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Sri Lanka Holiday Package Online - Wonders of Colombo

Tour Details

 Durations : 3 Night / 4 Days
  • 3 Night Colombo
This exciting holiday package is specially-designed to let you experience the best the lovely city of Colombo has to offer, at true value for money. From a tour of the city to casino chips at Sri Lanka's most famous casino, this is one holiday that you will not forget in a hurry
 
 Tour Itinerary
Day 1:
Colombo
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Spend the night in the comfort of your room.
Meals: Not Applicable
Day 2:
Colombo
After breakfast today, you will proceed for a city tour of Colombo, seeing such places as Pettah Bazaar, a Hindu and a Buddhist Temple, affluent residential areas, Colombo Museum, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, New Parliament, and the Dutch Museum. You will also visit Ceramics Corporation Showroom, Majestic City Shopping Complex, House Of Fashion, and the Odel Unlimited Dress Boutique. Spend the night in the comfort of your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3:
Colombo
After breakfast today, you will have the entire day at your leisure to explore Colombo. Spend the night in the comfort of your hotel room.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4:
Depart Colombo
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast
 
 Package Price
Rs. 23,500/- *
USD 476.331/- *
EUR 358.069/- *
GBP 300.799/- *
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 Destination
COLOMBO
Quiet, chic and traditional, Colombo is a city of many wonders. Having been colonised by the British, the Dutch and the Portuguese, broken during long ethnic conflicts, the city shines with exceptional fervour despite its wounds. This humble port city gets its name from the classical term Kolon Pota, which simply means 'a port by the river Kelani'. The resident Sinhalese, however, believe that the name Colombo traces its origin to the Sinhalese word Kola Amba Thota, 'a lush harbour with mango trees'. While the tropical heat of summer might seem far-fetched from this island-paradise description, it is hard not to notice that history has a special place here. The colonial day railway system has not been altered, buildings have forgotten traces of Portuguese and Dutch styles, and the smiling locals are only too pleased to offer advice. Temples, monasteries and churches are prominent and a constant reminder of how seriously the city takes its diversity.

Choc-a-bloc with tuk tuks (auto rickshaws), towering buildings, white-washed houses, and the all-consuming stench of garbage as you walk across Galle Road, present-day Colombo is awash with colour. Give in to every temptation and the city is sure to stir your soul in ways that you never expected. Stroll along Pettah Market, miles away from the affluent world of Cinnamon Gardens, and haggle over merchandise. Wander into narrow alleyways at Galle Road, and devour steaming Egg Rotis and fresh Lemon Juice. Life in Sri Lanka embraces you with warmth that is indescribable.

Drive into the city and revel in the beauty of old heritage buildings that have lived to tell their story. The 17th century Dutch Museum that holds the last remaining artefacts of a golden era of trade on the island, the magnificent sculptures of the Sri Kailawasanathar Swami Devasthanam Temple which towers like a prism into the sky, and the bizarre red and blue hued Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque in Pettah-legends stand proud and tall in the city. In the commercial heart, Colombo bubbles with a different kind of energy; couples chat over coffee at sidewalk cafes, families hurry through crowds into restaurants and fast food counters are working round the clock. Yet, somehow as night settles, the city maintains its distance, still recovering from the horrors of the civil war that left behind tragic memories of the dark.

A beehive of commotion, the city reverberates with a vibe that is unmatched; in resident neighbourhoods, children fly kites and enjoy a game of cricket. Colourful religious pageants and ceremonial festivity descend upon town during the Hindu Vel Festival in August. And you cannot help but dance with the crowds. When you are tired of the buzz, lounge on the beachfront while you sip on Nelli (gooseberry nectar) or a glass of Ceylon iced tea. Let the winds from the Indian Ocean gently lull you to sleep. A world of contradictions, Colombo is a city that is full of surprises. If you are looking for a holiday that seamlessly blends art, relaxation and pure fun, look no further than here.
 
