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Palm Fringed Island

duration
Holiday By Design
05 Nights
Holiday By Design
06 Days
day Location/Route duration Overnight
Day 01 Arrival at the Colombo Airport. Meet your chauffeur guide at the Arrivals Hall. Transfer to Mirissa | Evening at leisure by the beach Mirissa
Day 02 Morning: transfer to Mirissa Harbour with a packed breakfast on a whale watching excursion with your chauffeur Guide. The boat leaves at 6.20 am Mirissa
Day 03 Morning: at leisure | Evening: enjoy the beach and a selection of water sports Mirissa
Day 04 Morning: catch the waves and surf at Mirissa Beach which is less crowded – Surf from October to March | Evening at leisure Mirissa
Day 05 Morning: visit Unawatuna and enjoy this famous stretch of beach and wander around this little suburb of Galle |Afternoon: drive on to the old Dutch Fort in Galle and explore its precincts before you continue on to Colombo Colombo
Day 06 Morning: Proceed on a Colombo City Tour and later transfer to Colombo Airport in time for your departure flight
Galle Dutch Fort

Galle Dutch Fort is a proud structure that still stands tall and mighty in southern Sri Lanka. Built by the Portuguese over 400 years ago, the fort was fortified by the Dutch, upon their invasion of the island. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visited and admired by many, all through the year.

Whale Watching

Did you know? The waters off Sri Lanka’s south and west coasts are along the annual migration route of the Humpback, Sperm and colossal Blue Whale. Towns such as Mirissa, where our excursion begins, are considered global hotspots for whale sightings. The best time to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants of the sea is between December and March.

Set off on your whale watching adventure at 06:00am in the morning with a snack of a selection of nibbles and beverages while you scan the waters for your prize. Keep an eye out for playful Spinner Dolphins, a common sight. You will be out at sea for around four to five hours. An onboard washroom will be available for your use.

Colombo City Walk

Colombo's amazing Fort district still has the energy like in the late nineteenth century when the streets were teeming with ox carts and alive with the sounds and whiffs of the sea, as rubber, tea, cinnamon, kittul treacle, rope and peacocks were loaded aboard ships.

  • Take a walking tour of the Colombo's historic Fort district
  • Learn about the city's colonial past and pick up some photography tips
  • Sample some fiery street food!
  • Recap your walk over iced cold beers at the Dutch Hospital Complex

Taking a walking tour is one of the best things to do in Colombo city and Mark and his colleagues, natives from Colombo, have hosted walks in Colombo for several years under the Colombo City Walks banner.Starting at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex in Fort and walk along the old colonial streets, away from your usual tourist spots, and seek out the colonial Dutch mansions and be a part of the history that is now commercial hub of Colombo. Explore the old Cargills building, visit the New Chinese shop, snap a picture outside the Pagoda Tea Rooms where Duran Duran filmed their iconic music video, Hungry Like The Wolf, and enjoy a cup of Ceylon Tea on the balcony of the Grand Oriental Hotel while taking in the sunset views of the Colombo Harbour.End your walk back at the Dutch Hospital, formerly a hospital during the 17th century, the complex is now host to high-end restaurants, bars and shops.  Relax, take a breather, admire the architecture, and have a drink… or two.

Location : Colombo.
Duration : 2 Hrs.
Best time to visit  : Morning or Evening

Day 01
COLOMBO AIRPORT TO OVERNIGHT MIRISSA

Ayubowan!!!

A warm welcome to Sri Lanka!

Your drive from the airport will take you to your hotel in Mirissa (3 hours) Settle into your hotel, rest and relax from your journey.

Overnight accommodation in Mirissa

Day 02
MIRISSA
Whale Watching Excursion | Overnight Mirissa x
Mirissa, not far from the exit of the expressway at Matara, is one of the most appealing places to spend a few days by the sea in Southern Sri Lanka. One of the popular beaches along this stretch of coast with its fine swathe of sand tucked into a pretty bay, backed by a dense thicket of coconut palms – it is particularly lovely at night when the lights turn on. Development has been fat-tracked in recent years as it has increased in popularity. Mirissa has developed into Sri Lanka’s leading whale-watching center with excellent chances of seeing blue and sperm whales close to shore. There is reasonable swimming, though conditions vary considerably along different areas of the beach. Though you won’t see much other than pretty little fish you can snorkel here too. Snorkeling safaris and various other water sports activities including sport fishing, sea kayaking and cruises around the bay and beyond can be arranged. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and many more beach activities.

Proceed early morning to the harbor and board the boat that will take you among the giants of the sea on a whale watching experience.

