Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya Holidays

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Day 1: Habarana

Meet on arrival at Colombo International Airport by our Representative and transfer to Habarana – Check in at selected hotel – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Habarana

Proceed to visit Polonnaruwa - Which was the 2nd capital City of Sri Lanka Check in at Hotel – Afternoon visit Polonnaruwa - 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 and the Parakrama Samudraya lake. Late afternoon Proceed to 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. 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.

Day 3: Habarana - Kandy

Leave for Kandy En-route visit Dambulla Cave temples. 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. Continue to Kandy – Check in at selected hotel - Late afternoon a city tour of Kandy. 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. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing

Day 4: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Proceed to visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. 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. 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. 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.

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya

Morning at leisure - late afternoon leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya including the “Hakggala Gardens’ – This Garden was established in 1861 as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, a commercial crop thriving at the time. Once after the Tea replace the Cinchona, it was turned into an experimental Tea cultivation. In 1884 it transformed to a garden since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens. Drive through "Little England” Return to hotel for overnight stay

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Yala. Evening 01 Game drive in 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 – grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. 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 7: Yala National Park - Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

Leave for UdaWalawe - Check in at selected Hotel -Evening 01 Game drive in Udawalawe National Park - This national park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Uda Walawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone. Not least of these is the large elephant population. Uda Walawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen. The open plains are covered in thick manna grass up to the borders of the large reservoir in the centre and the Walawe River. As well as elephants, leopards live in the park (though you will be very lucky to spot one), toque monkeys, grey langur, spotted deer, wild pig and sambar.

Day 8: Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya - Galle

Breakfast at Hotel – leave for Galle - Check in at selected Hotel – Evening proceed on Galle City tour - 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 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

Day 9: Galle

Day at leisure

Day 10: Galle - Bentota and Beruwala

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Bentota or Beruwala for relax time

Days 11-17: Bentota and Beruwala

Next 7 days are yours to enjoy at leisure in Bentota, an ideal tropical beach with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.

Day 18: Bentota and Beruwala - Colombo

Today we leave for Colombo. Remaining day at leisure

Day 19: Colombo

Transfer to Airport to connect with departure flight.

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