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Sights of Sri Lanka
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Tour Length:  12 Day(s) /  11 Night(s)

Colombo – Anuradhapura – Sigirya – Polonnaruwa – Kandy – Dambulla – Nuwara Eliya – World’s End – Yala – Hikkaduwa or Bentota – Colombo
Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive Colombo
Arrive Colombo. Upon arrival in Colombo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check-in at hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Colombo – Anuradhapura

Early this morning, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown  to be a big family today.  A unique experience not to be missed.

Thereafter drive to Anuradhapura. Upon arrival in Anuradhapura, check-in at hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 03 Anuradhapura – Dambulla

Morning drive to Dambulla. Upon arrival in Dambulla, check-in at hotel.
In the afternoon climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Afterwards visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. The shop contains a wide variety of Batik items.

Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century ‘ Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island.  It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress.  Within it triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool.  On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color. Sigiriya was never conquered by any of the invading forces that had such an affect on the island of Sri Lanka It was however, ceded to the British during the colonial rule without force.

Afterwards commence an elephant back safari in Habarana.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 04 Dambulla – Polonnaruwa

This morning proceed to visit Minneriya national park with packed breakfast.

Thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa and commence excursions. En-route visiting a wood carving factory. Upon arrival in Polonnaruwa, check-in at hotel.

Polonnaruwa - the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular status.  Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period.  Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved  large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver.  The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of Sri Lankan artists.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 05 Polonnaruwa – Kandy

After breakfast drive to Kandy. En route visit the Dambulla cave temple and a spice garden in Matale.

Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.

Dambulla – Dambulla is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock.  The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two.  Some caves dates to 1st C.B.C. All the 5 cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings are also found here.

Upon arrival in Kandy, check-in at hotel.

In the afternoon commence a city tour of Kandy including visiting a gem laboratory and a silk factory.
Kandy – the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

In the evening watch a cultural show featuring the exotic traditional dances of Sri Lanka.

Overnight at the hotel.

 


Day 06 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit temple of the tooth relic.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya, visiting a tea estate and a factory en route.

Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations.  It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence.  Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 07 Nuwara Eliya

Proceed to visit World’s end with packed breakfast in the morning.

In the afternoon commence a city tour in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 08 Nuwara Eliya – Yala

After breakfast drive to Yala. Upon arrival in Yala, check-in at hotel.

Enjoy a Jeep safari at Yala National Park.

Yala is a haven for Fauna both indigenous and migrant. Bird concentrations are by the Lagoons/Salvers.  Here are thousands of Flamingoes, Assemblies of spotted Billed Pelicans, Spoonbills, Cormorants and various species of Herons. Pheasants, Pea Fowl, Peacocks and the Wild Fowl  are found in hundreds. Wild Buffalo and herds of wild Elephants are a common sight. Whether it is birds or animals you have them all at Yala.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 09 Yala – Hikkaduwa or Beruwala

After breakfast drive to Colombo. En route visit the Dutch Fort in Galle, stilt fishermen in Weligama and turtle hatchery in Kosgoda.

The Fort of Galle - The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch fort in which the central city is contained.  But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the ‘Tarshish’ of the Old testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord. Today, the 90 acre Galle Fort who’s no evidence of the Portuguese founders.  The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663.  A second, taller wall was build inside of it.  Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the fort’s two half bastion’s overlooking the sea.  The Dutch also installed a sophisticated drainage system, complete with brick-lined underground sewers that were flushed twice a day by the rides.  The original gate to the fort was by the harbor.  It is still there, marked by the old Dutch V.O.C (for ‘Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie) arms with a rooster crest.

Drive onto Hikkaduwa or Beruwala.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 10 & 11 Hikkaduwa or Beruwala
Days are at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Hikkaduwa or Beruwala – Colombo – Onward Destination
Drive to Colombo. You will be met upon arrival in Colombo and transferred to the airport for your flight to onward destination.

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