Country
Sri Lanka
Duration
13 Days/12 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tour
 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE TOUR IN SRI LANKA:

Airport welcome with flower necklace
Welcome drink at each hotel
Discovery of a rural Sri Lankan village
Ox-cart ride
Typical lunch in a Sri Lankan house, served on a banana leaf
Walking tours
The original Polonnaruwa bicycle tour
Visit to a woodcarving workshop
Lunch in a spice garden
Learn how to make curry powder
Lunch of the national dish “rice and curry”
Performance of Kandyan dances with firewalking
Visit to a gem-cutting workshop
Visit to a tea factory
Tea tasting at a plantation

Maldives

Maldives is an island country and archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It lies Southwest of India and Sri Lanka in Laccadive Sea. The chain of twenty six atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll to the Addu Atoll.

Inclusions

12-night accommodation:
– 7 nights in Sri Lanka
– 5 nights in Kurumba in a deluxe room including breakfasts
28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Meet and greet at airports
Roundtrip transfers by bus in Sri Lanka and by speedboat in the Maldives
Luggage handling upon arrival in Sri Lanka (only between 5am and 8am)
Visits and entrance fees to the monuments as per itinerary
English-speaking guide throughout the tour in Sri Lanka:
– from 2 to 6 passengers: driver-guide
– starting from 7 passengers: a guide and a driver

Exclusions

International air – Tourist visa for Sri Lanka and for the Maldives – Airport transfers in Sri Lanka not taking place between 5 and 8 a.m. (arrival days) – Optional excursions – Meals not mentioned – Beverages – Luggage handling – Items of a personal nature – Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers.

Additional Information

Note

Participants arrive on different airlines and on different flights with different schedules: SriLankan Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Oman air, for example, offer flights arriving between 5am and 8 am.
Day 1: the shared transfer will be arranged from the airport to the hotel between 5am and 8 am. If clients arrive outside this time slot, they will have to take a private transfer at their own expense. Supplement of $CA 60 per vehicle (1 or 2 passengers).

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1

DAY 1 AIRPORT - NEGOMBO (16 km / 25 minutes)

Arrival at Colombo / Bandaranayake International airport. You will be welcomed with a flower necklace and depart for Negombo.
Check-in at your hotel. Free time to rest, recover from jet lag and enjoy the beach.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Negombo for 1 night

2

DAY 2 NEGOMBO - SIGIRIYA - DAMBULLA (157 km / 3h45)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Sigiriya.
Lunch en route followed by a visit to the Sigiriya Citadel or “Lion Rock”, an ancient, romantic and grandiose UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its “Demoiselles de Sigiriya” frescoes.
Drive to Dambulla.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Dambulla for 2 nights

3

DAY 3 DAMBULLA - HIRIWADUNA - POLONNARUWA - DAMBULLA (67 km / 1h45)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Early morning departure for Hiriwaduna, a small village on the edge of a reservoir, which you’ll reach on foot (an easy walk of approx. 45 minutes). You’ll cross a banana plantation, sample a local drink and continue your walk through the fields to discover the many crops and spices of the region. After a ride in an oxcart, you’ll enjoy a typical lunch prepared by a Sri Lankan family and served on a banana leaf by the water’s edge.
Departure for Polonnaruwa.
Visit of the site by bike (flat, easy and accessible to everyone). Option to visit the site by bus.
The visit will take place in 4 stages:
1 - Royal Palace
2 - Dalada Maluwa (Terrace of the Tooth)
3 - Rankot Vihara (Dagoba)
4 - Gal Vihara (Rock Sanctuary with Reclining Buddha)
Depending on the heat and physical ability, participants can leave their bikes behind along the way and continue the tour by bus along the same itinerary.
Visit to a woodcarving workshop.
Return to Sigiriya. En route, walk in a rice field (approx. 10 minutes, easy level).
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4

DAY 4 DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY (90 km / 3h30)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit to the Golden Rock and Temple of Dambulla. Inside the rock are a series of caves that house the historic Dambulla Temple, one of the country’s oldest Buddhist shrines. The Mahavamsa contains the most important chronicle of the island’s history. It is known as the Jambukola Vihara.
On to Matale to visit a spice garden for which Sri Lanka is famous. This is an opportunity to learn more about the cultivation of spices and their various processing methods. Tasting of spice tea.
Enjoy a foot, head or shoulder massage (approx. 10 mins). Then you can learn how to make curry powder and take part in the preparation of a dish, colored by spices.
Free time in the store (selling spices and herbal products).
Lunch in the garden of Sri Lanka’s national dish, “rice and curry”.
Drive to Kandy (approx. 1hr drive), the Buddhist capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, magnificently situated at an altitude of 350m in a green valley (between the last rice paddies and the first tea plantations). It is bordered by low hills, naturally arranged around the Sacred Lake. The cultural center of the country, the city fell to the English in 1815.
Kandy remains a center of crafts, music and dance. Charm, past splendor and serenity describe the city in a nutshell.
Visit the Temple of the Tooth or “Dalada Maligawa”, which houses the sacred relic of Buddha’s Tooth.
In the evening, Kandyan dance performance with firewalking.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Kandy for 1 night

