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7D/6N SRI LANKA EXTRAVAGANZA

Valued at USD 300 per person

  • Welcome gift pack on arrival
  • Snacks and soft drinks in the vehicle
  • Free meal upgrade to Half Board at Ulagalla Resort & Spa
  • Rashan’s Walk – Complimentary
  • Off the beaten track experiences
  • Unique high-end accommodation
  • Meeting interesting personalities – Rashan

Day 01: Airport – Horathapola (Approx. 01.5 hours) (Dinner)

Ayubowan! – you have arrived! Welcome to Sri Lanka!

On arrival to Colombo, clear immigration and customs. Exit into the arrival area where your chauffeur guide will meet you and escort you to a beautiful colonial country house for your overnight stay. Experience your first impressions of this amazing island. Emerson Tennet a traveler to Sri Lanka in the 1850’s wrote:

There is no country in the world that has attracted the attention of authors in so many distant ages and of so many different countries as Ceylon…Its aspects, its religion, its antiquities, and productions, have been described as well by the classic Greeks, by the Romans; by the writers of China, Burma, India and and Kashmir; by the geographers of Arabia and Persia; by the mediaeval voyagers of Italy and France; by the annalist of Portugal and Spain; by the merchant adventures of Holland, and by the travelers and topographers of Great Britain.

…Ceylon, from whatever direction is approached, unfolds a scene of loveliness and grandeur unsurpassed, if it be rivaled, by any land in the universe.

Exchange hellos with your guide and drive straight to a nice little rural village closer to the Airport.

Located about 1 and a half hours away from the Bandaranaike International Airport in the seclusion of a well-manicured landscape, you will find an ideal dwelling place known as the Horathapola Estate awaiting to great you with a very authentic welcome.

Imagine a wondrous coconut state complete with it main manor house, ample verandah, and an araliya tree in the garden over 200 hundred years old. You might want want to make yourself comfortable order a gin tonic and soak in the Sri Lanka of the 1920’s that still floats in the air…

How about a good book and a cup of Ceylon tea whilst resting by the poolside on in your balcony after a long flight. Treat yourself with a glass of wine whilst indulging in the luxury of the outdoor Jacuzzi. Maybe before coming to Sri Lanka try to get hold of a copy of Running in the family by Michel Ondatje it tells the story of a family very much like the one who owned Horthapola.

Overnight at Horathapola Estate, Horathapola – Camare (Bed Room)

Day 02: Horathapola Estate (Breakfast/Dinner)

This morning while at Horathapola, experience the Horathapola village tour.

The 50 acre estate itself with its large agricultural expanse invites you to stroll through the coconut trees or through paddy fields. Alternatively, a member of the Horathapola staff will take you for a guided village walk. If you wish to explore the vicinity of this rural village, feel free to ask for a bicycle from the staff. Later in the day evening join with the staff at Horathapola and enjoy an unforgettable cooking experience. May it be hoppers or string hoppers they will know exactly how to fix an absolutely mouthwatering meal enriched with Sri Lanka’s unique spices and of course the thick coconut gravy.

Enjoy the dinner you cooked and spend the rest of the night as you wish!.

Overnight at Horathapola Estate, Horathapola – Camare (Bed Room)

Day 03: Horathapola – Thirappane (Approx. 4 hours) (Breakfast/Dinner)

This morning, proceed to the Cultural Triangle and check in at the Charming Ulagalla Resort. On the way stop over at the Ancient Ritigala Monastery and let the calm yet mysterious surrounding fill you with awe.

Think Indiana Jones – well that is a bit exaggerated but Ritigala in a way has that feel of undiscovered a world away from the most famous sights in Sri Lanka. Make sure you take time to explore in depth and walk all the way to the higher part of the complex. The archeological site bears a certain mysterious nature owing to the long meditational pathways that open into the thick jungle and large stone-lined reservoirs. Take time to seat down and connect with nature in this ancient meditation sacred grounds.

