A Cultural Journey of Sri Lanka, The Tropical Jewel

Sigiriya ● Anuradhapura ● Dambulla ● Kandy ● Nuwara Eliya ● Bentota ● Colombo

Highlights

One can traverse the globe for years and still never explore all of it. A perfect example is Srilanka, the 'Tropical Jewel' lying just off the southern tip of India, is home to more UNESCO World Heritage sites than anywhere in the world. 2000 years old cultural heritage coupled with tropical palm-fringed beaches full of day long sunshine, dense forest on rolling hills and exotic spice and tea plantation makes Sri Lanka a dream paradise island.

Join 50+ Voyagers on a cultural holiday with a bit of relaxation by the beach.

  • Discover Dambulla Cave Temple - A Buddhist Treasure Trove, famous for world's largest antique painted surface.
  • Admire the frescoes and a ruined citadel atop a 200m-tall rock, Lion's Rock of Sigiriya.
  • Roam in the ancient city of Anuradhapura and temple of the Sacred Tree (Bodhi Tree Temple), the second most sacred place in Sri Lanka.
  • Walk around the picturesque man made lake and the fascinating Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy.
  • Enjoy the cool climate and scenic vistas of British colonial town Nuwara Eliya.
  • Love Beach ? Rejuvenate at Bentota, a beach paradise, making it a perfect holiday for you.

Detail Itinerary

  • Welcome to a rich colonial heritage

    The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the Western coast - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. The city is a contrast itself, with mansions, lush gardens, fine dining options, shopping malls packed with expensive designer brands standing next to urban homes.

    After clearing your immigration from airport, drive to reach Hotel located on the shore of Indian ocean. Check in to the hotel and take good rest.


  • Art and Nirvana at the Golden Temple

    Post breakfast, proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, an Unesco World Heritage Site, It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colours and shapes. Almost every surface of the caves are painted with striking patterns and Buddhist murals in shades of red, yellow and white, many related to Gautama Buddha and his life. Some mention Vishu and Ganesha, too. Within the cave of the Great Kings, over 1,500 paintings of Buddha cover the ceiling. There are also 157 statues standing, sitting or lying throughout the caves. For thousands of years, these paintings and statues have been protected and preserved by monks.

    In the evening proceed to Hotel, enjoy dinner and good sleep.


  • An Ancient City, Frescoes and Sky Palace

    Post early breakfast, in the morning hour proceed to Anuradhapura which was the greatest monastic city of the ancient world and the heart of Sri Lankan civilization for over a millennium. Anuradhapura was the royal capital of 113 successive kings (and four queens) who oversaw a great flowering of the arts, producing magnificent palaces, intricate sculptures, ornate pleasure gardens and a sequence of vast stupas built to protect the most sacred relics of Buddhism. British explorers who first surveyed the ruins in the 19th century justifiably felt they were rediscovering a 'lost' city.

    Visit Bodhi Tree Temple (The Sri Maha Bodhiya) which is the second most sacred place in Sri Lanka, after the Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy. The world’s most revered tree, the Sri Maha Bodhi was grown from a sapling of the original bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya in India. Roam in the vast ruins of artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums.

    By noon return back to the hotel and on the way enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon, you may go for an optional tour to climb Sigiriya - the famous 'Lion Rock' fortress. Rising from the central plains, the iconic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. You'll be able to view the world famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens which stand in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. If you do not intend to climb the rock fortress, you may go for an optional village tour covering the circumference of the lion rock. Return back to hotel for dinner and good night sleep.


  • The Pearl of Sri Lanka

    Post breakfast, proceed to Kandy, the last capital of the Buddhist kingdom. En route stop at Spice garden at Matale which grows spices and herbs used in Sri Lankan cuisine and medication. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Sample the scents and flavors of cinnamon, ginger, pepper, vanilla, cardamom and know how some of these spices are grown and processed.

    Lying amidst the mist-shrouded hills of the central part of the island, Kandy is a proud reminder of battles won. Having graciously retained identity and charm against attacks by invading Europeans, it is a hub of arts, religion and culture. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel - the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

    Spend evening at Kandy City Centre - bundled with an souvenir shops, arts and crafts center, as well as a gem museum and attend a Srilankan Cultural Show. Kandy is an exciting place for shopping with souvenirs of wood, copper, silver, brass, bronze, Ceramics and lacquer work.


  • The Little English Town and that Fresh smell of Tea

    After breakfast, embark on the most scenic road of Sri Lanka from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya - the colonial hill station. As we climb up the hills, and slopes around us will start to transform into tea plantations, filled with people plucking and cultivating tea leaves. The air is different, and the scenery will make you more lazy, slouchy, and more relaxed. We will step into a tea factory to observe the hissing and swishing of Tea leaves. Take a tour of the weigh station, drying room, rolling room, bake room, cutting room, and packing room. The smells in the various rooms are incredible. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with a delicious cup of tea.

