Taru Villas - Tour One - South West coastal tour staying in boutique hotels

Highlights: Negombo - Tangalle - Colombo Note: (cost is based on a minimum of 12 persons traveling together)   Other departures: Manchester - £2265, Birmingham - £2255, Newcastle - £2265, Glasgow - £2265, Hotels:
Negombo - Taru Villas – Riva
Tangalle - Taru Villas – Mawella
Colombo - Taru Villas – Lake Lodge The above price includes:
• Accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels as mentioned above.
• 1 exclusive Walking tour of Colombo with Mark Forbes.
• Air-conditioned transportation with services of an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide. (N/A during the beach stay)
• All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking. Special Amenities from NextStep Journey
· Tropical flower garlands on arrival
· 1 bottle of mineral water per person, per day

Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise, known to Arab traders as Serendib – hence "serendipity", meaning discovery by happy accident. Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and un-spoilt. There are 8 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. The Golden Temple of Dambulla in 1991 and finally the Central highlands were added in 2010. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka. Having a history marked by four centuries of colonial rule, the country still manages to safeguard remnants from the past in their original grandeur. Some of the more renowned historic sites are the Galle Fort built originally by the Portuguese, Colombo Harbour and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa all of confirming Sri Lanka’s ancient and colorful past. Itinerary:
Day 1: Colombo/ Negombo (Dinner)
Arrive at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport. Our airport representative will meet you on arrival and introduce you to the chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. Transfer to accommodation in Negombo and check-in to the hotel. (Private Transfer – approximate driving duration 30-45 minutes) Enjoy the hotel amenities leisurely. Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – Riva. Day 2: Negombo/ Galle/ Tangalle (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Galle and commence a sightseeing tour of ‘The Galle Dutch Fort’. (Approximate drive duration: 2-2 1/2 hours). You can do some shopping and have lunch here. (Lunch on your own) First built by the Portuguese in 1588 and was fortified by the Dutch in 1600, Galle Fort presently is a UNESCO declared a world heritage site. Today this 90-acre fort is a compilation of various religions, architecture and cultures. The whole area is filled with a fusion of restaurants from all around the world and quaint little boutique shops displaying beautiful collections of old and new. The roads are adorned with unique items such as classic vehicles, bicycles and statues that scream the styles of a bygone era in Down South Sri Lanka. Galle Lighthouse which was built on the rampart of the landmark Galle Fort is Sri Lanka’s oldest lighthouse dating back to 1848. On completion, reach Tangalle and check-in to the hotel. (Approximate drive duration:1 ½ - 2 hours) Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – Mawella on HB. Day 3, 4 & 5: Leisure (Breakfast & Dinner)
Enjoy the beach stay and hotel amenities. Optional Excursion:
⦁ Half-day safari at Yala National Park.
⦁ Whale watching in Mirissa (Season: November – April)
⦁ Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya
⦁ Ridiyagama Safari Park
⦁ Turtle watch Rekawa (Between 8:30 pm and 11:30 pm)
⦁ Dickwella Beeralu craft village
⦁ Kalametiya bird sanctuary Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – Mawella on HB. Day 6: Tangalle/ Colombo (Breakfast)
After breakfast, proceed to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka - Colombo City for some shopping. (Approximate drive duration: 3 -4 hours). Do an exclusive Walking tour of Colombo with Mark Forbes. Meet Mark Forbes of Colombo City Walks – a curator, researcher, photographer, wildlife enthusiast and the man behind the brainchild ‘Colombo City Walks’, founded to introduce the hidden treasures of the commercial capital of Colombo to locals and foreign guests alike. Meet at the Dutch Hospital Shopping precinct and enjoy three exciting hours as Mark takes you through the streets, alleyways, passageways, shops, hotels, churches and buildings of Fort and Pettah. While on your walk you will find the oldest clock-tower in Asia, see the original colonial-era emblem of HSBC and learn about the budget allocated and spent by the British government to build the Grand Oriental Hotel. You will end your walking tour back at the Dutch Hospital where you may enjoy a beer (or two) reminiscing on the days’ events. On completion, check-in to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – Lake Lodge on BB. Day 7: Colombo/ Airport Breakfast
