kandyan Kings from the 14th century A.D. and is a repository of Sinhala culture.

sri lanka festival tour kandyAfternoon 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. 

In the evening, view a Cultural dance performance by Kandyan dancers.

The sacred city of Kandy has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage partly due to the Temple of the Tooth or the Dalada Maligawa, which you will visit in the evening.


Morning visit 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.

In the evening visit the Gadaladeniya, Lankatilaka and the Embekke Temples belonging to the 14th century.  Gadaladeniya is built of stone and reminds us of the South Indian influence of the period.  Lankatilaka temple is a magnificent brick building in white and in the shrine room is found a superb seated image of the Buddha.  Embekke temple is famed for its carved wooden pillars with intricate designs.


sri lanka festival tour nuwara eliya tea pluckersIn the morning leave for Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea country, 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.


In the morning leave for Yala.

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.

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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.

sri lanka festival tour masksThen leave for the beach enroute visiting the Mask carving centre at Ambalangoda.

At Balapitiya visit the Puppet Museum, and enjoy a short puppet show by the Puppeteers of Lanka.

Then leave for the beach.

Evening at leisure.


sri lanka festival tour galleAt leisure.


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

If desired, you could do your last minute shopping in Colombo.

Then proceed to Seeduwa (Airport hotel)


Departure to the airport at 2200 hours. (Based on Singapore Airlines schedule)

*Airline flight schedules are subject to change. The itinerary may be altered due to these changes, or any other reason beyond our control. Driving times are approximate& depend on local conditions.

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Quotation for land tour - 2 options 

Colombo - Taj Samudra (deluxe ocean view room)
Cultural Triangle – Dambulla - Kandalama (superior room)                      
Kandy - Mahaweli Reach Hotel (deluxe room)                        
Nuwara Eliya - Grand Hotel (deluxe room)                          
Yala - Jetwing Yala (superior room)                                     
Beach - Heritance Ahungalla (deluxe room) 
Airport hotel - The Gateway Hotel (superior room)

Cost per person, sharing twin/double -Half board…….$ 3,465
Single Room Supplement……………….……………….$ 1,265

Colombo - Ramada Colombo (standard room)
Cultural Triangle – Sigiriya - Sigiriya Village (Classic room)           
Kandy - Hotel Thilanka (deluxe room)
Nuwara Eliya - Jetwing St Andrew’s (superior room)
Yala - Ekho Safari (standard room)
Beach - Ekho Surf (standard room)   
Airport hotel - The Gateway (standard room)

Cost per person, sharing twin/double Half board…….$ 2,825
Single Room Supplement……………………………….$ 945


  • 11 nights’ accommodation on half board basis
  • 01 night’s accommodation on dinner and day use room only basis
  • Taxes, Tourism Levy and service charges
  • Transport by air-con vehicle
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Entrance fees to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Perahera viewing with reserved seats (best location)
  • Jeep hire for a half day safari at the Yala National Park and a half day safari at Hurulu Eco Park or Minneriya National Park
  • Porterage.
  • Bottled water in vehicle
  • Lunches
  • Beverages
  • Airport tax
  • Tipping at restaurants and gratuities
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Visa fees USD 35 PP (current). Obtained online on www.eta.gov.lk
  • International Airfare (quoted separately from your home city)


Visa - The visa is required for Sri Lanka which can be obtained by visiting www.eta.gov.lk.
The cost is USD $35.00.

Insurance - We highly recommend trip protection insurance and we can assist you in obtaining this valuable coverage, at competitive rates.

Booking conditions - We request a deposit of $500.00 per person, to proceed with all reservations. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure, and final documents are sent 30 days prior to departure.

Terms of booking - We request a signed copy of our terms and conditions which details our cancellation policies and terms of booking (see below). We also need a clear copy of your passport. (Please enlarge to 120%).

Rates - All rates are quoted are based on current tariffs and rates of exchange and are subject to change.  Rates quoted are valid for travel for 2020. 

Airfares -  All airfares quoted are subject to change, unless ticketed. Once reservation is confirmed ticketing must be completed within seven (7) days. All discount fares are subject to penalties for changes and cancellations after ticketing.

NOTE: We reserve the right to change or alter the itinerary and costs when circumstances beyond our control deem it necessary.  All airline schedules are subject to change which may cause the itinerary to be adjusted accordingly.

Completed booking forms must be sent in with your tour deposit of $500 per person to reserve space on this Sri Lanka festival tour.

Click here to download our Booking Form / Credit Card Authorization Form / Terms & Conditions.

We offer low cost add-on airfares from your home city. Call 714-964-6896 / 800-423-9566 for more details.

Extensiont tours to South India, Maldives & Other S.E. Asian Countries available on request.

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