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Incredible Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

World heritage sites, endless beaches, timeless ruins, friendly people, great wildlife and tasty food make Sri Lanka irresistible.  The country has it all, from incredible scenery, fabulous heritage sites to fantastic animals. During this 14 day tour, you will be able to explore the best this country has to offer. This unique holiday will take you through unique cities, mind-blowing landscapes and monuments, incredible safaris and dreamy beaches.

So what are you waiting for Girls on Travel? This seems like the perfect trip for a girls gateway!

Details
  • 1 - 14 September
  • Colombo International Airport
  • 29°C
  • Local discoveries
  • Sri Lanka
  • 14 Days
  • £ 1650.00
  • Join a group of solo women travellers
the programme

DAY 1

Arrival at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport 

Meet the rest of the group at the hotel.

Accommodation: Goldi Sands Negombo

 

 

DAY 2

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Anuradhapura and you will check-in at your new hotel. After a short break, it is time for visits. You will start with the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura founded in the 4th century B.C and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region. You will see some impressive Buddhist structures, even some of the tallest on earth as well as ancient royal palaces and museums.

After this, you will see the amazing site of “Sri Maha Bodhi”, the oldest historically documented tree in the world where the first Buddha became enlightened. It is the oldest and longest surviving tree in the world and its heart-shaped leaves can relieve diarrhoea, its fruit can treat asthma, and its roots can help heal ulcers, something truly unique to see.

Accommodation: Palm Garden Village

 

 

DAY 3

It is now time to experience your first safari of this trip! You will head to Wilpattu national park, the largest and oldest national park in Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) formed by sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that filled with rainwater. Nearly sixty lakes and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. The park is renowned for its leopard population but you will also be able to spot deer, birds and elephants.

Accommodation: Palm Garden Village

 

 

DAY 4

After breakfast check out of the hotel and leave for Mihintale. Visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

After this, you will proceed to Aukana to see the statue of the Aukana Buddha. This is undoubtedly the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island. The 5th-century statue ascribed to King Dhatusena is 13 meters high standing beneath a recently constructed brick shelter. It is said that the degree of alignment of the statue is such that raindrop on the nose would drop straight down to small depression carved between the toes. Aukana Buddha statue is a masterpiece of an unknown sculptor.

You will then be transferred to Dambulla to check-in at your hotel.

Accommodation: Amaya Lake

 

DAY 5

After breakfast, you will begin the morning by climbing the rock fortress of Sigiriya - a 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky’. Built by King Kassapa the fortress was a Royal Citadel for more than 18years. Sigiriya, also called as the lion rock (UNESCO World Heritage Site) stands 200 metres above the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. This is definitely Sri Lanka’s most dramatic site!

From there you will go to Dambulla Cave temple, also known as the Golden Rock cave temple, declared UNESCO World Heritage site. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best-preserved cave- temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47-foot-long statue of the recumbent Buddha.

Accommodation: Amaya Lake

 

 

DAY 6

After breakfast, you will head to Kandy and stop along the way to the spice garden to learn more about it.

From there you will go to the sacred temple of Tooth Relic. Monks conduct daily worship in the inner chamber and rituals are performed 3 times daily. It’s inside where the magic happens though. In bold contrast to the exterior, the interior temple structures are elaborately carved and painted with exotic woods, lacquer and ivory. On Wednesdays, there is symbolic bathing in a herbal preparation. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed amongst those present.

In the evening get ready for a typical Kandyan Cultural show at the arts and cultural centre. You will see graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display. Atmosphere guaranteed!

Accommodation: Thilanka Hotel

 

 

DAY 7

Get ready for an exciting adventure and board the train to Nanu Oya. During 4h, you will see a hundred shades of green in a perfect blue sky, an epic journey not to miss, make sure you have your cameras ready!

On arrival, your chauffeur will drive you to a plantation and tea factory. You will be able to witness the process of tea manufacturing, from plucking of green leaves to the packing of the processed tea which is mainly meant for export markets.

