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Day 1: Negombo

Meet on arrival at Colombo International Airport by our Representative and transfer to Negombo – Check in at Jetwing Sea 5* (Deluxe Room) – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Negombo - Anuradhapura

Today we Leave for Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'. Check in at Palm Garden Village 3* (Deluxe Room)

Day 3: Anuradhapura - Dambulla

Leave for Dambulla – En-route visit Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and 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. Check in at Amaya Lake 4*- (Standard Room) - Late afternoon - Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site. 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.

Day 4: Dambulla - Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Kandy en route 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. 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. Afternoon visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. Continue to Kandy - Check in at Cinnamon Citadel 4* - (Superior Room)

Day 5: Kandy

Today we 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. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Returns 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. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to hotel

Day 6: Kandy - Colombo

Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed to 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. Leave for Colombo – Check in at Ramada Colombo 4* (Standard Room)

Day 7: Colombo

Breakfast at Hotel – Transfer to Airport to connect with departure flight.

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