Tour Overview

Tour Description

The island of Sri Lanka, ‘the wonder of Asia’, is one of the most exotic getaways in the world. Be it any kind of holiday trip or tour, the paradise of the Indian ocean has much to offer than one can dream of. It is a 365 day sunny destination with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fifteen national parks showcasing spectacular wildlife. This tour mainly focus on Yala Safari. Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. It has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Out of five, two blocks are currently opened to the public. Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants (300–350 individuals), sloth bears, sambars, golden jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, crocodiles and many reptiles and lagoon fauna species. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open. It’s an experience of epic proportions that brings you up, close and personal with untamed world of wildlife. Whether you are an avid nature lover or visiting a wildlife park for the first time, if you come here with a mind that’s eager to explore and learn, you will go away with new-found meaning to life.

Tour Highlights

OUR CONFIRMATION SYSTEM:

Confirmation of the Vehicle booking of the tour can be done through Email / WhatsApp / Viber / imo / WeChat.

 

CONTACT US ON:

+94 31 4549404, +94 77 6562198  (Mobile), +94 71 2986465 (Mobile) (WhatsApp, Viber, imo, WeChat).

 

OUR PAYMENT SYSTEM:

After we sent the final invoice, 10 % of the full amount has to be paid as an advance. (This is a confirmation of the tour). An advance payment receipt will be issued. The balance payment can be paid on arrival or during the tour.


CANCELLATION POLICY: 

Cancellation should be notified 2 days prior to the arrival date; if not 10 % of the full amount will be canceled.

Know before you go

Tour Includes:

Transportation on private basis A/C Car or Van (high/low roof). Two way Expressway charges according to itinerary.
Driven by English speaking chauffeur tourist Guide. All Parking tickets not exceeding 100.00 LKR p/day.
City Tour and visiting of sites in cities where the clients are spending the night. (not exceeding 100 Kms.)  

Tour Excludes:

Air Fare and Visa Charges. Meals during the tour.
Use of vehicle other than the specified itinerary. Additional charges of Expressway used as requested by Guests.
Entrance fees as per itinerary. All Parking tickets exceeding 100.00 LKR p/day.

General FAQs

  • What is the possibility of adjusting the given itinerary?

    We at Delight SL Tours are always flexible. Therefor kindly Contact us for Tailor Made Tour Packagers and FIT Packagers.

  • How can we contact your office or person in charge?

    You can contact us between 6.00 am to 12.00 am Sri Lankan time on all 365 days through following. Email: marenzief@gmail.com or Tel: +94 776562198 (WhatsApp, Viber, imo, WeChat)

  • How can we know additional details about the destinations?

    A detailed document of selected destinations will be sent through Email to you after initial contact.

  • Where can I obtain a local SIM after arrival?.

    You may obtain a local SIM from the Airport Counters or from outside cities as well. You need to produce the National Passport.

  • Where can I exchange money to local currency after arrival?

    You may exchange money to local currency from the Airport Counters or from outside cities as well. You may ask to produce the National Passport.

  • What is the Check-In/out time of Sri Lankan Hotels?

    In most of the Hotels the Check-In time would be 14.00 hrs and Check-Out time would be 12.00 hrs [Early Check- In / Late Check-Out are provided on availability].

  • Whom shall I contact first in any matter?

    Always discuss with your guide or our office in case of any clarification or advice needed regarding any issue.

Tour Program

1

Day 1

Our representative will warmly welcome you at arrival of the Colombo Bandaranayaka International Airport and facilitate all your needs. Then he will introduce you to our English speaking Chauffeur guide who will proceed to Kandy, en-route visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Herbal & Spice Garden. Afterwards check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at Kandy.

(At this Orphanage you will find over 80 elephants of all ages that have been found, abandoned or orphaned in the wild and the unique feature is that you can feed the baby elephants with milk bottles during the feeding times. You can also accompany the elephants to a river close-by and get a nice view of them enjoying their routine bath at the river)

(Visit a Herbal & Spice garden to see different kinds of spices for which Sri Lanka was and still, famous for and enlighten your-self with spices used in local cuisines. Here guests could see how some of these spices are grown and processed. Sometimes witness a Cookery demonstration or relax and enjoy a 20 minutes complimentary Ayurveda Massage. A variety of herbal plants are also grown and nurtured in the premises.)

(Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last king, in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and upper lake drive, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary, natural forest, world war II British cemetery, witness a culture dance performance and visit the puja ceremony of Sacred Tooth Relic Temple in Kandy. The white painted famous Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, is one of the most venerated sacred temples in the Buddhist world.)

 

2

Day 2

After breakfast leave Kandy and proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route Visiting a Tea Factory. Afterwards check-in at the hoteland overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

(Ever wondered what a tea plucker has to go through to bring you, your heavenly cup of tea, Visit a Tea Factory to get the first hand experience of processing, grading and producing world finest Ceylon tea. Taste a free cup of fresh pure Ceylon tea in the factory.)


(Discover Nuwara Eliya, also known as Little England, is where the homesick British (the Tea Planters) builtthemselves a home away from home. The town of Nuwara Eliya (city of lights) sprawls over the fertile valley flanked by Mount Pidurutalagala and Single Tree Mountain and is scattered with Victorian-style 19th century homes, bungalows, guesthouses and hotels complete with gabled roofs, large open fireplaces and hardwood floors. Nuwara Eliya takes pride in its beautiful gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds.Explore the surrounding picturesque tea estates, Horse rides and boat rides in Gregory Lake. One of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia is also situated here. Because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea.)

