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9-daagse clublustrumreis Sri Lanka

Een clubreis in Sri Lanka. Ook wel 'little India' genoemd, maar iets makkelijker te bereizen, terwijl Sri Lanka heel veel te bieden heeft. Bijvoorbeeld deze geweldige rondreis door Sri Lanka. Cultuur, tempels, natuur, sport zon, zee, walvissen en heel veel meer waar je uit kan kiezen....

Hoogtepunten van deze safari:

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City
  • Dambulla Cave Temples
  • Kandy City by Tuk Tuk + Kandy Temple
  • Traditional Sri Lankan Dances/ Rituals
  • Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Luxury Train Ride to the Hill Country
  • Elephant Orphange in Pinnawala
  • Yala National Park

Kort overzicht:

Programma & Route:

Day 1: Airport / Kurunegala/ Sigiriya: (Approx. 4½ hrs.)

Arrive at the airport & meet your English speaking guide at the Airport Lobby. Thereafter, proceed to Sigiriya and relaxed rest of the day in the hotel. 

Dinner & overnight stay at Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya.

 

Sigiriya

Day 2: Sigiriya/ Hiriwadunna/ Minneriya/ Sigiriya: (Approx. 4 hrs.)

After breakfast transfer to Sigiriya.

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress.

Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.

Transfer to Sigiriya to Hiriwadunna. Lunch included.

Hiriwadunna is all about Sri Lankan village life. In other words, it is a tale garnished with chirps of birds, fishermen carrying their nets and rods praying for a fine catch as well as an occasional crocodile basking on a shore of the lake. Do not have doubts about ample birdlife and butterflies as blessing visitors with the ‘soft winged’ is a part of Hiriwadunna’s schedule. Roam around with a local farmer before you hand-pick vegetables and join the experts in preparing them. Or hop into a bullock cart and toss along the gravel road for a memorable sightseeing tour that will remain memories of a lifetime.

Transfer from Hiriwadunna to Minneriya National Park.

If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world – over 700 at a time – which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe. Return to the hotel after the safari. Dinner & overnight stay at Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya.

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy

Day3: Polonnaruwa/ Dambulla/ Matale/ Kandy: (Approx. 4 hrs.)

After breakfast transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa.

Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa – medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I – remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Watadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla. As one reaches the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Transfer from Dambulla to Matale. Lunch at a spice garden in Matale.

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.

Transfer from Matale to Kandy and check in at Hotel Hilltop, Kandy. In the evening transfer from the hotel to the Kandy Temple by Tuk Tuk and enjoy a cultural show.

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel Hilltop, Kandy.

Pinnawala

Day 4:  Peradeniya/ Pinnawala/ Kandy (Approx. 2 hrs.)

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya. First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya – today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy – is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights – the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree – of this place which overflow in grace.

Transfer from Peradeniya to Pinnawala.

As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 09:15 am, 0:15 pm & 05:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!

Return to the hotel after the excursion. Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel Hilltop, Kandy.

Nuwara Eliya

Day 6: Kandy/ Nuwara Eliya(Approx. 2 hrs.)  

 Transfer from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by luxury train and check in at Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya. Lunch en route. Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by

English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world.

A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breath taking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Hop into a rattling train smoking and hissing its way through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory. Dinner & overnight stay at Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya.

 

Yala & Kririnda

Day 5: Kirinda (Approx. 4 hrs.)  

After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama and check in at Kirinda Beach Hotel. In the evening participate in an exciting jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun. Return to the hotel after the excursion. Dinner & overnight stay at Kirinda Beach Hotel.

(Approx. 4 hrs.)  

After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama and check in at Kirinda Beach Hotel. In the evening participate in an exciting jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun. Return to the hotel after the excursion. Dinner & overnight stay at Kirinda Beach Hotel.

Kirinda

Day 5: Kirinda (Approx. 4 hrs.)  

After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama and check in at Kirinda Beach Hotel. In the evening participate in an exciting jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun. Return to the hotel after the excursion. Dinner & overnight stay at Kirinda Beach Hotel.

 

 

Day 9: Mirissa/ Weligama/ Kosgoda/ Mirissa: (Approx. 3 hrs.)
After breakfast transfer from Mirissa to Weligama. Weligama is the best place to have your own way with sails and surf boards while diving enthusiasts too may feel the same bliss as they reach this small fishing town. Watch carefully how ‘stilt-fishermen’ have excelled in their patience in this photographer’s paradise while dipping your toes in soft waves that caress the shores of gold, an experience that never grows old under the sun shining so bold! Transfer from Weligama to Kosgoda and visit a sea turtle conservation center.

Both locals and international volunteers battling it out for ”Sea Turtles’ Sake” is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sitting calm along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka – apart from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation – was later recognized by the Wildlife Protection Society who studded the region with a Sea Turtle Conservation Project which operates on a formidable scale today. Indirectly, this has become a watering hole of flipper & shell enthusiasts! Return to the hotel after the excursion. Dinner & overnight stay at Paradise Beach Club, Mirissa.

 

Depart back home

Day 10: Mirissa/ Airport: (Approx. 3 hrs.)
Transfer from Mirissa to Katunayake International Airport to meet departure flight.

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