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Serendip Ceylon
DATES

09 MAY 2020 - 22 MAY 2020
 


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*Rates are per person based on Twin Share & Single Room
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*A 'Willing to Share' is possible on this tour. Please enquire.
*Please ask us about International Flights
*Please ask us about Travel Insurance


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Serendip Ceylon

SERENDIP CEYLON; BOUTIQUE SRI LANKA 

 

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka “the finest island of its size in the entire world”. This special tour through the Tear Drop Island is a journey that has been created specifically with women in mind. It incorporates enriching cultural experiences, splashes of luxury, exotic cuisine and as much adventure as you would like.

Circumnavigate the island in style. This tour takes in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the pleasures of a few days by the sea. Tour the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you can explore the Temple of the Tooth. Travel to a mountain station and surround yourselves with tea plantations and amazing views. Enjoy Wild Life safaris in one of Sri Lanka’s best known National Parks and visit UNESCO Heritage Sites. Finish this incredible journey with a few days of pure relaxation at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep.

This fabulous itinerary includes nature safaris, a tea plantation experience & a fabulous cooking immersion. You will be staying in wonderful accommodation ranging from delightful boutique hotels to hill country Estates.

This itinerary is perfect for a pre-or-post side trip to the Maldives or Southern India. Please ask us about possible extensions.  

Tour Overview
Duration
13 Nights - MAY 2020
Start Point
Colombo
Finish Point
Colombo
Tour Style
Escorted Tour
Accommodation
Boutique Hotels, Safari Camps
Meals
As per itinerary
Transport
Private air-conditioned vehicle, tuk-tuks, safari-jeeps
Max Group Size
Min 6, Max 10 Guests
Tour Inclusions
  • *VIP Arrival Service
  • Departure transfer 
  • x2 nights at Galle Face, Colombo
  • x2 nights at Ulgalla Resort, Anuradhapura 
  • x1 night Kings Pavillion, Kandy
  • x2 nights Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya
  • x2 nights Jetwing Yala, Palatupana
  • x2 nights The Fort Bazaar, Galle
  • x2 nights Kumu Beach, Balapitiya
  • *Late check-out at Kumu Beach
  • Welcome Dinner at Galle Face
  • Pre-dinner cocktail at Ulagalla Resort
  • Farewell Dinner at Kumu Beach
  • Breakfast daily
  • All Inclusive stay at Heritance Tea Factory
  • All Inclusive stay at Jetwing Yala
  • Cocktail & Snacks at The Fort Bazaar in Galle
  • Selyn Fairtrade Handloom Factory visit
  • UNESCO Dambulla Golden Temple & Cave
  • Organic Garden & Cooking Experience at Ulagalla Resort
  • Guided 'tuk tuk' tour of UNESCO Anuradhapura Kingdom Ruins
  • UNESCO Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Sri Lankan Garden Experience at Matale with hosted lunch
  • Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy
  • Tea Train to Hatton
  • Tea Factory Tour with a resident Tea planter
  • Jeep wildlife safaris in Yala National Park
  • Guided walking tour (with a local) of UNESCO Galle Dutch Fort 
  • Hosted lunch at a Gem Merchant's house in Galle Dutch Fort
  • Hosted by Jemma Wilson, Owner Mai Journeys
  • Local Sri Lanka National Guides throughout
  • Air conditioned deluxe private transport throughout - with cushions, sarongs (for temples), socks (for temples), mozzie repellent, refresher towels, water
  • In-vehicle wi-fi
  • All entrance fees for UNESCO sites and those other activities listed
Tour Highlights
  • Anuradhapura Kingdom - UNESCO site
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Private guided visits to the UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy
  • A stay in the hill country – with the best climate in Sri Lanka, incredible scenery and the chance to pluck some tea.
  • Guided Safaris in Yala National Park
  • World Heritage Galle Dutch Fortress
  • Rest, relaxation and beach time at Balapitiya
  • Ayurveda spa sessions (optional)
  • Gorgeous boutique accommodation
  • Incredible food

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 - 09 May - Arrive Colombo.
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Welcome to Sri Lanka. 
Clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge where our Local Tour Host will meet you.

