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SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Adventure 13 nights from £1999 Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £71 if not required§ Let Sri Lanka envelop you in her warm, perfumed embrace on this exciting tour that takes you to sacred stupas and temples, through bazaars piled high with spices and lotus blooms to ancient cities and into the hills where tea is cultivated. Elephants go paddling ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Colombo, Sri Lanka. Fly overnight to Colombo. Day 2: Colombo. Receive a garlanded welcome then head to your hotel for an overnight stay. D Day 3: Habarana. Get a panoramic taste of Colombo city with its tuk-tuks and mopeds on a tour that takes you past stupas and the bustling bazaar. Then escape the chaos of the city and follow a scenic route past pineapple farms and paddy fields to Habarana for a two-night stay. You can learn about the delights of Sri Lankan cuisine in a cookery demonstration at your hotel that will tantalise your taste buds. B, D Day 4: Sigiriya or Polonnaruwa. Make a choice between two amazing optional excursions: go to towering Sigirya Rock Fortress ­ aka Lion Rock ­ and ascend the heights to see the remains of the 5th-century palace that once topped this 180-metre granite rock. Alternatively explore the ancient citadel of Polonnaruwa to wonder at the exquisite craftsmanship that created this once-great city. B, L, D Day 5: Dambulla-Matale-Kandy. Head for the hill country and cooler temperatures, stopping to explore UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temple. Join white-robed pilgrims visiting this venerable cave complex that is packed with murals and figures of Buddha, and other gods and goddesses. Keep an eye out for monkeys that snatch and grab floral temple offerings. Stop at a spice garden in Matale to learn more about the cultivation, trade, and uses of local spice. Follow the snaking road to the historic former kingdom of Kandy for a two-night stay. Tonight take in a riotously colourful and athletic performance of traditional dance. B, L, D Day 6: Kandy. Explore the Royal Palace and the ornate golden-roofed Temple of the Tooth, home to a sacred tooth relic of Buddah that attracts thousands of pilgrims. By way of contrast visit the Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya and admire its orchid collection and towering exotic trees. You'll also visit a gem lapidary, and take a shopping tour in Kandy. B, L, D Day 7: Nuwara Eliya. Head high into the beautiful hill country, stopping to visit one of the great tea plantations. Learn all about tea cultivation, the finer points of production, and have a cuppa of the local leaf. Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya, a former colonial retreat with strong echoes of British rule. B, D Day 8: Udawalawe-Yala. See orphaned elephants being fed at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe. Then head for the grasslands, and mangrove forests of the south coast for a three-night stay in Yala. B, D Day 9: Yala National Park and Kataragama. Go on a jeep safari in wildlife-rich Yala National Park with a knowledgeable local guide to see elephants, water-buffalo, monkeys, crocodile, all manner of exotic bird life, and perhaps even a leopard. In the evening visit the holy town of Kataragama, one of the 16 places consecrated by Buddha. Here visit the Shrine of Lord Skanda and the Buddhist temple of Kiri Vehera that dates back to the 3rd century. B, L, D Day 10: Yala. Live the high life and enjoy a champagne breakfast while wildlife watching from the hotel's observation deck. B, D Day 11: Bundala-Galle-Beruwala. Look for spoonbill and pelican at the Bundala Bird Sanctuary, then head for the former Dutch-colonial trading port of Galle for a walking tour of this atmospheric UNESCO-listed city. Continue to Beruwala for a three-night stay beside a golden beach. B, D Day 12: Beruwala. Perhaps join an optional river safari excursion to look for water monitors, bats and bee catchers including a visit to a cinnamon plantation and moonstone mine, or alternatively visit a turtle hatchery. B, L, D Sri Lanka Habarana nights in hotel Anuradhapura Polonnaruwa Minneriya National Park Dambulla Cave Temple Temple of the Tooth Relic Nuwara Eliya Yala National Park Yala Colombo Beruwala Galle Kandy 52 Please quote WWT19 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 504 555 or visit saga.co.uk/managemybooking