Quick tour of Sri Lanka

“You would love to visit Sri Lanka but you don’t have two weeks? Discover Sri Lanka’s highlights on our eight-day tour. See Sigiriya’s huge rocky outcrop, former capital city Polonnaruwa as well as Colombo, with its blend of tradition and modernity…Go on safari in Minneriya, enjoy visiting a spice garden, witness the evening ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy or hop on a local train to admire the tea country and the waterfalls on your way to Nuwara Eliya. This is a journey you will definitely never forget.”  Dilhani

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COLOMBO – HABARANA – MINNERIYA

Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. It was the legislative capital of Sri Lanka until 1982.

SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA

Sigiriya (Lion Rock Sinhalese: සීගිරිය, Tamil: சிகிரியா, pronounced see-gi-ri-yə)

KANDY

Say in sinhalese: මහ නුවර Maha nuwara, pronounced [mahaˈnuʋərə], in Tamil: கண்டி, pronounced [ˈkaɳɖi]. Are you ready ?

PINNAWALA – PERADENIYA

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant, and native to Sri Lanka. Since 1986, Elephas maximus has been listed as endangered by IUCN as the population has declined by at least 50% over the last three generations, estimated to be 60–75 years

MAUSSAWA

Hello you !

NUWARA ELIYA

Its name means “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”

NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO

The name “Colombo”, first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name කොලොන් තොට Kolon thota, meaning “port on the river Kelani”

COLOMBO – FLIGHT HOME

About the name of Colombo : another belief is that the name is derived from the Sinhalese name කොල-අඹ-තොට Kola-amba-thota which means “Harbour with leafy mango trees”

DAY 1

Femme Sri Lankaise

COLOMBO – HABARANA – MINNERIYA

 

Colombo | Commercial capital of Sri Lanka

 

  • Arrival at Colombo International Airport
  • You will meet a representative of our local agency
  • Transfer to the hotel and time to get settled
  • Minneriya National Park : in the afternoon you will go for a thrilling jeep safari

Dinner and night at the 3-star Joe's Bungalow (or similar).

DAY 2

Rocher du Lion, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA

 

SIGIRIYA

  • In the morning you will enjoy discovering the famed city
  • The visit starts with the royal pleasure gardens
  • Walking past the enormous lion’s paws guarding the access to the fortress
  • Hikers will be rewarded by spectacular views over the surrounding forest and glimpse the domes of white stupas in the distance

POLONNARUWA

  • Polonnaruwa : an archaeological site
  • Discover the statue of King Parakramabahu, the former Royal Palace, the audience hall, the royal baths, the relic room, the Gal Potha, with the four statues of Buddha

Dinner and night at the 3-star Joe's Bungalow (or similar).

DAY 3

Ville Kandy, Sri Lanka

KANDY

 

KANDY (Kande)| the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka

  • After breakfast you will head for Kandy
  • Stop at a spice garden
  • Learn everything about the origin, cultivation and uses of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, lemongrass, cocoa and other spices…
  • After, you will explore this iconic Sri Lankan city : Kandy
  • The Temple of the Tooth, and see many other interesting sanctuaries

Dinner and night at the 3-star Paradise Kandy (or similar).

DAY 4

Jardin Botanique de Peradeniya au Sri Lanka

PINNAWALA – PERADENIYA

 

PINNAWALA

  • After breakfast an outing to Pinnawala’s renowned elephant orphanage
  • See how baby elephants are fed
  • Attend the elephants’ river bath at 10 a.m.
  • The Peradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens : the largest of their kind in Sri Lanka and filled with exotic trees and flowers
  • The orchid collection is particularly splendid
  • There is an impressive avenue of palms planted in 1950
  • The visit ends with the giant Java fig tree
  • The gardens display other gorgeous plants including cannonball trees, cabbage palms,sea coconut trees bearing fruit that can weigh 10 to 20 kilos, giant bamboos, Assam rubber trees and a sausage tree (Kigelia pinnata)

Dinner and night at the 3-star Paradise Kandy (or similar).

DAY 5

Montagnes Maussawa : Sri Lanka

MAUSSAWA

 

  • After breakfast you will head for the “green gold” hills of Maussawa
  • The Maussawa Estate is an authentic site in the heart of Sri Lankan biodiversity
  • Meet the villagers
  • Enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings
  • Taste delicious dishes made with produce from our organic gardens

Dinner and night at the Eco Lanka Villa (or similar).

DAY 6

Plantations de Thé à Nuwara Eliya au Sri Lanka

NUWARA ELIYA

 

  • After breakfast you will experiment with a new way of travelling and go to Watagoda train station
  • Board a local train and see many waterfalls
  • Visit tea plantations as well as a tea factory
  • Learn about the various processes involved in manufacturing tea
  • Tea tasting
  • The afternoon : spent ambling around the city of Nuwara Eliya

Dinner and night at the3-star Oak-Ray Summer Hill Breeze Hotel (or similar).

DAY 7

Colombo : Capitale Sri Lanka

NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO

 

  • You will go to Colombo after breakfast
  • The afternoon: you will spend time visiting Colombo

Choice of visits including the Fort, the Pettah area, a Hindu temple, a Buddhist temple, the new Parliament and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall…

Dinner and night at the 4-star Ramada Katunayake (or similar).

DAY 8

Vol en Avion dans les nuages

COLOMBO – FLIGHT HOME

 

  • After breakfast you’ll have plenty of free time to amble around Colombo for your last souvenir purchases or visit other sites or neighbourhood
  • Transfert to Colombo airport
  • Fly home
The price includes
  • Airport transfers on arrival/departure and 24/7 assistance
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers, for the tour itself and the visit of sites with an English-speaking driver guide
  • This is a private tour so you will be on your own (as a couple, a family or a group of friends, etc.) and your driver guide will escort you for the duration of your stay
  • Hotel accommodation as stated in the itinerary (half board basis)
  • Entrance fees for the sites mentioned in the tour notes
  • Photography permits except at the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha
The price doesn’t include
  • Flights
  • Excursions and visits not mentioned in the tour notes
  • Personal spending money  and incidental expenditure
  • Insurance

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