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Splendours of Sri Lanka
|2 Nights Kandy - 2 Nights Sigiriya / Habarana - 4 Nights Negembo Beach|
Day 01: Airport/ Kandy:
On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred directly to Kandy, winding your way through local farming villages and towns and paddy fields towards the last royal citadel of Kandy. Kandy, whilst being the last independent kingdom of the Singhalese kings, it is the most important place of worship for the present day Buddhist as the sacred "Temple Of The Tooth Relic" is situated in Kandy.
It is also termed as the most beautiful city of Sri Lanka due to its location, where the city is surrounded by hills with its picturesque lake built by the last king. Some of the highlights in the city are its devales, the oldest being the "Natha devale" belonging to the 14th century, the palace of the last king of Kandy, which are now the districts courts and the Archaeological museum. This is also the centre for Buddhist cultural affairs. On reaching Kandy, check in to your hotel.Overnight at Kandy
Day 02: Kandy:
After breakfast visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy. The Royal Botanical Gardens, located 460m above sea level, close to Kandy and surrounded from three sides by the River Mahaweli, Paradeniya. Botanical Gardens were founded in the year of 1824. Some of the best and most valuable collection of plants and trees in the world (More than 4000 species, indoor and outdoor) can be found here. Giant trees of "Ficus" family, different species of bamboo and palm trees of the world and rare Ayurvedic plants are just some of them.
Late afternoon, city tour of Kandy including visits to the bazaar and market place, upper lake drive, sacred Temple of the Tooth and ending with a traditional cultural dance performance in the evening
Overnight at Kandy
Day 03: Kandy/Sigiriya:P. M. Proceed to Polonnaruwa
After Breakfast, transfer to Sigiriya and check in to your hotel. En-route visiting a spice garden and Batik Factory.
This Medieval capital of Sri Lanka rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man made reservoirs, veritable seas the most famous of which is the "Parakrama Samudra" or the "Sea of Parakrama", larger in size than the Colombo harbour. Don't miss the "Gal Vihare Complex", with the fine sculptures of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha's.
Overnight at Sigiriya
Day 04: Sigiriya:
Early morning excursion to the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya.
The remains of Sigiriya, constructed by King Kasapa I, whom the Mahavansa introduces as a preside, lie five miles off Inamaluwa on the Dambulla-Habarana Road. On the west of the rock are ponds, the remains of summer palaces and other structures, and the first part of the ancient road, which led to the summit. In the past the entire western face of the rock had been covered with plaster and painted upon, but only those paintings in two sheltered pockets now survive. The last lap of the ancient path to the summit had been through the mouth of a lion. At present only parts of the lion's legs and some of the lime stone steps from within the lion's mouth .P.M. at leisure
Overnight at Sigiriya
Day 05: Sigiriya/ Negombo:
Leave for Negombo beach resort en-route visitng the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
This unique Elephant Orphanage situated near Kegalle, 20 km (12 miles) west of Kandy on the Colombo highway is home to young orphaned or abandoned elephants, where they are cared for and trained. The herd usually numbers about 50, from tiny infants (tiny in elephant terms, that is) to hefty adolescents and young adults. The best time to visit is between 10:00 and midday, and 14:00 and 16:00, when the keepers bring their charges down to the river to bath and play.
Day 06 - 08: Negombo Beach:
Spend your days relaxing at leisure on the beach and hotel.
Day 9: Negombo/Airport:
Morning transfer to Colombo International Airport to fly back to London.
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