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Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met at Colombo airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel in Bentota. The remainder of today is at your leisure to recoup after your flight. (OVERNIGHT Villa Bentota “Boutique Concept” or Serene Pavilions “Boutique Concept”)
Today and tomorrow are at your leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast. (OVERNIGHT Villa Bentota “Boutique Concept” or Serene Pavilions “Boutique Concept”)
This morning we drive to Colombo. Highlights of our sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We also visit the national museum before then heading to the hotel.(OVERNIGHT Pearl Grand Hotel)
Today we head inland to Giritale, stopping en route at one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. After exploring this ancient site we continue on to Giritale. After exploring this ancient site we continue on to Polonnaruwa, a fascinating 11th century city, home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara.
This morning we head to Sigiriya and the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. Once we've fully explored the rock we continue on to a spice garden. Here we learn about some of Sri Lanka’s famous spices, how they are grown and what they are used in. Later on we drive further south to Kandy, and this evening we visit the world famous Temple of the Tooth Relic, home to one of Buddha’s teeth before attending a traditional cultural evening complete with fire walkers!
This morning we visit the famous Pinnawala elephant orphanage where we meet some of the 89 abandoned elephants, many of which are babies. On our return to Kandy we stop by the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, home to an amazing variety of plants, flowers and trees. Once back in Kandy itself we embark on a city tour, drive around the lake and visit local bazaars and a local gem museum.
After breakfast we head to the beach resort of Unawatuna. Transfer to your accommodation with the rest of the day at leisure. (OVERNIGHT AT THE Taprobane Beach House 3*+ (Deluxe Room)
The next days are yours to enjoy at leisure in Bentota, an ideal tropical beach with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine. (OVERNIGHT AT THE Taprobane Beach House 3*+ (Deluxe Room)
Sadly your journey comes to an end this morning, with a transfer back to Colombo airport for your flight home.