10 Jul 2024

Trip - Sri Lanka's Eco Adventure - Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka's Eco Adventure

    Are you ready to discover an enchanted island, blessed with over a thousand treasures?

    When the noted writer Sir Arthur C Clarke made his home in Sri Lanka in 1956, he claimed the island the jewel of the Indian Ocean and the best place in the world from which to view the universe.

    Our trip to Sri Lanka will be really unforgettable. It will be diverse, with eco-tourism, city tours, nature adventure, cultural shows, tea tasting...and much more.

    The main places of interest are the following:

    Colombo City: Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old-world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah Bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) - an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

    Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage: The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife. There are only a few elephant orphanages in the world. Pinnawela has now become one of the biggest orphanages and is quite well known worldwide. At Pinnawela an attempt was made to simulate, in a limited way, the conditions in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure is allowed to form.

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress: Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. It is a popular tourist destination. You get the best view of the jungle from the top.

    Matale Spice Garden: Matale Spice Garden is Sri Lanka’s immortal soul. Here you’ll find in abundance the great scents, tastes and medicines that make Sri Lanka famous. Stroll around the fragrant greenery and through the cardamom groves in the shade of huge tropical trees and give your sense of smell a new lease on life. Sniff, see and learn about nutmeg, pepper, cloves, curry, cinnamon and many others at Matale, and experience the great riches of Sri Lanka’s cuisine and traditional Ayurveda therapy.

    Temple of the Tooth: Located in Kandy, long a center of the Buddhist faith, the stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts pilgrims every day.

    Nuwara Eliya: Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), also known as 'Little' England', was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to transform Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. It is situated at 2000 meters above sea level and is surrounded by tea plantations.

    Ella: Ella is a beautiful small backpacker-hub on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country. It has become to go to town in the hill country for tourists and as a result has a reasonably well-established tourism-orientated economy. It's situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, teaplantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.

    Galle Fort: Galle Fort is the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Located facing the Indian Ocean in the town of Galle, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world.

    The program of our trip will be as follows:

    Day 1: Thursday, July 11 (Colombo - Negombo)
    - Arrive to Sri Lanka in the afternoon.
    - Relax at night neat the Beach.
    - Check in at Amagi Aria Hotel in Negombo or similar.

    Day 2: Friday, July 12 (Colombo – Dambulla - Sigriya)
    - Breakfast at the Hotel
    - City tour in Colombo.
    - En route visit most amazing “Pinnawala” Elephant Orphanage on the way to Sigiriya
    - Check in at Amaya Lake Hotel in Kandalama or similar, and overnight.

    Day 3: Saturday, July 13 (Sigriya –- Sigriya – Ritigala - Sigriya)
    - After breakfast, go to Sigiriya to climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, most famous attraction in Sri Lanka.
    - Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya.
    - Trekking Paradise in the jungle to Ritigala or go to Tissawewa (bird island).
    - Overnight stay and relax at Amaya Lake Hotel or similar.

    Day 4: Sunday, July 14 (Sigriya – Kandy)
    - After breakfast, proceed to Kandy.
    - En route visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
    - Visit a spice garden to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for.
    - Check in at the Hotel & have a quick refresh.
    - Visit one of the biggest attractions in Sri Lanka, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
    - Witness a cultural show.
    - Overnight stay and relax at Amaya Hills Hotel or ¬similar.

    Day 5: Monday, July 15 (Kandy – Nuwara Eliya)
    - After breakfast at the Hotel proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
    - On the way to Nuwara Eliya (Little England), near “Ramboda” area stop at “Shri Bhakta Hanuman”
    - hindu Temple for few minutes.
    - Prepare your cameras for the next stop at the beautiful “Ramboda” waterfall and the breathtaking views of Sri Lankan greeny hills.
    - Proceed to a tea plantation and factory where the best tea in the world is produced. You will do a small hike there and you will learn about the process of manufacturing tea, and how tea is graded. Also, you’ll get to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea.
    - Check in to the hotel in “Nuwara Eliya” & refresh.
    - Later in the afternoon if time permits visit strawberry farm and enjoy a nice fresh strawberry juice & shakes/ visit Gregory Lake for sunset & walk around in “Little England”
    - Visit Seetha Amman Kovil.
    - Overnight stay and relax at the The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

    Day 6: Tuesday, July 16 (Nuwara Eliya - Ella)
    - After breakfast at the Hotel, proceed to Ella.
    - Experience one of the most beautiful train rides in the world from Nanu Oya to Ella
    - Visit Demodara 9 arch iconic brick and stone bridge built by the British.
    - Hike to Ella's Rock along the railway track and through the tea plantations, for
    - stunning views
    - across the countryside and experience the breathtaking views of famous Ella Gap.
    - Visit Ravana falls that has legendary culture connected to the famous Indian epic, the
    - Ramayana.
    - You can take your swimming suit for a refreshing dip.
    - Tea Plantation visit in Ella.
    - Overnight stay and relax at the Mountains Heaven (Boutique) in Ella.

