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Sri Lanka

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  • plantations of the famous Ceylon tea and cinnamon
  • golden beaches and lush, tropical vegetation
  • Kandy with the wonderful Buddhist temple
  • elephant orphanage in Pinnawala and the colonial buildings of Galle

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Plantations of the famous Ceylon tea and cinnamon, golden beaches and lush, tropical vegetation Kandy with the wonderful Buddhist temple, the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala and the colonial buildings of Galle.

For Arab merchants it was the land of happy surprises, and the medieval traveler Marco Polo called it the most wonderful island in the world. The American novelist Mark Twain considered it to be "beautiful and wonderfully tropical". Mahatma Gandhi was convinced that the natural beauty of Sri Lanka is unsurpassed throughout the globe. Today also, the beauty, wealth and diversity of this place make up the magic that charms newcomers.

What attracts tourists most are the beautiful golden beaches and lush tropical nature. The population, which is very friendly to tourists, causes that staying here leaves remarkable memories.

We encourage all who come to Sri Lanka, to go beyond the walls of the hotel and explore the area. Sri Lanka, in fact, is not only beautiful beaches. It has a very rich history, the traces of which we encounter at every turn. On the southern coast, you can visit Galle with its colonial buildings erected by the Dutch, Portuguese and English. However, the most interesting is the historical capital of the island, Kandy. It is additionally the spiritual capital of the inhabitants of this country. Here is a relic revered by Buddhists – Buddha's tooth.

Plantations of the famous Ceylon tea and cinnamon, golden beaches and lush, tropical vegetation Kandy with the wonderful Buddhist temple, the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala and the colonial buildings of Galle.

BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFULLY TROPICAL
Called by Marco Polo the most magnificent island in the world, it has many places to discover and a rich history, traces of which can be found at every step: the famous Galle with colonial buildings, a lively boardwalk and a historic fort from the 17th century protruding out towards the sea, Kandy - former capital of Sri Lanka with the Royal Botanic Gardens and a magnificent Buddhist temple, where the relic is kept - Buddha's tooth and Sigiriya - Lion's rock with the ruins of an ancient palace and fortress.

GOLDEN BEACHES
Like a picture, with palms bending down to the ocean, sandy beaches stretching for miles. Most of Sri Lanka's coastline is golden beaches. The famous “Golden Mile” in Beruwala, Bentota - one of the most popular on the island, Negombo - long, with orange-gray sand and Unawatuna in the south - supposedly the most beautiful on the island.

TEA AND CINNAMON
The world-famous Ceylon tea of the highest quality, with a wonderful aroma and flavor, is grown on plantations in the heart of the island. Tea fields can be seen in Nuwara Eliya and on the hills around Ella. Genuine cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka, it is delicate and very aromatic, has a subtle spicy taste with a light sweet and spicy note. WILDLY An exotic island delights with lush tropical vegetation, juicy green jungle and beautiful landscapes. The magnificent waterfalls of Ramboda, around which there are tea fields, National Parks: Yala, Horton or Minneriya Plains, where you can meet wild elephants, leopards and exotic birds are perfect places to get to know the real, wild Sri Lanka, where nature is at your fingertips.

SURFER TIME
Sapphire Indian Ocean, high waves, gently sloping beaches and perfect weather attract enthusiasts of water sports from around the world. Surfers and windsurfers mostly visit Beruwala and Bentota with water sports centers, to see the coral reef it is best to go to Hikkaduwa - a town with developed tourist infrastructure and a beautiful, wide beach.

RICE & CURRY WHICH MEANS A SNACK
Fiendishly spicy, one of the hottest in the world, in the traditional edition recommended only to the brave. Curry with rice is a basic dish on the island, vegetables dominate here: aubergine with curry, fried and stewed with tomatoes, onions and mustard, lentils boiled in coconut milk with spices and lantern delicacy - curd buffalo milk with coconut palm fruit juice.

IN THE KINGDOM OF ELEPHANTS
The wild elephants can be found in the Minneriya National Park. When “grazing" in high grass, they do not pay attention to tourists. It is also worth visiting the Udawalawe National Park, where the elephants living in the wild proudly stroll among the bushes, sometimes posing for photos.

AJURWEDA
An ancient system of medicine based on the elements and prana - life force. Ayurveda, which is very popular in Sri Lanka, heals not only the body but also the soul. The hotel's spa offers a variety of treatments, it is worth trying relaxing Ayurvedic massages using natural ingredients such as herbs or sandalwood oil.

WHAT SOUVENIRS TO BUY?
The most important is a statuette of Buddha, tea and spices: cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and curry. It is also worth purchasing some wood products, Lankan masks, jewelry, arak - strong alcohol from coconut milk and Ayurvedic peculiarities, especially massage oils.

Travel courier: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include assistance during the stay as well as registration for local trips.

