Day 01 : Colombo/Airport (BIA)/Kandy
Arrival in Sri Lanka & Clients will be met by our representative on arrival and transferred to Kandy, En route Visit Kandy
Pinnawala - Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
App.90km away from Colombo. Off Colombo-Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased now, including baby elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programs. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
Day 02 : Kandy
Breakfast at the Hotel & then Proceed to Kandy
Kandy - Kandy
KANDY- the hill capital is another "World Heritage Site". It was the last strong hold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the "Dalada Maligawa"-Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace ("Maha Wasala"), "Palle Wasala" -where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, "Meda Wasala" where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion ("Ulpenge") is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called "Kirisamudraya" (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summer house. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visit or scan see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the Visit Kandy Temple, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Cultural show, Gem Museum & Gem Shop, Kandy City tour.
Kandy - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa)
When King WimaladharmasuriyaI (1592-1604A.D.) became King in Kandy, he searched for the Tooth Relic and the bowl Relic of the Buddha and found that it was kept at the Delgomuwa Buddhist Temple at Kuruwita, for more than 44 years, hidden in a grinding stone. The King had gone there personally and brought the Sacred Tooth Relicto Kandy in a procession accompanied by the King. The first Temple of the Tooth Relic was constructed by WimaladharmasooriyaI to house it next to the Royal Palace. The Portuguese burned down the 2 - floored building and King WimaladharmasooriyaI I (1687-1707) erected a 3-storied building to house the Sacred Tooth Relic. It was burnt down once again and a new 2 - storied building was constructed by King Narendrasinghe (1707-1739A.D.) and what we see today may be the building constructed by him. The last King of Kandy Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe added the Pattirippuwa or the Octagon and it was not a part of the Temple, but a resting place for the King.
Peradeniya - Royal Botanical Gardens
147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beauty fying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.
Kandy - Cultural Dancing
Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, which is situated about 120 kilometers from the modern capital at Colombo. This genre is to day considered the classical dance of Sri Lanka. In Sanskrit terminology it is considered pure dance (nrtta); it features a highly developed system of "tala" (rhythm), provided by cymbals called "thalampataa". There are five distinct types; the ves, naiyandi, uddekki, pantheru, and vannams. The three classical dance forms differ in their styles of body-movements and gestures, in the costumes worn by the performers, and in the shape and size of the drums used to provide rhythmic sound patterns to accompany the dancing. The drum used in Kandy an dancing is known as the Geta Bera,thed rum in Ruhunu dancing as the "YakBera", and drum in Sabaragamu dancing as the "Davula" (the word Bera or Bereya in Sinhale means "Drum") .
Day 03 : Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the Hotel & then Proceed to Nuwara Eliya
The 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperatures drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroller a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (march to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the "seasons" when low - country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape these a level heat and humidity.
Visit Tea Factory & Tea Garden
Nuwara Eliya - Tea Plantation
Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Garden sat Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London. Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in high lands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 25% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as the World's largest Tea exporter.
Day 04 : Nuwara Eliya
After Breakfast Proceed to Nuwara Eliya for Sightseeing, Visit Sitha Amman Temple, Gregory Lake, Victoria Park & Nuwara Eliya City tour
Nuwara Eliya - Sita Amman Kovil
According to the Indian Epic Ramayanaya and the legends,the are a where Sita, Queen of King Rama of Ayodhya in India, who was abducted by Ravana the King of Sri Lanka, was kept in hiding and the area she roamed is in the hill country of Sri Lanka. In Nuwara Eliya is the "Sita Amman Kovil"; -a quaint little Kovil, with the statues of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva. This is supposed to be the only Kovil in the entire World dedicated to Sita. The stream by the side of the Temple is a famous spot where she went for bathing. Out of the 13 Palaces of Ravana, two caves in the Strict Nature Reserve of Hakgala, starting from Templeland and the cave at Ella close to the waterfall "Ravana-Ella" (1080 ft. high) where Ravana went for bathing, are supposed to be three Palaces Sita was kept in hiding. The Hakgala Gardens may be the "Ashok Vanaya" of Ramayana where Rhododendrons identified as Ashok Flowers in the epic, are found in bloom throughout the year.
Day 05 : Nuwara Eliya / Colombo
Breakfast at the Hotel & then Proceed to Colombo
Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came in to prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development to fit as a major Harbour took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. There mains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas. 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 there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kayman's Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort.
Commence Colombo City tour & Shopping
Colombo - Colombo City tour
You may commence a city Tour in Colombo. There after check in to the Hotel.
Colombo - Shopping
There are many places to find bargains in Colombo! Modern shopping malls and specialty stores carry high quality good sat very affordable prices. If you are looking for an even greater bargain, without the surroundings, try your bargaining with the many street vendors and outdoor markets (such as in the Pettaharea and across from the Fort Railway Station). Products that are worth buying in Sri Lanka include world famous Ceylon tea, clothing (many designer clothes are manufactured in Sri Lanka and you can buy them here for a fraction of the cost elsewhere) and jewelry (including the Sri Lankan blue saphire).Quality is generally assured at the higher end stores, if purchasing at other locations, use your judgment when buying expensive items. Designer clothing stores such as ODEL & Kelly Felder are some shops that may merit a visit.
Day 06 : Colombo / Airport (BIA) / Colombo
Departure to the airport to connect with departure flight..!!!
The above costs include:
- Accommodation at the above mentioned Hotels or similar on HB basis.
- 06 Breakfasts & 05 Dinners at the Hotel itself/Colombo Dinner @ Outside Restaurant
- Transport in an A/C Car/ Micro/ New Micro - KDH with the service of an English Speaking chauffeur Guide
- Sightseeing as mentioned above (Without Entrance Fees)
- Value added tax.
- Assistance at the airport.
The above price does not include:
- All entrance fees / Jeep cost / Boat cost (should be paid by directly) wherever applicable / AS PER BELOW SUPPLEMENT
- Lunches throughout tour.
- Visa & other charges (Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application)
- Early check in & late check-out.
- Camera & video permits.
- Cost of beverages.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Any other expenses not mentioned above.
- Tips & Portages.
- Any compulsory room supplements during the tour.
Supplement cost for Entrance Fees (One time - Per person) - Indian PPT holders
US$ 07 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (other PPT holder USD 20)
US$ 07 Kandy Temple (other PPT holder USD 10)
US$ 05 Cultural show
US$ 13 Peradeniya Botanical Garden
US$ 13 Hakgala Botanical Garden
|Hotel Used||No: Nights|
|Earl's Regent, Kandy||2|
|Araliya Green Hills, Nuwara Eliya||2|
Cost per Person:
Rates are valid till 01st April'17 - 30th June'17
01st September'17 - 30th September'17
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Peak Period Supplement:
Rates are valid till 01st July'17 - 31st August'17
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