STUNNING SRI LANKA
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.
We will help unfold the mysteries of Sri Lanka, as we take you through Colombo, the commercial capital and city, ancient archaeological cities, towns, Hill stations and beaches. Sri Lanka is a fascinating island of paradise and a destination where a tourist and traveller will come across rich culture, scenic beauty and a variance of locations to explore with a taste culinary cuisine at is best.
Stay in 4* Hotels including:
Hotel Fariyas Mumbai
Hotel Jaypee Palace
Hotel Radisson Temple Bay Mahabalipuram
Hotel Sangam Thanjavaur
Your own single occupancy en-suite room
Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
02 X 500 ml Water bottles per person per day
Transportation by A/C Vehicle as per the Itinerary
Flight from London Gatwick or Manchester
All Taxes & Surcharges
20kg Baggage allowance & 5kg hand baggage.
Guided site-seeing as per the itinerary
Services of a Singles Horizons Host
Icebreaker get together
Great times with other singles!
TO PAY LOCALLY
Beverages Lunch & Dinner throughout the tour
Tips and Portage
Colombo temple | Dambulla cave temple | Hiriwadunna village trek + Sri Lanka Cooking Demo with Lunch + Sigiriya Lions Rock | Kandy temple | Kandy Cultural show
Poised above the equator, south-east of the subcontinent, Sri Lanka is often described as ‘India lite’. And it offers the perfect introduction to this part of the world. There’s enough of a culture difference to make you feel like you’re somewhere properly exotic, and yet everything is so easy. The food is fantastic, English is widely spoken, and the island’s bijoux size means you can fit a lot into a small amount of time.
One minute you will be sipping a cup of traditional brew at a tea plantation, the next wandering around a vast ancient city and intricate temples. This is a truly magical holiday for those who want to explore and discover the beauty of Sri Lanka.
DRESS CODE: Visitors of both genders must wear decent clothing to cover the body appropriately when visiting religious places and shorts and sleeveless tops are not acceptable.
This rule is strictly adhered to at all religious sites especially the Sacred Bo Tree and Stupas in Anuradhapura and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
Departs London Heathrow at 20:40 - Arrives Colombo at 12:40
Departs Colombo at 12:50 - Arrives London Heathrow at 19:10
Flight timings are approximate and for guidance only. If you would prefer to fly from your local airport please request at time of booking this may be subject to an additional charge.
Price and itinerary may be subject to change
Visitors should remove hats, caps, shoes and slippers when entering buildings and sites with religious monuments. Most of these places have a secure facility at the entrance for visitors to leave behind shoes and slippers for a very small fee.
VISA: Please note you will need to obtain a visa prior to arrival to Sri Lanka. The government has informed that all applications will be processed within 24 hours and payment can be made on-line by credit card. You can find further information at the website www.eta.gov.lk
We would advise to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. It’s a good idea to visit your doctor a month or so before you travel for advice on vaccinations.
You will be met on arrival to the airport by our Singles Horizons host and transferred in comfort to Colombo,
with your fellow companions.
DAY 1: COLOMBO CITY TOUR
The throbbing metropolis of Colombo, the country's commercial capital. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course, furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah - an offbeat shopping experience or feel the buzz surrounding the inspiration of the off shore Colombo Port City, featuring parks, commercial complexes! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic way post, 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!
Overnight Stay at Galadari
DAY 2: COLOMBO - KURUNEGALA - DAMBULLA - SIGIRIYA
After a hearty breakfast at Galadari, today you transfer from Colombo to Kurunegal.
Intersecting numerous main roads snaking through the island, Kurunegala - the late 13th century royal capital - shares the respect of both ancient ruins & wide stretches of coconut & rubber plantations that flourish the local economy.
Hop into a 'Tuk Tuk' and get dropped off at the Elephant Rock - Ethagala - which heats up the entire city by day.
Hike up the rock for a stunning aerial view as you stand in the shade of an enormous Buddha statue inhaling the scent of incense rising from Ibba-Gala temple.
Transfer from Kurunegala to Dambulla Cave Temple
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 - Overnight Stay at Hotel Sigiriya
DAY 3: SIGIRIYA - HIRIWADUNNA - SIGIRIYA
Transfer from Sigiriya to Hiriwadunna
In the morning after breakfast you enjoy a village safari in Hiriwadunna with Local lunch. Hiriwadunna village tour - The trek starts with a fantastic walk along a Wewa or artificial reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding bush jungle, the marshland and the village are a swarm of cheerful morning or evening activities.
The amazing bird life, butterflies and possible sightings of the crocodile only add to the charm and watch the villagers do their fishing or do laundry at the edge of the lake.
Catamaran safari - (double pair canoe combined with seating) on the picturesque lake & calf through a shallow stream and the feeling of adventure rises when you have to reach a Chena cultivation via a slightly wider tributary that has to be crossed on a catamaran! At the Chena cultivation stop to enjoy the modest hospitality of the farmer. Perhaps you will enjoy a drink with sweet King Coconut / Aromatic Ginger Tea or other seasonal fruits.
Bird watching on the catamaran like peacocks, green doves, comoranes, green bitters, kingfishers, eagles and many other birds as well as land monitors and water monitors.
After the catamaran safari, the traditional lunch is served in a local house prepared by the village women.
This is served on a typical and traditional buffet (clay pots - buffet) served on a lotus leaf and a flat pipe holder. (Guests can take part in the preparation of the meals)
Transfer from Hiriwadunna to Sigiriya Lions Rock
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.
Overnight Stay at Hotel Sigiriya
DAY: 4 SIGIRIYA - MATALE - KANDY
Breakfast at Hotel Sigiriya Transfer from Sigiriya to Matale Spice Garden
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 some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colours
Transfer from Matale to Kandy
Kandy city tour+ Kandy Temple + Cultural show: 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 colour 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.
Overnight Stay at Amaya Hills
DAY: 5 KANDY - TEA PLANTATION - HIKKADUWA
Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation
Tea Factory + Tea Plantation visit: 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 Hikkaduwa
Relax & Leisure by the beach & Hotel.
Studded with palm-fringed beaches kissed & twisted by waves crashing against solid rocks, Hikkaduwa boats of a friendly, but tranquil atmosphere. Grab your fins and goggles before you plunge into the blue for a colourful snorkelling experience through schools of reef fish. Hikkaduwa proves to be a true bliss as you take a glass-bottomed boat ride observing a flashy marine life painted with an abundance of corals.
Overnight at Citrus Hikkaduwa
DAY 06 - 09: HIKKADUWA
Breakfast at Citrus Hikkaduwa
Relax & Leisure by the beach & Hotel
Transportation & Guide service not allocated.
Overnight at Citrus Hikkaduwa
DAY 10 HIKKADUWA - AIRPORT
Breakfast at Citrus Hikkaduwa
Transfer from Hikkaduwa to Airport for departure