You will be Transferred to our hotel. Pre-check in will already have been done on your behalf, so depending on arrival time, either kick back and relax or enjoy a pre-bed-time drink. Head to your room for a good night's sleep, ready for the first day of exploration. 

Overnight Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

Day 2 - 10 May - Colombo
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Day 3 - 11 May
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Day 4 - 12 May
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Day 5 - 13 May
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Day 6 - 14 May
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Day 7 - 15 May
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Day 8 - 16 May
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Day 9 - 17 May
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Day 10 - 18 May
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Day 11 - 19 May
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Day 12 - 20 May
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Day 13 - 21 May
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Day 14 - 22 May
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About this tour

Galle Face, Colombo - Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, The Galle Face Hotel, is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green. Many rooms offer spectacular sea views, some with private balcony, and all furnished in elegant colonial style décor. Enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea at The Verandah or dinner at 1864 Restaurant, a Pimms on the Chequerboard or a Cuban experience at King of the Mambo, these are some ‘must do’ whilst in Colombo.

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura - Ulagalla Resort, a boutique hotel with a touch of traditional elegance and aristocracy, offers you a unique experience of luxury amidst a natural, remote, and uninhabited environment. It is nestled in a sprawling 58-acre lush green garden with a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, rich with cultural heritage and historical significance. There are 25 villas with private pools, designed and built to maintain the ecological balance of the surroundings.

Kings Pavilion, Kandy - Kings Pavilion Kandy is an exclusive escape that will offer you an extraordinary experience. Surrounded by misty mountains and verdant greenery, this boutique hotel gives you an experience akin to royalty. Revel in the rustic luxury of airy bedrooms styled after bygone eras, enjoy the 360 degree vistas and take a dip in the secluded infinity pool. 

Heritance Tea Factory - Located in the cool climes of Nuwara-Eliya surrounded with mountains and estates of Sri Lanka's very own Tea, Heritance Tea Factory Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in the country. A modernized architectural masterpiece of an old rundown tea factory used under the British rule, this hotel offers guests the ambiance of the Colonial times while providing one of the best services to make your stay worthwhile.

Jetwing Yala - Beautifully positioned between the serene tranquility of the Indian Ocean and the natural wonders of Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala rests within an uncharted patch of coastal wilderness at the end of Sri Lanka’s southern shoreline. With convenient accessibility to both the road and the sea, our home of Sri Lankan hospitality remains comfortably connected amidst the coastal wilds of our tropical island.

The Fort Bazaar - Fort Bazaar is a handsome merchant’s home-turned-boutique hotel with 18 stylish guest-rooms and fresh, contemporary interiors invoking a Middle Eastern vibe. Positioned on Church Street within a UNESCO-listed 17th century fort, this spa hotel in Galle promises serenity, high-end service and gourmet modern dining, and makes a very welcoming retreat from the bustling cobbled streets of Galle Fort.

Kumu Beach- Beneath gently swaying coconut palms on a serene beach front sits Kumu Beach, a contemporary beach hotel in Balapitiya. Home to 10 iguest-rooms, chic living and dining areas basking in the open air, and a generous lawn with infinity swimming pool. Balapitiya's powder-soft beach is footsteps away. Kumu Beach hotel is an enchanting place to relax, unwind, eat well and enjoy personalised, fabulous service.

Practicalities

Visas: You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. In addition, if you intend visiting Sri Lanka on a short visit,you will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival. The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka and is issued through an on-line system. You need to obtain an ETA if you intend visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist, on Business or on Transit. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required to obtain the ETA. ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.

Weather: Sri Lanka’s position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant year-round. Coastal and lowland areas enjoy average daytime temperatures of around 26–30°C (often climbing up well into the 30°Cs during the hottest part of the day). Temperatures decrease with altitude, reducing to a temperate 18–22°C in Kandy, and a pleasantly mild 14–17°C in the Hill Country and the highest parts of the island – nights in the hills can be quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes falling close to freezing. Humidity is high everywhere, rising to a sweltering ninety percent at times in the southwest, and averaging sixty to eighty percent across the rest of the island.

