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+44 (0) Sri Lanka has long captivated the imagination of visitors to its fertile shores. Marco Polo once described it as the finest island in the world and during its turbulent history it has
+44 (0) Sri Lanka has long captivated the imagination of visitors to its fertile shores. Marco Polo once described it as the finest island in the world and during its turbulent history it has been know by many names - Serendib, Ceylon, The Pearl of the Orient and the Teardrop of India to name but a few. This short cultural journey provides a wonderful introduction the country, taking you through its cultural triangle and up into its captivating hill country. You will visit the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya and the stunning painted caves at Dambulla, take a jeep safari through the rich game lands of Minneriya National Park and explore the old medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. A visit to the revered Temple of the Tooth In Kandy introduces you to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites anywhere in the country, before you drive through the verdant landscapes of Sri Lanka s hill country, with its acres of tea plantations and tea estates. A visit to the charming colonial retreat of Nuwara Eliya then precedes a trip into the misty grasslands of the Horton Plains, before returning to Colombo and journey s end. HIGHLIGHTS: Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites at Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. Climb to the summit of Sigiriya s, Lion Rock. Explore the lush hills and plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the Horton Plains. Game drives in Minneriya National Park.. TOUR INCLUDES: 7 nights four star hotels 7 breakfasts Private guided sightseeing including all entrance fees Private driver and vehicle Private guided transfers to and from all airports Driver s and guide s expenses *Please note the prices shown above are based on two persons sharing a twin or double room ITINERARY DAY 1: COLOMBO - DAMBULLA - SIGIRIYA Arriving at Colombo Airport today, you'll head out of the city and drive on to the UNESCO caves at Dambulla, where you'll find a remarkable collection of temples, statues and cave paintings that date back to the 1st century BC. On arrival in Sigiriya, the rest of the afternoon is free. DAY 2: SIGIRIYA Sigiriya's famous Sky Fortress sits on top of the imposing granite monolith of the Lion Rock, some 200 metres above the surrounding countryside. Built during the 5th century, it is one of Sri Lanka's major attractions and from its lofty heights the views out across the lush landscapes are truly spectacular. After a guided tour of the site this morning, you will continue on to the Minneriya National Park, to enjoy an afternoon's jeep safari in search of elephants, sloth bears, leopards and some 160 species of birds. (B) DAY 3: SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - SIGIRYA A full day's visit to Ritigala and Polonnaruwa begins with a trip out to see the highest mountain in northern Sri Lanka, home to the ruins of a Buddhist monastery that can trace its origins back to the 1st century BC. Continuing on to the old medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, you'll then visit a city that reached the height of its glory during the 12th century, following the decline of Anuradhapura. Blessed with a wealth of ruins and sights, the old city provides a fascinating backdrop to our guided tour, before we return to Sigiriya later this afternoon. (B) DAY 4: SIGIRIYA - KANDY Heading towards the mountains that lie to the north-east of Colombo, your journey today takes you on to Kandy, the last capital of the ancient Sri Lankan kings and one of the country's cultural and spiritual gems. Home to the revered Temple of the Tooth, which is said to hold the Buddha's left canine, the city still retains a sense of its old world charm and its highlights include the beautiful Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, one of the finest of its kind anywhere in Asia, and the city's fascinating Gem Museum. (B) DAY 5: KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA After breakfast we leave the city and drive through the hills to the town of Nuwara Eliya, set high amongst the tea plantations of the Central Highlands. The best known of Sri Lanka's tea growing regions, these rugged landscapes produce some of the finest tea in the world and a visit to some of the factories and plantations that blanket the landscape provide a delightful insight into an industry that has thrived here since the middle years of the 19th century. (B) DAY 6: NUWARA ELIYA - HORTON PLAINS - NUWARA ELIYA A cool sanctuary for the civil servants and planters of the British Empire, Nuwara Eliya was founded in the middle years of the 19th century as a hill country retreat where the colonialists could indulge their passions for fox hunting and polo. A tour of the colonial town this morning is followed by a visit to the misty grasslands of the Horton Plains, Sri Lanka's highest and most isolated plateau. Located some 2,000 metres above sea level, it provides an ideal spot for some captivating nature walks, with a wealth of birds and animals calling this patna grassland home. (B) DAY 7: NUWARA ELIYA - NEGOMBO After breakfast dirve west to Negombo and on arrival check into your hotel. This afternoon is free to relax on the beach or visit Negombo town to see the local fish market. (B) DAY 8: NEGOMBO Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B) ACCOMMODATION KANDY THE CITADEL The Citadel Hotel lies on the outskirts of Kandy overlooking the Mahaweli River. It is a beautiful setting and a good place from which to explore Kandy. All the rooms are air-conditioned and have the usual facilities along with en-suite bathrooms. There is a restaurant serving a la carte food and a bar and games area. NEGOMBO JETWING SEA The beachfront Jetwing Sea hotel is located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, just a short ride away from Negombo. The comfortable and spacious 83 rooms and suites have a modern decor with wooden features and furnishings, with some boasting beautiful views across the ocean. As well as being right on the beach, the hotel has two infinity pools for guests or you can book yourself in for a treatment in the rooftop spa. With two bars and two restaurants, there is plenty of choice and it's a good opportunity to try out some fresh Sri Lankan seafood. NUWARA ELIYA GRAND HOTEL, NUWARA Located in Nuwara Eliya hill station, the Grand Hotel is surrounded by fragrant tea plantations, majestic waterfalls and mist-shrouded mountains. With a history stretching back more than 100 years this four star hotel retains the stateliness and grandeur of a Colonial Mansion. Elegantly furnished rooms overlook the magnificent, beautifully landscaped, award-winning gardens. A varied selection of restaurants and bars offer a wide choice of both Western and Eastern cuisine, from buffet meals to a la carte fine dining. There is also a full array of leisure facilities (gym, health centre and sauna) and adjacent is the 18-hole Nuwara Eliya Golf Course golf course. SIGIRIYA SIGIRIYA VILLAGE HOTEL Offering splendid views of the Sigiriya rock fortress, the three star Sigiriya Hotel is ideally located in the heartland of the Cultural Triangle, which is rich in historical sites, archaeological treasures, primary works of art and scenic beauty. This exclusive jungle retreat boasts elegantly designed earth-toned cottages, well decorated with rustic village life themes. The management prides itself in its green initiatives and environmentally friendly projects are continually being introduced. The open-air restaurant serves both international and traditional Sri Lankan cuisine in a colourful and warm atmosphere. The swimming pool is located in a private courtyard with breath-taking views of the rock and wilderness. There is also an Ayurvedic health centre specially designed to offer guests a taste of indigenous herbal health care. Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd Tel +44 (0) Fax +44 (0) Website wildfrontierstravel.com
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