Sri Lanka, Paradise Island, Spanish-speaking guide

Sri Lanka, Paradise Island, Spanish-speaking guide

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Sri Lanka, Paradise Island, Spanish-speaking guide

9 Days

Visiting: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tour operator:

Aitken Spence Travels

Tour code:

443061

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

VERY_EASY

Age range:

Min age:10

Tour operated in:
, Spanish
Interests:

Cultural

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Tour Overview

Explore Sri Lanka with this awe-inspiring nine-day round-trip tour starting in the capital, Colombo, and taking an inland loop that covers all the main historic, cultural and natural attractions of this magical island. Discover a world of lush landscapes, picturesque lakeside cities, historic temples and ancient citadels. Breathe in the fragrances of Sri Lanka at herb and spice gardens. Enjoy the lush green tea plantations spread through the hill county. 

Highlights

  • Udawalawe Park: home to nearly 400 elephants that can be seen on safari in herds, bathing, playing and feeding

  • Other inhabitants of the park are buffalo, deer, monkeys, monitor lizards, birds, and leopards

  • Galle: the epic capital of the south is where classic Dutch architecture meets tropical surroundings creating a vivid vibe in beauty

  • Haputale: this small province has a rich and dense biodiversity with numerous varieties of flora and fauna, it is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations

  • Kandy: conjures up visions of splendour and magnificence because it was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings before falling under the British Empire

  • Matale: A beautiful agricultural area in the Central Province of the island that was the spearhead of the rebellion in 1848 and today stands out for its contribution through emblematic crops that range from tea, rubber and vegetables to the variety of spices

  • Silver Temple: a rock-cut Buddhist shrine that features a 30-foot reclining Buddha, surrounded by impressive walls and carvings

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Colombo – Kosgoda – Beruwala (140Km – 2.5Hrs)

Ayubowan! We welcome you to Sri Lanka (recommended arrival time before 09:00 am). Meeting and assistance upon arrival. Hop on the transfer to Kosgoda. At the turtle orphanage, you have the opportunity to see its different species up close, especially the endangered hawksbill turtle. The most vulnerable of them are their eggs, which are left unprotected on the beaches, but with the goodwill of the fishermen of the Kosgoda area, 100,000 young turtles have been released in just two years as they bring these eggs to the incubator. An unforgettable release experience supervised by the Sri Lankan Wildlife Protection Society.Transfer to Beruwala. Dinner included. Please note alcohol will not be served in public areas in hotels and restaurants during religious holidays.


Overnight in Beruwala.


Day 2 : Beruwala – Galle – Udawalawe (197Km – 4Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Galle. Galle was one of the major ports of Ceylon, a city rich in history as it was the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort, spanning 90 acres, bears witness to that. Its original walls and bastions preserved to date show a heritage preserved for more than three and a half centuries. The Dutch museum and the Dutch church are two tourist attractions in Galle, and it is also known for its handcrafted decorative objects. Transfer to Udawalawe National Park for a Safari game drive. Clients will be in the jeep the whole Safari, they will have a Safari ride around the Chandrika Wewa (Chandrika tank) to see the natural beauty around the banks of the tank. Possibility of spotting most of the migratory birds, as well as the local fishing and the fish market. This also includes a visit to the Udawalawe village to explore the cultivation done by the townspeople. Dinner included. 


Overnight in Udawalawe.


Day 3 : Udawalawe – Lipton Seat – Haputale (137Km – 4Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel and hop on a Tuk Tuk (included) and head to the wonderful place of Lipton Seat. Along the way, see the village and local life of the Tamil people who inhabit the Haputale area. When you return, walk in the middle of the tea plantations and experience this wonderful experience up close. Then head to the tea factory visit. We will closely observe the process and manufacture of tea, getting to know the plants, the machines through which the leaves must pass and the different varieties of tea that this island is characterized by, ending this visit with a tasting. Dinner included. 


Overnight in Haputale.


Day 4 : Haputale – Nuwara Eliya – Kandy (131Km – 4Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nuwara Eliya. A picturesque village on the shores of Lake Gregory surrounded by mountains with beautiful landscapes also known as "Little England" for its colonial architecture or "the city of light" for its meaning in Sinhalese. Hop on the transfer to Kandy and on the route observe Tea Plantations. Tonight we will enjoy a public performance of typical Sri Lankan cultural dances. Cultural Show: A parade of traditional Sri Lankan dance that flourished in the hill country during ancient times, in which dancers dress in costumes with shimmering hair and breastplates. They jump and twirl to the beat of the drums performing amazing stunts in the air. The highlight of the performance is the fire. Dinner included.  


Overnight in Kandy.


