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|Day 01||Arrival at Colombo ~ Negombo|
Upon arrival at Colombo airport, you will be met and transferred to Negombo for your stay.
Hotel stay in Negombo.
|Day 02||Negombo ~ Anuradhapura|
Depart for Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's stately 5th century ancient capital founded in the 5th century B.C. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. The ancient city is full of striking impressive monuments, some of pre-Christian vintage. Proceed to Habarana, resort base in the cultural triangle.
Hotel stasy in Annuradhapura (breakfast)
|Day 03||Anuradhapura ~ Polonnaruwa ~ Sigiriya|
After breakfast, depart for Sigiriya and climb the famous 200-meter Sigiriya Rock Fortress of King Kasyappa through the Lion's mouth, through the spiral stairway. Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century "Fortress in the Sky" which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as the 8th Wonder of the World and a living heritage. It is called as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500 feet. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinkhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour. We will view the gallery famed for beautiful frescoes, the glossy mirror wall and the majestic stairway. Climb to the summit of the rock to see the remains of the Kings Palace, the Royal Pleasure Gardens, the Royal swimming pool etc.
Sigriya is a masterpiece of the world during this time and prehaps is the second only to the Pyramids of Egypt.
Polonnaurwa is a well-preserved medieval capital, which has a haunting ambience of grandeur and many treasurers. It was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th-13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatileke, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.
Hotel stay in Sigiriya (breakfast)
|Day 04||Sigiriya ~ Matale ~ Kandy|
After breakfast, depart for Kandy, sanctuary of traditional culture and a picturesque lake and scenery. En-route visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices being grown.
Continue our journey to Kandy, the last stronghold of the Sri Lankan Kings. Afternoon city tour of Kandy, including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Gem Lapidary and the magnificent (16th-19th century) golden-roofed temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D., when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.
Watch the Kandyan dances & fire walking show in the evening.
Hotel stay in Kandy (breakfast).
|Day 05||Kandy ~ Nuwara Eliya|
After breakfast, depart for Nuwara Eliya, the Mountains of island where is of 2,000 meters above sea level. Nuwara Eliya is also called the "Little England". This is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantation. 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. This was home for many British Tea Planters for over 150 years until they received independence from the British in 1948. This is still in colonial charm and the same old traditions are still kept in this cool city. We will visit a tea estate & factory en-route.
Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867 a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on a 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolcondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow well only a rolling terrain and is classified be elevation into low grown, medium grown, high grown, into 3 main groups. In 1996 Sri Lanka has produced 258 million kgs of tea and has earned Rs 34,068 million by exporting 244 million kgs of tea.
Hotel stay in Nuwara Eliya (breakfast)
|Day 06||Nuwara Eliya ~ Colombo|
After breakfast, depart for Colombo and en-route scenic view of the waterfalls.
Colombo - A drive through the city will take you to the Fort and Pettah - the commercial area of the city and tree-line Colombo - 07 Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3,4,5,8 are the prime residential area of the City. Visit Fort, and Pettah for shopping. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street, lined with goldsmith's shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendaal, dating back to 1749. The historic Davatagaha Mosque, Independence Hall, B.M.I.C.H, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
After dinner, transfer to Colombo airport for departure.
|Day 07||Colombo departure|
Mid-night departure flight back home.
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