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Explore the breath-taking beauty and majesty of our forests and stunning beaches in Sri Lanka. Adventure holidays that will take you to beautiful locations in the island for a thrilling experience of being at one with nature.
|Day 01||Arrival and transfer to the hotel||One night in Colombo||Value: Ramada Colombo
Signature: Galle Face Hotel
|Day 02||Colombo to Kandy||Two nights in Kandy||Value: Bougainvillea Retreat
Signature: Hunas Falls
|Day 03||Kandy||Last night in Kandy||Value: Bougainvillea Retreat
Signature: Hunas Falls
|Day 04||Kandy to Sinharaja||Two nights in Sinharaja||Value: The Rainforest Eco Lodge
Signature: Boulder Garden
|Day 05||Sinharaja||Last night in Sinharaja||Value: The Rainforest Eco Lodge
Signature: Boulder Garden
|Day 06||Sinharaja to Negombo||One night in Negombo||Value: Jetwing Sea
Signature: Jetwing Beach
Needless to say, one of the prime features of the island, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, are its beaches of golden sand that surround the island and have gained popularity over the years with visitors. These include the beaches of Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Pasikudah, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle.
The Kandy Esela Perahera, which is also known as The Festival of the Tooth is a unique religious and cultural event that takes place every year in July. The procession features many dancers, drummers and elephants, who parade through the streets paying homage to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha which is housed in the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy.
The Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa is in the sacred city of Kandy. It houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha and is an important shrine of Buddhist worship. The annual procession known as the Kandy Esala Perahera marks an important day in the Sri Lankan calendar.
The Sinharaja Rainforest is one of Sri Lanka’s only remaining pristine forest. It has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many species of endemic birds can be spotted here in mixed breeding flocks. It also holds a rich variety of trees, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Discover the rich architectural heritage of Kandy, the last Sri Lankan Kingdom to fall to the invading British. Today, it is one of the island’s major cities and home to an array of renowned attractions such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Royal Palace and National Museum.
Begin your tour at the lively town centre, and observe the diverse mix of neo-colonial and colonial-style buildings. Enjoy quality time with celebrated architect Ruchira Wickremasinghe, a recipient of the Geoffrey Bawa Travel Award, as she walks you through the intricacies of Kandy’s architectural landscape. The 2.5 hour tour can begin at any time; however, the late hours of the afternoon are ideal.
Spend half a day exploring four of Kandy’s famed medieval temples. Join your personal archaeologist on an informative, 3.5 hour coach tour of the Degaldoruwa, Embekka, Lankatilaka and Gadaladeniya Buddhist temples. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Kandyan murals on the ceiling of Degaldoruwa Temple. Witness the wonderful fusion of Buddhist and Hindu culture at Gadaladeniya Temple.
Take in the exquisite craftsmanship of the woodwork at Embekka Temple. Observe the traditional Sinhalese design of the Lankatilaka Temple, and discover the inscriptions carved into the rocks. Setting off in the morning is ideal, as the tour involves approximately 1.5 hours of travel to / from your hotel.
A warm welcome to Sri Lanka! Your chauffeur from Holidays by Design will be present at the arrivals hall to greet you and assist you to your vehicle.
You could change your currency before departing the airport as this may come handy during your holiday.
A short drive from the airport will take you to your hotel in Colombo (45 minutes).
Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
Start your adventure with a visit to the Elephant village and help wash, walk or feed these large pachyderms, followed by lunch before you continue on to Kandy (3.5 hours).
Take a tour of the highlights of the Hill Capital before you make your way up into the mountains and a cooler climate.
An early start this morning for your trek into the Knuckles.
This morning breakfast will be served at the main restaurant before you head towards the Wet Zone and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve (four hours).
Your drive takes you through rural countryside providing you with a glimpse into village life in this area.
Settle into your hotel, rest and relax from the journey.
This evening you will set off on a cycle trail. There are few nature trails designed for discerning travellers to enjoy the scenery around the hotel – speak to the hotel and they will be happy to accompany you on the trail or share with you a map. You are sure to encounter something of interest; both flora and fauna so do not forget your camera.
Dinner at the Lodge.
After breakfast, you will set off on your trek into the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Breakfast will be arranged at the main restaurant this morning.
You will then drive to your hotel in Negombo (3.5 hours).
We will take you to the airport, two-three hours before, in time to make your flight.
COST: Transportation: private air-conditioned vehicle.
|Cost per person starting from||Value||Signature|
|Occupying a single room||1425||1390|
|Sharing a double room||995||940|
|Entrance Fees & Miscellaneous||Cost per person|
|Visit the Gangarama Temple||$3.00|
|Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic||$11.00|
|Kandyan Cultural Performance||$10.00|
|Millennium Elephant Foundation - walk & lunch||$45.00|
|Millennium Elephant Foundation - Ride||$20.00|