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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your voyage exploring the Tear Drop Isle! Arriving into Colombo airport our local team will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Highlights of our sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We also visit the national museum, before returning to your hotel for the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure to explore.
This morning we drive out of the city to Sigiriya. En route we visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. After check into your hotel we visit ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures.
This morning you head over to the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. 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 we then drive to Kandy, stopping along the way to visit a spice garden to see how they are grown and processed. This evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural how featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Today, we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, home to around 60 elephants. Continuing, we visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary.
En route to Nuwara Eliya – a scenic hillside town with a distinctly English flavour, visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tasty cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. In Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort, enjoy a sightseeing tour this evening, including a visit to Hakgala Gardens. (OVERNIGHT AT THE LANGDALE BY AMAYA HOTEL -- LUXURY ROOM)
This morning, check into your hotel in Embilipitiya before going wild on a jeep safari in Sri Lanka's most popular national park! Udawalawe National Park is home to large herds of elephants and deer species such as Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, wild boar, water buffalo and jackal.
En route back to Colombo today, stop off in Ratnapura - Sri Lanka’s gem capital, where you can learn about these all about the islands precious stones, visit gem mines, a museum and a lapidary. Arriving into Colombo, a room at the Pegasus Reef is booked until your later 21:30 transfer to the airport for your flight home.