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Sri Lankan Surprise

15 Days  |  Departing Monday 15th October 2018 and returning Monday 29th October 2018

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Highlights

Beach Stay in Negombo
World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura
Colourful Road Side Trade Stalls at Cadjugama
Rock Fortress of Sigriya
Home Visit to Local Farming Family
Animal Jeep Safari in Minneriya National Park 
Dambulla Cave Temple
Temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha in Kandy
Walking Spice Garden Tour
Visit to Batik Making Factory
Kandyan Cultural Performance
Shopping for Gems, Hendicrafts, Silks & Batiks in Kandy
Nuwara Eliya - "Little England" 
Scenic Train Ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella - said to be one of the most beautiful train trips in the world!
Cascading Water Falls & Tea Plantations
Cooking Session with Malay Family
Kirinda School Visit and Unveiling of Sisterhood Playground
Visit to Beeralu Weaving & Lace Making 
Beach Stays in Galle and Kalutara
World Heritage Galle Dutch Fortress
Free Day in Galle to Explore
World Heritage Galle Dutch Fortress
Visit to Moonstone Mines - Sri Lanka is the only place in the world for Blue Moonstones
Visit to a Turtle Hatchery
Shopping and Spa Time in Colombo

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to ensure your holiday is a memorable one
Return Airfares including taxes ex Melbourne to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Other Cities Available)
Specialist Guide
Transportation Throughout in Air Conditioned Deluxe Vehicle
2nd Class Rail Ticket from Nuwara Eliya to Ella
Sightseeing and Activities as per detailed itinerary
Quality 4 Star Accommodation
All Meals as per itinerary
Gratuities for Driver and Guide
Online Sri Lanka Tourist Visa Processing
Willing to Share Room Option
Meet and Greet Prior to Departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)


 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday 15 October 2018

Melbourne - Colombo

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!  Meet your hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Sri Lanka.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of Singapore Airlines.

Welcome to Sri Lanka.  Upon arrival we'll be met and transferred to our hotel in Negombo.  

Overnight - Karunakarala Ayurveda Resort & Spa 

Day 2 - Tuesday 16 October 2018

City Tour & Free Afternooon - Negombo (B,D)

This morning a city tour of Negombo, one of the main beach resorts on the island mainly inhabited by the fisher-folk. Negombo is quietly and correctly considered as the “Little Rome”, located along the picturesque Negombo lagoon, along which hundreds of fishing boats and catamarans could be seen most of the time. The Town is dotted with several churches, some dating from the earliest colonial times.Sightseeing in Negombo includes the remains of the Old Dutch Fortress from 1678, the Dutch Canal constructed for the transportation of Cinnamon, St. Mary’s Church and the Old Dutch Cemetery, and naturally, the Fish Market –more famously known as the “Lellama”.   This afternoon we'll return to our hotel where you might like to visit the Spa for a pamper.  Dinner tonight at our hotel.

Overnight - Karunakarala Ayurveda Resort & Spa 

Day 3 - Wednesday 17 October 2018

Negombo - Anuradhapura (B,D)

After an early breakfast we'll leave for Anuradhapura – “The first Capital - 5th Century BC:.  Anuradhapura………… the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities dating back to the 5th Century BC which formed the foundation for a magnificent civilization spanning over a few centuries. Its greatest treasures are its dagabos constructed of small sun-dried bricks and are hemispherical in shape two of which have been identified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. 

We'll break our journey at Cadjugama where we'll see brightly clad ladies of all ages selling Cadju Nuts and King Coconuts in the Trade Stalls by the road side.

En route we'll visit an Elephant Orphanage to see the world's largest herd of domestic Elephants including babies who still being bottle fed three times a day.  We'll then continue on to visit Nugawela – Alawwa – where the traditional craft of making items out of reed and talipot leaves is practiced  as a cottage industry before continuing onto the Sacred City of Anuradhapura.

Here we'll visit many sites of the City of archaeological and historical interest including Isurumuniya - the first temple to be built in the island, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree- with an authenticated history of more than 2300 years which has been planted from a sapling from the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment , Ruwanveliseya - the largest stupa in the island, Jethawanaramaya and Abhayagiriya - which in their original form have been equivalent in size to the Great Pyramids in Giza and have thusbeen declared as World Heritage Sites , Eth Pokuna (Size is 06 times larger than Olympic swimming pool)  Twin Ponds, Thuparamaya- the first Stupa to be built in Sri Lanka enshrining the left collar bone of the Buddha, the Samadhi Statue - meditating posture etc.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura 

Day 4 - Thursday 18 October 2018

Anuradhapura - Sigriya - Dambulla (B,D)

After breakfast we'll leave for Sigiriya and the unique Rock Fortress or "castle in the sky" - a massive monolith of red stone that rises 600ft above ground.  We'll visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya,  a Royal Citadel for 20 years in the 5th Century AD built by King Kasyapa, contemporary with the paintings of Ajantha and Ellora Caves in India. Highlights being the Frescoes, Mirror Wall and the Lion's Paw, considered as the 8th Wonder of the modern world thought to be equivalent to the "Alakamanda" - Celestial Palace of God Kuvera.

