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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel.
Drive to Unawatuna which comes personally recommended by Kelly! Rest of the day at leisure on the beach.
Day at leisure on the beach.
Leave for Giritale en route proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Morning proceed to Sigiriya to climb the 5th century world heritage site Sigiriya rock fortress ‘Lion Rock’ , built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). Thereafter proceed to Dambulla to 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. On completion leave for Kandy, en route visit a spice garden in Matale, to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. This evening in Kandy visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight Hunas Falls Hotel 4 Star - (Superior Room)
Morning proceed to visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing 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 and a lapidary. On completion leave for Colombo, en route 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.
Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.