Giritale Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 501

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Day 1: Colombo

(tonights accommodation is booked for your early morning arrival on 17th June)

Day 2: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival early this morning we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Wattala. Today is a free day for your to relax or explore independently.

Day 3: Colombo

This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include; the Fort, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square.

Day 4: Colombo - Giritale

Departing Colombo, drive to Giritale and check into hotel before an afternoon visit to Polonnaruwa - an 11th century city of compact size. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining (it’s 44 ft/13 m long), one standing and one sitting. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being amongst the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes. Spend some time exploring the site, before later returning to Giritale.

Day 5: Giritale - Kandy

Leaving Giritale, drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where you view the stunning frescoes. Next visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. Leaving Dambulla, the final stop of the day is Matale en route to Kandy.

Day 6: Kandy

Today we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Afterwards we go to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Day 7: Kandy

Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to the Galadhari Hotel which we have noted that you have booked independently where our arrangements end. (no departure airport transfer).

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