8 Days
Duration
Sri Lanka
Destination

Sri Lanka is a highly recommended destination as it offers a high level of competition as well as a culturally rich experience. Flight times can be minimised using a direct routing on Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow. Sri Lanka’s position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant all year round.

Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, a reflection of the island’s encounter with successive foreign immigrants. The cultivation of many types of rice, spices, vegetables and fruit, coupled with past foreign influences, ensures that Sri-Lanka enjoys a varied and select cuisine. As a staple, rice is consumed with an assortment of colourful curries (eggplant, potato, green banana, chicken and fish) that range in potency from delicately-spiced to near-dynamite.

BEST TIME TO TOUR:

We recommend that the best time to visit the West, South coasts and Hill Country are December – March. The best weather on the East coast is from April – September. School holidays in Sri Lanka are April, August and December. The Monsoon period is between May and September in the South West; and between October and January in the North East.

STANDARD OF FIXTURES:

With regard to netball, you can expect a competition rating of 2 out of 5.

INCLUDED:

  • 7 Nights / 8 Days
  •  Departure: London to Colombo (Direct) Return: Colombo to London (Direct)
  • Coach transfers with a driver to follow the itinerary as shown
  • 3 x Nights in Ramada Colombo, Colombo*
    – 2 x Nights in Grand Kandyan, Kandy*
    – 2 x Nights in Citrus Waskaduwa, Wadduwa** or similar. Prices are based on students sharing standard triple & twin rooms and staff staying in standard twin room and standard single room. All accommodation is subject to availability. Please note we are not holding any accommodation or services until the booking has been confirmed.
  • Breakfast 7 Lunch 0
    Dinner 7 Post-match refreshments 3
  • 3 x Netball matches incl. ground & official’s charges at local school / club grounds
    1 x training sessions including ground charges
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
    – Kandy Temple
    – Cultural Show – Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
    – Balapitiya River Safari on Madhu River
  • Services of an English speaking National Guide throughout the tour
    – Bottled water at matches and training session
    – 2 x 500 ml water bottles per person per day
    – Garlands on arrival
    – Special ‘Welcome’ banner with school logo at the airport
    – A souvenir medal with school logo for all players
  • Full liaison between the group and TEAM Sports for the duration of the tour. (Services of a TEAM Sports representative to stay with the group throughout)

EXCLUDED:

  • Airport taxes. Travel Insurance. Passports and visas if applicable. Please note that A visa is required to enter Sri Lanka and can be applied for electronically: www.eta.gov.lk.  The fee is currently US$20pp (as at 02.10.17)
  • Admission fees into sights of interest not included in the tour cost/ itinerary. Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities, telephone calls, beverages, all meals not mentioned under inclusions and anything else of a person nature. Any other services not mentioned.

AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS:

  • Colombo – Colombo has emerged as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures. The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often-shady boulevards. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and shops.
  • Kandy – Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second city and the capital of the ‘hill country’. Steeped in ancient history and legend, it sits majestically at the foothills of the mountains. The town is diverse, and known for the Temple of the
  • Galle – Galle is the capital of the south and one of Sri Lanka’s most cosmopolitan places. With a spectacular setting on the south-western tip of the island, Galle is surrounded by palm-fringed beaches like those in Hikkaduwa and forest-clad hills. The city has had a chequered and varied history; a range of influences and cultures having crossed paths over the centuries. Famous for its 17th-century Dutch fort, the old part of the city is home to some of the island’s best craft shops, restaurants and bars, and some of its best accommodation.
D

Departure Day

Depart London Heathrow at 20:40hrs for flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka on SriLankan Airlines – Direct

Please note arrival date into Colombo will depend on flight departure time from UK based on 2018 schedules

1

Day 1

On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport at approximately 12:35hrs.  Clear immigrations, customs, collect your luggage and head to arrivals where you will be met by a Team Sports Travel representative

Transfer to your accommodation in Colombo to check in for the next 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis

Lunch at leisure (at own cost)

Time at leisure to explore your surroundings, enjoy a swim in the hotel’s pool

Team dinner at hotel

Rest of the evening at leisure

2

Day 2

Breakfast at leisure at hotel

Transfer to local school / club ground for 1st training session

Self-led training 1 (1.5 hours)

