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Day 1: Arrive at Colombo and drive to Negambo
Day 1: Arrive at Colombo and drive to Negambo

Upon arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel in
Negombo. In the afternoon we take a boat ride in the Muthurajawela Nature Reserve, a
unique tropical wetland located between Colombo and Negombo. This reserve covers an
area of 7000 hectares and includes wetland marshes and mangrove forests. During the
boat trip relax and enjoy the birdlife including herons, storks, waders and brilliantly coloured
kingfishers.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Negombo – Salgala
Day 2: Drive to Negombo – Salgala

After breakfast, we visit the Salgala monastic complex, a haven for monks who have
renounced worldly pleasures to lead a life of austerity and meditation. This evening we
cross the river and hike through coconut estates, rubber plantations, rice fields, and remote
villages.
Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 3: Drive to Salgala – Anuradhapura
Day 3: Drive to Salgala – Anuradhapura

After breakfast, we start our journey towards Anuradhapura - the 1st capital dating back to
the 5th Century BC. On the way, we visit the ancient Buddhist library building in Padeniya
Temple. Discover Yapahuwa with its beautiful ornamental stairway that climbs to a natural
terrace and magnificent views. We then continue to Anuradhapura.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Anuradhapura – Habarana
Day 4: Drive to Anuradhapura – Habarana

Early morning we visit the historical and cultural sights of Anuradhapura. This will include
the Sacred Bo Tree – the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world grown from the
sapling of the Bo Tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Also,
Ruwanweliseya Dagaba; Thuparama - the first Dagaba built enshrining the Collar Bone of
the Lord Buddha, Isurumuniya Rock Temple - famous forts sculpture of lovers;
Jethawanarama- which is said to have been higher than the Great Pyramid at Giza in its
the original form and which is now a World Heritage Site; Samadhi Statue sculpture depicting
the meditation posture of the Lord Buddha; Royal Pleasure Garden; Moonstone and the
Twin Ponds. Here we stop to relax and enjoy lunch before making our way to Mihintale.
Afterwards, we continue travelling to Habarana. En route, we stop at the famous Avukana
Buddha image.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5: Drive to Habarana – Sigiriya
Day 5: Drive to Habarana – Sigiriya

After breakfast, we visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa - the medieval capital of Sri Lanka -
11th Century AD. We will visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel,
the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House lavished with moonstones,
guard stones and sculptured railing, Kiri Vehera - the best preserved of all Sri Lanka’s unrestored dagobas; Gal Vihare - the most impressive sculptures are the colossal Buddha
images carved on the face of a granite boulder. The recumbent Buddha measures 14
meters and the standing figure is 7 meters in height. In the afternoon as the sun goes down
we make our way to the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, which consists of over 1200
steps.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Sigiriya – Kandy
Day 6: Drive to Sigiriya – Kandy

This morning after breakfast we drive to the nearby village of Hiriwaduna, to see the farmers
Chena cultivation - wading the waters of the Habarana Tank in the farmer's canoe and
exploring the rice fields. After this we make our way to Kandy, stopping en route to explore
the Dambulla Caves Temple, to witness some of the most spectacular caves of Buddhist art
and sculpture. We will also stop at Matale to learn about Sri Lankan spices and herbs and
indigenous medicines. Here we will also be served a simple traditional farmers' lunch of
boiled green gram with grated coconut and onion sambal.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Day in Kandy
Day 7: Day in Kandy

Today visit Kandy where many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept
alive. The Kandy Lake built by the last King Sri Wickramaraja single in 1806 adds colour to
the city. It is a city for arts and crafts as well as culture and history. Today we visit the
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, where we explore this historic location of
significant Buddhist influence. We will also make our way to Upper Lake Drive (for a great
view of the city), the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, (one of the finest of its kind in
Asia with more than 4000 species of flora, and once the headquarters of Lord Mountbatten)
and a Gem Museum. In the evening we will enjoy a cultural performance of traditional
Kandyan dancers and drummers, including devotional fire walking rituals. En route to Kandy,
we visit Dambulla Cave Temple famous for its wall paintings, statues of Lord Buddha and
deities among which lies a 47ft recumbent Buddha.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Train to Kandy – Nawalapitiya
Day 8: Train to Kandy – Nawalapitiya

