Perahera, The Festival of Tooth

9th August, 2019 - 19th August, 2019
  • Colombo / Galle / Kandapola / Kandy / Sigiriya / Negombo / Colombo

  • 10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Lakshman Senerath Doolwela, fondly known as Lucky in the tourism fraternity, counts over 44 years of experience in travels across Sri Lanka. Lucky hails from Doolwela a village named after his great, great grandfather who was the personal physician to the last King of Sri Lanka and ruler of the Kandyan Kingdom. 

An expert in Kandyan culinary skills, acquired from his beloved “athamma” (grandmother), Lucky can talk for hours on how dishes are prepared and preserved. His knowledge and passion for history and wildlife are what keep him ticking. An avid reader and a great conversationalist, he has accompanied prominent groups such as the Royal College of Surgeons and the National Geographical leopard trails team, through Sri Lanka.

 

Lakshman Senerath Doolwela

Expert in Sri Lankan Religion & Culture

From endless golden beaches to lush jungle safaris, and warm people, Sri Lanka is a little island with a big heart! Walk into its charming towns; celebrate its colourful culture; glimpse a fascinating history that combines Hindu and Buddhist influences; or simply lie back and bathe in the tropical sun. A wonderful mix of modern towns and rural villages, Sri Lanka has many different aesthetics and experiences to offer – from top-notch hotels to boutique villas and intimate homestays. This journey offers the chance to witness the diverse landscapes of Sri Lanka – from beaches to mountains; from paddy fields to city life. Witness one of the biggest Buddhist festivals in the world; visit ancient sights and cave temples with incredible tales to tell; and taste the irresistible flavours of the famous Ceylon tea and coastal curries.

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Lakshman Senerath Doolwela, a history, culture and wildlife expert
  • Explore the heritage of the magnificent fort city of Galle
  • Learn traditional Dutch-style lacemaking
  • Witness the celebrations of Perahera “the tooth festival”
  • Interact with drum makers and artists of Perahera festival
  • Experience rural life and lunch at Sigiriya
  • Group photograph during Parahera celebrations
  • Surprise gift during the journey

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    9th August 2019 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2
    10th August 2019 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    11th August 2019 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    12th August 2019 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    13th August 2019 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    15th August 2019 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    16th August 2019 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    17th August 2019 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    18th August 2019 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    19th August 2019 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 1
    9th August 2019 (Friday)

    Arrive in Colombo ( By Flight )

    Welcome to Sri Lanka! As you drive into the coastal city of Colombo, you are treated to a burst of activity across town squares and bustling street markets, followed by quiet neighbourhoods with colonial bungalows, posh boutiques and shady boulevards. Spend the evening interacting with your journey expert.

  • Day 2
    10th August 2019 (Saturday)

    Colombo / Galle (By surface)

    In the morning, enjoy a quick tour of Colombo. And then drive down to the South Coast’s most popular city – Galle, approximately 2.5 hours away. Walk around town with an experienced architect, with Dutch ancestry, offering unparalleled insights into the heritage of the area. Later, witness the delicate craft of lacemaking in an encounter with beeralu lace-makers.

  • Day 3
    11th August 2019 (Sunday)

    Galle / Kandapola (By surface)

    Drive to the charming hill town of Kandapola, an approximately 6.5-hour drive. Enjoy lunch at a resort and take the rest of the day to relax.

  • Day 4
    12th August 2019 (Monday)

    In Kandapola

    Visit a tea factory to hear interesting anecdotes about the history of this household drink, and learn about its delicate and varied growing and brewing processes. Later, enjoy a leisurely walk or an adventure trek to experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora and abundant birdlife of the area

  • Day 5
    13th August 2019 (Tuesday)

    Kandapola / Nanu Oya ( By Surface ) and Nanu Oya / Kandy ( By Train 0920 / 1240 hrs.)

    Ride through picturesque countryside from Nanu Oya to Kandy in the early morning train. Witness backstage preparations of the colourful “Perahera” festival – one of the grandest Buddhist celebrations in Sri Lanka.

    *Note: For groups of over 10 people, we can arrange for a private carriage with an astrologer, masseurs for soothing foot/ head massages and tropical fresh fruits. For less than 10 people, seats are arranged in the normal carriage, subject to availability at the time of booking.

  • Day 7
    15th August 2019 (Thursday)

    In Kandy

    Visit the Embekka Devalaya – dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Mahasen. Known for its intricate wood carvings, the temple offers some of the best examples of Sinhalese art. Take the evening to rejuvenate.

  • Day 8
    16th August 2019 (Friday)

    Kandy / Sigiriya (By Surface )

    Start your day early as we head out of Kandy towards the historic site of Sigiriya. Visit a spice garden on route to learn about various spices and their uses. Next, visit Dambulla – a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. 

  • Day 9
    17th August 2019 (Saturday)

    In Sigiriya

    Drive through thick jungles into the ancient streets of Polonnaruwa; ride a bullock-cart to experience life in the village and visit a traditional handloom village. 

