A cultural getaway to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - Your tailor-made trip

Day 1

Ayubowan, welcome to Sri Lanka! Your driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your first destination, Negombo.

Before checking-in, a first PCR test is organised at the hotel. After that, you enjoy a free day in Negombo.

Night at the hotel Heritance Negombo.
Day 2

Negombo – Sigiriya by road. Half day entry to Kaudulla National Park.

A half-day safari in Kaudulla National Park bordering Minneriya National Park, home to monkeys, sambar deer and a large number of elephants. (Included).(Estimated duration of the safari : 2:30 hours).

Free afternoon.

Night at the hotel Amaya Lake.
Day 3

Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa by road. Hop on a bicycle and set out on two wheels to explore the vast Polonnaruwa wooded park and discover the ruins (rental included).

Visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient royal capital (included). Take your time strolling through the ruins of this impressive site full of treasures and archaeological remains.

Night at the hotel Amaya Lake.
Day 4

Visit the famous UNESCO-listed Fortress of Sigiriya, also known as Lion's Rock (included). The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains. The ruins of Kassapa Palace are a must-see, renowned for its frescoes and 360 ° views of the surrounding valley.

Sigiriya – Dambulla by road. Sheltered under a huge rocky ledge, the site of Dambulla and its 5 caves contain countless Buddha statues lined against the walls and sublime murals (included).

Dambulla – Kandy by road. Free afternoon.

Night at the hotel Mountbatten Bungalow.
Day 5

A day in Kandy and its surroundings. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, a sacred temple that contains the most important Buddhist relic in the country. The legend says that the tooth was stolen from the Buddha's funeral pyre and brought to Sri Lanka hidden in the hair of a princess. (Tour included).

Kandy – Peradeniya by road. Visit the impressive Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya (included). Let yourself be captivated by the huge Java fig tree that covers an area of ​2500 m², trees with cannonballs or the majestic Araucarias trail that seems to dance!

Peradeniya – Kandy by road.

Night at the hotel Mountbatten Bungalow.
Day 6

Free morning.

Kandy – Negombo by road.

Night at the hotel Heritance Negombo.
Day 7

Private transfer from Negombo to Colombo International Airport. Your driver will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight.

We wish you a safe journey home!

During your stay, 3 PCR tests are included (upon arrival, at day 5/7 and before you return home). Shanti Travel also put at your disposal 2 face mask and 2 pairs of chirurgical gloves per day as well as sanitizer. The Covid-19 insurance is also included (be aware that you’ll have to subscribe it again if you stay in Sri Lanka more than 30 days).

Travel conditions

  • 24/7 assistance from your travel expert
  • Transfers by private micro-van (5 passengers) with an English speaking driver. The vehicles are equipped with air conditioning, radio, safety belts, and fire extinguishers.
  • The petrol, road taxes, car parking fees, insurance for the vehicle and driver, and accommodation and meals of the latter.
  • The items and test required by the sanitary guidelines for the people accompanying you (PCR, gloves, mask, sanitizer for the vehicle, etc.)
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program, all hotels for the first 14 nights being certified “Safe & secure – Level 1”, in 2 double rooms.
  • Meals: breakfast at the hotel during the whole stay
  • Approved tourist sites and visits below
    • 2h safari in Kaudulla National Park (entrances & jeeps)
    • Sigiriya Fortress (number of people limited at 8 in the Fresco cave)
    • Polonnaruwa by bike
    • Peradeniya botanical garden
    • Tooth temple – Weekday from 11.30am to 1.30pm
  • The mandatory insurance covering up to US$ 50,000 medical fees related to covid-19 in Sri Lanka
  • PCR tests required in Sri Lanka (day 1, 5 and before leaving the country)
  • A local SIM card to be able to communicate with your driver and travel expert during your stay
  • Government taxes and service taxes.
  • Visa fees and bank charges
  • International flights and taxes
  • The services of a national guide (prices change according to the number of days and sites, ask your travel expert)
  • Baby seat for children under 5 years old / Children booster
  • Baby cot
  • Christmas and New year hotels’ supplement
  • Hotels’ supplement during the Esala Perahera in Kandy and the surroundings (July or August, days of this Perahera change every year according to the full moon)
  • The tips (they are part of the culture of the country, the locals themselves are used to tip)
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Dinners and lunches during your entire stay (2 to 3 € for a local meal and 8 to 20 € in a restaurant).
  • Personal insurance (covering repatriation, cancellation, medical fees unrelated to covid-19, etc.), we can provide one through our partner Chapka, ask your travel expert.
  • Anything that is not listed in the "Prices includes" section.
Garance
Garance Travel Expert Sri Lanka

It is said that people from Brittany are travelers, I guess I am no exception! If I went around Europe a bit during my youth, I caught the travel virus, during my first expatriation to Mauritius. When I set foot on the sand, it hit me: I was made for the sun. A second experience followed, Reunion Island for two years, exploring the island from one end to the other on the hiking trails. In 2017, I surprised myself when I stopped with my suitcases in Sri Lanka. Beyond the enchanting landscapes, the country has been an emotional and professional upheaval for me and each day brings its share of surprises and emotions. The friendliness of the Sri Lankans, the time which seems to slow down, the thirst-quenching coconut water and the diversity of landscapes and climates all explain how you can never get tired of this country!

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