Tour route: Sri Lanka: Negombo - Anamaduwa - Sigiriya - Trincomalee - Kandy - Colombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! When arriving at the airport, you will be welcomed by Odyssey chauffeur guide and accompanied to hotel. Have a good rest on your own for the remaining time. Note: Please be aware that any disrespectful act to the Buddha may cause deportation or denial of entry.
After breakfast, take a 2-hour drive directly north into the rural area, Anamaduwa. Your overnight accommodation would be at The Mudhouse, a private and seductive retreat to get away from it all. In the evening, enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan dinner with clustered lanterns.
Note: Driving time given is based on estimation only.
Today, explore this beautiful remote area on your own. Be it a visit to the local lakes, exciting bird watching, a cycle tour around, or a boat ride passing through mangrove & lagoon, you will find there are so many more in offer and to experience.
This morning, be on a 4.5 drive to Sigiriya, the starting point for safaris. Upon arrival, join a jeep safari in nearby Minneriya or Kandulla National Park. Your guide will take you to one of these two parks to see the currenly located wild elephants, a wide range of birds and deer.
Start the day with the world-famed Lion’s Rock, a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon. It takes some effort to reach the top to enjoy spectacular views yet the surroundings are no less amazing. Afterward, tour the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, where standing the 12th century monumental ruins including the Royal Palace and the iconic reclining Buddha.
Check out from hotel, then head to Trincomalee, an east coastal city that provides decent beaches and sights for a couple of days’ stay. You can also have interesting water sports like snorkeling or whale watching.
This morning, you will enjoy a half day whale-watching tour out to the Indian Ocean - encountering the blue whales, dolphins, turtles and sometimes even sperm whales can be a once-in-a-life-time experience.
The rest of day is yours and free to explore.
Enjoy today at leisure.
Enjoy today at leisure.
Journey to Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage city founded in the 14th century. Have a good rest when you arrive after the long drive.
Today’s itinerary starts with the sacred Temple of the Tooth, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Later, stroll in the Royal Botanical Gardens. In the early evening, enjoy traditional Kandyan Dancing, the iconic performing art in Sri Lanka.
After breakfast, set off to the nearby Kitulgala town to go gentle white water rafting in the stunning river Kelani Ganga. Alternative should be go hiking in the surrounding hills according to your preference.
Venture out on your own this morning. In the afternoon we are going back to Colombo where you will spend your final night.
Today you will be picked up and escorted to the airport for your return 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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