Traditional Farming of Lanka
6 Days / 5 Nights

Apart from its natural wonders and ancient ruines, Sri Lanka also offers an unique village experience. This tour will showcase the traditional farming and the village experience. 

About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.

“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”

Traditional Farming of Lanka - 06 Days/ 05 Nights 

Day1: Arrive Colombo

Upon your arrival in Colombo you will be met and assisted by Total Holiday Options tour co-ordinator in the arrival lounge followed by an assisted transfer to your designated hotel for an overnight stay. (No Meals)


Day 2: Dambulla

After breakfast travel to Dambulla and check in to teh hotelfor three nights. Afternoon enjoy walk through the reservoir and a catermaran ride before reaching a traditional farm. Spend time with farmer and witness ancient methods of farming before visiting the farmers hut to enjoy humble hospitality. (B,D)


Day 03: Hingurakgoda Excursion

Today leave for Hingurakgoda to experience one of the largest farms spread around 1300 acres producing a variety of agriculture and livestock products from seed paddies, rice, fruites, vegetables and poultry, to dairy for local and overseas ,arkets. Afternoon enjoy a cooking demonstration by the localchef followed by lunch. If you wish you can participate in farming activities. (B,L,D) 


Day 04: Sigiriya & Fruit farm

Visit the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortres before arriving at a traditional farm growing varieties of tropical fruits. (B,D) 


Day 05: Matale - Kandy

Travel to Kandy, stopping en route in Matale spice growing region for special insight onto some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. We enjoy a tour of a spice plantation growing cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, cloves, spices. Afternoon enjoy a cultural show at the theatre followed by Temole of the Tooth Reliic. Stay overnight at Kandy.


Day 06: Colombo Departure

After breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to Colombo Airport. (B)

Tour Ends 

Meals included

Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.  

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Add-On (Short Tour packages)

Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way.  Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions.  With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Private Car Tours

Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travelling on leisurely paced by your own privet car and driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour; and when you want to explore town own your own; you are perfectly free to do so. 

Tailor-made Tours

Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to construct your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.

 “The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

Family Holiday

What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.

A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together a dream come true and an experience that will be passed on to generations.

This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.

What Makes Us Different?

Being your Local Travel wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.

Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.

Prices Guarantees

All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.

You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases. 

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

No Hidden Cost

We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

Value for Money

Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts adds incredible value for your dollar.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.

BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

We have a 24/7 Helpline number available in Sri Lanka and New Zealand at all times. We strongly advise you to contact us immediately if there is an issue regarding your tour, in order for us to resolve it as soon as possible so that you can enjoy the tour. Your co operation on this issue would be highly appreciated.

International Flights

The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights.  We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency.  Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.

Medical Information

Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.

Type of Accommodation

As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few. 

Hotel Grading

Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.  

Deluxe: 4 Star hotel, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.

Luxury: 5 star hotel, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.

Note:

The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.

It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.

In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.

Selecting Your Holiday Type

Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;

Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.

Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.

Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Travelling In Sri Lanka

The key to travelling is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence. With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.

We recommend that you carry a roll of toilet paper from your hotel before you start your sightseeing tour or train journey as in emergency stop some of the public toilets may not have sufficient toilet rolls and also to avoid any inconvenience to yourself.

Passport & Visas

India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.

As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fee along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact high commission of India for updated information.

Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.

Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.

Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc

Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.

HOW TO BOOK

You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travellers over the age of 65 and those with pre existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel.  By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here. 

The Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!

Day1: Arrive Colombo

Upon your arrival in Colombo you will be met and assisted by Total Holiday Options tour co-ordinator in the arrival lounge followed by an assisted transfer to your designated hotel for an overnight stay. (No Meals)


Day 02: Wattala – Dambulla – Habarana – Dambulla (Approx. Distance: 148 kms; 4 ½ hrs drive) 

After breakfast travel to Dambulla the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Located in the north central part of the island, Dambulla is a part of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity. Remaining of the evening is free to relax or have a walk.

Afternoon proceed to habarana for the Cheana Village Experience.