 Package Inclusion
  • Return Economy-class airfare
  • Current applicable airport taxes
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Colombo
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half day city shopping tour of Colombo
  • LKR 3000.00 Worth casino chips at Bellagio Casino
  • Discount coupons for foot rub
  • Return airport transfers
 
 Terms and Conditions
  • The above rates are valid for minimum 02 adults traveling together
  • VISA is gratis and will be granted on arrival
  • Any meals and services unless mentioned in the itinerary are not included
  • The hotels and services as mentioned in the itinerary are subject to confirmation
  • Rates may change in case of change in hotel rates, transport rates or entrance fees, government or airport taxes
  • Rates are not valid during trade fairs, exhibitions and special events. A surcharge will be levied
  • The above prices are calculated based on the lowest available airfare. Prices are subject to change due to non-availability of seats in the required class at the time of booking.
  • The rate of exchange taken for computing the above price is Rs. 47 to a USD. In the event of an increase in the ROE, the prices defined may change.
  • In case of unavailability in mentioned hotels, alternate accommodation will be arranged in a similar category hotel.
 
 Remarks
  • All prices quoted per person on twin sharing basis in Indian Rupees. Rates are applicable for a minimum of two (2) persons travelling at one time. Rates valid for Indian Nationals only
  • Rates subject to change without notice depending on currency fluctuation.
  • Rates are based on Standard category of rooms.
  • Rates not valid during conventions and special events.
  • In case carrier is Air Asia, package price does not include charges for checked baggage and meals.
 

Destination Information

ABOUT THE TERRITORY:
The Democratic, Socialist & Republican Srilanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent. It is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the Maldives. It is part of South Asia. Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. Sri Lanka has also been a center of the Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times and is one of the few remaining abodes of Buddhism in South Asia along with Ladakh, Bhutan and the Chittagong hill tracts. The Sinhalese community forms the majority of the population; Tamils, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, form the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs, Malays and the aboriginal Vedda people.

Sri Lanka is a republic and a unitary state, which is governed by a semi-presidential system with its official seat of government in Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, the capital. The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon, the last of which is native to the country. The natural beauty of Sri Lanka has led to the title The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The island is laden with lush tropical forests, white beaches and diverse landscapes with rich biodiversity. The country lays claim to a long and colorful history of over three thousand years, having one of the longest documented histories in the world. Sri Lanka's rich culture can be attributed to the many different communities on the island.

RELIGION:
Sri Lanka is a multi-religious society. Though Buddhism is the major religion, other religions such as Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are also followed.
About 70% of the population follows Buddhism. Buddhism came to Sri Lanka from India during the reign of Ashoka in third century BC and played a significant role in the establishment of Sinhalese kingdoms since the early times. Buddhism was regarded the highest ethical and philosophical expression of Sinhalese culture and civilization.

Tamils in Srilanka who ethnically belong to South India where Hinduism was predominantly practiced. Around the fifth and the sixth century A.D., the Chola dynasty of South India usurped the throne of the Sinhalese Kingdom and conquered the island, leading to the considerable number of immigrants from South India into the northern Sri Lanka. Thus Hinduism was introduced in Sri Lanka and during the reign of Tamil kings, Hindu shrines were widely constructed. Major Hindu Gods that are worshipped in Sri Lanka are Vishnu, Shiva, Kali, Ganesha and Skanda.

Muslims comprise nearly 7% of Sri Lanka's population. In ancient times Arab traders from the Middle East visited the southern part of Sri Lanka for their business and later settled in the island. The Muslim community in Sri Lanka attained dominant growth by 10th century A.D.

Christianity first came to Sri Lanka upon the arrival of the Portuguese in the s16th century. There were an increasing number of both Sinhalese and Tamils converting to Roman Catholicism.. Later on due to the nationalism movement among the Sinhalese who held sway the political power; Christianity in Sri Lanka was somewhat restricted.

CULTURE:
Sri Lankan society is dominantly marked by the caste system. Caste system in Srilanka is based on the theory that every person is born into a particular group, which defines his or her fixed position within society for lifetime. Purity is one of the most basic concepts of caste system. The person in each caste must preserve their purity by avoiding the contact with the persons of lower purity. In Sri Lanka, there are two caste systems, one for the Sinhalese and the other for the Tamils. For the Sinhalese, although Buddhism discourages the distinction based on caste, it still exists but is not based on the concept of purity but on the basis of hereditary roles and functions. For the Tamils, Hinduism is a perpetuated influence on social division among themselves.

Sri Lanka's classical architecture, sculpture and painting are predominantly Buddhist. Stupas sprinkle the countryside, and there are several extravagantly large Buddha's sculptures, notably at Aukana and Buduruvagala. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa have the most impressive archaelogical legacy, but Kandy is the most thriving cultural centre today. Colonial remnants include Dutch forts, canal and churches and British residences, clubs and courthouses. Galle is the finest colonial city on the island.

