Monthly Archives: June 2013

Centara Passikudah Resort & Spa

Sri Lanka is one-of-a-kind destination where you will discover an inspiring cultural heritage, savour exquisite cuisine and amongst the world’s finest beverages, explore mangrove forests and Buddhist temples, and simply enjoy sublime holiday experiences with your loved one and family.

Centara Passikudah Resort & Spa Sri Lanka is set next to the beach at Passikudah Bay, a long stretch of coastline renowned for its calm and shallow waters, ideal for swimming and water sports. The outer bay has an extensive coral reef and there are scattered coral communities within the bay, together forming one of the best-known reef systems in the Indian Ocean. The resort, which is on the east side of the island, is 35 kilometres north of Batticaloa.

MY LIFE, MY WAY TOUR – FOR LADIES ONLY

ITINERARY – 5 Days 4 Nights

DAY 01: AIRPORT – KALMETIYA – 300 KMS

When arrived at the Katunayake international airport, welcome by a representative of SCENIC VENTURES; and transfer to COLOMBO for a shot visit and then to KALMETIYA via SOUTHERN EXPRESS WAY to GALLE, and bit of GALLE CITY TOUR and continue journey to KALAMETIYA and check in to HOTEL KALMETIYA for dinner and overnight stay. (Standard – L * D) – Hotel Kalametiya is 9 bedroom hotel and we will reserve the entire facility for your team.

airport-kalametiya

 

DAY 02: KALAMETIYA – 100 KMS

After breakfast get ready for a full day BIRD WATCHING EXPLORATION at BUNDALA BIRD SANTUARY. The team will be guided by ORNITHOLOGY to guide you and this will be nature photographic contest between the ladies, whoever gets the best images and capture highest number of birds will be the winner. Tonight we will have BBQ DINNER under the BON-FIRE with live music, dancing, skits performed by the team. Stay at HOTEL KALAMETIYA (B * L * D)

kalametiya-bonfire

 

DAY 03: VILLAGE EXPLORATION – 120 KMS

After breakfast the group will be taken to a rural village for day of excitement, fun and social activities. The local community leader will greet you and take you to show the village, you will be experiencing the traditional way of rural life-styles, mud houses, games, sports, and the ladies will join the women in the village to cook a locally found organic meal for their lunch. You will be mingling with village kids, playing, teaching and sharing the good word. You will see the simple life in this village and the happiness. Back to HOTEL KALAMETIYA for overnight stay (Deluxe – B * L * D)

kalametiya-cooking

 

DAY 04: KALAMETIYA – NUWARA ELIYA – 225 KMS

After breakfast check out from the hotel travel to KALAMETIYA MANGROVE for a CATAMARAN RIDE in the LAKE, afterward travel to NUWARA ELIYA and check in to HEAVEN SEVEN HOTEL for rest and relax in the mountains. (Deluxe – B * L * D)

kalametiya-nuwara eliya

 

DAY 05: NUWARA ELIYA – AIRPORT – 200 KMS

After breakfast leave for COLOMBO AIRPORT, depending on the flight departure times we will be able to do some sightseeing. (L * D)

Transfer to the airport to connect to your flight. (Reporting time at airport 3 hours before flight as required by airline)

 

CONDITIONS:

  • Prices are valid for tours commencing and completed including and within the dates specified
  • Prices are total sharing a double room FB board basis
  • Rates are subject to availability at the time of making the reservation.
  • In the event of the required/specified hotel not being available a suitable alternative will be offered with or without a supplement
  • Cancellation/refund restrictions will apply once reservations are made
  • Changes to the chronology of the tour may be made as required based on arrival and departure times
  • Prices given will not apply to a single person on tour
  • Extra compulsory supplements will apply on Christmas and New Year’s eve – final costing will be based on actual dates of travel

 

COST INCLUDED:

  • MEET ON ARRIVAL AND DROP OFF ON DEPARTURE
  • ACCOMMODATION AS SPECIFIED BELOW BASIS INCLUSIVE OF 04 BREAKFAST – 05 LUNCHES – 04 DINNERS
  • BBQ DINNER, MUSIC
  • BUNDALA BIRD WATCHING
  • ORGANIC COOKERY LESSON
  • KALAMETIYA MANGROVE TRIP
  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES & HOTEL SERVICE CHARGE
  • TRANSPORTATION AS PER THE ITINERARY IN AN A/C BUS WITH ENGLISH SPEAKING CHAUFFEUR DRIVER
  • VEHICLE MILEAGE FOR UP TO 1000 KMS / EVERY ADDITIONAL KMS WILL BE CHARGED AT US$ 0.65/=

