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Sri Lankan Surprise

17 Days  |  Departing Saturday 5th October 2019 and returning Monday 21st October 2019

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Highlights

World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura
Colourful Road Side Trade Stalls at Cadjugama
Visit to an Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala
Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
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
Visit to Beeralu Weaving & Lace Making 
Beach Stay in Galle 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
Friends for Company!

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 Departure Cities Available)
Specialist Guide Throughout
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 (for Australian Passport Holders)
Willing to Share Room Option
Meet and Greet Prior to Departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)


 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 5 October 2019

Melbourne - Colombo

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!  Meet your tourh hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for our flight to Sri Lanka.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards our next adventure!Q

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

Overnight - Karunakarala Ayurveda Resort & Spa (or similar)

Day 2 - Sunday 6 October 2019

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

This morning we'll enjoy a city tour of Negombo, one of the main beach resorts on the island mainly inhabited by fisherfolk. 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 for dinner.

Overnight - Karunakarala Ayurveda Resort & Spa (or similar)

Day 3 - Monday 7 October 2019

Negombo - Anuradhapura (B,D)

After an early breakfast we'll leave for Anuradhapura – “The first Capital - 5th Century BC:.  Anuradhapura is 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 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 Pinnawala and 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 onto the Sacred City of Anuradhapura.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura (or similar)

Day 4 - Tuesday 8 October 2019

Anuradhapura Sightseeing (B,D)

Today after breakfast, we'll enjoy sightseeing at Anuradhapura's archaeological and historical interests 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 thus been declared as World Heritage Sites, Eth Pokuna (Size is 6 times larger than Olympic swimming pool) the Twin Ponds and Thuparamaya - the first Stupa to be built in Sri Lanka enshrining the left collar bone of the Buddha anf the Samadhi Statue - meditating posture etc.

With time for lunch before returning to our hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura (or similar)

Day 5 - Wednesday 9 October 2019

Anuradhapura - Sigiriya (B,D)

This morning, after breakfast, we head towards Sigiriya.  Enroute we'll enjoy a Jeep Safari at 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 that can be spotted.

Overnight stay and dinner at Rangiri Dambulla Resort Sigiriya (or similar)

Day 6 - Thursday 10 October 2019

Sigiriya Rock Fortress (B,D)

After breakfast and while the weather is pleasant, we'll visit the unique Sigirya a 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. If you're fit enough you can walk to the top of the Rock (additional cost).  Not for the faint hearted but certainly worth the climb with rewarding spectacular views.

A free afternoon to relax.

Overnight stay and dinner at Rangiri Dambulla Resort Sigiriya (or similar)

Day 7 - Friday 11 October 2019

Sigiriya Sightseeing and Dambulla Caves (B,D)

This morning after breakfast, we'll visit a local farming family who will be happy to show us their way of 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. With time for lunch before an afternoon visit to the impressive 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. 

An afternoon at leisure - enjoy a swim in the Resort's swimming pool.

Overnight Stay and dinner at the Rangiri Dambulla Resort, Sigiriya (or similar)

Day 8 - Saturday 12 October 2019

Sigiriya - 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 before continuing on to a Batik making gactory 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.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Thilanka Hotel, Kandy (or similar)

Day 9 - Sunday 13 October 2019

Kandy Sightseeing (B,D)

This morning after breakfast, we'll enjoy a city tour of Kandy including the Upper Lake Drive - a place where one could have a bird's eye view of the city below,.  Continuing onto the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha - by far the most important place of worship for Buddhists world over, then the Royal Botanical Gardens - one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora and incidentally the Headquarters of Lord Louis Mountbatten - the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War.  We'll visit a Gem Museum to see how the valuable gems you see on a shop shelf are transformed from a raw stone.  We'll then continue onto a Silk shop where we 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 this evening we'll enjoy a cultural performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers, the majority being young girls.  Impressive drummers and 'Fire Walking' will be the highlight.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Thilanka Hotel, Kandy (or similar)

Day 10 - Monday 14 October 2019

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (B,D)

Today after breakfast we'll leave for Nuwara Eliya - "Little England" through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of "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 (or similar)

Day 11 - Tuesday 15 October 2019

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 (or similar)

Day 12 - Wednesday 16 October 2019

Free Day in Ella (B,D)

Today is a free day to enjoy our surrounds and our beautiful hotel.  Tonight we'll regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight stay and dinner at the 98 Acres Resort Ella (or similar)

Day 13 - Thursday 17 October 2019

Ella - Galle (B,D)

After breakfast we depart for Galle a Dutch seaport with a unique charm and one of the most historical places in Sri Lanka.  Enroute we'll visit the beautiful Rawana Ella Water Falls before stopping at Weligama to see women skillfully weaving and lace making.  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 Insight Resort, Ahangama (or similar)

Day 14 - Friday 18 October 2019

Free Day in Galle (B,D)

Today a free day to make the most of your beach stay!  You're free to continue your discovery of Galle with great shopping opportunities.

Tonight, we'll regroup for dinner to chat about the day's experiences.

Overnight stay and dinner at the Insight Resort, Anghama (or similar)

 

Day 15 - Saturday 19 October 2019

Galle - 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 some free time time for shopping in the afternoon before returning to our hotel for a "Farewell Dinner" to celebrate fantastic times with new friends.

Overnight stay and dinner at Hilton Hotel, Colombo

Day 16 - Sunday 20 October 2019

Free Day in Colombo (B,D)

Today we have a free day to further explore Colombo.  Plenty of time for last minute shopping, sightseeing or just relaxing at your hotel.

Dinner at our hotel before our transfer to the airport for our flight back to Australia.  

Day 17 - Monday 21 October 2019

Colombo - Melbourne (Meals Inflight)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.  Arriving into Melbourne mid afternoon.  Thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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