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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours. Upon arrival into Colombo international airport, we'll be there to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Unawatuna. Hotel check in and remainder of the day at leisure.
The next three days offer free time for you to relax at leisure on the gorgeous beaches and enjoy a tropical Christmas!
This morning we leave the coast behind as we transfer to Uda-Walawe National Park. After you've checked in to your room, enjoy an evening game drive. Uda Walawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen.
Enjoy a full day of wildlife spotting opportunities with game parks in the Udawalawe National Park.
Early this morning we leave for Kandy. En route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is home to about 89 elephants, including baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. Proceed to Kandy visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. After hotel check in proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and a World Heritage Site. Drive around the Kandy Lake and visit the Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and watch a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
This morning begin an excursion to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, 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. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including the renowned water gardens, ring the base of the rock. 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.
Today we visit Dambulla. 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. metres 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. On completion return back to Kandy. En route visit a spice garden in 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.
Today marks the end of your time in Sri Lanka with On the Go Tours. After hotel check out we will transfer you to the international airport in time for your onward departure flight.