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Discover Sri Lanka

11 Days, Colombo to Marawila
Discover Sri Lanka

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Take 11 unforgettable days to discover the exceptional island country of Sri Lanka. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and find your own peace at the unusual Dambulla Cave Te read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 10 nights accommodation (Hotel/Resorts (10 nts)).
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private A/C van/minibus, boat, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Colombo city tour.
  • Picnic and hike in Horton Plains National Park.
  • High tea at the Grand Hotel.
  • Evening tuk tuk tour of Nuwara Eliya village.
  • Kandy city tour and Ceylon tea plantation visit.
  • Temple of the Tooth guided tour.
  • Hiking excursion in Knuckles mountains range.
  • Expert lecture and demonstration on Ayurveda.
  • Visit a Matale spice garden.
  • Visit Nalanda Gedige Temple ruins.
  • Dambulla cave temple visit.
  • Farming project visit and traditional farmhouse meal.
  • Tour the Sigiriya rock fortress.
  • Ranger-guided Wilpattu National Park jeep safari and conservation talk.
  • Tour of Anuradhapura ruins and monasteries.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 220-290 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Colombo
Day 2 Colombo/Nuwara Eliya
Day 3 Nuwara Eliya
Day 4 Nuwara Eliya/Madulkele
Day 5 Madulkele
Day 6 Madulkele/Dambulla
Day 7 Dambulla
Day 8 Dambulla/Anuradhapura
Day 9 Anuradhapura/Marawila
Day 10 Marawila
Day 11 Marawila
Departures
  • Nov
    2017
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 13 Nov '17
  • Thu, 23 Nov '17
  • Mon, 11 Dec '17
  • Thu, 21 Dec '17
  • Mon, 08 Jan '18
  • Thu, 18 Jan '18
  • Mon, 29 Jan '18
  • Thu, 08 Feb '18
  • Mon, 19 Feb '18
  • Thu, 01 Mar '18
  • Mon, 26 Mar '18
  • Thu, 05 Apr '18
  • Mon, 02 Apr '18
  • Thu, 12 Apr '18
  • Mon, 09 Apr '18
  • Thu, 19 Apr '18
  • Mon, 09 Jul '18
  • Thu, 19 Jul '18
  • Mon, 06 Aug '18
  • Thu, 16 Aug '18
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  • Thu, 30 Aug '18
  • Mon, 03 Sep '18
  • Thu, 13 Sep '18
  • Mon, 10 Sep '18
  • Thu, 20 Sep '18
  • Mon, 08 Oct '18
  • Thu, 18 Oct '18
  • Mon, 22 Oct '18
  • Thu, 01 Nov '18
  • Mon, 12 Nov '18
  • Thu, 22 Nov '18
  • Mon, 26 Nov '18
  • Thu, 06 Dec '18
  • Mon, 17 Dec '18
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  • Thu, 03 Jan '19
  • Mon, 07 Jan '19
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  • Thu, 07 Feb '19
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  • Thu, 28 Feb '19
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  • Thu, 07 Mar '19
  • Mon, 11 Mar '19
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  • Thu, 11 Apr '19
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  • Mon, 11 Nov '19
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  • Thu, 28 Nov '19
  • Mon, 25 Nov '19
  • Thu, 05 Dec '19
  • Mon, 09 Dec '19
  • Thu, 19 Dec '19
  • Mon, 16 Dec '19
  • Thu, 26 Dec '19
  • Mon, 23 Dec '19
  • Thu, 02 Jan '20
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Colombo
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Madulkele
  • Dambulla
  • Anuradhapura
  • Marawila
  • DAY 1 Arrive Colombo

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Arrival Airport Transfer
    Bandaranaike International Airport - Colombo
    You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Colombo/Nuwara Eliya

    Discover Colombo on a city tour including the Fort and Pettah areas. Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping in Kitulgala en route. Opt for a rafting excursion on the Kelani River.

    City Tour
    Colombo
    Enjoy a tour of the city, including the Fort area, the historic Pettah district, and the cinnamon gardens.

    Private Vehicle
    Colombo - Nuwara Eliya 4h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Kelani River Rafting

    Kitulgala
    20USD per person
    Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting excursion on the Kelani River. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Nuwara Eliya

    Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike in Horton Plains National Park. Head back to Nuwara Eliya and indulge in high tea at the historic Grand Hotel. This evening, embark on a tuk-tuk ride and visit the town centre and market.

    Horton Plains Trek
    Horton Plains Nature Reserve 4h-4h 30m 9km
    Get close to nature and stunning scenery on this Horton Plains Trek. Hike 9km (6 mi) into the Horton Plains and walk through the clouds to discover a majestic drop that provides amazing views over the plains into the sea.

    High Tea at the Grand Hotel
    Nuwara Eliya
    Step back in time and enjoy high tea at the historic Grand Hotel. Enjoy a lovely setting with Elizabethan-era architecture and beautiful gardens. The building was the former mansion of Sir Edward Barnes who was the Governor of Sri Lanka during 1830-1850.

    Nuwara Eliya Tuk-tuk Tour
    Nuwara Eliya
    Enjoy an evening tuk-tuk ride through the centre of town. Get out and explore the market and surrounds.

    Private Vehicle
    Nuwara Eliya 2h
    There is a 1 hour drive each way to Horton Plains. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Nuwara Eliya/Madulkele

    Travel to Kandy, stopping at a Ceylon tea plantation en route to learn about the production process. Enjoy a tour around the city and lake, with a guided visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Afterwards, head to the eco lodge for the night, located on a tea estate.