Visa: in order to enter Sri Lanka, Polish citizens must request a visa. The visa can be obtained:1) through ITAKA Travel Agency. ITAKA offers mediation in obtaining the visa to Sri Lanka.:Fee for the tourist visa and mediation: 189 PLN/person. The personal information needed to have the visa issued should be sent at least 7 days prior to departure to the e-mail address: wiza@itaka.pl. In the subject field, type in WIZA SRI LANKA and the RESERVATION NO.Data necessary in order to obtain the visa through ITAKA Travel Agency:- scan of the first page of the passport: (in very high quality, the passport must be valid at least 6 months from the date of return to the home country); 2) online via the ETA platform: Authorities of Sri Lanka have introduced an electronic visa system – Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).; The fee for the visa is approx. 35 USD / person, payments can be made only by credit card. The passport must be valid at least 6 months and have an up-to-date photograph.: The online visa application is available at: https://eta.gov.lk/etaslvisa/etaNavServ; 3) after arrival, at the airport; In order to obtain it, one must show the entry received on the plane, that has been completed in English.; The visa is issued at the airport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months and have an up-to-date photograph.;The visa can be used only for a tourist stay. Then the fee for a visa is: approx. 35 USD/person.

Flight: Poland-Sri Lanka – approx. 10 h.

Local time: in winter: CET plus 4.5 hours; in summer: CET plus 3.5 h.

Voltage: 220 or 230 V, please pay attention to any recommendations concerning the use of electricity in hotel rooms.

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). A passport is necessary for exchanging money. You should keep the receipt of exchange until you depart. Exchange of remaining rupees before departing is possible only at the airport.

Tips: It is a custom to tip waiters, drivers and guides - approx. 10-15%. The porter should receive no less than 20 LKR per 1 piece of luggage, a chambermaid - approx. 200 LKR a week.

Beaches: free, public, undeveloped.

Prices in the hotel and restaurants: lunch – approx. 10 USD, beer – approx. 3 USD, wine – approx. 5 USD, coffee – approx. 3 USD.

Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility that, if there is not enough participants, a trip may be canceled.

Note: in hotels, shops, bars, restaurants, alcoholic drinks are not served during national and religious holidays e.g. Poya holiday (full moon day - every month); in larger hotels all inclusive does not include wine.

 


You can always find up to date information about security in this country on your Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Colombo — transfer to the capital. Program includes, among others a fort, a bazaar with a Hindu temple, Independence Square, the Bandaranaike International Conference Room with a replica of the Buddha. Price - approx. 23-70 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Galle — transfer to Galle in the morning. The city consists of two parts: the historical fort from the 17th century protruding into the sea - a UNESCO site, and the newer part of the city, located on the mainland. Galle Fort is the largest of the preserved fort cities erected by Europeans in Asia. The remaining part of the city is full of historical monuments of Dutch colonial architecture from a period covering the last 400 years. The program includes the hatchery of turtles in Kosgoda and a visit to the workshop where traditional Sri Lankan masks are carved. Day trip. Price - approx. 40 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Kandy — travel to Pinnawala - the elephant orphanage. Arrive in Kandy, lunch and exploring the former capital of Sri Lanka. The last capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom, situated in the Central Province, is a living example of the splendor of the country. The program includes temples together with a building from the late 16th century in which Sri Lanka’s most important item is stored: the sacred relic - Buddha’s tooth and Royal Botanical Gardens located on the shore of an artificial lake. Price - approx. 70-100 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Sigiriya & Dambulla (2 days) — early in the morning, departure to Sigiriya with a 180-metre rock, on top of which there are the ruins of an ancient palace and fortress built in the 5th century. A short climb to the ruins of the fortress. Sigiriya is one of the seven places in Sri Lanka entered onto the UNESCO list. There are remains here of the foundations and reinforcements and well-preserved paintings on the walls of rocks. Transfer to Dambulla, where there are cave temples built by King Walagamba, when after 14 years of exile he took the throne. Overnight stay in 3* hotel. In the morning, transfer to the Minneriya National Park located on an area of over 8000 hectares. Elephant ride as an option (approx. 13 USD/person) Price - approx. 170-220 USD (depending on the hotel/region). The price includes accommodation in 3* hotel as well as dinner and breakfast, does not include lunch.

