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Morning (0630Hrs) leave for Sigiriya – En route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. 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. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla - Climb up to the Dambulla Cave Temple. Overnight Sigiriya Village.
Today climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake. 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. Overnight Sigiriya Village.
Morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi, Brazen Palace, Ruwanweliseya, Samadhi' Buddha statue and Kuttam Pokuna – twin ponds. Thereafter proceed to visit Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Also visit Aukana - It is undoubtedly the most magnificent preserved image on the island. Overnight Sigiriya Village.
Morning 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. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy. 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.
Morning proceed to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. On completion 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. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sad departure Transfer for Ms. Emma Mclnnes – (Pick up time from the Grand Hotel at 1600Hrs) – Departure flight is at 0130Hrs on the 01 Dec’12. Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England”
Morning proceed to 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.
Early morning leave for Colombo via Kithulgala - This is an area of rolling hills, tropical rainforests and winding rivers. The sleepy riverside village of Kithulgala owes its popularity to the Kelani River which offers exciting Grade 3 and 4 rapids for rafting. The breathtaking scenery here was used for the filming of the Oscar-winning classic “The Bridge over the River Kwai” by David Lean. Evening departure transfer for Cherylyn.
After breakfast end of arrangements for Kelly :(