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 Best of Sri Lanka

Uncover the highlights Sri Lanka in a small group tour. This classic itinerary takes in Sigiriya Rock Fortress – the 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa, the impressive caves of Dambulla, the ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa – the crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I, vibrant Kandy, the verdant & peaceful tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the sophisticated capital city of Colombo.

 Holiday Length: 07 days
 Start City: Colombo
 End City: Colombo
 Departures: Selected Tuesdays in 2018:23 Jan;
20 Feb; 13 Mar; 3-10-17-24 Apr; 15 -22 May; 18-25 Sep; 23 Oct; 20-30 Nov; 26 Dec)                



Day 1   Colombo
    Welcome to Sri Lanka.  Meet and assist at airport and transfer to your hotel.
     
Day 2
  Colombo - Pinnawala - Dambulla
   

Discover Sri Lanka's wildlife and heritage. Visit the enchanting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where you can witness the elephants roaming freely, bathe and being fed. Continue to Dambulla, a royal city treasured by many kings since ancient times. Explore the 5 caves of Dambulla Rock Temple; the walls of the caves are covered with unique drawing and many statues of Buddha are sheltered inside. (B)

     
Day 3
  Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya - Dambulla
   

Begin on a high with a climb to the top of Sigiriya Fortress. Also known as Sigiriya Rock, this imposing structure rises almost 200 metres above the rainforest.  Explore the terraced gardens, Mirror Wall, Lion Rock and the fragile frescoes of the 'heavenly maidens' among other remnants of this once thriving city. From the summit, take in breath-taking views over the surrounding landscape and beyond the horizon.  In the afternoon, discover the well-preserved ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Built about 1,000 years ago, it features a large artificial lake, which is still in use and feeds a network of irrigation canals, the remains of a royal palace and a number of temples and administrative buildings. (B)

     
Day 4
  Dambulla - Matale - Kandy
    This morning visit a spice & herb garden in Matale. Sri Lankan spices such as turmeric,  nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and lemon grass are considered among the best in the world. Witness a cooking demonstration and learn about the culinary & therapeutic values of the spices. Continue to Kandy and embark on an Uncover the highlights Sri Lanka in a small group tour. This classic itinerary takes in Sigiriya Rock Fortress – the 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa, the impressive caves of Dambulla, the ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa – the crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I, vibrant Kandy, the verdant & peaceful tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the sophisticated capital city of Colombo.
     
Day 5   Kandy - Peradeniya - Nuwara Eliya
   

This morning visit the graceful Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, famous for its beautiful orchid house & giant Javan fig tree. Continue your journey to a local Tea Plantation and join a 'Tea Tour'. First explore the lush hills of rolling green blankets of tea. Continue to a tea factory and end your afternoon in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea. (B)

     
Day 6
  Nuwara Eliya - Negombo
   

This morning explore Nuwara Eliya and feel the peaceful atmosphere of this former colonial retreat.  Continue through lush valleys dotted by the colourful saris of tea pluckers. Leave the Hill Country and arrive to Negombo. (B)

     
Day 7              Negombo - Colombo


This morning explore the sophisticated capital city of Colombo. Drive along the Race course, continue to Pettah and feel the buzz of the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience, explore the Arcade – a colonial masterpiece revamped into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka, visit Gangarama temple, or just jazz up to Colombo's unique atmosphere at a coffee shop. This evening transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

     

INCLUSIONS



  • Small group touring (minimum 2 : maximum 16)
• Air conditioned transfers and transportation
• English speaking tour director
• Accommodation in Superior Tourist Class hotels
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary

     
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