Star Classic Economy Festive Tour - 8 Days
Price includes of:
- Meals-breakfast & dinner
- Air fares fully inclusive with taxes
- Per person twin share basis
- Guaranteed Departures from SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE & PERTH
- With a minimum of four passengers on this tour
- We also welcome solo travellers on our group tours
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Price includes of:
- Air fares fully inclusive with taxes
- Guaranteed departures from sydney melbourne brisbane adelaide & perth with a minimum of four passengers on this tour
- Meals-breakfast & Dinner
- Per person twin share basis
- Welcome solo travellers
- Day 01 - 10th August 2019:Colombo Airport to Kalutara
- Day 02 - 11th August 2019:Galle
- Day 03 - 12th August 2019:Anuradhapura
- Day 04 - 13th August 2019:Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Day 05 - 14th August 2019:Kandy
- Day 06 - 15th August 2019:Nuwara Eliya
- Day 07 - 16th August 2018:Colombo
- Day 08 - 17th August 2018:Colombo to Australia
Meet & greet at the airport on arrival.
Proceed to two nights stay at Kalutara.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to explore Galle Fort
Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.
En route consider visiting the following.
Enjoy a boat ride in Balapitiya exploring the surrounding where you could witness the beauty and calmness of the varied flora, fauna, bird life and the scenic little freshwater islands within the system of inland waters of the Madhu Ganga.
Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.
Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.
Dinner & Overnight at Kalutara
This morning after breakfast at the hotel we leave for Anuradhapura.
On arrival embark on a city tour of Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura is an ancient city, located at a distance of 206 km from Colombo. The city is in northern Sri Lanka and is the capital of North-Central province. Anuradhapura was established in 4th century BC. It was the first capital of Sri Lanka and remained so until 8th century AD. Anuradhapura is an archaeologist's delight and contains several monuments of historical importance. The city is considered very sacred by the Buddhists and is home to the largest dagobas in Sri Lanka. A dagoba is a dome enshrining sacred relics or the bodily remains of the Buddha, or articles used by Him like the alms bowl and other objects of veneration. It is built in different sizes on a pedestal with a spire on top crowned with a pinnacle. The earliest dagobas had a stone umbrella on top of the dome in place of the spire.
Sri Maha Bodhi Tree: The right branch of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya in India under which the Buddha attained enlightenment was brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC by princess Sanghamitta, the daughter of Emperor Asoka. It was planted in Anuradhapura and is venerated to this day by the Buddhists from many countries of the world. This is the oldest recorded tree in the world whose exact age is known.
Ruwanveli Dagoba: Ruwanveli Dagoba built by King Dutugemunu who ruled the country in the 2nd century BC is a huge dagoba measuring 103 meters in height with a circumference of 287 meters.
Isurumuniya: It is a picturesque rock temple built in the 3rd century BC. The beautiful stone sculptures seen at the temple are considered the most beautiful works of art in Anuradhapura.
Proceed to Anuradhapura.
Dinner & Overnight at Anuradhapura.
After breakfast at the hotel we continue the journey to Sigiriya.
In the afternoon enjoy a Cookery demonstration at the hotel.
Late afternoon visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
The ancient city of Sigiriya was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids. Translated as ‘Lion Rock' into English, the name of the monument indicates the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya') of a lion (‘sinha'). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft. up from the green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly 8 acres in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa's fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins.
Proceed to Sigiriya.
Overnight at Sigiriya.
This morning after an early breakfast at the hotel is dedicated to visit the capital city of the last remaining independent kingdom in Sri Lanka, Kandy.
En route visit Dambulla.
Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC., and is also considered as a World heritage site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex consists of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha out of rock and spanning 14 meters.
En route visit the Matale spice garden.
Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spices gardens. These spice gardens offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lanka. In order to promote and uplift spice growing and spice gardens of Sri Lanka a spice council was established with all key industry private and public sector stakeholders. During early historical times Sri Lanka Known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its quality spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade.
Proceed to Kandy and embark on a Kandy city tour.
Kandy, in 1592 became the capital city of the last remaining independent kingdom in Sri Lanka after the coastal regions had been conquered by the Portuguese. Invasions by the Portuguese and the Dutch (16th, 17th and 18th century) and also by the British (most notably in 1803) were repelled. The last ruling dynasty of Kandy was the Nayaks of Kandy. Kandy preserved its independence until it finally fell to the British in 1815. The British deposed the king, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, and all claimants to the throne, thus ending the last traditional monarchy of Sri Lanka, and replaced it with their monarchy. As the capital, Kandy had become home to the relic of the tooth of the Buddha which symbolizes a 4th-century tradition that used to be linked to royalty since the protector of the relic was seen fit to rule the land. Thus, the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth were associated with the administrative and religious functions of the capital city. Even after its conquest by the British, Kandy has preserved its function as the religious capital of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, namely those belonging to the Theravada school. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, The arts & crafts centre, a Gem museum and a lapidary.
Proceed to hotel in Kandy.
View the Kandy Esela Perehara.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Nuwara Eliya via Pinnawela.
The Elephant orphanage at Pinnawela was established in 1975, commenced with 07 orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but it soon became a conservational and education centre. With the help of Local & Foreign Elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive breeding program for Elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984 the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from the world over. An array of books and research articles on Pinnawela has been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed, and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
Proceed to hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
As the tour is getting closer for completion, after breakfast at the hotel this morning we continue travelling to Colombo.
First we embark on a Nuwara Eliya City tour.
Nuwara Eliya, Blessed with a salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), also known as 'Little' England', was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and it's strict formal dinner attire; the 18 hole golf course, race course etc., all remind you of 'England'.
En route visit a Tea Factory.
Proceed to hotel in Colombo.
Rest & Leisure.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Colombo.
Have breakfast at the hotel and this morning is at your leisure.
Embark on a Colombo city tour with shopping.
Colombo is a modern city which blends the beauty of the old world charm and modern day development. The busy Bazaar, Fort & Pettah area, Old Dutch church, Kovil, Temple in Gangaramaya, Town Hall, Independence square and other areas in Colombo could be explored whilst on tour apart from the bargain shopping at popular stores.
What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the ‘seema malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks - in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having being established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, founder of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, originally an institute of oriental learning for monks, now a State University – Sri Jayewardenapura University.
Consider going shopping in Colombo.
When shopping in Colombo, your options are anything but limiting. From modern, air conditioned malls to the famously buzzing street markets, there's something for everyone. Knowing where to go is the key to getting the best out of Sri Lanka's shopping haven.
Colombo itself has a fair share of shopping malls and department stores. With everything from the latest pair of shoes & designer jewelry to mobile phones and electronic items, Colombo has an exhaustive variety of things to buy.
With a late checkout proceed to airport in time for departure.