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Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be met on arrival at the Bandaranayake International Airport by our representative and transfer to Negombo for hoel check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
After breakfast, we depart for Habarana. En route we visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela which is 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 we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa - The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal was that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilized to this day. We continue to visit Minneriya National Park; created by King Parakarambahu at the height of Polonnaruwa’s glory as the capital of Sri Lanka. The national park is based largely around the huge reservoir which serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large population of elephants.
After breakfast at hotel we proceed to 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 andwas 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.