Ceilão – A classic tour of Sri Lanka

Holiday Highlights: Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions

Kotugoda Relax at a unique luxury boutique villa

Bentota Pristine golden beaches with a plethora of water sports Galle – Visit a Dutch fortress, A turtle hatchery, mask museum and moonstone mine

Unawatuna Bay: A peace pagoda built by a Japanese priest now a beautiful modern temple & stupa with a spectacular view.

Udawalauwa Visiting an Elephant Transit Centre

Haputhale Exploring an ancient Monastery

Nuwera EliyaA Tea Factory tour and a game of golf

Kandy Visit Temple of Tooth, stroll a Botanical Gardens and attend a spectacular cultural dance show

Matale Walk around a Spice Garden

Dambulla Discover the Pink Quartz Mountain and Na Forest of Sri Lanka

Sigiriya A Scenic hot air balloon ride with Champagne breakfast

Trincomalee Visit a Hot springs and Hindu temple

Passikuda Relax at the prettiest beach in Sri Lanka

Habarana An elephant back ride safari

Day 1 - Kotugoda - A unique Villa stay to refresh you before the journey

You will be met on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by our charming LIFE IS A TRIP Representative, who will assist you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle, we then proceed to a unique boutique villa housed in a refurbished colonial bungalow situated just 15 minutes from the International airport: Here you refresh and chill out after your long flight, Preparing yourself for the long adventure ahead with your Life is a Trip specialist.

Overnight stay at a Boutique Villa at Kotugoda - Meal Plan: HB

Day 2 – Bentota – White Sandy Beaches and Pristine Waters

Exciting Watersports.

The palm fringed beaches of Bentota adorn over 1000 miles of the unpolluted coast line of Sri Lanka. Here in Bentota, we take you for a 3 hour river cruise on the Bentota ganga. The Bentota Ganga is a beautiful river teeming with wildlife. Spend time exploring the mangrove, river banks and lily clad islands on the search for prehistoric creatures such as monitor lizards, crocodiles and the beautiful birds of prey which patrol the area. You may also see the rivers sand digger boats and hand pulled ferry here.  You can spend the evening at leisure partaking in water sport, enjoying the pool/golden beach of Bentota.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Bentota - Meal Plan: HB

DAY 03 – Galle – Visit to a Dutch Fortress, Turtle Hatchery, Mask Museum and a Moonstone Mine

After breakfast, we leave to Hikkaduwa for our overnight stay, en-route visiting Galle. Located to the South of Colombo, the port city of Galle is mentioned in many a historic chronicle including the Arabian nights. During the Dutch occupation of the island, a magnificent Fort was built in Galle.  We reach Galle and visit the GALLE DUTCH FORTRESS, and have a look at the oldest Protestant church in the country called the ‘Groote Kirk’ built by the Dutch which is located inside the Fort. En route to Galle however, we also visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda and a Mask Museum at Ambalangoda.

Turtle Hatchery Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction (turtle meat is widely sold and eaten in Sri Lanka) and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come to lay their eggs.

The Mask Museum at Ambalangoda is a glimpse into the tradition of arts and crafts of Sri Lanka. All masks are hand carved with intricate designs and painted in vibrant shades, depicting traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next.

Moon Stone Mine Meetiyagoda. Sri Lanka is famous for its precious gems and moonstone. Meetiyagoda is one of the few places where they are found in such high concentrations. It is believed by the villagers that this piece of land, around an acre in extent, is blessed by the moon. The moonstone is grey and feels cool and smooth to the touch when polished and has a glow like that of the moon.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Unnawatuna - Meal Plan HB

Day 4 – Unawatuna– Beautiful Rhumassala Temple with a spectacular view

This morning after an early breakfast, we take you to the Rhumassala Temple. High on the headland of Unawatuna Bay is Rhumassala Temple. With beautiful views stretching out over the Indian Ocean, a walk around the headland near the temple is very special. Famed for the natural medicinal herbs nearby you will walk through hidden villages and verdant jungle valleys eventually finding yourself on “Jungle Beach”- a little known and secluded beach.  Evening spent at leisure at the hotel in Unawatuna. Evening will be spent at the hotel; Unawatuna is one of the best Scuba Diving Locations in Sri Lanka. It is famous for Scuba Diving, Surfing and Sea Food in Sri Lankan Style!