Day 5 : Kandy – Peradeniya – Kandy (20Km – 1.5Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel. This is where the Sacred Tooth Relic is placed and preserved, this is undoubtedly the biggest attraction in the city. It is one of the sacred places for Buddhists around the world. See the traditional rituals performed daily by the temple's religious dignitaries in keeping with the culture of the country. Tour through the city of Kandy: Many of the legends and folklore are still alive in this city, such as the daily ceremonies to honour the tooth of Buddha in his Temple that is located in the royal palace complex with wooden pillars, dating from the year 1784 on the shores of Lake of Kandy built by the last Sinhalese king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Kandy is a World Heritage Site. Then, transfer to the Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. First developed as an amusement park under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya is the largest in Sri Lanka, covering an area of 60 hectares, housing more than 4,000 plant species among the collection of orchids and the gigantic Java fig tree stand out. Dinner included. 



Overnight in Kandy.


Day 6 : Kandy – Matale – Dambulla – Habarana (95Km – 2.5Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Matale. Visit Hindu Temple on the route. We will visit a spice garden to learn about the great variety that the island houses, as well as its properties. Stop by the side of a spice garden and observe the therapeutic values of spices and processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Continue to the Dambulla Rock Temple, the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka. Its decoration began over 2000 years ago by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC. The five cave complex contains around 150 Buddha statues of which the largest is the colossal 14-meter figure of Buddha carved out of the rock. This World Heritage Site also features vividly coloured images and frescoes illustrating Buddhist beliefs that make it the largest area with such paintings found in the world. Transfer to Habarana. Dinner included.  

Overnight in Habarana.

Day 7 : Habarana – Hiriwaduna – Sigiriya – Habarana (40Km – 1.5Hrs)

Breakfast at the Hotel and transfer to Hiriwaduna. We will enjoy the Sinhalese culture in its fervour by taking a cultural tour in the town of Hiriwaduna where we will take a walk in the lotus flower lagoon, tour of a Sinhalese village in a cart pulled by oxen that have been used for hundreds of years to carve the land. Transfer to Sigiriya. The impressive fortress of Lion's Rock in Sigiriya is one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. It is a 70-hectare citadel with its palace on the top of a rock 200 meters high above the forest plains and which is entered in the middle of two huge lion's legs sculpted in stone to protect the fortress. Built in the 5th century by King Kasyaapa, this citadel also has gardens, terraces, an ingenious irrigation system that still feeds the garden of fountains today, a hand-sculpted "mirror wall" with 7th-century graffiti to the XIII, in addition to the frescoes of the "divine ladies" in the Gupta style of India that are the only surviving sample of non-religious art from ancient Sri Lanka. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Transfer to Habarana. Dinner included. 


Overnight in Habarana.


Day 8 : Habarana – Ridi Hivaraya – Negombo (164Km – 4Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Ridi Hivaraya (Silver Temple). Join the visit and get ready for a trek in the area. Transfer to Negombo. Negombo is a historic coastal city that boasts a substantial colonial heritage. Enjoy a tour of the city, which has several buildings that date from the time of political and cultural domination by the Dutch and Portuguese. Negombo has a Christian majority and there are so many churches that it is known as "Little Rome." The city is built around a lagoon into which the Hamilton Canal empties, which was built by the Dutch to transport cinnamon and other spices. The golden sands of the beach are one of the most emblematic places of Negombo since it is on them where many of the neighbours congregate to browse and buy the catches of lobsters, crabs, prawns and fish. You will also visit the Dutch Fort and the beautiful Catholic Church of Santa María. Dinner included. 



Overnight in Negombo.


Day 9 : Negombo – Departure Colombo (22Km – 45Min)

Location: Colombo

Breakfast at the Hotel and transfer to the Airport at the corresponding time (recommended between 07:00 am and 01:30 pm). Check-in time for international flights is 3 hours before the flight departure. 


What's Included

TOUR GUIDE:

  • Operated with Spanish-speaking tour escort throughout the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 8 night’s accommodation

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1 Beruwala

Superior Hotel Category = Cinnamon Bey or similar 4*

Day 2 Udawalawe

Superior Hotel Category = Centauria Wild or similar 4*

Day 3 Haputale

Superior Hotel Category = Melheim Resort or similar 4*

Day 4-5 Kandy

Superior Hotel Category = Cinnamon Citadel or similar 4*

Day 6-7 Habarana

Superior Hotel Category = Habarana Village or similar 4*

Day 8 Negombo

Superior Hotel Category = Suriya Luxury or similar 4*

MEALS:

  • 8 Breakfasts 
  • 8 Dinners 
  • 8 Lunches upon an additional cost (full-board optional extra)

TRANSPORT:

