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Sri Lanka DeLuxe (17 days)

Negombo, Wilpattu, Anuradhapura, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Dickoya, Galle & Bentota.

Day 1: Arrival Colombo - Negombo
On arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and then you will transfer to Negombo (about 20 minutes) for the first night. Negombo has a chequered and colourful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times. Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the colonial-style architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo. During the Dutch era, Negombo was also one of the most important sources of the much-coveted and highly profitable cinnamon. Check in to hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Negombo - Anuradhpura (B)
After a morning at leisure, we transfer to Anuradhpura (about 5 hours with rest stops). On arrival, check in to hotelUlagalla Resort for a stay of three nights.

Day 3: Anuradhpura (B)
This morning we take a tour of ther ancient city of Anuradhpura, also known as 'the sacred city'.It is home to the Sri Maha Bodhiya, a 'Bo Tree' that is known as the “Tree of Enlightenment”. Anuradhapura is not only one of the most sacred places but also a fascinating one as this was the first Sinhalese capital of Sri Lanka. The past glories of this city are still evident with the abundance of ancient architecture and ruins dating back to the 3rd Century BC and earlier.To wander around this magnificent ancient city, gives one a hint of how imposing and majestic this city would have been in its prime.
Later in the afternoon, we will visit Wilpattu national park and take a Jeep safari, before returning to the hotel.

Day 4: Anuradhpura (B)
A free day at leisure at the Ulagalla Resort. Here you can use the bicycles provided with each villa to explore the 60 acres of the hotel grounds and the surrounding rural area, take a nature walk with a knowledgable guide or simply relax by your private plunge pool or by the hotel main pool.

Day 5: Anuradhpura - Habarana (B)
This morning we drive to Habarana and transfer to Cinnamon Lodge. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Habarana - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Habarana (B/D)
After an early breakfast we leave for Sigiriya to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is one of the most outstanding of architectural wonders in Sri Lanka. Rising nearly 700 feet above one of Asia's most well-preserved ancient landscaped gardens, the rock fortress of Sigiriya is a giant granite monolith. The fortress was built in the shape of a lion, hence the name Lion's Rock. Giant lion paws and intricate surrounding brickwork are all that remain of the forbidding entrance to the Upper Palace. Stretching across nearly 3.5 acres, the Palace on the flat plateau summit was home to King Kasyapa for over 20 years. The floor plan of the Palace is still clearly visible, as is the king's throne and his own personal bathing pool. After the visit to Sigiyiya we will go back to the hotel for a quick shower and change before proceeding to Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa is another UNESCO world heritage site and is the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. King Vijayabahu 1 was the first to claim the city as his capital and it was King Parakramabahu who made it what it is today - massive buildings, ornate parks and a 2500 hectare tank called Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama). The city itself is divided into new and old town with the impressively preserved ruins split into five main areas. Due to its reasonably compact layout, the ruins can be easily explored on foot, and with the surrounding areas flat, well maintained roads, you can leave the car behind and jump on a bicycle to move around. Afterwards return to Habarana for overnight.

Day 7: Habarana - Dambulla - Kandy (B)
After breakfast, set off for the Dambulla Cave Temple. The Dambulla Cave Temple was first constructed by King Valagambahu and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. During a South Indian invasion, King Valagambahu abandoned his Anuradhapura Kingdom and for 12 years he was in hiding with frequent visits to these caves for his safety. In order to show his gratefulness for his safe place, he converted those caves into Buddhist Temples. he Dambulla Rock Temple is the largest, best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka with Buddhist mural paintings covering an area of 2100 square meters and with 157 statues. Finishing the visit to Dambulla, transfer to Kandy also visiting a spice garden in Matale. Spices are synonymous with the deep history of Sri Lanka and it not surprising that traders in the past used to trade between the sea-faring merchants using a barter system. Spices also h0ave been a main export of Sri Lanka down through the ages. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, coriander black pepper and cardamom are just some of the spices available in the numerous Spice Gardens between Dambulla and Kandy. We continue with the journey towards Kandy and check-in at your hotel for a stay of two nights.

Day 8: Kandy (B)
Today we take a tour of Kandy city tour, including the Market Square, the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, a Gem Museum and most importantly the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. In the early evening, visit a cultural dance show in town.

Day 9: Kandy - Hatton - Dickoya (B/D)
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Kandy railway station for a train journey through stunning scenery to Hatton. At Hatton, take the car onward to Dickoya and transfer to the your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 10: Dickoya (B/L/D)
In the morning, do the Ceylon Tea Experience. The resident tea planter will show you first hand the age-old tea making process. First, follow the trail of the planters of old Ceylon, as they trekked through the dense jungle looking for the best slopes on which to plant tea. Then on to watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands. Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. Finally, taste the different grades of this great brew. The rest of the day is at leisure to play tennis or croquet, go mountain biking, take a spa treatment or just relax.

Day 11: Dickoya - Galle (B)
This morning we drive to Galle and transfer to Kahanda Kanda, Amangalla, Dutch House or Sun House for stay of two nights.

Day 12: Galle (B)
Galle is the best-preserved living colonial Fort in Asia. Today we will take a walking tour to explore the fascinating culture and history of the Galle Fort. There will also be plenty of time to explore the old town at your leisure.

Day 13: Galle - Bentota (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the beach resort of Bentota to the The Fortress, Apa Villas, Frangipani Tree, Aditya Resort or the Saman Villas for stay of 4 nights. (B)

Day 14: Bentota (B)
At leisure

Day 15: Bentota (B)
At leisure

Day 16: Bentota (B)
At leisure

Day 17: Bentota - Colombo - Departure (B)
At leisure until it is time to drive back to Colombo and transfer to airport for your return flight to UK. Arriving back in UK on the same day.

Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary.

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