10/13/17 DAYS STUNNING SRI LANKA
Visiting: Colombo, Wilpattu, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Gritale, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy, Pinnawala, Botanical Gargen, Nuwara Eliya, Hortons Plains., Yala, Deniyaya, Sinharaja, Galle, Madhu River, Negombo.
DAY 1 - MALTA / SRI LANKA
Flight Malta – Sri Lanka.
DAY 2 - ARRIVAL / COLOMBO SIGHTSEEING
Met on arrival by the Kingstar Leisure Representative at the Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Check-in to your hotel in Colombo. Afternoon take a sightseeing tour in Colombo, like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100- yearold clock tower and several British-built colonial Buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Colombo.
DAY 3 - COLOMBO / WILPATTU/ANURADHAPURA
After breakfast leave for Wilpattu where 31 species of mammals have been identified within Wilpattu National Park. Mammals that are identified as threatened species living within the Wilpattu National Park are the elephant, sloth bear, leopard and water buffalo. Sambhur, spotted deer, mongoose, mouse and shrew are more of Wilpattu’s residents. The painted stork, the open bill, little cormorant, Sri Lankan jungle fowl along with many species of owls, terns, gulls, eagles, kites buzzards are to be found at Wilpattu National Park. Wetland bird species that can be seen in Wilpattu are the garganey, pintail whistling teal hoonbill, black-headed ibis, large white egret, cattle egret and purple heron. The most common reptiles found in the park are the monitor lizard, mugger crocodile, common cobra, rat snake, python and the soft shelled turtle which are resident in the large permanent Villus. Continue to Anuradhapura for dinner & overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 4 -ANURADHAPURA
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. Located on the dry plains of the North Central Province within the Cultural Triangle. The ruins at Anuradhapura tell tales of a royal capital of 113 successive kings who made it the greatest monastic city of the ancient world. Tour of this ancient city which was established in 500 BC and served as an administrative center of Sri Lanka and as the island’s capital for 1400 years. The oldest historically documented tree on earth, The Sacred Bo Tree - is also located in this city. The perfection and scale of the dagobas or relic chambers like the Ruwanveliseya, Abhayagiri and the Jetavanarama, which are the largest in the world, are staggering, the latter vying with the largest pyramids at a height of 122m. Return to your Hotel for Dinner and Overnight Stay.
DAY 5 – ANURADHAPURA / TRINCOMALEE
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Trincomalee for sightseeing tour. Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbors. It is one of the main centers of Tamil-speaking culture on the island. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna it has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is a natural deep-water harbor, which is rated as one of the finest of its kind in the world and attracted great sea farers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and Sea Traders China and East Asia from the ancient times. The long and wide beaches here offer surfing, scuba diving and fishing and whale watching. The small peninsula jutting out of Trincomalee town, near the stadium and the main shopping streets, is the Portuguese built Fort Frederick. It’s still a working military base but, you can walk through it. Inside the fort grounds are plenty of colonial style British army buildings, cannons and other leftovers from previous inhabitants and, bizarrely, loads of deer poking their heads out from behind the military offices. This sea town is home to the Thirukonesvaram Kovil, which is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka here are many things to do and see in town and the views across the three main bays are very pretty. It is found on Swami Rock, just above Fort Frederick. It’s very colourful and you can walk around the grounds. The temple is built on top of the cliff, tottering right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Next to Koneswaram Temple is Lovers Leap. The name kind of gives it away but it is indeed a favorite suicide spot, with a sheer drop to the ocean crashing against the rocks below. There’s a memorial and shelter, commemorating the legend behind the name. Apparently the daughter of an Old Dutch official here threw herself off the cliff when her forbidden lover had to sail back to Europe, never to see her again. The story was dampened slightly when records revealed that the girl in question in fact grew old in the town, married with children. But the name and memorial remains. Check-in at your hotel for Dinner and Overnight Stay.
