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Day 1

• Arrival by AK 256 at 0715 hrs / UL 312 at 1010 hrs clients will be met by Island Leisure Airport Staff & English Speaking Chauffeur / Guide and transferred to Habarana/Dambulla area (4 hours drive) via Kurunegala
• Lunch at Hotel Diya dahara
• PM – Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
• 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.

Day 2

• After Breakfast leave for Kandy (2 ½ hours drive) visiting Dambulla Cave Temple and 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 3

• After Breakfast visit a gem lapidary and wood caving factory in Kandy
• Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya (2 ½ hours drive) via Ramboda visiting a Tea Factory & Plantation en-route
• Lunch at Ramboda Falls Hotel en-route
• Check- in to hotel in Nuwara Eliya
• PM – Brief visit of Nuwara Eliya town with a drive around the St. Gregory’s Lake, Race Course area & take a glimpse of Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
• Dinner & Overnight in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya
– Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character.
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 4

• After breakfast, depart Colombo (6 hours drive) via Kithulgala the location for film “Bridge on the river Kwai “filmed in 1956 that won 7 Oscars. St. Clair’s & Devon water falls en-route
• Lunch at Plantation Hotel Kithulgala
• On arrival Colombo sightseeing
• Followed by Shopping in Colombo
• 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 5

• 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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