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Buddha and Beach

12 days from USD $2,569

Spend a week travelling to some of central Sri Lanka's best sites before heading off to a gorgeous beach for a few days....

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Day 1: The Maldives

Arriving in Male - connect to your flight Maamigilli domestic airport - Arriving here you catch the resorts Speedboat or Dhoniboat to check into the Sun Island Resort & Spa.

Days 2-7: The Maldives

Enjoy the next days at your leisure enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

Day 8: The Maldives - Colombo

Return to Male the same way you came (Speedboat & Domestic flight) Catch your flight to Colombo. Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to your hotel in Wattala district. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include; the Fort, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square.

Day 9: Colombo - Giritale

Departing Colombo, drive to Giritale and check into hotel before an afternoon visit to Polonnaruwa - an 11th century city of compact size. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining (it’s 44 ft/13 m long), one standing and one sitting. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being amongst the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes. Spend some time exploring the site, before later returning to Giritale.

Day 10: Giritale - Kandy

Leaving Giritale, drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where you view the stunning frescoes. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Next visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. Leaving Dambulla, the final stop of the day is Matale en route to Kandy. Sri Lanka is renowned for it’s spices and spice gardens are located all over the country.

Day 11: Kandy

Today we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Afterwards we go to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Day 12: Kandy

En route to Nuwara Eliya – a scenic hillside town with a distinctly English flavour, visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tasty cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. In Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort, enjoy a sightseeing tour this including a visit to Hakgala Gardens. Return to your hotel in Kandy in the evening.

Day 13: Kandy

Sadly your journey draws to a close - we will transfer you to Colombo airport in time for your flight home.

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