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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Rodney and Christine will be met at Colombo Airport and transferred to hotel. Zoe and partner will make their own way to the start hotel.
Leave for Habarana. 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. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.
Morning proceed to Sigiriya to climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of world heritage site Polonnaruwa - which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. 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.
Leaving for Kandy we stop to visit the Dambulla Cave 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. Also visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy, also a World Heritage Site. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the town and Bazaar. Evening proceed to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Today, we drive to Unawatuna or Galle (depending on the hotel choice) for relaxation time on the beach.
Day at leisure in Unawatuna or Galle.
Rodney and Christine will be met and transferred to the airport. Zoe and partner have own arrangements.