HIGHLIGHTS: KANDY l ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE l ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN l NUWARA ELIYA l LAKE GREGORY l VICTORIA PARK l KITHULGALA l BENTOTA l GALLE l HIKKADUWA l COLOMBO
DAY 01 AIRPORT l PINNAWALA l KANDY
Arrival at Bandaranayke International Airport and welcomed by a representative of Sri Holidays. En-route to Kandy 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.
In the afternoon you have had a chance to settle into your hotel in Kandy.
Dinner and overnight at Thilanka Hotel / Kandy.
DAY 02 KANDY l PERADNIYA l KANDY
After breakfast you will leeave for visit Kandy. Morning you will visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, near Kandy, Sri Lanka, 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 for horticultural 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.
In the afternoon you will relax in your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Thilanka Hotel / Kandy.
DAY 03 KANDY l NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast today you will leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit tea plantation and tea factory. No visit to the hill country is complete without a visit to a tea estate, where you can view the vibrant green fields of tea which for so many people epitomize the image of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by the breathtaking, idyllic landscape, you will also get a chance to taste and purchase some of the world’s finest tea.
In the afternoon you will arrive in Nuwara Eliya, an intriguing colonial-style town set in the heart of the teacountry, which still bears a distinctly British stamp. Well kept lawns, hedges, an Anglican church, Georgianstyle houses, and a well-celebrated golf course give this charming town an air of nostalgia. Your trip to Nuwara-Eliya will provide you with the perfect retreat after your visit to the historical sites, and because it is situated 1,890 meters above sea level, the air is cool and fresh, making Nuwara Eliya the perfect place to unwind.
You will have dinner and spend the night at Heaven Seven Hotel / Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 04 NUWARA ELIYA l VICTORIA PARK l GREGORY LAKE l NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast you will leave for visit Victoria Park & Gregory Lake. Victoria Park was established in 1897 as for the jubilee of Queen Victoria in completion of sixty years on here thorn. The park is within the city limits and it has become a must see location anyone who visit Nuwara Eliya. During the summer the park is filled with colorful roses and various flowers where you won’t be able to see them in any other city of Sri Lanka.
Afternoon you will visit Gregory Lake. Gregory Lake is located about one kilometer away from Nuwara Eliya town and built during the year 1874 by the governor Gregory. By stopping the “Thalagala” stream which starts from the “Piduruthalagala” mountain. It is believed that the main intention of building this Lake is to generate Electricity to the town. The water was taken away up to a place called “black pool” using a tunnel and has generated Electricity there.
In the evening you will relax in a hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at Heaven Seven Hotel / Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 05 NUWARA ELIYA l KITHULGALA l BENTOTA
After breakfast you will leave for Bentota via Kitulgala. If you are feeling more adventurous you have the option of go white water rafting. Spend 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.
Afternoon you will move into Bentota.
Dinner and overnight stay at The Palms Hotel / Bentota.
DAY 06 BENTOTA l GALLE l HIKKADUWA l COLOMBO
After breakfast it is time to head to the coast for some seaside action. Galle is 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.
In the afternoon you will visit Hikkaduwa, a small beach-side town with an excellent stretch of sand and a biodiversity underwater world. After this it is time to get up-close and personal with some of Sri Lanka’s most adorable sea creatures at a turtle farm.
In the evening you will move into Colombo, where you will have dinner and stay overnight at Grand Oriental Hotel / Colombo.
DAY 07 COLOMBO l AIRPORT
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. Later you will leave for the airport.
2 pax - 390 US$ p.p.*
4 pax - 320 US$ p.p.*
6 pax - 300 US$ p.p.*
8 pax - 290 US$ p.p.*
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