You will then go to the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890m above sea level. Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels and pretty gardens. You will be able to explore the city and a ride around the man-made Gregory Lake.

Accommodation: Araliya Green Hills

 

 

DAY 8

After breakfast, you will head to Udawalawe National park, one of the nicest park in Sri Lanka. Framed by soaring highlands on its northern boundary, the Uda Walawe National Park is one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. It’s largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest and you will also be able to spot deer, wild buffaloes, mongooses or even crocodiles.

Accommodation: Centauria Wild

 

 

DAY 9

After breakfast, you will visit the Elephant transit home. The Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home is a facility within Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. The main objective of this facility is the rehabilitation of orphaned baby elephants to ultimately release them back into their natural habitat. Although you can’t get up close and personal with the elephants, seeing them at feeding time (from a viewing platform) is still a lot of fun!

You will then be transferred to Gally and check-in at your hotel.

Accommodation: Amari Galle

 

 

Day 10

After breakfast, you will be taken to Sea Waves restaurant and meet the owner for a great cooking class experience. She will teach you how to prepare a genuine Lankan dish so you can prepare it home afterwards. You will also enjoy a Tuktuk ride and go to the spice, fish and vegetable market.

It is then time to start the city tour of Galle Fort, a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. The magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction in the town. 300-year-old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The earliest European administrative centre of Sri Lanka was the major port and the largest city until the British shifted the port to Colombo. Walk along the narrow alleys up to the lighthouse and visit the Dutch Museum.

Accommodation: Avani Bentota


Day 11-12

After all those visits it is time for some relaxation. The Bentota beach is a superb stretch of golden sand. Sunsets are beautiful here, and it is both relaxing and peaceful to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy 2 free days at your own pace, lying on the beach or exploring the area.

Accommodation: Avani Bentota


Day 13

After breakfast you will leave for Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. You will then enjoy a walking tour of Colombo: you will be met at your hotel and taken on a private 2.5-hour walking tour of Colombo with a charismatic local resident. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Dutch Hospital where the walk begins. The walk places focus on photography, architecture and history in two stages; stage one covers the Fort while stage two covers the Pettah markets. The walk includes a break for tea and stops along the way to sample street food.

Accommodation: Ozo Colombo


Day 14

It is time to say goodbye to this amazing country, incredible culture and amazing wildlife and go back home.

We hope you will enjoy this trip Girls on Travel!


What is included

*All hotel nights, twin/triple shared bedrooms

*All breakfast and dinner

*Private transport

*Private guide during activities

*Activities mentioned

*Entrance fees

*Train ticket

*1l water a day

What is not included

*Drinks and alcohol

*Lunch

*Guide and driver tips

*International flights

*Insurance (mandatory)

*Visa

good to know

N.B. Activities can be replaced for external reasons

N.B. Hotels are only indications and can be replaced for similar standing

Flights: Only book when you get the confirmation e-mail the trip is going ahead (from 4 people booked).

Full price to pay by 23 June £1650 (-£300 deposit)

Deposit to pay by 12 May £300

First 4 bookings get £50 DISCOUNT



IMPORTANT

Visa

You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online at: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp;jsessionid=eoyJHLnfCYtzVX-qSz23tLBQdC3MpU69x6M6BnstiidbO21ITz1-!976618503?locale=en_US. Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. Although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it’s better to get one before you travel. Info: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/entry-requirements

 

Health

Make sure you visit your health professional and seek advice. Other health advise: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/health

 

 

Insurance

Insurance is mandatory and will be checked before departure. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of £200,000. Cancellation and loss of luggage are always nice to have as well if you wish to include this. Make sure you do not forget this Girls on Travel, no insurance=no holidays.

 

 

Security

Violent crimes against foreigners are infrequent, although there has been an increasing number of reports of sexual offences including on minors, so make sure you listen to the advice of your guide and driver on where to go. 

More information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/safety-and-security

 

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Dates

1 - 14 September

how long?

14 Days

Where?

Sri Lanka

DEPOSIT

£300.00
Deadline: 12th May 2019
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