Language: Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages in Sri Lanka. English is a 'link' language and generally understood by most people and is easy to get by. English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops.

Food: Sri Lankan dishes are based on rice, with a large variety of vegetables, fish & fruits. The uniqueness of Sri Lankan food influenced by invaders and traders - Indians, Arabs, Malays, Moors, Portuguese, Dutch and English all whom have left a mark on the Sri Lankan diet, will surely make your trip a voyage of culinary discovery. The Lankan food served in your hotel is toned down a little bit due to the sensitive stomach of most tourists. International food of any kind is found in all major Sri Lankan Restaurants. Most coastal towns have excellent seafood including prawns & delicious crab. Being a tropical country, Sri Lanka is blessed with a large variety of fruits. Some fruits like mangoes and Bananas (known an plantains here), come in over a dozen of sub varieties of shapes, sizes & tastes! Fuits such as Rambutan, Pineapple, Mangosteen, Papaya (Papaw), wood apple, melons, passion fruit, guavas, etc., are but a small sample of the amazing variety of fruits to be discovered and enjoyed.

Drinks: Sri Lanka is famous for it's tea, and pride themselves in, producing 'Ceylon Tea', the finest tea in the world. There is a local version of coffee, which is a bit strong. But Colombo is the only place that you could get a really good espresso. Highly recommended are the fresh fruit juices. Sri Lanka has it's own variety of local beer. Sri Lanka also has two extremely popular local varieties of local beverages - Toddy and Arrack. Toddy is a natural drink, produced from one or other palm trees. Fermented and refined toddy becomes Arrack. Some varieties are real "rocket fuel". Imported beer and foreign liquors cost almost the same as in most western countries. Thambili or King Coconut is a sweet, clean and cheap natural drink that you'll find by the wayside. It's extremely cooling and refreshing. We advise you not to drink tap water unless it is purified. Bottled water is recommended. Most hotel rooms have boiled water in thermos flasks, which is safe to drink.

Currency: The Sri Lankan currency is the Rupee (Rs), divided in to 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 & 2000. Breakdown larger notes when you change money - it can sometimes be a problem to breakdown a larger note (500, 1000 or 2000). Hotels and other tourist establishments will quote you the price in US$ or Euro and collect in Rupees at the prevailing exchange rate.

Credit Cards: Credit Cards are widely used and accepted by local establishments (even in small towns). The most widely used card types are Visa and MasterCard, with Amex to a lesser extent. It would be a convenient option to use your Credit Card (valid for international use) whenever possible. Due to currency regulations in Sri Lanka, credit card charges cannot be made in foreign currency. Local establishments will apply the daily exchange rates on the day of your payment and convert foreign exchange rate to Sri Lankan Rupees.

ATM's: ATM's are available in most main cities. You can take cash against Visa / Mastercard in most ATM'S. However, as different banks accept different cards, we advice you ensure that your card is valid for use in Sri Lanka by contacting your bank. Watch out for the Maestro or Cirrus logo.

Dress Code: Dress modestly at religious sites. You should remove your shoes and hat when entering a Buddhist or Hindu temple, if carrying an umbrella unfurl it. Your legs & shoulders should be covered; never enter a temple in beach wear (i.e. shorts or singlet).

Photography: Ask permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. Minority groups in particular are often unhappy to have their photo taken. Travellers should avoid paying for the right to take a photo as this has been found to encourage a begging mentality. In small villages, at home-stays or trekking, the use of videos may not be permitted as requested by the local people, and we ask for courtesy and discretion with still cameras. Ask permission before taking pictures either of people or inside temples or other sacred places. For example, it is forbidden to take photographs inside the cave temple complex of Dambulla. Never use flash on murals inside temples and other places; it can damage them. You are not allowed to use flash at the frescoes at Sigiriya, but where there is no ban, please behave responsibly. Never pose beside or in front of a Buddha statue (i.e. with your back to the statue). Such conduct is considered extremely disrespectful. Never take a photo of a monk without asking permission. Never take photos of airports, roadblocks or anything to do with the military.

Voltage: The voltage is Sri Lanka is 220/ 240 volts

Plugs: Sri Lankan hotels have two types of plug bases; either the UK (Type G) or India (Type D).

