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Arrival and transfer to the beach resort in Negombo.
After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya enroute optional visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The elephant orphanage at Pinnawala is a 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 Wildlife Authority. You could also accompany the elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths.
In the afternoon, optional visit to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by king Kasiappa (477 – 495 A.D). 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. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Overnight at a hotel in Sigiriya or Dambulla.
After breakfast, proceed to Kandy enroute optional visit to Dambulla Rock Temple and a Spice Garden in Matale. Climb up to the Dambulla rock temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. 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 ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres. Visit a spice garden 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.
In the afternoon, do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem lapidary.
Thereafter, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and witness a cultural show. Overnight at a hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast, proceed to Colombo. Enroute optional visits to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Giragama Tea Plantation / Factory.
The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This 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.
Giragama, located in close proximity to the city of Kandy in Pilimatalawa - Poththapitiya road was established in the year 1903 and manufactures Low Grown and Long Leaf tea. It has a tea center for travelers from all over the world to buy Ceylon tea.
In the afternoon, do a city tour of Colombo.
ACCOMMODATION AT HOTELS MENTIONED BELOW OR SIMILAR
Sigiriya / Dambulla
|Goldi Sands or Paradise Beach
Kassyappa Lions Rock
Topaz or Hill Top