 

COST EXCLUDES:

 

  • Camera/Video permits at certain sites
  • Border tax / Visa fares / Tips /Health Insurances
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Refreshments / meals while on travelling
  • Liquor not included
  • Air fares

 HOTELS

HOTEL KALAMATIYA

HEAVEN SEVEN HOTEL 

 

TOUR OF SRI LANKA

ITINERARY – 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

 

DAY 01: AIRPORT – DAMBULLA 180 KMS

When arrived at the Katunayake international airport at midnight, welcome by a representative of SCENIC VENTURES; and transfer to DAMBULLA via PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANGE, Visit DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE COMPLEX, and check in to THILANKA RESORTS & SPA for dinner and overnight stay. (Deluxe – HB)

airport-dambulla

 

DAY 02: DAMBULLA – KANDY 160 KMS

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and travel to SIGIRIYA to climb the famous LION’S ROCK FORTRESS and in the evening travel to KANDY and visit one of the TEA MUSEUM in KANDY and at 17:30hrs witness the KANDYAN DANCE. Also visit the “TEMPLE OF TOOTH RELIC” 19:00hrs. Watch the traditional rituals performed daily by the religious dignitaries of the temple in keeping with the cultural heritage of the country. Lastly you will visit the “RAJA WASALA”, check-in at THILANKA HOTEL for dinner and overnight stay. (Deluxe – HB)

kandy-dance

DAY 03: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA 150 KMS

After breakfast bit of KANDY CITY TOUR and leave for NUWARA ELIYA and on the way you can enjoy number of WATER FALLS and reaching NUWARA ELIYA, also visit HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDEN or TEA PLANTATION etc. Visit LAKE GREGORY and travel back to COLOMBO to check into HEAVEN SEVEN HOTEL for dinner and overnight stay. (Deluxe – HB)

hill club-water fall-heaven seven

 

DAY 04: NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO – AIRPORT 250 KMS

After breakfast check out from the hotel and travel to AIRPORT via COLOMBO, this is depending on the departure flight; we will be able to stop in COLOMBO for a short visit.

Transfer to the airport to connect to your flight. (Reporting time at airport 3 hours before flight as required by airline)

 

CONDITIONS:

  • Prices are valid for tours commencing and completed including and within the dates specified
  • Prices are total sharing a DBL room
  • Daily dinner & breakfast
  • Rates are subject to availability at the time of making the reservation.
  • In the event of the required/specified hotel not being available a suitable alternative will be offered with or without a supplement
  • Cancellation/refund restrictions will apply once reservations are made
  • Changes to the chronology of the tour may be made as required based on arrival and departure times
  • Prices given will not apply to a single person on tour
  • Extra compulsory supplements will apply on Christmas and New Year’s eve – final costing will be based on actual dates of travel
  • Cost is based on the 10 pax or more.

 

COST INCLUDES:

  • MEET ON ARRIVAL AND DROP OFF ON DEPARTURE
  • DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE
  • SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS
  • TEMPLE OF TOOTH RELIC
  • KANDYAN FOLK DANCE & KINGS COURT
  • HAGGALA BOTANICAL GARDEN
  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES & HOTEL SERVICE CHARGE
  • TRANSPORTATION AS PER THE ITINERARY IN AN A/C MINI COACH WITH ENGLISH SPEAKING CHAUFFEUR DRIVER
  • VEHICLE MILEAGE FOR UP TO 850 KMS / EVERY ADDITIONAL KMS WILL BE CHARGED AT US$ 0.65/=
  • AN ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE INCLUDED | EXCLUDED

COST EXCLUDES:

 

  • Camera/Video permits at certain sites
  • Border tax / Visa fares / Tips /Health Insurances
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Refreshments / meals while on travelling
  • National Museum tickets

Whale watching sri lanka

Venue: Mirissa Harbor, Sri Lanka

Departure time: 07.00 AM

Tour time: 3 to 5 Hours

Includes:

  • Coffee
  • Breakfast
  • Water bottles
  • Educational Lesson
  • Booklets

 

Vessel:

  • 40 seats
  • Observation deck
  • Sanitary facilities on board

 

Crew:

  • Certified Coxswain
  • Life Guard
  • Service crew

Berjaya Hotel Colombo

Tucked in the multicultural land of Sri Lanka, laced with blue waters and abundant greenery, the Berjaya Hotel Colombo is surrounded by mystical ancient cities, natural splendour, cultural diversity and historical heritage that spans over 2,000 years. The hotel which faces the beachfront on one side and is bordered by lush foliage and tropical vegetation on the other is an ideal setting for business and leisure.

