Tropical Highlights Tour
Tropical Highlights Tour
The great thing about this tour is that you can enjoy it all year round where the weather will be as sunny and warm as the smiles you will encounter.
This tour begins with a trip through Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle of Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla with all their majestic archaeological splendour, along with a touch of wildlife in Minneriya, and a peek at village life as well. Along the way you will also have the chance to climb up the amazing Sigiriya Rock Fortress – a breath-taking ancient edifice in the middle of the jungle.
From there we will take you up into the hill country with stops at Kandy and the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, and then proceed further up into the highlands into the colder climes of Nuwara Eliya where we give you a total immersion into the world famous tea culture of Sri Lanka.
The sceneries from here on are spectacular and giving you the opportunity to capture some unforgettable holiday pictures that will amaze all your loved ones back home.
The train journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is renowned the world over as one of the most magical rail journeys with some magical sceneries to behold.From Ella you will descend down to the lowlands into the Yala National Park for an exciting chance to see some of the islands most elusive wild inhabitants on a game drive, and from here you will proceed to the sunny beaches of the south coast where you will stroll through the Galle Fort and spend many afternoons lounging on the pristine sun kissed beaches Sri Lanka is famed for. This tour will show you Sri Lanka at its absolute best with its warm and friendly people and an endless supply of smiles.
DAY 01 - AIRPORT – HABARANA
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport to a warm welcome from your chauffeur guide who will transfer you to Habarana – the hub of Sri Lanka’s astonishing cultural triangle. On arrival at your hotel, you could choose to relax and lounge by the pool, or speak to your chauffeur guide about venturing out on a guided trek through the village of Hiriwaduna for an authentic Sri Lankan village experience in the picturesque countryside. A bullock cart ride and a catamaran ride on the lake are also included, as well as a home cooked tropical lunch with a local family, and a visit to a local farmer for a look at the fresh produce and their simplistic way of life.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Amaya Lake Resort and Spa.
DAY 02 – HABARANA - SIGIRIYA -POLONNARUWA
After breakfast, travel to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress – the imposing ancient royal citadel in the jungle and climb up to walk among the ruins of the palace of King Kassapa while enjoying the amazing vistas of the surrounding wilderness. From there, head to the beautiful forested Polonnaruwa archaeological park and its stunning list of ancient structures – palaces, temples, tombs, and stupas
Head back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation by the pool, or optionally try out a jeep safari to the Minneriya National Park to see herds of wild elephant and other animals by the watering holes.
Additionally, an elephant back safari through the Habarana Lake can be perfect as a sunset excursion.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Amaya Lake Resort And Spa.
DAY 03 - HABARANA – DAMBULLA – KANDY
After breakfast, set out for Kandy, and stop by in Dambulla for a visit to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dambulla Golden Temple, with its beautifully preserved examples of Buddhist art and sculpture within its extensive gold cave complex.
In transit to Kandy, stop at Matale for a walk through one of Sri Lanka’s famous spice gardens, home to the worlds’ highest quality cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, pepper and other exotic spices.
Arrive in the historic hill capital of Kandy, and be entertained by the colourful cultural music and dance performance before visiting the sacred Temple of the Tooth to pay your respects.
Kandy is the seat of the last King of Sri Lanka, with the Temple of the Tooth being the last Royal Palace Complex, hence Kandy has a special sense of culture and history that is evident in its art and traditional dance.
Enjoy an evening of shopping and a city tour with a visit to Upper Lake Drive for the best view of the city and some iconic photographs. A walk through the market is also recommended for a look at the local fruits and vegetable, and the arts and crafts shops with traditional Sri Lankan batiks and brassware, and many curio and gift shops to peruse at your own pace. The Kandy Lake promises vibrant sunsets during an evening stroll around its banks and is great setting for some holiday photographs.
Dinner and overnight Stay in Thilanka Resort and Spa Kandy.
