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Day 1: Airport – Colombo

Meet and greet on arrival at the airport, and proceed to Colombo. Check-in at the hotel and halt for the night.

Day 2: Colombo – Pinnawala – Sigriya

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Pinnawala (03 hrs), to visit the elephant orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation

Transfer from Pinnawala to Sigriya (03 hrs) and thereafter climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site, Sigiriya is the 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa. This 200 meters citadel was home to his palace on top of the rock and derives its name as it appears to resemble the outline of a lion from distance. King Kasyapa built his palace and decorated its walls with colorful frescoes which can even be seen today. These frescoes, along with India’s Ajantha cave frescoes are world renowned for lasting through the ages and their awe-inspiring beauty. When you climb along the side of the rock, about halfway up, you will encounter a gateway that although in ruins, resembles a gigantic lions paw. Today, Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and remains as one of the best examples of ancient urban planning in Sri Lanka.

Later, check-in to a hotel for an overnight halt in Sigrid.

Day 3: Dambula – Matale – Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a visit of the Dambulla Cave Temple. Also known as Jambukola Viharaya, Dambulla Cave Temple is a World Heritage Site and is the largest, preserved cave temple complex in the country. It is believed that King Valahambahu converted these caves into a temple during the 1st century BC. Although there are more than 80 documented caves in the area, the temple itself is spread over five. These caves contain statues and paintings that chronicle Lord Buddha and his life. There are 153 Lord Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan Kings and four statues of gods and goddesses found here. The murals cover over 2,000 square meters in area. The largest image of Lord Buddha is a carving that spans over 14 meters.

Later, transfer to Matale (02 hrs). Matale, known for its welcoming climate is world famous for its spice gardens. Here one may witness the intricate processes in producing some of the best spices in the world.

Transfer to Kandy (01 hr), the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings, before the country was brought under British rule in 1815. Famous for its rich heritage and splendour, this magnificent city was last ruled by Sri Wickramarajasinghe. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is the most significant highlight of the city along with the Kandy lake, the town and other attractions. Visit the Kandy Town and Bazaar, the arts and crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening, visit the temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and witness a cultural show featuring the traditional Kandian dance.

Transfer to Bentota (04 hrs), and on arrival, check-in to the hotel and relax.

Day 4: Bentota – Kosgoda – Balapitiya – Galle – Bentota

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on your excursion to Kosgoda, Balapitiya and Galle.

Visit to Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda

Drive down to Kosgoda (45 min). Kosgoda is a small village located in the west coast of Sri Lanka. It is most popular for its sea turtle hatcheries, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Here you will see many species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill, laying their eggs along the beaches. The many hatcheries that are operated locally provide a safe haven for these sea turtles. You may visit these hatcheries to have a look at many huge tanks filled with new born turtles that are released into the sea after they have grown.

River Safari at Balapitiya

Drive from Kosgoda to Balapitiya (15 min), where you can enjoy a river safari. Balapitiya is the nearest town to the Maduganga River, which is famous for its mangroves and endemic flora and fauna. This little town is renowned for its Ceylon Cinnamon and fishing.

Sight Seeing in Galle

Transfer from Balapitiya to Galle (1.5 hrs). Galle is located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka and is an important city in the region. The city remains the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese during their period in the country. The Galle Fort, is today a world heritage site and the most important landmark in the city. The Dutch Museum and the Dutch Church are two other significant attractions. Galle has also made a name for itself for its intricate lace and ebony carvings.

Return to Bentota via southern express way (1.5 hrs).

Day 5: At Bentota

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the day at leisure.

Day 6: Bentota – Colombo

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Colombo (02 hrs). You have the day to explore Colombo and shop!

Colombo is the trade capital of Sri Lanka, and is a city that has undergone rapid changes. While most old buildings have been replaced by new apartments and office buildings, some parts of the city yet retains its old charm. The 100 year old clock tower built by the British and some colonial buildings remain examples. The Independence Square, Nelum Pokuna, Pettah Bazaar and BMICH are some of the main highlights of the city. Colombo also provides ample entertainment in terms of an active night life as well as a shopping experience you’d never forget.

Day 7: Colombo – Airport

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the airport to take your flight back home.

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