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Spend a week exploring the cultural highlights of Sri Lanka
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30 Sep 2019
7 nights 4-star accommodation, 7 breakfasts, sightseeing with entrance fees and English-speaking driver guide, all transfers and transport in a private air-conditioned vehicle.
Daily, 1 Sep - 31 Oct '19
Seasonal surcharges apply for travel from 1 Nov - 19 Dec '19
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An exciting introduction to the Emerald Isle, this offer includes touring of the famous Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla Caves, the hill city of Kandy and its famous Temple of the Tooth, a spice garden, a cultural show, and the historic fort of Galle. End your stay with 3 nights on the beach near Galle.
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Visit the hill city of Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth
Explore the iconic Dambulla Rock Temple
Climb the 5th century rock citadel of Sigiriya
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Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, proceed to Habarana. En route, visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, which has been a centre of Sri Lankan rule since the 1st century B.C. Dambulla Rock Temple houses a series of unique drawings in five magnificently constructed cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla, lining walls that shelter 150 statues of Buddha. An enormous gold Buddha statue is the centrepiece of the Rock Temple complex, which still attracts worshippers today. After your visit to Dambulla, travel onwards to Habarana for your overnight stay. (B)
After breakfast, visit the World Heritage listed Sigiriya fortress and climb the rock. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site is a wonder of ancient engineering & urban planning, with its gigantic 'Lion Paws' guarding the staircase to the upper prock platform and overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below. Surrounded by ramparts and moats, the Lion Rock is painted in frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. This afternoon there is an option to visit the 11th century capital of Polonnaruwa and explore its stupas, reclining Buddha statues, irrigation canals and carved Hindu sculptures. Return to the hotel in Habarana for your overnight stay. (B)
After breakfast, proceed to Kandy via Matale. An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale is renowned for its many plantations including tea, rubber, vegetables and spices. Visit a spice garden to learn about the therapeutic values of spices and enjoy a refreshing cup of herbal tea. Travel onwards to Kandy for a city tour. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - has a waelth of culture, history and heritage. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. This afternoon, take a walking tour of the city and enjoy an evening cultural show. (B)
After breakfast, proceed to Galle. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
After breakfast take a city tour of Galle. Set off on a walking tour to observe the combination of Dutch architecture mixed with South Asian traditions. Visit the original city ramparts and bastions and walk clockwise within Galle Fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion and lighthouse. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
After breakfast, the rest of your day is at leisure. (B)
After breakfast, drive to Colombo and take a city tour by rickshaw. Drive past a 100-year-old clock tower and British colonial buildings, stop by the bustling Pettah bazaar, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, the Museum and the Independents Square. Following your city tour continue to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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