SRI LANKA, THE PEARL OF OCEAN

21999

Description

Sri Lanka - the mesmerizing island nation, in the southernmost part of India, is known for its amazing and refreshing life experiences ranging from savory delicacies to its magnificent culture and alluring festivals. This tiny island is known by other names such as " The Lost Paradise ", " The Land of Serendipity ", " The Resplendent Land " and " The Pearl of The Indian Ocean " and has 109 beaches... The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The pre-history of Sri Lanka even goes back 125,000 years and possibly even as far back as 500,000 years. One of the first written references to the island is found in the Indian epic Ramayana which described,” God Rama had built a bridge of stones across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from the Demon king Ravana with the help of an army of vanaras.” Ancient ruins, kind folks, a well-civilized culture, endless beaches, playful waves, esteemed tea cultivation, beautiful train journey, parade of elephants, infinite landscapes and mouthwatering food makes Sri Lanka irresistible. It is indeed a land like no other, the pure beauty which will leave you breathless gasping for more. With a varied countryside, this country has something for everyone. Sri Lanka welcomes travelers from all over the world. Whether you prefer the amusement, swimming in the sea, diving or lounging at the islands or trekking, Safarnama trips offer the best of its tropical forests, beaches, adventurous activities, ancient monuments, history, natural beauty, several UNESCO listed sites and a fantastic culture. Make time to see Sri Lanka's striking attractions the Pinna Wala Elephant Orphanage sanctuary, the hill station Nuwara Eliya, the stunning Hakgala Botanical Gardens and best golf course, the manmade lake at Kandy, the Temple of The Tooth and others Team Safarnama brings you the amazing 9 days 8 nights backpacking trip to Sri Lanka with best experience and lowest cost because when you are in Sri Lanka, every day is a new day.

Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration 9 days
Trail Type Backpacking
Group Size 20
Visa Information You can apply for visa http://www.etagov.sl/official/sIvisa/. Takes about 24 hours to complete.