Overnight at a hotel in Unawatunna - Meal Plan: HB

DAY 05– Udawalawe -A Elephant Transit Home

We visit The Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, which is a facility within Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for ultimate release back into the wild. On our visit, we can see the baby elephants rush to drink milk and play with mates.

Overnight at a hotel in Udawalluwa - Meal Plan: HB

DAY 06 – Haputhale/Bandarawela -Elegant Stone Block Monastery

This morning we drive to Haputhale to visit the very interesting Adhisham Monastery -This elegant stone-block monastery once belonged to Tea Planter Sir Thomas Lester Villiers. To recreate his English Lifestyle, he developed beautiful gardens and lawns amid the tropical surroundings and even had a Daimler car for transport, complete with an English chauffeur. Adisham is one of only 18 monasteries in the world belonging to the Sylvestrine Congregation, a suborder of the Benedictine fraternity founded in the 13th century.  Evening spent at leisure in the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Bandarawela - Meal Plan: HB

Day 07 –Nuwera Eliya – Rolling clouds and Misty Hills. Heavenly relaxation and game of Golf

Today we have an early breakfast and leave to Nuwera Eliya. Sri Lanka is never complete without witnessing the age-old traditional tea plucking and sipping a cup of “Ceylon Tea”. A visit to a Tea Factory is a must. Life is a Trip will arrange a visit to a Tea Factory for you, which will last around an hour. Next we have a strawberry treat at Adma Agro Café. Life is a Trip dares you to have a strawberry pizza, yes, a strawberry pizza – it’s usually available at the Adma Agro Café together with all food items with strawberries like Milkshakes, pancakes etc and our guide will take you there. We spend the evening browsing the Nuwera Eliya Town: discovering the Bail Bazaar, visiting the Victoria Park. Later in the afternoon, weather permitting, we will take you for a game of golf. Tread the turf, enjoy a good game and test your endurance at the 18 whole high altitude course - the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. The atmosphere at the Golf Club, allows the player to drift in to another time and play a round at their own pace. Yet this course demands skillful 'position play' and the hilly terrain makes it essential that the players cope with up-hill and down-hill lies. There are also 6 holes where rivers come into play. A challenging course, amidst picture post card surroundings.

Overnight at a hotel in Nuwera Eliya - Meal Plan: HB

Day 08 – Kandy – Visit to the finest tea Centre: Temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha, a picnic at a Botanical Garden

After an early breakfast we travel to Kandy making a brief stop at the Mackwoods Labookalle Tea Factory for a lovely cup of tea and delicious chocolate cake.  Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, is one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka. Today it is a popular stop in an international traveler’s itinerary providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea.

When we reach Kandy we make a quick visit to the Temple of the tooth, Sri Dalada Maligawa – which is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world and complex which houses the one of the two surviving relic of the tooth of Buddha, an object of veneration for Buddhists.   After our visit to the Temple of tooth, we then whisk you to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden. The gardens are home to the world’s largest tree by spread, a huge ficus covering half an acre which is fun to get in and amongst. Also, some of the world’s fastest-growing plants–giant bamboos. You can sit under one and eat a picnic lunch.  Let us know in advance if Life is a Trip can organize a simple picnic basket for you – Please note though: Picnics are subject to weather conditions. In the event of adverse weather, we will go back to the hotel and relax until we take you for the evening cultural dance show.  In the evening – we take you to see a cultural dance show with a spectacular fire dance finale.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy - Meal Plan: HB

Day 09 – Dambulla – Visit to a spice garden and the Pink Quartz Mountain and Na Forest

Today we drive to Sigiriya – making a quick stop at a Spice Garden in Matale en-route. Spice gardens in Matale give an interesting insight into the spice production in Sri Lanka. These spice gardens offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lanka. We then proceed to Namal Uyana: which is a pink-quartz mountain and Na-forest located in the village of Ulpathgama close to Dambulla.  Namal Uyana is a stretch of seven hills; one flowing gloriously to the other. It was established as a sanctuary for monks in the 8th century BC during King Devanapiyatissa’s era. It was later made an open prison-camp where the prisoners had to plant Na trees. Today we take a day off and visit this fascinating site where history merges with natural, exotic beauty and we can take picturesque photos of the magnificent pink quartz Mountain

