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Day 1 Colombo overview
On arrival in Sri Lanka, please clear immigration, collect your luggage then proceed through the customs green channel to the arrival lobby. We will be waiting in the designated area with a paging board. You will then be escorted to the vehicle park for your transfer to Colombo.
On arrival in Colombo ,check into your city hotel
Afternoon sightseeing of Colombo,
Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is a major port near the mouth of the Kelani Gangariver. It owes its importance largely to its great breakwaters, which give shelter to a large, artificially created harbour. BeiraLake,the administrative part of the Port of Colombo, is connected with the harbour by a canal and locks. Colombo handles most of the foreign trade of Sri Lanka and is an important fuelling station. Manufactures of the city include metal goods, refined petroleum, motor vehicles, processed food, textiles, clothing, and chemicals. Sri Jayavardhanapura, the legislative and judicial capital of Sri Lanka, is on the outskirts of Colombo. The business section of Colombo, called the Fort, occupies the sites of the former fortified area. Broad avenues and modern buildings contrast with the narrow, crooked streets and ramshackle structures of the Pettah quarter. Places of worship include Christian churches, Muslim mosques, and Buddhist temples. The University of Colombo, Sri LankaTechnical College (1893), and other educational institutions are located in the city. The early name of the city, Kalan-totta (Kelani ferry), derived from a nearby river-ferry point, was corrupted into Kolambu by the Arabs and changed to Colombo in 1517 by the Portuguese in honour of Christopher Columbus. Proceed to the Hotel Spend rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at The Mount Lavinia Hotel 4*.
After breakfast this morning transfer to Dambulla
En route to Dambulla visit 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, holding the bottles precariously in their trunk
Continue on your journey to Dambulla
On arrival check into your hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Dinner and overnight The Amaya Lake Resort 4* - Dambulla.
After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa ruined city which displays the influences of both Indian and Sinhalese cultures. See 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.
Dinner and overnight The Amaya Lake Resort 4*- Dambulla
Early morning at 0630 hours, proceed to climb the famous Sigiriya Rock fortress. Considered the 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya was built in 5 AD by patricide 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 Hotel for late breakfast.
This morning after breakfast you will be collected and driven up into the hills and tea growing areas which surround Kandy.
En route you will leave to Dambulla cave temples. The famous cave temples of 5 B.C where there are unique examples of Buddhist culture. After visiting Dambulla you will proceed on your journey to Kandy. En route visit a wood carving factory spice garden & a Batik factory.
The drive will take approximately 3 hours and the road to Kandy is a beautiful one, as you eventually begin the climb up to the delightful hill station.. Girdled by hills, Kandyis a peaceful haven to retire to and enjoy the cool climate. Once the stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, the focal point of the town is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa where the sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha is enshrined.
Check in to your hotel. Kandy, at an altitude of 500m is the cultural center of Sri Lanka and was the capital of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a particularly relaxed hill station, once captured by the British. It is dominated by its lake and the nearby Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka's most sacred relic. Evening : participate in "Evening pooja at Dalada Maligawa" the Temple of the Tooth where the sacred relic of Lord Buddha is stored. Witness a colorful Kandyan dance performance. Dinner and overnight at The Mahaweli Reach Hotel 5* - Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. The scenery is breathtaking as you drive on mountainous roads amidst tea gardens and cascading waterfalls.Visit a working tea factory en route and watch the process of complete tea making. Situated in the heart of the tea growing region of Sri Lanka… A beautiful "little England" if we might say so… This beautiful little town has a very strong British influence. Little cottage type houses with neat rose gardens in front of them. A very pretty sight indeed…
After a while of sight seeing of the NuwaraEliyaTown, proceed to the Royal Golf Club.
Afternoon at leisure to play a game of Golf on Nuwara Eliya's natural, eighteen hole Golf course 5000 feet above sea level and an extremely pleasant playing field. (Renting of golf clubs not included in price)
Dinner and overnight at The Grand Hotel Nuwara 4* - Eliya ( accommodation would be in the Golf Wing / De Luxe wing).
After breakfast this morning leave for Yala, Tissamaharama.
Dinner and overnight at The Yala Village Hotel 3* Yala
Early morning Jeep safari to Yala National Park where you can see Sri Lankan wild animals in their natural state. Inside the park you will come across wild boar,deer, leopards, elephants, bears, peacocks, flamingoes and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them to live. The elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and you may watch them bathing their young and immersing themselves in the river. They can also be sighted at close range sometimes. You may also see leopards sunning themselves on rocks in the park. Herds of deer roam at will keeping a wary eye on the predators. Peacocks flaunting their colourful feathers strut around and flamingoes are a breathtaking sight. You will find Yala a delightful place to survey our wild animals. Return to the hotel for late breakfast.
After breakfast, you will begin your trip to the airport for your return home..
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Official Star Rating: 4 Stars
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