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Amazing Highlights of Sri Lanka - 3rd March 2018 - 9 Days

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Join other Solo Travellers on this amazing 9-day Sri Lanka tour. Spot Sri Lankan wildlife on safari at the Yala National Park, visit the ancient city of Sigiriya and climb the magnificent Lion’s Rock, be stunned by the scenery in Kandy, spend two nights with a local family in Polonnaruwa, take the train journey of a lifetime through Nuwara Eliya’s tea plantations, and unwind on the beautiful beaches of Mirissa. Still relatively untouched by tourism, now is the time to discover this spectacular island.

DEPART UK - Friday 2nd March 2018

DAY 01: Saturday 3rd March - Arrive Colombo

Today you will arrive in Sri Lanka, after clearing immigration proceed to the hotel. Check in to hotel and dinner in the evening.

DAY 02: Colombo-Dambulla-Polonnaruwa

After Breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.

En route visit Dambulla cave temples which dated to the 2nd century BC is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. There are over 80 caves in Dambulla, some of which are used for meditation by monks. The Famous Rock temple has five separate caves containing 153 magnificent Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan monarchs and 4 Hindu deities.

Continue your journey to Polonnaruwa. Visit for a cooking demonstration in a Village house. Take a walk around the field before sitting for the traditional lunch prepared by the villagers. Tonight will be your first of two nights spent at a homestay with a local family.

DAY 03: Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya

Today morning proceed to Polonnaruwa by bicycles. An ancient ruined city today it is a showcase of the great ancient Sri Lankan architecture dating back to 12th Centaury AD, which was interwoven with many Buddhist monasteries and monuments which were built by King Parakramabahu 1. It had been a prosperous time for the entire island nation. He developed the city with architects and technicians brought down from India architecture can be seen from many well preserved sites exciting today such as Gal Viharaya, Consisting huge stone monoliths of the lord Buddha, in a sitting, standing and reclining positions.

Late afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock, Considered the 8th wonder of the world. In the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colors. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed. Return to homestay and relax.

DAY 04: Polonnaruwa-Matale-Kandy

Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Kandy. The popular charming hill capital of Sri Lanka is surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It is the cultural center of the island and a UNESCO heritage city. The arts and crafts center in Kandy, the main Buddhist monasteries Malwatta and Asgiriya Monasteries are places that must be visited. Kandy is a great place for souvenir shopping and to learn about its rich culture and history.

Afternoon visit the focal point of the town which is the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa also known as the “Temple of tooth” where the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha is enshrined and Evening you may witness a colorful Kandyan dance performance in a local theatre

DAY 05: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast stroll in the Peradeniya royal botanical Garden The best known attraction of the garden is the Orchid house, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite Orchids. A spice garden gives you a firsthand introduction to the trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Mahaweli river, Sri Lanka’s longest river surrounding this garden gives an added beauty to this garden.

Time to catch the train to Nanu oya. After a scenic train ride you will meet your guide at the next point and continue your journey. Nuwara eliya is considered being one of the most important locations for Tea Cultivation and well known for its cool climate being the coolest area in Sri Lanka. Many of the Buildings have still preserved features from the colonial period. Many Private Homes Have Also Maintained Their Old English-Style Lawns And Gardens.

Check in to hotel and relax in the evening.

DAY 06: Nuwara Eliya-Ella-Tissamaharama

Today after breakfast leave for Tissamaharama via Ella. East of the ridge of the Central Highlands lie a series of picturesque hills; as this area is sheltered by the massif of the highlands, the climate is dry and sunny - in marked contrast to the cloudy lushness of the Highlands. As a result it’s also considerably less populated and much less cultivated. Some two hours drive away, characterful Ella qualifies easily as Sri Lanka's most beautiful village - like Nuwara Eliya it's somewhat reminiscent of olde-worlde village in the English countryside. However its main claim to fame is its viewpoint - on a fine day the view past the towering Ella Rock and through the Ella Gap extends right down through tea plantations as far as the distant south coast.

From here you drive down from the hills to Tissamaharama.

Late afternoon do a jeep safari of Yala national wild life sanctuary. Witness nature its best, with the beauty of the wild animals in their natural habitat. Inside the park you will come across with the Wild Boar, Elephants, Leopards, Deer , Peacocks and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them to live. The elephants gather at the water holes for drinking and bathing, their young and immersing themselves on rocks in the park. Peacocks flaunting their colorful feathers strut around and flamingoes are a breath taking sight. Return to hotel and relax.

DAY 07: Tissamaharama- Mirissa

Today after breakfast leave for Mirissa.

Late afternoon visit Galle fort which was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th Centaury from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage which even after more than 423 years, maintains a polishes appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

Return to hotel and relax.

DAY 08: Mirissa – Free Day

Optional Activity: Today early morning visit for Whale watching(optional) – price USD40.00

The journey will approximately start at 6AM and the duration of sailing will be 3 – 5 Hours at Sea. Afternoon return to hotel and relax.

DAY 09: 11th March 2018 - Mirissa / Depart Colombo

Depart Mirissa back to Colombo for your home bound flights.

The price of the above tour is £899.00 based on sharing a twin room (single supplement £250.00) and does not include flights from the UK. Please get in touch, if you would like help with the booking of flights. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. (Please do not book your flights until we have at least 5 people confirmed so please pay your deposits at your earliest). A non refundable deposit of £156.00 via PayPal or £150.00 with bank transfer will secure you a place. A visa is required for Sri Lanka and this must be obtained in the UK and I will help in organising this, but please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport and at least 2 blank pages. Please also check with your local GP for any required inoculations.

Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.

By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:

http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Cancellation_Policy/

What’s Included:

- Accommodation at three star hotels – 6 nights and 2 nights in home Stays on BB Basis sharing a twin room

- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking tourism authority licensed national guide

- Airport transfers if travelling on suggested flights

- Entrance fees for, Kandy 'Temple of the tooth' relic, Dambulla temple, Polonnaruwa site, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Cultural show in Sigiriya, Entrance Tea Factory.

- Cookery Demonstration

- Train Ticket from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

- Yala National Park entrance and 1x jeep hire

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