Arrive at Colombo airport. Report to Coach and proceed to Kandy via Pinnawala. Enroute visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a home to the retired and orphaned Elephants. See a lot of captive elephants together in one place bathing, playing, feeding, fighting and chasing each other for fun. Arrive at Kandy.Overnight at hotel in Kandy.
In the morning commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Kandy - The hill capital.Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today.
Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
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.
Royal Botanical Gardens - Peradeniya: 147 acres in extent; 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. Visit to gem and lapidary museum in Kandy.
After breakfast at the hotel we will then proceed to Nuwere-Eliya. 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 Nuwara Eliya 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.
Transfer to Bentota via Kitulgala. En route visit Devon & St Clair’s water falls If client interesting can have white water rafting at Kitulgala. (Have to pay directly by client) At leisure in the Hotel.
Proceed to Sightseeing in Bentota.
Bentota - is the first National Holiday Resort developed by the Ceylon Tourist Board as a planned resort. There are 6 tourist hotels in the beach span of 5 miles with all the facilities a resort would require.
Water sports facilities are available as in the Beruwela Resort.Many interesting sightseeing tours are possible from here, such as the Turtle Hatchery, Mask shops, Boat trips on Bentota River etc. Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel.
A drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749.
The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure at the Hotel, Lunch at outside restaurant. Thereafter Transfer to airport to connect with the departure flight.
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