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Day 1: Sigiriya

Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by our Representative and leave for Sigiriya - Check in at Kassapa Lions Rock 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 2: Sigiriya

Morning proceed to Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa. 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. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa - Which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. 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.

Day 3: Sigiriya - Kandy

Leave for Kandy - En route visit the Dambulla Cave temple. 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. Also 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. Continue to Kandy – Check in at Cinnamon Citadel 4* - (Superior Room)

Day 4: Kandy

Today we visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 89 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. Proceed to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya - This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing

Day 5: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at hotel – 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. Check in at Araliya Green Hills Hotel 4* - (Deluxe Room) – Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England”

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya

Day at leisure to explore the vicinity

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Todau we leave for Yala – Check in at Jetwing Yala 4* - (Deluxe Room) – Evening proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park - 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. Sloth bears are also a big draw. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. 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 gives way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front.

Day 8: Yala National Park - Kalutara

Leave for Kalutara – Check in at Kamili Beach Resort 4* - (Superior Room) – Rest of the day at leisure on the beach –

Days 9-11: Kalutara

For next 3 days relax on the palm fringed beach for the rest of your time in Sri Lanka.

Day 12: Kalutara

Today we leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.

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