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Srilanka - Jewel Of Indian Ocean - 8 Days

Day 1: Colombo

On arrival you will be met by TBi Representative and transferred to hotel in the commercial, industrial and cultural centre of Sri Lanka.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Colombo / Habarana (183 km/4 ½ Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to the small town of Habarana.

Along the way stop at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage that cares for baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. On arrival proceed to hotel and relax in warm tropical surroundings.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Habarana

After breakfast, drive 30-minutes to Sigiriya - also known as Lion’s Rock - a massive 5th century fortress and palace ruins surrounded by extensive gardens and reservoirs. Here you can climb 1,200 steps to the top of this amazing fortress in the sky that is now a World Heritage site.

Afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park where you can hope to see wild Asian elephants. They are particularly numerous in August and September when they migrate along a corridor from neighboring parks.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Habarana

After breakfast, drive (47 Km 1-hour) to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa - the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th centuries following the fall of Anuradhapura and today a World Heritage site. Here you can explore the magnificent ruins, which contains some fine examples of Buddha statues and marvel at this ancient civilization, before returning to Habarana.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Habarana / Kandy (95 km/½ Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to the bustling hill capital of Kandy. Along the way stop at Dambulla to explore its famous Golden Rock Cave Temple, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and a World Heritage site. Also visit Matale Spice Garden.

Arrive Kandy and proceed to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 Kandy

After breakfast, visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth that houses a tooth relic of the Buddha. Religious pooja ceremonies, take place when the golden casket containing the tooth is revealed. Afterwards visit the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens with its rare collection of indigenous tropical flora, including its famous Orchid House.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Kandy / Colombo (103 km/3 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive through central Sri Lanka to Colombo. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Colombo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight or extend stay at one of the beach resorts of Sri Lanka.

Tour Highlights

Colombo - Colonial Heritage and Cultural melange of the city
Habarana - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa
Kandy - Dambulla, Temple of the Tooth, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

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