Woodcarving, weaving, pottery and metalwork are all highly developed crafts, and Sri Lanka is especially renowned for its gems. Ambalangoda is the best place to see Sri Lankan masks; Ratnapura is the centre of Sri Lanka's gem trade.

Sinhalese dancing is similar to Indian dance but relies on acrobatics, nimbleness and symbolism to unfold its narratives. Kandy is a good place to see 'up-country dancing', but Colombo or Ambalangoda are the places to witness the ritualistic exorcism of 'devil dancing'. Folk theatre combines dance, masked drama, and drumming and exorcism rituals in vivid recreations of Sri Lankan folklore.

CLIMATE:
Sri Lanka has no marked seasons. A special feature is that the hot and humid lowlands and the salubrious hill country are separated by a few hours motoring.

Average mean temperature along the coast is 26.7 C (80 F) and 19.7 C (66.50 F) in the hill country. In Colombo, the commercial capital, situated on the west coast, the temperature varies from 26.4 C (79.5 F) to 27.8 C (82.12 F). Relative Humidity varies from 70% during the day to 90% at night. In the lowlands the climate is typically tropical with an average temperature of 27ºC in Colombo. In the higher elevations it can be quite cool with temperatures going down to 16ºC at an altitude of nearly 2,000 meters. Bright, sunny warm days are the rule and are common even during the height of the monsoon - climatically Sri Lanka has no off-season. The southwest monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the northeast monsoon rains occur in the northern and eastern regions in December and January.

Rainfall pattern of the country is influenced by Monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The "wet zone" and some of the windward slopes of the central highlands receive up to 2,500 millimeters (98.4 in) of rain each month, but the leeward slopes in the east and northeast receive little rain. Most of the east, southeast, and northern parts of the country comprise the "dry zone", which receives between 1,200 mm (47 in) and 1,900 mm (75 in) of rain annually. The arid northwest and southeast coasts receive the least amount of rain at 800 mm (31 in) to 1,200 mm (47 in) per year. Periodic squalls occur and sometimes tropical cyclones bring overcast skies and rains to the southwest, northeast, and eastern parts of the island. Humidity is typically higher in the southwest and mountainous areas and depends on the seasonal patterns of rainfall.

Sri Lanka is blessed with abundant rainfall. The southwest monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the northeast monsoon causes rains in the northern and eastern regions in December and January.

LANGUAGE:
Language is one of the most important elements representing the national identity. In Sri Lanka, national language issue seems very influential in both cultural and political sphere; it was the major bone of contention between the Sinhalese and the Tamils.
The two major ones widely used are, however, Sinhala language spoken by the Sinhalese majority and Tamil language used by the Tamils. Although, Sinhala and Tamil are languages from different source, both share some common characteristics and obviously have influence on each other's linguistic evolution as well.
For Sinhala language whose origins have been very discussable is widely accepted that it is ultimately derived from Indo-Aryan speech which is in turn divided into two phases of evolution: an old Indo-Aryan speech (C.2000-800 B.C.) represented by Sanskrit language used in central India and a middle Indo-Aryan speech (C.800 B.C-400 A.D.) represented by Pali, the language of Buddhist scripture. With a science of comparative linguistics, Sinhala language shares a common parent language with Greek, Latin, German, English, French Persian, Russian, and Hindi in the distant past. In the evolving phases, they have been derived from each other and ultimately became distinct languages.
The Tamil language belongs to Dravidian family mostly spoken in the South Indian states. Tamil language played a key role in trades and business along the Indian coasts as well as Sri Lankan coasts as it was a main language used in commercial communication at that time. Even Arab traders from the Middle East had adopted the Tamil language as their speech when they had to contact with the Tamils in the region. Ironically, Sinhala language has 400 loan words from Tamil language, indicating the influence of both languages that has on one another.

The Tamils who resided elsewhere other than in Jaffna were discriminate against; all public servants were required to have proficiency in the Sinhala language within three years, or they would be penalized and lose their jobs. They were also discriminated against in political, educational and professional opportunity. Language issue led thus to the religio-ethno-nationalism as well as the communal riots in the country.