The facts

Not Included:

  • International Airfares & taxes - Please enquire
  • Travel insurance - Please enquire
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls, laundry, excess baggage etc
  • Passport & visas
  • Tips / gratuities for Guides / Driver - we will guide you on this.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered


Hotel Rooms:
Every hotel on this tour is different in room size, services, location, category and decor. The utmost care has been taken in selecting these hotels, so we have the most comfortable stay. 

The Right Hand Rule: Always give, receive and eat  with your right hand. It is extremely bad mannered to use your left hand for eating.

Respect Cultural Differences: Things are done differently in Asia, and Sri Lanka is no exception. Please make sure in your dealings with local people you accept these differences. As a traveller you should keep as calm, cheerful and friendly as humanly possible. Patience and courtesy are virtues that open many doors in Sri Lanka!  Demanding tourists do not get smiles, service or respect.

Environmental Responsibility: Pollution and waste management is a huge problem throughout the world. Unfortunately in many parts of Asia, disposal systems are inadequate and recycling of plastics is limited. We suggest avoiding plastic packaging where possible and take along your own bag when shopping. Plastic bags will be offered for everything. Collect and dispose in the next town. The law protects certain endangered species of flora & fauna. Export & in even possession of these species as well as of wild animals, birds, reptiles etc., is illegal. The production and sale of items made from wild animals and reptiles, e.g.: Leopard skins, crocodile skins, elephant tusks etc., is also illegal. Never break coral, or brush against it. Coral is basically a colony of living organisms and damaging them, might kill them. Never buy coral if it's offered for sale. Similarly don't buy sea shells or turtle shells (or eggs). All of Sri Lanka's five species of Turtle are endangered. If you happen to spot a turtle, when being take out on a boat, discourage the driver from circling it; this sort of harassment is very stressful to the turtle.

Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. Furthermore, you should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.

DATES

09 MAY 2020 - 22 MAY 2020
 


RATES

Hover over rates for other currencies.





*Rates are per person based on Twin Share & Single Room
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*A 'Willing to Share' is possible on this tour. Please enquire.
*Please ask us about International Flights
*Please ask us about Travel Insurance


Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - 09 May - Arrive Colombo.

Welcome to Sri Lanka. 
Clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge where our Local Tour Host will meet you.

You will be Transferred to our hotel. Pre-check in will already have been done on your behalf, so depending on arrival time, either kick back and relax or enjoy a pre-bed-time drink. Head to your room for a good night's sleep, ready for the first day of exploration. 

Overnight Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

Day 2 - 10 May - Colombo
Day 3 - 11 May
Day 4 - 12 May
Day 5 - 13 May
Day 6 - 14 May
Day 7 - 15 May
Day 8 - 16 May
Day 9 - 17 May
Day 10 - 18 May
Day 11 - 19 May
Day 12 - 20 May
Day 13 - 21 May
Day 14 - 22 May
About this tour

Galle Face, Colombo - Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, The Galle Face Hotel, is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green. Many rooms offer spectacular sea views, some with private balcony, and all furnished in elegant colonial style décor. Enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea at The Verandah or dinner at 1864 Restaurant, a Pimms on the Chequerboard or a Cuban experience at King of the Mambo, these are some ‘must do’ whilst in Colombo.

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura - Ulagalla Resort, a boutique hotel with a touch of traditional elegance and aristocracy, offers you a unique experience of luxury amidst a natural, remote, and uninhabited environment. It is nestled in a sprawling 58-acre lush green garden with a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, rich with cultural heritage and historical significance. There are 25 villas with private pools, designed and built to maintain the ecological balance of the surroundings.

Kings Pavilion, Kandy - Kings Pavilion Kandy is an exclusive escape that will offer you an extraordinary experience. Surrounded by misty mountains and verdant greenery, this boutique hotel gives you an experience akin to royalty. Revel in the rustic luxury of airy bedrooms styled after bygone eras, enjoy the 360 degree vistas and take a dip in the secluded infinity pool. 

