Tear Drop Isle - 5 days
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Private Tour.Wing your way to Sri Lanka. Lush jungles, abundant wildlife, cool mountains and glorious beaches offer instant appeal to the traveller. Ancient cities steeped in Buddhist belief, remnants of the spice trade, tea plantations and elegant colonial hill stations add history.
Day 1: Colombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include; the Fort, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. Overnight - Colombo
Day 2: Polonnaruwa
Colombo - Giritale. Departing Colombo, drive
to Giritale and check into hotel before an afternoon visit
to Polonnaruwa - an 11th century city of compact size.
Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an
old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara –
comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining (it’s
44 ft/13 m long), one standing and one sitting. The statues,
located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being
amongst the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are
also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes. Spend some
time exploring the site, before later returning to Giritale. Overnight - Giritale (B)
Tear Drop Isle - 5 days Go Guide
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Day 3: Sigiriya & Dambulla
Giritale - Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy. Leaving
Giritale, drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where you view the stunning frescoes. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Next visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla
is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive
of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves
with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling
is the largest area of paintings found in the world.
Leaving Dambulla, the final stop of the day is Matale en route to Kandy. Sri Lanka is renowned for it’s spices and spice gardens are located
all over the country. However, the biggest concentration
of them can be found around Matale. With a guide, you’ll
see first hand how cinnamon, cardamon, curry leaves,
peppercorns, saffron and other exotic spices are grown in the
wild and then processed for consumption. Overnight - Kandy (B)
Day 4: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Today we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This
orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby
elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Afterwards we go to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Overnight - Kandy (B)
Day 5: Colombo
Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport. (B)