Travel to the port city of Trincomalee, located on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Home to ancient relics, beautiful beaches and a strong British and Dutch influence, Trincomalee is a melting pot of culture and natural beauty.

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Land Only Private Tour

Duration : 7 DAYSPrice : FROM $4252Country : SRI LANKA
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Colombo by night, Sri Lanka
Wild Elephant, Sri LankaSpices, Sri LankaTrincomalee, Sri LankaTrincomalee, whale watching cruise, Sri LankaKandy Temple of The Tooth Lakeside, Sri LankaMarket, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Travel to the port city of Trincomalee, located on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Home to ancient relics, beautiful beaches and a strong British and Dutch influence, Trincomalee is a melting pot of culture and natural beauty.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotels or similar with the meal plan as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Transportation in a A/C vehicle with the service of a English speaking driver guide.
  • Entrances to  Dambulla Rock temple, Sigiriya Rock fortress, Kandy Temple, Cultural show in Kandy, Cost of entrance fees to Hiriwaduna treak .

Day 1: Arrival at Colombo

Make your own way to your Colombo hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay at Ramada Hotel

Day 2: Colombo

Tour Colombo, including the Fort District and Pettah Market. Visit a Hindu and Buddhist temple, the Dutch Wolvendhal Church and the Colombo and Natural History Museums. (B,L) Overnight stay at Ramada Hotel

Day 3: Colombo - Sigiriya - Habarana

Depart for Habarana, visiting Sigiriya en route and climb the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress or ‘Lion Rock’. Continue to Habarana and have the afternoon free at your leisure. (B,L,D) Overnight stay at Chaaya Village, Habarana.

Day 4: Habarana - Hiriwadunna - Trincomalee

Travel to the village of Hiriwadunna and take a walk along the banks of an artifi cial reservoir (approximately 3 hours). Pass local farms, villages and dense bush where you may spot elephants and monkeys. Proceed to Trincomalee. (B,L,D) Overnight Stay at Chaaya Blue, Trincomalee.

Day 5: Trincomalee

Embark on a morning whale watching cruise, beginning at Foul Point and sailing south. (B,L) Overnight Stay at Chaaya Blue, Trincomalee.

Day 6: Trincomalee - Dambulla - Kandy

Travel back to Dambulla and tour the Rock Temple, built in the 3rd Century BC. Continue to Kandy visiting a spice garden at Matale en route. Upon arrival, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. This evening, watch a cultural dance performance while enjoying dinner. (B,L,D) Overnight Stay at Earls Regent Hotel, Kandy.

Day 7: Kandy - Colombo

After check-out this morning you will be transferred to your Colombo hotel or Colombo airport where your arrangements end. (B) Note: Whale watching in Trincomalee is available from May to November only. Outside of these months, touring of Kinniya Bridge will be offered.

Colombo

Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s 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.Many visitors will appreciate Colombo’s colonial heritage, its fine dining and shopping opportunities, and the dash of urban buzz in an overwhelmingly rural country. Others will tire quickly of the diesel fumes and the modern buildings on Galle Rd, the city’s main artery. If you’re only on a short trip to Sri Lanka, you may wish to pass by Colombo, but if you have the time – say at least two days – there are plenty of cultural and historical attractions in areas such as Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah.
Ancient City of Sigiriya

Ancient City of Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. The site of the 'Lion Mountain' was visited from the 6th century AD, by passionate admirers. The frescoes of Sigiriya inaugurated a pictorial style which endured over many centuries. The poems inscribed on the rock by certain of these admirers, and known as the 'Sigiri graffiti,' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language, and thus show the considerable influence exerted by the abandoned city of Kassapa I on both literature and thought.In the heart of Ceylon, the extraordinary site of Sigiriya, a lofty rock of reddish gneiss dominating, from a height of some 180m, the neighbouring plateau, has been inhabited since the 3rd century BC, as attested by the graffiti which proliferate in the grottoes and the shelters of the Buddhist monks. The fame of the 'Lion Mountain' is, however, due to one single factor: during a short period in the 5th century AD, a sovereign established his capital there. King Kassapa I (477-95), son of Dhatusena, only came to power after he had engineered the assassination of his father and had, briefly, dispossessed his brother.
Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Trincomalee (Trinco) had a rough time in the war, but the fascinating town is beginning to thrive again. Sitting along one of the world’s finest natural harbours, Trincomalee is old almost beyond reckoning: it’s possibly the site of historic Gokana in the Mahavamsa (Great Chronicle), and its Shiva temple, that of Trikuta hill in the Hindu text the Vayu Purana. Most people just pass through the city on their way to the nearby beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli, but the town has some charm, lots of history and an interesting diversity of people.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Just north of the lake, this temple houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. The temple was damaged when a bomb was detonated by the LTTE near the main entrance in 1998. The scars have been now repaired, but security remains high and there is significant screening of all visitors.
Kandy