Day 03 & 04
MIRISSA
At leisure | Overnight Mirissa x
A leisurely breakfast followed by a full day by the beach at Mirissa or indulge in some exciting water sports activities, surfing or if you are a foodie – try out the local restaurants.
Day 05
Visit Unawatuna, Galle Dutch Fort | Overnight Colombo x
After breakfast drive to Unawatuna and continue on to the Galle Dutch Fort en route to Colombo. Galle (UNESCO World Heritage site) The Port city of Galle has grown from its ancient origins into Sri Lanka's 5th largest city, but it differs from the rest in terms of character & atmosphere. Its sea front gives it a languid air. At the heart of the city - but strangely detached from it - lies the Old Dutch Quarter known as the Fort. Dutch administrators and those in their service lived within the Fort protected by its city walls and the ramparts by the sea. Its entrance, a massive archway gives it a medieval air and appears magically time warped, with its red tiled Dutch period villas, their open verandahs facing the narrow streets, bearing names like Church Street, Leyban Street and such like. A well-preserved townscape with a number of imposing churches, Dutch period storehouses, a courthouse and a lighthouse jutting out to sea, it has lasted through the centuries. A stroll on its lengthy ramparts overlooking a natural harbour at sunset is a must. Other places to visit include a marine museum, the St. Mary’s Church and thoughtfully restored Amangalle, a historic luxury hotel. Life moves at an easy pace within the Fort. Visitors may relax at any of its several arty restaurants and watering holes. The Galle Literary Festival is a much sought-after annual event that has secured its place on the cultural calendar." The Festival throws, people, cultures, hot ideas, hot food, laughter, poetry and arrack together in a beautiful country. Pointless to resist," Sebstian Faulks a participant had this to say of the event. Outside the Fort, Galle has a cricket stadium and a string of resort hotels along its coast; a favorite for visitors, has been the beautiful stretch at Unawatuna beach. Check into your hotel for the night.
Day 06
Colombo City Tour | Departure x
After breakfast take a tour of the City’s highlights with your chauffeur guide. Colombo A dynamic capital that can vie with many a city around the world, it has evolved to be the commercial hub of the island connecting with several towns linked by a fine system of roads and railways connecting both the North, the South, the East and the hill country. A new expressway, one of many coming up, connects the international airport at Katunayake, with the capital - a 20-minute drive avoiding the busy sprawling towns on the old route. Crowded streets and peak hour traffic are the results of a long and formless urban straggle overflowing from Colombo. Nevertheless, the city’s impressive commercial and cultural life grows apace. A heady mixture of Asian anarchy, colonial charm and modern progress defines its character. Showily opulent and shiny office blocks rub shoulders with tumbledown local cafes and shops while serene Buddhist shrines and colonial churches stand cheek-by--jowl with ornate, colourful Hindu temples - all evidence of a rich mix of races and religions, that has blossomed into this cosmopolitan city. A rebuilt and revitalized Pettah, the more colonial styled Fort area, the renovated Dutch Hospital, the Independence Square, the Nelum Pokuna theatre hall, the Victoria Park, now ablaze with lights are all elegant architectural landmarks, that the city can justly be proud of. Not always the bustling metropolis today with its crowded bazars and tuk-tuks weaving among the kamikaze traffic of a vibrant city, Colombo developed from small beginnings as a garden city with its tranquil suburbs, when it took precedence over the ancient Kotte Kingdom. The Beira Lake in Colombo and a network of canals around the city extending to Negombo, is yet another unused Dutch legacy. With the construction of a new harbour, Colombo pridess itself as one of the vital entrepots of Asia, acquiring the sobriquet the ' Charing Cross of the East ' thanks to its location at the crossroads of Indian Ocean trade. British legacy has undeniably come to stay in Sri Lanka. While the Sri Lankan Parliament modeled on the British system - located today in Kotte, stands like a memorial, a cross between the old and the new. Later transfer to Colombo Airport in time for your flight home
Location Value Signature Luxury Meal Plan Room Category
Mirissa Paradise Beach Club Mandara Resort Lantern Mirissa BB Basic
Mirissa Paradise Beach Club Mandara Resort Lantern Mirissa BB Basic
Mirissa Paradise Beach Club Mandara Resort Lantern Mirissa BB Basic
Mirissa Paradise Beach Club Mandara Resort Lantern Mirissa BB Basic
Mirissa Paradise Beach Club Mandara Resort Lantern Mirissa BB Basic
Colombo Mandarina Cinnamon Grand Shangri – La BB Basic

Price includes:

  • Accommodation at the above listed hotels or similar standard at the time of booking
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking Guide throughout
  • Meals: Breakfast at all hotels
  • Flower Garlands
  • 02 500 ml bottled drinking water each day
  • Local government taxes

Price excludes:

  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips and porterage
  • All Entrance fees mentioned on the above itinerary
  • Peak Period/Christmas Gala Dinner (24th Dec) & New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner (31st Dec)
  • Bank / Remittance charges
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Early Check-in
  • Late Check out

Cancellation & payment policy:

  • 100% cancellation
  • 50% payment upon tour confirmation.
  • Balance payment prior to arrival

Notes:

  • Quote is subject to room availability and price fluctuations prior to booking.
  • Quote is based on settlement by cash. If settlement is by credit card, a bank service fee of 2 – 2.5% applies.
  • All drive times are approximate and subject to road conditions
  • The standard check in time is 14:00 at Hotels.
  • The standard check out time is 11:00 from Hotels.
  • Gratuity: tour guides & drivers are tipped at the end of the tour.
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