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EXPERIENCE SRI LANKA


WELCOME TO PARAGON HOLIDAYS Dear Partners and Travellers: Paragon’s Sri Lanka brochure: in a way, a celebration. Optimism abounds, as the end of a bloody terrorist conflict encourages hopes that this beautiful tropical island, so beloved by travellers for centuries, can anticipate a peaceful future. Tourists’ numbers are booming again. Trust Paragon to be your guide. We live Sri Lanka, whilst others can merely scratch the surface. We are consistently updating our opinions via the inside track, and our talented sales team will tailor your holiday to your exact specifications at what are simply highly competitive prices. In depth information can be found on our website at www.paragonholidays.com. But this brochure will give you a taste of what Sri Lanka can offer. This beautiful tropical island has something for everyone: palm-fringed golden beaches, cool hill stations, tea We take you plantations, lush rainforest, wildlife, ancient cities, Buddhist and Hindu temples and colorful festivals. There are further… some beautiful places to stay, the cooking is good and spicy, the cost of living is relatively low, and the Sri Lankan people are friendly and generous. Its compact size allows you to appreciate the diversified attractions in just a couple of weeks. And although it's an established tourist destination, Sri Lanka remains largely unspoiled… We invite you to taste a refreshed look at Sri Lanka. You may be surprised by what awaits you…

Vinod Gordon Managing Director

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Sabrina Espeleta Director | Operations


OUR STORY Since Paragon Holidays was born in early 1999 over a couple of meetings in Kandy with a tour guide, the Internet has driven a travel revolution. On top of this - after a boom start with different travel agents in The Netherlands Paragon Holidays has been part of that revolution, proud to be the fastestgrowing expert for Sri Lanka holidays. But we passionately believe in an eternal value too: a caring personal service, which enables us to tailor a holiday to your exact needs. Now Sri Lanka has emerged unbowed from the horrors of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and a long terrorist conflict. The generosity of spirit that persuades travellers to return time and again remains as strong as ever. And now the choice is wider than ever, with traditional beach or colonial-style hotels vying with plush villas and boutique hotels, great eco retreats and quirky Easy on the pocket stays.

OUR ETHOS Many put a few Sri Lanka hotels in a brochure, or design an attractive website and proclaim themselves as experts. Anyone, too, can give independently minded travellers advice on consumer websites on how to go it alone. But we really are Sri Lanka experts. We do not visit Sri Lanka occasionally, whizzing around the island to check out a few new hotels. We do not bluff when we lack real knowledge or relationships. We live and breathe Sri Lanka. Our brilliant staff knows the island intimately and works eagerly to stay ahead of the latest trends. In the bad old days, holiday companies offered the same tired tours and a few hotels. Paragon Holidays’ choice is much wider, determinedly eclectic and constantly developing. What you see in this brochure represents just some of the highlights. But there is much more to this.

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TAILOR MADE Paragon Holidays provides expert advice, total flexibility and support when you need it, and the keenest prices. You may need a last-minute booking or a full, guided Sri Lanka tour. You may be seeking out Sri Lanka special offers. Whatever your needs, we offer efficient and caring service. With many properties, Paragon is one of the fastest-growing Sri Lanka holiday company. And, by the way, we have some impressive Holidays to the Maldives too. So take advantage of our very personalized services not only to plan a trip of your lifetime but also to book.

ONE WEEK BREAKS A one-week itinerary, which involves the Cultural Triangle, Kandy, the highlands, a game park and a quick dip in the Indian Ocean, could leave you travel-worn. If that is the holiday you need then expert advice and smooth ground-handling is vital. We advise you to decide which part of the island holds most appeal. Possible one-week itineraries can include 3 nights of Cultural Triangle, 2 nights in Kandy, 2 nights for Negombo or Wadduwa. Another popular option is 3 nights in the Hill Country and then 4 nights on the south or west coast or 2 nights Kandy, 2 nights Cultural Triangle, 2 nights in East coast like Nilaveli or North West coast like Kalpitiya and one night in Negombo to end your holiday!

ROUTE PLANNING Planning your trip can be one of the most enjoyable parts of your holiday – and there is every chance to indulge yourself on Paragon’s comprehensive Travel planning. We guarantee that our advice is fiercely independent and up-to-date too, as we constantly strive to keep abreast of all the latest developments. Many people prefer to gather information before they contact us. Some have definite proposals. Others happily leave everything to us. However, if you prefer to plan your holiday, we offer a free tailor-made service of unrivalled flexibility.

TWO WEEKS IN THE ISLAND The majority of our Island Tour itineraries are set over two weeks, and strive to give you an instant insight into the many alternatives available. Identify your priorities: often a successful holiday is as much about what you leave out as what you put in. A typical two-week holiday includes an 8-day clockwise tour, starting from Negombo visiting Cultural Triangle, Kandy, the Tea Country and then finishing with a few days on the beach. Into this itinerary you can also insert one or two days at Yala, Bundala, Sinharaja or Uda Walawe National Parks. Another option would be starting the tour Anticlockwise from Kitulgala, Kandy, Tea country, Cultural triangle and then touch the east coast beaches such as Arugambay, Nilaveli (Trincomalee) and end your holiday in Kalpitiya or Negombo. To this option, you can also add National parks as Minneriya, Kaudulla, Wilpattu, Anawilundawa (Bird Watching) or Whale watching and Dolphin spotting.

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GETTING HERE Sri Lankan Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways offer one-stop flights from the UK via the Gulf to Colombo. Those travelling from the USA, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Far East can catch a connecting flight to Colombo from many of the main cities in Europe, the Middle East or South East Asia. For those who come from South America, quick connections from Qatar Airways and in the nearly future from Emirates take easily to the Island.

VISAS The majority of passport holders, including United States, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and India, an holiday in Sri Lanka and Maldives as tourists for up to 30 days. For further information, contact the Sri Lankan High Commission in your country. For those coming from South America, st Paragon Holidays provides visa application services through the Immigration Office in Colombo. From 1 January 2012, a compulsory tourist visa is applicable. For more information, visit the website: www.eta.gov.lk

GETTING AROUND Barter for a 3-wheeler at around Rs.40-45 per km or take set price taxis for longer journeys. Soak in the spectacular scenery of a train journey. Buses are also cheap and regular. Roads seem chaotic - chauffeur-driven cars run at similar cost to independent car hire, and are probably safer. Bicycle hire is only really suitable for the quieter roads.

WHEN TO GO Sri Lanka’s tropical climate generally offers warmth and sunshine throughout the year. Figures vary widely from region to region – as the rainfall map shows. The southwest monsoon (Yala) brings most rain during May/June. The Northeast monsoon (Maha) brings rain between December and February. There are also inter-monsoon rains, usually in October/early November.

Month Sun (hrs) Temp-max (Recent avge)-min Rainfall-mm Month Sun (hrs) Temp-max (Recent avge)-min Rainfall-mm 5

Rain Chart – Colombo & West Coast Feb March April May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 9 9 9 8 6 5 7 7 7 7 7 8 23 23 24 25 27 26 26 26 26 25 24 23 31 31 32 33 32 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 85 70 145 230 370 225 130 105 160 345 300 400 Rain Chart - Nuwara Eliya and the Highlands Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 7 8 9 12 13 13 12 12 11 11 9 19 21 22 22 22 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 165 45 105 115 170 270 290 190 220 260 235 190

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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM 6

Responsible Tourism can apply to any type of holiday, from a luxury beach villa to a volunteering project. Responsible tourism means holidays that care about local communities & culture as well as wildlife conservation & the environment. Paragon Holidays believes in social, cultural and environmental sustainability, as well as in supporting the development of local communities, which we find the local community will benefit directly from tourism, if promoted and offered in the right way.

Why Sustainable and Responsible Tourism? • It minimizes the negative impact on environment and local culture. • It ensures that economic and social benefits of tourism industry will reach local community. • It empowers local communities and improves their capacities. • It promotes local products and food. • Ensures meaningful and unique experience to tourists, who are able to live and share a different experience with the local communities.


THESE ARE SOME OF THE POLICIES WE FOLLOW, IN ORDER TO BE A MORE SUSTAINABLE TOUR OPERATOR: • Whenever is possible, we try to encourage small groups of tourists (up to 8 persons usually) that have a smaller impact on the environment and on the communities • We work on awareness with our drivers to reduce the emissions of the vehicles and – whenever is possible – promote the usage of hybrid vehicles. • Most of our tours are focused on the discovering of a new culture and interaction with the local people, their villages, their culture and food. We promote unique village experiences off the beaten track, to make you enjoy your holidays as a real local. • Most of the accommodation option chosen have not many rooms and are built with sustainable architectural criteria. For our Eco, Wildlife and Rural tours we offer a wide range of Ecolodges. Also, our luxury experiences are more focused on small boutique hotels run by locals than big hotel chains of mainstream tourism.

OUR COMMITTMENT

From every tour we sell, we donate a percentage of our profits to a local project run by Sri Lankan and international Non profit organizations, committed in the following areas: environmental conservation, community development and organic agriculture in the Districts where we promote our tours (mainly Central, Southern, Western and Eastern Provinces). Between 2004 and 2006 Paragon Holidays supported actively in the reconstruction and relief programs after the 2004 Tsunami to the affected villages in the Eastern and Southern Provinces. We believe now that it is time to help the support of long lasting development in the country through their active participation in our tour programs and the donation to project that have a more long term vision and impact. For this, we are strictly in collaboration with local organizations based in different areas that promote the environmental conservation awareness and organic agriculture. If you wish to visit one of these projects please do let us know in advance and we will be more than happy to show them to you.

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THE PROJECTS We promote - together with other local partners, international and local non-profit organizations - unique community and village experiences. Some of these itineraries are different and will show you the real lifestyle of rural people, their homes and habits. You will be able to share moments with them and, if you wish, learn to cook traditional food in their kitchen. Once you are there, you might be concerned about the living conditions of some families.

Please AVOID giving money or other materials (such as pens etc. to the children) to the families or individuals, as it is not a sustainable practice (charity vs. development) and it is not good for their self-esteem. We work closely with local and international non-profit organizations and farmers societies (ICEI/Overseas Sri Lanka and EcoWave in Arugam Bay)– of which these families are official members – that know how to manage donations through the community development strategy and benefit the whole local community. Some of these donations can benefit the following activities: • Support to organic agriculture and tools, to help the families to be more independent and not be exposed to chemical and dangerous fertilizers and pesticides that are very harmful for their health. • Provide a microcredit common fund for loans within the community, to improve their houses or to buy agricultural tools, land or to invest on their children education. Instead of donating, you can also BUY some of their products directly from them and take them as a souvenir, such as: • Organic and traditional Rice from the Kandy hills and the Eastern Province • Chemical free local Spices from the Kandy and Matale hills • Handicrafts prepared by women By purchasing these products, you will support the families and help to increase their income. Remember that Sri Lanka has one of the highest literacy rates in the world and – differently from other countries of the Asian region - education is a right of every child, guaranteed by the Sri Lankan State. However, funds for specific educational programs are most welcomed, but must be coordinated with institutions dedicated to that. Travelling with Paragon Holidays will ensure you a unique experience: you will know that part of your costs will help to improve the standard of life in the rural areas of this beautiful island. 8


SRI LANKA,

DESTINATIONS

a teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean, just under the Southern tip of India, and lying North of the equator. The chronicled history of Sri Lanka dates back to over 2.500 years. It had established trade and cultural links with many civilizations. Throughout the history, it has been known by different names. To to the Greeks it was Taprobane, to the Arabs it was Serendib, to the Portuguese it was Ceilão, to the Dutch it was Zeulan and to the Birtish Ceylon. Sri Lanka was the ancient and original name, meaning “The Resplendent Island”. What may strike you most about Sri Lanka is its amazing diversity of scenery. It is possible to pass brilliant green paddy fields, sun-bronzed beaches, ruined cities, small lively villages, near desert regions, sanctuaries for wildlife in tropical jungles, and hill country tea plantations literally within hourse of each other. The people of Sri Lanka are of diverse races and faiths. The majority are Sinhalese who are Buddhists, while among the minorities the Tamils, mainly Hindus are the largest, followed by the Moors who follow Islam, and a sharply declining number of Burghers, descended from the Portuguese and Dutch who are Christians. There is also a considerable population of Christians among the Sinhalese and Tamils. Although well on the road to modernization, the country and its people still cherish most of their traditional values and take pride in their rich culture. An aspect that continues to attract visitors from abroad, as much as the beauty and diversity of scenery and the warmth and friendship of the people.

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KANDY

The hill-country capital of Kandy lies on a plain amidst towering hills and looped by Sri Lanka's largest river: the Mahaweli. The town’s pleasant temperate climate, its scenic location and its rich history has made it a favourite haunt for travellers. It is also the natural gateway to the stirring peaks of Sri Lanka’s hill country. Now a tiny but bustling city, Kandy still regards itself as the bastion of Buddhist philosophy. During the month of August, Kandy dazzles with the sounds and lights of the Kandy Perehara – a magnificent procession where a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy.

