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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day/evening are at your leisure. Overnight- Paradise Road Tintagel

Days 2-4: Colombo

The next few days you have at leisure in Colombo. Capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a city filled with good hotels, restaurants, shopping and every form of transport imaginable! Just off the north end of Galle Road is the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now the site of many government buildings. To the south is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out amongst city folk. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, the traditional bazaar where you can enjoy a colourful retail experience. The two World Trade Centre towers used to be the most recognized landmarks of the city. Overnight- Paradise Road Tintagel

Day 5: Colombo - Habarana

Today you leave for Habarana – En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. 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. Afterwards continue to Habarana. You shall visit 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 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.

Day 6: Habarana - Trincomalee

Today you depart for Trincomalee. Late today afternoon city tour in Trincomalee. Trincomalee is a major port city in the eastern province. It is also the administrative capital of Eastern Province. It has a population of 99,135. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Overlooking the Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is one of the main centres of Tamil speaking culture on the island. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram temple alluded to in its historic Tamil name Thirukonamalai.

Day 7: Trincomalee - Dambulla

Today you will depart for Dambulla. En-route you will do a sightseeing tour in Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and 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. Overnight- Amaya Lake

Day 8: Dambulla - Kandy

Today proceed to Sigiriya. Climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress, it 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. 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. Continue to Kandy, en-route visit Matale spice Garden - To see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Day 9: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Today proceed to the Peradeniya Railway Station to board the train leaving for Nanu Oya - This dramatic ride will give you a chance to view some of the magnificent sites of Sri Lanka. Stunning waterfalls, breathtaking views, long tunnels etc. Late this afternoon proceed to 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 and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. 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.

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Late afternoon proceed to visit 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. Sloth bears are also a big draw. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. 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.

Day 11: Yala National Park - Negombo

Today you will be transferred to Negombo where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 12: Negombo

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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