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This splendid itinerary includes some easy trekking, nature safaris, tea plantation experience,golfing familiarity in Sri Lanka, fishing skills, cooking demonstrations etc offering an excellent all-round introduction to Sri Lanka. This brief tour combines culture and relaxation, taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural
treasures while not forgetting the pleasure of a few days by the sea. Tour the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles
of beaches right on the doorstep.
On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Negombo.
After a brief outline of the tour, travel to Habarana, the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Remainder of afternoon is free to relax or explore this small town. Stay four nights at Habarana.
Today enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura; Sri Lanka’s ancient capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins and monuments, an engineering marvel, embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculptures, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and
canals dated back to the 2nd Century BC. Afternoon return to Habarana and conclude your day with dinner.
Morning visit the 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress. An afternoon bullock-drawn cart ride will take you through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savoured fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a Chena cultivation, where from the shade of a tree house made of mud and thatchedpalm leaves, the village of Hiriwaduna can be surveyed. Mix and mingle with locals over a cup of Ceylon Tea before a home cooked lunch is served by the local family.
Take an excursion to Polonnaruwa, another World Heritage Site, and visit monuments built by the South Indian Cholas dynasty in the 11th and 12th centuries. Later visit Minneriya National Park to watch a big family of elephants come to bathe and graze, as well as the variety of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping en-route in Matale, spice growing region, for a special insight into some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. Evening enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day with two nights stay in Kandy.
Morning visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Evening explore the town and bazaar for local handicrafts and visit a gem museum.
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the scenic ride to the tea state. See lush green land filled with miles of tea plantations. Stay two nights at hotel.
Wake up to the freshness of the tea garden, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready for a tea garden tour. The tea industry in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is over 150 years old. It is a traditional industry commenced by the British when Ceylon was a colony. Vestiges of the colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions. Meet tea experts and scientists at the Tea Research Institute and learn about the latest scientific discoveries. Sharpen your tea
tasting skills with experts. Remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful
Travel to Yala, famous for its national park, enjoying a scenic ride through small towns, and arrive late afternoon. Evening free to explore and stay overnight at Yala.
After breakfast take a morning jeep safari to Yala National Park that has the world’s highest concentration of leopards per square kilometre. Spot varities of wild animals, birds and reptiles. Later visit Galle,
said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel to Bentota, en-route stop at the Mask Factory Museum at Ambalangoda. On arrival check-in to the hotel and in the evening visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka to protect endangered turtle species from extinction. Stay two nights at hotel.
Enjoy leisurely breakfast as the day is free to relax on the beach.
After leisurely a breakfast, checkout by midday and travel back to Colombo. Enjoy a Colombo city sightseeing tour. The tour finishes in the evening with a transfer to the airport.