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3 Nights / 4 Days Tour
Day 1 Airport / Dambulla
Dinner and over night stay
Day 2 - Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa
Visit the ruined city Polonnaruwa which displays the influences of both Indian and Sinhalese cultures. Visit the museum and the world famous Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya consisting of three huge stone monoliths of the Lord Buddha, in a sitting, standing and reclining positions. See the Vatadageya, Sathmahal Prasadaya, Rajasaba Mandapaya, Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Parakrama Samudra the most famous places of Buddhist interest in Polonnaruwa ancient city.
Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress. Considered as the 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya was built in 5th century AD by King Kasyappa and boasts the world famous frescoes of women carved on sheer rock face. Climb the rock fortress and marvel at the feats of architecture achieved in the moats, the lions paw and finally at the summit of the rock, where the palace was situated. King Kasyappa had 500 hand maidens living in this palace.
Return to AmayaLakefor dinner and over night stay (4* hotel - Standard room).
Day 3 Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Kandy.
En-route you may also visit the famous Dambulla cave Temples, which contain rare 2000 year old paintings of Lord Buddha, depicting his birth, life and death, in its various cycles.
Kandywas the capital of Sri Lankain ancient times and the seat of the Kandyan Kings. Kandy, at an altitude of 500m is the cultural center of Sri Lanka and was the capital of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is particularly relaxed hills station once the stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, captured by the British.
Visit a gem museum, where you will have the opportunity to view a documentary on the complete gem mining process which takes place in Sri Lanka…from the mining of the raw minerals from the soil to the exquisitely polished and intricately cut shapes available in jewelry stores. A process which will leave you spell bound.
In the afternoon visit the focal point of the town which is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa where the sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha is enshrined and also called “Temple of the Tooth” which houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic, and it is dominated by the lake nearby. In the evening you will participate at the “Evening pooja at Dalada Maligawa” the Temple of the Tooth where the sacred relic of Lord Buddha is stored.
This evening you may also witness a colorful Kandyan dance performance
Dinner and over night stay at Amaya Hills (4* hotel - Standard room)
Day 4 Kandy / Pinnawela / Beach stay (Beruwala)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to your beach hotel in Bentota.
Visit the Peradeniya botanical garden situated in the Hill capital Kandy. Visit to this garden will provide spectacles at extraordinary beauty and absorbing interest for any nature lover and casual visitor. 4 miles off Kandythis garden dates from 14th century reign of King Vikrama Bahu III. Peradeniya is well know for its large variety of plants ornaments, useful machine and other creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees and a variety of bamboo that can only be found there.
Visit a working tea factory and witness the complete process of tea making. Taste a real Sri Lanka cup of tea.
En route you may also visit a spice garden where you can have a quick shoulder massage with herbal oils.
Proceed to Pinnawela
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is unique in that it breeds wild elephants in captivity and also takes care of orphaned wild elephants found in the jungles. The feeding process of these elephants is extremely interesting. Baby elephants drink at least 3 bottles of milk all in large slurps,
Check in to your beach hotel along the southern coast up to Galle.
Price valid from immediate effect till 31st October 2006
Price per person in sharing double room £
Price does NOT include
Official Star Rating: 4 Stars
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