Bentota and Beruwala Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 423

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Day 1: Sigiriya

Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by an Asian Adventures Representative & leave for Sigiriya – Check in at Kassapa Lions Rock 3* - (Standard Room) – Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2: Sigiriya

Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa 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. 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. Evening proceed to visit the Minneriya National Park by Safari Jeep

Day 3: Sigiriya

Breakfast at hotel – Proceed to Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). 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. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. 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. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Day 4: Sigiriya - Kandy

Leave for Kandy – En route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple - Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. 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. Also visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. Proceed to Kandy. Evening proceed to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing

Day 5: 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. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. Return to Kandy, en-route 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. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy - Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.

Day 6: 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. On completion, 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. Check in at Avian Breeze 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Yala – Check in at Cinnamon Wild 4* - (Jungle Chalet) – Rest of the day at leisure – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9: Yala National Park

Morning 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. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly gives way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Evening – Proceed on another Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park

Day 10: Yala National Park - Bentota and Beruwala

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Bentota – 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. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. On completion proceed to Bentota – Check in at Bentota Beach Hotel 4* - (Standard Room) – Rest of the day at leisure – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11: Bentota and Beruwala

Early morning proceed to the Mirissa Whale Watching Centre to board the raft leaving at 0615Hrs – (Please be present at the Mirissa Whale Watching Centre by 0600Hrs in order to board the raft). – On completion – return back to the hotel – Rest of the day at leisure on the beach – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12: Bentota and Beruwala

Time to relax in Bentota, an ideal tropical beach with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.

Day 14: Bentota and Beruwala - Negombo

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Negombo – Check in at Goldi Sands Hotel 3* - (Standard Room) – Rest of the day at leisure – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15: Negombo

Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.

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