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DON’T MISS: • A pooja at the Temple of the Tooth in honour of Lord Buddha • The Kandy Perahera, one of the finest cultural festivals in Asia (July/August) • Roses and orchids in Peradeniya’s Botanical Gardens • Trekking in the magnificent Knuckles mountain range • Playing a round of Golf in Victoria Golf Course • Taking a Walk in Hantana Mountains and Tea museum • The Elegant Kandyan Dancers (known also as the cultural show)


HILL COUNTRY

Few, if any, small islands have as much geographical diversity and Sri Lanka’s teagrowing hills offer breathtaking landscapes. Drive into the highlands from Kandy and discover Sri Lanka at its most dramatic: a land of gurgling mountain streams and steep hillsides cloaked in luminous green tea, sweet-scented Cyprus and Eucalyptus trees. Nuwara Eliya, nestled at the foot of a mountain, was made into a summer retreat by the British in the early 1800s and much of its colonial character still remains. Dickoya, Bandarawela, Haputale and Ella are all quaint hill country towns and villages where life is peaceful and unhurried. Those who have travelled this uphill journey by train will confirm that it is one of the most enchanting train journeys in the world.

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Walk through lush green tea plantations, mountainous landscapes and rural villages Take a train journey to the southern highlands Spectacular vistas – viewed all the way from Haputale to the south coast on a clear day Night-time climb up the sacred Adam’s Peak


EAST COAST

Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the Maldives, with never-ending white sandy beaches, coral islands and shimmering blue seas, the east coast is distinctly different from the coastal areas of the rest of the island. In a long season that extends from March to October, bask in the sun on the secluded beaches of Trincomalee or snorkel around the reefs of Pigeon Island. Arugam Bay, famously known as one of 10 best surf spots in the world, is best from July/August when the swells are high and the wave breaks are thrilling. But it is not all about sun and surf - explore ancient ruins and rock sculptures dating back centuries, as well as untouched wilderness, where elephants roam free.

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Breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Trincomalee harbor from Swami Rock. Dive and snorkel in Pigeon Island. Eating spicy Roti and fresh seafood at Arugambay’s Beach Hut Restaurant, Ranga’s. Jungle trek to the 2nd century ruins of Kudubingala and Monastery. Touring the Mangroves of Potuwil lagoon with the fishermen. Bird watching at Kumana National Park. Surfing At Potuwil point, Whiskey Point or Crocodile point in Arugam Bay. Ancient Buddhist rock sculptures of Buduruwagala and Maligavila A safari at Lahugala National Park.


SOUTH EAST COAST

To the north of the region, the Buttala Foothills are dominated by the green foothills of the central highlands and to the south the land is filled with scrub jungle, paddy fields and sugar cane plantations. Further south, the Yala National Park is home to the greatest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife, including the sloth bear, herds of elephants, buffalo, sambar, crocodiles and the endangered leopard subspecies, Panthera Pardus Kotiya, which is only found in Sri Lanka. Experience the historic towns of Tissa and Kataragama – dominated by lotus-filled lakes, lush green paddy fields and giant dome-like Dagobas temples dating back to the second century BC, as well asjungle shrines to all the major religions on the island.

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Tissa’s ancient Dagobas set amidst lush paddy fields Pooja time at the Hindu shrines at Kataragama The Elephant Orphanage at Udawalawe The magnificent Yala leopard or bird watching at Bundala or Kalametiya National Parks.


CULTURAL TRIANGLE

The dry, flat area northeast of the Hill Country, bounded by Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, is known as the Cultural Triangle. The region covers Sri Lanka’s most famous cultural and archaeological sites - some dating back 2,500 years and containing the remains of the Sinhalese civilisation, which grew through the centuries under the influence of Buddhism. At the heart of this triangle is Dambulla, perhaps the best base for exploring the sites. To the south, Kandy is also a possible starting point for exploring this region, with lots of places to stay.

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The extensive ruins of the former capitals, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa The climb up the giant rock fortress of Sigirya Dambulla’s cave paintings and Buddha statues The wooded walk through the ruins of Ritilgala


NORTH-WEST COAST

Close proximity to the international airport ensures that the long sandy beaches of the Negombo coast have become one of the most popular beach resorts on the island. The town is often used as a staging post at the start or end of a Sri Lanka tour, as well as for a convenient beach holiday with minimal travel. But there is more to the North-West coast than Negombo’s tempting stretch of beach. Ranging from Negombo, to Puttalam, and inland up to Kurunegala, the North-West province has a varied and enchanting landscape of tranquil blue lagoons, small scattered islands, inland wetlands, and coconut plantations. Hundreds of Spinner Dolphins can be seen just minutes off the shores of Kalpitiya in the North West during the season from December to April. Observed in pods, these Dolphins often swim along side the boats and frolic in the seas: a thrilling sight for children and adults alike.

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Sailing on a Catamaran (local fisherman’s boat, uses the sail, No engine is fitted guided by the wind) Deep Sea fishing in the Catamaran Dutch Canal boat ride St. Mary’s Church (1874, Strong influences of Portuguese) Portuguese built fort (when the English took over by the Dutch they made it a prison and now only the Gates remain) Dolphin and Whale-watching in Puttalam District (Kalpitiya)

Our Partners Our partners in Kalpitiya on the North West coast are based in the small fishing village of Alankuda. Known as Alankuda Beach, this is an eclectic beach resort designed with rustic style situated on a deserted 2 kms stretch of pristine private beach. The shimmering seas here are calm and inviting during the months of November to April and ideal for Dolphin and Whale watching. Alankuda Beach also offers a range of water sports including windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing, deep-sea fishing and snorkelling.


COLOMBO

Colombo is a throwback. There has been a limited sense of the dash for development that characterizes most capital cities in south-east Asia and the result is a compact city retaining an atmosphere all of its own. Colombo can be mildly chaotic at times, but it is always manageable and never overpowering, and many quickly learn to view it fondly. You need only spend a couple of days here to discover its charms. Its best hotels and restaurants can offer spectacular value for a capital city. Old ancestral mansions stand side-by-side with the ritzy condominiums that are springing up into the skyline. While some roads are clogged with vehicles, there remain many sleepy tree-lined boulevards. Colombo has at its heart a relaxed and genial air.

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Dinner at the Gallery Café, Exploring Pettah bazaar, the city’s temples and Kovils The latest productions at Lionel Wendt theatre Go shopping: Barefoot (704 Galle Road) has great sarongs and furnishing fabrics Paradise Road (213 Dharmapala Mawatha Street) sells antiques, homeware and good quality crafts The former offices of Sri Lanka’s best-known architect, Geoffrey Bawa (at 2 Alfred House Road). A cool beer at the Galle Face Hotel - a colonial institution - while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Viharamahadevi Park (biggest Park in Sri lanka) National Museum Golf Course Gangarama Temple Independence Square Wolfendhal Church (Dutch built in 1749) St. Lucia’s Church (Known as the Biggest Church in Sri lanka holding up to 5000 worshippers)

We highly recommend you stay at the supremely classy and elegant Anilana Park Street Hotel. For those wanting to be with the in-crowd, Casa Colombo is very funky if your budget can stretch. For tranquility not far from the airport, the Wallauwa is perfect, while the friendly Mount Lodge offers laid-back hospitality in the beachside Mount Lavinia area.


GALLE COAST

Galle is thriving. The fortified old town is enjoying an artistic renaissance and the beautiful beaches around it are dotted with luxurious villas and classy boutique hotels. The revival of Galle, in fact, has quietly influenced its coastline, which has regained its confidence and has become a favoured retreat for intelligent, independent travellers. Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO protected World Heritage site. But Galle is also the gateway to seductive sandy coves and the coastal villages of Unawatuna, Thalpe, Koggala, Habaraduwa and Ahangama.

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Wander along the ramparts of Galle Fort Visit Galle’s museums, arts and craft shops Surfing and sunset cocktails at Wijaya Beach Dawn hot air balloon ride


SOUTH COAST

Sri Lanka’s jagged south coast, which Paragon defines as a long stretch from Mirissa to Tangalle, consists of delightful coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the west coast. Stunning tropical sandy beaches, rural fishing villages, untouched wilderness and a vibrant cultural heritage makes the southern coastal belt an ideal holiday experience for those wishing to escape the larger tourist centres.

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Surfing in Mirissa Scuba diving in Dickwella Sailing and deep sea fishing at Mirissa Water Sports Centre Turtle night safari in Rekaw Whales and Dolfins in Mirissa


WEST COAST

West coast is more frequented by holidaymakers due to its closer proximity to the island’s capital and the main airport and offers tropical beaches and mangrove-lined lagoons. The sandy beaches are the main attraction in the string of small towns such as Kalutara, Beruwela, Bentota, Ambalangoda, Ahungalla and Hikkaduwa, but they also share a vibrant cultural heritage including folklore, music and dance as well as architectural influences from the Dutch period. Many temples, kovils, churches and mosques are situated along the coast. Cottage industries such as basket-weaving, mask-carving and antique restoration provide for interesting shopping.

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Water skiing in Bentota Dancing the night away in Hikkaduwa Stroll through Bevis Bawa’s Brief gardens Kosgoda’s marine turtles


SINHARAJA & KITULGALA

The towns of Kitulgala and Ratnapura are situated in the western foothills, sandwiched between the West Coast and the Central Highlands. This is an area of rolling hills, tropical rainforests and winding rivers. The sleepy riverside village of Kitulgala owes its popularity to the Kelani River which offers exciting Grade 3 and 4 rapids for rafting. The breathtaking scenery here was used for the filming of the Oscar-winning classic “The Bridge over the River Kwai” by David Lean. Ratnapura, the city of gems’, is home to a long-established gem industry. The magnificent Sinharaja rainforest and the sacred Adam’s Peak can also be accessed from here.

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White Water rafting on Kelani River Mountain biking in Kitulgala Trekking in Sinharaja’s tropical rainforest Visiting gem mines in Ratnapura Magical night-time climb up the sacred Adam’s Peak


BEACH VILLAS IN SRI LANKA

THE VILLAS IN SRI LANKA Sri Lanka's south coast is scattered with beautiful beach villas ideal for families or groups wanting to avoid traditional beach hotels – or even couples after somewhere private. The majority of the best villas are grouped around Galle but there also some beautiful properties on the more escapist southern beaches around Dickwella and Tangalle as well as closer to Colombo in Bentota and Induruwa.

VILLAS LOCATION Paragon Holidays promotes a wide selection of Sri Lankan villas on our website,www.villainsrilanka.co.uk , most of them on the South Coast, including some stunning private houses inside Galle Fort and on Koggala Lake. We have in-depth knowledge of what is available and can help you to select the right villa, as well as guaranteeing you the best price.

BOOKINGS Sri Lanka villas are typically sold on a daily rate for exclusive use of the property. Some villas offer discounts for couples or small groups by selling by the room – ask your Villa in Sri lanka consultant for more details. Some villas will require a confirmation deposit and may apply minimum stays during peak periods like Christmas and New Year. Villas usually come fully staffed, although all are open to self-catering.


LUXURY ITINERARIES

LUXURY AYURVEDA AT AMANGALLA Immerse yourself into a 3, 7 or 14-nights unique Full Immersion into the lux and magic of the Ayurvedic treatments at Amangalla Hotel in Galle Fort.

Valid from 10th January to 15th December 2012. SINGLE

DOUBLE

3 nights Taster

single US$1,950 nett

double US$2,551nett

7 nights Relax

single US$4,682 nett

double US$5,900 nett

14 nights Detox

single US$9,218 nett

double US$11,600nett

Inclusions: The rates are for the Bedroom category and packages are from 3-day offers to 7-day and 14-days packages. The ‘Luxury Ayurvedic Experience’ includes luxury accommodation, all three meals throughout the stay, personal consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor, the Ayurvedic massage treatments every day, daily Yoga, herbal teas, use of Hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, a guide book on Ayurveda and recommendations by the Ayurvedic doctor on departure.


BLISS & BAREFOOT | LUXURY GALLE

This mesmerizing journey starts on the beautiful palm fringed beaches and turquoise water of the South Coast. Experience abundant tropical flowers, temples and the zest of the city of Galle and rest in the unique history of the colonial hotel in Colombo.


BLISS & BAREFOOT TOUR | Accommodation GALLE FORT |Amangalla

Lying within the walls of the 17th century Dutch Fort is Amangalla, a fabulous boutique hotel offering a wonderful escape for those wanting the highest possible luxury in intimate, interesting and historic surroundings. The property provides an amalgamation of buildings dating back over 400 years. Amangalla offers excellent old-world luxury, superb food, arguably the best spa in the island and exceptional service.

THALPE GALLE | Era Beach

Era Beach, a luxurious eight-roomed boutique hotel, adds further luster to the upmarket beach settlement of Thalpe, a 10minute drive from the historic city of Galle. Era Beach unfolds within two beautifullyrefurbished colonial-period bungalows which now house the main restaurant and lounge bar. An additional two-storey section houses the bedrooms and blends in seamlessly. A 23-metre swimming pool is the focus of the property and overlooks a garden scattered with palm trees and leading to the turquoise seas.

COLOMBO |Galle Face Hotel

Built by four British entrepreneurs in 1864 - has been carefully renovated to bring it firmly into the 21st century, it continues to reflect the timeless romance, charisma and style of a bygone era. The Galle Face Hotel is especially popular with returning guests seduced by the age-old hospitality of the east who follow in the footsteps of famous personalities such as Richard Nixon, Roger Moore and Yuri Gagarin.


