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Private Tour.Wing your way to Sri Lanka. Lush jungles, abundant wildlife, cool mountains and glorious beaches to...

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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sir Lanka! On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport you will be met by a Representative & transferred to Colombo for hotel check in. The rest of the afternoon is yours to settle in and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Overnight-Hotel Renuka

Day 2: Colombo - Dambulla

Breakfast at Hotel – This morning we leave for Dambulla. En route we visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, 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. Overnight- Green Paradise Hotel

Day 3: Dambulla

Today we proceed to Sigiriya to Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress , built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. We also 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. This afternoon we proceed on a sightseeing tour of 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. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple. Overnight- Green Paradise Hotel

Day 4: Dambulla

Today we proceed on a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka where 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. We also take in many other sighs such as Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C), Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD), Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C), Kuttam Pokuna (6th century AD), and Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C). Overnight- Green Paradise Hotel

Day 5: Dambulla

This morning leave for Kandalama on arrival you will be taken to your hotel for check in. The rest of the afternoon is yours free to explore. Overnight- Kandalama Hotel

Day 6: - Kandy

KANDALAMA- This morning we leave for Kandy – En route vie sit 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. After check in we proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is 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. We drive around the Kandy Lake visit the Kandy town and Bazaar. In the evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Overnight- Thilanka Hotel

Day 7: Kandy

Today we visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home to 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. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath. This afternoon we 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. The afternoon is free before a New Years Eve Dinner. Overnight- Thilanka Hotel

Day 8: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Today we leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route we visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You can learn all about the process of manufacturing tea, see how tea is graded and even taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. We then proceed to Nuwara Eliya, which 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. Overnight- Midky Hotel

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya

This morning we proceed to Horton Plains, the coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters 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. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight- Chaaya Wild Jungle Chalet

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Today we continue on to Yala, we check into our hotel before taking an evening Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park. The park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants, sloth bears, wild boars, several species of deer,wild buffalo a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. 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. Huge, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock. Overnight- Chaaya Wild Jungle Chalet

Day 11: Yala National Park

This morning we proceed on a sunrise Jeep Safari to the Yala National Park. Once we return to the hotel the rest of the evening is yours free to explore. Overnight- Chaaya Wild Jungle Chalet

Day 12: Yala National Park

Today we continue to Talla and take a sightseeing tour of 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 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. Overnight- Talalla Retreat

Days 13-16:

TALALLA Today and the next 3 days are yours free to enjoy the beach or explore the local town. Overnight-Talalla Retreat

Day 17: - Negombo

TALALLA This morning we leave for Negombo. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel for check in. The rest of the afternoon is yours free to relax and explore. Overnight-Gateway Garden Hotel

Day 18: Negombo

Today we say goodbye to Sri Lanka as we are transferred to the hotel for our final departing flight. Our arrangements end upon arrival at the hotel.