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Crawford market architecture

Day 1: Mumbai

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Mumbai.

Gateway to India

Day 2: Mumbai

Enjoy a cruise to the Elephanta caves in the morning. The island of Elephanta is about 10 kms from Mumbai. The 4 rock-cut temples are believed to have been cut between 450-750AD. After an hour’s boat trip to the island, walk the steps up the hillside to the caves. Shiva is the most depicted form. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight - Mumbai

Victoria Terminus

Day 3: Mumbai

Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people! Highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Marine drive. You have the afternoon free.

Day 4: Mumbai - Colombo

Today you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Sri Lanka. Welcome to Sri Lanka and the continuation of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel. Tonight, enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine at our Welcome Dinner. Overnight - Colombo

Day 5: Colombo

Colombo. Highlights of our sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We also visit the national museum (closed Friday). Overnight - Colombo

Day 6: Colombo

Breakfast at hotel - Morning proceed to Kelaniya to visit the "Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara", graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Thereafter return back to Colombo and drive to Dehiwela to witness the Zoological Gardens, Also visit a Hindu temple – On completion return to hotel Rest of the day at leisure – Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Colombo - Anuradhapura

Colombo - Dambadeniya - Anuradhapura. 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. Overnight - Anuradhapura

Day 8: Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura.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. Overnight - Anuradhapura

Day 9: Anuradhapura - Giritale

Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Giritale. 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. Overnight - Giritale

Day 10: Giritale - Kandy

Giritale - Sigiriya - Kandy. 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. At Matale, we visit an exotic spice garden. Overnight - Kandy

Day 11: Kandy

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. Overnight - Kandy

Days 12-13: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. 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. By jeep on day 10, we depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya. Overnight - Nuwara Eliya

Day 14: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Numara Eliya - Yala National Park. Continuing to Yala National Park, en route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife. Overnight - Yala National Park

Day 15: Yala National Park - Kalutara

Yala National Park - Kalutara. This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. We then continue to Kalutara, an ideal tropical beach holiday with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine. Overnight - Kalutara

Day 16: Kalutara

At leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast. Optional excursion to Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum Overnight - Kalutara

Day 17: Kalutara

Kalutara - Colombo. Today we travel via the coast road to Colombo and onward departure transfer to the airport. End of arrangements.

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