Sri Lanka is a green, fertile tropical island with palm-fringed beaches, misty mountains and significant archaeology. Dotted with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the tear-drop shaped island of Sri Lanka has verdant jungle, ancient Buddhist temples, an average of eight hours sunshine a day and superb tea, ideally sipped in a colonial-style guesthouse overlooking a hillside plantation.

Fringing the coasts is an array of gently arcing golden-sand beaches. There is an amazing diversity in such a compact nation. Equipped with a stellar combination of scenery, culture and history, a growing focus on sustainable tourism and a more settled society, Sri Lanka is on the radar for curious travellers seeking unique experiences.
Kandy, the only other real ‘city’, other than Colombo, is the easy-going capital of the Hill Country and has a lot to offer – history, culture, forested hills and a touch of urban buzz. Only 115km inland from the capital, climatically it is a world away due to its 500m altitude.
Bentota’s beach is one of the best on the west coast, protected from Galle Road by the broad sweep of the Bentota Ganga. While it is dominated by big package hotels, it also has a number of smaller places catering to independent travellers.
Colombo, the capital, biggest city and major port, draws together all the colours and cultures that make up this island nation, condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand, and knocks them against a narrow slab of beachfront.
Discover paradise on a tropical beach combined with a cultural insight into this beautiful and fascinating country!

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Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star
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Day 1

Arrival in Sri Lanka – Cultural Triangle
* Upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport; you will be warmly received by a representative.
* Your holiday of pure leisure has just begun.
* You will then be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Dambulla the starting point of an idyllic vacation.
* Dambulla; located in Sri Lanka’s famous cultural triangle; offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the next four days.
* Explore some of Sri Lanka’s fascinating UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites – the lion rock of Sigiriya a royal capital city built in 477 AD; the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa; which was Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital between the late 11th – 13th centuries.
* You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park when you visit Polonnaruwa or an adventurous elephant safari at Habarana.
* Things to do:
– Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
– Take an exciting elephant back ride.
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in the Cultural Triangle
* Standard: MPS Village / Fresco Water Villas / Joes Bungalows
* Deluxe: Camellis Resort and Spa
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Day 2

Cultural Triangle – Kandy
* Travel to Kandy a World Heritage city.
* Traditions and culture remain undisturbed by European influence in the colonial era.
* The Royal Palace; now known as The Temple of the Tooth Relic (of Lord Buddha); situated right beside the Kandy lake gives a magical beauty to the city.
* Kandy is also home to one of the largest botanical gardens in South East Asia.
* The Gardens date back to the 14th century and boast over 4000 species of plants and many trees with significant histories.
* Visitors from the UK will be particularly interested in the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V. The tree is bent with its fruits; which resemble cannonballs hence the name.
* Things to do:
– Visit the Cave Temples in Dambulla enroute to Kandy
– Enroute also consider a visit to a spice garden in Matale.
– In Kandy join devotees at the Temple of the Tooth Relic
– Witness a cultural show after the visit to the Temple
– Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
* Standard: Senani Hotel / Suisse Residencies / Oak Ray Regency
* Deluxe: Topaz Hotel
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Day 3

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Kandy
* Travel to Nuwara Eliya; the emerald city of Sri Lanka; also known as ‘Little England’ for its cool climate and colonial style architecture.
* It is located at an altitude of 1;868 m (6;128 ft) above sea level which enables the plantations to produce the finest tea in the world.
* Things to do:
– Visit a Tea Plantation and be amazed at how the mountains have been tamed into carpets of tea
– Enjoy a scenic city tour of Nuwara Eliya
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
* Standard: Senani Hotel / Suisse Residencies / Oak Ray Regency
* Deluxe: Topaz Hotel
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Day 4

Kandy – Bentota – Hikkaduwa – Beruwala
* Today you will travel to Bentota; a popular stretch of beach resorts offering excellent sun sea and sand to wind down your dream vacation.
* Bentota has plenty to offer apart from pure leisure.
* It is a recognized area for scuba divining; snorkeling and many water-based sports.
* Things to do:
– Enjoy some water sports
– Visit the Turtle Farm
– Boat ride at the Madhu Ganga
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota / Hikkaduwa / Beruwala
* Standard: Oasey Beach Hotel / Taprospa Footprints Hotel
* Deluxe: Bentota Beach Hotel
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Day 5

Bentota – Hikkaduwa – Beruwala – Colombo
* Today you will be transferred to Colombo – the official political and trade capital of Sri Lanka.
* All the famous shopping arcades are in and around the city; which allows one to have a tantalizing experience in Colombo as it has something to offer every visitor.
* As a hub of many ethnicities with people from all creeds working together; Colombo is indeed cosmopolitan.
* Things to do:
– City tour of Colombo
– Shopping
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo
* Standard: Hotel Clarion
* Deluxe: Mirage / Mount Lavinia Hotel
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Day 6

Colombo – Departure
* Drive to Bandaranaike International Airport for departure
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Bandaranaike International Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Sri Lanka experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Welcome & Assistance at the Airport
* Accommodation at Standard/Deluxe Packages
* Meals on Bed and Breakfast Basis
* Private Transfers on an Air-conditioned vehicle to all mentioned venues
* Service of an English speaking chauffeur guide
* Mineral water bottles

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Lunch & Dinner on Tour
* Entrance Fees to any sights in Sri Lanka.
* Extra services at the Hotel
* Transfer to venues not mentioned in the Tour Itinerary
* Anything not specifically mentioned or listed under ‘inclusions’.
* Peak Period Supplements – This will be added depending on the date of booking.
* Rates may be subject to change depending on the dates booked.

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Sri Lanka aerial view if Colombo
Sri Lanka Buddah statues in Colombo
Sri Lanka baby turtles at the turtle farm in Bentota
Sri Lanka view of beach in Bentota with umbrealla and sun loungers
Sri Lanka view of the beach in Bentota
Sri Lanka tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka view of tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
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