Later enjoy Bullock cart ride will take visitors through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savoured fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape  gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a Chena cultivation, where in the shade of a tree house of mud and thatched Palm leaves, the village of Hiriwaduna can be surveyed. On the return journey guests can drop by the house of a native and enjoy aromatic Ginger Tea and Jaggery. Then, a stop at a local Kamatha (Paddy field) for lunch, to be treated to delicious local cuisine served on lotus leaves by a village family.  Overnight stay at hotel. (B,D)


 

Day 03 : Dambulla – Hingurakgoda (69 kms – Approx. 2 hrs drive)

After breakfast leave for Hingurakgoda to see and experience the only SEED to SHELF Agriculture company in Sri Lanka. We spend the whole day in the farm so that we would not miss any activity which is They produce a variety of Agriculture & Livestock products like Seed Paddy, Rice, Fruits, Vegetables, Eggs, Yoghurt, Curd etc. for the local and export market. The total extent of the farm is around 1,300 acres out of which 700 acres are under paddy cultivation which cultivation carryout both Yala and Maha season.

Afternoon indulge yourself in a cooking demonstration with the Chef. The Guest can visit the farm and pluck their own fresh vegetables for them to do the cooking demonstration. Followed by the lunch.

The farm receives irrigation water from the Minneriya reservoir to produce high quality seed paddy. The highland area of the farm is utilized for production of perennial crops, vegetables, Agri Eco tourism and livestock. Visit to Dairy Farm, Plant Nursery, Home Garden, Banana Project fertilizing units will enhance you with immense information.  

Apart from these the clients are able to experience the seasonal activities if they visit the farm according to the following calendar.

Evening return to the hotel for the Dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)


 

Day 04 : Dambulla – Sigiriya – Dambulla

After breakfast visit the 5th century old Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The palace still has remains of four indoor swimming pools where the King’s 500 concubines bathed, a complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning during the hot climate. The mirrors walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world.

Afternoon visit the Farm in Dambulla to witness the fruit plantations.

The Banana/ Papaya is native to South East & South Asia & makes an important contribution to the international fruit industry in South East Asia. There is no other fruit in the world, which surpasses Banana & Plantains either in production tonnage or in trade volume in fresh form (FAO, 1995). From its center of origin in South East Asia, Banana was introduced to all tropical & subtropical regions of the world where it gained importance & popularity.

Evening return to the hotel for the Dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)


Day 05 : Dambulla – Matale – Kandy

Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping en route in Matale spice growing region for special insight to some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. Up on arrival to Kandy explore the town and visit Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Tooth is kept in a two-storey shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks and rests on a gold lotus flower, encased in jewelled casket that sits on a throne. The temple is decorated with beautiful local paintings and architectural features. Visit the Gem museum and in the Evening enjoy upper Lake drive and watch a cultural show before finishing your day. (B,D)


Day 06 : Kandy – Airport 

After breakfast ltour finishes with direct transfer to the colombo airport to board flight for onward destination. (B)

Tour Ends

 STARTS ENDS 

COMFORT
Twin ($US)

 

DELUXE
Twin ($US)

 

LUXURY
Twin ($US)

 STATUS 

2015 - 2016

  2015    2016                A  
 

Make this your Family Tour - Child under 5 years old stays free.
Above featured prices are on low season per person twin share basis.

During festival and New Year surcharge may apply

For Comfort, Deluxe and Luxury accommodation options, up to date pricing and bookings please contact TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or ask your travel agent.        

 
  A = Available   R = Reserved   C = Closed  
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Country Visited: Sri Lanka 

Starts: Colombo

Ends: Colombo

Grade: Easy - Adventure 

What's Included?

05 Nights accommodation at the hotels specified above

Service of an English Speaking chauffer guide

Transportation in an Air-conditioned vehicle

Meals as specified above

Entrance fees to the sights namely

  1. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  2. Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  3. Temple of the Tooth Relic
  4. Sigiriya Rock Cave Temple
  5. Higurakoda Farm Visit
  6. Dambulla Farm Visit

Colombo City and sightseeing tour

Return Airport Transfers

Meet and Greet at the Airport 

What's Excluded?

International Airfares

Any meals other than specified, drinks, laundry, mineral water, telephone calls, postage

Camera and Video entry charges at Monuments/Forts etc

Train or domestic airfares excluding those mentioned in includes column

Optional tour and meals unless otherwise mentioned in the includes column

Visa & passport fees

Travel insurance of any kind

Tips and gratuities

Extra baggage charges

Early check in or late checkout.

Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application

Fact File

Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver

Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements

Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions

Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours

Currency: Sri lanka Rupee (LKR)

Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin)

Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours

Ask for pre and post accommodation