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Sri Lanka Pearl Of Indian Ocean
Sri Lanka Pearl of Indian Ocean
Visit: Colombo - Kandalama - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Kataragama - Galle
Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Experience the highlights of Sri Lanka, taking in ancient cities, sacred sites and beautiful scenery. Begin from the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. En-route, spend time at Pinnawala Elephant Orphange - one of its kind in the world. Travel to Kandy, famous for the Temple of the Tooth. Drive past Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Stay overnight at Kandapola. Next enjoy a game drive at the Udawalawe National Park. Further continue to historical town of Galle. Return to Colombo en-route visiting a Turtle hatchery in Kosagoda.
 

Tour Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days

Destinations Covered: Colombo - Kandalama - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Kataragama - Galle

Package Highlights:
• Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala
• The Cultural Triangle, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa
• Kandy, known for its spectacular festival , The Kandy Perahera which takes place in August
• Tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya
• Game drive at the popular Udawalawe National Park famous for seeing herds of Wild Elephants
• Historical town of Galle
• Visit to famous Turtle hatchery in Kosagoda
• Time for spa and relaxation
• Warm hospitality
• Fascinating culture


Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin share
• Meals as mentioned
• Transport using the services of an air conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
• Services of English/Language speaking local guide for all sightseeing and excursions
• Entrances to the monuments (one visit)
• Assistance on arrival/departure by a trained Hi Tours airport representative


Package Exclusions:
• Tips/gratuites to chauffeur, cleaner, guide etc
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any domestic/international airfare
• Insurance/camera fees at the monuments etc
• Any expenditure of personal nature


Day 01 Arrive in Colombo By: flight TBA at: TBA hours
This morning arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. Meet & greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon, enjoy an orientation tour of Colombo. This chameleon city absorbs new influences, while still retaining own unique Sri Lankan character:

Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the old smith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kaymans Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolvendaal dating back to 1749, and Davatagaha Mosque. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avu kana Buddha and the Independence Square.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: None
  
Day 02 Colombo - Kandalama
This morning leave for Kandalama in the heart of the cultural triangle. The trip to the Cultural Triangle takes approximately 4 hours.

En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants, the number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 baby elephants born as a result of the captive breeding program.

On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Evening visit Dambulla rock cave temple. Also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO world heritage site. Situated in the central part of the country, it is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 03 Kandalama - Sigiriya Rock fortress - Polonaruwa - Kandalama
This morning visit 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya - a UNESCO world heritage site, also known as the "Lion Rock".

Later continue north towards the ancient city of Pollonaruwa - a UNESCO world heritage site. Polonnaruwa became Sri Lanka’s capital in 10th century AC at a time when Sri Lanka achieved its triumph as a civilization with an ingenious network of hydraulic engineering - the construction of water tanks and irrigation canals.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 04 Kandalama / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukana / Kandalama
Leave for an excursion to Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization. The city now a UNESCO heritage site lies in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, on the banks of the historic Malvathu River. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, is one of the world's major archaeological sites.

Thereafter visit Mihintale.

Mihintale is where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. It is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Also, visit the Aukana Buddha statue which is beyond doubt is the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 ft (12 meters) high. The Name "Aukana" means "Sun-eating".

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 05 Kandalama - Kandy
Today morning leave for Kandy, approximate 02 hours drive.

Stronghold of the Sinhala Kings and capital of Sri Lanka’s hill regions, Kandy is perhaps the most beautiful and romantic city in the island. Surrounded by green hills and with a large lake in the town centre, Kandy combines the sophistication of a modern city with the timeless appeal of ancient temples.

On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Late afternoon visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 06 Kandy/Peradeniya / Nuwara Eliya / Kandapola
This morning visit Peradeniya botanical garden which was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and has been expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Thereafter, transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Enroute visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Later enjoy an orientation city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery,it is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. The highest mountain of Sri Lanka, Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 07 Kandapola / Udawalawe / Kataragama
This morning drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Declared as a National Park in 1972, this park falls within the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and between the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River. It is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain range that keeps on winding endlessly. This park is famous for elephants seen in their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding.

Enjoy a jeep safari at The Udawalawe National Park.

Later transfer to Kataragama.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 08 Kataragama/Galle
This morning leave for Galle, approximate 5 hrs drive. On arrival, check in to hotel.

Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, who developed the harbor at Colombo.

Later in the afternoon visit Galle Fort.

Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka - a UNESCO world listed site.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 09 Galle/ Ambalangoda / Kosgoda / Colombo
This morning visit Ambalangoda. It is a charming seaside town on the south-western coast and the home of the mask carvers.

Later transfer to Kosgoda - famous for the Turtle hatchery which is being operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill are protected here.

Later transfer to Colombo where rooms will be available till your final departure.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 10 Depart Colombo
A Hi Tours representative will assist you for your flight to onward destination.
  


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