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Sri Lanka Private

Sri Lanka Private

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$ 8950.00

WHEN

2021 & 2022

DESTINATION

Sri Lanka

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Sri Lanka

Wild Sri Lanka Expedition! The natural wonders and culture of the country will take your breath away. You will be astonished that such a relatively small geographic area can contain such a diversity of wildlife – not only Sri Lankan elephants, but leopards, sloth bears, and the rare slender Loris among so many others. The number of well-kept Unesco World Heritage Sites is impressive, the food amazing, and the locals truly welcoming. Sri Lanka is one of the greatest travel destinations today.

Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore the Cultural Triangle in detail, visiting its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and Anuradhapura)
  • Birdwatch and search for endemic loris in the central part of the Island
  • Close contact with locals by spending quality time at a local village
  • Visit the best spice garden in the country and enjoy a cooking class
  • Kandy cultural event and visit the famous temple of the tooth
  • Travel by first-class trains up to the tea country
  • Stay at the British-classic Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
  • Enjoy birding, wildlife viewing and botanizing at Horton Plains National Park
  • Safari at Undawalawa, the park with the highest concentration of wild Sri Lankan Elephants!
  • Spend two nights at Yala National Park with safaris. Yala has the highest concentration of Leopards in the World!
  • Birdwatching and botanizing at Bundala Park (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve)
  • Whale excursion from Mirissa. Multiple species
  • Visit Galle Fort, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Colombo highlights
  • Sinharaja National Park, the best birding destination, filled with endemics
  • Travel with one of the most recognized naturalists in the country.

If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.

– John Hemingway

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Colombo

Upon your arrival at the Colombo International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. In the evening, you will meet with your Senior Leader and Local Head Naturalist for a complete expedition briefing followed by a cocktail and a welcome dinner.

Overnight at Suriya Hotel. (D)

Day 2

Habarana and Sigiriya

You will leave in the morning towards Habarana, the city that will be your base to explore Sri Lanka’s impressive cultural triangle. You will stop along the way several times for cultural and wildlife experiences.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important archeological destination in Sri Lanka. You will have the chance to climb to the top and admire the remains of the palace, the frescoes, and the top gardens.

Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 3 

Polonnaruwa and Loris night excursion

You will drive to Polonnaruwa to visit this ancient city, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Habarana and enjoy an amazing typical Sri Lanka lunch.

In the afternoon, you will visit a local village to interact with locals, learn their uses, customs, and traditions.

During the late evening, you will go to Popham Arboretum for superb bird and wildlife watching, including a fascinating Loris-watching excursion with a knowledgeable local specialist.

Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Anuradhapura and Aukana

Today, you will drive to Anuradhapura to visit its ancient city (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will learn why the place is so meaningful for Buddhists, Tamils, and Hindus alike.

After lunch, you will continue to the impressive Aukana Temple. The Aukana Buddha Statue is 36 feet high and represents a Buddha in Asisa mudra or the “posture of blessing”, and is carved out of a single rock boulder.

Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Dambulla, Matale, and Kandy

After breakfast, you will drive to Dambulla and visit the Golden Temple. The temple is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site.

After your visit to the Golden Temple, you will travel to Matale to visit the Spice Garden where you will learn about the local spices and herbs, and their incredible medicinal and cosmetic values. You will share a traditional Sri Lankan cookery demonstration followed by a delicious lunch.

Then you leave for Kandy where you will take a tuk-tuk tour to attend a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing, and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic complex.

Overnight at Kandy Cinnamon Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Kandy, Train Ride to Nanu Oya, and Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, you leave for Peradeniya railway station to board the scenic train “Nanu Oya” in a first-class coach. This is the most beautiful train ride in Sri Lanka and will provide great interactions with locals and their culture.

Upon arrival, you will travel to Nuwara Eliya, located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country, with lush green tea plantations carpeting the rolling hills.

Overnight at the Grand Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Horton Plains National Park and Nuwara Eliya

Today it will be an early departure for Horton Plains National Park with a packed breakfast. You will enjoy an extraordinary morning of birding and photography at Horton Plains.

Return to the hotel for lunch, and the afternoon at leisure follows, to enjoy the calm and charming environment of your British colonial-style hotel.

You will meet again in the evening for a city tour of Nuwara Eliya where many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period.

Overnight at the Grand Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Tea Plantation, Udawalawe National Park, and Yala

After breakfast, you will visit a local tea plantation and factory to see the process of producing one of the finest tea in the world. Nowadays, Sri Lankan tea is considered to be one of the best varieties in the world.