Heritance Tea Factory - Located in the cool climes of Nuwara-Eliya surrounded with mountains and estates of Sri Lanka's very own Tea, Heritance Tea Factory Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in the country. A modernized architectural masterpiece of an old rundown tea factory used under the British rule, this hotel offers guests the ambiance of the Colonial times while providing one of the best services to make your stay worthwhile.

Jetwing Yala - Beautifully positioned between the serene tranquility of the Indian Ocean and the natural wonders of Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala rests within an uncharted patch of coastal wilderness at the end of Sri Lanka’s southern shoreline. With convenient accessibility to both the road and the sea, our home of Sri Lankan hospitality remains comfortably connected amidst the coastal wilds of our tropical island.

The Fort Bazaar - Fort Bazaar is a handsome merchant’s home-turned-boutique hotel with 18 stylish guest-rooms and fresh, contemporary interiors invoking a Middle Eastern vibe. Positioned on Church Street within a UNESCO-listed 17th century fort, this spa hotel in Galle promises serenity, high-end service and gourmet modern dining, and makes a very welcoming retreat from the bustling cobbled streets of Galle Fort.

Kumu Beach- Beneath gently swaying coconut palms on a serene beach front sits Kumu Beach, a contemporary beach hotel in Balapitiya. Home to 10 iguest-rooms, chic living and dining areas basking in the open air, and a generous lawn with infinity swimming pool. Balapitiya's powder-soft beach is footsteps away. Kumu Beach hotel is an enchanting place to relax, unwind, eat well and enjoy personalised, fabulous service.

Practicalities

Visas: You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. In addition, if you intend visiting Sri Lanka on a short visit,you will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival. The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka and is issued through an on-line system. You need to obtain an ETA if you intend visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist, on Business or on Transit. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required to obtain the ETA. ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.

Weather: Sri Lanka’s position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant year-round. Coastal and lowland areas enjoy average daytime temperatures of around 26–30°C (often climbing up well into the 30°Cs during the hottest part of the day). Temperatures decrease with altitude, reducing to a temperate 18–22°C in Kandy, and a pleasantly mild 14–17°C in the Hill Country and the highest parts of the island – nights in the hills can be quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes falling close to freezing. Humidity is high everywhere, rising to a sweltering ninety percent at times in the southwest, and averaging sixty to eighty percent across the rest of the island.

Language: Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages in Sri Lanka. English is a 'link' language and generally understood by most people and is easy to get by. English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops.

Food: Sri Lankan dishes are based on rice, with a large variety of vegetables, fish & fruits. The uniqueness of Sri Lankan food influenced by invaders and traders - Indians, Arabs, Malays, Moors, Portuguese, Dutch and English all whom have left a mark on the Sri Lankan diet, will surely make your trip a voyage of culinary discovery. The Lankan food served in your hotel is toned down a little bit due to the sensitive stomach of most tourists. International food of any kind is found in all major Sri Lankan Restaurants. Most coastal towns have excellent seafood including prawns & delicious crab. Being a tropical country, Sri Lanka is blessed with a large variety of fruits. Some fruits like mangoes and Bananas (known an plantains here), come in over a dozen of sub varieties of shapes, sizes & tastes! Fuits such as Rambutan, Pineapple, Mangosteen, Papaya (Papaw), wood apple, melons, passion fruit, guavas, etc., are but a small sample of the amazing variety of fruits to be discovered and enjoyed.

Drinks: Sri Lanka is famous for it's tea, and pride themselves in, producing 'Ceylon Tea', the finest tea in the world. There is a local version of coffee, which is a bit strong. But Colombo is the only place that you could get a really good espresso. Highly recommended are the fresh fruit juices. Sri Lanka has it's own variety of local beer. Sri Lanka also has two extremely popular local varieties of local beverages - Toddy and Arrack. Toddy is a natural drink, produced from one or other palm trees. Fermented and refined toddy becomes Arrack. Some varieties are real "rocket fuel". Imported beer and foreign liquors cost almost the same as in most western countries. Thambili or King Coconut is a sweet, clean and cheap natural drink that you'll find by the wayside. It's extremely cooling and refreshing. We advise you not to drink tap water unless it is purified. Bottled water is recommended. Most hotel rooms have boiled water in thermos flasks, which is safe to drink.

