This is a comprehensive program designed for travelers who wish to experience the “best of” what Sri Lanka has to offer in some of the country’s most comfortable and luxurious accommodations. Start in Kandalama, your base for exploring Anuradhapura; an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site that is considered sacred to the Buddhist world. The next day, enjoy a visit to the second capital city of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa, and the ruins at Sigiriya, including the famous “Lion Rock,” frescoes, and water gardens. Proceed overland to Kandy, the cultural “capital” of the hill country, with a visit to the Dambulla rock temples and a spice garden and cooking demonstration en route. Upon arrival in Kandy, enjoy an introductory city tour featuring Kandy Lake, the downtown bazaar, a gem lapidary, a cultural dance performance, and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. On day two in Kandy, enjoy a visit to the Pinnawela elephant orphanage where wildlife professionals are dedicated to providing loving care to these gentle giants. Next, enjoy a stroll in Kandy’s lush Peradeniya Botanical Garden, the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. Then set off for the “Golden Valley of Tea” where you will settle into your hotel located in the spectacularly beautiful region of Hatton. Enjoy a Tea Plantation and Factory tour led by a local planter and learn how to pluck tea like a local! Then head down to Tangalle, located on Sri Lanka’s pristine South East Coast. Enjoy two days of complete relaxation before heading to Galle; a pleasant port city surrounded by a magnificent Dutch Fort that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy an introductory tour of the fort and nearby attractions such as Unawatuna Beach and the Peace Pagoda. On your last day, enjoy a visit to a Turtle Conservatory in Kosgoda before continuing to Colombo where you will connect to your International departure flight.
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