HIGHLIGHTS: KANDY l NUWARA ELIYA l BENTOTA l GALLE l COLOMBO
DAY 01 AIRPORT l PINNAWALA l KANDY
Arrival at Bandaranayke International Airport and be welcomed by a representative of Sri Holidays. En-route to Kandy - the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings - visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela, which is a home to about 60 Elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Also, accompany the Elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths. After your arrival in Kandy you will visit the TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times and it's believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple. Monks of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily ritual worship in the inner chamber of the temple, in annual rotation. They conduct these services three times a day: at dawn, at noon and in the evening.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the Thilanka Hotel / Kandy.
DAY 02 KANDY
After breakfast you will leave for visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, noted for its rich and varied collections of tropical woody plants. Occupying 59 hectares (146 acres), it has about 4,000 species of plants. The most important specimens of the garden include palms, some of which are planted in impressive avenues. Significant, too, are the collections of orchids, gymnosperms, and flowering trees. The gardens were founded in 1821 primarily to introduce coffee trees and various other tropical plants of economic importance to the region. Even after it took on a more botanical emphasis in the 1840s, the garden remained a centre forhorticultural activities. Under the directorship of the botanist George H.K. Thwaites, the garden played a pivotal role in establishing the country’s flourishing tea industry in the late 1870s. Thwaites also brought in and cultivated the Brazilian rubber tree, which became a crop producer vital to Sri Lanka’s economy. The botanical collection has developed into one of the finest in the region. After you have had a chance to settle into your hotel in Kandy and have dinner, you can relax and put your feet up whilst watching a cultural performance featuring the traditional dance and drumming that Kandy is renowned for. Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.
DAY 03 KANDY l NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast you will be leaving for Nuwara Eliya. On the way visit to SRI BAKTHA HANUMAN TEMPLE – RAMBODA. Ramboda is an area, where the forces of Rama's gathered to fight King Ravana. The hills of Ramboda are also believed where Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi. The Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built an Anjaneyar Temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple and the image of Lord Hanuman here is 16 Feet tall. In the afternoon visiting a tea plantation and a factory. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing 50% of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. Nuwara Eliya is the location for one of the finest 18 whole golf courses in Asia. Nuwara Eliya also known as "Little England" is located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. Home of the famous Ceylon tea and the rolling mountains are carpeted of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The cellubrious climate, misty glens and similar to the British climate, make the place a must to include in your travel itinerary. Located at the height of 1890 meters above sea level. Temperatures are 140C-210C (Jan- April) 160C-180C (May-Aug) 150C- 180C (Sept-Dec). Check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at the Heaven Seven Hotel / Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 04 NUWARA ELIYA l KITHULGALA l BENTOTA
After breakfast you will leave for Bentota, en-route visit Kithulgala, If you are feeling more adventurous, you have the option of go white water rafting in Kitulgala . Spend an adrenalin-filled morning racing along the Kelani River on its grade 3 rapids to take in the beautiful surroundings of the hill-country at high-speed! After this you will move on to Bentota. Doing water sports .
Dinner and overnight stay at the The Palms Hotel / Bentota.
DAY 05 BENTOTA l GALLE l BENTOTA
After breakfast you will leave for visit Weligama & Galle. Weligama is a fishing village famous for their distinctive silt fishermen who sit high above the ocean on wafer-thin wooden poles, and a breathtaking little island just offshore which houses a picturesque resort. After you have walked the beautiful sands of Weligama to your heart’s content, you will move on to Galle, a bustling provincial capital and administrative centre for the South. Once a port, Galle was Sri Lanka’s first international commerce and trade centre, and these days the streets are still awash with a cosmopolitan range of goods available to buy in exotic markets and quirky art galleries. The Dutch presence is still visible in Galle, and should you want to retrace the footsteps of the Dutch rule, let our guide give you the tour of the old Dutch Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Dutch Government House, the former New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), the old bell tower, and the Dutch tide-based sewage system. If you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, however, you can make your way down to Galle’s beautiful Unawatuna Bay, one of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches, where the crystal-clear sea laps the white sand, and wilting palm trees frame the picturesque coastline. In the evening return to the hotel in Bentota.
Dinner and overnight stay at the The Palms Hotel / Bentota.
DAY 06 BENTOTA l COLOMBO
After breakfast you will leave for Colombo. Do a city tour of Colombo, observing the old Parliament, the residential areas and the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall) and visit the Colombo Fort.
Also, Majestic City shopping complex, ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique and the ancient Pettha market at the harbor district, one of Colombo’s busiest places and first shopping choice for most Indians visiting Sri Lanka. A mix of market vendors selling anything from fresh vegetables, meats and seafood to jewelry, clothing and electronic goods. The numerous streets are dedicated to different trades, with one of the most notable being sea street at the end of the open market, specialized in the trading of gold and jewels and mostly administered by migrant Tamil people.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Oriental Hotel / Colombo.
DAY 07 COLOMBO l AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport for departure from Sri Lanka.
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