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We meet at the Malta International Airport at 1.30pm for our Emirates flight to Dubai. Our flight departs at 3.30pm and arrives in Dubai at 1.00am (8th September). We then board our flight to Colombo which departs at 2.40am, and arrives at 8.35am. Upon arrival we are transferred to Sigiriya. En-route we visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, currently a home to 93 elephants which started off with the introduction of five abandoned baby elephants to the premises. On arrival at Sigiriya, we check in our hotel The Paradise Resort & Spa (or similar).
After breakfast we discover Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka's most popular tourist attractions. We start with a visit to Sigiriya Rock – an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matele district near the town of Dambulla. It’s a historical and archaeological site dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200m selected by King Kasyapa to built his palace on top and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. Later we will have the opportunity to enjoy a village tour with boat riding & oxcart riding and in the end return to our hotel.
Breakfast and today’s excursion takes us to Polonnaruwa heritage site. Polonnaruwa, the Capital of Sri Lanka between the 11th and 13th century, offers splendid and spectacular statues. Sri Lanka’s splendid medieval capital was established as the first city of the land and Kings ruled the country from here 800 years ago when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. The glories of that period can be found in the archaeological treasures that present a good idea of how the city looked like in its heyday. The archaeological park is a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs, temples, statues and stupas. Later we will enjoy the exciting Minneriya Safari - a jeep safari tour of Minneriya National Park that gives us the opportunity to see herds of elephants throughout the year. Return to hotel and overnight.
Today after breakfast we leave for another full day excursion and at the end we will arrive at Kandy. Our first stop being Dambulla Cave Temple, a World Heritage site also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Situated in the central part of the country, Dambulla is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of the country. One finds more than 80 caves in the surrounding area and the main attractions containing statues and paintings are spread over 5 caves. We will also visit a Spice Garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's famous exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also in medicine and cosmetics. Upon arrival in Kandy, we will check in at Cinnamon Citadel (or similar).
After breakfast we start our day with a visit to the Royal Botanical Garden. These started off in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of trees and plants, rare and endemics as well as flora from the tropical World, Spice Garden, Orchid House and a giant Javan fig tree that covers 1600 sq metres. This visit will be followed by a visit to Kandy temple and the cultural show. The Temple of tooth relic, also known as Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the ‘tooth relic’ of the Lord Buddha. Return to our hotel.
Following breakfast, we make our way to the gem shop. Sri Lanka’s gem industry has a long and colorful history known as Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island. The name is a reflection of its natural wealth for the best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, amongst other gems. Later we make our way to Ramboda Water Falls, being the 11th highest waterfall in country, situated in Pussellawa area. En route to Nuwara Eliya, we will also visit a tea factory. Check in upon arrival at Grand Hotel (or similar).
This morning we leave early for an excursion to Horton Plains National Park. At a level of over 7000 ft above sea level, Horton Plains is the highest plateau in the country and its unique landscape and wilderness attracts numerous visitors .The vast Patna rises from the marshland here trees are stunted by the winds, covered in ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard. The swirling mist envelops it all. In the lush jungle rare and endemic trees and plants flourish – the ‘Niloo’ flowers bloom once in 12 years. Sambur, leopard and other mammals as well as many species of birds and butterflies are also found here. Return to our hotel and overnight.
We start our day with breakfast, followed by another excursion, this time with a city tour of Nuwara Eliya, offering picturesque landscape and temperate climate. The city’s altitude of 1868m is considered to be the most significant location for tea production in Sri Lanka. This city is overlooked by the tallest mountain located here – Pidurutalagala. We then continue with a visit to Victoria Park and Gregory Lake. Later we return to our hotel and overnight.
After breakfast we head to Ella. Along the way we enjoy breathtaking views and picturesque valleys that stretch for miles. Upon arrival in Ella, with an exciting drive down to the wilds of Yala national park awaits us. At Ella we visit Ella Gap & Ravana Waterfalls, a spectacular gap in the southern mountain wall where the land falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000 ft to the southern plains and the sea, which is visible in the far distance on a clear day. Rawana fall origins from Kirindi Oya, and are the most attractive falls with a charming environment. This is also associated with the romantic legend of Rama & Sitha narrated in the ancient Indian epic poem, Ramayana. According to folklore, King Rawana of Sri Lanka had hidden the beautiful princess Sitha whom he abducted after defeating her husband prince Rama of India. We will continue our trip and check in upon arrival at Ekho Safari (or similar) in Tissamaharama.
Today after breakfast we leave for Yala. We set off on an exciting wildlife safari at Yala National Park, the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala is known for holding the highest concentration of leopard in the world. The vast extent of the park is mainly scrub jungle with rocky outcrops and dotted with many salt and fresh water lagoons. Elephant, leopard, sloth bear, crocodile, wild buffalo and sambur thrive here, as well as herds of spotted deer, wild boar, langur and macaque monkeys and many small mammals. Over 130 species of birds can be seen with peacocks being a common sight. The bordering coastline also forms a major nesting ground for marine turtles. Evening at leisure and overnight in Tissamaharama.
Breakfast and then we make our way to South beach. En route visit the heritage city of Galle. For centuries Galle has stood strong against invasions from colonial powers and nature’s volatile outbursts. The famous Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and preserved by the British. Battered daily for over 400 years by the ocean it even survived the onslaught of a tsunami and is enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike. The colonial architecture of the walled city too has resisted the advance of modernity and holds tightly to its past glory. In the afternoon we continue the journey along the coast to South Beach, taking in the unique sight of Stilt Fishing along the shores of Ahangama. An iconic image of Sri Lanka, stilt fishing is a skill handed down from one generation to the next: an ancient tradition that is sadly on the decline. Upon arrival, we check in our hotel Cinnamon Bay (or similar).
This morning, after we have breakfast, we have the opportunity to enjoy a Madu River boat ride down the beautiful river, a wetland estuary spreading over 900 hectares of which 770 hectares is covered with water and 64 islands. The boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem; a world heritage site protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands being one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a pristine mangrove forest. We will then proceed and visit a turtle hatchery - a successful conservation effort established to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction having has five out of seven species of turtles In the world. All 5 species have been recorded to nest along specific areas of Sri Lanka's coast. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. Return to hotel and overnight stay.
Breakfast and today we take the opportunity to enjoy a full day at leisure at South Beach.
Today after we enjoy breakfast, we are transferred to Colombo and enjoy some free time in the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. Overnight at Cinnamon Lakeside (or similar) in Colombo.
Breakfast and later during the day, we will have a city tour of Colombo with some shopping. A drive through the city takes us to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. We 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 is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. (Late check out). Later, we proceed to the airport for our Emirates flight departing Colombo on the 23rd at 3.15am and arriving at Dubai at 6.00am. This is followed by our connecting flight departing Dubai at 7.55am and arriving in Malta 2.10pm.
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Price per person
€2399 Adult in Triple
€2499 Adult in Twin
€3129 Adult in Single
€33 Visa cost
Emirates flights to/from Colombo via Dubai
15 nights accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels (inc. late check out on the last day)
14 buffet breakfasts & 15 dinners
All transfers as per programme
All excursions guided by English speaking guide, as indicated in itinerary
Services of Tour Leader
Entrance fees included: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya, Minneriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple, Village Tour, Kandy Temple, Cultural show, Botanical Garden, Gregory lake, Victoria Park, Yala safari, Madu River boat safari & Turtle hatchery
Visa / Requirements;
A Passport valid for not less than 6 months from the date of arrival.
Photocopy of Passport’s details’ page - Please ask at the desk for requirements.
Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre. Contact: 2568 0299