sri lanka

‘THE EMERALD PEARL’ tour – Sri Lanka

A beautiful 5-star journey to this pearl-shaped isle journeying through an array of jungles, wetlands, lagoons and tea trails.

When: 29 November - 14 December, 2017.
(15 nights, 16 days)

This journey embraces:
• The philosophies and practice of Patanjali’s ‘8 Limbs of Yoga’
• Sri Lanka's natural 'healing' habitat of emerald green and deep blue hues, embedded in the wild, artistic, exotic and the ancient.

This tour encompasses much of the isle. You will spend time in the hills and time by the sea; trek the plains (known as patanas) and take in views of mist-shrouded mountains. The scenery is simply stunning - every shade of emerald and jade green imaginable; sparkling water-ways and an array of crystal-clear waterfalls dotted throughout the rocky coves.

You will visit some of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage sites (as recognized by UNESCO) - such as the magnificent caves of Dambulla.

Be a luncheon-guest in a typical Sri Lankan family home; savour the country's magnificent cuisine and dine-out on its fresh fish, prawns, crab and crayfish. (Not to mention curries!). Try a 'string hopper' - 'yum' and TBD - (to be discovered!).

Venture through the 17th century streets of Dutch colonialism; visit an elephant orphanage; climb the ancient rock-kingdom of Sigiriya; enjoy 'high tea' in a colonial house where you will experience a taste of the gracious living and impeccable style of its time.

Some of the highlights of Sri Lanka is in its architecture, design and art. Visit the homes and gardens of the Bawa brothers. Their work was greatly influential in creating the style, the ambience and the sense of 'outside-in'. one enjoys throughout Sri Lanka today.

The sacred tooth of Buddha; leopards and crocodiles; whales and turtles; cloud forests; 'Little England'; country cottages and Queen Ann style mansions; sambhur and spotted deer; and one of the most beautiful and immense botanical gardens in the world - so much to share.

December is usually a great month to travel in Sri Lanka with nice hot and dry weather across the island. However, there have been instances in recent years of monsoon rains lasting into December. The rains do thicken out the lush green landscapes, making it an exceptionally beautiful time to enjoy the rural parts of Sri Lanka.

Generally speaking, upland areas of Sri Lanka are cooler and more temperate, with a yearly average around 16-20ºC and coastal areas are warmer with average temperatures around 27ºC (80ºF).

The temperatures in November-January are (around 27ºC at the coast). Sri Lanka weather along the shores is made more comfortable by cooling sea breezes.

However, the humidity is typically rather high in Sri Lanka, averaging out at around 80% year-round.

Ideal for:
The Hatha yoga classes, deep relaxation sessions and meditation instruction are experiential and simply executed. These methods are ideal for beginners as well as those who wish to ‘deepen’ their already established yoga practice.

People of all ages, body types, walks of life, professions and dispositions are welcome.

There will plenty of time to contemplate, relax, restore and refresh. You do what you will and yoga is not obligatory. Nothing is... except to have fun!

Tour operated in association with:

'The Emerald Pearl' tour itinerary – click here

<strongYour itinerary:</strong>

• Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage & dine overlooking the elephant baths
• Climb the 5th century 'Fortress in the Sky' - The rock of Sigiriya
• Stroll through the grounds of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's splendid medieval capital
• Visit the iconic Dambulla Cave Temple
• Walk and rest in Kandy's famous Botanical Gardens
• Receive blessings at The Temple of the Sacred Tooth
• Pop into 'Little England' and savour afternoon tea
• Experience a first-class train ride through the beautiful mountains, valleys and plantations
• Safari through Yala's National Park
• Enjoy the luxury of chilling out in a quiet and secluded Galle fort and its surrounds renowned for its fascinating history and charm
• Breakfast on the rocky outcrops of the Indian Ocean
• Visit the city of Colombo and dine at its famous 'Ministry of Crab'
• Rest and luxuriate in some of Sri Lanka's India's finest and most stylish 5-star and heritage hotels
• Experience the peace of yoga, deep relaxation and meditation
... and much more

Tour Package Details

'Emerald Pearl' tour package details – click here

Your package includes:
• A series of Yoga/Deep relaxation/Meditation sessions
• Full healthy breakfasts daily (vegetarian and non-vegetarian)
• 14 nights including a mixture of accommodation in stylish and distinctive 'heritage' 5-star deluxe hotels, a 'tea-trail' ex Governor's home and a colonial Dutch residence.
• Round trip economy class airfares with Singapore Airlines
• Round trip airport transfers
• All transfers and tours by deluxe air-conditioned mini-coach/train
• Local English speaking tour escort
• Entrance fees wherever applicable as per the full itinerary
• All current applicable taxes
• Basic Porterage at airport & hotels (not tips).
• Farewell dinner 

... and more

Tour Costs Details

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Fees for 2017: $10,990 per person twin share

Please note new taxes may be incurred from 01 July 2017.  This may or may not effect the above price.  These costs will be revisited early July.  It is difficult to ascertain if there will be a change.
(Land only available - please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details). 

(Single Supplement: Upon application)

*Travel insurance is compulsory and the current rate offered is between $130 - $200 (conditions apply).
*A visa will be required: Sri Lankan Visa Online Application

Exclusions:
• Sri Lankan visa fee or passport fee
• Tips (over and above those included in your itinerary)
• Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
• Any other meals/services not mentioned in the program.
• Any increase in Tax structure levied by the Govt. of Sril Lanka.

The costs are are based on minimum 8-12 full paying passengers travelling to Sri Lanka together.
If you would like to extend your stay this may be arranged and will in general not affect the above prices. (A small fee to extend your airline booking may apply).

Assistance and/or advice on inoculations, Indian visa, clothing requirements, yoga attire/mat, dress code and pharmaceutical supplies will be forthcoming.

People/partners who have not practised yoga are warmly welcomed to join us. It is not obligatory to join in the classes.  However, as the yoga method is very gentle, soothing and easy to follow, some may wish to take the opportunity to try yoga and to experience the many benefits that it has to offer.

*This tour is strictly limited to twelve people, so please book early.

A preliminary itinerary, booking form, booking conditions, deposit refund details and tour cost information will be forwarded to you upon registration.

NB:  A deposit of AUD1250 will be required upon registration to secure your place.

Final payment will be due early October 2017.

Clients wishing to extend their stay may do so but at the conclusion of the trip if they are to travel as part of the group.  We can assist with all pre and post tour extensions.

Prices are current as of...09 September 2016

This tour is being operated in conjunction with Connelly & Turner Travel Associates, Australia, and Creative Travel, India.

Please note travel agency commission does apply. Please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details.

Flight Information:
The most direct flights ex Melbourne into and out of Sri Lanka are via Singapore with Singapore Airlines. The in-flight service is excellent. The flight to Singapore ex Melbourne is approximately 7½ hours with a layover of approximately 1 ½ hours and then a connection to Sri Lanka. Flight time to Sri Lanka is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes.

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This tour is being operated in conjunction with Connelly & Turner Travel Associates, Australia, and Creative Travel, India.

Please note travel agency commission does apply. Please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details.