CULINARY TOUR | COOKING WITH PALI 15 Days – 14 Nights Travel to Sri Lanka with a rich culinary heritage. Cook in stunning locations. Learn authentic recipes from our local cooks. Stop off for lunches in great locations and lunch with families in their homes. Shop in local markets for vegetables and spices. Taste some of the best street food available. In between cooking, interact with our cook, unwind and explore your local surroundings. The trip includes cooking demonstrations by Pali with visiting some of the island’s most spectacular sites, and staying in stunning, pleasant small hotels. This is a great way to immerse you in a local way of life and gastronomy.


CULINARY TOUR | Accommodation NEGOMBO | Jetwing Blue

Jetwing Blue is a luxurious contemporary beach hotel in Negombo, offering further proof that new optimism abounds in this most convenient of beach resorts. Barely a trace of the old Blue Oceanic remains after an extensive refurbishment.

BANDARAWELA | Bungalow

A refurbished planter’s bungalow set amidst the 50-acre Aislaby tea estate in Bandarawela. Surrounded by mountain peaks in the breathtaking southern highlands, this tea bungalow is a peaceful haven.

SIGIRIYA | Vil Uyana

This immensely tranquil eco-village near Sigiriya Rock reawakens the efforts of ancient Sinhala kings who developed and irrigated this area. Large cabanas blend seamlessly into the rural landscape by marshes, lakes and paddy fields.

ARUGAM BAY | Stardust Hotel

Situated by the estuary where the Pottuvil lagoon meets the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, Stardust is ideally poised to experience the thrilling waves, which are at their best for surfing from July to August, as well as the magnificent nature and wildlife that inhabits the lagoon.

KANDY | The Kandy House

A tastefully-decorated, elegant hotel amidst a natural jungles cape. The grand ancestral home of one of Kandy’s most influential aristocratic families, the Kandy House sits on 6 acres in a quiet village area close to Kandy.

COLOMBO | Galle Face Hotel

Built by four British entrepreneurs in 1864 - has been carefully renovated to bring it firmly into the 21st century, it continues to reflect the timeless romance, charisma and style of a bygone era. The Galle Face Hotel is especially popular with returning guests seduced by the age-old hospitality of the east who follow in the footsteps of famous personalities such as Richard Nixon, Roger Moore and Yuri Gagarin.


GALLE FORT & BEACHES Aman Fort & Beach Journey. A Five or Seven Nights Offer at both properties. Five or Seven nights accommodation in a combination of a Chamber at Amangalla and a Suite at Amanwella or a Suite at Amangalla and an Ocean Suite at Amanwella. This offer includes breakfast right through the stay and complementary transfer between resorts one way. As well at Amangalla a tour of the Fort and a Traditional Shave for him and a Sandalwood Facial for her and at Amanwella, a Mulgirigala Rock Temple Tour and Amanwella “Beach Buff� body scrub for two in included. Minimum 3 nights accommodation at each resort required.


IMPISH MONKEYS, THAMBILIES & WHALES 16 Days – 15 Nights This itinerary is for those who love a little adventure and wildlife, from the West coast beaches of Negombo and Kalpitiya, through the Ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, until the unspoiled beaches of the East. It is the perfect way to spend quality time, with enough activities to keep everyone busy and relaxed, whilst experiencing some of the most incredible flora and fauna in the world and immerse yourself into the unspoiled Eastern Coast beaches.


IMPISH MONKEYS TOUR | Accommodation NEGOMBO | Jetwing Blue

Jetwing Blue is a luxurious contemporary beach hotel in Negombo, offering further proof that new optimism abounds in this most convenient of beach resorts. Barely a trace of the old Blue Oceanic remains after an extensive refurbishment.

CULTURAL TRIANGLE | Ulagalla Resorts

Ulagalla is a triumph of eco friendly design that manages to blend genuine environmental practices with luxurious, fully-facilitated interiors meaning that comfort is not forgotten in the face of an eco-friendly design.

CULTURAL TRIANGLE | Eco Retreat

This is a luxurious eco-retreat set amidst acres of wilderness in the rural village of Kumbukkadanwala in Sigiriya. This is a nature lover’s paradise with the untouched wilderness at your doorstep.

TRINCOMALEE | Nilaveli Beach Hotel

The Nilaveli Beach Hotel, about 10km north of Trincomalee, is the finest hotel on the eastern coast. The East Coast beaches, unrivalled anywhere on the island, are most glorious from April to October, but Nilaveli also offers a striking all-year-round addition to any extended tour of the cultural triangle.

Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa

Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa lies secluded on a pristine stretch of beach fronting the turquoise waters of Pasekudah Bay on the East Coast. Opened in June 2011, this idyllic beach escape became the first to open in Batticaloa after the dawning of peace in Sri Lanka. A blissful resort designed along the lines of a `wadiya’ or fishing village.

KALPITIYA | Boutique Hotel

The Boutique Style Luxury hotel has perfected the art of pampering guests in exotic and unspoiled locations. Our footprint in northwestern Sri Lanka embraces some of the region s most breathtaking safari and beach destinations; from famous to ancient ruins at temples of north central province to the Dutch Bay Coral Islands jewels off the Kalpitiya coastline.


KING KASHYAPA’S CASTLE & GALLE FORT 14 Days – 13 Nights From the Cultural Triangle cities to the Southern Beaches, going through the traditional city of Kandy, this tour combines the simplicity of hidden places on the hill country to the peaceful and luxury sceneries of the tropical beaches and the Galle Fort, first built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th Century from 1649 onwards.


KING KASHYAPA’S TOUR | Accommodation DAMBULLA | Eco Retreat

Leaving behind dusty Dambulla, the road winds its way through mountains and lush paddy fields, leading into a long avenue lined with pomegranate and mango trees. This is the entrance to architectural gem Kalundewa, hidden within a 100-acre retreat in Sri Lanka’s rural heart.

SOUTHERN BEACHES | Cocoon

The Resort & Villas, of ornate almost Middle Eastern design, sprawls across tropical gardens landscaped with walkways and waterways. The main reception is housed in a refurbished old walawua (manor house) which leads to a lounge, bar and restaurant.

KANDY | Tea Bungalow

Having a spectacular hilltop location, this is a refurbished plantation bungalow originally built over 100 years ago for the manager of a major tea estate. Enveloped by a rich tropical garden and benefitting from magnificent views over the Mawanella Mountain Range, the house is set within nine acres of an organic tea and spice estate, only a half hour drive from Kandy.

GALLE | Kahanda Kanda

Beaches are beaches anywhere in the world, but it is often said that the interior of a country is where the true spirit lies. Sri Lanka is no different and Kahanda Kanda provides the perfect example. Set on a hill amidst a working tea estate which slopes down to the Koggala Lake at one end, this stylish villa was built in 2000 as a private villa and is now an award winning boutique hotel.


LAST CAPITAL OF THE ANCIENT KINGS 8 Days – 7 Nights This Tour will take you on a brief full immersion into the history of the last capital of Sri Lankan Kingdom, Kandy. Start your journey on the crowded and lively capital City, where you will be able to shop and enjoy the art galleries and museums, or simply relax at the oldest colonial Hotel’s Terrace, enjoying the 5 pm High Tea. Visiting the Temple of the Tooth is a grand finale with barefoot devotes, taking baskets full of lotus blossoms to the charge. End your experience back on the lively beach of Negombo, before taking your flight back home.


LAST CAPITAL TOUR | Accommodation COLOMBO | Galle Face Hotel

Built by four British entrepreneurs in 1864 - has been carefully renovated to bring it firmly into the 21st century, it continues to reflect the timeless romance, charisma and style of a bygone era. The Galle Face Hotel is especially popular with returning guests seduced by the age-old hospitality of the east who follow in the footsteps of famous personalities such as Richard Nixon, Roger Moore and Yuri Gagarin.

KANDY | Boutique Hotel

The simple idea is a ‘home away from home’, a formula based on providing guests with a unique 'non-hotel’ like experience - with modern luxurious living and exotic cuisine in a serene natural environment.

NEGOMBO | Jetwing Beach

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Jetwing Beach is tastefully designed along contemporary lines, taking the surrounding seaside landscape into full view. Open verandahs, walkways and waterways brings in the cooling ocean breeze and the tropical sun – influences of the Geoffrey Bawa genre of architectural design.


SPIRIT OF CEYLON 8 Days – 7 Nights An exciting intrepid journey through beautiful landscapes satisfying those wanting more than a beach holiday. An aesthetic tour of the ancient cities and their history, the central hills, discovering the last Kingdom’s Capital and unwinding in beautiful gardens overlooking mesmerizing tea plantations. This is truly an amazing experience of the Island's diversity.


SPIRIT OF CEYLON TOUR | Accommodation SIGIRIYA | Vil Uyana

This immensely tranquil eco-village near Sigiriya Rock reawakens the efforts of ancient Sinhala kings who developed and irrigated this area. Large cabanas blend seamlessly into the rural landscape by marshes, lakes and paddy fields.

COLOMBO | Boutique Styled Hotel

Conceived by Anilana, one of Sri Lanka’s foremost fashion and lifestyle designers, the hotel occupies a restored colonial bungalow and warehouse. Here, the intriguing lifestyle of its past owners blends with contemporary chic living.

KANDY | Boutique Hotel

The simple idea is a ‘home away from home’, a formula based on providing guests with a unique 'non-hotel’ like experience - with modern luxurious living and exotic cuisine in a serene natural environment.

HILL COUNTRY | Ceylon Tea Trails

At an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level, lies Ceylon Tea Trails, 4 classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj.


THREE LITTLE FLAVOURS OF ECSTASY IN SRI LANKA 11 Days – 10 Nights

Sri Lanka is a captivating land of contrasts. You can swap the majesty of the ancient cities for the stunning coves of the Galle coast with its rich cultural influences. Rivers rambling through magnificent sceneries on an authentic train journey or the stirring peaks of the Hill Country, with its revitalizing climate. Hills and valleys carpeted with verdant tea are ideal for walks in a fresh climate. This unique journey brings together an extraordinary experience of this enchanting island with its spectacular beauties.


THREE LITTLE FLAVOURS TOUR | Accommodation DAMBULLA | Boutique Hotel

Recommended by CondĂŠ Nast traveller | Named after the winding brook that flows within the estate, The Boutique hotel is set on a working plantation scattered with trees laden with mango, bananas and passion fruit, as well as plentiful birds and butterflies. The resort offers luxurious accommodation, gourmet cuisine, and a personalized service. This boutique hotel is an ideal place to explore Sri Lanka and its heritage in style.

KANDY | Ancient hill house

A luxurious four-bedroom villa situated amidst tranquil gardens and by a gurgling stream at the base of Ulapane Mountain, 45minutes from Kandy. This is the country home of a Sri Lankan family who has recently opened their home to guests wishing to spend a peaceful holiday within a village setting. Surrounded by mountains and lush foliage, this is a blissfully peaceful spot, interrupted only by the sound of flowing water, crickets and birdsong. The house is on a six-acre estate scattered with tall tropical trees, fruit, vegetables, herbs, tea, coffee and plenty of flowering plants including beautiful orange, pink and red Heliconea.

HILL COUNTRY | Ceylon Tea Trails

At an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level, lies Ceylon Tea Trails, 4 classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj.


SOUTH COAST | Amanwella

Amanwella is set in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent shaped beach near the village of Tangalle. This is a super-luxurious and chic escape developed and managed by the exclusive Aman Group, and already recognized as one of Sri Lanka’s leading beach property.

GALLE BEACHES | Jetwing Era

Era Beach, a luxurious eight-roomed boutique hotel, adds further lustre to the upmarket beach settlement of Thalpe, a 10-minute drive from the historic city of Galle. Era Beach unfolds within two beautifully-refurbished colonial-period bungalows which now house the main restaurant and lounge bar. An additional two-storey section houses the bedrooms and blends in seamlessly. A 23-metre swimming pool is the focus of the property and overlooks a garden scattered with palm trees and leading to the turquoise seas.


WHILE TARZAN IS IN SRI LANKA 19 Days – 18 Nights Experience the astounding miscellany and biodiversity of Sri Lanka, as you venture through the island relishing its spectacular serenity. Experience the island’s amazing diversity, discovering the misty undiscovered rainforests with plenty of bird life, visiting ancient villages, embarking on unique and luxurious Safaris in search of leopards and wild elephants. Appreciating the magnificent sceneries and salubrious climate ideal for taking walks or hiking. Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the South coast with whale watching and relaxation on palm fringed beaches before returning home.


TARZAN IN SRI LANKA TOUR | Accommodation WILPATTU | Safari Bungalow

Famous Artist - Laki Senanayake’s Eco Friendly Bungalow. Superb for Leopard Trackers, Wildlife & Naturalists, Eco Friendly People, Safari minded.

DAMBULLA | Boutique Hotel

Recommended by Condé Nast traveller | Named after the winding brook that flows within the estate, The Boutique hotel is set on a working plantation scattered with trees laden with mango, bananas and passion fruit, as well as plentiful birds and butterflies. The resort offers luxurious accommodation, gourmet cuisine, and a personalized service. This boutique hotel is an ideal place to explore Sri Lanka and its heritage in style.

