b"SRI LANKA Habarana INDIAN SUBCONTINENTYOUR ITINERARY 2 PolonnuwaraNegombo 1 2 KandyDays 1-2 - London and Colombo Peradeniya DemodaraWe fly to Colombo, via Doha. Arriving on Day 2, we transfer to our hotelColombo 1 Nanu Oyafor the night and the rest of the day is free to relax and settle in.2 EllaBeruwela 3 Nuwara Eliya2Days 3-4 - Colombo and Habarana Tissamaharama YalaWe take a sightseeing tour of Colombo, Sri Lankas largest city and itsNational Parkcapital, seeing beautiful temples and open green spaces amongst the grand Colonial architecture and towering skyscrapers. This afternoon,Nights in hotel Rail Coachwe travel by rail to Habarana for two nights, enjoying a coach excursion to Sigiriya, home to the ancient Lions Rock Fortress, on Day 4. ATOUR HIGHLIGHTSsteep climb to the top rewards us with stunning views of the ancient mirror walls, polished thoroughly enough for former kings to see theirExplore Kandy on a guided tour, reflection. If you prefer, at the lower levels you can discover the ruins ofincluding the Temple of the Tooth the royal palace and the elegant gardens. Next, we visit Polonnaruwa,Relic.a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the ancient capital of SriVisit the Lions Rock Fortress.Lanka. A thriving commercial and religious centre, the archaeological remains here tell tales of the citys glory days.Go on safari in Yala National Park, home to leopards.Days 5-6 - Dambulla Caves and Kandy Take a scenic train journey from We visit Dambulla by coach on our way to Kandy for two nights, stoppingNanu Oya to Demodara.at the UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temples. These date back to the 1st century BC and are concealed by one vast overhanging rock.Pick tea and enjoy a tasting at a Home to more than 150 different statues of Buddha, as well as muralstea plantation. depicting the various stages of his life, there are also a few statues of Hindu deities, including Vishnu and Ganesha. We explore Kandy on DayDiscover the Little England of 6, beginning at the Peradeniya botanical gardens ahead of a guided citySri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya.tour that includes the Temple of the Tooth Relic, said to be home to one of Buddhas actual teeth. We continue to the citys market square whereWHAT'S INCLUDEDlocal vendors sell a variety of exotic tropical fruits, spices and crafts.Days 7-8 - Nuwara Eliya UK Tour Manager throughoutWe travel by coach and rail to Nanu Oya along a route famous for itsReturn flights from London picturesque scenery. On arrival, we transfer to nearby Nuwara EliyaHeathrow to Colombo via Dohafor two nights. Known locally as Little England, the citys set against aAll rail and coach transfersbackdrop of soaring mountains, verdant valleys and mighty waterfalls. On Day 8, we take a tour of a tea plantation and factory in Ramboda,Luggage transfers throughoutenjoying a hands-on experience plucking tea leaves ahead of a well- 13 nights hotel accommodationdeserved tasting. Back at our hotel, we sit down to a decadent high tea overlooking the manicured gardens.29 meals including 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 13 dinners Days 9-10 - Leopards at Yala National Park All tour excursionsOur coach takes us to Ella where we have some free time before continuing our journey to Tissamaharama, home to one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in Sri Lanka. We arrive in Yala for a two-night stay. Early on Day 10, we enter the national park, the largest of its kind in Sri Lanka,REGIONAL DEPARTURES AVAILABLEmade up of a diverse landscape of monsoon forests, dusty planes andfrom Manchester at no additional cost.marine wetlands. We set out on a Jeep safari, searching for leopards, wild boar and other rare animals with our local guide. To increase our2021 DEPARTURES Max 25 Peoplechances, we take a second game drive this afternoon.Days 11-13 - Beruwela Oct 11 2,595 Nov 1 2,595We drive to Beruwela for three nights, an idyllic coastal town beside2022 DEPARTURES Max 25 Peoplethe Indian Ocean. Along the way, we stop in seaside Galle for a guided walking tour. Days 12 and 13 are free, and you may wish to join one of the optional excursions on offer.Jan 24 2,595 Mar 7 2,595Feb 7 2,695 Oct 3, 31 2,595Days 14-15 - Negombo and LondonTour Code: SLG| per person based on 2 We transfer to Negombo for the night, a city set idyllically betweensharing. Deposit from 410 per person. Negombo Lagoon and the Indian Ocean. On Day 15, we return toSupplement for solo travellers from 765. Please Colombo for our flight home, via Doha.note the itinerary for 2021 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceCall us on 01904 521990 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 81"