You will drive to Udawalawe for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a safari at Udawalawe National Park. This is an important habitat for water birds and several mammal species, including Sri Lankan elephants!

In the evening drive to Yala.

Overnight at Cinnamon Wild Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Yala National Park

You will leave the hotel in the early morning with a packed breakfast for your first safari at Yala National Park. Among its more famous residents are the populations of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. Yale has the highest concentration of leopards in the world!

Lunch at the hotel.

Second safari at Yala National Park in the late afternoon. In the evening; you will listen to an exciting lecture on leopards by your master naturalist.

Overnight at Cinnamon Wild Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Bundala National Park and Mirissa

Today you will explore another National Park, Bundala . In 2005 the National Park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, as it is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds with no less than 197 species found here, the highlight being the greater flamingo.

Transfer to Mirissa.

Overnight at Mandara Resort Mirissa. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Whale Watching Excursion, and Galle

You will leave the hotel in the early morning for a spectacular whale-watching excursion. The chances of spotting the whales are about 90%. Blue whales, Bryde’s whales, pilot whales, sperm whales, and fin whales are the most commonly seen species.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will visit Galle Fort. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.

Overnight at Mandara Resort Mirissa. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Colombo, Katunayake, and Fly US

After breakfast, it will be time to drive back to Colombo, a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings. During your journey around the city, you will witness many interesting sights and places, such as Independence Square, the Old Parliament Building, and Galle Face Green, all of which are a representation of Sri Lanka’s colorful character.

Then you will be ready for your farewell lunch at a first class restaurant.

And transfer to the airport or continue with the extension to Sinharaja. (B, L)

Lodgings

San Pedro de Atacama: Desertica Hotel

Located in San Pedro de Atacama, Hotel Desertica has free bikes and a garden, as well as free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area.

Each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. It also includes a wardrobe. The daily breakfast offers à la carte and American options.

Hotel Desertica offers an outdoor pool.

Hito Cajón: Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva

Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva is a simple and rustic yet comfortable Andean hotel. The unique architecture – the hotel is built into a rock – is inspired by the wondrous desert surroundings and stones of all shapes and sizes. All twelve rooms have electricity and heating, plus private bathrooms with hot water. The amenities are basic but the rooms are one-of-a-kind for the region, with exposed stone and natural colors that blend well with the environment. The restaurant and bar area includes a cozy fireplace to warm up during cold nights.

Colchani: Palacio de Sal Hotel

Built out of salt bricks and also featuring salt furniture, Palacio de Sal offers guests accommodations with free WiFi and a complimentary buffet breakfast in Potosí.

Rooms at Palacio de Sal feature private bathrooms and the restaurant offers a regional menu with a wide variety of salty dishes like llama meat, lamb, and chicken.

Guests can enjoy the game room or request luggage storage services.

Sucre: Mi Pueblo Samary Hotel Boutique

In a colonial mansion with pieces of local artwork, the hotel offers rooms with private balconies and views of the charming interior patios and Spanish galleries.

Rooms at Mi Pueblo Samary, Hotel Boutique are styled with sculpted wood details, decorated bedsteads, and colorful tapestries. All rooms have flat-screen cable TVs, mini-bars, and private bathrooms with toiletries. A Continental breakfast with cereals, eggs, cheese, and fruits can be enjoyed daily. A traditional breakfast including Api, purple cornbread baked in the oven is also available.

La Paz: Casa Grande Hotel

Casa Grande Hotel offers accommodation in La Paz, in a great location. This modern hotel features designer décor, 2 bars, and spa and fitness facilities. The hotel has elegant rooms with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private balcony. Some have a private balcony with city views and a bathroom with a bathtub with a shower.

The hotel also houses a restaurant serving local and international cuisine. At guests’ disposal there is a huge indoor swimming pool.

Puno: Casa Andina Premium

This 4-star hotel features a restaurant that has an expansive glass wall with stunning views of the lake and garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The rooms at Casa Andina Premium Puno have panoramic views of the lake or mountains.

Offering a blend of historic décor and stylish furnishings, each room is fitted with a satellite TV. The restaurant, Alma, serves delicious local specialties and seafood dishes, made fresh with fish from Lake Titicaca.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

9 Jan, 2022

PRICE

$7390

Single Supplement

$1684

STATUS

OPEN

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Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

  • This special and by the invitation-only expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend that you book very soon. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

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