Scenic Sri Lanka Package
6 Nights / 7 Days
Destination Covered : Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota
On arrive in Sri Lanka, you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative and you will be then transferred to your hotel at Kandy. En Route Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. 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 into the Hotel. Rest of the day leisure at the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay Mahaweli Reach Hotel Kandy.
After breakfast commence sightseeing in Kandy. 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. Thereafter visit Peradeniya botanical garden.Peradeniya 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. Evening visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic- Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s 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 Lanka’s most prized possession. Thereafter you could witness a cultural performance by various Sri Lankan dancers and musicians. Dinner & overnight stay Mahaweli Reach Hotel Kandy
After breakfast 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 Dinner & overnight stay at Araliya Greens Hills Nuwaraeliya
Breakfast at the hotel 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. Proceed to Hakgala Botanical Garden. 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 Sitha 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. Then proceed to visit rest of the sightseeing Gregory Lake followed by Nuwara Eliya City tour. Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at Araliya Greens Hills Hotel Nuwaraeliya
After breakfast check out from the hotel & transfer to Bentota via Kitulgala, (Optional cost – Water Rafting) Kitulgala- It is one of the most famous places for White Water Rafting adventures. However there are many more reasons why this spot, just 100kms from the capital Colombo, is well worth visiting. David Lean’s epic war film “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed in this area of the Kelani River, which runs through Kitulgala, and the ruins of the bridge still remains. In the Kelani Valley forest reserve is a low elevation forest where you get to see rare and endemic birds, including the latest Serendib scops Owl (Otus thilo Hoffmani), amphibians, reptiles, frogs, endemic fishes in the stream, endemic tree snails & if lucky mammals including mouse, deer, monkeys and other small animals. For those who are interested fresh water fishing can be done near the retreat. 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. Dinner & overnight stay at Cinnamon Bay Bentota
Breakfast at the hotel; thereafter visit Turtle Farm Hatchery, 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 Hassel blad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery. Proceed to Balapitiya & commence river Boat Ride in Madhu Ganaga River. On return to Bentota go on a Banana boat ride. Dinner & overnight stay Cinnamon Bay Bentota
Early morning check out from the hotel. As all good things must come to an end, Check out and proceed to the airport of Colombo for your flight home with blissful memories of a truly amazing holiday in Sri Lanka.