  • Day 10
    18th August 2019 (Sunday)

    Sigiriya / Negombo (By Surface)

    Drive down to Negombo, an approximately 4-hour drive. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach.

  • Day 11
    19th August 2019 (Monday)

    Negombo / Colombo & Depart Colombo (By Flight)

    Transfer to Colombo Airport to board the flight towards onward destination.

  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

    • Delhi
    • Vivanta by Taj Ambassador
    • Heritage Hotel
    • Agra
    • Grand Imperial
    • Heritage Hotel
    • Khajuraho
    • Radisson Jass
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Varanasi
    • Rivatas by Ideal
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Allahabad
    • Deluxe tent
    • Tented Accommodation
    • Lucknow
    • Hyatt Regency
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Delhi
    • Pullman Aerocity
    • Boutique Hotel
  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 4050 4595 5670 7390
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 1190 1355 1670 2175
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 215 245 310 390
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Journey led by an expert resource

    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 13 nights & 14 days

    Lunch and dinner as per the program

    Drinks with the welcome dinner on first night

    All transfers, journeys & excursions by appropriate air-conditioned vehicles based on the number of guests

    All entrance fees at the places of interest based on the program

    Assistance on all arrival, departure & during the journey

    Experience different religions in India

    Soak to one of the biggest religion gathering in the world during Kumbh mela, also a photographer's delight

    Mohabbat-e-Taj show in Agra

    Dinner with a royal family in Lucknow

    Experience a train journey ( air conditioned ) from Agra to Jhansi

    Porterage at airport, railway station & hotels

    All currently applicable taxes

  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.

    Meals not included and mentioned in the program

    Personal fees for cameras at the places of visit, depends on size of camera and equipment

    Any International airfare or domestic airfare (which is quoted separately). All flight schedules and airfare are subject to change till the time of final booking

    Any Visa fee (all nationalities require an entry visa prior to arrival in India)

  • SPECIAL NOTES

    Please send all bookings and information related emails to our Special Projects team at crafted@creative.travel

    Copies of passports for all guests will be required at the time of booking

    Check in times at the hotels are 1400 Hrs. / Check out times at the hotels are 1200 noon

    Free baggage allowance on domestic flights, as prevails currently (subject to change):Economy Class passengers: 20 kilos per person in check-in bag and 7 kilos in cabin bag.Excess baggage allowance can be purchased online in advance or at the airport while checking in

    Due to any unforeseen circumstances, if any airline opts to cancel / withdraw their flight operation(s) on particular sector(s) their liability is limited to the 100% refund of the airfare charged for the particular sector(s) and do not stand responsible for re-routing or re-booking seats on any other airline. In such events / situations, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd. will try best to work out most suitable alternative option to make our guests travel and all applicable supplement(s), if any, to be borne by the guests / passengers

    The driving times mentioned in the proposal are approximate and as per normal traffic & road conditions

    The maximum group size will be 24 guests to ensure a delightful experience

    Journey prices are based on current taxes, in case of any change, the same will be levied additionally

  • BOOKING, CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT FEE

    BOOKING 

    1.25 % of Journey cost to be paid at the time of booking

    2.Remaining payment to be paid 70 days prior to Journey

    3.If booking is made within 70 days of the journey, full payment is required to confirm the Journey

    4.Payment can be made by bank transfer or through Creative's online payment gateway

    CANCELLATION 

    1.Upto 70 days prior to Journey - 10% cancellation fee shall be applicable.

    2.Between 69 - 50 days prior to Journey - 25% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    3.Between 49 - 31 days prior to Journey - 50% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    4.Less than 30 days prior to Journey - 100% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    NAME CHANGE 

    1.Accommodation: Free of cost upto 72 hours before arrival

    2.Flights: A fee of US$ 55 per person, per sector shall be applicable along with any change in the ticket fare.

    3. Trains: A fee of US$ 5 per person, per sector shall be applicable.

  • CANCELLATIONS AND MATERIAL ALTERATION BY CREATIVE TRAVEL

    The journeys are planned well in advance. We reserve the right to modify itineraries, substitute accommodations, including flights and trains, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control such as

    'force majeure' events - flood, fire, act of God, war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, strikes, airport closure, technical problems with transport, alteration or cancellation of scheduled travel services. Most of the changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date but occasionally there could be a major change closer to the departure date.

    We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of guests required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it.

    In both conditions of change / cancellation, you will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund deducting the taxes except where the major change/cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. In case of force majeure, we will refund you for all unutilised services after deducting taxes.

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Your Journey

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Highlights

  • Led by Lakshman Senerath Doolwela, a history, culture and wildlife expert
  • Explore the heritage of the magnificent fort city of Galle
  • Learn traditional Dutch-style lacemaking
  • Witness the celebrations of Perahera “the tooth festival”
  • Interact with drum makers and artists of Perahera festival
  • Experience rural life and lunch at Sigiriya
  • Group photograph during Parahera celebrations
  • Surprise gift during the journey

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