KNUCKLES |Bungalow

This Knuckles Bungalow offers simple accommodation in the speechless Knuckles nature reserve. Bordered by Kobonilagala and Dubangala mountains, is perfect for those who would much prefer to be trekking outdoors and taking in nature’s glory than worrying about indoor facilities. There is no electricity, telephone or TV here. The water is drawn from a natural spring and solar energy is used for lighting up a few bulbs at night. The bungalow has two basic cottages that provide for clean and comfortable accommodation. It is popular with researchers who come here to study the fascinating bio-diversity of the Knuckles Mountain region. Birding and trekking are the main activities and an experienced trekking guide is available to accompany guests. Treks ranging from short one hour trails to whole-day trails are on offer here. Best time to visit the Knuckles is the dry period from January to April Months, to be avoided are from May to July which is the windy season and October to December which is the rainy season. Be aware of the Big Leeches here, especially outdoors.

GALLE BEACHES | The Beach Hut Villa

A stylish beachside retreat for 2-4 near Galle, with secluded pool and gardens. This is an idyllic beachside retreat for a honeymooning couple or family of 3-4, only 10 mins from Galle, near Unawatuna Bay.


MATHUGAMA | Eco Luxury Villa

A Three-bedroom Ultra Luxury ecoretreat hanging high on a hillock in Mathugama Sri Lanka. Set amidst a 40acre tea, rubber and cinnamon plantation, this is a tranquil inland setting. The metal construction that is designed to grasp the spectacular views of the valley below with verdant green paddy fields, surrounding mountains, untouched wilderness and the tea and rubber plantation. Inspired by the Ark-shaped, small cadjan tree houses that are traditionally used by farmers to protect their crops from wild animals.

COLOMBO | Galle Face Hotel

Built by four British entrepreneurs in 1864 has been carefully renovated to bring it firmly into the 21st century, it continues to reflect the timeless romance, charisma and style of a bygone era. The Galle Face Hotel is especially popular with returning guests seduced by the age-old hospitality of the east who follow in the footsteps of famous personalities such as Richard Nixon, Roger Moore and Yuri Gagarin.

YALA | Kulu Safaris

Kulu Safaris are a high-end wildlife company that specializes in classic mobile-tented safaris inside two of the three major national parks in Sri Lanka Uda Walalwe and Yala. This enriching experience allows you to savor the natural appeal of these wildlife reserves to the full...


HIGHLIGHTS, HIGHLANDS, RAINFORESTS

ECO ITINERARIES

15 Days – 14 Nights From the romance and nostalgia of the hills and valleys with its verdant tea, the spectacular serenity and refreshing climate of the hill country, a train journey with unforgettable beauties, exploring untouched rainforests and unique Safaris with elephants, leopards and sleuth bear, a mystic culture and rich heritage concludes this fascinating journey with the tranquility of sunsets on serene beaches in the South.


HIGHLIGHTS, HIGHLANDS, RAINFOREST TOUR | Accommodation Eco Option NEGOMBO | Ranweli

Ranweli has a loyal clientele who value its gentle adventure experience. Situated on a peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the Indian Ocean, it combines the authenticity of an eco lodge with comforts comparable to a decent hotel.

SIGIRIYA | Tree Houses

Close to Sigiriya Rock, this rustic ecoretreat sits at the foot of the towering Pidurangala rock. Surrender yourself to the humbling feeling of living in surroundings dating back to the 5th century AD.

NUWARA ELIYA | Ecolodge

Owned by a French Sri Lankan business partners. If any Eco lodge Villa to be up to the books standards we would say this meets almost all requirements, beautifully set amidst a proper agro-forestry setting. They follow strong Organic criteria to integrate different crop production in the Existing environment, also known as analog forestry.

KANDY | Ecolodges

A tropical island holiday experience in the relaxed, natural setting of a Kandyan forest Garden. While giving you the personal attention you deserve, served in a traditional style. These Ecolodges are as close as you can get to sustainable tourism. Solar power replaces electricity, rainwater where possible is harvested and put to good use and the three Rs – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse are widely practiced.


ELLA | Adventure Park

Governor’s Camp Sri Lanka

Ella Adventure Park offers you the idyllic holiday filled with fun activities in harmony with nature. Situated about 30 minutes away from the beautiful and scenic town of Bandarawela, the hotel consists of eco friendly accommodation units that are well equipped and comfortable.

This jungle Camp, securely nestled in a 3-acre plot, is surrounded by the Kiriibbanara Wewa, in all its pristine glory and is located a mere 12km or 10 minutes away from the Udawalawe National Park entrance.

Not disturbing the natural beauty of the surroundings, this property includes dining facilities that offers a range of delicious meals while the activities in store include camping, rock climbing, nature treks as well as canoeing.


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Boutique Option NEGOMBO | Jetwing Blue

Jetwing Blue is a luxurious contemporary beach hotel in Negombo, offering further proof that new optimism abounds in this most convenient of beach resorts. Barely a trace of the old Blue Oceanic remains after an extensive refurbishment.

SIGIRIYA | Vil Uyana

This immensely tranquil eco-village near Sigiriya Rock reawakens the efforts of ancient Sinhala kings who developed and irrigated this area. Large cabanas blend seamlessly into the rural landscape by marshes, lakes and paddy fields.

NUWARA ELIYA | Heritance Tea Factory

BANDARAWELA | Tea Bungalow

The Tea Factory lies, alone and unique, on the slopes of the tea plantations at Kandapola, high above the popular hill country town of Nuwara Eliya. It is what it says – a beautifully converted tea factory – and offers high-grade accommodation in a sparsely-populated land of rolling tea-green hills. Still one of the finest hotels in the highlands.

This Bandarawela tea bungalow is owned and run by former antique dealers from Richmond-Upon-Thames, England, who settled in Sri Lanka some 10 years ago. A stay at this small chic hotel is unique, with the whole house for the exclusive use of few guests.

KANDY | Theva Residency

The simple idea is a ‘home away from home’, a formula based on providing guests with a unique 'non-hotel’ like experience - with modern luxurious living and exotic cuisine in a serene natural environment.

SINHARAJA | Boulder Gardens

Boulder Gardens is a remarkable ecoboutique hotel, lovingly designed around a crop of gigantic black boulders. It took three years to build from local stone, preserving the surrounding natural environment and providing employment to the villagers.


BENTOTA | Saman Villas

Saman Villas, one of the most soughtafter luxury beach hotels in Sri Lanka, is perched on a rocky headland. The headland is divided two long, unspoilt beaches of golden sand, backed by dense green coconut plantations. The atmosphere is one of sheer tranquility.

UDAWALAWE | Elephant Safari

Surrounded by 8 ½ acres land and Only 3 ½ hours from the Colombo City within Sri Lankans famous dry zone Udawalawe, 'something enchanting lies in wait' - the Elephant Safari Hotel, a hotel built to connect with your soul. The hotel combines the intrigue of Sri Lankan architecture and art with an infrastructure on the cutting edge technology, to give its star class standards in luxury accommodation.


RAFTS, RAINFORESTS, SAFARIS & WHALES 8 Days – 7 Nights

Experience the astounding miscellany as you venture through the island relishing its spectacular serenity. Experience the island’s amazing biodiversity, discovering the misty undiscovered rainforests with plenty of bird life, visiting ancient villages, embarking on a unique safari in search of leopards and wild elephants. Appreciating the magnificent sceneries and salubrious climate ideal for taking walks or hiking. Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the South coast with whale watching and relaxation on palm fringed beaches before returning home.


RAFTS, RAINFORESTS, SAFARIS & WHALES TOUR | Accommodation Eco Option NEGOMBO | Ranweli

Ranweli has a loyal clientele who value its gentle adventure experience. Situated on a peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the Indian Ocean, it combines the authenticity of an eco lodge with comforts comparable to a decent hotel.

KITULGALA | River Resort

The Royal River Resort is situated amidst a rubber plantation in the riverside village of Kitulgala, a small riverside settlement sandwiched between the western coastal belt and the scenic central highlands. The surrounding waterfalls, lush vegetation as well as numerous species of birds and butterflies makes this an ideal destination for nature lovers.

SINHARAJA | Rainforest Edge

Rainforest Edge offers rustic chic, high above the beautiful rolling hills of Waddagala and the Sinharaja forest reserve. The northern entrance to the Sinharaja rain forest is just 10 minutes drive away.


UDAWALAWE | Elephant Safari

GALLE | Jetwing Kurulubedda

Surrounded by 8 ½ acres land and Only 3 ½ hours from the Colombo City within Sri Lankans famous dry zone Udawalawe, 'something enchanting lies in wait' - the Elephant Safari Hotel, a hotel built to connect with your soul. The hotel combines the intrigue of Sri Lankan architecture and art with an infrastructure on the cutting edge technology, to give its star class standards in luxury accommodation.

Get away from the mundane and the everyday and have it your way. A unique boutique hotel of just two private dwellings in a wooded area in the heart of a paddy field, this is a dream hideaway that is rustic, yet full of all the comforts you could wish for too. In absolute privacy surrounded by the simple wonders of nature and the luxuries of modernity, the perfect serenity of Jetwing Kurulubedda will let you create a world of your own.


Boutique Option

NEGOMBO | Jetwing Blue

Jetwing Blue is a luxurious contemporary beach hotel in Negombo, offering further proof that new optimism abounds in this most convenient of beach resorts. Barely a trace of the old Blue Oceanic remains after an extensive refurbishment.

Note: Accommodation in this tour has difficulty in Boutique Hotels, as it is not available in some places. The hotels chosen are the best small Private or luxury type options. (Therefore, the price is not a Boutique hotel price).

KITULGALA | River Resort

The Royal River Resort is situated amidst a rubber plantation in the riverside village of Kitulgala, a small riverside settlement sandwiched between the western coastal belt and the scenic central highlands. The surrounding waterfalls, lush vegetation as well as numerous species of birds and butterflies makes this an ideal destination for nature lovers.

SINHARAJA | Boulder Gardens

Boulder Gardens is a remarkable ecoboutique hotel, lovingly designed around a crop of gigantic black boulders. It took three years to build from local stone, preserving the surrounding natural environment and providing employment to the villagers.


UDAWALAWE | Elephant Safari

Surrounded by 8 ½ acres land and Only 3 ½ hours from the Colombo City within Sri Lankans famous dry zone Udawalawe, 'something enchanting lies in wait' - the Elephant Safari Hotel, a hotel built to connect with your soul. The hotel combines the intrigue of Sri Lankan architecture and art with an infrastructure on the cutting edge technology, to give its star class standards in luxury accommodation.

JETWING | Era Beach

Era Beach, a luxurious eight-roomed boutique hotel, adds further lustre to the upmarket beach settlement of Thalpe, a 10minute drive from the historic city of Galle. Era Beach unfolds within two beautifullyrefurbished colonial-period bungalows which now house the main restaurant and lounge bar. An additional two-storey section houses the bedrooms and blends in seamlessly. A 23-metre swimming pool is the focus of the property and overlooks a garden scattered with palm trees and leading to the turquoise seas.


TEAS, KNUCKLES, WALKS & CLIMBINGS 15 Days – 14 Nights

Explore Sri Lanka's amazing diversity as you venture into the Knuckles Range with its largely undiscovered ancient villages hiking tracking leopards, deer, wild boars and bird watching with some birds endemic to the Knuckles only. Scale the mystic mountain of Adam’s Peak and enjoy an awesome sunrise. A scenic train journey into the heart of the tea country descending into the lowlands walking through rainforest before heading to the beach for a last few days of serenity and peace on the beach.


TEAS, KNUCKLES, WALKS & CLIMBING TOUR | Accommodation Eco Option NEGOMBO | Jetwing Lagoon

Located between the Indian Ocean and the Negombo lagoon, Jetwing Lagoon offers a blend of rejuvenation and relaxation with a unique restaurant called Geoffrey’s by the Lagoon, offering Geoffrey Bawa’s favourites. Boasting the longest pool in the west coast complimented by a spa and sporting activities in the lagoon, this is the ideal location to rest, relax, and energize in the privacy of your spacious individual villas. It is without doubt the finest Lagoon Spa Resort in the west coast.

MATALE | Farm Villa

A charming Farm Villa in the Cultural Triangle, between Dambulla and Kandy, set in a serene 50 acre ecofarm with mountain views. You can choose to stay in either the hilltop villa or the spice garden villa, offering you the very best of Sri Lankan living, plus fantastic in-house dining, using seasonal, locally sourced produce.

KANDY | Ecolodges

A tropical island holiday experience in the relaxed, natural setting of a Kandyan forest Garden. While giving you the personal attention you deserve, served in a traditional style. These Ecolodges are as close as you can get to sustainable tourism. Solar power replaces electricity, rainwater where possible is harvested and put to good use and the three Rs – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse are widely practiced.

NUWARA ELIYA | Ecolodge

Owned by a French Sri Lankan business partners. If any Eco lodge Villa to be up to the books standards we would say this meets almost all requirements, beautifully set amidst a proper agro-forestry setting. They follow strong Organic criteria to integrate different crop production in the Existing environment, also known as analog forestry.


ELLA | Adventure Park

KITULGALA | River Resort

Ella Adventure Park offers you the idyllic holiday filled with fun activities in harmony with nature. Situated about 30 minutes away from the beautiful and scenic town of Bandarawela, the hotel consists of eco friendly accommodation units that are well equipped and comfortable.