3

Day 3

After breakfast leave Nuwara Eliya travel to Ella, en-route Visiting the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Afterwards check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at Ella.


(The Hakgala garden was established for cultivation of the medicinal crop Cinchona. Afterwards it was used for Tea cultivation. In 1884 it was changed into a garden with many subtropical and tropical plants. The legendary India-Lanka folktale ‘Ramayana’ states that Sita, the wife of Rama, was abducted and kept hidden in this area by the Demon King Ravana who ruled Sri Lanka. The Hakgala garden was supposed to have been a pleasure garden gifted to Sita by the Demon King in an attempt to lessen her sorrow. The Hakgala garden adjoin the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. It has a peak of visitors in the local spring season since most plants are in bloom at the time. The garden is famed for their roses and orchids.)

(The train journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella often stands out as one of Sri Lanka’s most unforgettable journeys.Reaching Ella by train passing densely covered misty tea plantations, remote villages, tunnels and spectacular waterfalls is a kind of experience you have to get at least once in your lifetime. It is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka's hill country with little more than a handful of shops, hotels and guesthouses, but now it has improved more than before. Ella has an almost perfect climate with rich in Oxygen. Places like nine arch bridge, Ravana caves and waterfall occupies a very scenic vantage points, with views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka.)

4

Day 4

After breakfast leave Ella and proceed to Yala. It is going to be a long and interesting drive. Afterwards check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at Thissamaharama close to Yala National Park. (Note: The safari can be done in the evening or early morning of the following day )


(The gateway to Yala National Park is Thissamaharama. The well-designed visitor center provides the information to the tourists. Do a safari in the Park by luxury soft–top safari jeep which gives the opportunity to view wild life. Dawn and dusk bring about the best timing for Safari tours in Yala. The rocky outcrops scattered over the park provides vantage points to enjoy the sprawling areas with Sri Lanka’s dry zone landscape with low scrub and woods. Yala is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It gives the best opportunity to witness Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife: colorful painted stork, Lesser Flamingo, Pelican, Spoonbill, Cobra and Russel’s Viper, fan-tailed peacocks, monkeys and indigenous birds. The threatened species include sloth bear, Leopard, elephant, water buffalo, Wild boar, spotted deer, sambur and golden jackal. The lagoons are visited by thousands of migrating birds too. The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilizations. Two important pilgrim sites, ’Sithulpawuwa’ and ’Magul Vihara’ (temples) are located inside the park.)

5

Day 5

After breakfast say goodbye to Yala and proceed to Mirissa. Once again it is going to be a long and interesting drive. Afterwards check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at Mirissa.


(Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, approximately 150 kms south of Colombo. Marissa beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for Tuna, Mullet, Snapper and Butter-fish. In 1980 the first tourist accommodation was built however started to increase dramatically. Mirissa Beach is beautiful. It has enough going on to give it an atmosphere without being overcrowded. Palm trees lined the outskirts, the sand is clean and the water is an incredible combination of blue and green. Beach chairs are available, as well as plenty of sand to lay a towel, with food and cocktails just a few steps away. Don’t get bothered by hawkers trying to sell you tacky souvenirs, massages or braid your hair. You’ll be left alone to relax or read and enjoy yourselves.)

6

Day 6

After breakfast say goodbye to Mirissa and travel to Hikkaduwa. Afterwards check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at Hikkaduwa.


(Hikkaduwa is a small beach town on the south coast of Sri Lanka and 98 kms south of Colombo. Hikkaduwa beach broad and long with soft golden sand and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing perhaps reputed as the second best surfing spot in Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary, located a few hundred meters offshore has approximately seventy varieties of multicoloured corals. The town was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's USA television show ’No Reservations’. The famous Aussie Arthur C. Clerk came here for scuba diving and ever since made Sri Lanka his home. He wrote a book named, "The reefs of Thaprobane". This is one of the places in Sri Lanka Known for the harmonized and calm environment also well known for mouthwatering seafood curries which gives an extraordinary touch while having the perfect day on the beach. While enjoying the beach and the sea, it is necessary to have a look inside the sea to investigate and examine the aquatic life. Whoever has visited the Beach has highly recommended snorkeling. It is very much suitable if one wants to watch all the beautiful fishes and marine life closely. Divers get a chance to look at a lot of different types of small and big fishes and turtles etc., very closely. So, whenever you get the chance to visit Sri Lanka and especially Hikkaduwa beach, don’t forget to experience surfing, snorkeling as well as checking out the shipwrecks, it will be an experience of a life time.)

 

7

Day 7

After breakfast leave Hikkaduwa and reach Colombo. Afterwards check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at Colombo.


(If you have time, do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet, in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower, several British built colonial buildings and old parliament building etc. Other places of interest are the Odel, House of fashion, Lakmadura etc, where shopping opportunities, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Lotus Pond theater; Sri Lanka’s largest theater newly constructed, Casinos, the Bandaranayaka Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China), Galle-face green and independent Square etc. Night life is much alive here in Colombo.)

8

Day 8

After breakfast leave from Colombo and proceed to Colombo Bandaranayaka International Airport departure terminal.

Meeting Point

Bandaranaike International Airport

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