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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your honeymoon 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.
After breakfast we leave for Habarana where you will check in to your hotel. Later this evening enjoy a visit to the Minneriya National Park to witness an elephant gathering. The national park was formed around the Minneriya Tank, built by King Parakramabahu at the height of Polonnaruwa’s glory as the capital of Sri Lanka. It serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large population of elephants.
Today enjoy a guided visit to Anuradhapura, the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. Here you'll see Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree), under which prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment. It is over 2,200 years old and the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace the 1600 stone columns are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. You'll also see Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, the Samadhi' Buddha statue, Isurumuniya rock temple and the twin ponds of Kuttam Pokuna. We'll also visit Mihintale where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. On this rock are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks, and splendid views of the surrounding countryside.
We head to Polonnaruwa to see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures are carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake. Late afternoon we climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress, a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya.
Departing Habarana this morning we transfer you to Trincomalee where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Pigeon Island Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel we leave for Kandy. En-route visit the Golden cave Temples of Dambulla, a World Heritage site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. 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. Continuing we visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Continue to Kandy for overnight.
This morning visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, home to some 89 elephants, including baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Next we visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, with an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Later enjoy a city tour of Kandy including an evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic for a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
This morning we leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea plantation and 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 before proceeding 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. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is also located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Enjoy a leisurely morning before an afternoon drive through Sri Lanka's "Little England".
This morning we leave for Ella. En-route we visit Lipton's Seat at Haputale. The Lipton’s Seat lookout rivals the views from World’s End the Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here.
Departing Ella this morning the majority of the day is spent driving to Yala National Park.
Yala is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants and sloth bears. You will also see mammals 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. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Enjoy a morning game drive before transferring to Galle.
Early this morning proceed on a whale watching tour in Mirissa. Located close to the southern tip of the island of Sri Lanka this secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday. Here we can watch the whale’s within 5 nautical miles from the land. In this warm Indian Ocean you will be able to see different kinds of whales such as Blue whales, sperm whales and sometimes killer spot Dolphins can be watch.
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 for your onward departure flight.