Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage | Royal Botanical Gardens | Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic | Nuwara Eliya Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations | Ruhunu National Park | Galle Fort | Turtle Hatchery | Magrove Boat Ride in Madu River | 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 at the hotel proceed to Yala. Arrive at Yala and enjoy an evening safari.
YALA (RUHUNA) NATIONAL PARK
the Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this were established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.
Overnight stay at Hotel - Yala
Magampura Eco Village Resort is eco friendly hotel which is facing to historically Famous Vedihitikanda mount range is surrounded and enriched with Natures gift of thickly greenish forest coverage. The magnificent semi-circle mount range extending east to west is a unique view for visitors. This is an environment friendly hotel with infrastructure such as sewerage treatment plant and waste water treatment facilities.
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Hikkaduwa. Visit Galle Fort on the way. Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle", withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored.
Hotel Lanka Super Corals is located in the Hikkaduwa Beach area of Hikkaduwa. The excitement of the city center is only 1 km away. For those of you who want to venture out, Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, Saffron Robes Gallery & Studio, Coral Sanctuary are just some of the attractions available to visitors. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Hikkaduwa hotel.
After an early breakfast/ with packed breakfast, proceed to enjoy whale watching. Whale Watching | Turtle Hatchery | Mangrove Boat ride in Madu River.
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 at the hotel proceed to Airport. If time permits, enjoy a city tour of Colombo. 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 Goldsmith’s 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. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square. Afterwards proceed to airport for your scheduled flight with so much to remember and cherish one day!
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