THE PEACOCK
Serves a wide spread of sumptuous and authentic Sri Lankan and International cuisine. Operational hours are from 6.00am to 11.00pm.

POOL DECK
A romantic dining or relaxation venue with adjoining contemporary swimming pool and kiddies’ pool that is fringed by lush tropical foliage and enveloped by a serene ambience. Presents themed promotions, live cooking demonstration and music. Operational hours are from 10.00am to 11.00pm.

THE SEASPRAY BEACH RESTAURANT
Serves scrumptious cuisine and special BBQ by the beach side with favoured background music. Perfect venue for leisure or corporate functions. Operational hours are from 10.00am to 11.00pm.

LOUNGE BAR
Comfortably furnished air-conditioned bar located adjacent to the reception and overlooks the Pool Garden. Serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Operational hours are from 9.00am to 11.00pm.

GARDEN BAR
Located in the lush tropical garden and serves a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, wines, cocktails and mocktails. Operational hours are from 9.00am to 11.00pm.

POOL BAR
Serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Bar specialties are fresh juices and mocktails for guests at the pool side during day time. Operational hours are from 10.00am to 11.00pm.

Bentota Beach Hotel

Bentota known for its broad golden beaches is situated in the southern coastal zone of Sri Lanka, a mere one & half hour drive from Colombo. If the idea of a vacation calls to mind an image of lazing around on the beach, indulging in mouth watering delicacies and returning home with sun kissed skin, Bentota Beach hotel should be given top priority.

The hotel, designed based on an ancient Dutch fort by the famous Geoffrey Bawa, is situated at the point where the Bentota River flows into the Indian Ocean. Expect to be lulled by the sounds of ocean waves and the water lapping against the river banks.

Bentota Beach hotel accommodates 130 rooms and 3 suites, all of which have sea-front or river-front views.

The hotel, through its specialised sports centre (Club Inter Sport) offers an array of motorised water-sports that get the adrenaline pumping. Popular excursions from the hotel include taking a boat ride along the Bentota River to the surrounding mangroves, visiting the turtle hatcheries in Kosgoda, or taking an hour’s drive to explore the Dutch Fort in Galle. For the laid-back there is an Ayurvedic spa with an expertise in pampering.

Stay in one of the most tasteful Bentota hotels, when you select Bentota Beach Hotel, a cut above the rest!

Colombo

One enters the magnificent Island of Sri Lanka through its largest city, Colombo, inhabited by about a million people. Colombo has an ancient history dating back to the 8 th Century. The name Colombo originated from the Sinhala word ‘Kolontota’ later called Kolambu by Arab traders, changed later to Colombo by the Portuguese who arrived in 1505.In mid 17 th Century, the Dutch took control of most of the coastal areas, building forts in several coastal cities including Colombo. The British who colonized the then Ceylon in 1802, made Colombo the capital of their crown colony. Colombo remained the country’s capital for about 200 years until Sri Jayawardenepura was declared the capital.

Colombo is the major commercial and business centre in the country, strewn with State Ministries and Departments, airline offices, banks and embassies and is one of the busiest ports in South Asia. Colombo’s tourist attractions are many and varied. For those interested in history, the National Museum established in 1877, holds a large number of interesting antique possessions including the throne of the last king and other items that display the cultural heritage of the country. The Wolfendhal Church and the old Dutch House on Kumara Veediya formerly Prince Street, date back to the Dutch colonial period. There are old churches, temples, mosques, the stately old parliament facing the Indian Ocean and the expansive white Town Hall facing the public park in the heart of the city. This park known as the Vihara Maha Devi park is generously covered with large trees with plenty of shade and is a luxury to have in a commercial city. In addition the Galle Face Green adjoining the colonial Galle Face Hotel to its south, bordered by the Indian ocean to its west, provides ample space for a cool long stroll along the beach.

