Sri Lankan Odyssey
October – March
Sri Lanka is rich in heritage, a lot of ancient cities, temples, caves abound. World renowned UNESCO sites and beautiful forests and a stunning variety of flora and fauna are all jostling for space. In our weeklong tour we start our journey at Colombo and then take in the Cultural capital of Kandy and the hill country of Nuwara Eliya. We do a small trek in Horton’s Plain National Park, enjoy a safari at Yala National Park and colonial town of Galle. We end the tour with some retail therapy at Colombo. A tour that will transport you back in space and time…. ageless Sri Lanka at its best!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft Plus
Group Size Small Group
- Visit to the Tooth Relic temple in Kandy
- Visit to Horton Plains National Park
- Safari at Yala National Park
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft+
- Maximum Altitude : 2100m/6890 ft.
- Tour Duration : 07 Nights
- Best Season : Oct.– Mar.
- Ex-Destination : Colombo Airport
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 07
- Food Plan : Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Travel & Transport : Transfers and sightseeing in small vehicle/coach.
- Transfer and sightseeing in small vehicles depending on group size.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- Visa fees.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Colombo.
- Monument & National Park entry fees.
- Travel to/from Horton Plains National Park
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays,
road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.”
and its associates.
- Items not specified in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival at Colombo Airport; Proceed to Kandy (112 km; 3 - 4 hrs)
On arrival at Colombo Airport, we drive to Kandy. We have our breakfast enroute. We visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage enroute. Here we can see the largest herd of captive Asian Elephants in the world. It was established in 1975 on a 25 acre preserve for taking care of orphaned baby elephants found in the wild. Later on in 1982 an elephant breeding program was launched. Here we get to see some 80 plus elephants feeding, bathing, naughty baby elephants playing amongst themselves and at times literally trying to push the visitors around. After this brief stop at Pinnawala we move onto Kandy. We check-in at the hotel, have our lunch and rest. Overnightstay stay at hotel in Kandy.
Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic; Drive to Nuwara Eliya (77 km; 3 - 4 hrs)
Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Post lunch, we proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Kandy – Nuwara Eliya road cuts through paddy fields and seamless tea plantations, the road claws its way up winding (nearly 1400m), rounding over the rings of hills and is one of the most scenic roads in Sri Lanka. Enroute, the Ramboda Falls (108m) is a beautiful sight. Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Excursion to Horton Plains National Park (35 km; 1 hr one way)
Today we trek 9.5 km, a leisurely 3 hrs hike in the Horton Plains National Park, the only national park in Sri Lanka where visitors are allowed to walk on their own. The Horton Plains is a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains, Kirigalpotta (2389m) and Thotupola (2357m). We return to the hotel for a much needed rest. Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya – Yala National Park (192 km; 4 - 5 hrs)
Post breakfast, we check out and proceed to Yala National Park. Yala is one of the prime national parks of Sri Lanka, famous for its leopards. Overnight stay at hotel in Yala.
Safari at Yala National Park
Tucked away in the South East corner of Sri Lanka, is the Yala National Park. The ‘Plains’ of Yala are large open glades of many acres that are grassy and dotted with thorny trees and scrub. Interspersed in all this are a few water holes which are ideal places to watch a variety of wildlife. Another feature in Yala scene is the large rocky outcrops strewn with boulders, a favourite haunt of Leopards and bears. The big four of Sri Lanka (elephant, leopard, bear and wild buffalo), are found here. Apart from these one can see sambars, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boars, grey langurs, toque macaque, crocodiles, mongoose and a variety of birds. Overnights stay at a hotel in Yala.
Yala National Park – Galle (168 km; 4 - 5 hrs)
Today, we check out from the hotel after breakfast and proceed to Galle. This charming beach town will definitely take you back in time when the Dutch roamed streets of Galle. Overnight stay at the hotel in Galle.
Galle - Day at leisure
The day is at leisure. Galle, colonial beauty of Sri Lanka reminds one of the times when Dutch ruled Sri Lanka. We stroll through this charming town, taking in the bygone Dutch era. Overnight stay at the hotel in Galle.
Final Departure (157 km; 3 - 4 hrs)
Morning we check out from our hotel and drive to Colombo airport for taking a flight back to India.
End of Arrangements….
Accommodation & Food:
- At all places in a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast Basis.