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Sri Lanka (8 Days/7 Nights) Featured

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 Day 01: Arrival – Meet & greet – Proceed to Pinnawala – Return to hotel

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 as a sanctuary for orphaned elephants found wandering theforests of Sri Lanka. Today, some of its seven original elephant residents enjoy the company of their grandchildren in thisprotective haven.The orphanage was originally intended to attract tourists but has soon become a conservation and educational centre.With the help of local and foreign experts, Pinnawala has developed a world-renowned captive-breeding program forelephants. By allowing the free movement of elephant herds, the centre enhances their chances to mate. The nearby riverplays a dominant role in this setup. In 1984, Pinnawala welcomed its first baby elephant.Scientists the world over have been drawn to Pinnawala’s success story. Books and research articles have been published in several languages and members of the Pinnawala herd have been filmed and photographed thousands of times byprofessionals.

Day 02: Breakfast – Climb Sigiriya rock fortress – Return to hotel

After breakfast, climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by King Kashyapain 477-495 AD. Endowed with an exquisite natural beauty, the ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel rising 200 metres from the scrubjungle. This fortress was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. With a moat, rampart, and extensivegardens, including the marvelous water gardens at its base, the Sigiriya rock fortress is considered a truly amazing feat ofarchitecture. At the sheltered pocket of the rock, via a spiral stairway, are the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘HeavenlyMaidens’ of Sigiriya, which are stunningly painted in earth pigments on plaster

 

Day 03: Breakfast – Pass by Matale – Proceed to Kandy – Hotel check-in – Kandy City Tour – Cultural show

 

After breakfast, visit Matale’s spice garden and bask in the wonderful smells and colors of the numerous spices that Sri Lanka is known for. Visitors can see how these spices are grown and processed. Be awed by a cookery demonstration. Upon arrival at Kandy, check in to a hotel and do a city tour by afternoon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings that still conjures visions of splendour, and where people still lovingly keep many legends, traditions and folklore alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri WickramaRajasinghe, in 1798. Other attractions: town bazaar, arts and crafts centre, gem museum, lapidary, the Temple of the Tooth Relic, and a cultural show.

 

Day 04: Breakfast – Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – NuwaraEliya

 

After a hearty breakfast, visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, which was built by a Sinhala king and was further expanded by the British. With 147 acres, it’s home to a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers. At NuwaraEliya, stop by the tea plantation. Thanks to its lush mountain climate and invigorating scenery, NuwaraEliya has become the most popular hill resort in the country and is at the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea-making industry. The hill city is considered as one of the world’s best tea producers. Pidurutalagala (8282 feet), Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, is also located here. NuwaraEliya is the location of one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in South Asia.

 

Day 05: Breakfast – Yala National Park Safari

 

Go on a safari trip at the Yala National Park by jeep after breakfast. The park is a sanctuary for elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer, and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.

 

Day 06: Breakfast – Galle beach – Galle Fort – Check in at the Heritance Ahungalla/The Sands

 

After breakfast, proceed to the Galle beach along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Once the chief port of Ceylon, Galle is well known for its intricate hand-made lace. Visit the Galle Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 90 acres), which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663.

 

Day 07: Breakfast – Colombo – Check in at Cinnamon Lakeside – Colombo City Tour – Other activities

 

Colombo is the next stop after breakfast. Check in at Cinnamon Lakeside/OZO Colombo then onto an afternoon city tour. Colombo is a mix of the old and the new—skyscrapers arise where old buildings once stood and in some parts, the old world charm endures. For example: a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings stand side by side. Other places of interest: the Pettah Bazaar, where one can shop for a good bargain; a Hindu and a Buddhist temple;residential areas with the stately homes of the affluent; the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), China’s gift to Sri Lanka; and the Dutch Museum.

 

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