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Sri Lanka has been the center of islands in the Indian Ocean for travelers passing by even before thousands of years hence they became a part of our history from ancient days. Firstly, Portuguese arrived in Ceylon 1505, and founded a fort at the port city of Colombo in 1517 and progressively extended control over the coastal areas.
Secondly the Dutch attacked the island in 1669 but ended with an agreement but not until 1656 that Colombo fell. By 1660 the Dutch controlled the whole island except the kingdom of Kandy. The Dutch (who were Protestants) persecuted the Catholics (the left-over Portuguese settlers).
Between 1796 and 1948, Ceylon was a British Crown colony. Although the British monarch was the head of state, in practice his or her functions were exercised in the colony by the colonial Governor, who acted on instructions from the British government in London.
The Colonial ruling granted many resources to Sri Lanka, Architectural growth was vast as they built many forts in all main seaports of the island which was later expanded by the Dutch. The Galle fort, Matara Fort, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Forts in the East Coast and the forts in Jaffna and Kalpitiya are remarkable. English took over the forts and further transferred during the Napoleonic War to trademark their presence.
The evolution of tea in Ceylon is an extraordinary story. While tea is the obvious focus in this tale, it is in fact the culminating result; the icing on the cake if you will; of what was a remarkable plantation enterprise that commenced under British colonial rule post-1796.
During this tour you will be visiting most remarkable places in Sri Lanka which is connected to colonial lifestyle in Old Ceylon.
guide will stay with you for the duration of your trip. Your Sri Lankan experience begins with a journey to Kandy, passing many rural villages. Your chauffeur-guide will be able to suggest places to stop for refreshments along the way. Depending on the of your flight, you will have the rest of the day at your own
2 Night's at The Kandy House, Deluxe Room
Take a walk through the gardens, visit the orchid house and enjoy the riverside views.
This will be followed with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most sacred sites for the Buddhist
population. This evening visits a small theatre to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance which lasts
about an hour, showcasing some of the country's rich dance culture.
through the iconic blue train through bamboo forests and tropical mists. Ella has all the best parts of Sri Lanka
rolled into one, beautiful jungle mountains, rolling tea plantations and epic waterfalls. You can look forward
to spending your days amongst the greenest surroundings.to the tea country, where you have fantastic views
out over the tea plantations and pickers working the harvest. Depending on the time of the train, you may
have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy some relaxation in this beautiful region.
3 Night's at Thotalagala, Junior Suite
Evening free at leisure
Site where small backstreets in the Dutch Fort provide a very charming experience. This is a long drive, usually
taking most of the day, but your chauffeur-guide can suggest places for you to stop and explore along the
way — there are a number of impressive waterfalls. Evening at your own leisure. Your hotel is located within
the fort walls. you might like to explore the boutiques and restaurants in the fort this evening
3 Night' at Galle Fort Hotel, Garden Room
shops, stopping in a local café for lunch.
cooking experience. With the local host getting to a TukTuk and visit the local market to get the vegetables
and meat for the lunch.
With the local family cook Sri Lankan rice and curry and enjoy your lunch with them.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Evening Colombo city walk with Mark Forbes
1 Night at Maniumpathy, Deluxe Room
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- Accommodation in selected set of hotels or in hotels of a similar standard.
- Meals plan as mentioned in the chart.
- Air–conditioned transport with a service of an English–speaking chauffeur guide.
- Entrance fees to Temple of Tooth, Peradeniya, Horton Plains.
- Train ticket from Kandy to Ella.
- Cooking experience in Galle
- All activities and tours as per the itinerary
- All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Cost of beverages
- Porterage & Tips
- Lunch in Galle
- Excursions & detours beyond the itinerary
- Visa fee http://www.eta.gov.lk
- Compulsory Perahera suppliment.
- Camera and photograph fee (where will applica