Going on a shopping spree in Colombo, one finds surprisingly westernized shopping centers with gents’ clothing to ladies’ and children’s attire, shops with local silk sarees, dresses, colourful handloom cottons and handicrafts. The Departmental Store Odel, Majestic City, Liberty Plaza and Crescat offer good quality items. Newly established open-air markets overflow with delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. Several star-class hotels adorn the city and provide comfortable lodging to tourists and businessmen alike. A large number of restaurants within the city offer menus with a marvellous variety of local, Asian, and Western foods. Banking services and internet facilities are easily available. One can easily explore Colombo on foot or taking a tuk-tuk (three-wheeler) ride or even public transport. Sight-seeing tours are organized in and out of Colombo to tourist destinations throughout the country.

Sigiriya World Heritage Site

Sigiriya, the ‘Lion Rock’, is a fortress built by King Kassapa I (477-495 A.D.) on a rock 200 metres in height. Visible for miles around this marvellous World Heritage Site holds the remains of an upper palace on the top of the rock, a mid level terrace with a Gate carrying a Lion’s paw and the mirror wall with frescoes of beautiful ‘Sigiri maidens’ and a lower palace on the slopes below the rock. Surrounding the base of the rock one finds the moats, walls and gardens extending to a large distance. Sigiriya in brief holds the ruins of the capital built by King Kassapa I. After the demise of Kassapa it was converted to a monastery complex which was abandoned around the 14th century, its ruins being later discovered by the British explorer John Still in 1907.

Gazing at the rock from its bottom one would think it beyond one’s imagination to climb the steep slopes and reach the summit. However, rocky steps with several landings on the slopes of the rock provide access to the summit nearly one and quarter hectares wide. On the way to the summit, one comes across the world famous charming frescoes which are a feast to the eye keeping visitors engrossed in the minute details of these painted figures even after centuries.

It is a known fact that some visitors make a trip to Sri Lanka just to visit Sigiriya and enjoy this experience of a life time. It is a stately and majestic site and one cannot rush through the climb. Be ready to spend a whole day enjoying the frescoes, relaxing at the Lion’s paw, climbing to the summit, and then slowly winding down the steps back, to enjoy a walk at the sprawling Sigiriya gardens, not forgetting the herbal garden.

Polonnaruwa World Heritage Site

Polonnaruwa, is a World Heritage Site comprising of ancient ruins of monuments built by the Cholas and those of the magnificent garden-city created by king Parakramabahu I. This period was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa in the 12th century. The site holds outstanding ruins of the Royal Palace, the Audience Hall, Gal Viharaya, frescoes and colossal statues of reclining Buddhas. Other interesting features include a statue believed to be that of King Parakramabahu and the expansive Parakrama Samudraya reservoir extending as far as the eye can see.

The old city on the shores of Lake Thopawewa had been made with manual labour alone, a formidable task in the 12 th century. The rectangular city wall holds the remains of the ancient city with its numerous palaces and temples. One can view the well preserved foundations of the royal palace and the king’s audience hall. Irrigation systems coming down from the times of kings supply water till today for paddy cultivation.  An outstanding site in Polonnaruwa is the Galviharaya known as the Cave of the Spirits of Knowledge. Set against the natural environment, it carries giant standing and reclining sculptures of the Buddha carved out of natural rock and is an ideal place for meditation. Walking through this awe-inspiring ancient city ruins, one cannot but wonder what its real state must have been in ancient times

Dambulla World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Site Dambulla comes down to us from the 3rd century B.C. It carries the largest cave monastery in Sri Lanka with Buddhist mural paintings and as many as 157 statues of various sizes. This has long been a site where pilgrims worship the Lord Buddha and has been continuously occupied until the present.

The rock itself consists of five caves the first one carrying a recumbent image of Lord Buddha in meditation, the statue itself being 47-foot long and inspiring. Other caves carry statues of gods and Buddhas marvellously carved in gold and preserved to this day by ancient kings and 20 th century rulers. There are mural paintings extending to an area of 2,100 square metres. The rock ceilings are painted in brilliant colours and there are intricately detailed images of holy figures. It is an easy climb to Dambulla rock and reaching the top, apart from the ancient statues and paintings in the caves, one can enjoy the vast landscape where the country’s mountain region begins with long stretches of luscious green paddy fields lying at the bottom. Dambulla stands at cross roads to eastern and western dry zones and is the entry point to the hill country from the west