The Royal River Resort is situated amidst a rubber plantation in the riverside village of Kitulgala, a small riverside settlement sandwiched between the western coastal belt and the scenic central highlands. The surrounding waterfalls, lush vegetation as well as numerous species of birds and butterflies makes this an ideal destination for nature lovers.

ADAM’S PEAK | Eco Retreat

A peaceful eco-retreat situated on two acres of beautifully landscape gardens in the rural village of Seelogama nearby Belihuloya. Being the transitional point where the wet and dry zones are linked, this is an area rich in its bio-diversity and is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. a Dutch landscape artist who’s passion for nature, plants and landscaping of garden spaces extends from the countryside of France to now the lush tropics of Belihuloya.

BENTOTA | Villa Bentota

Originally known as the `Mohotti Walauwa’, this wonderful manor house with courtyards and verandas was originally refurbished in 1970 by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The property is now under the management of Shanth Fernando, a Sri Lankan lifestyle designer and entrepreneur whose other commitments include The Gallery Café, one of Colombo’s leading restaurants and Tintagel, an exquisite boutique hotel in Colombo.

SINHARAJA | Rainforest Edge

Rainforest Edge offers rustic chic, high above the beautiful rolling hills of Waddagala and the Sinharaja forest reserve. The northern entrance to the Sinharaja rain forest is just 10 minutes drive away.


Boutique Option COLOMBO | Boutique Hotel

Conceived by Anilana, one of Sri Lanka’s foremost fashion and lifestyle designers, the hotel occupies a restored colonial bungalow and warehouse. Here, the intriguing lifestyle of its past owners blends with contemporary chic living.

NUWARA ELIYA | Langdale

The Langdale is a promise of privacy and comfort presented in the form of fourteen of the islands most exclusive luxury, semi-luxury and super luxury bedroom spaces.

MATALE | Farm Villa

A charming Farm Villa in the Cultural Triangle, between Dambulla and Kandy, set in a serene 50 acre ecofarm with mountain views. You can choose to stay in either the hilltop villa or the spice garden villa, offering you the very best of Sri Lankan living, plus fantastic in-house dining, using seasonal, locally sourced produce.

BANDARAWELA | Bungalow

A refurbished planter’s bungalow set amidst the 50-acre Aislaby tea estate in Bandarawela. Surrounded by mountain peaks in the breathtaking southern highlands, this tea bungalow is a peaceful haven.

KANDY | Tea Bungalow

Having a spectacular hilltop location, this is a refurbished plantation bungalow originally built over 100 years ago for the manager of a major tea estate. Enveloped by a rich tropical garden and benefitting from magnificent views over the Mawanella Mountain Range, the house is set within nine acres of an organic tea and spice estate, only a half hour drive from Kandy.

HILL COUNTRY | Ceylon Tea Trails

At an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level, lies Ceylon Tea Trails, 4 classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj.


KITULGALA | Rafting Camp

With professional Trained guides, Equipment and one stunning Jewel of an Island, this rafting camp takes the adventure seeker to places far from the beaten track and unforgettable adventure experiences.

KITULGALA | Boulder Gardens

Boulder Gardens is a remarkable ecoboutique hotel, lovingly designed around a crop of gigantic black boulders. It took three years to build from local stone, preserving the surrounding natural environment and providing employment to the villagers.

BENTOTA | Club Villa

Club Villa is an elegant 19th century villa with spacious gardens, walkways and waterways, which rests in a small coconut plantation in Bentota, two hours south of Colombo. Bentota is one of Sri Lanka's most popular family resorts on the west coast.


COMMUNITY & AGROTOURISM

COMMUNITY & AGROTOURISM | EAST OPTION 15 Days – 14 Nights This tour will take you to discover the other side of Sri Lanka, the rural and agricultural life of its habitants. From the Western to the Eastern coast, climbing the top hills of this pearl Island, you will be able to live and enjoy unique experiences of organic agriculture and the struggles of farmers, local communities and small enterprises that dare to think differently, in order to respect and maintain the amazing biodiversity of Sri Lanka.


COMMUNITY & AGROTOURISM – EAST OPTION | Accommodation NEGOMBO | Ranweli

Ranweli has a loyal clientele who value its gentle adventure experience. Situated on a peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the Indian Ocean, it combines the authenticity of an eco lodge with comforts comparable to a decent hotel.

KALPITIYA | Eco Tents

This new concept of stylish, eco-beach accommodation is for the discerning traveler in search of an unforgettable holiday. Spacious and comfortable, air conditioned tents present a world of romance with a unique ambience and view of the sea. Experience the thrill of sea safaris to the nearby Bar Reef for the best Sri Lanka has to offer in snorkeling and be entertained by the Dolphins and Whales on your way.

SIGIRIYA | Tree Houses

Close to Sigiriya Rock, this rustic eco-retreat sits at the foot of the towering Pidurangala rock. Surrender yourself to the humbling feeling of living in surroundings dating back to the 5th century AD.

KANDY | Hantane Shadow Inn

The Hantane Shadow Inn is a new hotel situated at the edge of a forest reserve in Hantane on the outskirts of Kandy. A short drive into Kandy provides an insight into the Kandyan Kingdom, the last independent state in Sri Lanka.


KANDY | Ecolodges

A tropical island holiday experience in the relaxed, natural setting of a Kandyan forest Garden. While giving you the personal attention you deserve, served in a traditional style. These Ecolodges are as close as you can get to sustainable tourism. Solar power replaces electricity, rainwater where possible is harvested and put to good use and the three Rs – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse are widely practiced.

NUWARA ELIYA | Ecolodge

Owned by a French Sri Lankan business partners. If any Eco lodge Villa to be up to the books standards we would say this meets almost all requirements, beautifully set amidst a proper agro-forestry setting. They follow strong Organic criteria to integrate different crop production in the Existing environment, also known as analog forestry.

ARUGAM BAY | Stardust Hotel

Situated by the estuary where the Pottuvil lagoon meets the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, Stardust is ideally poised to experience the thrilling waves, which are at their best for surfing from July to August, as well as the magnificent nature and wildlife that inhabits the lagoon.

COLOMBO | Villa Thalangama

Villa Thalangama has a prized aspect on the rural outskirts of Colombo alongside the Thalangama wetlands, one of the capital’s most up market areas. It enjoys a quiet, unspoiled lakeside setting, seemingly a world away from the commercial heart of Colombo less than half-an-hour away.


COMMUNITY & AGROTOURISM SOUTH OPTION 15 Days – 14 Nights

This tour will show you some hidden gems of Hill Country villages, discover the rural lifestyle of its habitants, farmers and livestock keepers – down to the Deep South of the island, where community associations and research centers work together to preserve the natural beauty and rich biodiversity of this precious island.


COMMUNITY & AGROTOURISM – SOUTH OPTION | Accommodation NEGOMBO | Ranweli

KALPITIYA | Eco Tents

Ranweli has a loyal clientele who value its gentle adventure experience. Situated on a peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the Indian Ocean, it combines the authenticity of an eco lodge with comforts comparable to a decent hotel.

This new concept of stylish, eco-beach accommodation is for the discerning traveler in search of an unforgettable holiday. Spacious and comfortable, air conditioned tents present a world of romance with a unique ambience and view of the sea. Experience the thrill of sea safaris to the nearby Bar Reef for the best Sri Lanka has to offer in snorkeling and be entertained by the Dolphins and Whales on your way.

SIGIRIYA | Tree Houses

Close to Sigiriya Rock, this rustic eco-retreat sits at the foot of the towering Pidurangala rock. Surrender yourself to the humbling feeling of living in surroundings dating back to the 5th century AD.

KANDY | Hantane Shadow Inn

The Hantane Shadow Resort is a new hotel situated at the edge of a forest reserve in Hantane on the outskirts of Kandy. A short drive into Kandy provides an insight into the Kandyan Kingdom, the last independent state in Sri Lanka.


KANDY | Ecolodges

A tropical island holiday experience in the relaxed, natural setting of a Kandyan forest Garden. While giving you the personal attention you deserve, served in a traditional style. These Ecolodges are as close as you can get to sustainable tourism. Solar power replaces electricity, rainwater where possible is harvested and put to good use and the three Rs – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse are widely practiced.

NUWARA ELIYA | Ecolodge

Owned by a French Sri Lankan business partners. If any Eco lodge Villa to be up to the books standards we would say this meets almost all requirements, beautifully set amidst a proper agro-forestry setting. They follow strong Organic criteria to integrate different crop production in the Existing environment, also known as analog forestry.

TANGALLE | Lagoon Paradise Beach

Lagoon Paradise is a basic but functional option for the budget traveller on a sparsely populated stretch of Sri Lanka’s south coast, near Rekuwa, home of a turtle sanctuary. It covers a three-acre plot of fairly rocky terrain under a canopy of coconut trees, which lead down to an open grassland and a lagoon.

COLOMBO | Villa Thalangama

Villa Thalangama has a prized aspect on the rural outskirts of Colombo alongside the Thalangama wetlands, one of the capital’s most up market areas. It enjoys a quiet, unspoiled lakeside setting, seemingly a world away from the commercial heart of Colombo less than half-an-hour away.


WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES

SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE UNCENSORED 8 Days – 7 Nights

Join us in a completely unknown 7 days experience into the Nature of Sri Lanka, its birdlife, wildlife and the village tranquility of its habitants.


SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE – 8 DAYS | Accommodation NEGOMBO | Ranweli

Ranweli has a loyal clientele who value its gentle adventure experience. Situated on a peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the Indian Ocean, it combines the authenticity of an eco lodge with comforts comparable to a decent hotel.

PUTTALAM |Traditional village huts

Share a simple lifestyle with welcoming hosts in the rural splendor of Sri Lanka’s Northwest coast. The Mud House is a secluded eco retreat nestled at the foot of the ancient Parmakanda Rock temple in the lightly populated district of Puttalam. It is set amidst six acres of untouched wilderness, tranquil lakes and abundant fauna and flora.


SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE UNCENSORED 15 Days – 14 Nights

Join us in a completely unknown 14-days experience into the Nature of Sri Lanka, its birdlife, wildlife and the village tranquility of its habitants. Walk through the villages, countryside and jump into a full-immersion experience of the Sri Lanka’s National Parks, from the Central Province to the South-Eastern Province of the island.


SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE TOUR – 15 DAYS | Accommodation NEGOMBO | Ranweli

Ranweli has a loyal clientele who value its gentle adventure experience. Situated on a peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the Indian Ocean, it combines the authenticity of an eco lodge with comforts comparable to a decent hotel.

PUTTALAM | Traditional village huts

Share a simple lifestyle with welcoming hosts in the rural splendor of Sri Lanka’s Northwest coast. The Mud House is a secluded eco retreat nestled at the foot of the ancient Parmakanda Rock temple in the lightly populated district of Puttalam. It is set amidst six acres of untouched wilderness, tranquil lakes and abundant fauna and flora.

KANDY | Hantane Shadow Inn

The Hantane Shadow Resort is a new hotel situated at the edge of a forest reserve in Hantane on the outskirts of Kandy. A short drive into Kandy provides an insight into the Kandyan Kingdom, the last independent state in Sri Lanka.


KANDY | Ecolodges

COLOMBO | Galle Face Hotel

A tropical island holiday experience in the relaxed, natural setting of a Kandyan forest Garden. While giving you the personal attention you deserve, served in a traditional style. These Ecolodges are as close as you can get to sustainable tourism. Solar power replaces electricity, rainwater where possible is harvested and put to good use and the three Rs – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse are widely practiced.

Built by four British entrepreneurs in 1864 - has been carefully renovated to bring it firmly into the 21st century, it continues to reflect the timeless romance, charisma and style of a bygone era. The Galle Face Hotel is especially popular with returning guests seduced by the age-old hospitality of the east who follow in the footsteps of famous personalities such as Richard Nixon, Roger Moore and Yuri Gagarin.

Governor’s Camp Sri Lanka

This jungle Camp, securely nestled in a 3-acre plot, is surrounded by the Kiriibbanara Wewa, in all its pristine glory and is located a mere 12km or 10 minutes away from the Udawalawe National Park entrance.


SPECIAL HOLIDAYS

A part of the most traditional touring experiences for all tastes and budgets, Paragon Holidays offers a wide range of Special Holidays, suitable for those who want to focus during their holidays on a specific objective or activities, such as Yoga, Relaxation, healing, Ayurveda, specific health treatments and much more.


YOGA RETREATS Choose from a simple one-week program into the ancient art of Yoga or a more complete 4 weeks full immersion program. Settled in a stunning environment, this eco retreat will help to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Many of the UK's most respected yoga teachers come here. As the teachers usually change every fortnight several types of yoga - usually Hatha, Sivananda, Iyengar and Astanga are available at different times in the season. Every morning there is usually an optional yoga class in a large, open-sided building with a palm leaf roof, or in the cool dappled shade of a banyan tree. Some teach one class a day, others two and some run separate classes for yoga students of different standards. Many also guide early morning walks in the beautifully wooded surrounding hills. As this place attracts some world-class yoga instructors some guests go mainly for the yoga classes. The retreat provides yoga mats, wooden blocks, belts, small flat cushions & bolsters in the yoga shala. Ask us for the different packages or, if you wish, how to combine a Yoga holiday with a visit to the island.

