Giritale Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 572

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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your exclusive journey through the Tear Drop Isle! Arriving into Colombo Airport, you will see our friendly local team waiting to drive you to your hotel.

Day 2: Colombo

Highlights of our sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, 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. Later in the afternoon we explore Kelaniya to visit the Raja Maha Vihara, a temple graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka.

Day 3: Colombo - Giritale

En route to Giritale, we visit the impressive 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.

Day 4: Giritale

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. This afternoon we head to Minneriya National Park. The national park based largely around the huge reservoir and serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large population of elephants. Here, we enjoy a game drive to see the wildlife then return to your hotel in Giritale.

Day 5: Giritale - Kandy

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. We will arrive into Kandy and check into your hotel. Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. After, we enjoy a cultural dance show.

Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

This morning we explore Kandy, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. After, we head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country to Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by tea plantations, one of which we will spend a short time at, to see how tea is grown and processed.

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya

By jeep, 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.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Continuing 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.

Day 9: Yala National Park - Weligama & Mirissa

This morning we enjoy another jeep safari in the park, then hit the road to your beach side hotel in Mirissa.

Days 10-12: Weligama & Mirissa

For the next days enjoy time at your leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast.

Day 13: Weligama & Mirissa

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in Colombo in time for your flight home.

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