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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your exclusive Asian Adventure! Arriving into Colombo Airport, you will see our friendly local team, waiting to transfer you to your hotel situated in the town of Sigiriya around a 3 hours drive away.
This morning 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. This afternoon, we head off 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.
After breakfast we hot the road destined for Kandy. Along the way we stop to explore the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. We continue on to a spice garden in the town of Matale. Here we learn about some of Sri Lanka’s famous spices, how they are grown and what they are used in. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy some.
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.
Taking to the road once more we head back to 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. After, we transfer to Negombo beach, conveniently located near the airport. (OVERNIGHT GOLDI SANDS HOTEL)
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to India.