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Buddha and Beach

12 days from USD $2,569

Spend a week travelling to some of central Sri Lanka's best sites before heading off to a gorgeous beach for a few days....

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Varanasi Ghats

Day 1: Varanasi

Today you will make your on way to the Palace on Ganges hotel where you will stay overnight.

Bathers in the morning

Day 2: Varanasi

Today you have your own arrangements and once again you will be staying overnight at the Palace on the Ganges.

Day 3: Varanasi - Colombo

Upon arriving at the Bandaranayke International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4: Colombo

Today, your guide will take you on a driving tour of colourful Colombo.Just off the north end of Galle Road, is the area known as the Fort, once a colonial stronghold. Just south of the Fort is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out. At the south end of the green is the Galle Face Hotel, a beautiful colonial-era hotel. We also visit Pettah, the traditional bazaar district and also visit Gangarama Temple and Independence Square.

Day 5: Colombo - Kandy

We set off for Kandy early in the morning making a stop off at the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala en route. First established in 1975, the centre provides care to abandoned and orphaned Indian elephants, many of which come to the orphanage as calves. Watch as baby elephants are bottle-fed by handlers, and follow the herd to a nearby river to see the magnificent creatures splashing and rolling in the water during bath time. Upon completion proceed to Kandy and check in at your hotel. This evening you will visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Day 6: Kandy

This morning proceed to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya - This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Later proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy - Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre.

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Today we head to Nuwara Eliya, with a stop along the way at a tea plantation and be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya which, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Overnight - Green Hills Hotel

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

Today you will head toUda-walawe National Park. This evening you will go on Jeep Safari. The Uda Walawe National Park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This Park which lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts acts as the catchment to the Uda Walawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry Zone. It comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found.

Day 9: Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya - Colombo

After breakfast today you will leave for Colombo. Upon arriving in Colombo you can check in to your hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.

Pink waterlilly

Day 10: Colombo

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

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