ROMANTIC GATEWAY

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

05 Nights & 06 Days

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Maximum Seats

15

ROMANTIC GATEWAY

Tour Overview

Day 1

Kandy

AIRPORT/SPICE GARDEN / KANDY CITY TOUR / TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH / GEM GALLERY VISIT / CULTURAL DANCE SHOW / KANDY

SPICE GARDEN SRI LANKA (The excursion will take approx: 30 minutes)
You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella on the Colombo-Kandy road where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations.
Arrive in Kandy Upon arrival proceed on a city tour in Kandy including the Temple of the Tooth and witness the Evening cultural dance show.

KANDY (The excursion will take approx: 1 & 1/2 Hrs including 45 minutes cultural dance performance)
The hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.

GEMS OF SRI LANKA
The world’s best gems are available in Sri Lanka such as Blue and Yellow Sapphire, Star Ruby and Star Sapphir e, Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye, Alexandrite, Topaz, Amethyst, Quartz, Garnet, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Tourmaline When comparing with other countries you will be lucky to buy pure and valuable gems at Sri Lanka for a competitive price. You can get the education about gems, making jewelries and other requests with them. You can buy gold, white gold and silver jewelry at your choice. You can even get them Tailor Made as per your preference.

Evening witness the Cultural Dance Show featuring various dancing types of Sri Lanka…

Check in at hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 2

Nuwara Eliya

KANDY / TEA PLANTATION & TEA FACTORY / NUWARA ELIYA CITY TOUR / HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDEN / GREGORY LAKE / NUWARA ELIYA

TEA PRODUCTION IN SRI LANKA (The excursion will take approx: 30 minutes)
Formerly Ceylon tea is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for 15% of the GDP, generating roughly $700 million annually. In 1995, Sri Lanka was the world's leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya. The tea sector employs, directly or indirectly over 1 million people in Sri Lanka and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a clima te that favors the production of high quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, the British planter who arrived in 1852.
Arrive in Nuwara Eliya and visit Hakgala botanical garden along with a city tour in Nuwara Eliya.

HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDENS ( The excursion will take approx: 1 hr)
Four miles south east of Nuwara Eliya is another prominent peak, Hakgala. At its foot lie the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, and above it is the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. The gardens 55 acres in extent is smaller and less exotic than the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, but at 5,600 feet (1,707 meters) elevation the species of flora are quite different. Opened as an experimental Cinchona plantation for the production of the malaria antidote quinine in 1860, the pride of the gardens is now roses and tree ferns.

NUWARA ELIYA (The city tour will take approx: 1-2 hrs)
The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

Visit to Gregory Lake. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 3

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

NUWARA ELIYA / PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE / BENTOTA

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE (The excursion will take approx: 1 & 1/2 hrs)
App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now, including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as some of the more than 25 babies born as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Arrive in Bentota.

Check in at hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 4

Madu River

BENTOTA / MADU RIVER BOAT RIDE / KOSGODA TURTLE HATCHERY / BENTOTA

MADU RIVER BOAT RIDE
The Maadu River offers very popular boat trips down the river where you can arrange to visit temples, cinnamon estates and other nature resorts. This area is a preserved wild life sanctuary.

KOSGODA TURTLE HATCHERY (The excursion will take approx: 1/2hr)
Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Cheloniamydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelysimbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Carettacaretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelyscoriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelysolivacea). The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more than 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery.

Return to hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 5

Colombo

BENTOTA / COLOMBO CITY TOUR / COLOMBO

After breakfast check out and transfer to Colombo
Arrive in Colombo and proceed on a city tour in Colombo including shopping.

COLOMBO (The city tour will take approx: 2-3 hrs)
Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kayman’s Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple dating to 6th C.B.C., Davatagaha Mosque, Colombo Museum and the Natural History Museum are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avukana Buddha in front and the Independence Memorial.

Shopping in Colombo.......
visit *ODEL Unlimited provides ample opportunity indulge, not only in shopping for designer wear apparel for the whole family, but also take taste buds on a voyage of discovery.

Check in at hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

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TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • 05 Nights’ Accommodation at the above mentioned hotels or similar standard
  • 05 Breakfast & 05 Dinners ( Meal Plan will be starting from the Day 01 Dinner and ends with the Day 06 Breakfast)
  • Dinner will be at outside restaurant for the 5***** hotel option
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle on Private basis
  • Pick up and drop ex – Colombo
  • Arrival & Departure Assistance at the Airport
  • Services of an English Speaking Chauffer Driver
  • Applicable Taxes Excluding GST/ Bank Charges

 

Complimentary Inclusions from World Wide Leisure

  1. Discount coupons at ODEL
  2. Complimentary Sim card on arrival.

 

DOESN’T INCLUDE

  • VISA fees.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, mini bar charges, beverages, liquor, telephone charges, etc.
  • Any other services not specified in above itinerary.
  • All entrance/water sport/boat ride supplements.
  • Lunch supplement cost.
  • Video and Camera permits at sites.

Steve Edward

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+94 777 66 1967

Email

steve@worldwide-leisure.com