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Day 1 – Colombo - Negombo
Day 1 – Colombo - Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met at Colombo Airport and transferred to your hotel by the beach
in Negombo. Our star hotel is located on the seafront and a short walk from Galle Road and many of
the city highlights. Choose to go out and explore, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy a cocktail while
watching the perfect sunset over the Sea.

Day 2 - Negombo - Anuradhapura
Day 2 - Negombo - Anuradhapura

This morning we make our way to Anuradhapura, the first capital and grandest city of ancient Sri
Lanka and home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Upon arrival, we embark on an afternoon
sightseeing tour of the city, visiting historical and archaeological sites of interest. Highlights
include the sacred bo-tree, which is the oldest documented tree in the world, and the 1600 columns of
Brazen Palace and Ruwanweliseya are the most famous dagobas in Sri Lanka.

Day 3 - Anuradhapura - Jaffna.
Day 3 - Anuradhapura - Jaffna.

Today we journey north to Jaffna, located on the northernmost peninsula of the island. Here, we
enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in sights such as the Jaffna Fort, the second largest in Sri Lanka, built by the Dutch in 1619. Another highlight is the Nallur Hindu Temple, the most important
place of Hindu worship in Jaffna. We’ll also take a boat ride to Nagadeepa Buddhist Temple, which is
said to be the site that Buddha visited during his second journey to Sri Lanka.

Day 4-5 - Jaffna - Trincomalee
Day 4-5 - Jaffna - Trincomalee

Departing Jaffna, we head back south to Trincomalee on the north-eastern coast. A sightseeing tour
takes us to Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and DakshinaThen Kailasam - a classical, medieval Hindu temple complex. Day 5 is free to spend relaxing in
Trincomalee. Enjoy this stunning location on the coast while away from the day unwinding on the beach.

Day 6 - Trincomalee - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla.
Day 6 - Trincomalee - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla.

This morning we leave the coast and begin our journey inland to the impressive Dambulla Cave
Temple. A spectacular complex of five caves dedicated to the Lord Buddha, within the caves of
Dambulla, you'll find over 150 images of Buddha, including an impressive 14-meter rock-cut statue.
After exploring this ancient site, we continue to Polonnaruwa, an intriguing 11th-century city and
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we explore many interesting and famous monuments, including the
Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. We then return to Dambulla for an evening at leisure.

Day 7 – Polonnaruwa-Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy.
Day 7 – Polonnaruwa-Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy.

This morning we make our way to the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this
the beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and is one of Sri Lanka’s most
iconic sites. A steep staircase up the rock side reaches the summit, and on the way up, you can stop to
see the world-famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens, which are hidden in a sheltered pocket of
rock.
Leaving Sigiriya behind, we take a bullock cart ride and a short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala.
Here we are welcomed into the home of a local family where we try our hand at preparing a meal of
curry, dahl, spiced rice and pickle. After enjoying our homemade lunch, we continue onto Kandy,
stopping along the way at a spice garden in Matale. Arriving at Kandy, the evening is at leisure.

Day 8 – Kandy
Day 8 – Kandy

This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Kandy, making our first stop at the Temple of the
Tooth. The temple’s name derives from the legend that it houses one of Buddha’s teeth
taken from him as he lay on his funeral pyre and then smuggled into Sri Lanka. From here, we
drive around Kandy Lake, visiting a local bazaar and gem museum along the way, before hopping on a
tuk-tuk for a ride up into the surrounding hills. In the afternoon, we stop in at a working tea factory at
Giragama has been manufacturing ‘Low Grown’ and ‘Long Leaf’ tea since 1903. This evening,
we attended a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance.

Day 9 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya.

Enjoy some free time this morning before our transfer to the train station for a scenic railway
journey. Our journey to Nuwara Eliya will take us past verdant tea plantations, through winding
mountain passes, across suspension bridges and much more.
Arriving in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country in the afternoon, we’ll take a drive through an area
known locally as ‘Little England.’

Day 10 - Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park.
Day 10 - Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park.

Today we make our way south to Embilipitiya, which will be our base for exploring Udawalawe
National Park. Not only is this national park renowned as one of the best places to see the famous Sri
Lankan elephant is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan sloth bear and various types of
deer. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive through the park before returning to our hotel for the
evening.

Day 11 - Udawalawe National Park - Colombo.
Day 11 - Udawalawe National Park - Colombo.

Today we make our way back to Colombo, but not before paying a visit to the Gem Mine and
Museum in Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types
of gems in the world. Arriving in Colombo later today, we embark on a city tour taking in the Fort area
in the north of the city and the stunning Gangarama Temple. We’ll end the tour with a stroll
along Galle Face Green, a popular spot for kite flying and cricket games amongst the locals.

Day 12 – Colombo
Day 12 – Colombo

Today offers free time for you to explore the city before your included departure independently
transfer to the airport.

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