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|Day 02||En route the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage||Habarana|
|Day 03||Visit the Sigiriya Rock For & Minneriya National Park||Habarana|
|Day 04||Dambulla Cave Temple & tour of Kandy City||Kandy|
|Day 05||Village Walk & Cookery Demo||Kandy|
|Day 06||Train to Ella||Ella|
|Day 07||Sightseeing in Ella||Ella|
|Day 08||Drive to Tissa||Tissamaharama|
|Day 09||Yala National Park Safaris||Tissamaharama|
|Day 10||Beach Stay||Unawatuna|
|Day 11||Beach Stay||Unawatuna|
|Day 12||Beach Stay||Unawatuna|
|Day 13||Explore Galle Fort & Colombo. Departure|
Galle Dutch Fort is a proud structure that still stands tall and mighty in southern Sri Lanka. Built by the Portuguese over 400 years ago, the fort was fortified by the Dutch, upon their invasion of the island. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visited and admired by many, all through the year.
Built by King Kasyapa (477 to 495 CE), the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress stands as a testament to the grandeur of Sri Lanka’s glorious past. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it features stunning boulder and water gardens and world-famous frescoes. At the summit, you’ll find the ruins of the king’s palace and a breath-taking view of the surroundings.
The Dambulla Cave Temple is known to be the best-preserved and largest cave temple complex that is found in Sri Lanka. With over 80 documented caves spread across the vicinity, the Dambulla Cave Temple has rightfully earned its name as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 153 statues of Lord Buddha can be found in this temple which is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla.
Colombo's amazing Fort district still has the energy like in the late nineteenth century when the streets were teeming with ox carts and alive with the sounds and whiffs of the sea, as rubber, tea, cinnamon, kittul treacle, rope and peacocks were loaded aboard ships.
Taking a walking tour is one of the best things to do in Colombo city and Mark and his colleagues, natives from Colombo, have hosted walks in Colombo for several years under the Colombo City Walks banner.Starting at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex in Fort and walk along the old colonial streets, away from your usual tourist spots, and seek out the colonial Dutch mansions and be a part of the history that is now commercial hub of Colombo. Explore the old Cargills building, visit the New Chinese shop, snap a picture outside the Pagoda Tea Rooms where Duran Duran filmed their iconic music video, Hungry Like The Wolf, and enjoy a cup of Ceylon Tea on the balcony of the Grand Oriental Hotel while taking in the sunset views of the Colombo Harbour.End your walk back at the Dutch Hospital, formerly a hospital during the 17th century, the complex is now host to high-end restaurants, bars and shops. Relax, take a breather, admire the architecture, and have a drink… or two.
Location : Colombo.
Duration : 2 Hrs.
Best time to visit : Morning or Evening
Set out after a leisurely breakfast through rural Sri Lanka, heading to Habarana in the Cultural Triangle. En route you will visit the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage (Approx. 4.30 Hours’ drive).
Evening at leisure!
This morning after breakfast, set out on an exhilarating climb up Sigiriya - an ancient palace fortress, which sits atop a granite outcrop. It is arguably the most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval Capitals dating back to the 5th Century.
Return to your hotel and take a rest before setting out on a safari to the scenic Minneriya National Park.
This morning, head out to the central highlands, stopping on the way to explore the Dambulla Cave Temples (Approx. 4.5 hours’ drive)
Proceed to Kandy via Matale. If you love fresh spices, you may visit a spice garden en route. (Approx. 1.5 Hours’ drive)
Continue on to Kandy.
Spend the day at leisure to explore and admire the sceneries of the locality
A hike up Little Adams Peak would of interest or your Chauffeur Guide will be happy to accompany you on short walking trails.
An early start for a game drive into Yala, one of the most popular and scenic parks where chances of spotting leopard, elephant and the sloth bear among others rate high.
Venture into the National Park for a second Safari, before returning to the hotel to share the Photographic Moments of the day.
This morning after breakfast we will proceed to Mirissa (1 Hour)
Settle in rest and relax from the journey.
Continue on to the Southern capital of Sri Lanka, Galle (Approx. 3.5 Hours’ drive). On the way you will pass small rural and fishing villages. Look out for the famous stilt fisherman carefully balancing on their stilts.
You could also witness the fisherman auctioning their days catch by the road side or simply stop to quench your thirst with coconut water while gazing at the Indian Ocean.
Explore the historic Fort with its quaint narrow streets buzzing with activity. We will then proceed for a scenic drive to Colombo (Approx. 2.5 Hours’ drive). You will be taken on a panoramic tour around the city this afternoon.
Colombo is a great place to try street food, ideally at Galle face along the marine stretch. Later in the evening, transfer to the airport for the flight home. (Approx. 45 Mins drive)