Thereafter resume your journey to Thirappane…Deep in a small village close to the world heritage site of Anuradhapura is Ulagalla a beautiful old Wallawa a Sri Lankan Manor house that has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

The rooms are separated from the common areas and they are spread out over beautiful terrain with small lagoons and greenery, it is not unusual to see black ibises and other birds around the property..

Check in and spend the rest of the day enjoying the surrounding.

Overnight at Ulagalla Resort, Thirappane – Ulagalla Chalet

Day 04: Luang Prabang – Muang La (Breakfast/Dinner)

Follow your breakfast by transfer to Muang La Lodge via Oudomxai.

Muang La is dominated by Chiao Pha Kham Sing temple which houses a sacred Buddha. The statue was lost for many years and is now a sacred place of pilgrimage.

(4*) Overnight at Muang La Resort, Deluxe River View Room – Muang La

Day 05: Thirappane – Anuradhapura (Approx. 01 hour) – Thirappane (Breakfast/Dinner)

If you are an early riser, suggest you go on a nature walk this morning at the Resort.

YWake up to the sound of birds chirping, it is time to discover your new home! A leisurely 1.5 hour walk through Ulagalla’s estate and out onto the bunds of Ulagalla Lake and Wannamaduwa Tank to spot 100 different varieties of endemic birds living in and around Ulagalla and greet village fishermen and bathers as you go.

This morning after breakfast proceed to explore the ancient city of Anuadhapura.

There are not many places in the world that can claim to have been continuously inhabited for over two millennia. Anuradhapura is one of them. The seat of power in Sri Lanka till constant invasions forced a move further South. What makes Anuradhapura stands is that is alive is not just an archeological site pilgrim still visit the sacred Bo tree, the dagobas stand as majestic as they did during the reign of King Tissa. Take time to wonder around, find a quiet spot to reflect on the passage of time and humanity.

When Leonard Wolff visited in the 1920’s he wrote:

“I once in Anuradhapura saw a man sweeping the courtyard around a dagoba. He was dressed like a sweeper, but there was something rather strange about him. I got into conversation with him and found that he had been a wealthy businessman in Colombo; he was highly educated and spoke perfect English. Suddenly at the age of about fifty he had felt an irresistible need to throw it all up and follow the path of Buddha which lead him, not to penance or mortification of fakirs, sannyasins, dervishes, or monks, but to the life of gentle contemplation sweeping the dagoba. It is not a withdrawal and occupation which would ever appeal to me personally, but I respect the man to whom they appealed and the religion which inspired him”

The Sri Maha Bodhi at Anurdharapura is thought to have been brought to Lanka by no other than Sangamitta the daughter of the emperor Asoka sometime around the third century BC. According to tradition it is a sampling of the Bodh Gaya under which Buddha attained enlightenment.

At the time when Anurdharapura was abandoned in search of a new capital further South a group of monks stayed behind to protect it – specially from elephants looking to feast on its young leaves. People have been coming here and paying respect for a whooping two thousand years, making it the oldest living tree of which there is a record. Today it is still a place of veneration as it was back in the days of King Devanampiyatissa.

En route back to Ulagalla Resort, make a stop at the Kaludiya Pokuna, a smaller yet stunning archeological site.

When we hear about Sri Lanka great archeological sites the name of Kaludiya Pokuna is not one that comes out very often, in fact you won’t find it on guide books, and that is a lucky thing. As the great Paul Theroux one said “buy a guidebook identify where the tourists are going and head the other way” It is kind of a secret and we hope that it stays that way.

Now picture this a beautiful man-made lake surrounded by big boulders and small archeological sites that go back 1500 years in time. What is remarkable about Kaludiya Pokuna is that there are still monks living in the upper slopes of the hill. Ask your guide to take you there, make sure to keep quiet and remove your shoes and be respectful most of the monks living there have taken a vow of silence and minimum interaction with people.

