Anuradhapura Holidays

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Day 1: Negombo

Meet on arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayke International Airport by our Representative & transfer to Negombo – Check in at The Gateway Hotel 4* - (Standard Room) – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 2: Negombo - Anuradhapura

Morning leave for Anuradhapura – En route proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Wilpattu National Park – Covered in dense pockets of jungle scrub interspersed with small clearings, and tanks that shrink in the dry season and swell in the monsoon, Wilpattu National Park is home to up to 50 elephants and 50 or more leopards, as well as spotted deer, sloth bears, wild pigs, crocodiles and more. On completion leave for Anuradhapura – Check in at Heritage Hotel 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 3: Anuradhapura

Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. Sri Maha Bodhi was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and 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. Thuparama Dagoba is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha. Overnight at Heritage Hotel

Day 4: Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

Leave for Sigiriya. Evening proceed to Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. 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.Overnight at Kassapa Lions Rock

Day 5: Sigiriya

Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa - built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site - 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, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. Overnight at Kassapa Lions Rock

Day 6: Sigiriya

Proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Minneriya National Park. The national park based largely around the huge tank (reservoir) was created more recently but serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large population of elephants. It is the largest concentration and gathering of Asian elephants that can be seen anywhere in the world. Aside from the elephant, Minneriya is also home to some 23 other species of mammals. Overnight at Kassapa Lions Rock

Day 7: Sigiriya - Kandy

Leave for Kandy – En route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. Overnight at Hilltop Hotel 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 8: Kandy

Proceed to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela - This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Overnight at Hilltop Hotel

Day 9: Kandy

Breakfast at hotel - visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Overnight at Hilltop Hotel

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. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England” Overnight at Heaven Seven 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 11: Nuwara Eliya

Morning proceed to Horton Plains, The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. 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. 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. Overnight at Heaven Seven

Day 12: Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at hotel – Day at leisure to explore the vicinity. Overnight at Heaven Seven

Day 13: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Leave for Yala – Check in at Elephant Reach Hotel 3* - (Standard Room) – Evening proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the 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 – grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. Huge, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock. Overnight at Elephant Reach Hotel

Day 14: Yala National Park

Proceed on another Jeep Safari specially to see Leopards – On completion return back to the hotel – Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Elephant Reach Hotel

Day 15: Yala National Park - Galle

Leave for Mirissa – Check in at Mandara Resort 4* - (Standard Room) – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 16: Galle - Colombo

Early morning leave for the Whale Watching Center and proceed on a Whale watching expedition. This would take approximately up to 03 to 3 ½ Hours. On completion leave for Colombo – En route visit the Galle Dutch Fort - The Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. On completion proceed to Colombo. Overnight at Ramada Hotel Colombo 4* - (Standard Room)

Days 17-18: Colombo

Next two days at leisure. Overnight at Ramada Hotel Colombo

Day 19: Colombo

Leave for Colombo Bandaranayke International Airport to connect with the departure flight

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