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Welcome to Colombo and the start of your tour. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Colombo.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Colombo. Drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive passed “Pettah” – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall. Afterwards travel to Anuradhapura. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. Today you will visit Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment. At Brazen Palace, the 1600 stone columns are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence. Ruwanweliseya is the most famous of all the Dagobas. Samadhi' Buddha statue depicts the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'. Thuparama Dagoba is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha. Overnight Giritale.
Today tour Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. 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. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. This afternoon travel back to Colombo. Overnight Colombo.
This morning you will leave the capital of Colombo and travel to Galle. En route you will visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda. You will also visit to the Masks Factory and workshop at Ambalangoda. Upon arrival into Galled enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight Galle.
After breakfast you will tour Galle - which was once the chief port of Ceylon as Sri Lanka was named by the British, and which is a world heritage site now. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort, spanning 90 acres which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. There is also a very interesting Dutch Museum. Galle is also the centre of the Ebony Elephants Makers, Tortoise shell – Craft and Handmade Laces. Overnight Galle.
Today marks your last day with us you will travel back to Colombo. En route enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madhu River, a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops. You pass dozens of islets forested with mangroves and can appreciate the timeless natural rhythms of rural life. You cruise in a canopied, outboard motor powered boat; pausing to view a 200-year-old temple & to watch the locals cultivating cinnamon. You may also see traditional fishing techniques in action & can view demonstrations of coir manufacture and rope making. On completion you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your next destination.