Today you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport to catch your flight home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle, Sri Lanka. (Approximate drive duration 1-2 hours) Optional excursions during the beach stay in Tangalle: 1. Half day safari at Yala National Park.
A jeep safari at Yala National Park. The park is a widely known Sri Lankan forest reserve which is located in the southeast part of the island. It is prominent among the other national parks due to the fact that it has the highest density of leopards. The park is an internationally recognized wildlife preservation, which is about 309 km away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Though the reserve is spread in about 1,259 square km of land, a mere 141 square km block is open for the public. Cost for Half day safari at Yala National Park: GBP 40 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) Whale watching in Mirissa (Season: November – April) Catch a glimpse of some of the largest creatures on earth in an exhilarating whale watching boat ride, with unforgettable memories from the Indian Ocean. Whale and dolphin watching is one of the most exciting excursions you can do during your visit to Sri Lanka. During whale-watching season, you will be able to witness groups of whales while on an organized boat ride to the middle of the ocean. Get ready to spot sperm and blue whales, false orcas, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins during this excursion. Whilst this tour may take approx. 3 - 5 hours, there's a 98% chance of spotting of Blue Whales swim freely. Whale watching season runs from November - April in the South Coast and May - September in the East Coast. Cost for Whale watching in Mirissa: GBP 50 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya Amongst the known ancient rock temples of Sri Lanka; Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara (Mulkirigala Great Royal Temple) comes close behind Sigiriya in architecture and style. While not as famous as the Lion Rock; this temple is even more ancient by almost a couple of centuries. Today this temple has been recognized as an archaeological site by the government, and is a marvel of architecture, paintings and sculptures... Cost for Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya: GBP 15 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) 2. Ridiyagama Safari Park
No more flight bookings need to reserve for safari in Africa. Whole animal kingdom is roaming in Ridiyagama. The Department of National Zoological Gardens is eager to unveil it’s another flagship project for the nature lovers and pleasure hunters browsing the down south of Sri Lanka. A 500-acre drive through Safari Park, the first ever Safari Park in Sri Lanka is being culminated in Ridiyagama, Hambantota. No doubt this will add one more landmark destination to the tourist map of Sri Lanka and to the gloriest history of the Department of National Zoological Gardens and its 79 years commitment to ex situ conservation. Cost for Ridiyagama Safari Park: GBP 25 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) 3.Turtle watch Rekawa (Between 8:30pm and 11:30pm)
The Rekawa Turtle Hatchery follows a sustainable model operated by a very friendly owner. The place is run by the locals, with international volunteers helping out throughout the year. They aim to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates while also treating disabled turtles. You will get to experience a turtle release and hatching.
Cost for Turtle watch Rekawa: GBP 15 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) 3. Dickwella Beeralu craft village
Dickwella’s Beeralu Lace Craft Village shows off hand woven Beeralu lace (pillow lace) which is a recognized national craft and a vital source of income for rural women of the south coast. Cost for Dickwella Beeralu craft village: GBP 15 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) 4. Kalametiya bird sanctuary
Kalametiya is one of Sri Lanka’s most secluded nature reserves but it is one of the most richly endowed bird habitats in the country. This sanctuary is home to several species of birds including: Black-capped Purple Kingfisher, Indian Reef Heron, Jungle Fowls and Glossy Ibis. Several species of mammals, reptiles, and insects have also made their home in the Kalametiya bird sanctuary.. Cost for Kalametiya bird sanctuary: GBP 15 per person (based on 12pax traveling together) (no entrance fee included)
Ayubowan! We look forward to greeting you soon in Sri Lanka! Above price excludes:
• Any expenses of personal nature.
• Tips & portages.
• Early check-ins & late check-outs.
• Entrance fees and services not mentioned above.
• Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions above. Prices are subject to change and availability.

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Return flights
Airport taxes
6 nights accommodation as per Itinerary
Excursions & Activities as per itinerary

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