Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka
Country
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All year round
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Sri Lanka is the largest island in the Indian Ocean. The home of award-winning UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for lovers of nature, adventure and culture. Visit this island nation and discover its vast jungles, imposing mountains and slow pace of living – the ideal experience for friends and family, organised by Air Exelixi Travel.

Unlike many other exotic destinations, Sri Lanka is quite large in area (66,000 km2) – one of the largest islands in the Indian Ocean. With a population reaching up to 21 million, Sri Lanka – formerly known as Ceylon – is a proud island nation just off the coast of India. Its largest city and financial capital is Colombo, and the official language is Sinhala.

Beyond the city, the landscape is a tropical paradise. The magic of Sri Lanka stretches from the beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, high into the mountains. On your trip to Sri Lanka, you’ll spend endless hours by the sea, swimming in waterfalls or going on safari in the Yala National Park. There, you’ll have the chance to meet some of the incredible wildlife of the island. Indeed, Sri Lanka’s natural beauty is its greatest attraction. While lots of the island is involved in tourism, the locals have never allowed development to alter Sri Lanka’s environment. Consequently, the island has been rewarded with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ruins of ancient cities and incredibly preserved traditional temples.

Air Exelixi Travel has organized a special getaway just for you. The destination is Sri Lanka.

Our Guarantee
We promise the signature, non-negotiable quality of our services. This entails meticulous planning of every aspect of your trip, including whatever excursions and outings you choose to partake in. Our consultation team will be in place throughout your journey, there to help you along the way. In addition, we offer our clients competitive rates and the perfect prices – making us one of the top agencies in the travel market. From beginning to end, our goal is to offer our clients unique and top-of-the-range travel getaways.

Travel to Sri Lanka:
Crystal clear waters and huge beaches compose a heavenly landscape, while lush rainforests surround luxurious hotels, resorts and complexes.

Capital: Colombo
Language: Sinhala & Tamil (many speak English)
Religion: Buddhists (69%), Hindus (15%), Christians (8%), Muslims (8%)
State: Democracy
Time: +3 1/2 hours from Greek time (GMT + 5 1/2)
Electricity: 230V -240 V 50 Hz (European plugs do not fit into sockets)

Includes:
Plane tickets with QATAR AIRWAYS
5 nights at Sri Lanka, halfboard
5 nights at Maldives, full board as mentioned in each hotel
Transfer from and to the airport
Full programme at Sri Lanka with transfer and tour
Local rep services
Civil liability insurance

***your passport should be renewed and have a six month validity***

DAY 1 : AIRPORT – DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE – SIGIRIYA
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Aitken Spence Travels Representative
Transfer from Airport to Dambulla
In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka,  Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.
Transfer from Dambulla to Sigiriya
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Aliya Resort & Spa

DAY 2 : SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS – ANCIENT CITY OF POLONNARUWA – SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at Aliya Resort & Spa
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for
centuries.
Transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa
Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa – medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I – remains
superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Watadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!
Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Aliya Resort & Spa

 

DAY 3 : SIGIRIYA – MATALE SPICE GARDEN – KANDY CITY TOUR AND CULTURAL SHOW
Breakfast at Aliya Resort & Spa
Transfer from Sigiriya to Matale
An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.
Transfer from Matale to Kandy
Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel

 

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DAY 4 : KANDY – TEA PLANTATION AND FACTORY – PERADENIYA BOTANICAL GARDEN – KANDY
Breakfast at Cinnamon Citadel
Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation
Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
Transfer from Tea Plantation to Peradeniya
First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya – today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy – is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights – the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree – of this place which overflow in grace.
Transfer from Peradeniya to Kandy
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel

 

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DAY 5 : KANDY – PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE – COLOMBO CITY TOUR
Breakfast at Cinnamon Citadel
Transfer from Kandy to Pinnawala
As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing
absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!
Transfer from Pinnawala to Colombo
The throbbing metropolis, Colombo – located in the West – is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip – furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market – an offbeat shopping experience – or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track!  Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘Arcade’ facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo’s night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you’re lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
(BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Lake Side

 

DAY 6 : COLOMBO – AIRPORT
Breakfast at Cinnamon Lake Side
Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure

Indicative prices per person

Hotel 2bed Extra Night Taxes Notes
Aliya Resort & Spa (2 Nights) 4* 

Cinnamon Citadel (2 Nights) 4*

 

Cinnamon Lake Side (1 Night) 4*

€1440 On request €300
***29/07-08/08
supplement for kandy parahera
€1640 On request