Kandy

Some say Kandy is the only other real ‘city’ in Sri Lanka, other than Colombo. The easy-going capital of the Hill Country 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. Kandy served as the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom, which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and Dutch for three centuries. It took the British 11 years to build a road linking Kandy with Colombo, a task they finally completed in 1831. The town, and the countryside around it, is lush and green and there are many pleasant walks from the town and further afield. The town centre, close to Kandy’s picturesque lake set in a bowl of hills, is a delightful jumble of old shops, antique and gemstone specialists, a bustling market and a very good selection of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. As night falls the city becomes eerily quiet. Kandy is particularly well known for the great Kandy Esala Perahera, held over 10 days leading up to the Nikini poya (full moon) at the end of the month of Esala (July/August), but has enough attractions to justify a visit at any time of year. Locally, Kandy is known as either Maha Nuwara (Great City) or just Nuwara (City), which is what some conductors on Kandy-bound buses call out.
LaCity Travel - Travellers Tips for Sri Lanka   

Money:Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR); 1AUD = 120LKR (approximately)

Climate: Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with two distinctive seasons, wet and dry, with two monsoon seasons. The Yala season (mid- May to October) brings heavy rain from the Indian Ocean to the south and west coasts and the Central Highlands, whereas northern and eastern parts of the country are a little drier. The Maha season (December to March) brings rain from the Bay of Bengal and causes heavy rain in the northeast of the country. The average temperature throughout the country varies from 26-28°C, with 14-16°C in the Central Highlands. November to January are the cooler months, with February to May being the hottest.     

Flight time:Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne: from 11 hours Perth: from 8 hours 

Clothing: Sri Lanka is a tropical and a warm country. The recommendation is to wear light clothing made out of cotton. During the day times it’s best to avoid wearing dark colours as it may attract extra heat. We also recommend you wear sunscreen and a hat when you are exposed to the sun. If you are travelling to the Hill Country (Nuwara Eliya), you may require a light sweater as the temperatures could drop below 16 degrees. Shorts and a t-shirt with sandals (thongs, slippers) are probably more suitable for men. Women are advised to dress modestly when dressing in general public and avoid wearing mini-skirts, or anything that is too exposing, as this may offend or attract unwanted attention from the general public. Everyone entering the religious areas is required to be respectful by wearing clothing that is below the knee length. Modern and Western attire is acceptable if you are going to a night club, bars/pubs and inside the hotels as long as you avoid general public.

Tipping: For taxi drivers, hotel and restaurant staff, Rs 100 ($1) is probably the minimum expectation. You may tip your coach driver or your personal driver.

Camera/Video: Sri Lanka provides you with an abundance of photo opportunities ranging from the breathtaking sites, landscapes, wildlife, festivals, food and people. However we offer some simple suggestions regarding photography etiquette, whilst in Sri Lanka. Please ask for permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. Photographing Buddhist Monks is not taboo but can create awkwardness so assess the situation and if in doubt ask. Please be mindful that some local people may expect a tip for having their photo taken, so clarify this before taking any photographs to avoid offending anyone.

Safety and Security:We always recommend that you keep your belongings in a safe place while travelling and make use of hotel safes where available. Ensure you keep your cameras, sunglasses etc handy and never leave them unattended in public places. The internal conflict in the country has now ceased meaning that unexpected security incidents should not happen. The people in Sri Lanka can now walk freely and enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. This also has increased the amount of tourists coming to the country within the past months. We wish that all communities in this country will live peacefully as a single nation. 

Health Precautions:
We recommend that you consult your doctor before visiting Sri Lanka regarding the relevant vaccinations. Make sure you also bring your standard medication and all other useful items such as mosquito repellent, diarrhea tablets, Malaria tablets etc. While in Sri Lanka always drink bottled water or at least ensure the water is boiled before consuming. When eating, consider the old advice to be on the safe side: `boil it, bake it, peel it or ignore it.’ Avoid eating street food and wash your hands with soap before each meal. Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination and has a number of reputable hospitals and qualified doctors. There are also many medical centres located across the country. However you may find that some remote areas lack hospital facilities hence we encourage you to carry all your necessary medication while on tour.

Calling Overseas: The suggestion is to buy a SIM card since it is considered the cheapest and the most convenient option. If you wish we can organise this on your behalf. You can also call overseas from majority of the hotels however higher charges may apply. There are also many communication centers that provide IDD (International Direct Dialling) facilities, however this is not the most convenient option. 

Where to get help:  
Australian High Commission 
21 R. G. Senanayaki Mawatha (formerly Gregory's Road) 
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka 
Telephone (+94 11) 246 3200 
Facsimile (+94 11) 268 6453 
Email: austcom@sltnet.lk 
Website:www.srilanka.embassy.gov.au 

Travel Insurance: 
There is no insurance covered in our tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before your commencement of tour. Tour safe could be bought through LaCity Travel.

Package price is

$4252

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Price does not include  
1. Meals other than specified below
2. Cost of whale watching in Tricomalee 
3. Christmas and New Years eve supplements at hotels.
4. Cost of beverage throughout the tour. 
5. Expenses of a personal nature. 
6. Any other services not specified above.

Please Note: 
1. The above rates are net and include all government taxes totalling to 13%.   
2. These rates are subject to current Government taxes. If any taxes are revised including VAT the rates quoted will be revised accordingly   

Other Conditions: 
1. Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally. 
2. Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk. 
3. Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).   

Discount for children from 2-12 years sharing parents room-: 30% on the per person sharing double room rate. 
Discount for the 3rd person sharing a triple room-: 10% on the per person sharing double room rate 
** Please note that the extra bed in a triple room will be a foldable and rollaway bed.