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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo airport and meet with our friendly local team, who await to take you to your hotel in Anuradhapura and check into your hotel.
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. Later a visit to Mihintale, which is where Buddhism began on the Island.
This morning we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, home for about 89 elephants, some of which were found abandoned in the wild. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when you will see the baby elephants being bottle-fed. We then visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, built by a Sinhala king and expanded by the British. In the afternoon we have a city tour of Kandy, which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. In the evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Kalutara. En route visit a tea plantation and factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and see how tea is graded, then enjoy a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. The rest of the day is free for you to explore your resort and relax on the beach.
Spend the next days relaxing on the palm fringed beach for the rest of your time in Sri Lanka.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.