After breakfast, we leave for the Peradeniya railway station to travel by train to Nawalapitiya.
On arrival at Nawalapitiya, we continue by road to Kithulagala for white water rafting on the
Kalani River. From here we make out way to the region of Nallathanniya to the base of
Adam’s Peak – the Holy Mountain.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9: Drive to Adams’s Peak – Nuwara Eliya
Day 9: Drive to Adams’s Peak – Nuwara Eliya

Our climb commences no later than 1:30 am. Depending on the anticipated number of
pilgrims to climb Adams Peak for sunrise (between 5:30 am and 6:00 am) the actual climb
takes between 3 hours and 11 hours on very busy days (weekends and full moon). It is
reasonably demanding and the majority of the well-worn track is stairs with the final stages
one long staircase. On the way up there are tea stalls (some open through the
night), Adam’s Peak (2224m), has attracted pilgrims for more than 1000 years, due to the
legend that it was here that Adam first stepped onto the earth after being expelled from
Heaven. Whilst pilgrims climb to the top to view the enormous ‘footprint’, claimed by various
groups to be that of Adam, Buddhas and even Lord Shiva, the view at the top at dawn is
spectacular, making it well worth the effort.
After the climb, we descend and sit down for a late breakfast before driving through the
regions of Nuwara Eliya, where we will explore a working Tea Factory to learn about the
production of Ceylon Tea and visit a market. This evening you can join your guide for a
comfortable stroll (not exceeding 4kms, flat terrain) in the beautiful surroundings and the
cool climate of Nuwara Eliya, at a relaxed pace around the race course of Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Nuwara Eliya – Ella
Day 10: Drive to Nuwara Eliya – Ella

This morning we have an early start with a wake-up call no later than 5:00 am, as we board
our vehicle with a packed breakfast in hand no later than 5:30 am. We will drive to the
Horton Plains where by 7:00 am, we will commence our nature walk within the spectacular
game reserve which covers a distance of over 9.5kms, we take in the marvellous viewpoints
and beautiful Bakers Falls, there are more waterfalls within this region of unique climate and
flora and fauna. Ella is a town set at 1100ms and the landscape falls dramatically to the
plains 1000ms below, offering spectacular views. After this, we make our way back to our
vehicle and drive to our hotel to enjoy lunch and some time to relax. This afternoon we will
explore the nearby Nine Arches Bridge.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Ella – Udawalawe
Day 11: Drive to Ella – Udawalawe

After a relaxed breakfast, we venture out on a two-hour nature walk through the tea
plantations to the fantastic viewpoint of Mini Adams Peak. After this, we make our way to
our hotel for a simple comfort stop and to refresh before setting out the Udawalawe in time
for lunch and undertaking a jeep safari in the Udawalawe National Park. This park is
approximately 30,821 hectares in extent and lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala
Districts. It acts as the catchment to the Udawalawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry
Zone. This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees
are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo,
Jackal and Birds are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Udawalawe – Galle
Day 12: Drive to Udawalawe – Galle

After breakfast, we visit the nearby Elephant Transit Home for baby elephants. We will
witness the many elephants that have been placed destitute being bottle-fed and provided
for and protected. After this we continue towards Walasmulla Hakkmana to reach the main
road to Galle, passing through the stilled fisherman of Weligama. We undertake a detailed
city tour walking along the rampart walls, exploring the Dutch heritage and the 36-hectare
Dutch Fortress, constructed in 1663. This evening we hope to witness a wonderful sunset.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Galle – Colombo
Day 13: Drive to Galle – Colombo

After a relaxed breakfast, we commence our journey towards Colombo. On our way we stop
in Blapitiya to explore the waters of the Madhu River, as we venture out on a unique boat
safari, wading through the mangroves. Here there are prawn traps, monkeys, birds, monitor
lizards and more. Continuing on we explore Colombo with a brief city tour and indulge in
any last-minute shopping before settling into our hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

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