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best of Sri Lanka. Wonderful Colombo, amazing old cities,
Buddhist temples, spice gardens, tea plantations, an
elephant orphanage, lots of flora and fauna and a final
relax on the beach in Bentota.
Day 02: Colombo
Day 03: Colombo
Day 04: Anuradhapura via Dambadeniya
Day 05: Anuradhapura
Day 06: Giritale via Dambulla
Day 07: Sigiriya
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park and Galle
Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive
Colombo, included transfer to hotel. Tonight, enjoy Sri
Lankan cuisine at our Welcome Dinner. Overnight - Colombo.
Sightseeing in Colombo
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
(closed Friday). Overnight - Colombo.
Buddhist Temple and Zoological Gardens
Discover ancient cave temples, enjoy a traditional village
lunch and then head to Kandy, the spiritual heart
of Sri Lanka. Wander around the Royal Botanical Gardens,
get lost in Kandy’s streets and markets and join the
pilgrims as they worship the tooth relic of Buddha at the
sacred Temple of the Tooth.
Temple Ruins and Rock Fortress
Dambadeniya - Anuradhapura. En route to Anuradhapura, we
visit 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its
principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple
and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal
relics of Buddha it is said to contain. We also visit
Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled
citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of
Yapahuwa. Overnight - Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura.Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating
ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important
archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes,
temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas
(solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and
museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under
which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also
the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later a
visit to Mihintale. Overnight - Anuradhapura.
Giritale via Dambulla
Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Giritale. En route
to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue
and the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain
beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then we visit ancient
Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We
explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal
Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures. Overnight -
Sigiriya and spice gardens
Giritale - Sigiriya - Kandy. To Sigiriya – the elevated
and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa.
The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200
metres from the scrub jungle. 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. At Matale, we visit an exotic spice garden.
Overnight - Kandy.
Elephant Orphange and Kandy
Today, we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, home
to around 60 elephants. Continuing, we visit the ruined
temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke and the
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic
lakeside town, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and
lapidary. Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
After, we enjoy a cultural dance show. Overnight - Kandy.
Nuwara Eliya and Tea plantations
Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. Departing Kandy, we head further
into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea
plantations. Situated at 6,525 ft/1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is
one of the highest towns in the region. Today, we enjoy a
sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens. By jeep on day
10, we depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high
windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning
panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en
route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of
Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya. Overnight -
Yala National Park
Numara Eliya - Yala National Park. 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. Overnight - Yala National
Bundala National Park and Galle
Yala National Park - Kalutara. This morning, we visit
Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the
town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort,
are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial
buildings. We then continue to Kalutara, an ideal tropical
beach holiday with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a
lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden
sunshine. Overnight - Kalutara.
At leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast.
Optional excursion to Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s
famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in
Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are
dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a
lapidary and the museum Overnight - Kalutara.
Kalutara - Colombo. Today we travel via the coast road to
Colombo and onward departure transfer to the airport. End
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Airport pick-up and
transfer to hotel.
Service of a
qualified local guide (English speaking or choice of your
language) during the whole trip.
All meals as
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and all sightseeing by transport.
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Your game safaris in the National
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