Sri Lanka ‘Live like a local’ – 9 days / 8 nights

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From R18’590.00 per person sharing
[Valid for travel between 01 July and 31 October 2017]
Reference: DHSRI01

Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible. Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area. Sri Lanka’s 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details even as they shelter in caves or perch on prominent peaks. More recent are evocative colonial fortresses, from Galle to Trincomalee. Across the island, that thing that goes bump in the night might be an elephant heading to a favourite waterhole. Safari tours of Sri Lanka’s pleasantly relaxed national parks encounter leopards, water buffaloes, all manner of birds and a passel of primates.

You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. But now Sri Lanka has found its place firmly on the itineraries of travellers. The country is moving forward quickly as more and more people discover its myriad charms. Lying between the more trodden parts of India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka’s history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably alluring. It’s the place you haven’t been to yet, that you should. When you’re ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, with their temperate, achingly green charms. Verdant tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see them from a spectacular train ride. And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and often untrodden, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you’ll be near a sandy gem. Should you beat the inevitable languor, you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds. And you’re always just a short hop from something utterly new.


o   Try authentic Sri Lankan food
o    Go local village tour
o    Experience a ride on the local commuter train
o    Hike to Mini Adam’s Peak
o    Get an adrenaline rush from canyon jumping
o    Visit Gangarama Temple to receive a blessing from a monk
o    Explore the wetlands in an open-air jeep
o    Take a catamaran ride with a fisherman
o    Join a private folklore dancing lesson in Kandy
o    Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic


o    Return flights (economy class) via Dubai to Colombo
o    Accommodation based on the specific room type quoted on a bed and breakfast basis (Tamarind Gardens is on Half Board Basis)
o    1 night in Negombo at Paradise Beach Hotel
o    1 night in Sigiriya at Back of Beyond
o    2 nights in Digana at Tamarind Gardens
o    2 nights in Ella at Waterfall Homestay
o    2 nights in Colombo at Ozo Colombo
o    Transfer and tours with local English speaking driver/guide in private air-conditioned vehicle


o    Expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, souvenirs, tips or meals not included in itinerary
o    Meals and tours not mentioned in itinerary
o    Early check-in or late check-out at hotels
o    Optional tours
o    Entrance and boat fees
o    Travel insurance
o    Visas


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International Passengers: US$632 per person sharing

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