The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lankan’s most popular attractions. Situated halfway between Colombo and Kandy, the orphanage has a population of about 75 elephants, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range from new-born calves to elderly matriarchs and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Amongst them are its famous residents, Sama, the lame elephant injured by a land mine during the ethnic conflict in the North and Raja, the blind elephant. Experience the sheer delight of watching these great pachyderms frolic in the river at bath time or the baby elephants being fed twice a day.
Thereafter transfer to Kandy and today you visit the Gem Museums and visit to see cultural show
Overnight stay at Hotel ( Dinner )
Breakfast at hotel and engage in a city tour around Kandy.
Today you visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and Udawatta Forest Walk.
Locally referred to as Maha Nuwara, meaning The Great City, Kandy is the Hill Capital and one of the most scenic cities in the country. It is also home to one of the most revered places of the Buddhist community in Sri Lanka, and around the world. The sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is housed in the temple, known as the Dalada Maligawa. In one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The Esala (Kandy) Perahera (held in July/August), where the inner caskets housing the sacred tooth relic, is taken through the streets in a grand procession of dancers, drummers, torch bearers and over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants. Steeped in history and located at the foothills of the central highlands, the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It’s not only its places of historical significance that make Kandy a popular tourist destination, but also the shops displaying precious and semi-precious stones, skilfully crafted jewellery, handicrafts, colourful batiks and silks; and of course, there is the expansive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the largest and finest in Sri Lanka – a must do.
Thereafter Shopping in Kandy
Overnight stay at Hotel ( Dinner )
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Nuwara Eliya where you may engage in sightseen Enroute
Once called, Little England, nestling at the foot of Sri Lankas tallest mountain Pidurutalagala, is Nuwara Eliya, the islands most elevated town and home to some of the best tea plantations in the world. Surrounded by wooded mountains and its picturesque lake, its cold temperatures call for sweaters, log fires and blankets, a pleasant contrast to the islands otherwise hot and steamy tropical weather. In terms of entertainment it is home to the famed Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and Race Course. During the season in April it attracts visitors from within the country and overseas and the town turns in to a hub of activity with its local Derby and motor races. It is the perfect base for hikes, picnics and trout fishing in the surrounding lakes and rivers.
Today you may visit the Tea factory’s on Enroute to Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda Falls, Sri Hanuman Temple, Seetha- Aman Temple, Strawberry Gardens, and Haggala Botanical Gardens and Take a walk in the evening by the Gregory lake.
Overnight stay at Hotel (Dinner )
Nuwara Eliya-Kalutara (Bentota)
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Beach Resort in Kalutara where you may spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at Resort (Dinner )
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Galle and Proceed on a city tour of Galle
The once sleepy Galle Fort is now a vibrant and bustling area with a distinctively Mediterranean feel to it with excellent examples of colonial architecture and well-preserved fortifications. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site by taking a leisurely stroll along the Ramparts with its panoramic views. You can explore its narrow streets and laneways bustling with jewellery shops, numerous cafes, restaurants and luxurious villas. The Main Gate built by the British in the 19th century and the old gate which is inscribed with the Dutch East India Company’s coat of arms, the18th century-built Clock Tower, Meeran Jumma Mosque and the nearby Lighthouse, the Anglican All Saints Church and the Dutch-reformed Church are some of the key sites that you will visit. For those who have more time to explore the region, then a visit to the National Maritime Architecture Museum is recommended, which was formerly a Dutch warehouse where ship’s provisions and valuable cargo were stored. The Galle National Museum which displays a collection of archaeological artefacts recovered from the south of the island is another site worth visiting.
Thereafter transfer to Balapitiya for Madu river safari
Madu River Boat Safari
The Madu Ganga boat ride takes you through the estuary of the river which comprises of dense mangrove forests and 64 islands. A variety of birdlife can be seen along with troops of Toque Macaques and Bengal Water Monitors where fully-grown specimens can get to over 6 feet in length.
One of the islands has a Buddhist monastery which is decorated with some sculptures and art work, the highlight being a 150-year-old book made of palm leaves. You can see the local villagers extract cinnamon oil from the trees. If traveling in the early evening, you may also see the prawn fishermen at work in their canoes lighting lanterns in order to attract the shellfish towards their traps.
Visit Turtle Hatchery
The Green Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Olive Ridley and the Loggerhead Turtle are among five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles that nest on the beaches of Sri Lanka. Kosgoda remains one of the main nesting sites for these marine turtles on the west coast and the hatcheries collect the most recently laid eggs and re-bury them in protected areas to protect them against poachers. Once the eggs hatch, the baby turtles are kept for a day or two in a tank prior to being released back into the ocean.
Overnight stay at Resort (Dinner )
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Colombo where you may engage on a half day city tour around Colombo.
Bursting with life and colour, the islands largest city which was once the Capital of Sri Lanka, is now its Commercial hub. This modern city with an ancient heart is a monument to its colonial history. Its architecture is influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Today, it is a mix of modern architecture among colonial buildings. The remnants of Dutch and Portuguese domination, is seen primarily in the Fort, located north of the city. In stark contrast, are modern buildings such as The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre and five start hotels in the same location. Since the end of its civil war, the skyline is constantly changing with investment in to the City’s infra structure. Pettah, where daily life overflows on to the streets, not too far from the Fort ¿ is a Traders hub and home to a few unique examples of architecture in its churches and kovils. With its network of streets each specializing in one thing or another, where anything and everything, from garments to toys to electronics and sweet-meats could be found, it provides an interesting insight in to life as it is in a busy, tropical cosmopolitan city. For a more sobering and tranquil experience, visit the Sima Malaka Meditation Island (on the Beira Lake), designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lankas most famous architect. The island is landscaped with collections of Thai Buddha Statues, beautiful stone carvings, Buddhist paintings and a small museum. Colombo’s public transport is largely based on buses and a limited network of trains, either government owned or operated privately. The more adventurous mode of transport is the auto rickshaw, also known as the three-wheeler or tuk tuk operated by individuals. As Bella Woolf once said, it is the meeting place of the world. It palpitates with life and with the romance of those who wonder the earth.
Thereafter you may do Shopping
Evening assemble in the lobby for dinner out, Transfer to a Indian Restaurant for Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Bandaranayke International Airport where you will board your departure flight back home.