CULTURE-Heritage and nature Tour-SRI LANKA
CULTURE - HERITAGE AND NATURE TOUR ( 9 Nights / 10 Days )
DAY 1 - Colombo / Anuradhapura
Arrival, welcome and assistance at the airport. Leave for Anuradhapura, enroute visiting the fishing village in Negombo which is the centre of the island’s fishing community. Negombo has a large Roman Catholic population. On completion leave for Pinnawela’s Elephant Orphanage, which is home to about 70 Elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Accompany the elephants to a nearby river to see them having their daily baths. After that proceed to Anuradhapura. Night stay at Anuradhapura
DAY 2 - Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukana / Sigiriya
After breakfast at the hotel visit the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura founded in the 4th century B.C. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982, and has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization, including Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, Thuparama Dagoba, Brazen Palace, the image of the Samadhi Buddha, Twin Ponds, Guard Stones, Isurumuniya Temple and the Moonstone. The ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’ or the sacred Bo tree is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Proceed to Sigiriya enroute visiting Mihintale and Aukana. Overnight stay at Sigiriya.
DAY 3 - Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
After breakfast at the hotel we cimb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya built in the 5th century A.D. See the Water Garden, Boulder Garden, Mural Paintings, Mirror Wall, the Lion's Paws and the Royal Swimming Pool on top. Proceed to Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century, Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in an excellent state of preservation. Of these the ‘Vatadage’ the ‘Thuparama Image house’ and the ‘Gal vihara’are the most spectacular. Also visit the monuments such as Tivankha Image House, Parakhramabahu Statue, Watadage, Hatadage and Archaeological Museum. Return to the hotel in Sigiriya for the night.
DAY 4 - Sigiriya / Dambulla / Nalanda Gedige / Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, enroute visit Nalanda Gegige and the Dambulla Cave Temple, most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave Temples. Proceed to Kandy. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic followed by a cultural show. Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 5 - Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel, then City tour of Kandy (the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings). Visit the Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, originally the pleasure gardens of the Royalty. Nearly 10,000 species of plants are found in this garden which is encircled by the Mahaweli River. Evening visit to the Kandy authentic market and the Bazaar. Night stay at Kandy.
DAY 6 - Kandy / Nuwara-Eliya
Morning –proceed to Nuwara Eliya, or Little England, as it is affectionately known. During the steep ascent to Nuwara Eliya we visit a Tea Factory where we can see how tea is made and also have the opportunity to buy a selection of fresh tea - undoubtedly the best tea you will ever taste! Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 7 - Nuwar-Eliya / Horton Plains / Ella
After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave for Horton Plains, the highest plateau in the country. It is one of the very important National parks in Sri Lanka. The most awesome physical feature of the Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands. Aptly known as ‘World’s End’, from the precipice the view of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular. On completion return to Nuwara Eliya and proceed to Nanu Oya Railway station to catch the train for a charming train ride to Ella. Ella is an excellent base for keen trekkers. Overnight stay at Ella.
DAY 8 - Ella / Buduruwagala / Tissamaharama
After breakfast at the hotel start trekking in Ella rock and see the magnificent view through Ella Gap. You will see enchanting and spectacular scenery among the tea plantations. Proceed to Yala National park enroute visiting Rawana Water Fall and Buduruwagala temple. 2.30pm Safari jeep visit to Yala National Park. At the end of the safari back to the hotel at Tissamaharama.
DAY 9 - Tissamaharama / South Beach
Morning -proceed to Mirissa / Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa beach. Visit Matara largest Buddha statue and the Dutch fort in Galle. Night at the south beach.
DAY 10 - South Beach / Colombo
Morning – proceed to Colombo with boat safari at Madu river and Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda. Evening city tour of Colombo, observing the old Parliament, residential areas and the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), and visit Fort. Also visit the Ceramics Corporation Showroom, Majestic City shopping complex and the ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique. Night at Colombo or transfer to the Airport for departure.
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