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SRI LANKA ROUND ISLAND TOUR - 12 NIGHTS

Day 01 ARRIVAL / COLOMBO SIGHTSEEING

Met on arrival by the Tour East Representative at the Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

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. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Colombo.

(Approx. travelling time: APT – Colombo 1hr)
Accomodation - Galadari Hotel, Colombo

Day 02 COLOMBO / ANURADHAPURA

After breakfast leave 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.

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. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Anuradhapura.

(Approx. travelling time: Colombo - Anuradhapura 4hrs)
Accomodation - Palm Garden Village

Day 03 ANURADHAPURA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA

After breakfast 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. Leave for Habarana and check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04 HABARANA/ TRINC0MALEE

After breakfast leave for Trincomalee the northern Sea-port capital of Sri Lanka. The town's best-known feature is its natural harbour - believed to be one of the largest, safest and most picturesque natural harbours in the world. Calm, placid, shallow seas lap wide, white sand beaches. Blessed by sunshine almost all year round, and with more than a dozen sheltered bays, Trinco (as it is also known) offers explorers a wealth of visual delights, and is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.

Proceed to Nilaveli and enjoy a sea bath. The fishing village of Nilaveli is situated about 16kms north of Trincomalee. The glorious beaches here are particularly good for swimming and snorkelling from March to October which makes it a valuable addition to your tour. Check in to your room and spend the rest of the Night at leisure.

(Approx. travelling time: Habarana – Trinco 2.5hrs)
Accommodation- Chaaya Blu, Trinco

Day 05 TRICOMALEE

Spend your day at leisure.

Day 06 TRINCO/ SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA

After breakfast leave for Dambulla, En route climb the Sigiriya Rock, the fascinating fortress which was a stronghold of a fifth century king who murdered his father. The red stone rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle and it is famous for its frescoes painted within a sheltered rock. Only 19 out of the 500 painted in the 5th century remain. The Lion stairway, the mirror wall and the water gardens are amongst Sigiriya’s other highlights.

Proceed to check in to the hotel.

Later in the evening, visit the 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. Return to the hotel

(Approx. travelling time: Trinco - Sigiriya 3hrs, Sigirya - Dambulla 30 mins) Accommodation: Amaya Lake

Day 07 DAMBULLA / PINNAWELA/ KANDY

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

En route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela near Kegalle to see the daily routine of up keeping of baby elephants and other abandoned elephants.

The unique concept of the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawela is one of the most visited sites in Sri Lanka. Founded in the year 1975, with 03 baby elephants found abandoned in the forest, is today the home of nearly 65 elephants of different ages and sizes. Bottle feeding of the baby elephants is the highlight event of the place.

Arrive at Kandy and 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.

(Approx. travelling time: Dambulla- Pinnawela 2hrs, Pinnawela – Kandy 1 hr)
Accomodation – Cinnamon Citadel

Day 08 KANDY SIGHTSEEING / NUWARA ELIYA

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, & a Arts & Crafts Centre. Also drive around the Kandy Lake to see the scenic beauty of the city.

Proceed to Nuwra Eliya, the Tea Garden of Sri Lanka situated 6200ft above the sea level. The hill station of Nuwara Eliya is celebrated for its fresh climate, the wonderful scenery all around, and its "Englishness". Wonderful mountain panoramas surround the wide valley, into which fall many lovely but icy waterfalls. En route visit a Tea Factory, Tea Plantation and Ramboda falls in Ramboda. The temperature varies from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, falling to near zero on winter nights and producing occasional frost.

(Approx. travelling time: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya 3hrs)
Accommodation:Grand Hotel Nuwaraeliya

Day 09 NUWARA ELIYA / YALA

After breakfast leave for Yala. In the afternoon visit the Yala National Park which has a large wildlife sanctuary and offers the wild life enthusiast and nature lover the opportunity to observe a great variety of fauna. Visit the Yala National park and the tour will be conducted through the park where you will have the opportunity to see Leopards, Bears, Sambhurs, Wild Boar and Elephants. Overnight stay at your hotel in Yala.

(Approx. travelling time: Nuwara Eliya - Yala 3 hrs)
Accommodation: Chaaya Wild Yala

Day 10 YALA / HIKKADUWA

After breakfast travel to Hikkaduwa, via the picturesque southern coastal line – En-route visit the Old Portuguese Fort rebuilt by the Dutch in Galle. Galle is the center of the ebony elephant makers, tortoise shell craft and handmade laces. The coastal town of Hikkaduwa on the South Coast, is well known for its 'Coral Sanctuary'. Many who visit Hikkaduwa are just sun worshippers, sea worshippers or wave worshippers. It is not the most cultural or historical of places. Hikkaduwa by night means food, drink and dance. There is a wide choice of restaurants it has all the amenities, no serious hassles, and can offer the perfect beach experience for those who just want to laze, swim, surf and shop through their holiday.

(Approx. travelling time: Yala – Hikkaduwa 3.5hrs) Accommodation: Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa

Day 11 AT LEISURE IN HIKKADUWA

After breakfast at leisure.

Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Hikkaduwa

Day 12 HIKKADUWA / COLOMBO / AIRPORT

Leave for airport in time for the departure flight.

(Approx. travelling time: Hikkaduwa- Katunayake Airport 4hrs)

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