Our overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya - Meal Plan: HB

Day 10 – Sigiriya– Scenic Hot air balloon ride

We leave very early this morning and take a hot air balloon ride with a Champagne breakfast in Sigiriya.  The total the Ballooning experience is approximately 3- 4 hours; picking up the guests at the hotel, the preparation and inflation of the balloon, flight briefing, takeoff, the flight, landing & retrieval plus return to your hotel after a champagne breakfast is, in all, about 3-4 hours. We leave to Kandy in the afternoon and spend the evening at leisure in the hotel in Kandy.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy - Meal Plan: HB

Day 11 – Kandy - the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka

Kandy is the great Sinhalese cultural capital and a unique Asian city, perched in the hills around the stunning Kandy Lake. It enjoys a cooler climate than most cities in Sri Lanka. Set majestically at the foothills of the mountains, the town is diverse, creative and a must see for many visitors to Sri Lanka. The city's history dates back to the 5th century B.C. Kandy was temporarily occupied by the Portuguese (16th century) and the Dutch (18th century) but as a stronghold, it remained free until 1815, when the British captured it and exiled the last king to India. In Kandy we visit the famous Dalada Maligawa, Temple of Tooth, have lunch at a restaurant in town and take a stroll in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. In the evening we take you to watch a Spectacular Cultural Dance Show - The dance performance takes about 75 minutes with approx. 5 types of Kandyan dance. You can go on the stage to take pictures of this extraordinary performance.

Overnight stay at the hotel in  Kandy - Meal Plan:HB

Day 12 - Kandy to Trincomalee – A Hindu Temple and hot springs with therapeutic qualities

After Breakfast, we proceed with our journey to Trincomalee!  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 magnificent Bay gives Trincomalee its reputation as one of the finest natural harbours in the world. In Trincomalee, we will visit the hot springs at Kanniya which is known for its therapeutic qualities and also visit the Koneswaram temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Swamy Rock.   Relax at leisure in the evening at the hotel.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee - Meal Plan: HB

Day 13 – Pasikuda – Turquoise blue water and a sun tan

We leave to Pasikuda today. Pasikuda (meaning “green-algae-bay”) is situated in Eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka between Kalkuda and the Indian Ocean, approximately 35 kilometers from Batticaloa Town. The turquoise blue waters of the bay attracts local and foreign tourist to this wide sandy place under the hot tropical sun to surf, swim or just frolic in the water. You can spend a day at leisure at one of the finest beach in Sri Lanka in a luxury hotel here.

Overnight at the hotel in Pasikudah - Meal Plan: HB

Day 14 – Pasikuda to Habarana – Buzzing Capital of Sri Lanka

We leave this morning to Habarana where you can enjoy an elephant ride. Here you will find hundreds of domesticated mature elephants who are trained to safely take tourists on exploratory rides through native forest and jungle and also provide them with the thrill of wading through shallow lakes and rivers with water lapping close to their feet which hang over the side of the howdahs. The howdah is named after its ancient ornate Indian counterpart used by royalty for their transport by elephant. The Sri Lankan howdah, however, is a sturdy, no frills, padded and comfortable wooden platform with metal rails about half a meter high (one and a half feet) all the way around and is securely strapped onto the elephants midsection. You climb up steps to the top of a platform approximately three metres high. Your ride is then led to the side of the platform where you step into the howdah and position yourself, usually two on either side. With a firm grip on the rail, your feet will be dangling over the side and resting against the belly of this big grey animal that now has complete control of your wellbeing, for at least the next hour.

Overnight at a hotel in Habarana - Meal Plan: HB

Day 15 – Habarana to International Airport – Bid paradise farewell

And so we bid farewell to YOU - our Royal guests - it was a pleasure - we hope you carry back pleasant memories of a land filled with helpful and smiling people and a culture rich with history and diversity!  Ayubowan!

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on HB sharing double basis for 14 nights from Dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15 at hotels specified or at hotels of similar standard.
  • Hot Air Balloon ride with Champagne breakfast
  • Welcome drink and fresh towels in all hotels
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of an English Speaking Chauffeur guide and dedicated Tour Concierge available during throughout your tour on mobile phone.
  • Farewell gift with logo at departure

Exlusions

  • Any airfares + VISA fees.
  • Lunch Throughout the tour
  • Any entrance fees for sites needing the same
  • Usage of vehicle beyond the given route drives after 06.00 PM, usage of guide beyond the mentioned timings or anything beyond the itinerary.
  • Early check-in & Late check-out.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, mini bar charges, beverages, liquor, telephone charges, etc.
  • Any other services not specified in above itinerary.
  • Health and Travel insurances.
  • Video and Camera permits at sites.
  • Tips & Portage.