AYURVEDA TREATMENTS If you want to relax in a peaceful environment and be taken care by experienced Ayurvedic doctors with special diets, meditation and massages, this is the place for you. We can organize you from one-week to more intense four-week program into the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine of treatments. Whether you have a specific illness or disease or you want to loose some weight, remove your stress accumulated during the year or just a complete relaxation holiday, Ayurveda will help you in many ways. Ayurveda is not an alternative medicine. It is one of the oldest forms of medical science known to man - originating 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is more than a system of herbal medicine. It is a way to a healthy & long life and can complement modern medicine. Ayurveda has two main aims: it treats the symptoms of a disease and it helps individuals to strengthen their immune system. Ayurveda treats the body, mind and spirit of a person as a whole entity, and works on the basis that the mind and body affect each other, and together can overcome disease. Contact us to enjoy this experience in the best Ayurveda resorts of the island.


SPORTS & ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS We can organize holidays focused on specific sports or adventures, such as Golf, Surfing or Kayaking, Rafting, Trekking and Canyoning. Sri Lanka is rated as one of the best 10 spots for its Golf Courses in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy Victoria Reservoir. Arugam Bay is also one of the top surfing destinations worldwide and during July to August professional surfers come to the Eastern coast to face its big waves. Or just contact us to tailor make your holiday in a full immersion adventure program in the Sri Lankan jungle with rafting, kayaking and other thrilling experiences.

DENTAL TREATMENTS Paragon Holidays organizes special Dental Holidays for those who want specific dental treatments, which are unaffordable in their home country, but with the technology and a staff trained and experienced in Europe. Most of the Dental Professors have qualified as consultants in the United Kingdom. The clinic also uses German technology. The salubrious weather in the hill capital of Sri Lanka Kandy, along with the hospitality will provide relaxation of mind & body. All this is provided at an affordable cost. Some of the dental services include: Dental Check up with needful X ray; Periodontal (Gum Treatment); Scaling + Polishing; Gum disease Treatment; Root planning. Cosmetic Dentistry: Whitening; Smile designing; Porcelain Veneers. Restorative Dentistry: Dental Fillings; Root canal Treatment; Crown & Bridge Work; Implantology; Implants and many more.


VOLUNTEERING Paragon Holidays supports different projects, from the Mother Teresa home in Kandy, where you can volunteer with children with disabilities, to organic agriculture projects in the Eastern province, where you can help in the home garden or supporting the management and marketing of their cooperative societies. Ask us more about these programs and how you can combine them with a round tour in Sri Lanka.

FULL IMMERSION INTO the BOLLYWOOD-FUSION and SRI LANKAN DANCE If you are a professional dancer or you just want to experience the magic of Bollywood dancing, its glamour and rhythm, ask us for the special Indian Dance package or more traditional Sri Lankan dances, where you can combine a One week traditional dancing workshop in Negombo with a professional dancer (who has danced in different Sri Lankan and Indian movies) with a round tour of the Island. We will tailor make your holiday, based on your tastes and experience.


CELEBRATE YOUR WEDDING IN SRI LANKA Sri Lanka is a magical country that many foreign visitors decide to choose for their dreamed wedding. You can choose between traditional Sinhalese wedding, Indian Wedding or the more conventional Western wedding. We can rent you a private beachfront Villa, where you can have your own privacy and small group of guests for the celebration or on a Classical Colonial hotel in Colombo near the sea or on a stunning location on the Tea hills of the island. Talk to us and we can arrange the whole wedding for you, as well as your honeymoon on this beautiful Island.


Paragon Holidays Terms & Conditions TERMS & CONDITIONS Please read the conditions that will apply to your holiday by using the links on the left. They might look to you too long, but it is very important that you carefully read this information while booking a holidays with us. Our policy is transparency. We want to state every detail clearly. As the Ancient Romans said "melium abundare quam deficere"...

PARAGON DISCLAIMER We try to ensure that the information contained on our web site is accurate and up to date. However, we recommend that you verify the information before acting on it. You can do this by calling the relevant sales number shown at the top of each country page. There is no charge for the information presented on this website; however, in return for allowing you to access this material, we require your acceptance that Paragon Holidays (Pvt) Ltd will not be liable for any actions you may take as a result of using this information.

REPRESENTATIVE SERVICES Please note we either personally or our representative services are available in Sri Lanka. So therefore you will be met on arrival by ourselves or Hostess or our driver/guides. Please ensure that you refer to your itinerary which will provide the appropriate contact details, should you need assistance whilst on holiday. The following terms and conditions (“booking conditions”) form the basis of your contract with Paragon Holidays (Pvt) Ltd. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us through the internet / website in Sri Lanka and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” “villas” “Safaris” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them, as the context requires and “lead name” means the person who makes the booking. “We”, “us” and “our” means Paragon Holidays (Pvt) Ltd.


1. BEFORE YOU BOOK 1.1 Choosing your Holiday We hope that your Paragon holiday will live up to your expectations so it is very important that you choose the right holiday for you. Space in our brochures to give detailed information is limited but there is more information online at www.paragonholidays.com and our staff are always happy to advise and give you their professional opinion.

1.2 Hotel Gradings Choosing the right hotel can be a dilemma, especially when travelling to long haul destinations and whilst most hotels have official star ratings locally, in some cases official ratings cannot always be relied on. Subsequently we have categorized all hotels throughout the website as Boutique, Boutique Styled and Luxury Hotels, Eco Lodges and Nature (similar standards), Luxury Safaris, Kandy Golf Villas, Hotels and Guest Houses and Luxury Villas (on our villa rentals website www.villainsrilanka.co.uk, which is a direct operation under Paragon Holidays to give a general guide. However, standards can vary between hotels of the same class in different countries, and even in the same country. For example city hotels which often cater for business as well as leisure travellers may well have generally higher standards than a beach resort hotel where the whole atmosphere will tend to be more relaxed. It is important to read carefully the individual hotel descriptions.

1.3 Single Rooms It is an unfair fact of life that single travellers often have to pay over the odds for a room, often up to twice the price each person in a twin room might have to pay. So we have negotiated some super deals and are delighted to offer you the widest choice of single saver offers available in Sri Lankan market today. Please requests for very special offers. However note that the standard and location of single rooms is not always as good as that of twin/double rooms even when you pay the single supplement. On Safaris, excursions and touring holiday’s single rooms cannot always be guaranteed.

I) WHY ARE SINGLE TRAVELLERS ASKED TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR ROOM? If a single person occupies a double room they will usually be asked to pay extra (a single supplement). Hotels price their rooms, as doubles or family rooms and they do not reduce the rates if it is occupied by a single person. The costs to the hotel of providing the room – heating, lighting, cleaning etc are the same regardless of how many people occupy that room. This also applies to self-catering units where, for example, three people may choose to occupy accommodation priced for four.

II) WHY ARE SINGLE ROOMS SOMETIMES SMALLER THAN DOUBLES OR FAMILY ROOMS? Hotel design may mean that single rooms are smaller and sometimes less well appointed. While there is normally a supplement for these rooms, the overall cost will usually be less than when a single person occupies a double room. We do not make additional or excessive profits from these supplements. The prices we charge reflect the costs of under occupancy of the rooms contracted to us by the hotel.


1.4 Twin or Double Rooms Accommodation in all hotels, regardless of the rating, is in standard rooms (sometimes named superior/deluxe) based on twins or doubles unless otherwise stated. Unless we have stated in the itinerary the tour is booked with Suites or any other special category of room upgrades.

1.5 Triple/Quad Rooms A third or fourth person sharing a room either shares existing beds or has an extra bed (which may be of camp-bed style) placed in a double/twin room. As conditions may be cramped you may wish to consider booking two rooms. We offer 'child accommodation' at many of our hotels, these are generally based on sharing existing beds in the room. If you require a separate bed, you must advise us at the time of booking, as there may well be a charge added to your booking, or this charge may be payable locally. Any meal plan charges will still apply.

1.6 Travelling with Children If you are travelling with young children, it is important to note that child seats are not provided for transfers. If you specifically require a car seat, we advise you to either take your own with you, or call our Sales team, and we will do our utmost to try and arrange this for you - there may well be an additional charge for this.

1.7 Minimum Stays Minimum stays are required at certain hotels for certain periods. Where applicable these will be advised at time of booking.

1.8 Booking a Room for Early Arrival or Late Departure Generally hotel rooms will be available between approximately noon and 3pm, and are to be vacated between 10 am and noon, irrespective of your arrival or departure times, unless we have stated otherwise. Should you wish your room to be ready prior to noon on your day of arrival or available after 10 am for an afternoon or evening departure, it is possible to reserve the room at the time of booking at a cost.

1.9 Paragon Plus/Room Upgrade/Honeymoon/Anniversary Offers When the offer of a room upgrade is mentioned in Paragon Plus, it is not necessarily an upgrade to the next category featured in our website, but usually an upgrade to the next category of room (not suite) available within the hotel. We will of course do everything possible to arrange the provision of a double bed for honeymoon couples (in most luxury and Boutique hotels it is not an issue, but Small hotels, Guest houses and Eco lodges the standard varies) but it is not always possible to guarantee this and the provision of a double bed does not constitute a term of your contract with us. Anniversary offers only apply if you’re celebrating your Silver (25th) or Golden (50th) wedding anniversary while on holiday. Remember to advise us if it is your honeymoon or Silver/Golden anniversary and to take a copy of your marriage certificate with you on holiday. In order to qualify for a our special Paragon offers, your stay and/or holiday must be started and completed within the date band specified, under the individual offers as stated. For hotel sale discounts and free night offers, where there is a minimum stay requirement, the nights spent at the hotel must be consecutive. The featured Offers are regularly updated on the website, but they may change, often at short notice. If you are interested in any of the Offers, please contact your local travel agent and/or our Sales Team to check the current terms of the offer before you book.


1.10 Tours - General health requirements Most of our tours are not suitable if you have any disability or have reduced mobility (including being confined to a wheelchair). Therefore, in the interest of safety and comfort for all groups as a whole, you must be fit enough to participate or alternatively you must have an able bodied carer to assist you in the tour.

1.11

Free Extras & Gifts

At certain hotels we may offer a free lunch, dinner, Massage, Spa & Ayurveda or memorable experience and in some tours we offer free souvenirs and gifts or Discounts on purchases as Gems, Wood Carving, Batiks and Spices. (We should be informed during the time of purchase or should be told one day in advance, so we have enough time before the invoice is issued to offer you this and advise you to go to the right place.-Since it is a developing country still the Practice of commission is not fully removable, the only Option is for us to offer you something back from the extras you pay, this varies from the deal and place to place. We are sure to get you a discount upto 10% or more.

1.12 All Inclusive & Hotels for Couples Some hotels specified ‘for couples’ cater for mixed sex couples only. We recommend that if you are a 'same sex' couple, you thoroughly research your chosen hotel/destination before you book, to ensure it is suitable. Hotels often place restrictions on restaurants and meal arrangements. All Inclusive does not necessarily mean that unlimited food and beverages are available 24-hours a day. Individual hotels operate different policies and full details will be provided locally.

1.13 Passports/Visas/Health You must ensure that your passport and travel documentation is in order and that you have obtained the necessary visa and all other requirements for your Travel Arrangements. Should you require assistance on this matter we will be pleased to make recommendations. We will not be held responsible for You travelling without the correct travel documents. Many countries including now require children to hold their own passports and additional countries are adopting this policy on an ongoing basis. We therefore recommend that all children travel on full passports. Important Travel Information - (http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp) When travelling to Sri Lanka you must apply for an ETA visa which allows entry into the country. Names on the ETA must exactly match those appearing on your passport. Therefore when booking a honeymoon in Sri Lanka, brides need to ensure that they book under their maiden name as they will not be able to apply for an ETA under their new married name. How do I obtain a visa to Sri Lanka? The ETA system is now effective. The ETA can be obtained On-Line by logging on to www.eta.gov.lk and following the instructions. The cost is US$20 as a standard for all countries for processing the visa prior to arrival. For South Asian (SAARC) countries the cost is be US$10. For children under the age of 12 there is no charge. Those who arrive at the airport without a prior visa will also be able to obtain a visa at the port of arrival. The cost will be US$25 for all countries and US$15 for South Asian (SAARC) countries. We strongly advise you and everyone travelling in your party to check with their own medical advisers at least a month before travel on recommended vaccines and the possible need for malaria tablets.


1.14 Experiences (last updated: 18 Apr 2012) We are pleased to be able to offer various "experiences" and activities, such as diving, which you can pre-book with us as part of your holiday arrangements. Some of these experiences and activities may require you to be in good physical and mental health and, by booking with us; you confirm that you and your party are in good health with no medical history that would make it dangerous for you to participate. You must observe safety instructions at all times. We only stand between our suppliers and our customers and will not accept responsibility if it is caused by the negligence of our suppliers. The experiences and activities are subject to minimum numbers, and may be cancelled at short notice. In such circumstance, you will receive a full refund of monies paid for the excursion or activity in question.

1.15 Locally Advertised Excursions Our office is only 15 minutes away from the Airport, so if you have booked a beach Holiday in Negombo and wish to be engaged in excursions, then please drop into our office. Talk to us about your price range, interests and mind, we will be happy to assist you on this. We need at least 2 days prior notice to get through all arrangements.

