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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your journey through the legendary Tear Drop Isle! Arriving into Colombo Airport you will meet with our local team and head straight out the city to your hotel in Giritale. This afternoon, 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.
First stop on our drive to Kandy today is, 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. After, we explore the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Last stop of the is in Matale, where we visit an exotic spice garden. OVERNIGHT: Randholee Resort
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. OVERNIGHT: Randholee Resort
Departing Kandy, we head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Situated at 6,525 ft/1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest towns in the region. Today, we enjoy a tour of a working tea estate and visit Hakgala Gardens.
Today we visit Horton Plains, located on a high windswept saddle at 2134 meters. These Plains are hard to reach but the scenery is well worth the effort. At Horton Plains, hike to the Bakers Fall, passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool. We will then drive you to a little slice of Paradise in Beruwala.
The next days are yours to enjoy at leisure in Beruwala, an ideal tropical beach with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you from Beruwala to Colombo Airport in time for your flight home.