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Culture and Nature Tour in Sri Lanka – 6 days

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  • 06 Days / 05 Nights
  • Culture / Neture
  • Sri Lanka
  • Jan - Dec

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Discover the enchanting wonders of Sri Lanka with our travel agency. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture as you explore ancient temples and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Experience the breathtaking beauty of our pristine beaches, indulge in delectable cuisine, and embark on thrilling wildlife safaris. From the misty tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya to the bustling streets of Colombo, let us curate a memorable journey through this tropical paradise for you. Get ready to create lifelong memories in Sri Lanka.

Let Amith Tours Srilanka be your trusted companion as you embark on an adventure filled with cultural wonders, natural beauty, and cherished memories.

Price Includes

  • Air-conditioned and private semi-luxury car or van will be provided
  • Assistance at the airport
  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis on mention hotels abow
  • Private semi-luxury car/van (air-conditioned)
  • Private English Speaking driver for the entire journey
  • Colombo city & shopping tour
  • Kandy city tour
  • NuwaraEliya city tour
  • Spice Garden visit & 15 min Ayurvedic Massage
  • Sri Lanka cultural dance
  • Tea plantation visit
  • All government taxes
  • Fuel & local insurance for the vehicle

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • This package excludes the sightseeing entrance charges (Unless Specified)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Camera & Video Permits
  • Travel Insurance is NOT included
  • Guide/Driver tips
  • There are no Air-tickets included in the tour package

Booking information

Let your mind drift to the most stunning places in Sri Lanka. Explore spectacular architectural feats, a tropical paradise.Sri Lanka will offer you the feeling of wanting to go everywhere all at once. You will enjoy for sure opening your eyes to new beginnings, new cultures and new ways of living. When in Sri Lanka you will have to blink twice to make sure you are seeing things right, Light up your life when in Sri Lanka There will be something about Sri Lankan culture that excites you no matter what.

Cancellation Policy

All travel offers listed on our website are discounted. As such, all orders are non-refundable, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. Thus, no refund for Cancellations made with less than 30 days from the start of a tour and for No-show.

What to Expect

Your gateway to an extraordinary journey through the enchanting island of Sri Lanka. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of captivating landscapes, ancient heritage sites, and warm hospitality. Explore lush tea plantations, pristine beaches, and vibrant cities. Experience thrilling wildlife encounters and indulge in the tantalizing flavors of local cuisine. With our expert guides and personalized service, expect a seamless and unforgettable tour on the stunning Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock
  • Enjoy a Village Walk
  • Experience a Spice Villege Tour
  • Experience a Traditional Dancing Show
  • Visit Polonnaruwa City
  • Wild Safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Visit Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Visit Royal Botanical Gardens

Itinerary

Day 01 & 02 - Polonnaruwa

                                                                        

Polonnaruwa is the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from 11th AD to 13th AD. Polonnaruwa was built more than a millennium ago in 11th century A.D. This ancient town is better preserved than most other old cities of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is about 140 km from Kandy. The ruins of this ancient town belong to the 10th century. Polonnaruwa got the status of a World Heritage Site under the cultural criteria of UNESCO. Polonnaruwa is an ancient city with its well-preserved Dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings, interesting statues.

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. 

 

Activities Day 01

  • We Will pick you up from Colombo Airport and transfer to hotel in Negombo. Relax and Overnight stay in Negombo.

Activities Day 02

  • En route visit Polonnaruwa city.
  • Visit the ancient ruins of the Polonnaruwa Kingdom, where you can explore majestic temples, palaces, and statues.
  • Embark on an exciting wildlife safari to witness Sri Lanka’s glorious elephants at the Minneriya National park. Keep an eye out for other animals too!
  • Dinner and overnight at  hotel in Habarana.

 

Day 03 - Habarana / Matale / Kandy

 

                                                                        

Wake up to the sweet chirpings of birds. Leave for Kandy via Matale. Explore the royal citadel of Sigiriya, a masterpiece of artistry. Visit the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple, adorned with intricate religious images. Learn about the healing properties of spices and herbs at the Spice and Herbal Garden. Witness the revived Traditional Dancing Show, showcasing the beauty of Kandyan music and attire. Enjoy a memorable experience during your overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Activities 

  • After breakfast leave for Kandy via Matale.
  • Explore the royal citadel of Sigiriya, a nearly one-hectare fortress that was home to King Kashyapa and is considered a masterpiece of artistry.
  • Learn about the medicinal healing properties of spices and herbs at the Spice and Herbal Garden, used worldwide in medicines and Ayurvedic concoctions.
  • Visit the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple, dating back to the 1st Century BC, with its five caves, intricately painted ceilings depicting religious images, and sculptures of Lord Buddha, bodhisattvas, gods, and goddesses.
  • Immerse yourself in the revived Traditional Dancing Show, featuring mesmerizing Kandyan music and beautiful attire.
  • Dinner and overnight at  hotel in Kandy.

