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    Day 1 - Airport- Kandy (Approximate travel time- 3 ½ hours)

     

    Welcome and assistance by Helanka Vacations representative, transfer to Kandy, which was the capital of Sri Lanka during the ancient times of Kings and Queens. Nestling midst low hills and looped by the Mahaweli river, this religious city is one of the most sacred places of worship to Buddhists in the world and was also named a world heritage site by UNESCO.

    Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic; the crown jewel of the Kandy city is also known as Dalada Maligawa. ‘Maligawa’ translates to palace and the temple is a part of it. It has seen centuries of peaceful reigns and is one of the many historical places in the island. Walk around the Kandy lake, also known as “the sea of milk” is situated in the heart of Kandy (next to the Temple of the Tooth Relic), it was built in 1807 by the last king of Sri Lanka. This lake is highly protected as it has many auspicious stories related to it.

    Witness the Kandyan cultural show, a unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dance (fire and harvest dance), which include an entertaining fire-walking act. The artists dance to the beat of the drums, rising and falling to the lively tempo.

    Overnight stay at Suisse Hotel in Kandy.



    Day 2 - Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (Approximate travel time-2 ½ - 3 hours)


    After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’ for its picturesque landscapes of beautiful mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations.

     

    Visit the tea factory in Ramboda and learn about the production of Sri Lanka’s globally sought out for tea. Witness the Ramboda falls, a unique and beautiful sight that can be seen at the Pussellawa area of Nuwara Eliya, at the Ramboda pass. The height of this fall is 109 meters. 

    Overnight stay at Jetwing St. Andrews in Nuwara Eliya.



    Day 3 - Nuwara Eliya


    After breakfast, start sightseeing Nuwara Eliya by visiting the old brick post office, country house like hill club and its interesting interior, the 18-hole golf course, race course, Gregory lake, Victoria park and the Botanical gardens in Hakgala, established in 1861. Highlights include the central pond, lower flower garden, rose garden, glass house, bulb garden, upper flower garden and their folklores. There is a collection of flowers such as Lilium, Watsonia, Gladiolus, Agapanthus and Zephyranthes. The Badulla tree which can be found here is said to have valuable medicinal properties. This garden is inhabited by many species of birds such as; Wood Pigeons, Southern Crow Pheasants, Layard's Wood Peckers, Fan Tail Warblers, Yellow Fronted Barbertons and Tickell's Flower Peckers.

    Overnight stay at Jetwing St. Andrews in Nuwara Eliya.



    Day 4 - Nuwara Eliya – Yala (Approximate travel time-4 ½ hours)


    After breakfast, advance to Yala, home to one of Sri Lanka’s popular national parks. 

    Rest of the day at leisure.


    Overnight stay at EKHO Safari Tissa Hotel in Yala.



    Day 5 - Yala


    After breakfast, visit the national park- morning safari.

    Catch a glimpse of not one, but two of Sri Lanka's revered Big Five; the agile sloth bear and magnificent leopard at the Yala National Park. The park is also home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Yala National Park boasts its unmatched beauty across all plains with a wondrous ecosystem of countless flora and fauna residing within its boundaries. Despite their name, sloth bears are a species known for their exceptional agility and quick reflexes. You can find these fast-paced yet humble animals wandering the plains of Yala, scavenging for fruit and honey to soothe their specially adapted palette.

    Optional- evening safari at the Yala national park. 

    Overnight stay at EKHO Safari Tissa Hotel in Yala.



    Day 6 - Yala- Bentota (Approximate travel time- 5 hours)


    After breakfast, transfer to Bentota, famed as the prime beach resort town of the south-western and southern coastal belts of Sri Lanka. This town provides the perfect location for holidays by the beach as it is enriched with safe swimming combined with fun water sports and pristine palm fringed beaches.

    Rest of the evening at leisure.

    Overnight stay at Cinnamon Bey Hotel in Bentota/ Beruwela.



    Day 7 - Bentota- Balapitiya- Bentota (Approximate travel time- 1 hour) 


    After breakfast, proceed with the mangrove boat ride along the Madu river- Balapitiya. During the river safari, visit uninhabited islands and a cinnamon plantation where you can get an insight into typical rural life.

