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Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayake International Airport by our representative and transfer to Colombo to check-in to your hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel – Morning proceed on sightseeing Tour of Colombo driving through the Commercial area of the “ Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive passed “Pettah” – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall. And also visit the national museum with its fine collection of antiques and local art.
Morning proceed to Sigiriya - En route visit the Elephant orphanage in Pinnawela - This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. Thereafter proceed to visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. On completion – Check in at Hotel Sigiriya.
Morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura – It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka, It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Overnight stay at Hotel Sigiriya.
Morning proceed to visit Sigiriya Rock - 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. 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. Thereafter proceed to visit 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. Overnight stay at the Hotel Sigiriya.
Breakfast at Hotel - This morning you will be transfered to Trincomalee on for your own arrangements. We have noted that you have booked your own accomodation at the Lotus Park Hotel for tonight - it is not included in this package.
Morning proceed to Kandy – Do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. 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 and a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Morning visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya – En route 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. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. 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.
Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Horton Plains - Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at 2134 meters. These Plains are hard to reach but the scenery is well worth the effort. At Horton Plains, hike to the Bakers Fall, passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool. After we will return back to the hotel with the remainder of the day free.
Morning proceed to visit the Adam’s peak - The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province. it is revered as a holy site by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. It has specific qualities that cause it to stand out and be noticed; including its dominant and outstanding profile, and the boulder at the peak that contains an indentation resembling a footprint. As the 1910, Encyclopedia Britannicanotes. For a long period Adam's Peak was supposed to be the highest mountain in Ceylon.
Morning proceed to visit the Yala National Park - this park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly gives way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Huge, 5 stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock. On completion – Check in at Peacock Beach Hotel - Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast you will be dropped off at the Mangrove beach Cabanas (not included in this package) at the beach with your own onward arrangements.