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Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 612

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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your journey through the Tear Drop Isle! Arrive Colombo, and you will be met our friendly local team and transferred to 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.

Day 3: Colombo - Anuradhapura

En route to Anuradhapura, 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.

Day 4: Anuradhapura

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. Last stop today is Mihintale, before returning to our hotel.

Day 5: Anuradhapura - Giritale

Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Giritale. En route to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and 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 6: Giritale - Kandy

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. At Matale, we visit an exotic spice garden. After, we continue the drive to Kandy, arriving in the evening.

Day 7: 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. 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.

Day 8: Kandy - Ella

This morning we drive to Ramboda. Arriving here, explore Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple - On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. We then continue the journey to Ella, making a stop along the way to see a working tea plantation.

Day 9: Ella

Today we enjoy a full day hiking in the surrounding region. Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views, you could find in Sri Lanka. Sights in Ella include the Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak and Bambaragala Peak among other stunning scenery. The Ravana Ella was named after the demon ruler of Sri Lanka Ravana who is the main antagonist in the renowned epic Ramayana. It is believed that he hid Sita whom he kidnapped in India, in the caves situated behind the falls. The Ravana Ella falls has a main drop which is 30 feet in height, and it is ranked as one of the widest falls in the country.

Day 10: Ella

This morning 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. After explore Seetha Amman temple, Seetha Eliya - The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. After, head to Divurmpola which means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire.

Day 11: Ella - 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 12: Yala National Park - Galle

This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We then visit the town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. We then continue to the beach resort town of Unawatuna nearby.

Days 13-14: Galle

Spend today and tomorrow relaxing here on Sri Lanka's gorgeous tropical coastline.

Day 15: Galle - The Maldives

This morning we head to Colombo Airport and assist you embarking your flight to the Maldives. Arriving on Male Airport Island, you will see our representative waiting to show you to the speedboat that will take you to your hotel.

Days 16-19: The Maldives

Spend the next days relaxing on the sandy white beaches, swim in the clear blue sea or try many of the sports available at the resort.

Day 20: The Maldives

Sadly your journey has come to an end, you will catch the hotels speedboat to the airport for your flight home.

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