AYUBOWAN! Upon arrival the group will be greeted by our representative and thereafter will be transferred to Kandy. En route the group will stop at Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage.
THE PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department in a 25 acre coconut property near the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungle. Thereafter proceed to Kandy. Check in to the hotel. Evening City tour of Kandy, visiting a Batik Factory, a Gem Museum & drive through the local market 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. Late evening witness a cultural dance performed by our famous Kandyan Dancers. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy
After Breakfast the clients will proceed to the Little England of Sri Lanka “Nuwara Eliya”for a day excursion. (Duration from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya – Approx. 2 Hours) En-route make a visit to a Tea Plantation/Factory where you will be able to examine the process of how the world’s finest tea is being made. 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. In the afternoon the clients will have time at leisure, to enjoy some free time at Lake Gregory. Return to Kandy. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel, thereafter transfer to Bentota. Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of your evening at Leisure by the beach/pool. Overnight stay at your Beach hotel.
Head to Colombo. Check in at the hotel and proceed on a sightseeing tour including free time for shopping
Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling capital, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as its window on the world. Its natural harbor at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – first Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny, convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures. Overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo.
COLOMBO - AIRPORT
Breakfast at hotel and check out. Transfer from Hotel to Airport for your departure flight back home.