Welcome to your tour of Sri Lanka! The Emerald Isle! Once you arrive at Colombo International Airport, after clearing Customs & Immigrations you will be met by our local representative and transferred by road to your hotel in Sigiriya. En route visit Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage. (DEPEND ON THE ARRIVAL TIME) Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded Elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants. Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya. Check in at the hotel. Romantic dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Kandy.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel After breakfast enjoy a half day sight seeing city tour of Sigiriya & Dambulla. Sigiriya is a "World Heritage Site" and the 5th Century "Fortress in the Sky" which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the top of the 600-feet high rock. On its top are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel, Sigiriya.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel After breakfast proceed to Kandy. Kandy is the hill capital is another "World Heritage Sites". It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the "Dalada Maligawa" - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Botanical gardens. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession. Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Sixty Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4000 species, this is haven not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well. Check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel, Kandy
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel, Kandy.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast proceed to Colombo. In the noon commence a city tour in Colombo with shopping. Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, which is only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese. The remains of the buildings during the period and the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith'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 Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, Davatagaha Mosque, Colombo Museum and the Natural History Museum are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square. Thereafter proceed to Negombo Romantic dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Negombo.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the hotel, Negombo.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel After breakfast transfer to the airport for the departure flight back home.
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