DAY 6 - TRINCOMALEE / POLONNARUWA / GIRITALE
After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka’s medieval capital in 11th & 12th Century AD. Travel via Mutter and Vakarai along the East Coast. Polonnaruwa is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. The majestic King’s Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, the Gal Viharaya (rock temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa’s great kings, Parakramabahu, are a few of this capital’s memorable sights. The Sea of Parakrama - a vast 12th century man-made reservoir dominates the city. Moreover, the monuments here are located in a more compact area, and their development is easier to follow. Transfer to Giritale and check in at you hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay.
DAY 7 - GIRITALE / SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY
After breakfast leave for Kandy, beautiful Hill capital, the last Kingdom Capital of the Sri Lanka’s royalty. Kandy is surrounded by the lush tropical scenery. En route climb the Sigiriya Rock, the fascinating fortress which was a stronghold of a fifth century king who murdered his father. The red stone rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle and it is famous for its frescoes painted within a sheltered rock. Only 19 out of the 500 painted in the 5th century remain. The Lion stairway, the mirror wall and the water gardens are amongst Sigiriya’s other highlights. Also visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, where you will see the frescoes over 2000 years old and the colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock about 14 meters long. It also holds its own treasure - a magnificent temple, which is a series of five caves established as a monastery in the 3rd Century BC. These caves built at the base of a 150m high rock during the 1st Century BC to 993 AD and are by far the most impressive of the many cave temples found in Sri Lanka. Proceed to Kandy, En route visit a Spice Garden in Matale which grows spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication. Check-in to your hotel In Kandy for Dinner & Overnight stay.
DAY 8 - KANDY / PINNAWALA / BOTANICAL GARDEN / KANDY
After breakfast visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala near Kegalle to see the daily routine of up keeping of baby elephants and other abandoned elephants. The unique concept of the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala is one of the most visited sites in Sri Lanka. Founded in the year 1975, with 05 baby elephants found abandoned in the forest, is today the home of nearly 93 elephants of different ages and sizes. Bottle feeding of the baby elephants is the highlight event of the place. There after visit Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya which has been first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. In the evening see a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of drumming, dancing, music and fire walking followed by a visit to the most sacred place of the Buddhist world, the Dalada Maligawa - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relics of the Lord Buddha. Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 9 - KANDY / TRAIN JOURNEY FROM PERADENIYA TO NANU OYA / NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast transfer to Peradeniya Railway Station to get on board the air conditioned Observation Car train journey to Nanu Oya. The train journey from Peradeniya to Nanuoya is one of the most scenic rides in the world. This train powers up through Sri Lanka’s central hill country, through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it ascends to reach Nanuoya. The journey then goes passing lush greenish tea estates, many tunnels, farming fields, villages, various types of forests etc. On arrival at Nanu Oya Railway Station your chauffeur guide will meet you and transfer to Nueara Eliya. Check in at your hotel for Dinner and overnight Stay.
DAY 10 -NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA
Early hours visit Horton Plains lies shrouded in cold mists on top of Sri Lanka’s mountains, at a height of more than 2,000m. A part of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and dramatically different from the coastal plains thousands of feet below, it is a plateau of 3,150 hectares in area. It is a wild and windswept plain of grasslands or patanas and patches of eerie forests. Residents include elk, monkeys, eagles, horned lizards and the occasional leopard. The Plains were uninhabited by the local population but were prized hunting and fishing grounds for the Europeans who “discovered” them in the early 19th century. The visit from your hotel to the entrance will have to be done by jeep. In the evening do the sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya; the Tea Garden of Sri Lanka situated 6200ft above the sea level. The hill station of Nuwara Eliya is celebrated for its fresh climate, the wonderful scenery all around, and its “Englishness”. Wonderful mountain panoramas surround the wide valley, into which fall many lovely but icy waterfalls. You can visit Tea factory at Nuwara Eliya and taste a cup of Factory fresh tea. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 11 - NUWARA ELIYA / YALA
After breakfast leave for Yala via Ella Wellawaya and stop for view the Ravana Falls and the Ella Gap. Check-in to your hotel in Yala or Camp in Yala. In the afternoon visit the Yala National Park which has a large wildlife sanctuary and offers the wild life enthusiast and nature lover the opportunity to observe a great variety of fauna. Visit the Yala National park and the tour will be conducted through the park where you will have the opportunity to see Leopards, Bears, Sambhurs, Wild Boar and Elephants. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Yala.