    On the way we shall stop at Temples of Bhakta Hanuman and Sita Amman related to the legends of epic Ramayana. Once we reach the Little England, Nuwara Eliya, we shall check in to the Hill resort amidst greenery. Spend rest of your evening enjoying the colonial heritage of British era.


  • The Secluded Beach Paradise

    Feeling rejuvenated by our quiet walks in the Hill country, we will head towards the southern coast of the island. The scenery will change from the greens and browns to the sparkling shades of blues as we drive by coastal towns. Bentota quite spectacularly, is our secluded beach paradise to end the trip with a relaxing beach vacation. Spend your afternoons by the beautiful pool at the resort and the evening at the beach catching the most glorious colours of the setting sun.


  • An Unmissable Indian Ocean

    Spend your morning by the beach walking along the soft, white sand and picking up sea shells. If you love water adventure, try banana boat, water scooter and parasailing.

    Proceed to a river safari through the pristine mangrove forest of Madu Ganga river. A 1.5 hour boat safari through the lagoons, lake, canals of the mangrove forest will let you experience the unique and spectacular biodiversity of Sri Lanka. Post lunch, proceed to turtle hatchery. In the afternoon, proceed to Colombo and check in to the hotel.


  • Wandering around the streets of Colombo

    Post breakfast embark on a city tour of Colombo. Visit Gangarama - a bustling temple complex with library, a museum, Bodhi Tree and eclectic array of jewel, Buddha replica and gilded gifts presented from around the world. Admire beautiful artifacts made with intricate ivory and wooden carving. The temple museum proudly houses the smallest Buddha statue on the island, carefully encased in a glass box, which visitors can view with a magnifying class.

    Head along historic way post, the Independence Square - every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walkover fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka.

    It is time to say goodbye to the mesmerizing Tropical Island and the friends you met. In the afternoon, we will proceed together in a group to airport for return flight in the evening/night back to India.

Tour Schedule

20 - 27 March, 2018
8 Days/ 7 Nights

Tour Cost

Per Person (On Twin Sharing)

Rs. 57,000

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Member Benefits

  • Senior Citizen Discount: Rs. 1,000

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What is included

What is excluded

  • Roundtrip Flight/Train Tickets from origin city to Colombo. It will be Appx Rs. 15,000 to 22,000 depending on which city in India you travel from. Do not book your flight without consulting with 50+ Voyagers.
  • Entry ticket of Sigiriya Lion Rock. It will be paid directly by traveler willing to hike the hill.
  • Sightseeing and attraction tickets not mentioned in inclusions. Any form of Joyrides, Boat rides, adventure activities which are not part of group activities
  • Any upgrade of room category, early check-in before standard check-in time at Sri Lanka hotels.
  • Expense of personal nature like Porterage, tipping, laundry, telephone, beverages, room service charge, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax, meals not part of group buffet menu, insurance etc.
  • Any expenses caused due to personal illness, hospitalization or accident.
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, landslide, accidents and any emergency evacuations.

How to make booking

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    You can either click on 'Book Now' button on this page or call us (+91) 8095767595 or email us info@50plusvoyagers.com to request booking.

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    Send us a copy of your Passport with validity of at least 6 months from the day of return from Sri Lanka. You must carry same with you during tour.

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    Pay Rs. 20,000 as 'tour booking fee' by on-line transfer or cheque or cash to the current bank account of 50+ Voyagers Travel and Adventure Club Pvt. Ltd.

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    Pay balance amount 60 days before tour departure date.

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    If you want us to make flight booking, appx amount of same to be paid at time of booking. Remaining to be adjusted with balance payment.


Do You Need A Visa

Yes. Sri Lanka tourist visa for Indian Passport Holder is applied online (ETA). Visa will be valid for a stay of 30 days. Once visa is approved you will carry granted ETA to clear immigration at Colombo airport.

Documents Required for Visa

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    Clear scanned copy of Passport valid for more than six months from the date of return of this tour.

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    Signed photocopy of the first 2 pages and last 2 pages of your passport.

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    Self attested copy of PAN Card to buy Foreign Exchange for International Travel, as mandated by Liberalized Remittance Scheme of RBI

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    Completed LRS Application-cum-Declaration Form to buy Foreign Exchange, as mandated by Liberalized Remittance Scheme of RBI. Form will be provided by 50+ Voyagers

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    Confirmed return airline ticket.


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