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Discover Sri Lanka
Colombo - Negombo - Trincomale - Anuradthapura - Giritale - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
( 9 Days/8 Nights )

Day 1: Arrive Colombo
Meet on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, 30 km north of Colombo. A warm welcome by our representative, and then we drive you along the road of the Negombo scenery to your hotel selected. Stay overnight.

Day 2: Nogombo - Trincomale
After breakfast, we hit the road to Trincomale - is the eastern trip of Sri Lanka, where has one of the word's finest harbors with its long clean beaches, great surf, colorful town and shrubby park teeming with wildlife. Dinner and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Trincomale
After breakfast, rest of the day is at your own leisure on the beach and then you will be transited to alternative hotel. Dinner and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Tricomale - Anuradhapura
After breakfast, we travel overland to Anuradhapura. Lunch will be provided at Miridiya Hotel. Visit Anuradhapura - it was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha. You will be transferred to Giritale in the late afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight.

Day 5: Anuradhapura - Plonnaruwa - Sigiriya
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of 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. Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya. Lunch will be served at hotel.

We will proceed to Sigiriya in the afternoon; 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 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. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Dinner and sty overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Sigiriya - Kandy
After breakfast, we keep moving to Kandy via Dambulla. 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. metres 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 metres. Transfer from Dambulla to Matale, we will visit 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. Transfer from Matale to Kandy. Lunch will be provided at Senani Restaurant.

Start the afternoon visit with city tour of Kandy, was the last capital of the Sri Lankan, which is one of the 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 enter and a gem museum and a lapidary.
The last stop is the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter you will be witnessed a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Dinner and stay overnight

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, we proceed to Nuwara Eliya with en route 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. Thereafter transfer from Peradeniya to Colombo. We serve you a lunch at Ramboda Falls Inn.

You are free in the afternoon or enjoy yourself to explore the scenic surroundings of the hill station.*Nuwara Eliya - The 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. Dinner and stay overnight

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Colombo
After breakfast, we continue driving to Colombo via Kitulgala. En route view scenic water falls. Lunch will be served at Plantation hotel. We commence the afternoon visit of Colombo city tour. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah Bazaar where one can shop for a bargain, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - BMICH, an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

Before upcoming sunset, we take you to visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple; Buddhist Temple traditionally believed to be the site visited by the Buddha 2500 years ago. According to the Mahavamsa, the unusual "paddy-heap" shaped dagoba at Kelaniya marks the spot where the Buddha, on the request of a Naga King, sat on a "gem-studded throne" to preach the Dharma to his subjects and convert them. It is ascribed to King Yatala Tissa of the 03rd Century. Enjoy your dinner at a local Chinese Restaurant.

Day 9: Depart Colombo
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, to connect your next departure flight .

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