DAY 04 - KANDY – PERADENIYA - NUWARAELIYA
After breakfast, head out to the colonial hill station of Nuwara Eliya – the heartland of Ceylon Tea, and called Little England due to its cool climes and misty mountains popular among expats in colonial times. En-route visit a traditional tea factory and watch the tea pluckers at work and learn how they choose just the right tea leaf, before heading to the amazing Ramboda Falls. From here visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – home to over four thousand species of exotic plant specimens, and view the spice gardens, orchid house, the natural pavilion fig tree, and many more beautiful sections.
After lunch, take a walk around the town and stroll through the park, or visit the picturesque little Anglican Chapel, the horse racetrack, and the beautiful old colonial style golf club for some light refreshment.
Lake Gregory, in the heart of the town, is a great place for a stroll and promises some beautiful picture settings in addition to the many public leisure activities offered along its banks such as boat rides etc.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 05 - NUWARAELIYA – ELLA – YALA
After breakfast at the hotel, your chauffeur will drive you to the Nanu Oya Train Station to begin a magical train journey through the winding misty hills to Ella, where he will await you for transfer to you to Yala Hotel.
After depart to Yala National Park, and arrive at your hotel by late afternoon, where you may spend your day resting by the pool and readying yourself for the excitement of a spectacular wildlife adventure to come the following day.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at EKHO Safari Hotel in Tissa.
DAY 06 - YALA – GALLE – SOUTH BEACH
After breakfast head out on an early morning game drive before departing Yala for the sunny beaches and warm crystal clear waters of southern Sri Lanka, and stop by in the city of Galle – a former Dutch colonial bastion. The city is built around the imposing Galle Fort – a beautifully preserved “city within a city” full of quaint restaurants, curio shops and colonial architecture. A definite must see when in Sri Lanka.
Afterwards head to your hotel at the beach of your choice on the south coast and spend your afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of the beach at any of the popular bars or restaurants, or simply relax at the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at any selected hotels in south.
DAY 07 - GALLE – SOUTH BEACH
After breakfast, spend your day on the beach enjoying the exotic beverages and cuisine in compete privacy and seclusion, or try out the many optional aquatic activities on offer such as snorkelling, whale watching, jet scooter rides, wind surfing and water skiing as per your liking.
The southern coastlines offer stunning sunsets, hence an evening on the beach with a beverage of your choice is a fitting way to end your day.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at any selected hotels in south.
DAY 08 – GALLE - COLOMBO – AIRPORT
Having come to the end of an exciting and adventure-filled holiday, your personal Chauffeur Guide will drive you after breakfast to the commercial capital of Colombo where you can indulge in some last minute shopping before catching your flight home.
We hope your tour will have been as memorable as you expected, and from all of us at Relax Lanka Tours farewell and see you again soon!
Tour package Includes
- Meet & Greet Service, Luggage Assistance & Hotel Transfer.
- Shared Double Room Accommodation for the period, as per Tour.
- Meal plan on Half Board basis. (Bed + Dinner + Breakfast)
- Transport in an Air-Conditioned car with English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Service charge at hotels and currently applicable Government taxes.
- Departure and Check-out Assistance at Airport
- Food & lodging for the driver .
- Petrol, toll and parking for the vehicle.
- Vehicle insurance up to LKR 500,000 per person.
- 24hrs customer care service.
Tour Package excludes
- Entrance/excursion fees to the places mentioned in our itinerary.
- Air fare/Visa fees.
- Lunch/beverages, and any the other meals not mentioned in the program.
- Sightseeing/visits at any place other than mentioned in the tour program.
- Any extras such as Tips and other expenses of a personal nature, Ayurveda spa treatments, etc.
Relax Lanka’s Extras (Value Plus) on Complimentary Basis:
Complimentary cultural show entrance tickets for 2 pax.
01 local SIM card (data/voice) loaded with USD 03.
Free upgrade to the next room category on availability.
Standard check-in time and check-out time at the hotels 1400 Hrs – 1200 Hrs.
Availability at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates
Please note we require 30% of the payment on confirmation with the balance settled 15 days prior to arrival, or full payment can be settled on confirmation.
Any cancellation should be notified in writing, 10 days prior to the arrival date, 40% would be charged , for cancellations made within 7 days , and for ‘No Shows 100 % would be charge.