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Day 1

-On Arrival clients will be met by Islan Leisure Lanka Airport Staff & English Speaking Chauffeur/ Guide and transferred to Habarana/Dambulla area (4 hours drive) via Kurunegala
-Lunch at Hotel Diya dahara
-PM – At Leisure or OPTIONAL 1 hour Elephant Back Rides
-Dinner & Overnight in Habarana/ Dambulla
Elephant back rides in Habarana –ideal mode of transportation to visit nature, on a gentle giant,
passing by the lake watching simple local life attending to their day to day work or interesting bird
life. Followed by a stroll in the vast Gardens of the Hotel situated by the lake on a bird trail

Day 2

-After Breakfast visit Sigiriya (30 mins drive each way)
-Lunch at a Local Restaurant
-PM – Visit Polonnaruwa (01 hours drive each way)
-Dinner & Overnight in Habarana/ Dambulla
Sigiriya – this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major
attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of
beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6
hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by
King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub
jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed
by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which
only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are
painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a
crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions

of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for
meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.
Polonnaruwa – this medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th –
12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated
by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of
Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved
and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex
including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient
heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a
single slab of granite – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the
Hindu influence – the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Budhist temples,
the Lankatileka and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains
of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights.

Day 3

-After Breakfast leave for Kandy (2 ½ hours drive) visiting a Spice Garden in Matale
– Lunch at a Local Restaurant en-route
– PM – Sightseeing of Kandy city with visits to Temple of the Tooth Relic
– Evening witness a cultural dance show
– Dinner & Overnight in Kandy
Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a
tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the
Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A
cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and
its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver)
exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue
and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the
casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically
costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.

Day 4

-After Breakfast Excursion to Ramboda (1 ½ hours drive) to visit a Tea Factory/Plantation
-Return to Kandy for Lunch at Oak Restaurant by the River
-PM – Leave for Colombo (4 hours drive) via Kadugannawa
-Dinner at an Authentic Chinese Restaurant
-Overnight in Colombo
Tea Plantation/Factory – where one the best teas in the world is produced. You will be told all about
the process of manufacturing tea and also gain first hand experience on the manufacture of some of
the best teas in world. If you’re lucky you may be invited to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea which
begins its journey as raw green leaves in the hills and ends up as a final golden-brown graded product
which we all but know too well

Day 5

-After breakfast Colombo sightseeing
-Lunch at Raja Bojun Sri-Lankan Restaurant
-Followed by Shopping in Colombo or spend the rest of the day at Leisure
-Dinner at an Authentic Chinese Restaurant
-Overnight in Colombo
Colombo – the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri
Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and
influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The
original traders and settlers – the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake
churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their
languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a
fascinating city – a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known
but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food
from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri
Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are
the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749)
residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the
Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks,
Independence Square, the Zoo, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake”
and ODEL the renowned shopping centre.
Shopping – visit Mlesna exquisite tea boutique, cashew nut shop, ready made garments and all sorts
at Majestic City. Visit the Lanka Ceramics Centre, a place where you can buy NORITAKE SET or other
ceramic items, visit the ODEL SHOP. Visit BAREFOOT, HOUSE OF FASHION and BEVERLY STREET at
Kollupitya

Day 6

-Packed breakfast & transfer to airport for the flight departure home.
~ Children under 12 years sharing a room with parents – 50% reduction on Sharing Double rate
~ Rates not valid during ICC Cricket World Cup held in Sri-Lanka from 19th Feb – 02nd April 2011
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