Day 2 : Bentota / Madu Ganga / Kosgoda / Unawatuna
After the breakfast proceed to Balapitiya to do a River Safari at Madu River. Madu River is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It’s around with 64 islands in the river and lagoon.
After that continue to Kosgoda
Turtle Hatchery. In 1981 the Wildlife Protection Society established the famous Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. You can see the huge tanks filled with new born turtles there. On completion proceed to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Flower Garden Hotel in Unawatuna
After the breakfast go on to enjoy & relax at the clean beach in unawatuna, thereafter proceed to Yala to enjoy a lovely jeep safari in Yala National Park.
Yala (Ruhuna) National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park covers an area of 151,778 hectares comprising of five blocks, which includes a strict nature reserve. Currently only Block I, covering 14,100 hectares, is open to the public. It is situated in the dry semi- arid climatic region of Sri Lanka’s South East region which extends from Trincomalee to Hambantota. Topographically the area is a flat and mildly undulating plain that runs to the coast with elevation is 30 metres to the coast while rising in the interior to 100–125 metres. The best time of year to visit is February-July when water tables are Yala is located about 300 kilometres (190 miles) from Colombo. There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. on completion proceed to the hotel.
Ella is a small village in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, with stunning views. It is a great base for relaxing accompanied by the perfect climate, which will refresh your mind, body and soul. The sleepy village is nestled in a valley peering straight through Ella Gap to the plain 1000m below, and across to the coast where, on a clear night, you can see the Great Basses Reef Lighthouse. And as if the views weren’t enough, Ella is surrounded by hills perfect for walks through tea plantations to temples and waterfalls.
After enjoying a lovely breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nuwara eliya.
Nuwara Eliya is set in the heart of tea-country is a beautiful town where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 6,200 feet above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Heaven Sevens Nuwara Eliya
After an early breakfast, visit Horton Plains in the morning.
Horton Plains is a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second- and third-highest mountains, Kirigalpotta (2395m) and Totapola (2359m). The ‘plains’ themselves form an undulating plateau over 2000m high, covered by wild grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls and misty lakes. The surprising diversity of the landscape is matched by the wide variety of wildlife. The plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m. Unless you get there early the view from World’s End is often obscured by mist, particularly during the rainy season from April to September. The early morning (between 6am and 10am) is the best time to visit, before the clouds roll in. That’s when you’ll spy toy-town tea plantation villages in the valley below, and an unencumbered view south towards the coast. In the evening and early morning you’ll need long trousers and a sweater, but the plains warm up quickly, so take a hat for sun protection.
After Horton plains, proceed back to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at the hotel Heaven Sevens Nuwara Eliya
After the breakfast proceed to Kandy. En-route visit a Tea factory. There are many factories open for visitors which also have tea sales outlets. On completion proceed to Kandy.
Temple of the Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the City of Kandy. It is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist World. According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. On the outside, the temple buildings are not magnificent or elaborately decorated. While with red roofs, they cluster around Kandy Lake. In striking contrast to the plain exterior, the interiors of the temple buildings are richly carved and decorated with inlaid woods, ivory and lacquer. The relic of the tooth is kept in a two story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks.
After visiting the Temple of the Tooth Relic, proceed to enjoy the Cultural Dance Show.
Cultural Dance Show – Be escorted to a performance of the traditional Kandyan dance, accompanied by tumultuous drumming. Dances include the cobra dance, mask dance, the Ginisila, showing power over fire. The entire frenetic and colourful spectacle climaxes with the amazing fire-walking act.
Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya, renowned for its variety of plants which are, ornamental, decorative, useful & medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids which is the largest in Asia.
Thereafter proceed to Pinnawala.
Pinnawala which is one of the largest elephant orphanages in Sri Lanka. Here they rear Elephants that were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict and by falling into pits. Most of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed at the orphanage and bathed in the nearby river twice a day, which will be an unforgettable experience for you.
After breakfast we proceed to Colombo City, and then go on a City & Shopping Tour in Colombo
During your journey through the City of Colombo, you will visit the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) which is the very first purpose built convention center in Asia that combines the best of professional conference facilities available. The Independence Square, is also a must visit, which today has become a major tourist attraction due to its historical significance and extraordinary work of architecture. Your visit will see the Old Parliament of Sri Lanka and the gorgeous Galle Face Green facing the beautiful Indian Ocean. Also you could have the opportunity to shop at the famous department stores and malls in Colombo where you would find brands at bargain prices.
On Completion proceed to the airport for departure
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