Next we'll visit a farming family who will be glad to show us their life without the use of modern electrical utencils in the kitchen – with the use of local items such as the Winnowing Fan, Grinding Stone , Mortar & Pestle etc.

This afternoon we'll enjoy a Jeep Safari of the Minneriya National Park famous for its many large herds of wild elephants.  Minneriya is situated around the reservoir of the same name in the south central area of the island. This park comprises of grasslands, thorny scrubs and many valuable species of trees. Large herds of elephants, species of deer, wild boar, water buffalo and jackals are some of the wild animals found, along with a variety of avifauna that abounds the park.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Camelia Resort & Spa, Dambulla 

Day 5 - Friday 19 October 2018

Dambulla Sightseeing (B,D)

After breakfast we'll visit the Dambulla Cave Temple considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000 sq ft of painted surfaces with many paintings, sculptures, statues of Lord Buddha, his disciples, Kings and Gods etc. 

With time to stroll around in Dambulla City which is one of the biggest on the island where commodities including fruits, vegetables, grains, yams etc from all around the island are traded both wholesale and retail and also the Trade Stalls lining the Colombo Road.  

This afternoon we'll visit the herb garden of a nearby hotel where we'll see the plots planted with different types of vegetables, Herbal Gardens, Fruit Trees etc.  We'll then help the Chef's prepare dinner using their garden as inspiration.

Dinner tonight will be at Rangiri Dambulla Resort.

Overnight stay at the Camelia Resort & Spa, Dambulla

Day 6 - Saturday 20 October 2018

Dambulla - Kandy (B,D)

After breakfast we'll leave for Kandy literally the "City on the Hills" so named as it was protected by nature - water, rocks and jungles. Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings before falling to the British in 1815AD is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour of magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still  lovingly kept alive. The centre of attraction is the golden roofed Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Kandy Lake built by the last King Sri Wickramarajasinghe in 1806 holds a prominent view of the City. It is a City for arts and crafts as well as culture and history.  We'll enjoy a walk in a Spice Garden and gain some knowledge about the growth and use of spices in the day to day life.

We'll then continue to a Batik Making Factory to see how beautifully the village girls turn out coloured cloths for different purposes with colourful designs. Next we visit Lower Hapuvida (Matale) which is a village producing traditional Lacquer Products. The population of the village is approximately 325 families with the majority of whom are engaged in this industry.

This evening after dinner we'll enjoy a Cultural Performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers , a majority of whom will be young girls and Drummers including devotional "Fire Walking" – a majority of the Dance Troupe will be girls.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Thilanka Hotel, Kandy 

Day 7 - Sunday 21 October 2018

Kandy Sightseeing and Shopping (B,D)

This morning after breakfast, we'll enjoy city tour of Kandy including the Upper Lake Drive - a place where one could have a bird's eye view of the city below, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha - by far the most important place of worship for Buddhists world over, the Royal Botanical Gardens - one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora which incidentally was the Headquarters of Lord Louise Mountbatten - the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War, a Gem Museum - to see how the valuable gems that you see on a shop shelf are turned out from a raw stone with the back ground history and a Silk Shop where one could learn about the process of making Silk by handlooms.  With time at leisure to shop for gems and other jewellery, handicrafts, brassware, silks and batiks.

Later on we'll enjoy a cooking session at a Sri Lanka Home.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Thilanka Hotel, Kandy 

Day 8 - Monday 22 October 2018

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (B,D)

After breakfast we'll leave for Nuwara Eliya - "Little England" through some of the breathtaking landscapes with "Green Carpets"- hills covered with Tea and cascading Water Falls.  Nuwara Eliya, nestled in a wooded basin at the foot of Mount Pidurutalagala Sri Lanka’s highest peak, this region at 6,183ft above sea-level Has a cool, crisp climate unknown elsewhere in Sri Lanka. A serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Colombo, the town seems like a piece of the English Lake District. Unusual plants, birds and animals thrive here besides natural feature like waterfalls and caves. Tea, the glistening green leaves of this lovely shrub, along with neat rows of green, cloak ridges and valleys providing a lasting impression of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. 

En route to Nuwara Eliya we'll visit a Tea Factory and a Plantation to witness the manufacturing process of world famous "Ceylon Tea" and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea. It will be eye catching to see how skillfully the Tea Pluckers – ladies from the plantation community , perform their task moving from bush to bush in difficult terrain.

