Anuradhapura Holidays

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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Colombo upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel (please early check in has been arranged for you. An afternoon sightseeing Tour of Colombo driving through the Commercial area of the “ Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive passed “Pettah” – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Gangarama Temple. Overnight Colombo

Day 2: Colombo

Morning leave for Kelaniya and visit the "Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara", graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Return to Colombo and drive to Dehiwela to witness the Zoological Gardens Also visit a Hindu temple - On completion proceed to hotel - Rest of the Day at leisure – Overnight Colombo

Day 3: Colombo - Anuradhapura

Breakfast at Hotel - Morning leave for Anuradhapura visiting Dambadeniya, capital of the island after the fall of Polonnaruwa in the 13th century. Its principal surviving ruins are a two-story Dalada Maligawa temple and the dagoba revered by the locals for the 60 corporeal relics of the Buddha it is said to contain. Also visit Panduvas Nuwara, featuring a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele, and Yapahuwa, a rock fortress - the stone ruins of the steps are reminiscently Cambodian.Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight Anuradhapura

Day 4: Anuradhapura - Trincomalee

A morning visit to Anuradhapura undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. Visit many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sacred Bo-Tree is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace, the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya originally depicted the perfect ‘bubble shape” that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. Isurumuniya rock temple is well known for its rock carvings of ‘The Lovers’. Thuparama Dagoba is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha. On completion leave for Trincomalee. Overnight Trincomalee.

Day 5: Trincomalee

Enjoy a sleep in as you relax and take today at your leisure. Overnight Trincomalee.

Day 6: Trincomalee - Giritale

Today travel to Polonnaruwa en route visit Aukana Buddha statue is undoubtedly the most magnificent preserved image on the island. This afternoon visit Polonnaruwa. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Overnight Giritale.

Day 7: Giritale - Kandy

To Sigiriya – the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. At Matale, we visit an exotic spice garden. Overnight - Kandy

Day 8: Kandy

Today, we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, home to around 60 elephants. Continuing, we visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. After, we enjoy a cultural dance show. Overnight - Kandy

Day 9: Kandy

Another chance for a sleep in as you spend today exploring Kandy they want you want to with a day at your leisure. Overnight Kandy.

Day 10: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Leave for Nuwara Eliya – En-route visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya including Hakggala gardens – Drive through "Little England”. Overnight Nuwareliya

Day 11: Nuwara Eliya

At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island These Plains are hard to reach but the scenery is well worth the effort. At Horton Plains hike to the Bakers Fall, passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains. Return to hotel. Overnight Nuwara Eliya

Day 12: Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

Nuwara Eliya - Embilipitiya. Today we head south to Embilipitiya, our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park.Udawalawe is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants in the wild. It is thought that there are around 400 elephants here. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, the cheeky Langur monkey and lots of types of deer. We take an afternoon game drive here before returning to the hotel for the night. Overnight - Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

Day 13: Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya - Yala National Park

After Breakfast Travel to Yala. En route visit the Buduruwagala Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures. This afternoon go on a Jeep safari at Yala national Park - This park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants. Sloth bears are also a big draw. As is common in Sri Lanka there is a huge diversity of stunning birdlife including migratory species such as the flamingo. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Yala

Day 14: Yala National Park - Kalutara

Visit the Bundala Bird Sanctuary by private jeep - This park falls within the southeastern arid zone of Sri Lanka, with a general climate that can be classified as hot and dry. For keen birdwatchers, the complex wetland system harbors a rich bird life approximately 197 species. Later Leave for Kalutara – En route visit Galle Dutch Fortress at Galle. Overnight Kalutra.

Days 15-17: Kalutara

Enjoy the remainder of your time in Sri Lanka relaxing on the beach. Overnight Kalutra.

Day 18: Kalutara

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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