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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your honeymoon! Upon arrival at Colombo airport at 01:40am you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. Today is at your leisure to explore independantly. This evening, enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan dinner. Please note the night of the 22nd Dec has been booked to ensure early check in at 01.40am on the 23rd Dec.
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital including the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now the site of many government buildings, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a traditional oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We will also visit the national museum. This evening enjoy a compulsory Gala Dinner at the hotel.
At Kelaniya we visit the Raja Maha Vihara, a temple graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Continuing our sightseeing, we visit the zoological gardens at Dehiwela. Home to a variety of birds and animals it is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Asia.
En route to Anuradhapura, we visit 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal relics of Buddha it is said to contain. We also visit Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa.
Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later we visit Mihintale.
En route to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and Dambulla Rock Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. Situated in a cave, view the painted walls and ceilings comprising of over 150 images of the Buddha. Then we visit ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures.
Continue on to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. 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. The final stop of the day is Matale, known for its spice gardens, enroute to Kandy. You’ll see firsthand how cinnamon, cardamon, curry leaves, saffron and other exotic spices are grown in the wild and then processed for consumption.
Today we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home to about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Continuing, we visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, home to one of Buddha’s teeth. After, we enjoy a cultural dance show.
Departing Kandy, we head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Situated at 6,525 ft/1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest and most attractive towns in the region. Tea pickers can be spotted all over the lush green slopes around Nuwara Eliya throughout the year Today, we enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens, famous for its orchids and roses in the 10,000 species of plants. This evening enjoy a compulsory Gala Dinner at the hotel.
By jeep, we depart early for Horton Plains, located on a high windswept saddle. Horton Plains offers stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool before returning to Nuwara Eliya.
Continuing to Yala National Park, en route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to 44 species of mammals and 215 species of birds, including elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, and crocodile. The park has one of the highest concentrations in the world and around 350 Asian elephants.
This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. We then continue to Kalutara, an ideal tropical beach holiday with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.
The next 2 days are spent at leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast. Originally an important spice trading port, Kalutara is now a bustling market town with many road side stalls selling a variety of goods. You have an optional excursion to Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum.
Today we travel via the coast road to Colombo, the rest of the day is at your leisure,
Sadly your tour with us comes to an end today, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.