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15 Day Grand Sri Lanka

  • Discover Galle, Weligama & Nuwara Eliya
  • Luxury hotels incl. 5 star Heritance Kandalama
Includes Return International Flights

An adventurous escape, a destination for reflection, a foodie’s paradise, a wildlife lover’s dream; Sri Lanka is all these things and many more. Recently voted the world’s best country to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet, Sri Lanka is delighting travellers with its mix of religions and cultures, its accessible wildlife, and, above all, its warm and inviting people. Isn’t it time you experienced it for yourself?

Kandy, Galle, Weligama, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya… this 15 day grand tour of Sri Lanka has it all. Search for wild elephants on a jeep safari into Minneriya National Park, keep your eyes peeled for leopards and bears in serene Yala, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, journey through the emerald tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, see the famed Nine Arch Bridge, take photos of the iconic stilt fisherman of Weligama and so much more. As an extra special treat, you’ll also experience two nights at the five-star Heritance Kandalama Hotel - a stunning hotel surrounded by thick jungle. This once-in-a-lifetime journey includes return international flights with SriLankan Airlines, 13 nights premium hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, return airport transfers and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either *Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, or *Adelaide for Negombo (Colombo), Sri Lanka. Fly with Sri Lankan Airlines. Upon arrival be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: Melbourne customers will fly direct, while *Sydney, *Brisbane and *Adelaide customers will fly via Melbourne.

Overnight: Arie Lagoon or similar, Negombo 
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure or take part in a traditional Sri Lankan cooking class at the hotel (not included and must be pre-booked at checkout).

In the afternoon, begin your city tour of Negombo. If time permits, the tour guide will introduce you to some of Negombo’s curious sites, such as the Dutch churches and a boat ride along the canals. Negombo was an important port during the colonial periods. In the late 17th century the Dutch built a network of canals, over 100km in length, that was used to transport cinnamon and other spices from inland plantations to the coast. After the city tour, return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Arie Lagoon or similar, Negombo 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will meet with your tour guide and embark on the drive to Sigiriya. 

Explore the Sigiriya rock fortress (not included), a UNESCO World Heritage listed site built during the reign of King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' of Sigiriya is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including the renowned water gardens, ring the base of the rock. Admire the world renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Once your tour is concluded for the day you will continue to Kandalama by transfer. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Heritance Hotel, Kandalama 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, visit UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Polonnaruwa, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace; the Audience Hall; the Lotus Bath; the statue of King Parakramabahu; the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu I; and the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilaka, the Vatadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
 
In the afternoon, embark on an unforgettable safari excursion in Minneriya. If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is for you! Spread across 8800 hectares, it is a wildlife sanctuary home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, however its spotlight remains on the swaying trunks and flapping ears of its resident elephants. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants - one by one - roll on to the grass-covered banks to feed on tender shoots. This is the largest elephant gathering in the world - up to 300 or more at a time - which has led the park to become a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts.

Overnight: Heritance Hotel, Kandalama
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel to Dambulla and stop at the Rock Cave Temple for a guided tour of the cave. An icon of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple houses unique drawings in five magnificently constructed cave temples, flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. As you enter, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold, and then admire the beautiful cave paintings adorning the walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha.

Following your visit, continue to Kandy - the last royal capital of Sri Lanka. Along the way you will visit a spice garden in Matale to see how the fragrant spices Sri Lanka is renowned for are grown. Upon arrival in Kandy, enjoy a guided city tour. Take in the Kandy city centre, a gem and lapidary museum, and get a taste of local life while wandering through the wonderful Kandy market. After the city tour, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Overnight: Earl’s Regent Hotel or similar, Kandy
Meals included: Breakfast

Following breakfast, continue your journey to the hillside tea plantation capital of Nuwara Eliya. On arrival, check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel or similar, Nuwara Eliya 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast, enjoy this morning at leisure. You may also be interested to take the opportunity to play a round of Golf at the Royal Golf Club (not included), which is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. Please check the day prior with regard to availability. 

In the afternoon, you will be met at the hotel by the tour guide to enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya. Once governed by English and Scottish planters, Nuwara Eliya’s landscape is studded with colonial bungalows and hedgerows, creating a distinctly British atmosphere. It is also home to one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world.

Following your tour, indulge in High tea at the Grand Hotel, after which you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Overnight: Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel or similar, Nuwara Eliya 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast be met by your guide and proceed to Yala. En route, stop and take a walk to see Ella’s famous Ravana Falls and Nine Arch Bridge. The waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals.

Afterwards, continue to Yala and check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jetwing Yala or similar, Yala
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy a safari at Yala National Park. Spreading into a vast 1259 square kilometres Yala - with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes - is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in Sri Lanka.  As your jeep rumbles through the gates of Yala, you are not only entering the most visited national park in the country, but also the land of a civilisation which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, Yala has it! Its inmates includes herds of elephant, sloth bears, spotted dear, jackals, and abundant birdlife, as well as the highest density of leopards in the world.

Feel like an explorer as the jeep thunders over rocks and swishes past narrow bends; an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.  

