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Welcome to Sri Lanka. On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.
Today we leave for Anamaduwa. After check in the rest of the day and tomorrow is at your own leisure.
Anamaduwa This morning leave for Anuradhapura via Puttalam. The history of Puttalam dates back to the arrival of Prince Vijaya, nearly 2500 years ago, when his vessel washed ashore. The name "Puttalam" may be a modification of the Tamil word Uppuththalam. Of which Uppu means salt, and Thalam means salt production zone, thus evolved into the name Puttalam. Ibn Batuta, a famous traveling Moroccan traveller described Puttalam as an amazing town which had Arab and South Indian cultures mixed in it. We continue to Anuradhapura where the rest of the day is free time.
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka, It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. We also visit Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. Samadhi' Buddha statue , Isurumuniya rock temple,Kuttam Pokuna , Thuparama and Mihintale are all on our itinerary today.
Today we continue to Polonnaruwa and enjoy 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 built by King Parakramabahu the great. 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. We continue to Dambulla before climbing the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress. Finally 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
En route to Kandy visit the Dambulla Cave Temple> 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 of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. We also explore a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. We continue to Kandy for the evening.
Today we visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. This 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. Afterwards we visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and enjoy a a sightseeing tour of Kandy. We 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 after witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Our Journey continues to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, 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. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 whole golf courses in South Asia
Today we ravel to Haputale. On arrival the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Haputale. Today we continue by road to Yala.
This morning we have a Jeep Safari in Yala National Park. The park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants, sloth bears, wild boars and, several species of deer and wild buffalo. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. As is common in Sri Lanka there is a huge diversity of stunning birdlife including migratory species such as the flamingo. It is also one of the few places in the world where the severely endangered black necked stork can still be seen. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly gives way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front.
Today we leave for Tangalle. On arrival you will have free time.
Today and the next 2 days are free days to enjoy the beach in Tangalle.
Today we travel to Galle. This evening we take a city tour including The Galle fort which 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 is a free day to enjoy the Beach in Galle.
Today we return to Colombo.
Today we take a drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. We drive pass “Pettah” – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall. We also visit Gangaramaya Temple.
Today our arrangements come to an end with a departure transfer to the airport.