ABHISHEK HAJELA

Sri Lanka: Culture and Landscape

Sri Lanka: Culture and Landscape

January 09th - 24th, 2019

 

Trip leaders:
Jeremy Woodhouse and Abhishek Hajela

 

Price: On Request

 

Highlights

• Highlights of the cultural triangle, Kandy, a Tea plantation, Galle, southern beach areas/fishing villages, markets, craft villages, iconic homes, and special photo shoots like the early AM fishing boats coming in with their catch, to name just a few

• Fly to Jaffna which is experiencing a tourism boom after isolation during the 26 year civil war

• Explore Anuradhapura, where Buddhist shrines date to the 3rd century BC, colonial Nuwara Eliya, and the Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla

• Driving is kept at a minimum, where ever possible

• Ride on a train through breathtaking scenery

• Hotels – a nice mix of smaller properties, and some larger hotels. Some of the smaller hotels offer a limited number of rooms, therefore, where we could not find one that would fit your  needs, then we offer a larger hotel

• Transport in a 33-seat air-conditioned coach with room for luggage

• Meals – Breakfasts and dinners are included (lunch will be on your own unless where shown on the itinerary)

• Total of 15 days (15 nights)

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 Arrive Colombo O/N Jetwing Blue, Negombo

Day 2 Negombo/Colombo, O/N Jetwing Blue, Negombo

Day 3 Fly to Jaffna. O/N Jetwing Jaffna

Day 4 Jaffna. O/N Jetwing Jaffna

Day 5 Drive to Anuradapura. O/N Hotel Palm Garden

Day 6 Anuradapura. Afternoon Safari to Wilpattu National Park. O/N Hotel Palm Garden

Day 7 Drive to Habarana. Sunset shoot from Piturangula. O/N Sungreen Resort

Day 8 Visit Lion Rock. Drive to Kandy via Dambulla. O/N Mahaweli Reach Hotel

Day 9 Kandy. O/N Mahaweli Reach Hotel

Day 10 Drive to Newark Eliya. Visit Tea Factory, Lunch Mlesna Castle. O/N Grand Hotel

Day 11 Walk to World’s End, Horton Plains. High tea at Heritance. O/N Grand Hotel

Day 12 Train to Ella. Tea Plantation shoot. O/N 98 Acres

Day 13 Drive to Udawalawa. Evening Safari. O/N Hotel Grand Udawalawe Safari

Day 14 Morning Safari. Drive to Galle. Stilt Fishermen. O/N Hotel Fortaleza

Day 15 Galle. O/N Hotel Fortaleza

Day 16 Departure (those travelling early morning of Day 16 will transfer evening of Day 15)

 

 

Arrival & Departure

Arrival & Meeting Place

Jetwing Blue Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date: Day 1

Suggested arrival time: by 3:00 pm

Suggested Arrival Airport

 

Colombo (Bandaranaike) Airport (airport code CMB)

A complimentary transfer is provided from the Colombo (Bandaranaike) Airport to the Jetwing Sea Beach Resort. A Epic/Pixelchrome Phototours representative will meet you outside the customs area and will be holding a Epic/Pixelchrome Phototours sign with your name on it.

 

A Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting will take place in the evening of Day 1.

If you have booked extra services for early arrival, a voucher for your transfer and extra hotel nights will be sent with your final documents.

 

Please Note: Many flights arrive in Colombo in the morning between 1:00AM to 6:00AM. Early check-in is available (at an additional cost as check in is only available from 2:00PM) and your room will be ready for check-in no matter what time you arrive on Day 1.

 

Departure

Hotel Fortaleza, Galle, Sri Lanka

Date: Day 16

Suggested departure time: anytime

Suggested Airport for Departure

Colombo (Bandaranaike) Airport, Sri Lanka (airport code CMB)

On Day 15 Epic/Pixelchrome Phototours will provide a complimentary departure transfer from the

group hotel in Galle to the Colombo airport. This transfer can take three hours.

 

Weather

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with high humidity, tempered by sea breezes on the coast. The average temperature is about 81°F. In the highlands in places like Nuwara Eliya, it is in the 60s during the day and can get very cold at night, with lows in the 40s, so you’ll need a sweater.

Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons. The southwest part of the island gets a monsoon between

May and July while the northeast monsoon is December and January. Humidity is high year round and you can expect some rain showers most days.

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