This package takes you to the most acclaimed and enchanting destinations in the small island nation, Kandy-a city located in the centre of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya-a charming hill station developed by the British planters in the late 1800s and Colombo-a bustling metropolis and an attractive blend of old and new. Package Highlights: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dutch Church of Wolfendhal, Dewatagaha Mosque, Cinnamon Gardens, BMICH, Avukana Buddha, Independence Square.
Bandaranaike International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
|Cost: Per person on Twin sharing Basis||
|Package categories: Standard 3 star|
|.||Per person on Twin sharing Basis.||
|.||Reduction per person on Triple Sharing.||
|.||Children Age between 3 – 6 years sharing parent’s room w/o Extra Bed.||
|.||Children Age Between 6-12 years sharing parent’s room with Extra Bed||
|.||Children below 2 years – Free of Charge||
Arrival and transfer to Colombo.
Do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet, in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China. Overnight stay at Colombo.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Thereafter transfer to Pinnawala.
Visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphans. Today, some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but soon it became a conservation and an educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born.The success story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawala have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawala herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.Transfer to Dambulla. Visit Dambulla Rock Temple which has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. It is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Overnight stay Dambula – Sigiriya.
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter transfer to Sigiriya.
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted on plaster using earth pigments.
On completion, transfer to Polonnaruwa.
After lunch, do a city tour of Polonnaruwa which is a world heritage site and the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Overnight stay Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Thereafter, transfer to Matale. In Matale, visit a spice garden to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Also, witness a Cookery demonstration.
On completion, transfer to Kandy. Post lunch Transfer to Peradeniya.
Visit Peradeniya botanical gardens which was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and has been expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
In the evening, do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.
Thereafter witness a cultural show. Overnight stay Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Thereafter transfer to the airport for departure.