8 Day - Island explorer

8 Day Island Explorer.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Route:

AIRPORT – NEGOMBO- SIGIRIYA –KANDY –NUWARA ELIYA – TISSAMAHARAMA – BENTOTA - AIRPORT

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Polonnaruwa City Tour or Sigiriya Rock fortress.
Minneriya National Park(OPTIONAL)
Matale Spice Gardens
Dambulla Cave Temples
Temple of the Tooth
Train Ride
Yala Safari(OPTIONAL)
 
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DAY 1

AIRPORT/ NEGOMBO.
 
Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by a Representative of Silver Tree Norway. You will then be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Negombo.
Check in to the hotel.
 
The true life of Negombo can be easily observed at its fish markets.   These markets are always full of life and are at their peak with much action taking place in the early hours of the day when the fresh catch is brought in, as the vendors voice their prices at the top of their lungs and the buyers bargain for the best deals. 
 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 2

NEGOMBO/PINNAWELA / SIGIRIYA.

After an early breakfast, proceed to visit Pinnawela elephant orphanage.  You will arrive in the orphanage in time to witness the morning feeding.

The Elephant Orphanage is a good chance for people to get up close and personal with a pachyderm.  It is a good idea to go and have lunch by the river as after feeding, they are all brought down to bathe and to watch them from a vantage point with a cold drink is a pleasant experience.

Arrive in Sigiriya.
 
Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
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Day 3

SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA/ MINNERIYA/ SIGIRIYA.

 After breakfast, proceed to visit the Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa.

“Polonnaruwa” was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built alongside a large ancient artificial lake there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, ‘Stupas’ and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha at the “Gal Vihara” Start with a visit to the museum which, although small, is excellent..

Optional: Safari
Enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriya, later in the afternoon.
 
Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as Sambhur deer and elephants.  However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
 
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
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Day 4

SIGIRIYA/ DAMBULLA/MATALE/ KANDY.
 
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed to Kandy.
 
Afterwards your next stop will be at a spice plantation in Matale where they grow a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You could also visit a batik factory and watch the production of the artistic fabric.
 
En route visiting the cave temples of Dambulla. 
Dambulla is renowned for its Cave Temples, which were built by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he sought in the caves when fleeing from Indian invaders. Sited on a gigantic granite outcrop, which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land, the caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting religious and secular scenes. Protected within the caves are hundreds of statues of Buddha, many carved out of the rock itself, of which the largest is the 15m long reclining Buddha.
 
Arrive in Kandy. Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom.  It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations.  Set in the mountainous area of the island, there are fantastic views over the city from some of the hotels. 

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha in the late afternoon.
Ever since it was founded in the 16th Century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. 
 
Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones.  Sapphires of all colours, rubies, tourmalines and spinnels can all be found here.  Visitors are also invited to have a look around their workshop, where they will be able to see the design, and cutting, polishing and setting processes.
 
Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
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Day 5

KANDY/ TRAIN RIDE / NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train. 
 
You will board the Badulla Train and enjoy a brief train ride to Nanu Oya station. Your vehicle will travel ahead of you and pick up from this station. Continue the rest to Nuwara Eliya by your vehicle.
Enroute you will visit a local tea factory and plantation.
Rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
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Day 6

NUWARA ELIYA/ELLA/KATARAGAMA/YALA.
 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel and proceed to Yala via Ella.
Check into the hotel. Proceed to visit Kataragama.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 7

TISSAMAHARAMA / BENTOTA – BENTOTA BEACH HOTEL.

Optional: Yala Safari
With a packed breakfast, make a morning safari in Yala National Park. Yala National Park (1,570 sq km) was created in 1938 and is located in the south-eastern corner of the island. Its diverse range of habitats, including scrub jungle, brackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to approximately 400 elephants and around 40 leopards in addition to wild buffalo, Sambhur deer, musk deer, black bears, macaques, jackals and a numerous variety of birds.
 
Proceed to Bentota.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 8

BERUWALA /COLOMBO/ AIRPORT
 
Breakfast in the hotel.
Then you’ll be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport in time for your departure.  Please do note that you must be at the airport three hours before the flight.
 
 
END OF TOUR

Included:

  • Rooms are superior and standard. Possibility to upgrade at additional supplementary rate.
  • Accomodation for 7 nights based on B/B basis.
  • This tour can be offered in 3 Star or 4 Star hotels.
  • Airport transfers, hotel transfers and sightseeing trips.
  • English speaking Chauffer guide. 
  • Entrance tickets for the above mentioned itinerary
 

Excluded:

  • Flights to and from Sri Lanka.
  • Lunch/dinner unless specified.
  • compulsary suppliments high season/Christmas/New Year.
  • All other beverages.
  • Any tours indicated as OPTIONAL.
  • Early check in or late check out fee. 
 

Requirements:

  • Travel insurance for travellers.
  • Visa applied via online application.
  • Passport at least 6 months valid before departure. 

Travel period:
01st November 2016 - 30th April 2017.
 
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