Save $140CAD Per Couple - Awesome Sri Lanka

    Adventure to Awesome Sri Lanka | Tourcan Vacations | Offer expires December 10, 2022

    Save $140CAD Per Couple on this 8-Day Adventure to Awesome Sri Lanka with Tourcan Vacations

    Price: Land Cost: $2,470CAD Per Person

    (Price per person sharing. Minimum 2 people traveling. $615CAD single supplement. International airfare available on request.)

    Savings: $140CAD Per Couple if you book 3-months in advance


    Photo: Tourcan Vacations | Amazing Sri Lanka | Visit Anuradhapura UNESCO world heritage site 

    Visiting: Wilpattu, Mannar, Jaffna, Delft Island, Anuradhapura,  Gal Oya, Ella & Sinharaja

    Highlights

    • Wilpattu: Wilpattu National Park Safari experience
    • Mannar Island: Mannar Fort
    • Jaffna: City Tour 
    • Delft Island: Buddhist ruins
    • Anuradhapura: UNESCO world heritage site 
    • Sinharaja: Rainforest visit 

    Accommodation

    • Breakfast & Dinner daily
    • Local English-speaking driver/guides
    • Private Airport Transfers
    • Private Sightseeing per itinerary
    • Local jeeps for jungle/forest visits
    • Entrance fees

    Inclusions

    • All services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Local English speaking driver guide services
    • Accommodation at the hotels/lodges mentioned above or similar to include currently applicable taxes
    • Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel
    • Transfers and sightseeing by standard private, air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Entrance fees to monuments
    • Local jeeps for jungle/forest visits

    Exclusions

    • Airfare and taxes on international and domestic sectors
    • Visa and visa fees
    • Insurance (travel & local)
    • PCR testing or quarantine stay
    • Personal expenses like tips, gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, baggage porterage at airports/hotels, etc.
    • Any item not mentioned above

    Photo: Tourcan Vacations | Amazing Sri Lanka |  Bird Watching and Butterfly Observation Trail 

    Day 1: Arrive Colombo flight (not included)

    After clearing Customs and Immigration, and collecting your baggage, please look for our local representative holding a placard in your name to assist and transfer you to the camp in Wilpattu. (160 kms/3 hrs) Wilpattu, located on the northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (natural lakes) - natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. On arrival you will settle into your safari camp, relax and recover from any jet lag.

    Afternoon, you will be taken on a safari tour of the Wilpattu National Park in a private open-air jeep. Wilpattu has re-opened after the end of the civil war and offers visitors a wonderful nature experience with fewer visitors than Yala. After being hit during the war, the wildlife numbers are now on the rise again so keep your eyes peeled for elephants, deer, wild boar, wild buffaloes, monkeys, sloth bears, crocodiles and leopards, as well as a huge variety of exciting bird and reptile life. (Your safari will be by a private jeep and accompanied by a local naturalist on availability. Conditions of the tracks around the park differ, depending on the time of year, but generally you should expect them to be bumpy and dusty.)

    Overnight: Big Game Camp Wilpattu (Tent)

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 2: Wilpattu/Mannar/Jaffna

    Early breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and proceed on drive for Mannar Island, beautifully secluded peninsula which is also famous for being a great bird-watching destination. The Mannar District has been famous for pearl fishing since the early part of the 19th century and had played an integral part of Sri Lanka’s colonial history. On reaching Manner, visit Mannar Fort, built by the Portuguese but subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British; It is a square-shaped fort with four bastions and is located next to the new bridge that connects the mainland with the Mannar Island. The remains of what looks to be a church can be found within the fort’s walls, as well as two watchtowers that stand at its corners. After sightseeing, proceed on your drive north to Jaffna. (approx.. 120 kms/2 ½ hrs)

    Jaffna - far and away the largest town in northern Sri Lanka, connected to the mainland by a lagoon causeway. As a result of a 30 years’ war, Jaffna was left untouched by modernization and so much of the town is time-locked in the 50's, from the buildings to the old Morris Minor cars and there is much to discover and many well- kept beaches, making it perfect for those in search of sand and sun with a difference. Check in to the hotel. Later, take a brief city tour starting with a drive through the city centre to view Jaffna Library, which was burnt down on the night of the 31st May 1981, the Dutch Fort which was initially built by the Portuguese in 1619 and then re-built and expanded by the Dutch during the second half of the 17th & 18th centuries. You will also see the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil which is one of the most important Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. Originally founded in 948AD, the present building dates back to the 18th Century.

    Overnight: Fox Resort (Deluxe Room)

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

    Day 3: Jaffna/Delft Island/Jaffna

    Rise early and leave the hotel with a packed breakfast for Kurikadduvan jetty to embark on the ferry to Delft Island. Locally-hired shared transport will take you on an excursion around the island. Roots of the Dutch era are still clearly visible with scattered ruins of the Dutch Fort and Court House located in the grounds of Delft Hospital. On the tour you will also see a giant hollow 'baobab tree' big enough for about five people to stand comfortably in its cavity and the old stables of the Dutch era. Other sites include ancient Buddhist ruins at one end of the island and to the west of the island temple ruins that were designed in South Indian Chola style. You can also see a pigeon house designed by the Portuguese, when pigeons were used as a mode of communication, and groups of wild ponies as you travel around.

    After the sightseeing you can have lunch at the island’s hotel (on direct payment basis) before making your way back to Jaffna on the ferry. (Preventative travel sickness tablets are recommended if you are not a good sailor. Remember to take sunglasses, sun hat/umbrella and good sun screen protection.)

    Upon completion, embark on the ferry back to the main land and reach the hotel.