Lunch at leisure (at own cost)

Late afternoon city tour of Colombo

Colombo is the trade capital of Sri Lanka, and is a city that has undergone rapid change.  The 100-year-old clock tower (built by the British) and some colonial buildings remain as examples of the past. The Independence Square, Nelum Pokuna, Pettah Bazaar and BMICH are some of the main highlights of the city

Upon completion of city tour return back to hotel

Team dinner at hotel

3

Day 3

Breakfast at leisure at hotel

Morning to relax around the pool, free time for teacher led activities

Lunch at leisure (at own cost)

Transfer by coach to your 1st set of fixtures

Fixture 1 v local school/club

Return to hotel

Dinner at the hotel

4

Day 4

Breakfast at leisure at hotel

After breakfast check out of your hotel then depart Colombo for the 130km (approx. 3h30min) drive to Kandy

En-route, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The Orphanage provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters.  The orphanage was established in 1975 and started with 7 orphaned elephants. Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding programme and the first baby elephant was born in 1984.

Stop for lunch (at own cost)

Continue by coach to Kandy, one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka

The city lies amid hills in the Kandy plateau which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea.  Kandy combines the sophistication of a modern city with the timeless appeal of ancient temples.

Arrive and check in at your accommodation in Kandy

Early dinner at hotel

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was built within the Royal Palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth. 

Time at leisure to wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy savouring the atmosphere of this wonderful city

Return to hotel

5

Day 5

Breakfast at leisure at hotel

Morning to relax around the pool, free time for teacher led activities

Lunch at leisure (at own cost)

Transfer by coach to your 2nd set of fixtures

Fixture 2 v local school/club

Return to hotel

Dinner at the hotel

6

Day 6

Breakfast at leisure at hotel

After breakfast check out then depart Kandy by coach for the 149 km (approx. 4h 30min) drive to Citrus Waskaduwa, Wadduwa

A lunch stop will be arranged (at own cost)

Arrive in Wadduwa, one of the most beautiful towns in Sri Lanka

One for the postcard-writing traveller, who will revel in the quiet splendour of this fishing town on the southwest

coast of Sri Lanka. With its curvy golden beaches, crystal-clear ocean, and masses of palm trees, you’ll feel

you’ve stepped into paradise. Strolling and suntanning aside, enjoy water and beach sports, like windsurfing and

volleyball, or meet the fisherman as their boats come in with the day’s catch.

Check into the 4* Citrus Waskaduwa for 2 night stay

Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities

Dinner at the hotel

7

Day 7

Breakfast at leisure at hotel

After breakfast enjoy a River Safari on the Madu River

Madu Ganga is situated in Balapitiya, along the country’s southern coast, within the Galle District.

Lunch at leisure (at own cost)

Continue your day with a visit to a Turtle Hatchery

Here you will find lots of information about Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project in Kosgoda and find out why the conservation project is needed and how the project is operated by local people with the help of international volunteers

Transfer by coach to your 3rd set of fixtures

Fixture 3 v local school/club

Return to the hotel for time at leisure

Dinner at the hotel

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Day 8

Breakfast at leisure hotel

Transfer to Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport 3 hours before departure. Arrive London Heathrow Airport

NB: Please note that the flight timings shown are based on 2018 schedules for SriLankan Airlines direct service to Colombo.  These are subject to change

End of tour arrangements

You will be sent a copy of our ‘Safety Management System’ (SMS) with any proposal / quote that we send to you.  This will provide you with all the information you require to understand how we prepare for and plan your tour, to ensure health and safety at the forefront of our planning and a systematic approach is followed. If you would like a copy of this document in advance of this, please call our team on + 44 207 402 3708.

It is our responsibility to ensure that you are up to date with the health and safety advice for any destination that we feature on our website.  We feel the best way to do this to ensure that all information is the most up to date, is to provide you with the following web links:

Health, Safety & Entry Requirements: FCO Sri Lanka

Health Advice: Travel Health Sri Lanka

Fit for Travel Sri Lanka

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