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Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International airport & transfer to Kandalama.Check in at Heritance Kandalama Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Morning proceed to Sigiriya - Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site. 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. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa - Which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, and a world heritage site - Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake.
Leave for Kandy – En route visit the 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. metres 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. On completion leave for Kandy – En route visit a Spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. Proceed to Kandy. Rest of the day at leisure
Proceed to 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. Later on a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. 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 In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Today we drive to Nuwara Eliya – En-route visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. On completion, proceed to 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. Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya including the Hakgala Gardens – Drive through "Little England”
Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Colombo via Ratnapura visiting Gem Mines - The gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka is also a major crossroad between southern plains and the hill country to the east. A bustling market city servicing most of the surrounding towns, many of the prominent gem dealers in Sri Lanka operate from this town. Scenery around the town is excellent and charming. Proceed to Colombo Rest of the day at leisure
Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight to Maldives
We will transfer you by seaplane to the resort.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.