Tour route: Sri Lanka : Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Uda Walawe - Mirissa - Unawatuna - Colombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed by our chauffeur guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.
Note: Buddhism is extremely respected in Sri Lanka, any disrespectful words or acts may cause deportation or denial of entry, e.g. Buddha tattoos, kissing/climbing/riding Buddha statue, drinking inside the temple, etc.
After breakfast, check out and head to Pinnawela (about 2 hours drive) where you will get up-close withan elephants during their morning feeding and river bathing at the Elephant Orphanage. Drive to Sigiriya afterward (about 3 hours drive). Visit a local family for coconut break en rout.
Afternoon, you will enjoy a rewarding Hiriwadunna Village safari, in which you not only observe dry-zone bird life and a variety of other native wildlife, but also savor the unbeatable view of Lion Rock when cruise around the scenic Hiriwadunna Lake by a catamaran. After it, you will take an Oxcart around the village.
Ealry morning, you will take the morning safari in Minneriya National Park safari to track the elephant. Then head for Ceylon's old capital of Kandy (about 3 hours drive), en route stop for an interesting visit to learn a wide range of spices at the Spice Garden, whose 15-minute complimentary Ayurveda Massage is also highly recommended.After arriving in Kandy, appreciate a vivid and traditional Rangahala Cultural Dance (Kandyan Dance) before walking to the nearby Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka's most sacred Buddhist shrine, the Puja Ritual held in the temple with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and brightly colored Monks definitely shows you how special and spiritually important the temple means to Sri Lanka.
In the morning, take an interesting visit to Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya which boasts 300+ varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. This afternoon is free at your own leisure.
After breakfast, set off for Nuwara Eliya by train (subjected to availability), a picturesque journey packed with beautiful moutains, waterfalls and tea plantations. The train takes about 4 hours. Upon arrive at Nanuoya Railway Sation, get escorted to hotel and check in, rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Early morning, drive to Horton Plain and enjoy short walk there to visit “world’s End”, catch a breathtaking glimpse of Adam's Peak if the weather allows. Then drive back to hotel for rest. Afternoon, take a visit to a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the world’s best Ceylon Tea is produced. After learn about the process of manufacturing tea, get hands-on experience of tea picking, and don’t forget to sip a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. The rest of the day, you can take your time to stay in hotel or walk around the Downtown Nuwara Eliya, this "Little England" town.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Morning after breakfast, drive to Ella make photo stop at Cascading Rawana Water Falls, thereafter visit mini Adams peak, a beautiful tourism site in Sri Lanka. After the tour, drive back to your hotel to relax.
Morning after breakfast, you will drive to the local family and have great chance to attend Cookery class conducted by a villager. Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines of South Asia. Firstly, following your chef to visit the local market to pick the good material there. Then you will learn from her to how to cook the real Sri Lanka Meal. Afterward you will drive back to hotel for rest.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Head for Udawalwe in the morning, along with the charming scenery of Ella. Upon arrival at Udawalwe, enjoy the jeep safari at Udawalawde National park (appmix. 3 hrs) this afternoon. In addition to sighting the large herds of wild elephants, there are spotted deer, Monitor lizards, Sambar deer, Wild boar, Common Langurs, Jackals, Toddy cats and the endemic Toque Macaque. The Sri Lankan Leopard has also been sighted here, but unlike in the Yala National Park these sightings are very rare.
Overnight: Uda Walawe
After breakfast, see the baby elephants get fed at the Elelephant Transit home before head for Mirissa (about 2 hours drive). Located in the Southern tip of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is the very place to sit back and spoil yourself in some of the best beaches and most stunning sunrise & sunset in the island.
Mirissa is known as the best place to see the blue whales and dolphines in the world during October to next April. You will take early moring boat (departs at 6:30 am) into the ocean with a long haul journey of 3 to 4 hours. This amazing experience needs to be patient and lucky. Afterward, drive to Unawatuna. The rest day is leisure for you on the beach.
Enjoy a quite time on the beach.
Have a leisure time on the beach.
Morning after breakfast, drive to Galle with a short visit of this colonial port, fortified by Portuguese first then Dutch. Afterward, set off for Colombo by the Rajadahani Express Train, a picturesque journey packed with beautiful scenery along with southern coastal belt. Upon arrival in Colombo, transfer to airport to catch the departure flight back home.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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