SRI LANKA, THE PEARL OF OCEAN

21999

  • 1
    Sigiriya: Airport to Hotel, Pinna Wala Elephant Orphanage and Sigiriya Rock fortress
    Arrive by 2 PM at Bandaranaike International airport. Meet and assist on arrival and proceed from airport to Colombo.
    Check-in at the hotel in Sigiriya.
    En-route visit Pinna Wala Elephant Orphanage
    Pinna Wala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. In 2011, there were 96 elephants, including 43 males and 68 females from 3 generations, living in Pinna Wala. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC).
    Spend evening climbing to Sigiriya Rock fortress: UNESCO listed World Heritage Site
    Built by King Kassapa, Sigiriya is a rock fortress and a palace located in the Matale district of Sri Lanka. Regarded as the Lion's Rock, it is surrounded by gardens, ponds and other structures and is the best-preserved City Centre in Asia. The view is a perfect blend of nature and human. One of the most unique features of Sigiriya is its Mirror wall. It was polished so thoroughly that the king could see his reflection in it during ancient times.
  • 2
    Sigiriya to Kandy: Dambulla Cave temple, Spice garden at Matale, Kandy City tour and Cultural Dance Forms
    Post break fast start your Journey towards Dambulla Cave temple
    Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka with more than 80 documented caves. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses.
    Visit to the Spice garden at Matale
    Afternoon city tour of Kandy
    Spend some leisure time shopping and enjoying Srilankan food.
    Witness the cultural show featuring various dance forms in eve.
    Overnight stay at Kandy.
  • 3
    Kandy to Ella: Train Journey, Ravana waterfalls and Nine arch Bridge
    Enjoy the train journey from Kandy to Ella
    The journey is seven hours long and is being considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips in the world, takes you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations and mountain views.
    Visit to Ravana Waterfall
    It is a popular sightseeing attraction, is ranked as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and turns into what is said to resemble an area flower with withering petals during local wet season.
    Visit to the Nine arch Bridge
    Also called the Bridge in the Sky, is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country and was build was locals with stone bricks and cement during the Great War.
    Overnight stay at Ella
  • 4
    Ella to Nuwara Eliya to Ella: Haputale sightseeing, Hike to lil Adams Peak and stroll in local tea plantation
    Haputale sightseeing
    Haputale is a small town situated in the beautiful mountains in Sri Lanka, commonly referred to as little Ella because of its very similar landscape but a rather quieter and less touristic atmosphere. Best things to do in Haputale includes stroll in tea plantations around Lipton's Seat and Diyaluma Waterfall.
    Visit to the Little Adams Peak
    Hiking Little Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is one of the most epic things to do in Ella. Highly recommended and must to do if you are in Sri Lanka.
    Stroll around local tea plantation and tea factory.
    Overnight stay at Ella
  • 5
    Ella to Mirissa: Udawalawe National Park and Mirissa Beach
    Post breakfast leave for Udawalawe National park
    This Udawalawe National Park is located at the borders of Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces in Sri Lanka. The main purpose of having a national park was to provide a sanctuary to the wild animals that lost their habitat due to the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. This reserve had been built in the year 1972 and it covers an area of 30,821 hectares. It is a popular destination among the tourists and it is the 3rd most visited place in entire Sri Lanka.
    The rest of the day you can relax and enjoy the romantic beach in Mirissa
    Overnight stay at Mirissa.
  • 6
    Mirissa to Galle to Mirissa: City Tour and Stilt Fishing Fishermen
    Post breakfast, visit the Galle city Centre, Galle Dutch Fort, Colonial buildings and Museum
    Galle Fort, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka
    Visit to the Stilt Fishing Fishermen
    Stilt Fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka and started from World War II.
    Overnight stay at Mirissa.
  • 7
    Mirissa: Whale and Dolphin Watching and Mirissa Beach
    Early morning proceeds to Mirissa for whales and dolphins watching
    Mirissa Beach is a great place to go whale watching. There are many tour companies that offer whale and dolphin watching tours and if you are lucky you can get to see many different types.
    Later, you can relax at the Romantic beach.
    You can also pick local bikes and cycles go around the beaches and the city. Mirissa and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transforms your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality. This small sandy tropical beach boasts some of Sri Lanka’s most stunning sunsets and sunrises.
    Try water sports available at the Mirissa beach by yourself and enjoy sunsets from the rock overlooking Mirissa Beach
    Overnight stay at Mirissa.
  • 8
    Mirissa to Bentota to Colombo: Bentota Beach, Boat Safari and sightseeing
    Visit to the Bentota Beach and later other beautiful places around the city
    Bentota being little less explored and less visited makes it one of the cleanest beaches in Sri Lanka. If you are looking to spend your holidays and give yourself a calm and natural treat, with no bars and restaurants, this is the most refreshing and relaxing site. The narrow spit of land is beautifully sandwiched & shaded with palm trees on both the seaward & river sides.
    Later enjoy the Boat Safari
    The boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem. Journey past massive mangrove forests, glide under the canopy of the forest tunnels as they curve playfully towards the watercourse. Take in the unique biodiversity of the Madu River and its surrounding islands that boasts of hundreds of birds, plants, fish and animals.
    Overnight stay at Colombo.
  • 9
    Colombo to Airport: Colombo City Tour and Airport drop
    This is the last day of the amazing trip. You can relax at airport or spend some time in Colombo city tour.
    The capital of Sri Lanka is called Colombo, is the largest town in the island country of Sri Lanka. It is the economic capital of the country as well as the administrative one. Colombo is one of the leading markets when it comes to clothing and cosmetics in Sri Lanka. It is the perfect place for all the shopaholics to satisfy their inner soul.
    Airport Drop

SRI LANKA, THE PEARL OF OCEAN

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Basic Gears

Backpack & Day Pack (50-60 litres) With comfortable shoulder and waist straps
Head Torch 1 No. with extra batteries
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ORS
Personal Medical Kit Crocin- 10 tablets, Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip, Combiflam- Half Strip, Muscle relaxant Half Strip, Digene- Half Strip, Avil- 1 strip, ORS- 6 packs and Kneecap (If you are prone to knee injury)

Wear

Floaters or Sandals 1 Pair (for easy movement while at the campsite)
Cotton Socks 3 Pairs
Sun caps & Balaclava 1 Pair
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected

Identity Proofs

5 Passport Size Photos
Valid ID proof with Address
Sri Lanka Rupees or USD (120 USD for 8 days)

SRI LANKA, THE PEARL OF OCEAN

21999

Inclusions

Airport Pickups and drop
Local Sightseeing in Air-conditioned vehicle
English speaking experienced guides and Trek Leaders
Drivers accommodation, food, toll, and fuel.
Lots and lots of Fun

Exclusions

Travel Cost to reach Colombo Airport
Meals during the trip. Driver will stop at the best locations for your food.
Visa Cost
Any entry fees
Any personal expense
Anything which is not a part of our inclusions

Stay

Accommodation in 3-star hotels and hostels.

Advisory

Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However, a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Sri Lanka, the Pearl of Ocean

21999

Reviews

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.