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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital 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.
After breakfast we depart Colombo for our drive to Giritale where you check into your hotel before an afternoon visit to Polonnaruwa - an 11th century city of compact size. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining, one standing and one sitting. Spend some time exploring the site, before later returning to Giritale.
Leaving Giritale, we drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where you view the stunning frescoes. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. Next visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex of five caves has over 2000 sqm of painted walls and ceilings. En route to Kandy we visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous.
Today we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 90 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Afterwards we go to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Waikkal. En route visit a tea plantation and factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and see how tea is graded, then enjoy a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. The rest of the day is free for you to explore your resort and relax on the beach.
Say a fond farewell to all your new Sri Lankan friends. Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.