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Sri Lanka Classic Tour

5 Nights / 6 Days

Day 1 - Arrival in Colombo and transfer to Habarana

Meet on arrival at Colombo International Airport and Transfer to Habarana – Check In at Hotel – Rest of the day at leisure – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2 - Habarana / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed to Sigiriya - Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters 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.  These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster – Leave for Polonnaruwa -  visit   Polonnaruwa- which was the 2nd capital   city of Sri Lanka, built in  the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world   heritage site - Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the  Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’  postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king   Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King  Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.  Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 - Habarana / Dambulla / Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Kandy en route visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC 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. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters and a spice garden in Matale, 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 – Check in at Hotel – In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 - Kandy / Pinnawela / Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed to Pinnawela visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath – Return to Kandy - Afternoon visit 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. Do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor 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 museum and a lapidary – Return to Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 - Kandy / Nuwaru Eliya

Breakfast at Hotel - proceed to visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.  On completion, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea.  Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.  Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia -Check in at Hotel – Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya – Drive through "Little England” Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 - Nuwara Eliya / Beach Resort

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for the chosen hotel via Kithulgale – Drop at Beach Resort.

This package rate includes:

• Meet & assist Arrival transfers & Tour as per the Itinerary by air-conditioned car/micro bus with services of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
• Accommodation in Hotels listed or similar on Twin sharing basis with mandatory Single supplement from 02-06 pax. Prices vary depending on star rating of the hotels required.
• Daily breakfast & dinner.
• Entrance fees to visit - Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Gardens, & Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
• Porterage, service charge and Government tax.

It does not include:

• Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
• Lunches.
• Departure transfers.

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