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Welcome to Sri Lanka, and the start of your exclusive journey exploring the Tear Drop Isle! Arriving into Colombo Airport, you will see our friendly local team waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Minuwangoda (OVERNIGHT AT The Walawwa “Boutique” (Walawwa Bed Room)
We leave this morning destined for Habarana. After check into your hotel, 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.
This morning we experience the thrill of an elephant back safari in Habarana for about one hour. After, we head 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.
This morning we leave Habarana headed for Kandy. Along the way, stop to explore the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. We also stop in Matale, here explore a spice garden seeing how all the exotic spices grow and how they processed for sale on the world market.
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
Departing Kandy, we head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Situated at 6,525 ft/1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest towns in the region. Today, we enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens.
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive back to Colombo city for your last night in Sri Lanka.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.