  • Arrival/ departure shared transfer in an air-conditioning bus from/to Colombo International Airport 
  • Shared transportation in an air-conditioning bus throughout the tour

ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Turtle Orphanage (Day 1); Galle tour city, Udawalawe National Park Safari (Day 2); Tuk Tuk ride in Lipton Seat, Tamil people encounter in Haputale, Tea factory visit and tasting (Day 3); Nuwara Eliya city tour, Cultural show in Kandy (Day 4); Kandy city tour, including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Garden (Day 5); Spice Garden, Temple visit in Matale, Dambulla caves (Day 6); Hiriwaduna visit, Sigiriya visit (Day 7); Silver Temple visit, Negombo city tour (Day 7)

OTHER:

  • Meet & Greet 

What's Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Domestic flights 
  • International flights: the arrival flight time recommended is before 09:00 am. The departure flight time recommended is before 01:30 pm
  • Video camera permits at the Temple of the Buddha's Tooth 
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • Optional tours (if any)
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities  
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.

Requirements

Comfortable and light clothing is the most convenient for travelling in Sri Lanka. Passengers should not wear tank tops, shorts, short skirts, or clothing that is too tight when visiting temples, religious sites, or official buildings. Shoes and hats must be removed before entering a temple or private home. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or cap, and mosquito repellent can also be of great help during the trip.

Please Note

  • Visas: Please note all clients will have to log into the website and obtain the visas prior to arrival for all clients arriving in Sri Lanka after 1st January 2012. The government has informed that all applications will be processed within 24 hours and payment can be made on-line by credit card. The details are available at the website www.eta.gov.lk
  • Please note alcohol will not be served in public areas in hotels and restaurants during religious holidays
  • The unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons
  • Visits to wildlife parks will be at client's own risk. Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours)
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed. The official check-in time at all hotels will be 12:00 pm-02:00 pm (depend on the hotel). The official check-out time at all hotels will be 11:00 am
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed  

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1 Beruwala

  • Superior Hotel Category = Cinnamon Bey or similar 4*

Day 2 Udawalawe

  • Superior Hotel Category = Centauria Wild or similar 4*

Day 3 Haputale

  • Superior Hotel Category = Melheim Resort or similar 4*

Day 4-5 Kandy

  • Superior Hotel Category = Cinnamon Citadel or similar 4*

Day 6-7 Habarana

  • Superior Hotel Category = Habarana Village or similar 4*

Day 8 Negombo

  • Superior Hotel Category = Suriya Luxury or similar 4*

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    YES, A friendly and professional tour leader tasked with ensuring the smooth operations of the tour, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the entire trip. His role primarily includes assisting with accommodation and transportation between locations while sharing the knowledge about social and cultural splendours of Sri Lanka.

  • Is there any option for solo traveller?

    Yes of course. Please note that the default selection shows the price per person per double room. For solo travellers, you will have to select a single room when available.

  • CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES

    Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday destination with two monsoon seasons so there is a lot of confusion around when is the best time to visit. The weather doesn't run like clockwork here! However, there will rarely be weather so dramatic that it will stand in the way of a brilliant holiday with plenty of warm weather and sunshine. The temperature is constant at around 27°C on the coast, both the air

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not mandatory and it's up tour personal wish.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    yes, it is indeed

  • Do you offer any travel insurance?

    We do not offer Travel Insurance but would strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy prior to departure. 

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    The tour is guaranteed to departure even with a single person. However, in case of any cancellation, we'll inform you in advance and the full refund will be given.

  • What does the price include?

    What is included is stated specifically on the product Description. Gratuities are at your discretion. Prices do not include (unless stated otherwise) - gratuities to the guide, driver or tour manager.

  • Are Visa fees included in the price?

    No, visa fees are not included

  • What is an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)?

    The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka issued via an online system. You need ETA if you wish to visit Sri Lanka as a Tourist, on Business or on Transit. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required to obtain ETA. It will cost USD $30. However, during the sometime of the year government offers FREE visa for tourists.

  • Are flights included in the tour?

    No, they are not included

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travellers are requested to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between two people at all times. > Travellers are requested to adhere to recommended hygiene procedures, such as travelling with and wearing a face mask and/or gloves when required to do so. > Keep 70% alcohol rub/hand sanitizer to use frequently.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Fairly good

  • When are there specific hotel names confirmed?

    Confirmed hotel names are informed latest 10 days prior to client´s arrival

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Booking confirmation with Itinerary and confirmation vouchers

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Up to 40KG per person

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Sri Lankan Rupees (you can exchange currency at the Sri Lanka airport or tour leader will assist you to exchange at the local banks)

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can change it by logging into your profile and click on Bookings. Please check your cancellation policy.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    yes, completely and according to our Health & Safety standards

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