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5Nights / 6Days (Destinations covering: Negombo, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Colombo

Day 01 ARRIVAL / NEGOMBO

Met on arrival by the Company Representative at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and transfer to Negombo, situated closer to the airport, a major fishing village and ideal stop after a long journey. Check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.

(Approx. travelling time: BIA – Negombo 20min)

Day 02 NEGOMBO / ANURADHAPURA

After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura located on the dry plains of the North Central Province within the Cultural Triangle. The ruins at Anuradhapura tell tales of a royal capital of 113 successive kings who made it the greatest monastic city of the ancient world. Check-in at your hotel Anuradhapura.

Afternoon take the tour of this ancient city which was established in 500BC and served as an administrative centre of Sri Lanka and as the island's capital for 1400 years. The oldest historically documented tree on earth, The Sacred Bo Tree - is also located in this city. The perfection and scale of the dagobas or relic chambers like the Ruwanveliseya, Abhayagiri and the Jetavanarama, which are the largest in the world, are staggering, the latter vying with the largest pyramids at a height of 122m.

Overnight stay at your hotel in Anuradhapura.

(Approx. travelling time: Colombo - Anuradhapura 4hrs)

Day 03 ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE / POLONNARUWA / GIRITALE

After breakfast leave for Mihintale, situated in east of Anuradhapura, the sacred mountain of Mihintale is considered the location where Buddhism was first introduced to the island of Sri Lanka. Today the peak of Mihintale, approached by a grand stairway of 1840 granite steps, has many temples, lodgings for monks and several splendid statues of the Buddha. Each June on the moon day there is a pilgrimage commemorating the date when Arahat Mahinda first preached the Buddhist doctrine in Sri Lanka.

On completion of visit leave for Polonnaruwa via Habarana, Sri Lanka's medieval capital in 11th & 12th Century AD.

Polonnaruwa is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, Beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. The majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, the Gal Viharaya (rock temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa's Great kings, Parakramabahu, are a few of this capital's memorable sights. The Sea of Parakrama - a vast 12th century man-made reservoir dominates the city. Moreover, the monuments here are located in a more compact area, and their development is easier to follow.

On completion of visit return Giritale and check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.

(Approx. travelling time: A’pura – Mihintale – 30min, Mihintale - Polonnaruwa 2.5hrs, Polonnaruwa – Giritale 30min)

Day 04 GIRITALE / DAMBULLA / KANDY

After breakfast leave for Kandy, the beautiful Hill capital, the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka's royalty. Kandy is surrounded by the lush tropical scenery.

En route visit Dambulla Rock cave Temple, where you will see the frescoes over 2000 years old and the colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock about 14 meters long. It also holds its own treasure - a magnificent temple, which is a series of five caves established as a monastery in the 3rd Century BC. These caves, built at the base of a 150m high rock during the 1st Century BC to 993 AD and are by far the most impressive of the many cave temples found in Sri Lanka.

Proceed to Kandy and visit a Spice Garden in Matale and experience spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication.

Check-in to your hotel In Kandy.

In the evening see a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of drumming, dancing, music and fire walking followed by a visit to the most sacred place of the Buddhist world, the Dalada Maligawa - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relics of the Lord Buddha. Overnight stay at your hotel in Kandy.

(Approx. travelling time: Giritale – Dambulla 1,5hrs, Dambulla - Kandy 2hrs)

Day 05 KANDY SIGHTSEEING / COLOMBO SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast Explore the city of Kandy. Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a Batik Factory, a Gem Bureau where you will see a documentary film on how Sri Lankan Gem mining is traditionally done and then visit a Arts & Crafts Centre. Also drive around the Kandy Lake to see the scenic beauty of the city.

On completion of visit leave for Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Check-in to your hotel.

In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour in 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. For 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 bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall a gift from the people of China.

(Approx. travelling time: Kandy - Colombo 3hrs)

Day 06 COLOMBO/ AIRPORT

Leave for airport in time for your flight.

(Approx. travelling time: Colombo - BIA 1hr)

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