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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your journey through the Tear Drop Isle! Departing Colombo, we drive onto Kandy, with a visit en-route to Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, home to 60 elephants. Afterwards we enjoy an evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
En route to Dambulla we visit a Spice Garden in Matale to see the different spices which Sri Lanka is famous for. Upon arrival in Dambulla, we climb to the temple which was donated by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. 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. Later we continue to Sigiriya or the ‘Lion Rock’, a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Overnight - Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel.
Our sightseeing today takes in 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. Overnight - Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel.
We will head back to Colombo and the airport in time for your flight to the Maldives, which departs at 13:45 (note: flight not included in the package). Upon arrival in Male you will be met at the airport and transferred to the resort by speedboat, the rest of the day is free for you to relax in paradise!
Relax on the sandy white beaches, swim in the clear blue sea or try many of the sports available at the resort.
Today we will transfer you to the Paradise Island Resort for your last night stay in a Water Villa.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.