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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 where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
This morning we leave for Sigiriya. En route we stop to visit the cave temples of Dambulla. Made up of five caves this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts remarkable mural paintings, covering over 2,000 square metres of wall and ceiling with roughly 150 depictions of Buddha. Upon arrival into Sigiriya check in to your hotel. Late afternoon proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Minneriya National Park. The national park based largely around the huge tank (reservoir) serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large population of elephants. It is a great place for elephant spotting all year round. Aside from the elephant, Minneriya is also home to some 23 other species of mammals.
After breakfast this morning we depart for Kandy. En route visit a spice garden in Matale 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. Arrive Kandy and check in to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
This morning visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. 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.
After breakfast 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 and see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Its invigorating mountain climate and scenery makes it 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. Later this evening enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya with a drive through "Little England”.
Today enjoy a visit to Horton Plains, the coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka. It consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 metres 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. Return to Nuwara Eliya for overnight.
This morning we leave for 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 for overnight.
Proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park, famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants, wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo and 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. 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.
After breakfast we leave for Hikkaduwa via Galle. 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 the 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 continue to Hikkaduwa for overnight at the Citrus Hotel.
The next three days are completely at your leisure to enjoy the beach and hotel facilities. Overnight at the Citrus Hotel.
Today marks the end of your adventure 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.