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Memories......
 
 
 
 
Day 01
 
AIRPORT / NEGOMBO / COLOMBO CITY TOUR & SHOPPING /NEGOMBO……………..
Overnight - NEGOMBO  
 
Welcome & assistance at the Airport on arrival. Transfer to Hotel situated in the famous fishing village – Negombo, a booming beach resort for tourism…….

Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit “The Capital” of Sri Lanka – Colombo.

Colombo the spirited maritime capital, spread along the Indian Ocean for some nine miles, is where business and commerce begin and end in Sri Lanka. Most of the colonial remnants found in Colombo today are the legacy of the British. They drove the Dutch out in 1796, and held the upper hand here until Ceylon was granted its Independence in 1948.

One can commence a City Tour Of The Capital from Galle Face Green where to your left are a series of old cannons pointing their muzzles toward the open sea, a reminder of uncertain days of past. To your right are the brown stoned buildings of the former National State Assembly, better known as Parliament.

Thereafter visit Fort, the commercial capital, where one would shop for bargain. Visit Gangaramaya Temple which is situated in the middle of the Beira Lake. Sightseeing at Independence Square, Bandaranaika Memorial International Conference Hall and the new parliament complex and administrative capital at Sri Jayawardenapura, which is surrounded by the waters of Lake “Diyawanna Oya”.

Later time at your disposal for shopping etc. Visit some of the famous shopping arcades like “The Majestic City”, “Liberty Plaza”, “House of Fashions” or “Odel” at Lipton Circus.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Negombo………………
 
 
 
Day 02
 
NEGOMBO / ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE - PINNAWELA / ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS – PERADENIYA / KANDY SIGHTSEEING / KANDYAN DANCE [CULTURAL SHOW] ……………………....
Overnight - KANDY  
 
After breakfast proceed to Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela. Elephants young and old are given sanctuary in a natural habitat at the government run Orphanage. Abandoned or injured baby elephants are reared here and are trained to eventually become working animals. Feeding [bottle feeding of the baby elephants] and bathing time in the river provide the best opportunities to admire the animals’ close-up.

Continue to Kandy. En route visit the Century old Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. The 60-hectare [147-acre] garden is the largest in Sri Lanka. Here you find a Spice Garden, a Herb Garden, an Orchid House, a Cactus House and a glass house of Anthuriums, Begonias, African Violets and other species.

Enjoy the great variety of flowers, plants and mature trees, and make sure that you don’t miss the giant “Javan fig tree” which covers an impressive 1,600 sq meters.

Lunch at Peradeniya.

Check-in at hotel. Late afternoon tour the City of Kandy including visits to the Art and Crafts Centre, Gem Museum and Lapidary and the world famous Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic Of Lord Buddha
 
Dinner & Overnight in Kandy…………………….
 
 
 
Day 03
 
KANDY / ROCK CAVE TEMPLES – DAMBULLA / ROCK FORTRESS – SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA………
Overnight - POLONNARUWA [GIRITALE]  
 
After breakfast depart to Dambulla. Visit the famous Rock Cave Temples at Dambulla, the most visited monastery. It is the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka, with five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. There are images of the Buddha, and Gods and Goddesses. There are innumerable painted sculptures, including a life size effigy of the last Kandyan king and much older statues of Hindu gods.

Lunch at Dambulla. Proceed to Sigiriya.

Climb the 5th century A.D Rock Fortress. See the mural paintings of “Heavenly Maidens" over 1500 years old, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock. Historians say originally there were close to 500 paintings but today only 19 exist. Also visit the water and rock gardens and the King's bath on the 600 feet high palace fortress. You would also see the famous Sigiriya Graffiti which dates back to the 6th Century
 
On conclusion proceed to Polonnaruwa [Giritale] for Dinner & Overnight stay………………
 
 
 
Day 04
 
POLONNARUWA / ROCK CAVE MONASTERY “ALUVIHARE” - MATALE / SPICE GARDEN & BATIK FACTORY – MATALE / KANDY…………………..
Overnight - KANDY  
 
After breakfast sightseeing at Polonnaruwa, which was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka and the second capital of the Island in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. In AD 993, the “Cholas” looted and burnt Anuradhapura and used Polonnaruwa as their military base for 77 years, resulting in an interesting blend of South Indian Hindu Culture and Sinhalese Buddhist art and architecture.

