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Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 496

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Day 1: Negombo

Meet on arrival at Colombo international airport by our Representative and transfer to Negombo - Check in at Goldi Sands 3* (Standard Room)

Day 2: Negombo - Habarana

Today we leave for Polonnaruwa via Kurunegala. Sightseeing tour in Polonnaruwa. Which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site - Here 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 built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha. Leave for Habarana Check in at Sigiriya Village 4*– (Deluxe Room)

Day 3: Habarana

Proceed to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. 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. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. On completion Return back to hotel. On completion return back to Hotel

Day 4: Habarana - Kandy

Today we leave for Kandy – En-route visit Golden cave Temples of Dambulla. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. En route 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. Proceed to Kandy - Check in at Cinnamon Citadel 4* (Superior Room)

Day 5: Kandy

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. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Return to Kandy In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing

Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Proceed to Peradeniya station - Leave for Nuwara Eliya. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. 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. Check in at Araliya Green Hills 4* - (Standard Room) – Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara – Drive through "Little England” Return to hotel

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Ella

Morning proceed to Horton Plains on a trekking journey, The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains. Afternoon Leave for Ella - Check in at 98 Acres Eco Lodge (Standard Room)

Day 8: Ella

Breakfast at hotel - Rest of the day at leisure – Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 9: Ella - Yala National Park

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Yala – Check in at Elephant Reach 3* (Standard Room). Evening proceed to Yala National park (01st Game Drive) - 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. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. It is also one of the few places in the world where the severely endangered black necked stork can still be seen. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front.

Day 10: Yala National Park - Weligama & Mirissa

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Mirissa – Check in at No. 01 Mirissa Hotel – Small Boutique - (Ground Floor Suite) Rest of the day at leisure

Day 11: Weligama & Mirissa

Early morning at 06.00 am proceed to Mirissa whale watching center - Whale watching in Mirissa has becomes one of greatest location spotting Blue, spam and Killer whales in the world. Mirissa is the best city spotting more blue whale watching and possibility of whale watching with my Ceylon adventures more than 90%. They breathe air through blowhole(s) into lungs (unlike fish who breathe using gills). The biggest whale is the blue whale, which grows to be about 94 feet (29 m) long - the height of a 9-story building. These enormous animals eat about 4 tons of tiny krill each day, obtained by filter feeding through baleen. Adult blue whales have no predators except man.

Days 12-13: Weligama & Mirissa

Next 2 days at leisure

Day 14: Weligama & Mirissa - Galle

Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Galle – Visit the Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. Check in at Cantaloupe Aqua 4* (Aqua Zen Room) Rest of the day at leisure

Day 15: Galle

Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport to connect with departure flight