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    Day 1 - Arrival- Bentota (Approximate travel time- 2 hours)                                     

    Welcome and assistance by Helanka Vacations representative, transfer to Bentota.

    Bentota is 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 day at leisure.

    Overnight stay in  Bentota.

     

    Day 2 - Bentota- Unawatuna (Approximate travel time- 1 ½ hours)

    After breakfast, proceed to Unawatuna, protected by a natural reef in the Indian Ocean and rich in bio diversity. Significantly the fleet water can be enjoyed by snorkeling and diving. Though the beach is constituted of sheltered water for swimming, sh ip wrecks, sea baths and diving within the coral reefs, this edifice is a paradise.

    Enjoy surfing and diving.

    Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight stay in  Unawatuna.

     

    Day 3 - Unawatuna- Galle- Unawatuna (Approximate travel time- ½ hours-Both ways)

    After breakfast, excursion to Galle, the best example of a fortitude city built by the Portuguese in the South, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions.  The 300- year-old Galle fort is a world heritage site. A remarkable site paved with cobblestone streets and reminiscent buildings now occupied by boutique shops and fine dining restaurants that enhance the ever so vivid setting of the town. A Sightseeing tour of Galle includes a visit to the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Shiva Temple, Spice garden, sea turtle rehabilitation farm and hatchery. Visit the dotted shores of Unawatuna in the evening. The shores of Unawatuna are layered with a vast array of restaurants, pubs and hostels that all light up with a mesmerizing warmth when the sun sets. The deep blue waters here also provide for a refreshing swim whilst also being accessible for the use of engaging in one of the many water sport activities available here.

    Return back to  Unawatuna for an overnight stay.  

     

    Day 4 - Unawatuna - Mirissa (Approximate travel time-1 Hour)                                        

    You will be taken to Mirissa to embark on a voyage of unforgettable sights while whale watching.

    Blue whales, Bryde's whales, Sperm whales, Orcas and various types of dolphins have all been spotted within the crystal waters of Mirissa. Bare witness to pods of over 100 dolphins majestically soaring across the water and whales sprout water through their blowhole as they slowly emerge through the water’s horizon all in one breath-taking boat ride.

    Enjoy breakfast on board while returning back.

    The tranquil waters of this paradise-like coastal town are more than plenty of a reason for one to want to venture here. The fine gold sands that rest along the shore of Mirissa are lined with a vast array of restaurants, hotels and pubs that compels to stop by and indulge in all they offer from their fresh catches of the day to beach-side cocktails ideal for the setting.

    Overnight stay in  Mirissa.

     

    Day 5 - Mirissa - Tangalle (Approximate travel time- 1 ½ hours)                              

    After breakfast, proceed to Tangalle, a popular beach destination on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The Tangalle market is the best place to mingle and join the rhythm of the community. Tangalle is famous for its beautiful coastline.

    The colourful harbor is also an attraction of Tangalle complemented by the graceful marine turtles in Rekawa. At the hatchery 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.

    Visit the Blowhole in Tangalle also known as Hummanaya, translates to a distant "hoo" sound and is the 2nd largest blowhole in the world.

    Rest of the evening at leisure.

    Overnight stay in  Tangalle.

     

    Day 6 - Tangalle- Udawalawe (Approximate travel time- 2 hours)                   

    After breakfast, transfer to Udawalawe and visit the national park- afternoon safari.

    Udawalawe national park covers 30,821 hectares. Udawalawe is an important habitat for elephants and is ideal for bird watching. The park is home to the Rusty-spotted cat, Fishing cat, Leopard, Sloth bear, Sambar deer, Wild boar and Water buffalo. Endemic birds such as Spurfowl, Red-faced malkoha, Grey hornbill, Brown-capped babbler, Junglefowl black-capped and Kingfisher can also be found here.

    Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight stay in  Udawalawe.

     

    Day 7 - Uda Walawe- Ella (Approximate travel time- 2 ½ hours)                                     

    After breakfast proceed to Ella.

    Ella is a town of pure natural beauty due to its cascading waterfalls, lush greenery and verdant hills. Start sightseeing Ella, visit the tea factory and learn about how Sri Lanka produces its most famous beverage.

    Little Adams peak of Ella, also known as ‘Punchi Sri Pada’ is 1141 meters high.  Walk through lush green tea plantations, waterfalls and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries. It will take around 35-45 minutes to reach to the top of the mountain on a zig- zag path.

    Overnight stay in  Ella.

