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Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met at Colombo airport and transferred to your beachfront hotel in Galle.
Enjoy today and tomorrow at your leisure to relax.
This morning your driver/guide will collect you and take you to your hotel in Yala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife.
This morning enjoy a further jeep safari in the park before driving to Kandy. Later on this evening we visit the world famous Temple of the Tooth Relic, home to one of Buddha’s teeth before attending a traditional cultural evening complete with fire walkers!
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.
This morning we drive on to a spice garden. Here we learn about some of Sri Lanka’s famous spices, how they are grown and what they are used in. After, we head to Sigiriya and the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. When you have climbed the fortress and had plenty of time to explore we continue to Giritale.
Today we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then we visit ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures.
Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth.
Sadly your time in Sri Lanka has come to an end, your driver will transfer you to Colombo airport in time for your flight to Male. Arriving into Male, we have a local rep who will assist with your getting to the speed boat jetty for your transfer to your island getaway.
Enjoy blissful days relaxing on the white sands, swimming, snorkelling and admiring the sparkling seas. There’s so much to do - why not take a glass bottom boat ride, go reef diving, fishing, surfing or just laze about in the sun.
Today you will catch the speedboat back to Male airport when you proceed to check into your flight home.