    Return back to Bentota. En-route- visit the Kosgoda turtle hatchery, where you will learn about the livelihood of these graceful turtles, both young and old as they are cared for until the day, they are ready to head back out into the ocean.

     Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight stay at Cinnamon Bey Hotel in Bentota/ Beruwela. 



    Day 8 - Bentota- Colombo (Approximate travel time- 2 hours)


    After breakfast, proceed to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling commercial hub.

    Start your city tour and shopping. A drive through the city will take you to Fort and Pettah – the commercial area of the city and tree-lined Colombo 7 – Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5 & 8 are the prime residential areas of the city. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street – lined with goldsmith shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatagaha Mosque, Independence Square, BMICH, Gangaramaya Temple and Colombo Museum are but some of the many attractions in Colombo. Sri Lanka is renowned for Ceylon Tea, Ceylon Cinnamon, Blue Sapphires spices, precious and semi-precious gems and jewelry in silver, gold and white gold.

     The nightlife here is lively at a number of clubs, pubs and dining venues.

    Overnight stay at The Ocean Hotel in Colombo. 


    Day 9 – Departure


    After breakfast head towards the Airport in time for your departure flight.

    ***END TOUR***


    4-Star hotels on Double room basis-USD 940.00 per person

     

    Hotels

    • Suisse Hotel, Kandy
    • Jetwing St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya
    • EKHO Safari Tissa Hotel, Weligatta
    • Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala
    • The Ocean, Colombo

     

    Price Includes

    • 08 nights’ accommodation bed and breakfast basis in double room sharing basis.
    • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking guide.
    • Jeep & Boat Fees
    • Entrance Fees- Kandyan Dancing, Pinnawela National Park, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Hakgala Garden, Yala National Park, Turtle Hatchery and Colombo Museum.
    • Airport pick up / Drop off.
    • Transport for sightseeing places.
    • All applicable taxes

     

    Price Does Not Include

    • Early check-in and late check-out.
    • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature.
    • Every other meal throughout the tour (lunch and dinner).
    • Camera permits (for tourist sites)
    • All extra expenses to hotels

    Terms & Conditions

    Rates quoted as per period of vacation given (01st May 2019 to 31st May 2019)

    Hotels mentioned in the itinerary, will be on availability basis at the time of the confirmation of the tour. In the

    even the said hotels are not available, similar hotels will be provided in the same vicinity or nearest location, there can be a price variance.

    Above rates are net and non-commissionable and include all taxes.

    Quote is based on standard category rooms of respective hotels, unless mentioned specifically. Higher category rooms could be arranged on request at a surcharge.

    The prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of government tax revisions, Change or

    fluctuation of currency used, Change of Transport-Hotel or related site entry fees etc.

    Tickets obtained to visit archeological sites will not be refunded if you cancel the tour last minute or whilst on tour,

    due to any reason. (No refund for un-utilized tickets).

    Star ratings are for guidance purpose only.

    Tour programs could be changed or re-routed due to natural causes or unavoidable other conditions which are beyond our control. Such changes will be done in consultation with guests locally as and when required for the

    best interest of the safety and comfort of guests.

    All clients are reminded to have their own travel insurance with sufficient coverage for all unforeseen tragedies. In the very unlikely event of any accident or personal injury during any part of the tour the responsibility of damage

    caused for any personal effects or bodily will be at client’s own risk

    All visits to Parks, Sites, and tour places are at client’s own risk

    Optional excursions could be provided on request as per additional, applicable rates

    Jeeps used for wild life park visits are basic and are not comprehensively insured.

     Cancellation Policy:

    1. [30 to 21 days prior to arrival]: 25% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      1. [20 to 10 Days prior to arrival]: 50% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      2. [9 to 2 days prior to arrival]: 75% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      3. Less than 2 days prior to arrival: 90% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      4. No show: 100% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL

    During peak season (December 15th till March 15th and from July 15th till August 15th) cancellation one month before tour start may incur cost of up to 100% of the package.

    Please notify HVPL of any changes regarding your travel plans in writing as early as possible. Most hotels, airlines and suppliers charge a 100% cancellation fee for change.

     

     

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