Explore the Temple of Tooth Relic and see the tooth relic of Buddha. | Spot exotic species of flowers in Peradeniya Botanical Gardens | Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to watch elephants. | Explore the enchanting beauty of Colombo.
Arrival and transfer to Kandy. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh 60 kg or more. This is the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, the world's first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse, and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby – an unforgettable sight! Established in 1975, by the Wildlife Department and National Zoological gardens which subsequently led to a breeding programme through which more than twenty five elephants have been born since 1984.
Overnight stay at – Kandy
"Sitting at the backdrop of the Hill Capital, the world Heritage city of Kandy, just 6km from the sacred Temple of Tooth relic, Rivendell hotel endeavours to make your stay the most opulent by treating you with indispensable luxury ensuring you a pleasurable stay.Rivendell, similar to J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, is at the edge of meeting point of two rivers; the Mahaweli river and Thalathuoya, and surrounded by mountains and ideally situated for sightseeing in the city, trekking in rural hill country or strolling along the Mahaweli river. This is an ideal place to reach the well known Pallekelle Cricket Ground which is also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium.
After b-fast do a city tour including the temple of the tooth relic / Gem museum/ botanical garden + gem shop In the evening witness the cultural dance show.
Royal Botanical Gardens -This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
Overnight stay at – Kandy
Wake up to a beautiful day and have a scrumptious breakfast. Pack your bags and complete the check-out formalities at the hotel. Proceed towards Colombo, which is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. This vibrant city is a perfect blend of modern and colonial impressions. Nestled on the west coast, Colombo is known for its architectural marvels, which depict the rich colonial history of the city.
En route to Colombo, you will visit another renowned tourist attraction of Sri Lanka, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Here, you can volunteer to take care of elephants and watch them bathing in the river along with playing in the water. You can also watch the caretakers feed, bathe, and help these animals.
Later, proceed with the journey to Colombo. On arrival, you will have an assisted transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and unwind. Relish the toothsome dinner and then slip into your bed for a sound sleep.
Hotel Sapphire is 4.8 km from the Sri Lanka National Museum and the National Art Gallery. It offers modern accommodations with an outdoor pool, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV with cable channels. The private bathroom comes with toiletries and shower.
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to the airport for your scheduled flight with so much to remember and cherish one day! Have a safe flight!
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