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Ceylon Paradise of Sri Lanka

Depart: 6th Aug 2014, Wednesday
Return: 12th Aug 2014, Tuesday
Price: SGD1250 (Twin share) / SGD1550 (Single) 
Group Size : 6 (min) / 16 (max) 

Highlights:

  • Negombo known for its huge and old fishing industry
  • World Heritage of Lion Rock at Sigirya
  • Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO site with the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in country
  • The Grand Esala Perahera festival held in Kandy
  • Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, the only two of elephant orphanage in the world
  • Ceylon tea plantation at Nuwara Eliya
  • Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle, built in 1588 by the Portugese 
  • Stilt fishing where the fishermen sit on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef

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Singapore - Colombo (D)

Depart from Changi Aiport, arrive Colombo airport. Transfer to Colombo, check in hotel and rest. Morning visit Kelaniya temple where a dagoba (stupa) was built after Buddha visited the site at 5th century BC. After lunch, visit Colombo town and Fort Station, where it is the terminal of most intercity trains in the country. Busy activities of local commuters in this railway hub. Proceed to Galle Face Green for the sunset. Overnight at Colombo. 

Sigirya Lion Rock (B/D) 

Morning visit to Negombo beach for the fisherman activities and boat ride along Dutch canal to experience the village life. After lunch, driver to ancient city of Sigiriya. Visit the World Heritage Lion Rock, a fortress of ruin capital was built on top of the mountian. Overnight at Sigirya.

Dambulla Cave  (B/D) 

Check out and drive to Golden Temple of Dambulla, a cave temple dated 2nd centuries BC. Continue to visit Nalanda Gedige which is one of the remarkable archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. After lunch, arrive at Kandy, the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka and visit the handicraft village. Overnight at Kandy.

Kandy (B/D) 

Visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage,  a nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. Back to Kandy town for city walk at your own leisure. Late evening, proceed to location for the Esala Perahera festival. Overnight at Kandy.

Nuwaraeliya (B/D) 

After breakfast, drive to Nuwaraeliya the center of hill country. En-route visit a tea plantation to understand the manufacture of the world famous Ceylon tea. After lunch, drive to Galle Fort. Sunset at Galle fort and overnight at Galle.

Galle (B/D) 

Sunrise over Indian Ocean from Galle fort. The fort was originally built by Portugese and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO. We will spend rest of the day to explore the city of Galle. Overnight at Galle.  

Stilt Fishing (B)

Sunrise and witness the traditional tilt fishing at southern of Sri Lanka.  Proceed to airport in late morning. 

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Inclusions :

  • Fully private tour in vehicle with extra seat for photography equipment 
  • 7 nights accommodation at comfortable hotel 
  • AC room and twin sharing basis
  • All entrance fees and permit
  • All meals as per itinerary above
  • Xing Asia tour leader
  • Photography guidance by Master Photographer (MPAUK)

Exclusions :

  • International flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Participants to purchase flight tickets only upon trip confirmation)
  • Visa entry to Sri Lanka (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Additional beverages (including alcohol) not included in meals
  • Any other incidental expenses incurred by participants
  • Tips for both driver and local guide per person (voluntary basis)
Remarks

Weather :

  • Colombo temperature : 32° / 24° 
  • Kandy temperature : 28° /  19°

Fitness :

  • Able to carry own photography equipment and personal chores

Gear :

  • Wide angle to tele range
  • Graduated neutral density filter, Neutral density filter, Circular Polarizer (CPL), Tripod
  • Suggest to carry another spare body, battery, and charger. If your equipment stops working during the trip for whatever reason, it is unlikely to find a repair shop or buy a replacement.

Suggested airline and flight detail as follow :

  • Airline : Emirates Airline
  • Price : Promotion from SGD468 onwards 
  • Depart : Wednesday 6 Aug 2014 / 77W / 0050  0155
  • Return : Tuesday 12 Aug 2014 / 77W / 1505  2135