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Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Negombo for the evening.
This morning we leave for Anuradhapura and enjoy a sightseeing tour. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited; Sri Maha Bodhi, Brazen Palace, Samadhi' Buddha statue, Isurumuniya rock temple, Kuttam Pokuna – twin ponds and Thuparama Dagoba. We will also visit Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka.
Continuing onto Polonnaruwa today where we enjoy some further sightseeing. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya. Late Afternoon Experience the thrill of an elephant back safari in Habarana for about one hour. Each elephant will be able to carry 05 adults in a Howdy or Basket. Once you mount on the Elephant, you will be taken deep in to the jungle, accompanied by a Mahout.
Travelling onto Sigiriya, here you can climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site. 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 evening enjoy a private Jeep Safari in Minneriya National park
Today we visit Hiriwaduna - just a 10 minute drive away from the comforts of Chaaya Village Habarana lays the scenic village of Hiriwadunna with its unpaved gravel paths and humble village folk. Soon it’s already time to take a catamaran ride! Experience the simple pleasures of village-life as you walk across the chena cultivations and through the nearby woods, to board a bullock cart – yet another ancient mode of the humble villagers’ transportation. Later we journey onto Dambulla and climb to the temple before returning back to Habarana.
En route to Kandy we visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Also a cooking demonstration will be shown and you could also get involved in this wonderful activity. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Today enjoy a day trip to the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Travelling back to Kandy en-route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.
This morning Proceed to Udawattakele Sanctuary; a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna. The forest is also popular with foreign tourists, especially bird watchers. The forest is also of religious importance as there are three Buddhist meditation hermitages and three rock shelter dwellings for Buddhist monk hermits.
This morning you will be transferred to the Peradeniya Railway Station to board the observation saloon leaving for Nanu Oya - this dramatic ride will get you chance of viewing some of the magnificent sites of Sri Lanka. On arrival at the Nanu Oya Railway station, meet up with the chauffeur guide and proceed on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya - Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. This evening enjoy a drive through 'Little England'.
This morning journey to Udawalawe and enjoy a private jeep safari in the National park. This national park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Uda Walawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone. With the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit. Not least of these is the large elephant population.
This morning we leave for Yala National Park. Late afternoon private jeep safari in Yala National Park - This Park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants – grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. Sloth bears are also a big draw. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles.
YALA - SINGHARAJA Today we travel onto Sinharaja for a unique experience. Overnight Rainforest Eco Lodge Deniyaya - Sinharaja.
SINGHARAJA - BENTOTA This morning we proceed into the Sinharaja Forest from the Deniyaya Entrance. It is the jewel of the last remaining virgin rainforest crown in country is located in the wet zone of the country. The primeval Sinharaja covers 8900 hectares of breathtakingly beautiful, continuous forest. After Sinharaja we leave for Bentota and enroute visit Galle Fort. The Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century.
The next few days are free for you to explore independently or simply relax!
Sadly your final day with us with your departure airport transfer.