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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours. Upon your arrival at Colombo's international airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
After breakfast this morning we depart for Dambulla where you will check in to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour to Polonnaruwa, the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and 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 are 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
Enjoy a leisurely morning. This afternoon you will visit Sigiriya. 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 fortifie d 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.
Leave for Kandy this morning and en route visit the Dambulla Cave temples. 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 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. Continue to Kandy. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
This morning visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, home to some 89 elephants, including baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. On your return to Kandy visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and later expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Next enjoy a city tour of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. We also visit the Kandy town and Bazaar.
Departing Kandy this morning we transfer you south to the Yala National Park.
This morning enjoy a safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. This park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants and sloth bears. There is a plethora of reptilian species, platoons of crocodiles and a huge diversity of stunning birdlife. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Huge, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock. Afterwards, transfer to Bentota.
Enjoy a day at leisure on Sri Lanka's beautiful coast soaking up the sun.
Today marks the end of your journey with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.