Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage | Royal Botanical Gardens | Kandy UNESCO World Heritage Site | Nuwara Eliya Victoria Park | Enjoy boating in River Madhu | Turtle Hatchery | Colombo City Tour.
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
Post breakfast on day 2 at the hotel, get ready to leave for Nuwara Eliya, fondly referred to as the City of Lights. Encircled by lush tea plantations and hills, this lovely city has been blessed with a pleasant weather, colorful meadows, green ambiance and superb views of the mountains and valleys. This place is also called 'Little England', a favorite hill town of the British who founded it as a typical English hamlet. A country house like hill club with trophies and hunting pictures, formal dinner cloth, a bricked post office, a horse race course and an 18 hole golf course are ample proofs of the same. On reaching, check-in at the hotel.
Explore the popular attractions of Nuwara Eliya including Victoria Park, the golf course and the trout streams. Later, you can enjoy boat riding and fishing at Lake Gregory. Your next visit can be to a tea factory where you can see the production of the finest Orange Pekoe tea in the world from the slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region. Some of the other attractions that you may also visit include Haggala Gardens and Seetha Eliya. While the latter one is a temple from the great Hindu epic Ramayana, the former one is a temperate hill-country garden where one can spot leisurely low-country lotus and water lily floating in pristine environs.
Overnight stay at – Nuwara Eliya
At Royal Hills, you will surely experience real Sri Lankan hospitality coupled with warm and friendly service. Royal Hills is ideally suited for travelers who would like to chill out after a long journey visiting the cultural cities or before venturing on your onward journey towards Yala National Park or the South Coast.
After breakfast, the day is scheduled for sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya. Visit the lovely coastal town of Bentota that is known for offering memorable experiences. Also known as the 'City of Golden Beaches', Bentota is an ideal place to relax and spend some memorable moments with the loved ones. This place boasts of water sports opportunities, several historical sights and coral reef exploration on glass boats. After completing the check-in, your day is scheduled for city tour and fun activities. Visit the popular beaches to simply relax and soak-in the sun. Go for a leisure walk while savoring the serenity and scenic beauty.
During the city tour, enjoy boating in River Madhu where you treat your eyes to the wonderful scenery and lush mangroves covering several islets. If you want, you can also visit the Turtle Hatchery here. Opened in 1981 by the Wildlife Protection Society in 1981, this hatchery is the main turtle nesting site. You can spot large tanks that contain new born turtles. Once these turtle babies are fed and they are 2 to 4 days old, they are released in the sea, generally during dark hours when it is safe.
Overnight stay at – Bentota
Feel the breeze - enjoy the waves - smell the ocean - relax on the golden Beach - make a sandcastle - meditate at the sunrise - free your soul - sip your famous cocktail or freshly brewed cup of tea, while watching the sun taking a dip in the Indian Ocean. Look up the sky full of stars - take a walk on the beach on a full moon day and look for turtles laying eggs. It's nature; It's love and caring. Come and stay at Coco Royal where hospitality goes beyond waves.
After breakfast do a boat ride in Madu river.
Madu River -which flows across Balapitiya (approx 80kms down south from Colombo) is one of the rarely visited and unspoiled attractions any nature lover can find in Sri Lanka. She boasts of having a cluster of 64 small islands scattered along her path and the most of which are uninhabited and covered with mangroves. The smallest islet of the lot is called "Satha Paha Doowa" where there is a tiny shrine with a statue built in respect of the gods of Kataragama (Katharagama). According to folklore this islet had been purchased for five cents but some say the name has derived due to its shape of the five cent coin. Madu is certainly a placid and memorable place of interest to any nature lover who longs to witness mesmerizing landscape of the nature. But over thrilled visitors are forewarned! - Madu River is also a known den for crocodiles.
Overnight stay at –Bentota
After breakfast proceeds to Colombo, do a city tour of Colombo.
Colombo - like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo 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. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.
Overnight stay at – Colombo.
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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