Hills & Beaches of Sri Lanka

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Get Ready to Rediscover the Exquisite Beauty of Sri Lanka

Located south of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka presents travellers with endless opportunities of fun and adventure. It's a country where you will get to experience a rich tapestry of vibrant culture and scenic beauty. The hills and beaches of Sri Lanka tour takes you to those places where you can re-connect with nature with your near and dear ones and indulge in a number of adventure sports. Among the many hill stations that Sri Lanka boasts of, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are the two most popular. Discovered by the British in 1819, Nuwara Eliya (1890 m, a.s.l) is a hill station of exquisite natural beauty. It's also quite popular for its 18-hole golf course, the best in Sri Lanka, and Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

Kandy is another romantic hill station in the country. The last bastion of the Sinhala Kings, the hill station attracts hordes of tourists from all the over the globe. The picturesque Kandy Lake and the Festival of the August Moon are two of Kandy's most popular tourist attractions. Apart from these, you'll also enjoy visiting the Peradeniya Gardens, the Hanthana Mountain, the Knuckles Range and the Kandy Museum located at Kandy.

While on your hills and beaches tour of Sri Lanka, you'll set foot on the West Coast where the Bentota beach is located. The name of the beach is derived from a combination of two words – bem (name of a demon) and tota (river bank). According to a myth, it's believed that a demon named Bem ruled over the town, and hence the name. Apart from enjoying multiple water sports on the beach, you can also visit nearby attractions like Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Brief Garden and a Buddhist temple. The Induruwa beach is located close by.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Colombo

Arrival & transfer to Colombo P.M. City tour of Colomboincluding visits to the residential, commercial and bazaar areas. The tour also includes visits to well known Departmental stores such as “House of Buddha Statues ColomboFashion” and “ODEL”, which has Internationally recognized “Designer” brands of clothing at an unbelievable price Overnight in Colombo.

Day 02 Colombo to Kandy

Transfer direct to Kandy. Nestled amidst lush mountains in the north of the island's hill country, the Royal City of Kandy, 116km from Colombo, was home to Sri Lanka.s last independent kingdom, surviving two centuries of colonial incursions by the Portuguese and the Dutch before falling to the British in 1815. The legacy of this proud tradition lives on today in the form of the city's distinctive architecture, art and dance. Home to the sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha, a visit to the Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth, is an experience no tourist should miss said to have been snatched from the Buddha's funeral pyre and smuggled to Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess, the tooth relic is of great spiritual significance. Each year in July or August is the Kandy Esala Perahera (perahera means 'procession') a spectacular display of medieval pageantry that includes caparisoned elephants, fire dancers and Kandyan drummers.

Evening visit the Temple of the Tooth and late evening witness a cultural performance. Overnight in Kandy

Day 03 Kandy

Full day sightseeing of Kandy including visits to the Royal Botanical Gardens Sri Lanka’s botanic gardens have a long and proud history, punctuated bycolonialism, and industrial change & throughout this period the gardens have continued to flourish, and the plant collections and herbarium grown. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) - all of Royal Botanical Gardens Kandywhich later became important to Sri Lanka's economy – were tested. Sights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905. Another British import was the enormous spreading Java fig which sprewls across the lawn, grown from a sapling brought from the East Indies. The gardens also have stands of towering bamboos from Burma, Japan China and the East Indiaes, and a fine collection of orchids from Sri Lanka and further afield. Also, explore the Arts & Crafts workshops, Market Places and Bazaar areas. Overnight in Kandy

Day 04 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave Nuwara Eliya visiting a Tea Plantation to see how tea is plucked and a Factory to witness the processing of the raw green leaf to the final graded product. At the heart of the southern hill country is Nuwara Eliya (Colombo 180km), Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial times. The town is still touted as ‘Little England’, an illusion maintained by the presence of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, a racecourse, the Victoria Park and excellent trout fishing in nearby lakes and rivers. You will find the temperature can drop close to freezing at nights and log fires are a common feature of the many Tudor-style houses.

Adding to the atmosphere is the spectacle of its townsfolk wrapped up in winter jackets and woolly hats, carting great bundles of turnips, leeks, marrows and cabbages to the markets. Nuwara Eliya is a great base to explore the surrounding countryside: there are Rafting Tour at Bentotamany walks on offer, including hiking around the lower slopes of the thickly-forested Mount Pidurutalagala, at 2,555m the island’s highest peak. A visit to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, a short distance from Nuwara Eliya, is also recommended. Overnight in Nuwera Eliya

Day 05 Nuwara Eliya to Bentota

Proceed to Bentota via Kithulgala, the famous film location site “The Bridge on the River Kwai” Optional white water rafting excursion and transfer to beach hotel of choice. This short but exhilarating excursion is “level 03 “ and is suitable for most people between the age 08 to 60. This can be booked and paid direct at site. Overnight in Bentota

Day 06 Bentota Beach

Full day at leisure by the beach / relax by the pool. Overnight in Bentota

Icon Day 07 Departure

Departure transfer to the Airport.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

11 nights in handpicked hotels, 02 nights in Camps

Meals

13 Breakfasts, 02 Lunch, 02 Dinners

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips,

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Trekking Equipment including mattress and tent

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges, Travel and Trekking Permit

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

09 nights in standard handpicked hotels including 02 nights stay in a heritage hotel at Jaipur or Udaipur and 02 nights stay at Pushkar fair in a tent or a hotel near the event ground. All hotels are carefully selected and pre-booked for a comfortable stay of the guests.

Staying in a single room will attract supplement charges which can be informed to you by our customer care executive during the course of correspondence. Please ask for it incase required.

Remark : Our Pushkar fair tour offers flexibility of upgrading accommodation to higher classat additional cost.