DAY 12 - YALA / DENIYAYA
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Deniyaya. Check in at your hotel for Dinner and Overnight Stay.
DAY 13 - SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST
After breakfast visit Singharaja Rainforest. It is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve’s name translates as Kingdom of the Lion. There is a high degree of endemism among the butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals are greater than 50%. There have been reports of sightings of a few animals in the eastern Secter. The most common deer species is the Sambar deer, Indian muntjac and Indian hog deer are also found within the reserve. Leopards are very seldom sighted, but their frequent presence has been confirmed by tracks and other signs. Stripe-necked mongoose and the Golden Palm Civet have been occasionally sighted. The most commonly seen primate is the Purple - faced Leaf Monkey. Although the elephants said to be common in the past, there have not been reports of sightings during the last 15 years. Return to your hotel for Dinner and Overnight Stay.
DAY 14 - DENIYAYA / GALLE
After breakfast transfer to Galle and commence a sightseeing tour in the city of Galle, which was once the chief port of Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was named by the British. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres), which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663 which is a world heritage site. Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 15 - GALLE / MADHU RIVER / NEGOMBO
After breakfast at hotel transfer to Colombo. Proceed to Balapitiya and embark on a boat ride at Madu River. “Madu Ganga” has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. It might be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. Continue to Colombo and check in at hotel for Dinner and Overnight Stay.
DAY 16 - NEGOMBO
Breakfast transfer to the Airport in time for the departure flight.
DAY 17 – MALTA
Arrival in Malta
DESTINATIONS & HOTELS | PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON
Child price when sharing with 2 adults:
Child with an Extra Bed € 1609
Child without an Extra Bed € 1399
THE ROCS PACKAGES INCLUDE
Return flights Malta/Sri Lanka/Malta
Meet & greet on arrival at the airport by Kingstar Leisure Staff.
Arrival / Departure airport transfers and sightseeing tour by air-conditioned private a/c car with an English speaking chauffeur guide on transfers and sightseeing tours
Hotel accommodation in hotels as listed above or similar
Daily Breakfast & Dinner
1 night Candle Lit Dinner at Kandy only for Honeymooners
Sightseeing entrance fees to Cultural Triangle (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya), Wilpattu National Park, Dambulla Temple, Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Botanical Gardens, Elephant Orphanage, Horton Plains, Yala National Park, Sinharaja Rain Forest Trek, Madhu River Boat Safari and Tea Factory.
4WD Jeep Hire to visit Yala National Park and up to the entrance of Horton Plains up to Park entrance.
Cost of Train journey from Peradeniya Railway Station to Nanu Oya Railway Station.
Airline taxes and charges
SUPPLEMENTS AND EXCURSIONS
If the stay is coinciding with Kandy Perehara Festival Season in August 2023 a mandatory surcharge of € 67 per room per night
will apply. Dates to be notified.
Please note Yala National Park may be closed during September/October 2023 due to drought season and if so the visit will be substituted with a safari to Udawalawe National Park with overnight stay at Grand Safari Hotel or Centauria Wild in Udawalawe.
Cost of Lunches
Tips, bar, laundry and Telephone Calls
Seats to witness Kandy Perehara Festival
Any other expenses not specified above
Porterage, service charges and government taxes
Early check-in & late check-out to the hotels
Visa –Please refer online: www.eta.gov.lk
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (SUBJECT TO OPERATION)
Elephant Ride at Habarana € 31
White Water Rafting at Kithulgala € 67
Madhu River Cruise at Balapitiya € 19
Whale Watching at Mirissa € 86
Kandy Perehara Festival seats € 92 – € 123 per person depending on the dates