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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo airport, here you will see our friendly local team waiting to transfer you to your hotel nearby.
Departing Colombo, drive to Giritale and check into hotel before an afternoon visit to Polonnaruwa - an 11th century city of compact size. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining (it’s 44 ft/13 m long), one standing and one sitting. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being amongst the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes. Spend some time exploring the site, before later returning to Giritale.
Leaving Giritale, drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where you view the stunning frescoes. Next visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. 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. Leaving Dambulla, the final stop of the day is Matale to explore a spice plantation en route to Kandy. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Today we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. After, we drive to Nuwara Eliya along the way stopping to explore a working tea plantation.
This morning or afternoon, depending on your preference we head to lovely the beach resort of Kalutara. Transfer to your accommodation with the rest of the day at leisure.
Spend the next days at leisure relaxing on Sri Lanka's tropical coastline.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.