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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Colombo

Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed on sightseeing tour of Colombo driving through the commercial area of the “ Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive passed “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 Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall. We also visit the national museum with its fine collection of antiques and local art. And also visit Gangaramaya Temple & Galle Face Green.

Day 3: Colombo

Leave for Kelaniya and visit the "Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara," graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Return to Colombo and drive to Dehiwela to witness the Zoological Gardens and Hindu Temple.

Day 4: Colombo - Habarana

Today, we drive to Habarana. 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. 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.

Day 5: Habarana

Driving to Sigiriya today, we climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). 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. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Thereafter, we proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilized to this day.

Day 6: Habarana

We visit Anuradhapura, which was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites. We visit Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree), Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C), Samadhi Buddha statue (4th century AD), Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C), Kuttam Pokuna - twin ponds (6th century AD) and Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C).

Day 7: Habarana - Trincomalee

Today, we drive to the a port city Trincomalee in Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Overlooking Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours.

Day 8: Trincomalee

Day at leisure in Trincomalee.

Day 9: Trincomalee - Kandy

Driving to Kandy, we proceed to have a lunch with local family. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Day 10: Kandy

Proceed to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Afterwards, we visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and enjoy a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. 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.

Day 11: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Morning proceed to the Railway Station to board the train leaving for Nanu Oya. (The driver will brief you of the time to be at the train station in Peradeniya). On arrival at the Nanu Oya Railway Station, meet up with the chauffeur guide and proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Day 12: Nuwara Eliya

Early this morning we drive by jeep to Horton Plains. Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at 2134 meters. These Plains are hard to reach but the scenery is well worth the effort. At Horton Plains hike to the Bakers Fall, passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool. We proceed to visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced and visit the Hakgala Gardens. This garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Day 13: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park. This Park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants. Sloth bears are also a big draw. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. There is also 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 give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front.

Day 14: Yala National Park - Kalutara

We visit Bundala National Park which is the latest addition to the National Parks. All species of water birds resident migrant and inhabit this Park. Driving to Galle for which was built first by the Portuguese, then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. 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. The Dutch fort also known as Ramparts of Galle withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which destroyed the Galle town. There are many moor families who live inside this fort along with Sinhalese, Dutch, English, Portuguese and Germans. On completion proceed on a Boat Ride at Madu Ganga before driving to Kalutara.

Day 15: Kalutara

Day at leisure in Kalutara.

Day 16: Kalutara

Day at leisure in Kalutara.

Day 17: Kalutara

Day at leisure in Kalutara.

Day 18: Kalutara

Day at leisure in Kalutara.

Day 19: Kalutara - Negombo

Today, we drive to Negombo.

Day 20: Negombo

Day at leisure in Negombo.

Day 21: Negombo

Transfer to Airport to connect with the departure flight.