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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your exclusive journey. Arriving at Colombo Airport, meet our local team who await to transfer you to your hotel.
En route to Anuradhapura, we visit 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal relics of Buddha it is said to contain. We also visit Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa.
Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later a visit to Mihintale.
En route to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then 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 head off 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.
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.
This morning we drive to Hambantota. En route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. Arriving into Hambantota by early evening.
Enjoy a day to relax and reflect on the journey so far.
This morning we set off to Galle. Along the way we are going to explore Mulkirigala Rock Monastery, which is the most significant rock temple in the south of the island on a rock 210m high, rising almost vertically from the surrounding forest. The afternoon will be spent in Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. After, bid your driver/guide farewell as you will be dropped off at your nearby beach resort hotel.
Enjoy the next couple of days at leisure relaxing on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast.
This morning we will transfer you to Colombo Airport in time for your flight home.