Sri Lanka is an island county located south of India, this country is known for its unique culture, aqua water beaches with lush green hills in the center, wild life is also one of the major attraction having beautiful national parks like Yala and its rich history provides an enticing and a colourful tapestry waiting to be unraveled and explored. Sri Lankan tourism has stepped up to the mark with a wide range of luxury boutique hotels, villas, bungalows adding a new dimension to the country’s tourism industry. Architecture is also one of the attraction for the Architecture lovers.
On arrive in Colombo airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative and you will be then transferred to your hotel in Kandy. Proceeding to Kandy en route stop at Pinnawala, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Approximately 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 baby elephants born as a result of the captive breeding program. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000hrs and 1330-1400hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030hrs and 1400-1430hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by. Proceed to Kandy & check in to the hotel, rest of the day leisure at the hotel overnight in Kandy.
After breakfast commence sightseeing in Kandy Including Kandy The hill capital is another World Heritage Sites. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally lost to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the Dalada Maligawa - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Bathing Pavilion (Ulpenge) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called Kiri samudraya (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summer house. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visit Gem museum & Gem shop. There after visit Royal Botanical Gardens, Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest Seed of all plants in the world are one such avenue. Lunch at a local restaurant Evening visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddhas Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lankas most prized possession. witness a cultural performance by various Sri Lankan dancers and musicians. in the evening dinner & overnight stay Kandy.
After breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel & transfer to Nuwaraeliya. En route visit Tea plantation & Tea Factory. The tea factories found on most tea estates play a vital role in the final value of the manufactured tea. Regardless of how carefully the leaf has been grown and plucked, if the processes at the factory are not carried out properly the end result will be of a poor quality. A tea factory is a multi-storied building, almost always sited on the tea estates to ensure that the time between plucking and processing tea is kept to a minimum. Once the tea leaves arrive at the factory they are spread across the upper floors of the building in troughs a process known as withering. Withering removes all excess moisture in the leaf to make it pliable. Proceed to Nuwaraeliya & check in to the hotel, Lunch at a local restaurant Afternoon commence sightseeing in Nuwaraeliya, Nuwaraeliya - The Little England of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwaraeliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the seasons when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity. Proceed to visit Sita Amman temple According to the Indian Epic Ramayanaya legend, the area where Sita, Queen of King Rama was kept in hiding and the area she roamed is in the hill country of Sri Lanka. In Nuwara Eliya is the "Sita Amman Kovil" - a quaint little temple, with the statues of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva. This is supposed to be the only Kovil in the entire World dedicated to Sita. The stream by the side of the Temple is a famous spot where she went for bathing. Two caves in the Strict Nature Reserve of Hakgala, starting from Temple land are supposed to be two of three Palaces Sita was kept in hiding. Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay Nuwaraeliya
After breakfast check out from the hotel & transfer to Bentota. En route optional stop over at Kithulgala for white water rafting, Lunch at a local restaurant Thereafter proceed to Bentota & Check into the hotel. BENTOTA Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water Sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon. Safe swimming conditions combined with fun water sport and exciting excursions are providing for the ideal background for a relaxed holiday in Sri Lanka. Being one of the most established beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Bentota is known for its professional touristic infrastructure. Visit Turtle Farm, Where you can see several species of turtles, specially the hawksbill, are endangered. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. The good will of Kosgoda area fishermen, who brings these eggs gratis to the hatchery, has led to the hatching and release of 100,000 young turtles in only two years since the hatchery opened. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery. Evening water sports activities on your own Dinner & overnight stay Bentota.
Post breakfast checkout from the hotel visit Galle & commence city tour Galle - Sri Lankas most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour. Stroll around the lighthouse and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carver sand purchase some the finest souvenirs. Lunch at a local restaurant The Fort of Galle - The South Coasts major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch fort in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older.Some scholars believe it to be the Tarshish of the Old testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant Fvessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord. Today, the 90 acre Galle Fort whos no evidence of the Portuguese founders. Thereafter transfer to Colombo & check into hotel. Dinner at indian restaurant Overnight stay Colombo.
Breakfast at the hotel, Afternoon checkout from the hotel. Commence city tour & shopping of the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, which is only a few miles away. The remains of the buildings during the period and the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the old smiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kaymans Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Davatagaha Mosque. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square. Lunch at indian restaurant Colombo shopping: Colombo is an intriguing city with something for everyone, a place constantly changing, reinventing itself and moving forward as well as keeping some of its old luster. One thing is for sure, you can never get bored in Colombo with so much to see and do. Those in search of some serious shopping will certainly enjoy Colombo. Definitely the best shopping in Sri Lanka, Colombo offers everything from bustling outdoor markets to modern, air conditioned shopping malls, and from street vendors to specialty boutiques. And not just that, you will find the prices almost as good as the variety of items on sale. As all good things must come to an end, proceed to the airport of Colombo for your flight home with blissful memories of a truly amazing holiday in Sri Lanka. (Approximately 40Kms 1Hrs)
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