Day 04 - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

                                          

Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, exudes timeless grandeur and is renowned for the “Temple of the Tooth” and Royal Botanical Gardens with an impressive Orchid collection. It is a hub for handicrafts and hosts vibrant traditional dances. Explore the enchanting Royal Botanical Gardens, once a pleasure garden for queens, and discover diverse flora. Nuwara Eliya, the heart of the hill country, experience the beauty of lush tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, and a cool climate reminiscent of its British influence. This captivating destination is a must-visit for any traveler exploring Sri Lanka.

 

Activities

  • Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple in Kandy housing the relic of the Buddha’s tooth and part of the former Kingdom of Kandy’s royal palace complex.
  • Explore the Royal Botanical Gardens, renowned for its exceptional Orchid collection and diverse tropical and temperate flora.
  • Leave For Nuwara Eliya.
  • Nuwara Eliya, experience the heart of Sri Lankan hill country, with its picturesque tea plantations, gushing streams, and breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy the pleasant climate, misty glens, and the charming British ambiance that make Nuwara Eliya an essential destination in Sri Lanka’s travel industry.
  • Enjoy the Dinner and overnight at  hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

 

Day 05 & 06 - Nuwara Eliya / Colombo

                                                                        

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka is a remarkable sanctuary for elephants. Located in the village of Pinnawala, it serves as a nurturing home, nursery, and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. This renowned orphanage is known for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Visitors can witness these majestic creatures up close as they roam freely and engage in various activities. The orphanage provides vital care and protection to orphaned and injured elephants, ensuring their well-being and future survival. It is an incredible opportunity to observe and learn about these gentle giants, fostering a deeper appreciation for elephant conservation efforts in Sri Lanka.

Activities Day 01

  • After breakfast, check out from your accommodation and embark on a transfer to Colombo, making a stop at Pinnawala.
  • Explore the renowned Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which serves as a nursery, orphanage, and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants.
  • Overnight stay in Colombo on Half Board Basis.

Activities Day 02

  • After Breakfast proceed to Airport.
  • If the time permits you will do a Colombo City Tour.

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FAQ

Visas Information

Do I need a visa to enter Sri Lanka?

Yes, you will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. In addition, if you intend visiting Sri Lanka on a short visit,you will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival.

What is an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) ?

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka and is issued through an on-line system. You need to obtain an ETA if you intend visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist, on Business or on Transit. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required to obtain the ETA. ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.

 Am I required to obtain an ETA?

Nationals of all countries with the exception of citizens of countries mentioned below are required to obtain an ETA to visit Sri Lanka.

Nationals of following countries who visit Sri Lanka for a Short visit up to 30 days are exempt from obtaining an ETA;

  • The Republic of Singapore
  • The Republic of Maldives
  • The Republic of Seychelles
How much does the ETA cost?

The non-refundable ETA processing fee for a Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days for citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries will cost US$ 15, all other countries will cost US$ 30. Children below 12 years of age are exempt from the ETA fee.

A complete list of ETA processing fees could be obtained from the ETA website.

How do I apply for the ETA?

You can submit the ETA application online through the ETA website. Select the language, click ‘Apply’ and follow the instructions.
Other options for you to apply are;

  • By Third party
  • By Registered agents
  • At Sri Lanka Overseas Missions
  • At the head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E), Colombo
  • On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka

Answers to FAQ’s on the ETA can be found at the official web site,

What Language will people understand?

Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages in Sri Lanka. English is a ‘link’ language and generally understood by most people and is easy to get by. Off the beaten track knowledge of it thins. English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops. Tourslanka provides guides in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese languages to foreign visitors requiring assistance. Road signs are written both in Sinhalese & English throughout the country, with few exceptions.

Can I access the internet freely?

Can I purchase a local mobile connection while on holiday?

It’s a good option to purchase a local SIM card and top up cards while you are on holiday. The mobile call rates are relatively cheap for both local and IDD calls. There are many mobile operators in the country (E.g. Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat, Hutch etc.,). Dialog has a counter at the Colombo Airport and you can obtain a connection on arrival. A Dialog connection will cost about Rupees 1500. Top up cards are freely available island-wide. You can buy top-up cards for denominations of Rupees 100, 400 & 1000. Be sure that your phone is `dual band’ and unlocked.

When is the best time to travel?