Kitulgala — about a 3-hour visit to one of the most humid places in the country, located in the west of Sri Lanka. The name Kitulgala originates from the burning caryota which in Sri Lanka is called "kitul". Bananas are cultivated here, both red and yellow, and at higher altitudes - rubber trees. Most species of tropical birds present in the World Biosphere Reserve on Sinharaja occur in Kitulgala. Kitulgala is definitely a place worth visiting! The Oscar-winning film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was also filmed here. Day trip. Price - approx. 40-70 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Sinharaja — a national park and an area of biodiversity in Sri Lanka, is an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. This place is a treasury of endemic species (occurring only locally), including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 3 rare elephants and 15 leopards live on the premises of the reserve. The most common mammal is a representative of the species of monkeys - purple langur. Price - approx. 55-70 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Whale watching in Mirissa — Sri Lanka is a place well known among the nature lovers. It is one of the best places in the world for observing whales and common cachalots. This is possible thanks to the hot tropical sun, atmospheric conditions and clean water. Reaching 30 meters in length and over 200 tonnes in weight, blue whales are the largest animals on earth. The first meeting with an animal as large as the plane will certainly be an unforgettable experience. In the period from December to March you can observe the short-tailed whales. They reach the length of only 24 meters, but they look as majestic as blue whales. Price - approx. 70-75 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Yala (2 days) — safari in the Yala National Park, located approx. 300 km from Colombo. The park covers an area of about 1000 km², it was founded in 1938 as a shooting sports reserve. It is the most popular and well-developed national park, where you can observe wild species of animals and birds, including herds of elephants, leopards, Eurasian boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes and peacocks, jackal, sloth bear. Birds cover about 130 species, including both residents and migrants. The duration of jeep safari: approx. 3 hours. Then, check into hotel, dinner and overnight stay. After breakfast, check out from the hotel. On the return way - visiting the turtles hatchery in Tissamaharama. Price - approx. 125-140 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). The price includes accommodation in 3* hotel as well as dinner and breakfast. Price does not include lunch.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

Colombo — transfer to the capital. Program includes, among others a fort, a bazaar with a Hindu temple, Independence Square, the Bandaranaike International Conference Room with a replica of the Buddha. Price - approx. 23-70 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Galle — transfer to Galle in the morning. The city consists of two parts: the historical fort from the 17th century protruding into the sea - a UNESCO site, and the newer part of the city, located on the mainland. Galle Fort is the largest of the preserved fort cities erected by Europeans in Asia. The remaining part of the city is full of historical monuments of Dutch colonial architecture from a period covering the last 400 years. The program includes the hatchery of turtles in Kosgoda and a visit to the workshop where traditional Sri Lankan masks are carved. Day trip. Price - approx. 40 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Kandy — travel to Pinnawala - the elephant orphanage. Arrive in Kandy, lunch and exploring the former capital of Sri Lanka. The last capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom, situated in the Central Province, is a living example of the splendor of the country. The program includes temples together with a building from the late 16th century in which Sri Lanka’s most important item is stored: the sacred relic - Buddha’s tooth and Royal Botanical Gardens located on the shore of an artificial lake. Price - approx. 70-100 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Sigiriya & Dambulla (2 days) — early in the morning, departure to Sigiriya with a 180-metre rock, on top of which there are the ruins of an ancient palace and fortress built in the 5th century. A short climb to the ruins of the fortress. Sigiriya is one of the seven places in Sri Lanka entered onto the UNESCO list. There are remains here of the foundations and reinforcements and well-preserved paintings on the walls of rocks. Transfer to Dambulla, where there are cave temples built by King Walagamba, when after 14 years of exile he took the throne. Overnight stay in 3* hotel. In the morning, transfer to the Minneriya National Park located on an area of over 8000 hectares. Elephant ride as an option (approx. 13 USD/person) Price - approx. 170-220 USD (depending on the hotel/region). The price includes accommodation in 3* hotel as well as dinner and breakfast, does not include lunch.

Kitulgala — about a 3-hour visit to one of the most humid places in the country, located in the west of Sri Lanka. The name Kitulgala originates from the burning caryota which in Sri Lanka is called "kitul". Bananas are cultivated here, both red and yellow, and at higher altitudes - rubber trees. Most species of tropical birds present in the World Biosphere Reserve on Sinharaja occur in Kitulgala. Kitulgala is definitely a place worth visiting! The Oscar-winning film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was also filmed here. Day trip. Price - approx. 40-70 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Sinharaja — a national park and an area of biodiversity in Sri Lanka, is an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. This place is a treasury of endemic species (occurring only locally), including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 3 rare elephants and 15 leopards live on the premises of the reserve. The most common mammal is a representative of the species of monkeys - purple langur. Price - approx. 55-70 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Whale watching in Mirissa — Sri Lanka is a place well known among the nature lovers. It is one of the best places in the world for observing whales and common cachalots. This is possible thanks to the hot tropical sun, atmospheric conditions and clean water. Reaching 30 meters in length and over 200 tonnes in weight, blue whales are the largest animals on earth. The first meeting with an animal as large as the plane will certainly be an unforgettable experience. In the period from December to March you can observe the short-tailed whales. They reach the length of only 24 meters, but they look as majestic as blue whales. Price - approx. 70-75 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). Price does not include lunch.

Yala (2 days) — safari in the Yala National Park, located approx. 300 km from Colombo. The park covers an area of about 1000 km², it was founded in 1938 as a shooting sports reserve. It is the most popular and well-developed national park, where you can observe wild species of animals and birds, including herds of elephants, leopards, Eurasian boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes and peacocks, jackal, sloth bear. Birds cover about 130 species, including both residents and migrants. The duration of jeep safari: approx. 3 hours. Then, check into hotel, dinner and overnight stay. After breakfast, check out from the hotel. On the return way - visiting the turtles hatchery in Tissamaharama. Price - approx. 125-140 USD/person (depending on the hotel/region). The price includes accommodation in 3* hotel as well as dinner and breakfast. Price does not include lunch.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

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