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DAY 1

COLOMBO



Sri Lanka’s Commercial Capital

Colombo is a bustling vibrant cosmopolitan city located on the west coast of the Island. It was made the capital city when Ceylon was Ceded to the British Empire in 1815 and remained so until 1978, when the administrative functions where moved to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte.


Among its much attraction are the twin towers of the World Trade Center. In contrast to its modern architecture, the old parliament building stands majestically in all its grandeur, along with many grand old colonial buildings. Leftovers from the days of the British, Portuguese and Dutch empire. The city is promenade, the Galle face green is a mile –ling stretch along the coast where the Sapphire water’s shimmer in the dazzling sun.

DAY 2

PINNAWALA

The Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular attractions situated halfway between Colombo and Kandy, the orphanage has a population of about 75 elephants, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range from newborn calves to elderly matriarchs and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Amongst them are its famous residents, Sama, the lame elephants injured by a landmine during the ethnic conflict in the north and Raja.

Experience the sheer delight of watching these great pachyderms frolic in the river at bath time or the baby elephants being fed twice a day.

DAY 3

ANURADAPURA RUINS



Anuradapura (203 Km, from Colombo) Srilanka’s first historical capital founded around the 5th C B.C gives fascination glimpse of a stately, well laid-out pre-Christian metropolis of gigantic Buddhist shrines and monasteries, splendid palaces, pavilion and parks berthing ponds and vast reservoirs, many of then  masterpieces of architecture, art sculpture and engineering. 

Anuradapura offers a host of memorable sight-seeing highlights. The Thuparama dhagaba which enshrines a collar-bone relic of the Buddha, is encircled by third C.B.C stone columns. The lovers, the horseman and a group of elephants frisking in water.  

The 2200 year-old Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo tree) is the world olds historical tree, a sleeping of the tree under which the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained alignments. The 2nd C.B.C. LohaPrasada (Brazen place), was a monastery of 9 stories and 1000 rooms. Roofed with copper tiles; it’s 1600 stone columns still stand, 40 rows, 40 columns in each row.

DAY 4

DAMBULLA

The 1st c. B.C. Dambulla rock temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, (149 km, from Colombo, 16 km west of Sigiriya), is a complex of five cave shrines.
Among its highlights are pre-Christian rock inscriptions, sculptures (including a 47 ft. long rock-cut reclining Buddha) and Buddhist murals, (mainly 18th c.) which cover more than 20,000 sq. feet of cave walls and ceilings, the largest antique painted surface in the world. Ancient drip-ledge drainage still keeps the caves free of seeping water.

DAY 5

SIGIRIYA

Ancient Glory dazzles at Sigiriya,(166 Km, from Colombo), stupendous fifth C.A.D rock-fortress citadel of a fugitive king, where are history morgues with melodrama. Some theories affirm that Sigiriya was a Mahayana Buddhist monastery, or that it was both citadel and hermitage at differing times. While Sigiriya keeps some of its secret , visitors have much else to fill them with differing times. The 10 ft. (3 meter) high mirror wall still glistens with its 5th c. high-gloss and the majestic lions paw picturesquely guard the stairway to the palace on the summit. A gallery of frescoed of shapely, be-jeweled maidens still glows with the vibrant colour and the water gardens, (a UNESCO world Heritage Site) , are unequalled anywhere on earth, broad, 3 km-long, granite lined moats. earthen ramparts, stone and brick walls and boulder-catapults defended the citadel, even if only a brief (and shining) 18 years. 

DAY 6

HAGGALA GARDENS

THakgala Botanical Garden is one of the three botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other two being Peradeniya Botanical Garden and Henarathgoda Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka.[1] The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve.[2] Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level. The mean annual temperature ranges between 16°C to 30°C during course of a year.[3] From December to February it has a cold climate, while the warm climate persists from April to August.

DAY 7

YALA NATIONAL PARK

The Yala National Park is the most visited park in Sri Lanka.[3] In 2002 around 156,867 tourists visited the park. Foreigners, especially Europeans, account for 30% of total visitors.[15] Block I is the main area for visits. Block III (main gate in Galge area, on Buttala-Kataragama Road) and the adjoining Kumana Park or 'Yala East' (main gate at Okanda, on the east coast not far from Pottuvil) however are becoming popular in their own right too. See [1] Note that the Situlpahuwa pilgrimage site, geographically in Block III, has kind of an 'enclave' status and is accessible FOC through separate roads from Tissa and Kataragama. Most of the visitors stated that reasons for their visit is to see wild animals, and elephant is the most preferred animal.

DAY 8

GALLE FORT

Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.[1] The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.[2][3][4] The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.[4][5] The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries."[3]

DAY 9

BENTHOTA

Negombo city is an ideal and liberal place with luxury life style, for those who want quick access to and from the country's international airport. The 100 km long canal network running through the city is still used, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily, for trade and tourist purposes. Still remains of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, Administrative buildings, Churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary's cathedral church. Negombo is also home to the country's second-largest fish market, the "Lellama", at the north end of the town's lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area's fishermen and even organise fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond. Other nearby attractions open to visitors include Muthurajawela marshland, which is part of a 6,000-hectare (14,826-acre). The Protected mangroves of the Negombo lagoon, is home to over 190 species of wildlife.

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