Trip reference number: WOTW39
Trip Operator: Windows On The Wild
Day 1 Fly from UK to Colombo
Day 2 Negombo
With its Dutch canals and fish markets, there is plenty to explore. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 3 Dambulla
Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings which relate to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres. Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area.
Day 4 Sigirya
Sigiriya or ‘Lion Rock’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hike to the top is fairly strenuous (1200 steps) but worthwhile to see the rock frescoes, the ruins of the 5th Century palace and the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Overnight in Dumbulla
Day 5 Polonnaruwa
Visit the former capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ruins of its ancient Royal Palace and temples. Game drive in Minneriya National Park where you should be able to see Sri Lankan elephants. In addition there are two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan sambar deer and Sri Lankan axis deer, rare and endangered species such as Sri Lankan leopard and Sri Lankan sloth bear, the grey slender loris, large water birds such as lesser adjutant, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican, little cormorants, great white pelican, ruddy turnstone, and grey heron.
Day 6 Kandy
Afternoon tour of Kandy including the British Garrison Cemetery and the Ceylon Tea Museum
Day 7 Pinnawala Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a conservation and educational centre.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya
Travel into the heart of the tea producing region. A visit to Ramboda Waterfall, a tea plantation and a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9 Travel by train to Ella and onto Yala National Park.
Day 10 Yala National Park
Day 11 Ahangama
Stay 4 nights at Nos Da Ty Boutique Hotel.Relax, enjoy the nearby beaches and the swimming pool at the hotel, take an optional day trip to Galle.
Day 15 Fly home
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