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Sri Lanka Tour 13 Days / 12 Nights

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Day 1 - Airport – Pinnawala – Cultural Traingle

Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport Pass the Immigration, duty free and then collect your baggage from the belt. Walk through the customs passing the banks to the arrival lobby. Sri Lanka Express Representative will meet you at the arrival lobby with a paging board. He will accompany you to your vehicle Transfer to Pinnawala. (2 hours drive)

Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath. Transfer to the selected hotel.

Check in – 12h00 Check in at the hotel Rest of the day at leisure Overnight Stay at Hotel

Day 2 - Cultural Triangle - Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Cultural Triangle

Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Sigiriya Explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres 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.

In the afternoon, visit Polonnaruwa by bicycles Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya -where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Return to the Hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 3 - Cultural Triangle – Trincomalee – Cultural Triangle

Breakfast at the hotel Leave to the famous East Coast of Sri Lanka for a full day excursion Do a city tour of Trincomalee including a visit to the Pigeon Islands Trincomalee is a natural deep water harbor that attracted great sea farers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and the sea traders from China and East Asia during ancient times. The long and wide beaches offer surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.

This sea town has the largest Dutch fortress and the oldest Hindu temple (Tirukoneswaram Kovil) in Sri Lanka. Hot wells and the famous Nilaweli Beach are the main attractions in the region. April to October are the famous months for a relaxing and an active holiday. Return to the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel

Day 4 - Cultural Triangle – Habarana - Dambulla - Cultural Triangle

Breakfast at the hotel Proceed to Habarana to explore the beauty of nature and the way of Sri Lankan living. Hiriwaduna is the name of the village. Clients will be invited by the bullock carts to take them into the village to see the villages attending to their daily life. Also, a small cross over on a barrel type boat on the river. Leave to Dambulla.

Visit the Dambulla Rock Temple 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 metres. Return to the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel

Day 5 - Cultural Triangle – Matale - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel Proceed to your next destination - Kandy Enroute stop (optional) at the wood carving factory and at the spice garden in Matale 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. Continue to Kandy.

In the afternoon, do a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The Name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhalese king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Free time for shopping (optional) Transfer to the selected hotel Check in at the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 6 - Kandy – Dambana – Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Dambana. Full Day excursion programme with the Veddah community or Wanniya-laeto (forest- dwellers) The resplendent island known to be Sri Lanka in its native language Sinhala continues to live up to its definition to be gleaming and brilliant. Perhaps the earliest inhabitants in this splendid country were the forefathers of the aboriginal group of people called Veddas who came as early as prior to 6th century B.C. before they were besieged by the next inhabitants.

They lived in the forest for many centuries keeping their way of living in harmony with the forest. The few remaining Vedda communities are determined that their way of life will continue into future generations and still retains much of their own distinctive cultural identity, indigenous language, a traditional lifestyle and occupations including hunting, honey gathering, and chena cultivation. A visit to Dambana will give an opportunity to meet, have a meal and interact with this community of indigenous people and learn about their lifestyle Return to the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel

Day 7 - Kandy – Peradeniya – Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel Morning at leisure Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and Was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, Around 6 pm, witness a traditional Sri Lankan cultural show. Return to the hotel by trishaw Overnight Stay at Hotel

Day 8 - Kandy – Tea Plantations – Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel Leave for Peradeniya Station and board the local train to Gampola. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya passing tea plantations Visit a tea plantation and a factory. You will pass the excellent landscapes of Sri Lanka. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the World is Produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of Pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

In the afternoon, do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankan most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Transfer to the selected hotel Check in at the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 9 Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel Proceed to Horton Plains by vans. Trekking experience The most famous place of foreigners in Sri Lanka is Horton plains. Horton plains are at Nuwaraeliya, Badulla and Rathnapura districts. There are two main entrances to this plain. Those are Pattipola entrance via Nuwaraeliya and Ambewela or Ohiya entrance via Welimada or Bandarawela. Large Savannah plains, Waterfalls, High pure water, Forests and several natural and high eco diversity areas are available to visit at Horton Plains. Horton Plains is controlled by Wild life department of Sri Lanka. Hoton plains are invented by Mr. Horton who was animal hunter in British governing period. Earlier this place is identified as ‘Maha Eliya’. Eliya means Plains and Maha means Big. In this case real meaning of this name is a Large Plain. This area is high more than 2300m above from sea level. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 10 - Nuwara Eliya – Yala Or Udawalawa

Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Yala or Udawalawa In the late afternoon, go wild in style. Game drive to the Yala / Udawalawa National Park by safari vehicle 4x4 YALA NATIONAL PARK - UDAWALAWA NATIONAL PARK Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka comprising a diversity of habitats including scrub jungles, tanks, brackish lagoons and riverine habitat and is the home of wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, leopard, bear, deer and crocodiles.

You can also see large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds. The best park in the country for viewing mammals Transfer to the selected hotel Check in at the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 11 - Yala Or Udawalawa – Weligama - Galle

Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Galle En route visit the stilt fishermen in Weligama Stilt fishing is a popular fishing method in the area and very beautiful scenery to watch Do a city tour of Galle The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6km south east of the city centre.

The southern coastal belt is the most popular among the tourists and comes to life mainly from October through April when the monsoon moves northeast and the sea becomes calm with blue skies. The earliest European administrative centre of Sri Lanka was the major port and the largest city until the British shifted the port to Colombo. The City of Galle had been the European administrative centre over 4 centuries If clients stay in Mirissa, Galle city tour will be done on next day. Transfer to the selected beach hotel Check in at the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 12 - Galle – Ambalangoda – Balapitiya – Kosgoda – Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel Proceed to Seeduwa visiting the following places en route.

Ambalangoda - Ambalangoda is a charming seaside town on the south-western coast. It is the home of the mask carvers. These colorful masks are used by dancers performing exorcist rituals and folk dances. There is also an Old Dutch Church.

Balapitiya - Leave for Balapitiya and proceed on a boat excursion to the inland islands. Proceed by a boat on which you will be taken for about two hours. Here you could see the villagers taking part in their day to day activities and some Islands.

Kosgoda - Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda which is being operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill are protected here. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. The goodwill of Kosgoda area Fishermen who bring these eggs gratis to the hatchery have led to the hatching and have released around 100,000 young turtles in only two years since the hatchery opened. Thereafter, proceed to Colombo In the late afternoon, do a city tour of Colombo Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood.

Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interests are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, esidential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China. Transfer to the selected hotel Check in at the hotel Overnight Stay at Hotel

Day 13 - Colombo – Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out – 12h00 Transfer to Airport for departure

End of Services! “Ayubowan”


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