Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise, known to ancient Greek mariners as TAPROBANE. Arab traders called it Serendib – hence the word "serendipity", meaning discovery by happy accident. It was famously described by Marco Polo as "undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world".
This is a culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites (the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colourful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.
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Airport / Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage / Kandy
Upon your arrival at the Colombo International Airport, you will be welcomed by a professional English speaking chauffeur guide of Hayleys Tours. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kandy.
On your way, you will visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and spice garden at Mawanella.
(Airport to Pinnawala: Travel duration approximately 02 – 02½ hour)
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world. If you do visit Pinnawela during feeding time, you too will be able to touch and feed the baby elephants in elephant baby bottles and if you feel up to it, we could look at the possibility of getting your assistance to bathe the elephants!
On completion, proceed to Kandy and check-in to the hotel.
(Pinnawala to Kandy: Travel duration approximately 01 – 01½ hour)
Overnight stay at Kandy.
Kandy City Tour
After breakfast, proceed to do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy perhaps is Sri Lanka’s most beautiful town. Set 488 meters above sea level, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s most visited place after Colombo. The focal point of the town is the golden-roofed ‘Dalada Maligawa’, where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Late evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. The entire complex is part of another UNESCO world heritage site.
Temple of the Tooth Relic is located in the Royal Palace Complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
(Kandy to Peradeniya: Travel duration approximately 10 - 20 minutes).
This was originally the King’s own royal pleasure garden that was later converted into a botanic garden and opened to the public. At the Royal Botanical Gardens at ‘Peradeniya’ you could treat your eyes to an amazing, wide and rare collection of tropical and temperate, exotic and indigenous flora, and an orchid house with the largest collection in Asia.
In the evening, enjoy the cultural show.
Cultural show: These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital. The Centre overlooks the scenic lake as it is located along its shore. Early birds can also be privy to handicraft showroom and workshops that are located alongside the Centre. Overnight stay at Kandy.
Kandy / Colombo
After breakfast, proceed to Colombo. Check-in to the hotel and the rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at Colombo.
Colombo City Tour
After breakfast, proceed to do the Colombo city tour and shopping. Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and the largest city with the highest population, Colombo is situated in the Western Province. It is a fascinating town which has a blend of eastern and western cultures, where all colours of the island are drawn together. Many visitors appreciate the city’s colonial heritage and enjoy the vast range of fine shopping and dining outlets that can be located within the rush of its urban buzz.
Your tour of the City of Colombo will take you on a journey of a diverse range of lifestyle that you would wonder if you are in one city. Visit the bustling hub of Pettah which is a key spot of trade in Sri Lanka, followed by a tour of Fort where you would see century old buildings rubbing shoulders with modern buildings. You will then drive past the Old. 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 centre in Asia that combines the best of professional conference facilities available. Overnight stay at Colombo
Colombo / Airport
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time to check-in for your departure flight back home with pleasant memories of the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka!
(Colombo Hotel to Airport: Travel duration approximately 45 minutes)