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Upon arriving In Colombo you will be transferred from the airport to Negombo. You have the rest of your day at leisure.
After breakfast you will depart for Giritale. Upon arriving in Giritale you can check into your hotel and you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Today you will go on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries. You will have an opportunity to visit the ruins of the Royal palace where you will get to see the statues of Buddha in several different postures. On completion return to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Today we travel to Kandy, en route visiting the Dambulla Rock temple, a World Heritage site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. 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. Continuing to Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Later this evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Morning visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya – En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.
After breakfast today you will proceed to Uda- Walawe. This evening proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Uda-Walawe National Park. This national park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Uda Walawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone with the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit.
Continuing to Yala National Park, en route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife.
This morning head out 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 – grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. 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. On completion leave for Unawatuna and en route visit the Galle Dutch Fort.
Day at leisure.
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital to include the Fort, 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. On completion you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (you have a day room available to you today to freshen up in Colombo)