You have a free evening to enjoy a walk of the small town of Eliya.

Overnight stay and dinner at the  Araliya Green Hills Hotel, Nuwara Eliya 

Day 9 - Tuesday 23 October 2018

Train Ride Nuwara Eliya - Ella (B,D)

This morning after breakfast we'll check out and transfer to the Nanu Oya Railway Station to travel by train to Ella passing through some incredibly beautiful landscapes across the Southern Hill country of Sri Lanka. This will be one of the most scenic rail journeys you'll ever take.  About 60km's of rail journey - Ella is is surounded by cloud forests and lush tea plantations.

Arriving into Ella we'll be transferred to our hotel for the the remainder of day at leisure.

Our Hotel - 98 Acres Resort - This uniquely designed resort blends well with nature and consists of charming chalets mostly made of recyclable substance. Discarded railway sleepers are put to good use in the making of decks and walls at the resort. Rough, hewn granite lend simple elegance to the floors of chalets adorned with thatched roofs of ‘Illuk’ straw that adds to their rustic beauty. The exquisite country side, breathtaking views and exciting nature trails will assure you of a memorable holiday at one of the most breathtaking Ella hotels in the region.

Tonight we'll regroup for dinner at our hotel to chat about the day's experiences.

Overnight stay and dinner at the 98 Acres Resort, Ella

Day 10 - Wednesday 24 October 2018

Ella - Tissamaharama (B,D)

After breakfast we'll leave Ella through the breathtakingly beautiful Ella Gap passing the Rawana Ella Water Falls.  We'll take a break at the Ella Grand Motel for an amazing view and a refreshing Cup of Tea.  We'll enjoy the beauty of the “Rawana Ella” Water Falls before continuing on to take part in a Pooja at Kataragama Maha Devalaya then a walk through a Tulip Tree past further lines of stalls selling lotus to the devotees heading for the Kiri Vehera dating back to 1 BC.  It is a Milk white large stupa with well maintained peaceful courtyard. Witness the efforts made by local ladies to earn a living by selling flowers /incense/coconut oil to the devotees.

Overnight stay and dinner at the  Thaulle Resort , Tissamaharama 

Day 11 - Thursday 25 October 2018

Tissamaharama - Kirinda - Galle (B,L,D)

After breakfast we depart for Galle a Dutch seaport with a unique charm and one of the most historical places in Galle.  Enroute today we'll visit the Kirinda Primary School for a special OPENING of our Sisterhood Playground.  The school will host a lunch for us before we continue on to Galle.  Enroute we'll stop at Weligama to see women skillfully weaving and lace making before arriving into Galle.  We'll visit the World Heritage Galle Dutch Fortress and enjoy some free time to explore at leisure.

We'll check into our hotel and enjoy at the hotel's restaurant.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Calamander Unawatuna Beach Resort, Galle

Day 12 - Friday 26 October 2018

Free Day in Galle (B,D)

Today is a free day to continue to explore Galle or make use of your resort's facilities.  Right on the beach with time to relax and explore your surrounds at leisure.

 

Overnight stay and dinner at the Calamander Unawatuna Beach Resort, Galle.

Day 13 - Saturday 27 October 2018

Galle - Kalutara (B,D)

This morning we'll depart Galle and head for Kalutara.  Enroute we'll visit a Mask Museum, Moonstone Mines where you'll be able to see the famous Sri Lanka Blue Moonstone being cultivated - the only place in the world for Blue Moonstones and a Turtle Hatchery where you'll be able to see day old turtles and learn how they make their journey to the hatchery and back out to the sea.  Time permitting a visit to a cinnamon plantation.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara

Day 14 - Sunday 28 October 2018

Kalutara - Colombo (B,D)

After breakfast we depart for Colombo, a fascinating city, known not only for its comfortable blend of East and West, but also for its balanced mixture of the past and the present.  There are many attractions and opportunities for shopping and great food with a multitude of cuisine on offer.  This afternoon we'll enjoy a city tour of Colombo including a Buddhist Temple, Dutch Wolvendhal Church, Hindu Temple, Town Hall, Cinnamon Gardens - Prime residential area, and Nelum Pokuna – the newly opened Performing Arts Theatre.  With time for shopping and the option to visit a spa, we regroup at our hotel to enjoy a "Farewell Dinner".

Overnight stay and dinner at Hilton Hotel, Colombo

Day 15 - Monday 29 October 2018

Colombo - Melbourne (Meals Inflight)

A very early morning departure to the airport for our flight home to Melbourne.  Arriving back into Melbourne mid evening. What an amazing adventure shared with new friends.  We thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure!

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