Tour route: Negombo - Pinnawala - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Uda Walawe - Wellawaya - Galle - Unawatuna - Colombo
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.
Honeymoon special offer: spice up your tour with 1 bottle of red wine, free offered by Odyssey Tours.
Drive to Pinnawala in the morning. You will visit the Elephant Orphanage where you can get up-close and personal with a pachyderm during their morning feeding and river bathing. After lunch, head to Kandy, a city known as the centre of Buddhism. Check in the lovely hotel and relax.
Today’s itinerary starts with the stroll in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Afternoon is free at your own leisure. In the early evening, enjoy a vivid and traditional Cultural Dance (Kandyan Dance) before walking to the nearby Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka's most sacred Buddhist shrine. Here will show you how special and spiritually important the temple means to Sri Lanka.
After breakfast, set off a picturesque journey for Nuwara Eliya by the Train (subjected to availability). Upon arrive at Nanuoya Railway Station, transfer to hotel and check in, rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
In the morning, 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
Drive from the hills of Nuwara Eliya decend to the jungles of Udawalwe. Stop at Cascading Rawana Water Falls to take photo once in Ella. Enjoy the jeep safari at Uda Walawe National park (app 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
This morning, we will drive to Wellawaya Village (about 45 mins drive); where one can observe authentic village life including fishing, wood carving and chena cultivation (the oldest farming system in Sri Lanka). You will walk through the paddy fields, the village homes, and climb up to the top of ancient temples for a panoramic view of the village. Have a simple lunch at a local village home and make a conversation with the householder. Enjoy a short distance cycling (use villagers) or take a Tuk-Tuk to Village tank.
Special Blessing for Couple, it is a tradition to blessing a new couple to have successful marriage life in Buddhist culture. We will arrange this for you as well in a village home, which will handle by an old man in the village. Enjoy a special candle light dinner to celebrate your love with your special someone tonight.
Overnight: Uda Walawe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner
Ceylon blue sapphire is unique in color, clarity and luster compared to the blue sapphires from other countries. Today we’ll take an excursion to Galle (about 4 hours drive) to explore Galle Dutch Fort where you can breathe fresh sea breezes and learn stories during the colonial time with the love of your life. We’ll then stop at a turtle hatchery to see so many different kinds of turtles and even new born baby turtle. There, you will get the true meaning of life by staying close with these endangered ones.
You will check in the lovely beach hotel and enjoy the romantic stays.
This day is all yours taking your beloved’s hand to discover the charming land of Unawatuna.
Today you will be escorted to Colombo (about 2.5 hours drive)-the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. On your arrival in Colombo, you will do a city tour to the Independence Square, Gangarama Temple of Colombo, Galle Face Green Urban Park, Colombo’s National Museum and the former British Administrative Center etc.
This romantic tour comes to an end when your chauffeur guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight.
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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