Currency: The Sri Lankan currency is the Rupee (Rs), divided in to 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 & 2000. Breakdown larger notes when you change money - it can sometimes be a problem to breakdown a larger note (500, 1000 or 2000). Hotels and other tourist establishments will quote you the price in US$ or Euro and collect in Rupees at the prevailing exchange rate.

Credit Cards: Credit Cards are widely used and accepted by local establishments (even in small towns). The most widely used card types are Visa and MasterCard, with Amex to a lesser extent. It would be a convenient option to use your Credit Card (valid for international use) whenever possible. Due to currency regulations in Sri Lanka, credit card charges cannot be made in foreign currency. Local establishments will apply the daily exchange rates on the day of your payment and convert foreign exchange rate to Sri Lankan Rupees.

ATM's: ATM's are available in most main cities. You can take cash against Visa / Mastercard in most ATM'S. However, as different banks accept different cards, we advice you ensure that your card is valid for use in Sri Lanka by contacting your bank. Watch out for the Maestro or Cirrus logo.

Dress Code: Dress modestly at religious sites. You should remove your shoes and hat when entering a Buddhist or Hindu temple, if carrying an umbrella unfurl it. Your legs & shoulders should be covered; never enter a temple in beach wear (i.e. shorts or singlet).

Photography: Ask permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. Minority groups in particular are often unhappy to have their photo taken. Travellers should avoid paying for the right to take a photo as this has been found to encourage a begging mentality. In small villages, at home-stays or trekking, the use of videos may not be permitted as requested by the local people, and we ask for courtesy and discretion with still cameras. Ask permission before taking pictures either of people or inside temples or other sacred places. For example, it is forbidden to take photographs inside the cave temple complex of Dambulla. Never use flash on murals inside temples and other places; it can damage them. You are not allowed to use flash at the frescoes at Sigiriya, but where there is no ban, please behave responsibly. Never pose beside or in front of a Buddha statue (i.e. with your back to the statue). Such conduct is considered extremely disrespectful. Never take a photo of a monk without asking permission. Never take photos of airports, roadblocks or anything to do with the military.

Voltage: The voltage is Sri Lanka is 220/ 240 volts

Plugs: Sri Lankan hotels have two types of plug bases; either the UK (Type G) or India (Type D).

The facts

Not Included:

  • International Airfares & taxes - Please enquire
  • Travel insurance - Please enquire
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls, laundry, excess baggage etc
  • Passport & visas
  • Tips / gratuities for Guides / Driver - we will guide you on this.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered


Hotel Rooms:
Every hotel on this tour is different in room size, services, location, category and decor. The utmost care has been taken in selecting these hotels, so we have the most comfortable stay. 

The Right Hand Rule: Always give, receive and eat  with your right hand. It is extremely bad mannered to use your left hand for eating.

Respect Cultural Differences: Things are done differently in Asia, and Sri Lanka is no exception. Please make sure in your dealings with local people you accept these differences. As a traveller you should keep as calm, cheerful and friendly as humanly possible. Patience and courtesy are virtues that open many doors in Sri Lanka!  Demanding tourists do not get smiles, service or respect.

Environmental Responsibility: Pollution and waste management is a huge problem throughout the world. Unfortunately in many parts of Asia, disposal systems are inadequate and recycling of plastics is limited. We suggest avoiding plastic packaging where possible and take along your own bag when shopping. Plastic bags will be offered for everything. Collect and dispose in the next town. The law protects certain endangered species of flora & fauna. Export & in even possession of these species as well as of wild animals, birds, reptiles etc., is illegal. The production and sale of items made from wild animals and reptiles, e.g.: Leopard skins, crocodile skins, elephant tusks etc., is also illegal. Never break coral, or brush against it. Coral is basically a colony of living organisms and damaging them, might kill them. Never buy coral if it's offered for sale. Similarly don't buy sea shells or turtle shells (or eggs). All of Sri Lanka's five species of Turtle are endangered. If you happen to spot a turtle, when being take out on a boat, discourage the driver from circling it; this sort of harassment is very stressful to the turtle.

Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. Furthermore, you should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.