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SRI LANKA & GOLDEN BEACHES - 7 nights / 8 days
Highlights of Sri Lanka & Golden Beaches – 8 days
This extraordinary island set in the Indian Ocean, off the south eastern tip of India, has thousands of years of diverse culture. Still a predominantly Buddhist country, it also has strong Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities. Incredibly fertile and a great producer of exotic fruits and it was for centuries the spice producer of the world famous for its Cinnamon & Pepper. It is now best known for its tea plantations established by the British in the cooler, misty and incredibly picturesque hill country. With a strong cultural past that now offers over 7 UN World Heritage sites, Sri Lanka was once one of the richest countries in Asia. In more recent times it has not developed at the dramatic pace of its neighbours’ in the region adding to its charm and character. The relative lack of development and gentle island pace make Sri Lanka the perfect destination for those looking for a varied and stimulating holiday. Although not known for Golf, believe it or not Sri Lanka has four world class golf courses and what more could one ask for but to have them all in a tropical paradise. Once you have played here you will realize that Sri Lanka’s golf courses are one of the world’s best kept secrets.
The Facts
Population 21 million3 main languages - Sinhala, Tamil and English.Buddhist majority (70%), with Hindu, Christian and Muslim minorities.Gained independence from Britain in 1948Democratic Socialist Republic since 1978The top exports are: Tea, Textiles, Gems & Foreign Remittances
The Trivia Has the highest concentration of Leopard in the worldHas 7 of the world’s UN World Heritage SitesIs one of the world’s 25 Biodiversity Hot SpotsWorld’s 3rd largest tea producerThe Sinhalese name, Sri Lanka, means, "The Resplendent Land" or "Holy Ceylon.”Is famous for its Ceylonese SapphireHas 1,340km of tropical coastline
Our favourite things to do:
• Ride an elephant - it will make you feel like Asian royalty
• Join in a game of cricket - the cricket-mad locals are always happy for an extra pair of hands
• Trail your morning tea to its source in Sri Lanka's highlands - drink Sri Lanka’s finest tea & roam through the lush tea estates
• Stop on the side of the road to quench your thirst with a King Coconut (Tambili) and eat a hopper from a local street stall
• Fly high in a hot air balloon over the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress and enjoy a champagne breakfast!
• Spend a night under the stars whilst on Safari in one of the stylish tented camps
• Seeing leopards, elephants, wild bear, crocodile, deer, birds within arms reach!
• Get up close and personal with the world’s largest mammal – The Blue Whale
• Immerse yourself in the Esala Perahera in Kandy – a colourful festival involving huge processions of glittering elephants,
  dancers and drummers
• Eat the freshest chilli crab with your feet in the sand under the stars by the Indian Ocean
• Gem shopping – find that perfect semi precious stone to remind you of Sri Lanka forever
• Eat many Mangosteens – they are truly the most exquisite fruit in Sri Lanka
DAY 1:
Arrival / pick up from Colombo and transfer to Kandy, UNESCO world heritage site En route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Check in to Hotel Evening do site seeing of Kandy, Including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic Late evening witness a Cultural Dance Performance Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 2:
Breakfast at Hotel Morning visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya Leisure at hotel Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 3:
Breakfast at Hotel Morning proceed to Nuwara Eliya En route visit a Tea factory / Plantation Check in to Hotel Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 4:
Breakfast at Hotel Proceed on some site seeing of the Small city Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 5:
Breakfast at Hotel Transfer to Bentota via Kithulgala En route a chance to see a few magnificent waterfalls The St’ claries and Devon falls At Kithulgala visit a shooting location of the film ‘The Bridge on river kwai” Check in to Hotel Rest of the day at leisure Overnight at Bentota Hotel.

DAY 6:
Breakfast at Hotel Morning free to do water sports activities at water sports center Return to Hotel Overnight at Bentota Hotel.

DAY 7:
Breakfast at Hotel Afternoon transfer to Colombo Do a half day city shopping tour of Colombo before checking in to Colombo Hotel Rest of the day at leisure Overnight at the Colombo Hotel.

DAY 8:
Breakfast at Hotel Transfer to the airport for the departure.
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