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Six Day Tour - 6 Days

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Six Day Tour
Day 01

Arrival to Sri Lanka, Jonathan’s representative will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Habarana in the North Central plains of Sri Lanka, paying a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route. Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.

Lunch at Local restaurant

Enjoy an exciting safari at Minneriya National Park where you can watch elephants in their rightful home – in the wilds. One of the most spectacular wildlife events in Sri Lanka is ‘The gathering’, where hundreds of Elephants arrive by the herds from the surrounding areas to the Minneriya reservoir. As the water level recedes at the height of the dry season, they gather to feast on the lush grass, and quench their thirst for water and play.

Overnight Stay at Habarana / Sigiriya

Day 02

After breakfast, set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding ‘city’ on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today. Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist sanga . The garden and place was built by King Kasyapa between 477-495 AD. Following King Kasyapa’s death it was again a monastery complex upto the 14th century after which it was abandoned. The ruins were discovered in 1907 by British Explorer John Still.

Today Sigiriya is famous for its Mirror wall which consists of poems and paragraphs carved by visitors to the rock many years ago and for its magnificent frescoes of Shapely bejeweled maidens vibrant colours and the water garden similar to the Ajantha frescoes in India. Sigiriya is in fact the best preserved city center in Asia from the first millennium and has been named as an UNESCO world heritage site and 8th wonder of the world.

Thereafter drive to Hiriwaduna

This is a typical countryside experience to the rural village of Hiriwadunna The trek begins with a beautiful walk beside a man-made reservoir. You will also experience boat rides, bullock cart rides, rural vegetable cultivation, paddy fields and enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan rotti (a traditional food ) at a Village house.

Overnight Stay in Sigiriya

Day 03

After breakfast proceed to Kandy visiting Dambulla cave temple

Dambulla is a world heritage site in Sri Lanka located north of Kandy in Matale district. The town of Dambulla is built around a large granite outcrop concealing an impressive Buddhist cave temple, Raja Maha Vihara dating from the 1st century BC. is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

The murals covering an area of 2,100 sq. ft. including depictions of Buddha’s temptation by Mara and Buddha’s first sermon.

Dambulla Cave Temple is the best preserved cave temple complex in the country with beautiful statues and paintings.

Lunch at Local restaurant

The hill capital of Kandy, visiting a spice garden at Matale en route. Our spices have been sought after for centuries, and continue to be a celebrated export, even today.

Enjoy a city tour of Kandy – the last kingdom of the Sinhalese kings, taking in the sights the Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth ( Dalada Maligawa) is where the ‘Tooth Relic’ of the Lord Buddha is preserved for posterity. A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.

Evening Round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms of centuries old rituals will enthrall you.

Overnight Stay at Kandy

Day 04

After breakfast, head ‘up country’ and the city of Nuwara Eliya, stopping by at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens en route. 147 acres of lushness with over 5000 species of trees and plants, many of which are rare or endemic; a spice garden and an Orchid house are yours to explore.

Lunch at a local restaurant

Continue to Nuwara Eliya, visiting the Ramboda waterfalls and a tea factory along the way. The old colonial outpost still referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its name. Perched 6200 feet above sea level, the climate too, adds to the illusion of one stepping into an old English town, where neat hedges, quaint cottages and beautiful old buildings stand as serene as they did well over a century ago – the magnificent Grand Hotel presides over them all. There is, of course, an old golf course as well as horse racing events to complete the picture.

Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day 05

After breakfast proceed to Hikkaduwa

Continue the journey along the coast to Matara / Galle, taking in the unique sight of Stilt Fishing along the shores of Mirrissa. An iconic image of Sri Lanka, Stilt Fishing is a skill handed down from one generation to the next: an ancient tradition that is sadly on the decline. Further along the coast, you will visit the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda – a successful conservation effort established to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. (Optional: glass bottom boat ride and a visit to a mask factory.)

Lunch at a local restaurant

Leave for an excursion to the Heritage city of Galle. For centuries Galle has stood strong against invasions – from colonial powers and nature’s volatile outbursts. The famous Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and preserved by the British. Battered daily for over 400 years by the ocean it even survived the onslaught of a tsunami and is enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike. The colonial architecture of the walled city too has resisted the advance of modernity and holds tightly to its past glory.

Leasure in Beach Overnight Stay in Hikkaduwa Galle Bentota or Beruwela

Day 06

After lunch drive to Airport for depature while doing a city tour in Colombo

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