Bentota and Beruwala Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 491

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Day 1: Habarana

Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by our Representative & leave for Habarana – Check in at Cinnamon Lodge 5* - (Superior Room) – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 2: Habarana

Morning proceed to Sigiriya - Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site. 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. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa which is also 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. On completion return back to the hotel – Rest of the day at leisure – overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3: Habarana - Kandy

Morning 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. Also visit a spice garden in Matale, to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. Continue to Kandy – Check in at Earl’s Regency Hotel 5* - (Deluxe Room) – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 4: Kandy

Morning 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. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy - the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king in 1798. 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.

Day 5: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Today we 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. 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 Tea Factory Hotel 4*+ (Standard Room) - Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England” Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6: 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. On completion return back to the hotel – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Today we drive to Yala via Ella – Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views, you could find in Sri Lanka. Sights in Ella include the Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak and Bambaragala Peak among other stunning scenery. The Ravana Ella was named after the demon ruler of Sri Lanka Ravana who is the main antagonist in the renowned epic Ramayana. It is believed that he hid Sita whom he kidnapped in India, in the caves situated behind the falls. The Ravana Ella falls has a main drop which is 30 feet in height, and it is ranked as one of the widest falls in the country. Continue to Yala – Check in at Cinnamon Wild 4*+ - (Jungle Chalet) – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 8: Yala National Park

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. As is common in Sri Lanka there is a huge diversity of stunning birdlife including migratory species such as the flamingo. It is also one of the few places in the world where the severely endangered black necked stork can still be seen. 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. . On completion return back to the hotel – Rest of the day at leisure

Day 9: Yala National Park - Colombo

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Colombo . Check in at Cinnamon Grand Hotel 5* (Deluxe room). Remaining day at leisure

Day 10: Colombo - Bentota and Beruwala

Today we transfer you to your hotel in Bentota Vivanta By Taj 5* (superior charm). Remaining day at leisure

Days 11-14: Bentota and Beruwala

Relax on the palm fringed beach for the rest of your time in Sri Lanka.

Day 15: Bentota and Beruwala

Today we will transfer you back to Colombo airport for your return flight home

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