Overnight: Jetwing Yala or similar, Yala
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel to Weligama, where you have an opportunity to see the Sri Lanka’s famous stilt fisherman. Stilt fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka. Records indicate this sport came about just after World War II. This mode of fishing was more widely used across the coast until the tsunami in 2004 which caused a temporary cease until recent years. The beautiful sight of fishermen perched on branched poles as they fish skilfully during dawn, noon and dusk can now be seen commonly along the southern coast in towns such as Koggala, Kaththaluwa and Ahangama. Once the tour has concluded, travel to Galle and check in to the hotel before enjoying the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Amari Galle Hotel or similar, Galle
Meals included: Breakfast

Following breakfast this morning, you will be met by the tour guide for a city tour of Galle. On the drive you will pass many fishing villages and palm fringed bays. The tour will begin at Galle Fort - the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Its location faces 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. Enjoy lunch at the Fort (not included). Once your tour has concluded you will be transferred back to your hotel accommodation. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure, exploring the stone-paved streets and getting a feel for the vibrant culture of Galle.

Overnight: Amari Galle Hotel or similar, Galle 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at leisure in Galle - the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting. Admire the Dutch-influenced architecture, listening to the creeks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidence of a heritage preserved for more than three and a half centuries.

Overnight: Amari Galle Hotel or similar, Galle 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before proceeding to Ambalangoda to visit the Mask Factory. Faces carved into solid wood and painted cobra hoods are common sights for a wanderer across the seaside suburb of Ambalangoda. Walk into the gallery of folk dances and mask making - the mask museum - or simply take a look into the hut where local folk will be busy cutting, moulding and painting masks. You might be able to tune into the mysteries that surround Ambalangoda's heritage of mask making, the backdrop of folk dances and rituals staged across the pearl of the Indian ocean, Sri Lanka.

Continue on to visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Both locals and international volunteers is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sits calmly along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Aside from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation, the area has been recognised by the Wildlife Protection Society for its Sea Turtle Conservation Project. 

Afterwards, continue to Colombo and check in to the hotel. 

Overnight: Galadari Hotel or similar, Colombo
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, check out of the hotel and enjoy a last chance shopping opportunity at leisure, or take part in a Colombo city tour (not included). This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia.

Please note: Luggage storage will be available at the hotel at no extra cost.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the diverse highlights of Sri Lanka
  • Visit Kandy, Negombo, Galle, Ella, Colombo and more
  • Experience a guided tour of ancient Polonnaruwa
  • Travel to Sigiriya, home of the ancient rock fortress
  • Search for wild elephants on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Explore the hillside tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya
  • View Ella's famous Nine Arch Bridge and Ravana Falls
  • Seek out leopards, elephants and bears on a jeep safari within the Yala National Park
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the southeastern city of Yala
  • Take photos of the famed stilt fishermen in Weligama
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the colonial seaside city of Galle
  • Visit the Dutch Galle Fort on a city sightseeing tour
  • See Gangarama Temple on a city tour of Colombo
  • Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Negombo
  • Discover the beauty of Kandy on a city tour
  • Visit Ambalangoda Mask Factory
  • See baby turtles at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • Explore the magnificent Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  • Learn about fragrant Sri Lankan spices at a spice garden in Matale
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex *SYD/MEL/*BNE/*ADL
  • Fly with award-winning SriLankan Airlines
  • 13 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • English-speaking national tour guide
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers with meet and assist

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 4th November 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1100 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
January: **^28
March: *^18
March: ^11 (SOLD OUT)
April: 29 (SOLD OUT)
May: 6
June: 3
July: 22
August: 5, 19
September: 2, 23
October: 21
November: 4
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with an * and ^ incur a high season surcharge
* Flight High Season Surcharge: $150 per person.
** Flight Peak Season Surcharge: $500 per person.
^ Land High Season Surcharge: $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
*Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane or *Adelaide
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane or *Adelaide: $150 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


SriLankan Airlines and codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early 
Not available.
 
Stay behind 
Not available.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available. 



Accommodation Used


4 - 5 Star (self-rated)

Negombo: Arie Lagoon or similar

Kandalama: Heritance Hotel

Kandy: Earl’s Regent or similar

Nuwara Eliya: Jetwing St. Andrews or similar

Yala: Jetwing Yala Hotel or similar

Galle: Amari Galle or similar

Colombo: Hotel Galadari or similar

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 19, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Payable at checkout
Day 2: Sri Lankan Cooking Class and lunch: an additional surcharge of $50 AUD per person applies. 
Day 3: Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tour: an additional surcharge of $60 AUD per person applies.
Please note: 
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.

Payable on tour
Day 5: Kandy Temple: an additional surcharge of $17 USD per person applies.
Day 7: Golfing at Royal Golf Club, Nuwara Eliya: POA - Payable direct to Golf Club.
Please note: 
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: 1000 LKR (approx. $9 AUD) per person per day
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka is a year round destination with two monsoon seasons so there is a lot of confusion around when is the best time to visit. The weather doesn’t run like clockwork here! However, there will rarely be weather so dramatic that it will stand in the way of a brilliant holiday with plenty of warm weather and sunshine. The temperature is constant at around 27°C on the coast, both the air and the water!
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is 1000 LKR (approx. $9 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
  
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



A tourist visa for Sri Lanka is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure.
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Please note: Due to limited availability, passenger name and date changes are strictly prohibited for this offer. This overrides the Schedule of Fees in our standard Terms & Conditions. No refunds will be issued once offer has been purchased.
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