1.16 Children on Holiday Please note that meals are not provided for infants. Infant charges are based on an infant sitting on an adults lap and additional charges will apply for infants requiring their own seat. Any charge for a baby cot in the room and food are paid by the guest direct to the hotel unless we request you to pay in advance at the time of booking. We do not recommended holidays for children under 10 on escorted tours, coach tours or on safari (unless in private minibus). Some places in Sri Lanka, Owing to their lack of special child or medical facilities are also not suitable for very young children but we would be happy to advise which hotels or resorts we think suit your requirements best.

1.17 Public Holidays Practically Sri Lanka has more public and private holidays than anywhere else in the world. The festivities may temporarily disrupt your holiday and some religious holidays such as Ramadan, which affects many Muslim Cities and towns may result in a reduction of facilities and entertainment. Others are somewhat chaotic but great fun to be a part of. We suggest that you take this into consideration when selecting your departure date. Ramadan: 01 August 2011 (approx. for one month) Chinese New Year: 03 February 2011 Sinhala + Tamil New Year (Sri Lanka): 13 April 2012 Deepawali (India & Sri Lanka): 05 November 2010 / 26 October 2012 For 2012 Public Holidays:

http://www.slba.lk/ Various events are organized in most towns throughout the season, and we therefore suggest that you thoroughly research your chosen area before booking.


1.18 Other Hotel Guests Many hotels, especially in cities and major resorts, accommodate conventions and conferences. Also, at certain times of the year, some destinations have an influx of groups such as students, associations or clubs. The hotels we feature are shared with guests from many countries with different cultures and customs. Even though we use many small private boutique styled luxury hotels where privacy is thought well off, there are some hotels we feature on our website that have these events and groups, We have no control over the acceptance of bookings at the hotels we feature other than our own. We are therefore unable to accept any responsibility for any inconvenience caused by such groups or their activities.

1.19 Holiday Seasons Most of the destinations we feature are available all year round. Some do have quieter 'off peak' periods when you can take advantage of un-crowded beaches and a more personal attention from hotel staff at excellent prices. At this time it may be necessary for hotels to scale down the size of some of their facilities, such as restaurants, to match demand. Similarly, during peak periods hotels experience full occupancy which may result in a livelier atmosphere and slower service in busier facilities.

1.20 Meals Holidays which include main meals generally commence with dinner on the day of arrival at your hotel and terminate with breakfast (on half board) or lunch (on full board) on the day of departure. All Inclusive packages generally finish at check-out time on your day of departure between 10 am and noon. After this time, payment for any additional meals must be made direct to the hotel. No refunds on meals not taken can be given. Special diets of any kind (including vegetarian) can seldom be catered for adequately within the constraints of a table d’hôte menu and cannot be guaranteed. We would therefore strongly recommend that anyone with special requirements takes a holiday where no meals (or only breakfast) are included and simply buys the most acceptable dishes from the à la carte menu available locally. Where breakfast is included this will more commonly be continental breakfast, although full breakfasts are provided at certain hotels. Please ask at the time of booking if this is important to you.

1.21 Smoking The majority of airlines have introduced a total smoking ban on most or all of their flights and many hotels also now have a non-smoking policy in hotel rooms and public areas. Please ask at the time of booking if this information is important to you.

1.22 Special Requests Where a special request eg. Diet, room location, twin or double bedded room, a particular facility at a hotel, and/or particular meals etc. is an important factor in your choice of holiday, you must advise us when the booking is made. We are happy to pass your request on to the hotel or other supplier but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated with the standards you seek, we will try our best to keep it high standards accepted locally. The provision of any special request does not constitute a term of your contract with us. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important with you.


1.23 If You have a disability or medical condition which may affect your holiday If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any significant change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

1.24 Group Transfers Our holidays include Group Transfers from airports/villas/hotels and vice versa unless otherwise stated on the appropriate pages or your documentation. A group transfer is generally a Private transfer and the type of vehicle used will normally be dependent upon the size of the group, with No stops being made the actual duration of your transfer will be same as we state unless traffic problems or some delays. Alternatively, you have the choice of upgrading your transfer to an Air taxi at the appropriate cost, details on request.

1.25 Weather World weather is becoming more erratic and unpredictable and we cannot be held responsible for disruption to your holiday due to bad or unusual weather conditions. The Sea In Sri Lanka it is very important to respect the sea. There are strong tides, rips and currents and there are no lifeguards. Swim only where it is SAFE! Never leave children unsupervised. Tropical living Little things in the tropics can go amiss and whilst there is often a simple solution please allow for the unexpected. Ever heard of "mañana"? In the tropics it would be fair to suggest there is insufficient urgency for even that. We suggest you remove your watch and ‘go with the flow’. When wanting something at a particular time. Lunch for example…we suggest you ask for it be delivered 30 mins before the actual time. The weather We can only tell you what the weather was like last year, last week, or yesterday. We have no idea what it will be like tomorrow. Tropical villas tend to be designed with blue skies and bright sunshine in mind and outdoor dining, barefoot beach strolls and sun bathing are not so much fun….unless you live in a desert…in the rain. Sri Lanka has no marked seasons - climatically the island has no off season. A special feature is that the hot and humid lowlands and the salubrious hill country are separated by only a few hours motoring. Average mean temperature along the coast is 26.7 C (80 F) and 19.7 C (66.50 F) in the hill country. In Colombo, the commercial capital, situated on the west coast, the temperature varies from 26.4 C (79.5 F) to 27.8 C (82.12 F). Relative Humidity varies from 70% during the day to 90% at night. In the lowlands the climate is typically tropical with an average temperature of 27C in Colombo. In the higher elevations it can be quite cool with temperatures going down to 16OC at an altitude of nearly 2,000 meters. Bright, sunny warm days are the rule and are common even during the height of the monsoon. The south west monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the north-east monsoon rains occur in the northern and eastern regions in December and January.


Area Colombo Kandy Nuwara Eliya Trincomalee

Jan-April Max 30°C 31°C 21°C 32°C

Min 22°C 17°C 14°C 24°C

May-August Max 30°C 29°C 18°C 33°C

Min 24°C 21°C 16°C 25°C

Sept-December Max 29°C 28°C 18°C 33°C

Min 22°C 18°C 15°C 23°C

1.26 Late Bookings & Special Offers Late Bookings accepted provided you have booked 2 to 3 nights on the Western coastal areas (Negombo –Paragon Beach Office, Colombo, Bentota, Wadduwa and Kalutara areas). Please note that many of the hotels and tours included in our late bookings and/or special offers are also featured in our other main brochures/website. Any offers/facilities detailed therein are not applicable to late bookings or special offers unless otherwise stated.

2. BOOKING AND PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY 2.1 Your Commitment to Us When you or your Travel Agent wishes to confirm a holiday booking, we require a deposit 30%-50% of the holiday cost, which will be given to you depending on the type of holiday you book, or any higher deposit which applies to your holiday. The deposit will only be refundable as set out in these booking conditions. When you make a booking, the lead name confirms that you understand and have accepted these booking conditions and our Important Holiday Information which forms our booking conditions. We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to refuse to accept any booking without necessarily specifying a reason. Many Hotels now require the full name of all passengers travelling. We will therefore ask you at the time of booking to provide us with your first forename (as shown in your passport) as well as your title and surname. When booking your holiday, if you wish to make a modification to a holiday shown in the website we will try to assist. Should you wish to change to an alternative featured hotel, this will be charged at the difference in published price, as long as we hold the space required. We accept payment only via Bank to Bank transfer( Max 03 to 05 days , but safe), Credit Card online Payments Facilities are still limited in Sri Lanka and as online CC Payments are standing a big Risk with Hackers we do not wish to accept payments online credit cards

(http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/03/201233115329743261.html). Once you have signed the booking conditions & booking form we will send you a Proforma invoice stating which date the booking has been made and when you will have to last pay the deposit or full money. When you receive the Proforma Invoice and have paid to our bank, we need proof of the transaction faxed or scanned clearly and e-mailed to us as soon as possible. If the money does not arrive in our bank as per Proforma instructed last settlement date we will terminate your holiday.


If your money arrives, we would send an Invoice stating the Amount received and balance due and when balance needs to be paid. Full payment is due not less than 50 days before Arrival/Commencement. Unless at certain circumstances a written agreement will be sent to you for collection of the final payments at the air port on arrival or you visit our office in Negombo to settle the final payments. If you do not pay in full 50 days before arrival, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If you make a holiday booking within 50 days of your arrival/commencement date then you must pay the full cost of the holiday at the booking stage. For some Holidays these Cancellation policies do not apply. They are stated along with the respective holiday package. For travel agents and Tour operators the same above is applicable instead of 50 Days travel agents should settle all monies in 40 days prior to their clients’ holiday. This however can change with mutual understanding and the partnership we have developed. A booking is not accepted until we issue an invoice. The date shown on the invoice, which will be sent to you or your Travel Agent, is the date of booking. It is important to check the details on the invoice when you get it.

2.2 Our Commitment to You We will arrange to provide you with the various services which form part of the holiday you book with us. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into existence, we reserve the right to increase or decrease, and correct errors in, advertised prices and to change any of the information contained in this brochure. Changes will be made known to you at the time of booking. If any details appear to be incorrect or incomplete, please contact us or your Travel Agent immediately as it may not be possible to make changes later. We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so. Once your booking is confirmed

2.3 Peak Season Supplements During peak periods such as Christmas and Easter when demand outstrips the supply of Transport and accommodation, you may find that supplements are added to the cost of your holiday. The supplements may be for certain holiday departures and/or accommodation on specific dates. They do not necessarily indicate that additional services such as Gala dinners will be provided. The cost of these supplements will be quoted to you at the time of booking.

2.4 'From Prices’ Paragon offers you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation and services available. Because of the wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel and choice of accommodation. To help you in choosing a holiday which is tailor made by us to your requirements, please call our Sales team, or visit your travel agent or our website for further information about services and prices. We will be happy to provide you with an up to date quote.

2.6 Paying For Your Holiday After your booking is taken and a deposit received, a confirmation invoice will be sent to you detailing the total cost due. Full payment must be received not less than 50 days before Arrival. If we or your travel agent has not received full payment at least 50 days before arrival in Sri Lanka, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you and forfeit your deposit by way of cancellation charges. If we do not cancel straight away because you have promised to make payment, the full or balance money must come in 35 days before arrival. We won’t Charge any Cancellation charges. If you fail this date we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled. If you make a holiday booking within 50 days of your departure date then you must pay the full cost of the holiday at the booking stage.


2.7 Pricing Errors Whilst we endeavor to ensure that the most up to date and correct prices are shown on our website and in our brochures, there may on occasion be an incorrect price shown, due to an unfortunate error. When we become aware of any such error, we will endeavour to notify you at the time of booking (if we are then aware of the mistake) or within 7 days of the time of booking, or as soon as reasonably possible. We must reserve the right to cancel the booking if you do not wish to accept the price which is actually applicable to the holiday in which case, you will be given the choice to amend your booking to an alternative holiday, at the correct price.

2.8 Insurance It is important that you have insurance cover and that it is adequate and suitable for your particular needs. If you fail to take out insurance and have to cancel your booking, you will be charged in accordance with our normal terms and condition. Furthermore, if you require medical/any other form of assistance whilst on holiday you will not be covered and you in turn may incur significant costs. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday.

2.9 Travel Information & Documents On Arrival in Sri Lanka International Airport you should receive a copy of our destination information covering the area/s you are visiting and general information. We strongly recommend that you read these. In the case of late payment and/or late bookings or on arrival Negombo office bookings, we will be handing to you at the airport on Arrival or at the office in Sri Lanka, Negombo. If you are in Negombo then most likely we will visit your hotel at a convenient time for you.

3. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Changes Or Additions To Your Holiday If you want to change any part of your holiday arrangements after the invoice has been issued, we will do our best to make the change, but it may not be easy. Any request for changes must be made in writing by the person who made the original booking, or his or her travel agent. If it is possible to make the change, it will be subject to an administration charge of USD30 per booking, and payment of any further costs incurred as a result of the change. If we agree that you may change your booking to a holiday of lower value, and then you cancel that holiday, we reserve the right to levy cancellation charges on the value of the original booking. Please note that save for the transfer of a booking (see below), or the addition of any offers made by Paragon which were not requested at the time of booking, it will not be possible to make changes within 28 days of your scheduled departure date.

3.2 Transferring Bookings If any person named on a booking is prevented from travelling as a result of illness, the death of a close relative, jury service or other significant reason, we will agree to that person’s booking being transferred to another person (introduced by you) who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package, subject to both persons accepting liability for full payment of the holiday cost and all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers in order to make the transfer. We must be given at least 14 days notice of the transfer request. An administration charge will be made of US$20 per person for requests made more than 50 days before departure, and US$40 per person within 50 days before departure.


