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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.Check in at Ramada Colombo 4*(Standard Room) The rest of the day/evening are at your leisure.
Today, your guide will take you on a driving tour of colourful Colombo.Just off the north end of Galle Road, is the area known as the Fort, once a colonial stronghold. Just south of the Fort is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out. At the south end of the green is the Galle Face Hotel, a beautiful colonial-era hotel. We also visit Pettah, the traditional bazaar district and also visit Gangarama Temple and Independence Square.
Today we drive to Kandy – En route 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. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. On completion proceed to Kandy – Check in at Cinnamon Citadel 4* - (Superior Room)
Day at leisure
En route to Dambulla we visit a Spice Garden in Matale to see the different spices which Sri Lanka is famous for. Upon arrival in Dambulla, we climb to the temple which was donated by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. Later we continue to Sigiriya or the ‘Lion Rock’, a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Today visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. 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. 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. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Today we drive to Nuwara Eliya - En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Check in at Grand Hotel 4* (Deluxe Room).Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England” Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day at leisure
Today we visit Horton Plains - The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains.
After breakfast we drive back to Colombo – Check in at Ramada Colombo. Rest of the day at leisure
Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight