Details

Unique Experiences: Lion Rock & Cave Temple, Adam’s Peak, World’s End, jungle safari and whale watching
Participants: Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences – normally has more than 2 people in a group and expect to share your experience with up to 8 others.
Trip Length: 8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every Tuesday From 14th Nov 2017 to 27th March 2018
Travel Season: Sri lanka is a round the year destination. However, this fixed departure trip will be organized every Tuesday from 14th Nov to 27th March
Type of Transportation: Car/Minivan/Minicoach
Type of Accommodation: Dorm beds with aircon and shared bathroom
Physical Rate: 3
/5
Child Policy: Child Age: We welcome kids and families.

Child Up to 4 years of age can travel FOC and share seat /bed with parents.

Child of age 5 and above will be considered as adult and will get separate bed.
Included in Price: Meals: 7 breakfast, 0 lunch, 0 dinner.
Accommodation: Dorm beds with aircon and shared bathroom
Transport: Car/Minivan/Minicoach
Guide/Driver: Driver who speaks basic English. Local guide at some sights.
Others/Activities: Horton Plain & World’s End, Jeep Safari at Udawalwe, Whale watching

There is no overall guide on the tour, but a driver who speaks basic English.
There may be English Speaking tour guides on the pre-organized day tours according to itinerary.

Train tickets are made available for sale only thirty days prior to your trip, so we are unable to guarantee availability. If we are unable to procure your ticket, we will make alternate arrangements
Excluded from Price: · Entrance tickets / fee at monuments and sights
· Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
· Tips to guide and driver
· Drinks and personal expenses
· All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Adams Peaks, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Mirissa
Start City:
Colombo
End City:
Choice to end at any of the following - Mirissa, Ahangama, Unawatuna, Galle, Bentota, Colombo city, Negombo or Colombo airport.

Itinerary

Day 1
Get picked up and relax in Colombo
When you arrive in the airport of Colombo, a Go Beyond representative will welcome you and transfer you to your Colombo hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, overcoming your jet-lag and adjusting to our weather conditions.

Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 2
Go from Colombo to Sigiriya. Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and see the frescoes of the Heavenly Maidens
After breakfast at the hotel you go to Sigiriya (160 KMs/4 hours). Check-in to the hotel and rest for a few hours. When the sun looses its grip climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a World Heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (473-495 AD). The Lion Rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned ponds form the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. In the evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 3
Sigiriya to Kandy. Visit the magnificent Dambulla Rock Temple on the way.
After breakfast your trip continues to the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy. On the way you will visit Dambulla Rock Temple. Which is about an hour’s drive from Sigiriya. Here you will find the World Heritage site of Dambulla Rock Temple. The most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples built by King Valagamba in the 1st century B.C. The complex of five caves holds over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings. It contains over 150 images of Buddha of which the largest is a lying Buddha af 14 meters carved out of a rock. Continue to Kandy. On the way visit spice garden in Matale. Continue the journey to Kandy. In the afternoon, proceed to a city tour in Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1798. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 4
Kandy to Adam’s Peak and a late night climb to the summit.
Have your breakfast and continue to Adam’s Peak. Relax for some hours and have a late nigh climb to Sri pada or Adam’s Peak which is a sacred palce for all four main religious groups in Sri Lanka – Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. The giant footprint at the top is variously claimed as being of Lord Buddha, God Shiva, Adam, or St. Thomas, the Christian Apostle who preached in South India. This 2,234 m-High Mountain is a popular pilgrimage and is climbed by thousands of devotees and travelers from December to April. The climb is best attempted at night and if you’re lucky and get up there early in the morning you can be rewarded with one of the finest sunrises in Asia as well as a breathtaking view from the top. For many people a trip up Adam’s peak is the highlight of a stay in Sri Lanka. During pilgrimage season strip lights and rudimentary refreshment stalls light the way and quench your thirst all the way to the summit.

Overnight stay near Adam’s peak.

Day 5
Adams Peaks to Nuwara Eliya through mountains and tea plantation.
After a lazy and relaxing breakfast your driver takes you by true mountain roads through green mountains with tea plantations clad in light green with dots of color from the workers picking leaves. You may have lunch on the way. Visit the Tea estate at Labookale, famous for a fine variety of mountain tea, to get the story of tea making. You arrive in Nuwara Eliya at around 15:00. Check in to you hotel and relax there. You can also visit the Victoria Park or do some short treks.

Overnight at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 6
Nuwara Eliya to Ella with an early morning walk to World’s End.
Today you will have an early start while it’s still cold and crisp. Bring a sweater and a breakfast pack. First you drive out to the Horton Plains, wild moorland, where you go for a trek. Suddenly you will be at the World's End and it seems like all Sri Lanka lies for your feet. It is truly breathtaking and beautiful on a clear day, making the trek more than worth the effort. When you get back down, drive back to your hotel. Later you proceed by train through the stunning mountains to Ella. Check in at a place overlooking the mountains, and if you are still curious and your legs still fresh you can visit the waterfall and the ridge nearby for a fine sunset. If you stay back, the view is just as rewarding.

Overnight stay in Ella.

Day 7
Ella to Mirissa via Udawalawe National Park – best place in Asia to see elephants.
Leave for Udawalwe National Park at 5.30AM with a breakfast pack. Reach the remote national park and enjoy a jeep ride through a grass land which is the home of hundreds of Elephants. The best place in Asia to see elephants and get close encounters. Most likely you will also spot wild buffalos, crocodiles, deer and a variety of bird species. Peacocks are often seen inside the park. After the safari you will drive to Mirissa and stop for lunch on the way. Check in to your hotel in Mirissa and relax in the hotel or go to the beach to enjoy a magnificent sunset.

Overnight stay in Mirissa.

Day 8
Whale watching and drop in Colombo Airport:
Get up early in the morning to be picked up for a whale watching safari, starting already at 05:30AM. The captain will take the boat to the deep blue sea to search for the grand blue whales. Very few places in the world can get you this close to the biggest creature living in the world today. A blue whale needs 8 tons of food every day to maintain its beauty and shape. Breakfast to whale watchers is served on board. Back at the hotel check out and go to the airport. You can also choose to continue on your own and get a drop in a city of your choice on the way to Colombo.

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