Explore heart and soul of Sri Lanka in less than 2 weeks. As the train pushes through the mist, crispy green tea plantations greets you well before the train reaches the cultural capital of Kandy. With your personal driver you will proceed to Worlds End by foot which passes through narrow mountain roads to Ella for some Sri Lankan cuisine, high above the valleys. Continue to Udawalawe where there is the highest concentration of wild elephant in Asia, and then to the beach in hammocks; look for traces from turtles in the early mornings, and fragile purple seashells, off to a colonial place to see the mighty blue whales before you head back to Colombo. Explore with drivers that are proud, yet easy going. From mountains high to the bluest sea. Sri Lanka gets you an addiction.
Included: Meals: 11 x Breakfast
Accommodation: 11 nights stay at hotels on bed & breakfast basis.
Transport: Private transfer for the trip. Train from Colombo to Kandy
Driver: Driver who speaks limited basic English.
Others/Activities: Trip to Horton’s plain/World’s end. Cooking class in Ella with lunch. Ride to the national park in Udawalwe. Whale watching trip. One hour acupressure massage.
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 (only) according to itinerary. Not included: · Meals except breakfast at hotels.
· Drinks and beverages.
· Entrance fees, if applicable.
· Tips and Donations,
· Travel Insurance (compulsory)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
· Experience easy-going life and Sri Lankan culture.
· The best of Sri Lanka in 10 condensed days from mountains and wildlife to sea and blue whales.
· From tea to spices, from cooking to cultural shows. So much in so little. Welcome to Sri Lanka.
· Beautiful local train ride and car with private driver as per itinerary giving you the freedom and flexibility to make your transportation an exploration.
Day 1: Arrive in Colombo
Arrive in bustling, shaky, colorful Colombo, with all its red and green tuk-tuks, trees with canopies shading the roads below, small cricket fields and food stalls. Transfer to a small but unique hotel in Colombo 7.
Over night at hotel.
Day 2: Colombo to Kandy
After breakfast, check out and depart to Fort Railway station by 07:00 am. Board the train for a fine ride to Kandy in a class that in Sri Lanka is called 1st class. The train pushes its way through small villages with sleepy stations, station masters with green and red flags, and flowers all over. Up through the mountains. Closely past waterfalls, into the clouds.
Upon arrival at the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, your personal driver will welcome you and take you to your hotel.
After freshening up go to Kandy view point. This will be followed by Kandian dance starting at 17:00. Later in the evening visit the temple of tooth.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Kandy to Nowara Eliaya
After 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, to Ramboda waterfall. You can have lunch on the way. You will visit the Tea estate at Labookale, famous for a fine variety of mountain tea, to get the story of tea making.
Later arrive Nowara Elliya at around 15:00. Check in at you hotel, and relax. Should you have some energy left, you can visit the Victoria park or do some short treks.
Over night at hotel.
Day 04: Nowara Elliya to Ella
It will be an early start before sun gets its grip. At this time it will be cold and crisp. And you should bring a sweater, and a breakfast box. First you drive out to the Horton plains, a 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 before your feet. Then drive back to your hotel.
Later you proceed with your driver through stunning mountain scapes to Ella, the slow mountain village most people come to love. Check in, in 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.
Over night in Ella.
Day 05 – Ella
After breakfast and a slow relaxing morning get ready for a simple though inspiring cooking class. Try your hands in preparing some delicious Sri Lankan delicacies, and the spicy, fresh treat will be served to you for lunch.
Later in the day you may just relax for a lazy afternoon or go to the beautiful Ravana falls and enjoy the scenery along the road with colorful food stalls, large rainforest trees, slow market towns and a flow of tuk-tuks. There are also other old temples and a cave near by for a perfect evening.
Over night in Ella.
1 child up to 5 years of age is free of charge if sharing bed with parents.
Children aged 6 years or above will be treated as adult.
· Rooms with aircon only at hotel on bed & breakfast basis
· For Ella/hill stations, room without aircon - Pleasent weather
· Private vehicle/car for the transfers
Sri Lanka has now become a round the year destination, however the climate varies from city to city.
Colombo and Hill country (Kandy, Nuwara Elliya and Ella) receive rainfall round the year except Jan to Mar.
Beaches in South gets most of the rain in April, May and Oct, Nov