On arrival, you will be met and welcomed by our representative and transferred to Colombo. Rest of the day leisure Overnight stay at hotel - Colombo. Colombo – the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers - the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city - a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, 1749 residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, , the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well-known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre. City Tour: While on your city tour in Colombo you may visit famous places including Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Twin World Trade Center towers, Old Parliament Building, Fort district, Independence Hall at Independence Square, and prominent Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian places of worship. Entrance fees to sites not included. For shopping, you may visit Odel, House of Fashion, Beverly Street, Majestic City, Noritake, etc.
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla , en route visit to Pinnawala elephant orphanage Evening city tour of Dambulla. Overnight stay at hotel - Kandy. 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. Time table of the Elephant Orphanage 08. 30am Opening the orphanage for visitors 09. 15am Bottle-feeding the baby elephants 10. 00am Morning bath at ‘Ma Oya’ 12noon Elephants return to the orphanage after the bath 01. 15pm Bottle-feeding the baby elephants 02. 00pm Afternoon bath at ‘Ma Oya’ 04. 00pm Elephants return to the orphanage after the bath 05. 00pm Bottle-feeding the baby elephants 06. 00pm closing the orphanage to visitor Dambulla - is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km 92 mi north-east of Colombo and 72 km 45 mi north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it's the Centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site of significant historical importance found in Dambulla, which is located within 3 km 1. 9 mi of the cave temples providing evidence of the presence of indigenous civilizations long before the arrival of Indian influence on the Island nation.
After breakfast proceed to Kandy Evening proceed for a city tour of Kandy including the Temple of Tooth Relic and the Royal Botanical garden. Overnight stay at hotel - Kandy. 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 ieties 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. Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy The Temple of the Sacred Tooth relic of the Buddha Is the most important temple for the Sri Lankan Buddhists and was built in the 16th Century A. D. by king Wimaladharmasooriya, solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic. Opening hours: Temple 5. 30am-8pm, Puja 5. 30-6. 45am, 9. 30-11am & 6. 30-8pm Dress code: Wear clothes that cover your legs and your shoulders, and remove your shoes outside the temple. Places to be covered in Kandy Spice Garden on the way to Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic Royal Botanical Gardens City tour
Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to Nuwara Eliya, En-route visit the tea plantation, Hanuman Temple & Ramboda waterfalls then Evening do a city shopping at Nuwara Eliya. Overnight stay at the hotel– Nuwara Eliya. Tea Plantation - visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best teas in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character. Places to be covered in Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantation on the way to Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory Seethta Amman Kovil Nuwara Eliya City tour Water Falls
Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to Yala. Evening jeep Safari . Overnight stay at the hotel– Yala Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The parkcovers 979 squarekilometres 378 sq mi and is located about 300 kilometres 190 mi from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its iety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to Yala. Evening jeep Safari . Overnight stay at the hotel– Yala Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The parkcovers 979 squarekilometres 378 sq mi and is located about 300 kilometres 190 mi from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its iety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.
After breakfast proceed to Bentota. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel– Bentota. Bentota – situated on the south west coast, at the confluence of the sea and the Bentota river, the sun drenched location and its golden, palm-fringed beaches which border the warm, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean made it a natural choice for development as the first tourist resort. Today it is known in Sri Lanka’s global tourist markets as a highly attractive holiday resort with a wide and ied choice of distinctive hotels to suit every taste and purse. Bentota has a complete range of tourist facilities, great seafood and very popular water sports centres which provide boating, water skiing, jet skiing, snorkelling and wind surfing.
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