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This tour is designed to take you to some of the most fascinating places of Sri Lanka. 
 
However, don't forget we can tailor-make any itinerary to suit your personal requirements so if you prefer we can look into any other combination of city / beach of your choice. 
 
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  • Days 1 - 3

    Kandalama

    Hotel: 5* Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya Bed & Breakfast

    Visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala established in 1975 and 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 soon it became a conservation and an educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born.
     
    You can also do a city tour of Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. Two of the World Heritage Sites are situated here and many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment. It is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation and Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) which is well known for its rock carvings.
     
    Take an afternoon to visit The Aukana Buddha statue which is the most undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It has been built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 feet (12 metres) high.
     
    Climb the 5th 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 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. 
     
    Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa which is a world heritage site and the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
  • Days 4 - 5

    Kandy and Matale

    Hotel: 5* Earls Regency, Kandi Bed & Breakfast

    On your way to Kandy, enjoy a free for bird watching around Kandalama. The 55 acre forest around the Kandalama tank where the hotel is situated has a variety of trees - 100 years or more in age, with medicinal plants and a rich and varied bird life. Around 90 varieties of birds including migrants - babbler, blue flycatcher, oriole, paradise flycatcher, warbler, wagtail, barbet, bee-eater, Brahmin kite, owl, teal, pelican, make their home here.
     
    Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
     
    Have a day of leisure in your accommodation or you can visit Dambulla rock temple which has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. It is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
     
    In Matale, visit a spice garden to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. You can also go to the Peradeniya botanical gardens was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
  • Day 6

    Nuwara Eliya

    Hotel: 4* Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya Bed & Breakfast

    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.
     
    Do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. One of the finest 18 hole golf courses available in South Asia is situated in Nuwara Eliya.
  • Day 7

    Horton Plains and Bandarawela

    Hotel: 4* Bandarawela Hotel, Nuwara Eliya Bed & Breakfast

    Visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above the sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World’s End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer’s falls. (walk is about 14 km). The park shelters mammals such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic Bear & Monkies. This area is the home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka’s Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
     
    In the afternoon, you will be transfer to Bandarawela. Bandarawela is a charming town at an elevation of 4000 feet. It is a popular health resort.
  • Day 8

    Udawalawe and Embilipitiya.

    Hotel: 4* Rainforest Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka

    Do a safari of The Udawalawe National Park by jeep. The area of this park is 30,821 hectares and is a dry zone park which was 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 keep on winding endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments. It has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm. and an average year-round temperature of 29.4 C. This park is famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. In addition to elephants, deer species such as spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer and langur, water buffalo and jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this park.

  • Day 9

    Ratnapura and Back to UK

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    Do a city tour of Ratnapura. Its name remains unchanged over the years and means "City of Gems". In Ratnapura, prospecting and mining goes on everyday. Visit a gem mine and a museum and strike a bargain at one of the shops.

    In the afternoon, you will be transfer to the airport in time for your departure.

  • HOTEL in KANDI

    5* HERITANCE KANDALAMA, SIGIRIYA

    Heritance Kandalam doesn’t sit on the landscape but is part of it. Where monkeys climb your balcony pillars as if they were trees, swifts nest in the corners of corridors as if they were cliffs, granite crags erupt into the sinuous white walkways. Where you can float in thepool while gazing across at the Sigiriya rock fortres. Welcome to He...
  • HOTEL in KANDI

    5* EARLS REGENCY, KANDI

    One of the best hotels in Sri Lanka, overlooking Mahaweli River and the mountain ranges, this hotel is situated about 3 miles away from the city of Kandy. Definitely, Earl’s Regency is a great place if you want to visit historical and cultural sites. ...
  • HOTEL in KANDI

    4* HERITANCE TEA FACTORY HOTEL, NUWARA ELIYA

    At 2km above sea level, the views over our lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are unforgettable. Enjoy them as you tuck into high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. Welcome to Heritance Tea Factory, where the kettle is always on. ...
  • HOTEL in KANDI

    4* BANDARAWELA HOTEL, NUWARA ELIYA

    Built in the traditional style, yet showing a marked British influence with its old world charm and graciousness, Bandarawela Hotel is situated over 1,230m above sea level and is Sri Lanka’s first mountain resort hotel. The view from the rooms is a panorama of tea. ...
  • HOTEL in KANDI

    4* RAINFOREST ECO LODGE, SRI LANKA

    The Rainforest Ecolodge is situated in the Sinharaja Division of the Enselwatte Estate in Deniyaya. This plot of previously cultivated tea land borders the south-western fringe of the Sinharaja forest reserve. Sinharaja rainforest is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site inscribed in 1988. The Sinharaja is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Biodi...

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Itinerary Overview

Days 1 - 3 Kandalama Days 4 - 5 Kandy and Matale Day 6 Nuwara Eliya Day 7 Horton Plains and Bandarawela Day 8 Udawalawe and Embilipitiya. Day 9 Ratnapura and Back to UK

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Guide price per person: £1495 / excl. sports

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