Climatically, the best & driest seasons are from December to March on the West & South Coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September in the East Coast. Sri Lanka is subject to two monsoons, the rainy season in the East coast is the dry season in the south west coast & vise versa. This means Sri Lanka is a year around destination, and there is always a ‘right’ season somewhere in the island.

Out of season travel has it’s advantages, not only do the crowds go away, but many airfares & accommodation prices too go down, with many special offers thrown in. On the coast the average temperature is about 27° C. The temperature rapidly falls with altitude. At Kandy (altitude 450m) the average temperature is 20° C and at Nuwara Eliya (altitude 1890m) it’s down to around 16°C.

Are there any areas that I cannot travel to?

You may travel to anywhere in the island. However, travel to the North requires prior authorization from the Ministry of Defence. We do not conduct tours to the Northern province at present.

How is the nightlife in Sri Lanka?

The places with some active night life are Colombo, Negombo and Hikkaduwa.
Colombo has some decent pubs, night clubs, karaoke lounges and bars. There is a growing pub-culture among the young crowd in Colombo. Friday and Saturday nights are the days for all night partying. The casinos offer a good combination of live entertainment, food and games of chance.

Negombo and Hikkaduwa have some good beach restaurants and bars. Negombo doesn’t have much of a party scene, but you will find regular beach parties in Hikkaduwa.

What currency is used in Sri Lanka?

The Sri Lankan currency is the Rupee (Rs), divided in to 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 & 2000. Breakdown larger notes when you change money – it can sometimes be a problem to breakdown a larger note (500, 1000 or 2000).

Hotels and other tourist establishments will quote you the price in US$ or Euro and collect in Rupees at the prevailing exchange rate.

What food will I find?

What food will I find?

Sri Lankan dishes are based on rice, with a large variety of vegetables, fish & fruits. The uniqueness of Sri Lankan food influenced by invaders and traders – Indians, Arabs, Malays, Moors, Portuguese, Dutch and English all whom have left a mark on the Sri Lankan diet, will surely make your trip a voyage of culinary discovery!

Sri Lankan food is good, perhaps a little too piquant for foreign palates, but worth trying. The Lankan food served in your hotel is toned down a little bit due to the sensitive stomach of most tourists, but nevertheless is delicious and you should try it. International food of any kind is found in all major Sri Lankan Restaurants.

Most coastal towns have excellent seafood including prawns & delicious crab. Rates are quite inexpensive. Being a tropical country, Sri Lanka is blessed with a large variety of fruits. Some fruits like mangoes and Bananas (known an plantains here), come in over a dozen of sub varieties of shapes, sizes & tastes! Fruits such as Rambutan, Pineapple, Mangosteen, Papaya (Papaw), wood apple, melons, passion fruit, guavas, etc., are but a small sample of the amazing variety of fruits to be discovered and enjoyed.

 Can I obtain vegetarian food?

Most large hotels and restaurants have a ‘vegetarian section’ in the menu. The smaller local ‘rice and curry’ restaurants may say the food is vegetarian but include a serving of fried fish or sprats (anchovies). The ‘South Indian’ vegetarian restaurants are 100% vegetarian.

Can I obtain ‘Halal’ food?

‘Halal’ food is quite scarce in major hotels. The Galadari and Holiday Inn in Colombo serve halal food, as well a couple of hotels on the west coast. There are quite a few restaurants in Colombo and Kandy, but not much else. The best bet is to order seafood instead of meat to be on the safe side.

What sort of food can I expect in an ‘Ayurveda Resort’?

The food is exclusively based on Sri Lankan rice and curry menu. The curries are mostly Sri Lankan vegetables; Chicken and fish maybe included.

How about drinks?

Sri Lanka is famous for it’s tea, and pride ourselves in producing ‘Ceylon Tea’, the finest tea in the world. There is a local version of coffee, which is a bit strong. But Colombo is the only place that you could get a really good espresso. Highly recommended are the fresh fruit juices. Popular international soft drinks are available even in little village boutiques.

Sri Lanka has it’s own variety of local beer. Sri Lanka also has two extremely popular local varieties of intoxicating beverage – Toddy and Arrack. Toddy is a natural drink, produced from one or other palm trees. Fermented and refined toddy becomes Arrack. Some varieties are real “rocket fuel”! Imported beer and foreign liquors cost almost the same as in most western countries.
Thambili or King Coconut is a sweet, clean and cheap natural drink that you’ll find by the wayside. It’s extremely cooling and refreshing!

We advice not to drink tap water unless it is purified. Bottled water is recommended. Only use water from containers with serrated seal- not tops or corks. Most hotel rooms have boiled water in thermos flasks, which is safe to drink.

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