Tour route: Sri Lanka: Negombo - Pinnawala - Kandy - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Pasikuda - Trincomalee - Colombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by Odyssey chauffeur guide and escorted to your hotel for check-in.
Note: It is suggest not say or do something disrespectful to Buddha in case deportation or denial occurs.
After breakfast, head for Pinnawela and visit the Elephant Orphanage, where you can have a good time with these adorable animals. Continue to Kandy. Enjoy Kandyan Cultural Dance in the afternoon. Later, take a short walk to the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic and attend the evening Puja Ritual there.
Note: Driving time is subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
This morning, visit the Royal Botanical Garden with the company of a naturalist. The garden boasts more than 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Enjoy your own leisure time in the afternoon.
Start the day with a drive to Sigiriya. Stop over at a spice garden for a cup of herbal brew, spices learning, interesting cookery demonstration or try Ayurveda massage. Later, climb up to the magnificent Dambulla Caves Temple, which houses amazing ancient Buddha Images and rock paintings.
Take a morning excursion to the world-famed "Lion’s Rock" dating back to 477AD~495AD. The view from top is spectacular and the frescoes keeps one linger.
In the afternoon, watch elephant migration on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. This sight is declared by Lonely Planet as the “6th greatest wildlife spectacle in the world”.
Optional: an unforgettable hot air balloon ride in the early morning to unveil the mystery of Sigiriya from a different angle.
Head for Pasikuda, on the way to which take a city tour of Polonnaruwa, an anciant capital well preserves ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and religious rock sculptures. Upon arrival in Pasikuda in the afternoon, you are free to relax on the lovely beach or explore on your own.
Free day at leisure.
Free day at leisure.
Free day at leisure.
Return to Colombo with the company of your chauffer guide, who will show you around the city by visiting Independence Square, Gangarama Temple of Colombo, Galle Face Green Urban Park, Colombo's National Museum and the former British Administrative Center etc.
Note: The flight from Trincomalee to Colombo is operated on Mon., Wed. and Fri. only.
Bid your fond farewell to Sri Lanka and board your return flight 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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