During sightseeing in Polonnaruwa - visit "Galvihara" which consist of three splendid statues of Lord Buddha in the upright, recumbent and sedentary posture carved out of one single rock. Also visit the remains of “Satmahal Prasada” [7-storied palace], the “Vatadage”, “Kirivehera”, “Lankathilaka Temple”, “Galpotha” and many other ruins of interest.

On conclusion proceed to Kandy. Lunch en route.

Visit a Batik Factory and a Spice Garden at Matale.

Visit monastery of “Aluvihara”, occupying a number of caves in a picturesque valley in Matale. It was in these caves that the Buddhist doctrines were first committed to paper – or rather “Ola” leaf – in the 1st Century BC.

Continue to Kandy. Check-in at hotel. Leisure.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Kandy………………….
 
 
 
Day 05
 
KANDY / TEA PLANTATIONS & FACTORY / NUWARA ELIYA…………………..
Overnight - NUWARA ELIYA  
 
After breakfast depart to Nuwara Eliya. The journey will take you through some of Sri Lanka's beautiful scenic locations. Enjoy the drive through green carpeted areas of tea plantations.

Nuwara-Eliya nestling below Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, offers beauty unlimited. It is easy to see why the early British settlers fell for it. After the heat and dust of Colombo, the salubrious climate and the breathtaking landscape are a soothing balm, as Sir Edward Barnes discovered when he was governing the island in 1828 and used it as his up-country retreat. A little later the British explorer Samuel Baker, famous for discovering the source of Nile, spent time convalescing here and determined - “to make it a regular settlement………… a little English village……………” This misty mountain settlement is well known as “Little England in the hills”.

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya. Check – in at Hotel. Lunch at hotel.

Late afternoon sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya. Visit a Tea Factory at “Pedro Estate”.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Nuwara Eliya……………………..
 
 
 
Day 06
 
NUWARA ELIYA / UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK / UDAWALAWA [EMBILIPITIYA]……………
Overnight - UDAWALAWA [EMBILIPITIYA]  
 
After breakfast proceed to Udawalawe. Check-in at hotel. Lunch.

After lunch visit Udawalawe National Park, wild life sanctuary host to herds of wild Elephant territory on 4 x 4 jeep guided by experienced and professional tracker to watch the magnificent lords of the jungle in their natural habitats. An abundance of Flora & Fauna, over a 100 species tropical & migratory birds and a wide variety of fragile Butterflies could be seen. Look for Elephants, Wild Bears, Leopards, Jackals, Somber, Bears, Deer, Peacocks, or the Sleepy Crocodiles.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Udawalawa [Embilipitiya]……………….
 
 
 
Day 07
 
UDAWALAWA [EMBILIPITIYA] /STILT FISHERMEN - WELIGAMA / FORTRESS CITY – GALLE / GLASS BOTTOM BOAT RIDE – HIKKADUWA / MASK FACTORY – AMBALANGODA / TURTLE HATCHERY – KOSGODA / BENTOTA /BERUWELA …………………………….
Overnight - BENTOTA / BERUWELA  
 
After breakfast proceed to – “The Southern Fortress City” – Galle. Visit its oldest Landmark, the Massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort in which the central city is contained. Several important churches are within the fort, including the “Groote Kerk”, the oldest Protestant Church in Sri Lanka, which was raised in 1853.

En route view “Stilt Fishermen” at Weligama.

Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride at Hikkaduwa to view the underwater attractions of the country’s best known Coral Gardens. Lunch at Hikkaduwa.

Arrive in coastal town of Ambalangoda which is famous for Fine Furniture & Devil - Dancing Masks. Most crafts have interesting histories behind them, but none as gripping as the expressive devil masks which were traditionally used in place of medicine to scare away disease.

Visit a “Turtle Hatchery” at Kosgoda.

Late afternoon arrive in Bentota / Beruwela. Check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Bentota / Beruwela…………………….
 
 
 
Day 08
 
BENTOTA / BERUWELA /AIRPORT…………………………
- DEPARTURE-  
 
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for the departure.
 
 
 
     
 
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