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Sri Lanka offers World Heritage sites, bustling cities, tea plantations, serene gardens and elephants! Colombo Meet your Ross Tour leader Paul Urquhart at Sydney Airport for flights to Singapore and on to Colombo. Late evening arrival into Colombo then transfer to our hotel in the resort town of Negombo, rich in culture and history. Afternoon drive to Colombo with a private garden visit and check out the Geoffrey Bawa designed Parliament building. The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is regarded as having been one of the most influential Asian architects of the twentieth century.

Time to relax in our hotel before we meet up for dinner tonight. Visit Dambulla’s famous Royal Rock Temple with hundreds of statues of Buddha. Special stay at the Heritance Hotel in Kandalama for 4 nights, designed by Bawa. Then visit Popham’s Arboretum, a planted forest which conserves the biodiversity of Sri Lanka. Visit Polonnaruwa to see 800 year old treasures: tombs, temples, statues and stupas. Stop in Minneriya National Park with wild elephants, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards.

Drive to the Sacred City of Anuradhapura that dates to 500BC. See it set out with Mahamegha Gardens along the Malwathu Oya River with a large garden of fruit and flowers. Travel to Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Hill Country’ famous for its spice gardens. We’ll see how spices are grown and processed and learn how herbs and spices are used. Check into Hotel Cinnamon Citadel Kandy overlooking the Mahaweli River. A city tour of Kandy this afternoon.

Visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Board the train from Peradeniya for a scenic journey through stunning hills and tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya. See good examples of British Colonial architecture then check into the Hotel Jetwing St Andrews, a former Colonial Country House, reminiscent of the days of the British Raj. See Nuwara Eliya city which will show you how abundant rainfall, sunshine, cold nights and misty mornings,are perfect for producing high-quality teas.

Nuwara Eliya is the capital of the tea industr: tea plantations carpet rolling mountains in the highlands. It resembles a small English village with brick and stone built houses, rose gardens and perfect lawns. We are on the road to Galle, a former Dutch Colonial town on the SW coast of Sri Lanka. Check into Lighthouse Hotel, our home for the next four nights, another hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa.

Learn about cinnamon this afternoon at Villa Mayurana cinnamon plantation. Appreciate the genius of Geoffrey Bawa at Lunuganga, built in 1947, his experiment with structures and spaces that proved to be a work of art and Bawa’s consummate legacy. Travel on to Bentota and check into the Bentota Beach Hotel, another masterpiece of hotel design by Geoffrey Bawa. Visit the Brief Garden of Bevis Bawa, brother of Geoffrey, also an architect and artist. The garden is private and introspective,filled with sculptures by Bevis himself and his many artist friends.

We are travelling back to Colombo this afternoon after a free morning at Bentota. Grande Dame’ of Colombo, the Galle Face Hotel on the seafront. Built in 1864 the hotel reflects the grandeur of the British Colonial period. Geoffrey Bawa’s Colombo townhouse is very different to his country estate. It’s an introspective assemblage of courtyards, verandas and loggias.

Free time this afternoon for last minute shopping and later meet up for our farewell dinner. Home Transfer to airport for flights home. HOW TO BOOK To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment. CANCELLATIONS Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit. Cancellations must be sent in writing. Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.

Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions. Prices based on minimum 15 passengers. Price is based on departure Sydney. 00 per person off the final instalment. Gardens of China Journey back in time to the Middle Kingdom, a place where child emperors ruled, wonders of the world were built and the exquisite peony was the flower of royalty. 19th century charm wrapped in beautiful tropical gardens. The highlight is the Gardens by the Bay project with its world-class biodomes and supertrees.

Flowers of Turkey Take a journey into Turkish history and culture through its horticulture, gardens and flowers. The more you see of Turkey, the more you want to stay, from the cosmopolitan delights of Istanbul to the Roman remains of Ephesus, you’ll discover a country of fascinating contrasts. You’ll cover a lot of ground in 15 days but still have plenty of time to stroll, shop and relax with a pot of apple tea. All photography remains the property of Ross Garden Tours, Shutterstock and our Ross tour leaders.

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