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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your exclusive journey! Arriving into Colombo Airport, you will meet with our friendly local team and transfer to your hotel in Wattalla.
The journey begins today with a drive to the city of Anuradhapura. Along the way we visit 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal relics of Buddha it is said to contain. We also visit Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa.
Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later a visit to Mihintale, which was the starting place for Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
This morning we make our way to the seaside town of Trincomolee. Along the way stopping to see the the Thiriyaya Temple, which was built during the lifetime of Lord Buddha. Arriving at your destination, you will see it is home to one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world. Spend the afternoon relaxing at your hotel.
Spend the morning exploring the fascinating sites in the area including Velgam Vehera, Swami Rock and the wonderful Fort Frederick. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the beach.
This morning we enjoy a drive inland to the town of Giritale. Along the way we will stop to explore Minneriya National Park, where we enjoy a safari to see the stunning wildlife, and herds of wild elephants.
This morning explore the incredible Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then 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 we head off to Sigiriya – 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. After, we continue the journey to Kandy, along the way stopping to explore a working spice plantation.
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. Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. After, we enjoy a cultural dance show.
Departing Kandy, we drive to Peredeniya and catch the incredible scenic train journey to Nanu Oya, Arriving here we transfer to nearby Nuwara Eliya, which is one of the highest towns in the region. Today, we enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens.
We depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy a day at leisure to recoup a bit before the next leg of your journey.
This morning the journey continues to Yala National Park, en route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife.
Spend the day in Yala National Park on safari spotting some of the illusive wildlife.
This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings.
Enjoy the day to explore the laid back town of Galle in your own time.
This morning the journey continues first visiting Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum then drive to Kalutara, an ideal tropical beach holiday with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.
Enjoy the next days at leisure on the gorgeous tropical coastline of Kalutara.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.