Colonial Budget Tour (9d/8n)
Airport - Negombo - Elephant Orphanage - Sigiriya - Kandy - Dambulla - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Mirissa - Unawatuna - Bentota - Beruwela - Colombo - Airport
Day 1 : After your arrival you will have enough time to rest and relax in a smallish beach front colonial hotel in Negombo - Sri Lanka. The Ice Bear Beach Hotel is a beautiful colonial bungalow set in an enchanted tropical garden overlooking the Indian ocean where you can simple rest on the verandah and sip Srilankan tea or relax your mind and body in their in house Ayurveda Spa.
Day 2 : After a good night in this hotel you will drive through a beautiful landscape of teak and banana plantations and little villages to your hotel in Kandy, stopping off along the way at the Pinawella Elephant Orphanage where you can feed and bath the baby elephants, or simply sit and marvel at the many elephants relaxing in an idyllic, natural environment.
Steeped in history, the Hotel Suisse has a charm of its own that catches the atmosphere of Kandy’s past glory, with more characters than most of its modern counterparts. In the Seventeenth century, it was the residence of the Chief Minister of the Royal Granary. However, in 1818, this property was acquired by the British and occupied by an Officer of ‘Haramby House’ and was sold to a Swiss Lady, Madam Burdayron, who ran it as a guesthouse. This, then was the beginning of the present Hotel Suisse. Another interesting factor is that during the Second World War from 1943 to 1945, Hotel Suisse was used as the Headquarters of the South East Asia Command, under the Command of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Supreme Allied Commander.
Overnight in Hotel Suisse in Kandy.
Day 3 : Today you will travel to Dambulla and Sigiriya. Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass, which houses a rock temple (formerly caves). Some of its frescoes are over 2,000 years old – and there is a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha caved out of the rock, some 14 meters long.
After lunch and small rest is time to climb the Sigiriya Fortress. This rock fortress was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare, was the site of the old palace – the outer wall of which was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO-sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya’s 5th century Water Gardens to be former glory.
Overnight in Hotel Suisse in Kandy.
Day 4 : Travel to Nuwara Eliya after breakfast to discover the hill country of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the southern hill country, Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favorite hill station during British colonial period. It is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate, carpets of lush green tea, 18 hole golf course, the colonial architecture, Victoria Park and more. Travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train is optional.
Overnight at the Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya.
Day 5 : First watch the magnificent views of the Ella valley and the Rawana waterfall. After a stop at the Wellawaya Pottery Manufactory you will continue to the Yala National Park. Afternoon Jeep safari were you can watch leopards, elephants, bears, thousand of local and migrant birds in the wild. Just to name a few.
After safari you will proceed to Mirissa and stay overnight at Colonial Villa.
Day 6 : This outstanding Colonial Villa is only 100 meters off the attractive Mirissa beach and its many beachside restaurants and bars. The Colonial Villa features antique windows, doors and columns. Overnight at Colonial Villa.
Day 7 : After breakfast you will proceed along the beautiful south coastal line to Unawatuna, well known for their pristine clean beaches, but close enough to the all attractions of Galle.
Overnight in Nooit Gedacht Hotel.
In Dutch Nooit Gedacht means Never Thought of ( Never thought of building a house) Originally the house of a Dutch Governor when Dutch ruled Galle in 1735. The spot for the Governor's mansion was chosen by the Dutch because of the fresh water spring in the back yard of the house. In the back yard is also the remnant of a Dutch canal once used to transport fresh water and spices to warehouses in Galle fort
In 1942 the house was commandeered by the British and used as the logistics centre for the Koggala Air Base during World war II - the family was given twenty four hours to clear out. In 1948 the family wrest back the house. Nooit - Gedacht began a new chapter in its long existence in 1981 when upon his return from the United Kingdom, Mr Jayasundere began taking in guests to help run and maintain the house.
Day 8 :After breakfast you will start your journey to west coast, visiting the Galle Fort in Galle, turtle hatchery in Koskoda and having a boat ride on the Madu Ganga where you can watch small crocodiles, water lizards and many more marine animals.
The Bentota Infinity Villa is nestled in the homely town of Dharga , which is located between the towns of Bentota and Aluthgama in the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka just 60 km away from the capital city of Colombo
Overnight at Infitinity Bentota Villas.
Day 9 : Proceed to the airport or your next destination in Sri Lanka. End of tour.
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|*the rate is per person sharing a double room. If you need an extra bed or a baby cot please mention it in the form below .|
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