     

    Day 8 - Ella- Nuwara Eliya (Approximate travel time-2 hours)                                     

    After breakfast

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

    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, Strawberry farm and Victoria park and visit a tea factory.

    Overnight stay in  Nuwara Eliya.

     

    Day 9 - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy (Approximate travel time- 2 ½ - 3 hours)                                             

    After breakfast proceed towards Kandy.

    Kandy 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.

    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.

    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.

    Optional – visit the Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya, established in 1821 stretch across 147 acres. These verdant gardens were once used as a royal ground. Being the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka, its highlights include a fine collection of fruits, orchids, a stately avenue of royal palms, an aptly named cannonball fruit tree and 40-meter-high Burma bamboo. A giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn can also be found here, held stern by its colossal central trunk that leads into an umbrella-like canopy of branches.

    Overnight stay in  Kandy.

     

    Day 10 - Kandy - Polonnruwa-Sigiriya (Approximate travel time- 5 hours)                       

    After breakfast head towards Polonnaruwa.

    Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago when it was a commercial and religious center. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still create a picture of how the city once looked. Some of the ancient structures include; the palace of King Parakramabahu, Potgul Vehera (this is the oldest library complex found in Sri Lanka, where the Buddhist writings were studied and resided), Shiva Devale (a 13th century Hindu shrine, that was built entirely from stone), Vatadage (built for the protection of a small stupa, the structure has two stone platforms decorated with elaborate stone carvings) Nissanka Lata Mandapaya, the Sathmahal Prasada (a unique seven story brick structure), Hatadage and Atadage (where the Temple of the Tooth Relic was placed first before it was brought to Kandy), Gal Potha (stone book), Pabalu Vehera, Rankoth Vehera, Lankatilaka, Kiri Vehera, Gal Viharaya and Tivanka Image House.

    Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya.

    Sigiriya holds remains of King Kasyapa’s palace, forever set atop the rock yet still showcasing their age-old beauty. Numerous eye-catching highlights persist in this fortress.

    Rest of the evening at leisure.

    Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

     

    Day 11 - Sigiriya - Kandalama (Approximate travel time- 45 mts)                        

    After breakfast, climb the Sigiriya rock (Lions rock)- early morning climb. When entering the site walk along the Royal gardens which consists of pools, fountains and an unending number of aromatic gardens. As you enter the second level of the rock, witness the colourful paintings that date back to 5th century AD. Another interesting architectural masterpiece here is the Mirror wall which was covered with graffiti between the 7th and 10th century AD. The Audience hall is a part of the royal complex constructed on a rock boulder. The Cobra head cave is named due to the natural shape of the rock itself. Sigiriya is one of the many UNESCO heritage sites in the country.

    Overnight stay in  Kandalama.

     

    Day 12 - Kandalama - Colombo (Approximate travel time- 4½ hours)                     

    After breakfast,  visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.

    Dambulla Cave Temple, was declared a World Heritage site in 1991. The Cave Temple had first been constructed during the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya. There are 5 caves in the temple and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, with paintings on the ceilings and walls of the cave. The paintings of the cave highlight the past of Lord Buddha.

    Thereafter make your way towards the commercial capital; Colombo.

    Overnight stay in  Colombo.

     

    Day 13 – Departure

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

     

    ***END TOUR***

     

    4/5-star hotels on double room basis - USD 1850.00 per person.

    Hotels

    • The Muse , Bentota.
    • Thambapanni Retreat, Unawatuna.
    • Mirissa Gate , Mirissa.
    • Anantara Peace Haven Resort , Tangalle.
    • Centauria Wild , Uda Walawe.
    • Ekho Ella . Ella.
    • Hotel Qantara , Nuwara Eliya.
    • Grand Kandyan, Kandy.
    • The Other Corner , Sigiriya.
    • Heritance Kandalama , Kandalama.
    • Galadari ,  Colombo.

     

    Price Includes

    • 11 nights’ accommodation bed and breakfast basis in Single room accommodating basis.
    • Transport in an air-conditioned Private Car.
    • English-speaking chauffeur guide.
    • Tour pack with the compliments of Helanka Vacations.
    • 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.
    • Entrance tickets.
    • Jeep for Safari.
    • Whale Watching
    • Camera permits (for tourist sites)
    • All extra expenses to hotels.

     

    Terms & Conditions

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

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

    All visits to Parks, Sites, and tour places are at clients 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
      b. [20 to 10 Days prior to arrival]: 50% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      c. [9 to 2 days prior to arrival]: 75% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      d. Less than 2 days prior to arrival: 90% of the Trip value will be retained by HVPL
      e. 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 changes.
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