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Negombo,Sigiriya /Polonnaruwa, Dambulla / Kandy, Pinnawela / Kandy, Tea Factory / Nuwaraeliya,Yala Jeep Safari / Tissamaharama, Matara / Galle / Hikkaduwa
7 Nights / 8 days
 
Day 01: Airport / Negombo (35 kms)
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport . Welcome by a Nisarg Holidays representative, transfer to beach hotel in Negombo . In the afternoon information, briefing of the tour with a welcome cocktail. City tour of Negombo, visit the remaining of the Dutch period, a Buddhist temple & a Catholic church. Visit to a fishing village, the fish market & the bazaar. Make an optional boat trip in Dutch canal, lagoon & sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.
 
Day 02: Negombo - Sigiriya (153 kms)- Polonnaruwa (67 kms)
After breakfast leave for the ancient kingdoms (Cultural Triangle) of Sri Lanka . Visit & climb the 5 th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a World Heritage Site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD) the 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. Visit the world renowned frescos of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescos are painted in earth pigments on plaster. There after drive to Polonnaruwa a World Heritage Site & the second capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11 th & 12 th centuries. Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, Gal Viharaya where the splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures are carved out of rock, Audience Hall, Lotus Bath, statue of King Parakumbahu & Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakumbahu. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple , Lankathilake, Watadage, Galpotha, Kiri Vehera & the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Dinner & overnight stay in Giritale.
 
Day 03: Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy . En-route visit the rock cave temple at Dambulla (68 kms) built by King Walagambahu, in the 1 st Century B.C. It is a World Heritage Ste & the most impressive of Sri Lanka 's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls & ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock & spanning 14 meters.
En-route make a stop in Matale (47 kms) to see a Hindu Shrine, a batik factory & a spice garden. In the afternoon arrive in Kandy (26 kms) & check-in at your hotel.
Kandy as a World Heritage Site, was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. The name ' Kandy ' conjures visions of splendor & magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions & folklore are still lovingly kept alive. The Kandy lake was built by the last Sinhala King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Make a city tour of Kandy . Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy
 
Day 04: Pinnawela / Kandy
After breakfast visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but it soon became a conservation and educational centre. Now Pinnawala is home for more than 65 elephants including babies. Watch the elephants while they are being fed and during their working and bathing time.
Afterwards return to Kandy . Enroute visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Stroll in Kandy town & explore the Kandy bazaar. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic & also enjoy a show of cultural dance performances. Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy
 
Day 05: Tea Factory / Nuwaraeliya

Discover the hill country of Sri Lanka, where the misty mountains are covered with green carpets of tea bushes & where the world's best tea grows. Nuwaraeliya (77 kms), with it's invigorating mountain climate & scenery, is Sri Lanka 's most popular hill resort. It is also the heart of Sri Lanka 's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Visit a tea factory to learn about the tea producing process & enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Ceylon tea. Stop at Nuwaraeliya, known as "Little England ", make a city tour. Afternoon free to make a walk in Nuwareliya & discover more of the city & the life style. Dinner & over night stay at Nuwaraeliya.

 
Day 06: Yala Jeep Safari / Tissamaharama
Morning leave for Tissamaharamaya (146 kms). Stop at Ella to see the "Ravana Ella" waterfalls. Enjoy the rich nature. In the afternoon set off on a jeep safari in Yala national park to see the wildlife Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka & is home to wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deers & crocodiles. Large flock of migratory & indigenous birds are also found here. Dinner & over night stay in Tissamaharamaya.
 
Day 07: Matara (104 kms) / Galle (45 kms) / Hikkaduwa (17 kms)
Morning visit the Kataragama Hindu Temple , in the sacred city of Kataragam . Observe a religious ceremony, where people of all religions visit. Early afternoon leave for the south / south-west coast. Travel through Tangalle and Matara . En route see the Dutch period remaining. In Galle visit the Dutch fort. At Hikkaduwa make a tour in glass bottom boat to see the impressive corals& underwater life. Dinner and overnight stay in your beach hotel in the south / south-west coast.
 
Day 08: Colombo (99 kms), City tour - Departure from Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel & leave for Colombo, After city tour check into the hotel. City tour includes 100 years old clock tower, British built colonial buildings, Hindu and Buddhist temples and Bandaranaike Memorial International. Free time for shopping at Odel Shopping Mall. In the evening board the flight to your hometown. Tour Concludes.
 

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