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Day 1 – Colombo

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. In the evening we will do Colombo city tour. Dinner & Overnight stay at Colombo..

Day 2 – Colombo to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Habarana / Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel and then travel to Habarana. On the way take a short break and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and the Pinnawala Open Zoo. Elephant Orphanage is an institution that has been looking after orphaned or injured elephants that would otherwise have surely died. Then you can watch the elephant’s bath in the river after which the youngest babies are milk fed. Then travel to Sigiriya. Check in at the hotel and in the afternoon you will visit the Sigiriya rock fortress. One of Sri Lanka’s most fascinating UNESCO world heritage sites. No matter how often you climb to the summit of this one-time hilltop fortress of the Sinhalese king, Kassapa, the pleasure barely diminishes because of the ectacular views at the summit. In the afternoon you can also do a ride on elephant back at Sigiriya. Dinner & Overnight stay at Habarana / Dambulla

Day 3 – Habarana to Anuradhapura

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Anuradhapura to visit the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. Located in the North Central Province, 206 km from Colombo, the sacred city of Anuradhapura is a magical place. Featuring some of the most ancient temples and palaces of the Island. The Anuradhapura Folk Museum is near the Archaeological Museum and it houses a collection of objects from the North Central Province, reflecting the rural life of the people. Dinner & Overnight stay at Habarana / Dambulla.

Day 4 – Habarana to Polonnaruwa

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Polonnaruwa to visit the Polonnaruwa Cultural sites. Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century AD. This ancient city is today one of the most beautiful centers of this island’s cultural heritage. In its prime, the city, inside it’s 3½ miles strong encircling walls, housed hundreds of thousands of people. In the afternoon you can also do a jeep safari in the Minneriya National Park looking for elephants, deer, peacocks, boars, and many kinds of birds. Dinner & Overnight stay at Habarana / Dambulla.

Day 5 – Habarana to Golden Rock Temple & Temple of the Tooth

Next day breakfast at the hotel and leave for Kandy via Dambulla and Matale. On the way visit the Golden Rock temple. Golden Rock is a cave temple which dates back to the 1st Century BC. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescoes which depict Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha’s previous births. The caves house the largest collection of Buddha statues in one place. From Dambulla drive to Matale to visit the Nalanda Gedige temple. The small building is designed like a Hindu temple with a mandapa, an entrance hall (originally roofed), a short passage to a bare cell, and an ambulatory round the holy center. There is no sign of Hindu gods, however, and the temple is said to have been used by Buddhists. This is one of the earliest buildings of stone constructed in Ceylon then travel to Matale to visit a spice garden. In Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth and view a cultural show in evening. Kandy, last capital of the Sinhala Kings, is a very popular destination for visitors from home and abroad. Dinner and Overnight stay at Kandy.

Day 6 – Kandy / Peradeniya

Breakfast at the hotel and then visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and a Kandy gem museum, a batik factory before returning to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at Kandy.

Day 7 – Tea Factory & Ramboda to Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a tea factory / plantation and stop at the Ramboda waterfall. Sri Lanka is famous for its “Ceylon Tea”. Arrive in Nuwara Eliya to be greeted by the fresh and cool climate, the cottage type bungalows and the colonial air. Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England”. Do a city tour and perhaps a walk around Gregory Lake at the edge of the city. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 08

Day 8 – Nuwara Eliya to Yala Today you will travel to Yala and drive through the Ella gap and stop at Ravana waterfall. Check in at the hotel and go for a jeep safari in the Yala National Park, one of the island’s most popular wildlife parks where you could see most of the animals found in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park. One of Sri Lanka’s premier eco-tourism destinations lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the park is predominantly semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its wildlife (most notably its elephants) and its fine coastline with coral reefs. It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed. Dinner and overnight stay at Tissamaharama.

Day 9 – Yala to Galle

After breakfast leave for Bentota and on the way stop to visit the Galle Dutch Fortress. Galle, an old city which is now a modern and buzzing town today. It was the most important seaport way back in history, where the seafaring merchants arrived to trade and barter. This is also where the Portuguese first set foot in the year 1505 and built a fortress, which was later captured and fortified by the Dutch. The fortress is one of the best preserved in the island. A visit to the fortress and to watch the sunset from the rampart is an unforgettable experience. The oldest Protestant church in the country called the ‘Groote Kerk’ built by the Dutch is located inside the Fort. It is situated close to New Oriental Hotel also built by them as the Governor’s Residence in 1684. Check in the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at a Beach Resort.

Day 10 / Day 11 / Day 12 – Beach Vacation – Galle to Negombo

Next day, departure to Negombo. Along the coast road near Kosgoda, visit a turtle hatchery. A Beach Stay with many choices of spending your time. Leisurely strolling on the golden beaches or lazing on a sundeck reading a book and sipping a cool fresh tropical fruit drink of pineapple, mango or banana. Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo. Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the beach, lays hers eggs and covers them with sand to incubate by the heat of the sun. What often happened was that the eggs were dug out by fisherman and sold for consumption. Now the eggs are bought by the conservation projects and hatched the natural way in enclosed areas.This offers them a better chance of survival. Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.

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