Sri Lanka Tour


Come join the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens on this excellent 17 day tour of Sri Lanka.  This is not a tour that you can book through a magazine or travel brochure.  It has been custom designed by our travel experienced Board Members.  

 A brief description of the tour is described for you.  For those of you who are interested, a more detailed itinerary and what the price includes can be sent to you upon request. 

 A summary of the itinerary follows:

DAY 1: arrive Colombo International Airport; transfer to the Galle Face Hotel on the shore; rest time!

DAY 2: a day in Colombo (air conditioned bus throughout tour); visit special gardens and the Mary Foster Ayurvedic Medicine Center endowed by Mary Foster who also gave Foster Garden to the people of Honolulu; Galle Face Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 3: to Kandy; we will tour the world famous Perideniya Botanical Garden and have lunch; afternoon is free; many attractions to see on your own; short walks; Hotel Suisse (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 4 -5: to Anuradhapura the ancient capital of Sri Lanka 377 b.c.-993 a.d.; this is possibly the high point of the Cultural Triangle; visit the Sacred Bo Tree; the ‘parent’ of the one in Foster Garden; major Buddhist attraction. 

Tissawewa Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 6-7: to Polonnaruwa ancient capital of Sri Lanka following the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993; rich variety of well-preserved structures.  Deer Park Hotel (Breakfast)

DAY 8: Habarana: visit the Citadel of Sigiriya a 3rd Century B.C. Buddhist monk retreat rising almost 600 feet vertically; later briefly the Sri Lanakan Capital; to nearby Popham Arboretum containing a wealth of endemic tree and shrub species.  Overnight at the Cinnamon Lodge (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 9: to Dambulla to visit the incredible five temples built into natural caves with 52 feet ceilings; highly venerated.  Heavily visited by Buddhists, impressive.  Hotel Suisse in Kandy (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 10: we complete our tour of the Perideniya Botanical Gardens and again lunch there.  Balance of the afternoon is free in Kandy.  Walk. Rest.  Hotel Suisse has a fine swimming pool (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 11:  we will have our bus and driver.  the group will plan its own day!  There are beautiful temples in the area and the interesting Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is popular.  Hotel Suisse (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAYS 12-14:  to Nuwara eliya; in the mountains at 4,700 feet, this is warm jacket country.  We will be in the highlands for three days.  Tea plantations, waterfalls, Hakgala Gardens, Horton Plains at 6,000 feet.  Cold.  St. Andrews Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch) Very British, fireplaces, tea.

DAY 15:  return to Colombo either by bus or if available, by train to Kandy, bus to Colombo.  Galle Face Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 16: Colombo. Ewe will keep our bus and driver for the day to visit places of special interest.  In the evening, enjoy an ‘Aloha Dinner’ (included in tour package) at the excellent Gallery Café,

DAY 17: transfer to Airport for flights homeward bound.


Any international airfare; Any passport fees; Excess baggage fees; items of a personal nature; Telecommunications fees; Laundry services; Gratuities for guides, drivers, and porters; Meals and services not specified.

 Total Land price, per person based on double occupancy:         $3,835

 Total Land price, per person based on single occupancy:           $5,115

Deposit amount at the time of booking to hold space:     $500

For a full description, questions and reservations, please contact Tatiana Johnston, our international broker at or call 1-800-244-3483.  You may also contact our local representative Mary Lou Lewis at HNL Travel Associates at or call 808-440-9670.

In addition, a donation of $250.00 per participant should be sent to:

Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens
180 North Vineyard Boulevard
Honolulu HI 96817








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