b"SRI LANKA Habarana INDIAN SUBCONTINENTTEA PLANTATION YOUR ITINERARY 2 PolonnuwaraNegombo 1 2 KandyDays 1-3London and Colombo Peradeniya DemodaraWe fly overnight flight to Colombo, travelling via Doha and arriving inColombo 1 Nanu Oyathe Sri Lankan capital on Day 2. We take a sightseeing tour on Day 3,2 EllaNuwara Eliyavisiting some of the citys main sights, including the magnificent ColomboBeruwela 3 2Museum, Ganagrama Temple and Independence Square. We also enjoyTissamaharama Yalaa slice of everyday life as we pass open-air food markets and BuddhistNational Parkstatues. Later in the afternoon, we travel by coach to Habarana. Nights in hotel Rail CoachDays 4-6Habarana, Dambulla Caves and KandyOur day begins with a coach excursion to Sigiriya, home to the ancientUNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE S Lion Rock Fortress. A steep climb to the top takes us past well-preserved frescoes before were finally rewarded with stunning views of the ancientExplore Kandy, seeing the mirror walls, polished thoroughly enough for former kings to see theirTemple of the Tooth Relic.reflection. Next, we visit Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage siteVisit the Lions Rock Fortress.that was once the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. We stop in Dambulla on our way to Kandy on Day 5, seeing the UNESCO-listed Dambulla CaveGo on safari in Yala National Temples. Home to more than 150 different statues of the Buddha, asPark, home to leopards.well as murals depicting the various stages of his life, there are alsoTake a scenic train journey from replicas of different Hindu deities, including Vishnu and Ganesha, toNanu Oya to Demodara.admire. We explore Kandy with a local guide on Day 6, beginning our explorations at the Peradeniya botanical gardens ahead of a guided cityPick tea and enjoy a tasting at a SRI LANKAS LEOPARDS AND TEMPLES tour that takes us to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, said to be home totea plantation. one of Buddhas actual teeth, and the citys market square.Days 7-9Demodara, tea tasting, Ella and Tissamaharama WHAT'S INCLUDED15 DAYS FROM 2,495 We make our way to Nanu Oya by rail, travelling along a route famous for its picturesque scenery. On arrival, we drive to Nuwara Eliya for twoUK Tour Manager throughoutExplore Sri Lanka, a land of pristine beaches, coconut and cinnamon plantations,nights. Making our way to Ramboda on Day 8, we enjoy a tour of a localReturn flights from London tea plantation and factory for the chance to pluck tea leaves straightHeathrow to Colombo, via Dohapeaceful lagoons and tiered tea plantations. Its many glorious attractions, from itsfrom the plant. Afterwards, we settle into our seats on the al fresco coastal cities and elusive leopards to its ancient palaces and Buddhist monuments,terrace for a well-deserved tasting over-looking the emerald-colouredAll rail and coach transferstiers of tea bushes. Back at our hotel, we sit down to a decadent high tea.Complimentary luggage are uncovered as we explore this beautiful country as part of a small group. Day 9 takes us to Demodara on the train. Continuing to Tissamaharama,transferswe visit one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in Sri Lanka, believed to have been built to be built by King Kavantissa over 2,000 years ago.13 nights 4 and 5-Star hotel accommodationDays 10-13 - Leopards at Yala National Park, Galle and Beruwala 29 meals including 13 breakfasts, Early this morning we make our way into Yala National Park, the largest3 lunches and 13 dinners of its kind in Sri Lanka and made up of a diverse landscape of monsoon BY RAIL TO DEMODARAforests, dusty planes and serene lagoons. We set out on a Jeep safari,All tour excursionssearching for leopards, wild boar, elephants and even crocodiles with Our journey to from Nanu Oya to Demodara takesour local guide. To increase our chances of a wildlife sighting, we take us along the Uda Pusellawa Railway. From oura second game drive this afternoon. We drive to Beruwala on Day 11, seats, we marvel at the stunning scenery; views ofan idyllic coastal town beside the Indian Ocean. Along the way, we stop paddy fields lined with palm trees, before climbingin seaside Galle for a guided walking tour, exploring the white-washed into the mountains where the train navigateshouses and grand religious buildings that jut out along the peninsula. a series of slopes in preparation to cross theDays 12 and 13 are free in Beruwala, and you may wish to join an stunning Mahaweli Valley.optional whale watching trip from Mirissa Harbour. Alternatively, you2022 TOUR DATES Max 25 Peoplecould visit a nearby turtle hatchery to participate in their baby turtle Passing towns that seem to slowly emerge from therelease programme, enjoy an excursion to a nearby cinnamon plantationOct 3, 31 2,595jungle, we enjoy a taste of rural Sri Lankan life withor participate in a cooking demonstration at our hotel. the chance to buy authentic local snacks on board.Days 14Negombo2023 TOUR DATES Max 25 PeopleOne of the highlights of our journey has to be theWe transfer to Negombo for the night, a city on the west coast of Sri incredible Nine Arches Bridge, known locally as theLanka idyllically located between Negombo Lagoon and the IndianJan 23 2,495 Oct 2 2,595bridge in the sky, a colonial-era viaduct surroundedOcean.Feb 6 2,595by lush greenery and tiered tea plantations. Tour Code: SLG| per person based on 2 Day 15London sharing. Deposit from 400 per person. We return to Colombo for our flight back to the UK, travelling via Doha.Supplement for solo travellers from 695. Please note the itinerary for 2022 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice82 INDIAN SUBCONTINENT Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 83"