    Private Vehicle
    Nuwara Eliya - Kandy 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Tea Plantation Visit
    Nuwara Eliya 1h-1h 30m 26km
    Be welcomed into the homes of local plantation families who will talk about the hardships of the industry. The town of Nuwara Eliya produces the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea, and is inhabited mainly by tea planters and plantation workers. Pay a visit to one of the factories to learn all about tea production.

    Kandy Orientation Walk
    Kandy 1h-1h 30m 3-5km
    Walk through the city and around Kandy Lake to get a better feel for the place.

    Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour
    Kandy 1h 1km
    Enjoy a tour of the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic - a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. Learn about the importance of this site from local guides.

    Private Vehicle
    Kandy - Madulkele 27m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Madulkele

    Set out for a hiking excursion in the Knuckles mountain range, following trails through lush forest past villages and tea plantations. Later, take in a lecture and demonstration on Ayurveda by an expert local practitioner. Enjoy another night at the lodge.

    Knuckles Mountain Range Trek
    Madulkele 3h
    Embark on a trek in the Knuckles mountain range - named for five peaks which resemble the knuckles of a clenched fist. Hike through the woods on one of the exciting nature trails and you may come across tea plantations, farmers, waterfalls, and small villages. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the area, free of roads for motorized vehicles.

    Understanding Ayurveda
    Madulkele 1h30m
    Enjoy a lecture on ayurveda by a local practitioner. The talk includes history and a demonstration of traditional herbs used in the practice, as well as a discussion of the differences in using a holistic approach vs. modern medicine. We also are shown how herbs and spices can cure simple ailments, from headaches to fever and how these ancient methodologies of preparing medicine were pioneered. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Madulkele/Dambulla

    Pay a morning visit to a spice garden in Matale before arriving at the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige - home to a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and imagery. Continue on to the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues.

    Private Vehicle
    Madulkele - Dambulla 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Spice Garden Excursion
    Matale
    Visit a spice garden and marvel at the various spices used as natural medicines and as condiments in food.

    Nalanda Gedige Visit
    Matale 45m-1h 2-4km
    Discover combined Buddhist and Hindu architecture on this visit to Nalanda Gedige, a small and less-visited ancient site. Some of the designs are clearly Hindu, yet no Hindu gods are depicted. Also see some erotic, but eroded, Tantric Buddhist carvings, reminiscent of the famous Khajuraho Temple in India.

    Dambulla Cave Temple Visit
    Sigiriya 1h-1h30m
    Visit the ancient Dambulla cave temples at one of the most well-preserved temple and cave sites in Sri Lanka. See Buddhist mural paintings that line the walls of the seventh-century caves as well as a collection of hundreds of statues of Buddha in different poses. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Dambulla

    Visit the CIC Hingurakgoda farm and learn how this "seed-to-shelf" business is bringing together modern and traditional agricultural practices. Purchase local ingredients and head to a small farmhouse for lunch. Get to know the family and help prepare the meal, while getting an inside look at traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. After lunch, head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views.

    Private Vehicle
    Dambulla
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Farm Visit and Local Lunch
    Dambulla
    Visit the CIC Hingurakgoda farm, part of a seed-to-shelf agri-business that works with over 20,000 rural farmers in Sri Lanka, in an effort to improve farmers' income and quality of life, as well as the standards of food quality and production. The seed farm works toward implementing modern agricultural technology and enhanced mechanization while still protecting the traditional knowledge of farmers. Here we will learn about various farming processes including irrigation, livestock (buffalo), and milk and curd production. After, we purchase some vegetables and buy fish from local fisherman and visit one of the smaller farmhouses. Here we assist the farming family with making our lunch, learning about traditional rural Sri Lankan cuisine.

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit
    Sigiriya 2h-3h 15-20km
    Be mesmerized by this rock fortress, which captivates every visitor with its well-laid out gardens, caves, monasteries, and palaces adorned with beautiful wall motifs. Start at the water gardens and climb more than 1,200 steps to reach the top. Pass caves with frescoes and boulders to find the ruins of a palace on the flat surface of the old volcanic magma rock. The rock rests 370m (1,213 ft) above sea level with a shear drop on all sides. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Dambulla/Anuradhapura

    Travel north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park by jeep and meet with a knowledgeable forest ranger to learn about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. Continue to Anuradhapura for the night.

    Private Vehicle
    Dambulla - Wilpattu National Park 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Wilpattu Safari and Talk
    Wilpattu National Park
    Explore Wilpattu, one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka, renowned for its leopard population. Explore the park by jeep with a forest ranger to observe the local flora and fauna, but be on the lookout for the parks most famed resident, the leopard. After our safari, meet with a park representative, knowledgeable in wildlife conservation of the area and the conflicts of human encroachment on wildlife reserves.

    Private Vehicle
    Wilpattu National Park - Anuradhapura
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Anuradhapura/Marawila

    Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries. Later, travel south to coastal Marawila.

    Anuradhapura Excursion
    Anuradhapura
    Tour the ruins and monasteries of Sri Lanka's first capital. A symbol of Sinhalese power, this is the nation's most extensive and important ancient city.

    Private Vehicle
    Anuradhapura – Marawila 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Marawila Afternoon
    Settle in at the hotel and enjoy free time to relax on the beach. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Marawila

    Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.

    Free Time
    Marawila Full Day
    Opt to explore or relax on the coast. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 11 Marawila

    Depart at any time.

    Hotel check out is at 12:00pm.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 220-290 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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