    Day 7: Wednesday, July 17 (Ella – Bentota)
    - After breakfast at the Hotel, proceed to Bentota.
    - Next experience an amazing boat ride in “Madu” river through the mangroves (red water trees)
    - Along the Madu river on the boat, you will arrive to Fish farm and if interested get to try Sri Lankan fish therapy.
    - Visit turtle hatchery, learn and experience about Sri Lankan turtles.
    - Check in to the hotel and relax.
    - Take a walk on the beach, and witness the most beautiful clear sunset in Indian ocean.
    - Overnight at Turya Kalutara Hotel or similar.

    Day 8: Thursday, July 18 (Bentota – Galle – Bentota)
    - Wake up in the morning near the Beach.
    - Go to Galle. It was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is well known for hand-made lace.
    - City Tour in Galle Fort, a world heritage site.
    - Free time to relax at the beach
    - Overnight at Turya Kalutara Hotel or similar.


    Day 9: Friday, July 19 (Bentota – Colombo)
    - Early breakfast.
    - Proceed to airport in the early morning.

    Don’t miss it! It will be the trip of a lifetime!

    WHERE: SRI LANKA

    WHEN: July 10 to 19

    WHAT TO GET: Overnight essentials, change of clothes, towel and swimsuit, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, jacket….and PASSPORT.
    For your personal shopping, you need to get some money.

    MEETING PLACE: Beirut International Airport, on Wednesday, July 10 at 11h40AM.

    PRICE: - $2’570 per person. The deadline for registration is April 20, including airline ticket, transport by bus, guides, insurance, half board accommodation, entrance to sites, and taxes.

    FLIGHT DETAILS:
    QR 427 10JUL BEYDOH 2020 0020
    QR 660 11JUL DOHCMB 0205 0940
    QR 665 19JUL CMBDOH 1030 1300
    QR 426 19JUL DOHBEY 1450 1850

    HOTELS:
    - Amagi Aria 4-star Hotel in Negombo or similar
    - Amaya Lake 4-star Hotel in Kandalama or similar
    - Amaya Hills 4-star Hotel in Kandy or similar
    - Galway Heights 4-star Hotelin Nuwara Eliya or similar
    - Ella Flower Garden Resort 3+-star Hotel or similar
    - Cinnamon Bey Beruwala 4-star Hotel Hotel or similar

    Price includes:
    -International air ticket from Beirut-Colombo, Colombo-Beirut
    -Airport pick up
    -Assistance at the Airport
    -Accommodation in 4-star Hotels
    -Dinner & breakfast basis (Half Board) on mention hotels below
    -Private bus transportation (air-conditioned)
    -Private English-Speaking driver for the entire journey
    -NuwaraEliya To Ella Train Ticket Included
    -Entrance to sites
    -Colombo City tour
    -Kandy City Tour
    -Galle Tour
    -Gem Museum Visit
    -Sri Lanka Spicy Garden Visit
    -The service of English speaking
    -All government taxes related to the traveling destination are included
    -Fuel & local insurance for the vehicle
    -Airport drop off

    Price doesn’t include:
    -Visa
    -Insurance
    -Meals that are not included in the program
    -Personal fees and tips

    Note:
    • Last day for registration is April 20.
    • An extra $680 will be charged if you want a single room.
    • The passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

    CANCELATION POLICY:
    • If you cancel your reservation before April 10, 80% of the amount will be returned.
    • If you cancel your reservation before May 01, 50% of the amount will be returned.
    • If you cancel your reservation before May 20, 30% of the amount will be returned.
    • Cancelation after May 20 will not be refunded.

    RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-917190 or 79-115001

    Upon registration the flowing must be provided:
    1- The full amount of the trip.
    2- A copy of your passport.

    Regards,
    Vamos Todos
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