Take time to explore at leisure and seat on one of the rocks you will not get enlightened in 20 minutes but take a deep breath and soak in the beauty of it – it is one of those memorable places that stick to the memory.

Later proceed back to the hotel.

Overnight at Ulagalla Resort, Thirappane – Ulagalla Chalet

Day 05: Muang La – Ulagalla – Colombo (Approx. 4 hours) (Breakfast)

This morning set out to the commercial capital of the Island – Colombo! Colombo is Sri Lanka’s biggest city and also its capital – for years’ visitors have avoided it and there were reasons behind it – it had a reputation of being drab and boring. We think otherwise Colombo unlike Bangkok or Jakarta is easy to explore. True you have to prepare for some traffic but once you look past the busy avenues there is a rich world to discover. Check in to the fancy Uga Residence and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Nestled in the heart of Colombo Residence by Uga Escapes is amongst one of the most unique boutique hotels in the country. Built in the 19th century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, the halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of colonial Ceylon society. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy this stunning property.

Overnight at Uga Residence, Colombo – Park Suite

Day 06: Colombo (Breakfast)

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning at leisure enjoying the facilities at the hotel.

Later in the afternoon an interesting personality from the city will meet you and take you on a walk in the back roads of Colombo. He is born and bred in Colombo so there is no better person to know all the corners of the busy streets.

When it comes to cities, you always find some interesting characters who studies about the city and delves deeper to find its true spirit and share it with others – Colombo has Rashan; a walk with him will take you through the Galle Face green and to the inner roads of Slave Island. Come see it now before it all changes as the Colombo is undergoing modernization and many of its architectural gems will be gone in a couple of years.

Our favorite part of the program is walking through the crazy streets of the Slave Island. You will meet a lot of locals here and you can experience how their daily lifestyle is spent. No frills or scripts here, simply local life as it is! Also if you wish, Rashan will take you to a street Food joint (yeah that’s how it is best described) where you can have a Kottu Rotti, an everyday Sri Lankan meal not to be missed and best enjoyed on the street.

Overnight at Uga Residence, Colombo – Park Suite

Day 07: Colombo – Airport (Approx. 01 hour) (Breakfast)

Sadly, it’s time to leave the isle of Serendipity!

Proceed to the airport to be there three hours prior to your departure flight.

A) PRICES LAND ARRANGEMENTS

Price land arrangement based on Double sharing in SGD per person:

Rate in SG$ Nett for per person sharing doube room  
Pax RangeNett per person for double room
2 pax traveling together $ 2148.00 /- Nett per person sharing a double room

B) INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

OUR TOUR IS INCLUSIVE OF

  • Accommodation in shared double room with private bathroom
  • Meals are as stated in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
    • Horathapola Village tour.
    • Cookery demonstration at Horathapola
    • Ritigala Ancient Monastery
    • Anuradhapura ancient city
    • Kaludiya Pokuna
    • Rashan’s Walk
  • Bottled drinking water available on the vehicles

OUR TOUR PRICES ARE EXCLUSIVE OF

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Sri Lanka (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Christmas & New Year Eve
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Electronic Travel Authorization fee for Visas upon arrival (Please note that an ETA is compulsory for nationalities besides nationals from the Republics of Singapore and Maldives)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

C) CANCELLATIONS

Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced.

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors, other penalties imposed by suppliers such as hotels):

o Between 29 – 21 days prior to departure on tour : According to the costs incurred will be charged

o Between 20 – 15 days prior to departure on tour : 25% of package price

o Between 14 – 8 days prior to departure on tour : 50% of package price

o Between 7 – 5 days prior to departure on tour : 75% of package price

o 4 – 1 day prior to departure on tour or no show : 100% of package price

HOTEL ONLY

o Between 29- 21 days prior : 30% of accommodation price**

o Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure : 60% of accommodation price**

o Between 14 days and 0 days prior to departure : 100% of accommodation price**

**Certain Hotels impose stricter cancellation policies which will be advised separately.

D) AIRFARE (not included in prices mentioned above)