3.3 Cancelling Your Holiday If you or anyone on your holiday booking decides to cancel the holiday, the lead name must notify us of the decision as soon as possible. Any notification by telephone must also be confirmed in writing or by e-mail within 24-hours by the lead name. Cancellation will take effect from the day we are notified provided that written confirmation is received by us within 24-hours of the original notification. A cancellation invoice will be sent to you or your travel agent within 7 days, if you do not receive this please contact us immediately in order to prevent an increase in charges. The following scale of charges will be payable depending on when the notification of cancellation is received. Any amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation. References to the deposit include all sums paid or payable at the time of booking. Period prior to arrival notice Prior 50 14 days or less:

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We would strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance which provides cover against loss of deposit or cancellation fees. We voluntarily return all recoverable costs for cancellations. Paragon Holidays will be entitled to retain part of the payment made by you as compensation for the work that has been put into preparing the itinerary, and allocating a driver guide (as he has given his time scarifying other potential business) and so we will deduct all bank transfer costs etc when we transfer back the money to your account. The compensation amount will be different according to whether the holiday period is during peak times or off-peak times in accordance with the tables below.

4. IF WE WANT TO CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY 4.1 Accuracy: We carefully check the information given on our website and on our holidays about accommodation, resorts, itineraries etc. Therefore changes may be made to the particulars on this. In these circumstances we will notify you of changes before you book. However, please bear in mind that hoteliers, restaurateurs, nightclub owners etc., may wish to maintain or improve their facilities, or even take a break themselves. Tour, excursion or safari itineraries may change as a result of local conditions. Circumstances such as these, or weather conditions, time of year etc., may cause some of the amenities we have described to be unavailable or different from those advertised on our website. If we are told of any significant or long term changes we will always try to advise you prior to your arrival.

4.2 Building & Development Work Many hotels and resorts are continuing to develop, sometimes rapidly and intensively and often with little or no advance warning. Whilst we have no control over such work, as a responsible Tour Operator, it is important to us that you are aware of any significant building/ refurbishment work that may be going on during your stay. General refurbishment at hotels is necessary to maintain standards but if we are informed of such work, we will try to notify you of any activity as soon as possible, however near to your arrival this may be.


4.3 If we CHANGE your holiday before your departure: We hope and expect to be able to provide you with all the services we have confirmed to you at the time of booking. We plan arrangements in advance of your holiday using independent suppliers such as airlines, hotels etc., over whom we have no direct control. It is the cases, that on occasion’s changes do have to be made, and we reserve the right to make these. Most of these changes are minor. However, if we consider them a SIGNIFICANT CHANGE we will try to advise you or your Travel Agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time. We consider a SIGNIFICANT CHANGE to be one where there has been a change of resort, a change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price, a change of flight time of more than 12 hours, and a change of departure airport. In the case of your being advised of a SIGNIFICANT CHANGE before your departure we will: Provide you with three alternatives: 1. Accept the alternative offered (at additional cost if applicable). 2. Purchase another available holiday from us. 3. Cancel your holiday with a full refund of all monies paid.

4.4 Changes Due To Circumstances beyond Our Control We will not be liable to pay any compensation if we are forced to cancel or in any way change your holiday as a result of situations outside our control which neither we nor our suppliers could foresee or forestall even with all due care. These include unavoidable technical problems with transport, changes imposed by rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or main charterer, the alteration of the airline or aircraft type, war or threat of war, civil strife, industrial disputes, natural disaster, bad weather and terrorist activity.

4.5 If We Change Your Holiday Accommodation We do not control the day-to-day management of your accommodation, and in exceptional cases it is possible that we may be advised that the reserved accommodation is not available. If this happens before your arrival or on arrival in resort we will try to provide accommodation of at least the same standard in the same resort area. If only accommodation of a lower standard is available we will refund the difference of the holiday price between the accommodation booked and that available, and will pay US$ 10 per person for any inconvenience.

4.6 If we CANCEL your holiday We reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your holiday for any reason. However we will not cancel your holiday within 50 days of departure unless it is for a reason outside our control (see changes due to circumstances beyond our control). If we have to cancel your holiday we will offer you: 1. An alternative holiday of equivalent or of very closely similar standard and price, if available, or 2. Travel arrangements of a lower standard and a refund of the difference in price, or 3. A full refund of all monies paid.


4.7 Minimum Numbers We will advise you at least 50 days before departure if minimum numbers have not been reached. You will then have the choice of booking an alternative holiday with us, changing your departure date at the appropriate additional cost, or having a refund of monies paid. No compensation will be payable and we are unable to offer refunds of any associated costs ie visas etc.

4.8 Tours Whilst every effort is made to operate a tour as advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, the routing or order of an itinerary. Unless the change significantly alters the holiday, compensation will not be payable for minor alterations to the itinerary or nightly accommodation.

5. ON HOLIDAY 5.1Water/Electricity Supplies In many of the less sophisticated destinations we feature, the water and electricity services struggle to keep up with the increased demands from tourism. Limited rainfall can put further pressure on their provision. Hotels do everything possible to maintain full services. However, occasional power cuts and/or water restrictions may be experienced.

5.2 Accommodation in the Tropics In many hotels, especially beach resorts ‘insects’ in the rooms (eg. cockroaches etc) are almost inevitable. It should by no means be taken as a sign of dirtiness, simply a fact of life in these destinations. Views from some hotel rooms may be partly obscured by palm trees and other vegetation that can grow very quickly in tropical climates.

5.3 Watersports & Other Activities Many hotels offer Watersports and other sporting activities, in some cases these may be free of charge. Please note that in the interest of your personal safety, the operators of these activities may require that you demonstrate your competence (for example a swimming test) prior to commencement and reserve the right to refuse participation for any reason if they feel this may compromise your or another guest’s safety.

5.4 Behaviour Most people go on holiday for rest and relaxation, so if in our reasonable opinion or in the opinion of any airline pilot, hotel manager, tour leader or other person in authority, your behaviour is causing or is likely to cause danger, upset or damage to property or is persistently affecting the enjoyment of others, we reserve the right to terminate your holiday. Should this happen, no refund or compensation would be paid and we will have no further responsibility for your holiday arrangements (including any return travel).


5.5 Personal Belongings and Lost Items For security reasons valuables should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with your medicines, camera, film, electrical or battery-operated appliances, as well as basic essentials such as a change of clothing and toiletries. It can be easy to lose items but it is your responsibility to look after your property at all times and end you must ensure you are adequately covered by comprehensive insurance. If you lose any personal items whilst on holiday, please obtain a written report from a local representative, or police, to help with any insurance claim upon your return.

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If you have cause for complaint whilst on holiday, you must bring it to the attention of our local representative or agent and the hotel immediately. They will do their best to rectify the situation. It is unreasonable to take no action whilst on holiday, but then to write a letter of complaint upon return. If you do not raise concerns immediately, this may affect our ability to investigate and take remedial action and it may impact on the way your complaint is dealt with.

5.7 Conservation It is becoming ever more important to conserve the world’s natural resources, its landscapes, flora and fauna. Someone coined the phrase ‘Take only photographs; leave only footprints’ and a number of countries now use this to promote conservation. It would be hard to improve on this statement.

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We do not accept responsibility if any death, personal injury or failure of your holiday arrangements is not caused by any fault of ours, or our agents or suppliers, and is caused by you or someone not connected with your holiday arrangements. Our suppliers (such as airlines, accommodation or transport providers) have their own booking conditions or conditions of carriage, and these conditions are binding between you and the supplier. Some of these conditions may limit or remove the relevant transport provider’s or other supplier’s liability to you.

5.9 Locally Booked Excursions/Activities Whilst you are away on holiday you may be offered the opportunity to buy optional excursions and activities. If you decide to buy an excursion or activity, your contract will be made with our company which provides it and it will not from part of your contracted holiday arrangements with us. The contract will be subject to the excursion/activity provider’s terms and conditions, some of which may exclude or limit its liability to you, and will be governed by local law and jurisdiction. Paragon Holidays accepts no liability for any breach of contract or act or omission of any excursion/activity provider. Some excursions/activities may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness, and, if in doubt, you should make direct enquiries with the local provider, before deciding to buy and check that you are covered by your travel insurance policy.

5.10 Curtailment If you cut short your holiday and return home early in circumstances where you have no reasonable cause for complaint about the standard of accommodation and services provided, we will not offer you any refund for the remainder of your holiday not completed, or assist with any associated costs you may incur. Depending on the circumstances, your travel insurance may offer cover for curtailment and we suggest that any claim is made directly with them.


5.11 Volunteering Holidays The volunteering element of your holiday involves working and, where applicable, staying in locations which tourists do not usually visit. These locations are often remote and the conditions for the people who live there are generally basic. Volunteering is not a conventional holiday activity and the organizations with whom we work do not provide services for tourists. Whilst we will endeavor to carry out certain health and safety checks on any accommodation you are intended to stay in, these checks will be limited. We do not carry out health and safety checks on the other elements of your volunteering experience as it is not practical for us to do so. We make no representations or promises as to the conditions you will encounter during your volunteering experience or that there will be compliance with any minimum standards of health, safety or hygiene. You must therefore exercise caution and take all appropriate steps to protect yourself against the risks involved. Whilst volunteering, you are likely to come into contact with both wild and domestic animals. All animals, including domesticated ones, are unpredictable and capable of causing injury and even death. They may also carry disease or parasites, which may be passed on by close contact with the animal or its faeces. You must therefore exercise a great deal of caution and take responsibility for your own safety in any situation where animals are, may be or have been present. All instructions and guidance provided in relation to any animal, whether in advance or by anyone accompanying you, must be followed at all times and no animal must be touched or approached unless you are specifically invited to do so. As we cannot control any animal nor predict its behaviour, we cannot accept any liability for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage or other claim of any nature, which you suffer in connection with any animal.

6. ON RETURN FROM YOUR HOLIDAY 6.1 Questionnaire We are committed to improving the standard of our holidays and it is only with the help of your feedback that we will be able to achieve our aim. We would therefore appreciate it if you would spend a few moments to complete and return the questionnaire, which you will find in your document wallet. Please fill in the Questionnaire and Pass it through the Driver (in an Envelop) or hand it over to the Office or Duty officer. Paragon Holidays Pvt Limited, 20 A, Poruthota road, Ethukala, Negombo Sri Lanka. (Email address: holidays@paragonholidays.com ) we would also welcome and act upon any comments you would like to pass on to us. If you forget to fill in the paper version, you can always complete the questionnaire online when you get home. As a gesture of thanks you will be entered into our prize draw to win a luxurious 7 night holiday for two.

6.2 If You Had a Problem If a problem remains unresolved during your holiday, you should make a complaint in writing to Paragon within 28 days of the completion of the holiday. Please remember to quote your holiday booking number or invoice number and daytime telephone number and email. We will reply to you within 28 days of receipt of your letter. Our commitment to you for personal injury claims (unconnected with arrangements made by us) Should you or any member of your party death through any misadventure during your holiday arising out of an activity which does not form part of your holiday arrangements provided by Paragon Holidays, we will, in our reasonable discretion, offer you advice, guidance and assistance. This may include a contribution towards your initial legal costs of making a claim against the offending party.


6.3 Weather & Tidal Conditions Information is supplied by the Meteorological Office, local tourist offices and other sources and is given as a guide only. Our Sales team is happy to advise on weather trends as many of the destinations featured in this website have a tropical climate where heavy rainfall and strong winds do occur at certain times of the year, however world weather patterns are now becoming more and more erratic resulting in unusual rainfall, storms and even floods and Tsunamis. During monsoon season, you are likely to get more rain than sunshine. Most people go on holiday to spend time in the sunshine and although adverse weather conditions can be very frustrating We cannot assume any responsibility for the statistical information provided opposite, nor accept liability to make refunds or pay compensation for alternative arrangements, damage to property or curtailed holidays as a result of such conditions. Some destinations featured in this website are subject to tides at specific times of the year which can affect swimming. Depending on the place you have chosen, there may be restrictions on areas where it is safe to swim due to strong currents or sea defenses which protect the island beaches. We strongly recommend you listen to local advice to ensure your own safety. Please refer to meteorological websites for the latest and most up-to-date information on tides for the destination you intend to travel to.

6.4 Health, Safety & Security Abroad We take the safety and security of our clients extremely seriously. If your country Foreign Office advises that people should not visit Sri lanka, then we would act on this and reserve the right to cancel your holiday. However we are sure you appreciate from press and television coverage that the political, economic and social conditions are not as stable as you are used to in your own country. Sadly crimes against both people and their property are a fact of life the world over, and when in Sri Lanka it is very important to be extra vigilant and avoid drawing attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery, carrying expensive camera equipment etc. Travellers have the same responsibility for their personal safety and that of their possessions, as they do at home. Paragon holidays operate to many parts of sri lanka, some of which do not conform to high health and safety standards. We request that all hotels comply with the local regulations applicable to Sri Lanka for health and safety but we cannot guarantee that these meet High standards and therefore urge that you undertake reasonable precautions to protect your family and yourself whilst on holiday. To make the most of your trip abroad, check out your Foreign office information.

6.5 Holiday Insurance This is a vital part of any holiday so please ensure you take out adequate travel insurance with full cancellation cover.

6.6 Jurisdiction This agreement shall be governed by Sri Lankan law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Sri Lankan courts.


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Contact Us 20A Poruthotha Rd. | Ethukala Negombo | 11500 | Sri Lanka T/F: +94 – 312 273 418 M: +94 – 778756361 / +94 – 772106326 holidays@paragonholidays.com www.paragonholidays.com www.villainsrilanka.co.uk

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