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Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. Overnight Goldi Sands Hotel (Negombo).
Today we journey to Anuradhapura visiting Dambadeniya, capital of the island after the fall of Polonnaruwa in the 13th century. Its principal surviving ruins are a two-story Dalada Maligawa temple and the dagoba revered by the locals for the 60 corporeal relics of the Buddha it is said to contain. Also visit Panduvas Nuwara, featuring a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele, and Yapahuwa, a rock fortress - the stone ruins of the steps are reminiscently Cambodian.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura, home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi, Brazen Palace, Ruwanweliseya, Samadhi' Buddha statue, Kuttam Pokuna and Thuparama Dagoba. Thereafter proceed to visit Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka.
Proceed to Polonnaruwa en route visit the Aukana Buddha statue which is undoubtedly the most magnificent preserved image on the island. Also visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. This afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
This morning proceed to Sigiriya - climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site. 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. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. On completion leave for Kandy – En route 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.
This morning we visit the Elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. Later we return to Kandy en-route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a city tour of Kandy as we 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.
Today we travel to Nuwara Eliya. Enroute we 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. This evening enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya including the Hakgala Gardens and a drive through "Little England".
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 on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains.
This morning we leave for Yala en-route visiting the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduuvagala. Proceed to Kataragama. This evening enjoy 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.
This morning we visit the Bundala Bird Sanctuary. We then journey onto Kalutara, En route visit the Galle Dutch Fortress – The Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century.
Today is a free day for you to relax.
Today we journey back to Colombo. Enjoy a sightseeing tour driving through the Commercial area of the “Fort” and drive past “Pettah”. We also visit the 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 Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall. And also visit the national museum with its fine collection of antiques and local art.
Today we 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 and a Hindu temple. Later this evening we will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
(Last nights accomodation was booked for late check-out).