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Welcome to Sri Lanka! On arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to Habarana, where you will check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Today we visit Polonnaruwa-where you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. We proceed to Sigiriya and climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. We also visit the frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya.
This morning we leave for Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple en route. Dambulla is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls. The ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. You will also visit a spice garden in Matale.On arrival in Kandy we check into our hotel before an afternoon visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, built by a Sinhala king and expanded by the British to the full 147 acres it is today. We then take a city tour of Kandy-before we travel around the Kandy Lake and visit the town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. This evening we visit Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Today we visit an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. Home for about 89 elephants who are cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when the baby elephants being bottle-fed or at bath time in a river close by. We then visit a tea plantation and factory, where the best tea in the world is produced and enjoy a cup of pure Ceylon tea before we continue to Nuwara Eliya. Due to its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, it is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. We check in at our hotel before an evening tour of Nuwara Eliya where we drive through "Little England”.
This morning is yours free to relax and explore before a midday transfer to the Cinnamon Lakeside for the commencement of the conference.