5

DAY 5 KANDY - PERADENIYA - NUWARA ELIYA (85 km / 3h00)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens: among the finest in the world, they boast the most beautiful tropical species of trees, spices, flowers and fruit, spread over almost 60 hectares.
Lunch at Ramboda.
Departure along the famous Mountain Tea Road to Nuwara Eliya. You’ll discover “tea country”, where the plantations give the landscape a very special look. Tea lovers know that the flavour and quality of tea depend on the altitude at which the plant was grown. The harvest is always carried out by women. Dressed in brightly colored “longhis”, the pickers go from shrub to shrub, stripping the young buds and tender leaves with a deft hand, then tossing them quickly into the basket strapped to their shoulders.
Visit to a tea factory and plantation, followed by a tasting session and free time in the store to shop.
Continuation to Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England”. This mountain resort (1,900m altitude) lies in an elliptical valley at the foot of Mount Pidurutalagala (2,520m altitude), Sri Lanka’s highest peak. Short stroll through the famous health resort, created by the English.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Nuwara Eliya for 1 night

6

DAY 6 NUWARA ELIYA – TISSAMAHARAMA (YALA RESERVE) (185 km / 4h30)

Breakfast at the hotel, then departure for Tissamaharama. En route, visit the Ella Rawana waterfall.
Lunch en route.
Discovery of the Yala reserve, dedicated to the protection and preservation of animal life and wild vegetation. You’re sure to spot elephants, bears, deers, wild buffalos or crocodiles in the coastal lagoons. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the majestic leopard. This reserve is a national park located between Nuwara Eliya and the West Coast, renowned for its hordes of elephants. The visit is by safari vehicle.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Tissamaharama for 1 night

7

DAY 7 TISSAMAHARAMA - WELIGAMA - GALLE - KOGGALA (190 km / 4h30)

After breakfast at the hotel, departure for Galle via Weligama, famous for its fishermen perched on sticks in the sea.
Visit Galle, a peaceful city of 76,000 inhabitants that was once the main Dutch trading post in Ceylon, with a busy port and a hub for the spice trade. The ancient city, whose ramparts date back to the Dutch occupation, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a delightfully nostalgic colonial charm. Admire the old mansions and the Groote Kerk, a church dating from 1754. Lacemakers still sell their wares on the ramparts, perpetuating a tradition inherited from the Portuguese. Discover the fort and ramparts, the church and colonial houses.
Lunch in Galle.
Continuation along the coast to Koggala.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Koggala for 1 night

8

DAY 8 KOGGALA – COLOMBO – KURUMBA (MALDIVES)

Breakfast at the hotel and free morning to take in the colors and enjoy the immense beach.
After lunch at the hotel, departure for a visit to the capital, Colombo. Known since the 8th century to Arab, Persian and Chinese merchants, this village nestled between two dunes, served as a trading post on the spice route. The Portuguese, keen to control the Indian Ocean trade, settled here in 1518, building a fort for their exploration, as well as a civil and military city with churches, schools and hospitals. Today, Colombo is the country’s political and economic center.
Late afternoon, transfer to Colombo airport. Assistance with check-in formalities for your flight.
Arrival in Hulhule (Maldives) and assistance at the airport and transfer by speedboat to your hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Kurumba for 5 nights

9 - 12

DAYS 9-12 KURUMBA

Days at leisure to relax on this beautiful island. Enjoy the activities of the resort: tennis, snorkeling, Maldivian cooking demonstration, painting classes, yoga and fitness classes, sports games, surfing trips (seasonal), sailing lessons, windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet ski safari and much more.

Meals : Breakfast

13

DAY 13 KURUMBA

After breakfast, transfer by speedboat to the airport. End of our services.

Meals : Breakfast

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Dambula

Tropical Life Resort 4*

Kandy

Earls Regent 4*

Nuwara Eliya

Panorama Green View Hotel 4*

Tissamaharama

Mandara Rosen Hotel 4*

Koggala

The Long Beach Resort 4*

Negombo

Goldi Sands Hotel 4*

Kurumba

Kurumba Maldives 5* – Deluxe room including breakfasts

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy 

Land Package
Fixed departures 2024 Min. of 4 passengers
January 13 and 27
February 10 and 24
March 9 and 23
April 20
3759
June 15
July 6 and 20
August 10 and 24
September 14
October 19
2999
Single room supplement On request
Supplements at the Kurumba Maldives Resort
Deluxe bungalow (January, February, March and April) +739
Deluxe bungalow (June, July, August, September and October) +579
Beachfront Deluxe bungalow (January, February, March and April) +1239
Beachfront Deluxe bungalow (June, July, August, September and October) +1179
Half board for 5 nights (January, February, March and April) +709
Half board for 5 nights (June, July, August, September and October) +689
Full board for 5 nights (January, February, March and April) +1409
Full board for 5 nights (June, July, August, September and October) +1369
Dine around all-inclusive for 5 nights (January, February, March and April) +2069
Dine around all-inclusive for 5 nights (June, July, August, September and October) +1999

Notes:

Surcharges if only 2 passengers: $179 per person.
Surcharges if only 3 passengers: $109 per person.
Surcharges for the Perahera Festival in Kandy (between July and August for 10 days): $65 per person/night.

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.

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