The one day trip to the enchanting city of Galle begins after breakfast on the first day after the conference with several interesting stops and activities en route to Galle.
On the way to Galle enjoy a boat ride in the Madu River and relax yourself at the fish spa. Your journey will take you to fascinating cool and shady mangrove caves, secluded islands, cinnamon plantations, ancient temples, and allow you to unwind with some fish therapy at the unique spa.
After the relaxing spa treatment, captivate yourself with the fascinating artwork of miners. The visitor center will provide information regarding the stones while the gift shop at the premises sells moonstones along with other gems like topaz, garnets, tiger eye and tourmaline.
Next in line is a special treat for animal lovers. Play with baby turtles and enjoy the amazing sight of one of the rare species found among the sea turtles.
Lunch will be served at Restaurant Kamu, Galle, where you can simultaneously enjoy a delightful authentic Sri-Lankan cuisine.
The magnificent Galle Dutch Fort is a tourists treasure; it houses the National Maritime Museum, the National Museum and the more recent (1938) lighthouse. The Galle Fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Galle, famous for its intricate handcrafted lace, is filled with priceless crafts and antique treasures like jewelry, ceramics, and Dutch period furniture and brass work.
At the end of the excursion, participants who register for the 4 Day Sri Lankan Tour will leave to Yala while the rest will arrive back in Colombo.
28th August 2017
Colombo – Balapitiya – Hikkaduwa– Galle
The Galle Tour schedule is as mentioned in the One Day Excursion to Galle. At the end of the excursion, participants who register for the 4 Day Sri Lankan Tour will arrive at Galle, where they will enjoy a scrumptious dinner and stay overnight prior to departing to Yala early next morning.
29th August 2017
Galle – Yala
Taking off with an early start for the day, the second day of the tour will comprise of beautiful scenery on the way to Yala, followed by an exciting Wild Safari after lunch which will be served at a local restaurant.
The Yala National Park, also known as the Ruhuna National Park, is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is a significant venue for the conservation of the Sri Lankan leopard, elephants and aquatic birds. Get on board an open jeep and be prepared to be treated to an adventurous safari in the wild.
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and depart to one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful waterfalls as well as other breathtaking sites.
The Ravana Ella or the Ravana Falls has a main drop which is 30 feet in height, and is ranked as one of the widest falls in the country. The Ravana Falls is best viewed during the wet season, for it is said that during this season the waterfall signifies an Areca flower. Be mesmerized by this magnificient site on your way to lunch.
This viaduct was built at Gotuwala between the two railway stations – Ella and Demodara during the British Colonial period is the largest in Sri Lanka. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level, this 99.6ft high bridge, when one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of ‘nine skies’ through the nine arches. This massive bridge is built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the way to the beautiful, tall and resilient, Victoria Dam barricading the emerald drops of the Mahaweli River.
The tallest dam in Sri Lanka, is located six to seven kilometres from the town of Teldeniya in the cool climes of Province. Rising a whopping 120 metres, the name of the dam as well as the reservoir is said to be derived from a waterfall, Victoria Falls, that had existed at the very same location before the construction of the dam.
Lunch will be served at a local Restaurant in Ramboda prior to leaving to Kandy.
Identified as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is situated in the heart of Kandy. Also known as the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ it is a living illustration of Kandyan architecture, especially the Kandyan moonstone and the golden canopy over the main shrine. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is also famed for the annually held procession known as the ‘Dalada Perehera’ or ‘The Festival of the Tooth Relic’ which attracts visitors from all over the world.
Proceed to Kandy and check in to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner before heading to bed.
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and depart to Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya.
British Colonialist rulers of Ceylon established the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens that contribute today, towards the enlightenment of concepts of floriculture conservation, birdlife conservation, butterfly conservation, biodiversity and sustainability of the island of Sri Lanka. Take a stroll on this 147 acre garden to see the famous orchid houses, spice gardens, avenues lined with exotic plants as well as an astonishing natural pavilion made out from the sprawling roots and branches of a Javan fig tree which attracts approximately 2 million visitors annually.
The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection for many of the orphaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. At Pinnawala, the number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including the baby elephants brought from various parts of the country, as well as those babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. Relish the experience of feeding the elephants and witness the bathing ritual of elephants at the river.
One of Sri Lanka’s major fishing cities known as Little Rome, approximately 5 km away from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Transit will be provided at a hotel lobby in Negombo/Colombo where you could enjoy a cup of tea and/or dinner, prior to transferring to the airport to connect with your departure flight.
Those who have their flight on the next day we will provide accommodation at the hotel at a supplementary cost.