    Overnight: Fox Resort (Deluxe Room)

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

    Day 4: Jaffna/Anuradhapura - Drive (200 kms/4 hours)

    Early breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from the hotel lobby and proceed to Anuradhapura, founded in the 04th century B.C a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. It was the most extensive and significant of the Sri Lankan royal capitals, but its extent of its history since its collapse, make it more difficult to understand than younger, shorter-lived Polonnaruwa. Explore the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura. It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region and many ancient monuments still stand tall, and have become a fascinating place for site seeing. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest Stupa Ruwanwelisaya and the Ruins of ancient royal palaces.

    Another amazing site would be the ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’ or the sacred Bo tree which is over 2200 years old grown from a branch of the very tree under which “The Buddha” attained enlightenment – the oldest historically documented tree in the world. (Please dress appropriately when visiting Anuradhapura ruins, with shoulders and knees covered. Have an extra pair of socks to wear to prevent from the ground heat since you have to walk barefoot.) Proceed on your drive to Anuradhapura. Arrive and check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight: Forest Rock Garden Hotel (Deluxe Room)

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

    Day 5: Anuradhapura/Gal Oya - Drive (250 kms/5 hours)

    Early breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from the hotel lobby and proceed on your drive for Gal Oya, one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas. Arrive and check into the hotel. Late afternoon you will be taken on a jeep ride into the forgotten Nilgala section of the park, once the protectorate of ancient royalty for the abundant medicinal plants and endemic birdlife unique to this ecosystem. Although shy and sometimes hard to spot, the park hosts most of the animals found on the island, some of the more likely species to look out for include herds of elephants, four species of deer as well as many bird species. You may also opt for the hike to the makara river mouth with one of the expert naturalists, to further experience the jungle and for the chance of seeing wildlife on foot.

    Later, join one of the resident naturalists for a night walk in the forests surrounding the lodge, and have a chance to see some of the nocturnal neighbours as they emerge from their daily resting spots. Use a torch to spot eyes peering back at you that could belong to a number of different animals including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. One of the highlights is a chance to spot the bizarre looking Frog Mouth bird or if you are really lucky the endangered thick-tailored Pangolin.

    Overnight: Gal Oya Lodge (Bungalow)

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

    Photo: Tourcan Vacations | Amazing Sri Lanka |  jeep ride into Gal Oya Valley National Park 

    Day 6: Gay Oya/Ella/Sinharaja - Drive

    Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from the hotel lobby and proceed on your drive to Ella. Visit Little Adam’s Peak this is Ella’s best known tourist attraction, aptly named since it has a similar shape to Adam’s Peak, which is Sri Lanka’s holy mountain. It is a much shorter and easier climb to the top of the 1141 meter peak. The walk is enjoyable and clearly marked as you meander through tea plantations and take in breathtaking views of Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and the endless valley below. Visit the Nine Arches Bridge. It is one of the best examples of British railway constructions when Ceylon was a colony of the British Empire. The surrounding area has seen a steady increase of tourism due to the bridge's architectural ingenuity and the profuse greenery in the nearby hillsides. Visit the Ravana Falls.

    After the visit, leave for Sinharaja (Lion King) rainforests, occupying a broad ridge at the heart of the island’s wet zone. On most days the jungle is shrouded by copious rain clouds, which replenish its deep soils and balance water resources for much of southwestern Sri Lanka. Recognizing its importance to the island’s ecosystem, Unesco declared the Sinharaja Forest Reserve a World Heritage Site in 1989. Arrive Sinharaja, check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight: Rainforest Eco Lodge (Lodge)

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner


    Day 7: Sinharaja 

    Early morning enjoy a Bird Watching and Butterfly Observation Trail. Bird watching is particularly interesting as it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka. This is the easiest way to enjoy great outdoors here, rich biodiversity and lovely well - kept scenery, along the already established roadway. The trail starts from a disturbed vegetation with pioneering species and penetrates into an undisturbed secondary tropical submontane rain forest. Gradually sloping terrain at the beginning of the trail will make it an easy track, which a guest of any age group could make without much exertion.

    Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast take a trek through the quaint paths of Sinharaja where placid undergrowth lie in wait for the appreciation of all who wish to indulge in an adventure to the tranquil wilderness of Sri Lanka’s world renowned rainforest. It is a treasure trove of endemic species including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry zone national parks. Experience the real beauty of nature and gain the opportunity of a lifetime to catch a glimpse of rare flora and fauna in Sri Lanka. Explore the lush green forest and marvel at the mystery that surrounds the jungles. The experienced and well trained guides will take you through challenging trails and educate you on the many endemic species, flora and fauna that call Sinharaja home.

    Evening enjoy a nature trail within the Arboretum. The trail starts with a stroll through the tea plantation; a moderately steep easy walk. The entrance to the arboretum is marked with an attractive natural water feature with a visitor shelter located nearby. The trail exits from the forest patch to the opposite side to that of the entry and continues through the tea plantation on a wellestablished road station. This arrangement allows visitors a relaxed walk after somewhat strenuous forest section, offering an ideal cool down procedure.

    Overnight: Rainforest Eco Lodge (Lodge)

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

    Photo: Tourcan Vacations | Amazing Sri Lanka |  Rainforest visit in Sinharaja

    Day 8: Sinharaja/Colombo - Drive (210 kms/5 hours)

    Depart St. Petersburg flight (Not included) 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    12:00 noon check out of the hotel and transfer to the Colombo airport to board your onward flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bon Voyage! Offer expires December 10, 2022!

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    Terms and conditions as per Tourcan Vacations brochure 2022. A visa is required for entry into Sri Lanka. Deposit of $200 per person within 60-days of reservation. Final payment due 45-days before departure. Land cost only. Minimum 2 people traveling.

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