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We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

Colombo • Anuradhapura • Dambulla • Polonnaruwa • Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya • Matale • Kandy • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Nuwara Eliya • Horton Plains • Yala National Park • Bentota • Galle • Mt. Lavinia

January 20 - February 1, 2018 • 13 days
$4470 per person double occupancy beginning and ending in Colombo
Plus Sri Lanka visa $35
Airfare additional
Single Supplement $1410

 

Day by Day Itinerary


January 20 Arrive Colombo
Saturday

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Bandaranaike (Katunayake) International Airport (CMB), receive a warm welcome and a group transfer to the hotel in Colombo.

Overnight at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
Superior Room

January 21 Colombo
Sunday Anuradhapura

A brief stop at the National Museum, a splendid early British colonial building, will give one an excellent introduction to three thousand years of the island’s history with artifacts, sculpture, bronzes, and water colors all displayed.

Leave for Anuradhapura, the island’s oldest capital city. Pass through villages and fields of rice, coconut and rubber. On the way we’ll make arrangements to visit an organic coconut plantation, and then continue to an important Hindu shrine, a major pilgrimage center, reputedly connected with the Ramayana legend. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Sanctuary at Tissawewa, Anuradhapura, Deluxe Room

January 22 Anuradhapura
Monday Mihintale - Dambulla

In Anuradhapura, we see monuments that cover thousands of years of the island’s history: massive brick dagobas, the Brazen Palace, the Sacred Bo Tree, the image of the Samadhi Buddha, Isurumuniya temple and Twin Ponds. The reservoirs, the pleasure gardens, palaces and exquisite sculptures show a high level of development. Time permitting, visit Mihintale, and then drive on to Dambulla. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Heritance Kandalama,
Superior Room

January 23 Polonnaruwa
Tuesday Minneriya National Park

We have an early departure for Polonnaruwa to visit the medieval capital with its unique mixture of Chola and Sinhala architecture and sculpture. On the way back to Dambulla in the late afternoon, visit Minneriya National Park to watch for herds of wild elephants. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Heritance Kandalama,
Superior Room

January 24 Dambulla – Sigiriya
Wednesday Matale – Kandy

At the World Heritage Site in Sigiriya, early morning bird watchers can look for falcon and swifts as they climb the rock fortress. View the famous frescoes painted in a rock pocket; they are reminiscent of those found in the Ajanta Caves in India. See the landscaped gardens, some of the oldest surviving in the world, and the “Mirror Wall”. The new museum is small and well worth a visit, useful for those who cannot climb the 600 foot rock. Drive on to Kandy via Matale, the spice growing region to see cardamom, cloves, and also coffee and cocoa plantations. On the way we might watch craftsmen at work in batik, wood carving, perhaps metal (silver). Lunch en route in a local restaurant. The early evening is at leisure in Kandy. In the late evening, visit the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site, Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, to witness the night-time rituals. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy
Superior Room

January 25 Pinnawela Elephant
Thursday Orphanage

After breakfast we make an excursion to Pinnawela to see the Elephant Orphanage that was originally established for abandoned and injured elephants. Today it is also a breeding center. Watch the feeding of baby elephants (some by bottle). What a delight to see them frolic in the nearby river during their daily bath. On our way back we’ll see the UNESCO cited 14th century wood carvings at Embekke Temple, stone carving at Gadaladeniya and exquisite paintings in the Lankatilleke Temple, each with their three fascinatingly different styles. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy
Superior Room

January 26 Nuwara Eliya
Friday

Move on to the high hills – where we’ll see a different skill – women picking the leaves that make your cup of high quality tea! Watch it being processed when you stop at a factory en route as we ascend into the hills, climbing from 1,800 feet to over 5,000 feet in the 55 miles to Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya retains much of its 19th century colonial architecture with its park, race course and the Botanical Gardens (the highest of three, and once an experimental agricultural station). The island’s tallest mountains surround you – ranging from 7000 - 8000 feet. The next day, we wind through to the lush natural vegetation of the mid-country and lower montane regions. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Deluxe Rooms

January 27 Nuwara Eliya
Saturday Horton Plains

For those who wish we have the option of an early morning trek to Horton Plains. It is a hike of about 2.5 miles one way by circular route along a rocky path. Enjoy the view from 7,000 feet at the “World’s End”, which on a clear morning offers a spectacular view 50 miles to the sea (view is weather permitting). Hiking to the mini “World’s End” at Horton Plains is a slightly shorter trek. This 7813-acre National Park is a complex of enchanting natural beauty of the island. This is also a habitat to leopards, sambhur, deer and some birds: eagle, blue magpie, wood pigeon, yellow eared bul-bul, fan-tail warbler and white-eye. There are 247 species of butterflies, as well as rare orchids, keena (Calophyllum sp) trees and exotic sphagnum mosses, the only one of its kind in the world. Horton Plains is a watershed of tremendous importance containing the second and third highest mountains in Sri Lanka.

For those who wish to stay in Nuwara Eliya, the morning is free followed by a walk around the city and Lake Gregory.
(B-L-D)

Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Deluxe Rooms

January 28 Yala
Sunday

On to the dry zone of Yala. Yala National Park is one of the best-preserved and protected Wildlife Sanctuaries in Sri Lanka. Visitors have the rare opportunity to see Mother Nature’s great creation. Elephants, sloth, bears, spotted deer, wild boar and many varieties of birds by the thousands both endemic and migratory may be spotted from one’s vehicle. It also boasts the highest concentration of leopards in the world! We will stay in a hotel close to the Yala National Park. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Jetwing Yala, Superior Room

January 29 Yala – Bentota
Monday

Drive to the coastal town of Bentota to relax at our resort here in the oldest of the island’s holiday towns.

We will thoroughly enjoy architect Geoffrey Bawa’s Club Villa, where you can settle in for a 3-night stay. Once famous for its oysters, today Bentota is a base from which one can visit Galle. Lunch en route in a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Club Villa, Bentota,
Deluxe Room

January 30 Bentota
Tuesday

Although you may enjoy the local beach for a day of leisure in this sublime setting we have arranged a safari launch cruise on the Madu River, a visit to a turtle hatchery and a guided tour of Geoffrey Bawa’s 15-acre property. The river safari visits a cinnamon farm where tenants make cinnamon sticks and powder. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Club Villa, Bentota,
Deluxe Room

January 31 Galle
Wednesday

We make a full day excursion a short distance down the coastal highway to Galle. This is another major handicraft center, where we can see lace, silver and ebony craftsmen at work. En route visit the renowned Geoffrey Bawa’s country home, his beloved Lunuganga. Geoffrey Bawa is Sri Lanka’s best-known architect, and his work is seen in many resort hotels throughout Southeast Asia. At Lunuganga, we walk in a garden dotted with cottages, landscaped by Bawa himself in his inimitable style. Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest ports, and it has a good maritime museum set in the massive ramparts of the fort. The fort now has a sophisticated community of locals and expats, boutique hotels and even a Literary Festival in January. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Club Villa, Bentota,
Deluxe Room

February 1 Bentota
Thursday Depart Colombo

Transfer to the Colombo, CMB airport. Farewell to Sri Lanka! (B)

Or perhaps you’ll stay on for a few more days of relaxation.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

 

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

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