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Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore independently. Overnight Goldi Sands Hotel or similar.
Leave for Sigiriya – 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. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.
Today Mrs Woodman can climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress while Mr Woodman can explore independently at the bottom. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters 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. 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.
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.
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 - Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. 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.
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. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya and this evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England”.
Because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently. 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. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
This morning we leave for Uda-Walawe. proceed to visit the Ath Athuru Sevana (The Elephant Transit Home) - The elephant transit home was set up in 1995 as a pilot project by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to look after the abandoned baby elephants till they are able to take care of themselves. The warmth the baby jumbos are denied by their mothers was afforded to them to the fullest at the Ath Athuru Sevana by the Conservators and Veterinary Surgeons who look after their "charges" with love and devotion until the time is ripe for them to be sent back to their natural habitats.
This morning proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Uda-Walawe National Park - This national park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Uda Walawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone. with the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit. Later you will be transferred to Yala. Overnight Cinnamon Wild or similar.
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. 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, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock. Overnight Cinnamon Wild or similar.
Today you will be transferred to Kalutara and the remainder of the day free.
The next few days are free for you to relax or explore independantly
Today your room is booked for late check-out and the day is free for you to relax and tonight you will be transferred to the airport in time for your early morning onward flight on 18/02/14.