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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day/evening are at your leisure.
En route to Sigiriya, we stop to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. The 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. We head on to Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha.
This morning, we visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Matale. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. This afternoon, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. This evening we head to the Temple of the Tooth for the ceremony.
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. Because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. 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. Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya, we drive through "Little England” then return to the hotel.
Today, we drive to Tangalle and check you into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Tangalle is a small town with long sandy beaches located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The name of the town means ‘projected rocks’ in Sinhalese, a reference to the rocky coastline that characterizes the area around town, a stark contrast to neighbouring beaches. Overnight - Buckingham Place Hotel.
Free day. Overnight - Buckingham Place Hotel.
Today, we depart for Koggala. Rest of the day at leisure.
The Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.
Today we will transfer you to the Gateway Airport Garden Hotel - our services will end upon arrival at the hotel.