Destination: Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Sigiriya, Bentota, Colombo

From US$ 1,837 to US$ 2,619 12 days excluding flights

Day 1 (Airport – Sigiriya)  
Arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka, the tropical paradise, will be met and assisted by representative of Crystal Holidays and transfer to Sigiriya Check-in at the hotel Rest of the day at leisure  
Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya  

Sigiriya - Home to 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 fortress.  Within its triple-moated defense, the huge rock rises to a sheer height of almost 500 feet. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous s palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways, the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survives in the form of frescoes of lifesized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colours.      

Day 2 (Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya)  
After breakfast, excursion to World Heritage Site Polonnaruwa, home to some of medieval Sri Lanka’s finest art and architecture, including the giant Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara Visit the wonderful ancient relics at Polonnaruwa  Rest of the day at leisure OR  Optional - Leave for Minneriya National Park by Jeep  
Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya.   

Polonnaruwa – A ‘World Heritage Site’, Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century AD. Great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically and socially during the periods of kings Vijayabahu 1, Parakramabahu 1 and Nissankamalla. The monuments here are better preserved than at Anuradhapura - the previous capital. Parakrama statue, royal palaces, audience halls, Vata-da-ge, Thuparama, Rankoth Vehera, Kiri Vehera, Gal Vihara, Lankathilaka & Thivanka Image House are some of the interesting monuments here.  
Minneriya National Park - This National Park, 8,889 hectares in extent is famous for its large population of elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the Minneriya Lake. About 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, sambar, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fish, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.  

Day 3 (Sigiriya)  
After breakfast, climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress the world Heritage Site and see the famous decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. Return to the hotel Rest of the day at leisure OR  Optional - Leave for Hiriwadunna Village Tour  
 Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya  

Hiriwadunna Village - The scenic village of Hiriwadunna with its unpaved gravel paths and humble village folk. Shaded on either side by dry zone shrub forest, the dusty gravel path and subsequently the red soil of the tank bund will lead the visitors to an indigo reservoir which sets a stunning contrast of colours. A line of cormorants flying in formation will eventually stop to rest on a cormorant tree and the butterflies and dragonflies found at the edge of the shrubs create a kaleidoscope of colour that rivals the equally vibrant wild flowers.  
Bullock Cart Rides is one thing that a visitor to Sri Lanka must not miss out on as it provides an exhilarating experience to both young and old alike.  The bullock cart, which at one time was the main mode of transportation for the rich in Sri Lanka, although the ride covers only a short distance in the surrounding areas, it nevertheless is an experience not to be missed by all.  

Day 4 (Sigiriya - Kandy)  
After breakfast leave for Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka is a World Heritage Site and has number of tourist attractions. En route visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple crammed with Buddhist statues and decorated with Sri Lanka’s finest murals & Spice Garden in Matale to see different Spices for which Sri Lanka is famous Check-in at the hotel  
Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy  

Kandy - The hill capital; venue of the annual Esala Perahera (Local festival in Kandy); the last stronghold of the Sinhala kings, was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Surrounded by hills, the Mahaweli River and the virgin forest, it is the center of Buddhism, arts, crafts and culture in Sri Lanka. Kandy is an example of Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today.  Temples, shrines and monasteries keep Buddhist traditions alive. To Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. One would always return a second time to this beautiful city.   
Dambulla - Dambulla is famous for the five cave temples on a rock.  The first three caves are better, older and larger than the other two.  Some caves date back to the 1st century BC. All the five cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues. Statues of gods and kings are also found here.  
Spice Gardens at Matale - See the luscious cinnamons, cardamoms, pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices. Afterwards visit a Batik factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints and also purchase a wide variety of Batik items.  

Day 5 (Kandy – Nuwara Eliya - Kandy)  
After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya, is one of the most scenic city & Little England of Sri Lanka On the way visit a working Tea factory and drive up through the hills through lush and green Tea plantations & enjoy a Nuwara Eliya City tour. Return to Kandy   
Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy   

Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations and is 6,200 feet above sea level. In 1826 some British Officers out on shooting, chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it. In 1828 a road was constructed over the ridge at Ramboda Pass and a station for convalescent soldiers was established. It was Sir Samuel Baker who fell under the spell of Nuwara Eliya, brought hounds, horses, cattle, sheep etc. and started a typical English farm here. Flowers and vegetable were brought from England and planted. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the Island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom during spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September).  
Tea Plantations - Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in 8 hectares of forestland in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under tea and around 300 million kilograms (25% of world tea exports) are exported by Sri Lanka as the world’s largest tea exporter. Tea grows only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into Low Grown, Medi um grown & High Grown.  

Day 6 (Kandy)  
After breakfast, start Sightseeing tour in Kandy visit Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, which is a paradise for nature lovers, Upper Lake, Market, Gem Museum & Shopping etc. In the evening start sightseeing tour in Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth which is also known as Dalada Maligawa, after visiting the temple the witness a cultural dance show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka. 
Dinner & overnight stay at Kandy  

Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya – Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy, 147 acres in extent, it has more than 4,000 species of rare and endemic trees and plants as well as flora from the tropical world. This is a haven not only for scientists but to every nature lover too. The Spice Garden and Orchid House within the Gardens are popular with tourists.  
Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) – According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father's kingdom in India. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portugese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.    

Day 7 (Kandy – Pinnawala - Colombo)  
After breakfast, leave for Colombo Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to watch baby elephants being fed and over 40 elephants being bathed in the nearby river Start sightseeing and shopping tour   
Dinner & overnight stay at Mount Lavinia or Colombo   

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - Off Colombo-Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now, including baby elephants brought from various parts of the Island as well as those born as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best times to visit is the feeding time and bathing time - when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.  
Colombo - A drive through the city will take you to Fort and Pettah - the commercial area of the city and treelined Colombo 7 - Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5 & 8 are the prime residential areas of the City. Visit Fort and Pettah for shopping. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street - lined with goldsmith shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatagaha Mosque, Independence Square, BMICH, National Zoological Gardens and Colombo Museum are some of the attractions in Colombo.  
Mount Lavinia – A peaceful yet lively beach resort just 12 kilometres south of Colombo with a maze of narrow lanes, small beachside restaurants and wayside boutiques. This township will also appeal to an adventurous spirit.  

Day 8 (Colombo – Bentota or Koggala)   
After breakfast leave for beach stay in Bentota or Koggala  Rest of the day at leisure  
Dinner & overnight stay at Bentota or Koggala.    

Bentota – The first National Holiday Resort developed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board as a planned resort. There are more than 6 tourist hotels on the beach span of 5 miles with all the facilities a resort would require. Water sports facilities are also available.  
Koggala – This is a fishing village in the south coast of the island with a very rich heritage.  

Day 9 / 10 / 11 (Bentota or Koggala)   
Free for optional water sport activities, a full day to enjoy the beach sunbathing, pleasant time of swimming & feel the fun of fishing.   
Dinner & overnight stay in Bentota or Koggala    

Day 12 (Bentota or Koggala - Airport)  
After breakfast, transfer to Airport for departure flight.  

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