CUISINE OF NEPAL:
Rice and curry, boiled rice with curried vegetable, shaped with spices is the typical Sri Lankan food. It can be served as lunch and dinner or sometimes as breakfast as well. Sri Lankan curries are usually hot and spicy, but demands for softening its taste can be done to cater tourists' palates, especially the Westerners'.
Sri Lanka endows various regional foods of which many are influenced by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Malays, the Arabs, and the South Indians who have left their culinary characteristic. Sri Lankan rice and curry usually includes a variety of small curry dishes made of vegetable, meat, and fish. Chicken and fish is very popular meat used in curries, but beef and mutton are also available. In a meal, it must have an accompaniment such as parripu (red lentil dhal), mulling (ripped green leaves with spices, lightly stir- fried), and sambol (a mixture of grated coconut, chilly, and spice).
Other unique specialties of Sri Lanka include hoppers usually served for breakfast or snack. It is a kind of flat pancake with crispy edges and soft middle whereupon fried egg or sweetened scraped coconut is added to make them more delicious.
When it comes to desserts, Sri Lankan cuisine offers a wide variety of them to choose from. Kevum or oil cake spiced flour and treacle and cashew nut fudge. Kiribath is a made of rice cooked in coconut milk, usually eaten with sambol; this kind of dessert is usually served on ceremonial occasions such as wedding. Wattalappam, a Malay-origin-dessert, is an egg pudding. Curd and honey known as kiri peni is also good; curd is yogurt from buffalo milk, very tasty.
Fruits are also abounding in Sri Lanka owing to its sub-tropical climate. Mangoes, papayas, bananas, jackfruits, durians, rambutans, mangosteens, to name just a few can be found everywhere in local markets according to seasons.
An average Sri Lankan meal always consist of leaves and dry fish, and several vegetable curries. There are special food and sweets made at festivals. Most of the Sri Lankan food does not use artificial flavors and preserve the health value of the meal.

TOUR ATTRACTIONS:
Tourism is one of the main industries in Sri Lanka. Major tourist attractions are focused around the island's famous beaches located in the southern and eastern parts of the country, ancient heritage sites located in the interior of the country and lush green resorts located in the mountainous regions of the country. A large majority of tourists come from the United States, the Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Maldives, Japan, The People's Republic of China, and India.

Now we are going to focus upon some top destinations in Srilanka. Where visitors need to visit for once in life, like: Kandy, Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Dam bulla, Galle and many more.

Apart of them some more places are:
• Gal Oya Valley North – East Sanctuary & South - East sanctuary
• Galoya National Park (An Ecological destination)
• Somawathiya National Park
• Wasgamuwa national park etc all around the territory.

Rather them some more attractions which makes the country more attractive than every part of the world is top 6 places that located inside the country. They are:
1. The Grandeur of Anuradhapura
2. The Wander & Beauty of Singiriya
3. The Majesty of Kaudy.
4. The Beaches
5. Parks & Sanctuaries.
6. Elephant Orphanage.
Tourists often visit above all these destination but Sri Lanka’s many beaches are historical places of Colombo which is considered as the "Commercial capital of Sri Lanka" though it attracts many tourists from Asian region to visit for businesses. National parks in Sri Lanka are also popular visitor attractions. Tourists are also attracted to Sri Lanka by its natural beauty.

CONCLUSION:
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Cost and Dates

Package Type: Price Per Person on Twin Sharing
Rs. 23,500/- *
USD 476.331/- *
EUR 358.069/- *
GBP 300.799/- *
Validity: 30 Apr, 2012
(For other location please contact OR Send Query)
 
 

Hotel Details

Hotel: GRAND ORIENTAL HOTEL
Star Category:
City: Colombo
Location:
Conveniently located in the busy metropolis Colombo the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and provides easy access to World Trade Centre, government offices, banks, airline offices and shopping malls. The 2-roomed hotel is 35 kms from the international airport and offers a warm welcome to businessmen tourist and itinerant traveler.
Rooms :
Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo consists of 102 rooms. The hotel comprises of Standard, Deluxe and Suites. The rooms are furnished with mini bars, telephones with IDD facilities, modems for your computer and TV with local and international movie channels. The Suites consists of a double bedroom and luxurious toilet, private dining room and living room. The Suites are elegantly decorated with colonial style furniture and special custom made light fittings
Dining:
The hotel has a Harbour Room, a Srilankan Restaurant, Tap Bar, Tiffen Hut and a Blue Leopard Night Club
Services and Facilities:
The hotel provides broadband facilities available in rooms, business center & banquet halls. It also has a 24-hour front desk, travel counter, laundry facilities, toom service, florist and a doctor on call.
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