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Discover Sri Lanka

Places covered : Colombo - Sigirya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Pinnawela - Nuwara Eliya - Yala - Galle - Colombo

Highlights of Discover Sri lanka
Colombo : Heavenly maidens , Bazaars of Pettah , Hindu temple , Old Dutch church.
Kandy : spice garden in Matale , Peradeniya Botanical garden , Temple of tooth relic of Buddha.
Sigiriya : Polonnaruwa , Royal Citadel , Kumara Pokuna , Royal Pavilion , Siva Dewale , The Thuparama , Vatadage Relic house , Kiriwehera , Hatadage , Gal Vihare.
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Arrive in Colombo, where our representative will meet and assist you with your road transfer to Sigiriya. Upon arrival you will be assisted with check in formalities at the hotel.

This day is free for you to relax at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Sigirya.

After an early breakfast visit the Sigiriya rock built by King Kassapa in the 5th century AD. It was a royal stronghold for more than 18 years. The Lion Rock is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and a rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. Later also see the world famous frescoes of the 'Heavenly maidens" of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock.

In the afternoon drive on to Polonnaruwa, 42 miles away. It was the island's medieval capital from the 11th to the 13th century AD. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and sanctified by many shrines. Visit the ruins of the Audience Hall, Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna (Pond), Royal Pavilion, Siva Dewale, The Thuparama, the Vatadage Relic house, Kiriwehera, Hatadage and Gal Vihare, with their impressive sculptures and reservoirs.

Stay overnight in Sigiriya.

ambulla rock cave temple Day 03. SIGIRIYA - DAMBULLA - KANDY (60 MILES)
After an early breakfast, we begin the day with a drive to the Dambulla Rock Cave temple, a vast isolated rock mass where King Velagambhahu took refuge in the 1st century BC. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The temple consists of a series of 5 caves containing many statues and paintings including a 47ft long statue of the Buddha.

Later we drive on to Kandy, enroute visiting a spice garden in Matale. Upon arrival in Kandy, drive past the picturesque University Campus and also visit the local market and an arts & crafts show room. Then drive along the upper lake road to get a panoramic view of Kandy Lake and its surroundings.

Afterwards visit the Peradeniya Botanical garden to see a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora and the famous Orchid House. Later witness a cultural program and a fire walking display. Finally visit the Temple of tooth relic of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Kandy.

After an early breakfast proceed to Pinnawala. This now famous elephant orphanage was set up by the Sri Lankan government to rescue and rehabilitate elephants maimed or orphaned at the hands of poachers in the jungle. At the orphanage witness the feeding of elephants, which takes place daily from 915 to 945 AM. The highlight of this event is the feeding of baby elephants using bottles of milk. After feeding, the elephants are taken to a nearby river for their daily bath, which normally takes place between 10 AM to12 noon.

Afterwards leave for Nuwara Eliya, enroute visiting a tea factory where you will witness the process of manufacturing tea: from the plucking of the green leaves to the packaging of the processed tea, which is mainly meant for export markets.

Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Yala Day 05. NUWARA ELIYA - YALA (120 MILES)
This morning after breakfast, start the tour of Nuwara Eliya. Visit the town, market place, golf course, the hill club and then Lake Gregory.

Later leave for Yala, enroute visiting Grand Ella Motel to view the Ella Gap from its front garden, the terrain that falls away some 3000ft to the south coastal plain. Framed by towering Ella Rock on the right and a wooded ridge on the left, the spectacle of Ella Gap is one that invites visitors to laze and gaze.

In the afternoon enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park. Yala is located in the south-eastern corner of the Island. The terrain is varied, flat plains alternating with rocky outcrops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle, a must for any wildlife enthusiast. The most common sightings are that of Elephants, Deer, Wild boar and Sambhar.

Stay overnight in Yala.

After an early breakfast on this day, proceed for Galle. It is an old town situated south of Colombo. This town with its old world charm is believed to be Tarshish of the Bible. The natural harbor was a famous port in days gone by, taken from the Sinhala Kings in 1587 by the Portuguese, who erected the first fortifications. Galle was laid siege to by the Dutch in 1640. It is famous for lace making, ebony carving and gem polishing.

Visit the Dutch museum and fort. The Dutch fort faces the sea on three sides and its ramparts, over a mile long, are today a favorite promenade for Galle's citizens.

After the visit proceed to Colombo.

Once in Colombo, drive through the commercial area and the city center, known as the 'Fort', built by the Portuguese in 16th century. See the busy markets and bazaars of Pettah, visit a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, an Old Dutch church and continue to the Cinnamon Gardens residential area. Drive past the Town Hall, Independence Square and the International Convention Center.

Stay overnight in Colombo.

After breakfast, proceed to the airport to connect to your flight for onward destination.

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