Srilanka – 6 Nights / 7 Days
Day 01: Arrival at Colombo Airport – Airport – Pinnawala – approx. 2 hrs 10 min drive | Pinnawala Sigiriya – approx. 2 hr 20 Min driver
Arrival and meet by NKAR Travels representative on arrival. Proceed to coach park and transfer to Kandy via Pinnawala. Visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. Pinnawela is situated in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka close to Kegalle town. An orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants is located at this village remarkably known as ‘Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage’. The orphanage has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world and is visited daily by many local and foreign tourists. The main attraction is clearly to observe the elephants bathing and feeding, which is quite an experience. The orphanage was launched to provide a lifeline to the orphaned baby elephants and adult elephants lost in the wilderness. Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya. Check into the hotel. Evening visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Dambulla is a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The popular cave temple complex in Dambulla dated to the 2nd century BC is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. There are over 80 caves in Dambulla, some of which are used for meditation by monks. The Famous Rock temple has five separate caves containing 153 magnificent Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan monarchs and 4 Hindu deities. Overnight stay in Sigiriya
Breakfast from hotel. Morning climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka close to Dambulla. It is a fortress complex of a ruined palace and one of the World Heritage sites declared by UNESCO. Undoubtedly the most treasured historical monument in Sri Lanka and probably the most visited tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, the most looked forward feature of the fortress is the frescoes. Another fascinating detail is its mirror wall. Every step from the entrance to the top is a marvel in its own, and the interesting surroundings makes the tedious climb to the top easy. Thereafter transfer to Kandy. Kandy the popular charming hill capital of Sri Lanka is surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It is the cultural center of the island and a UNESCO heritage city. The sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined at the DaladaMaligawa, the temple of the tooth. While in Kandy, a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must where you can see around 4000 species of plants. The arts and crafts center in Kandy, the main Buddhist monasteries Malwatta and Asgiriya Monasteries are places that must be visited. Kandy is a great place for souvenir shopping and to learn about its rich culture and history. Check into the hotel and relax. Evening do sightseeing in Kandy. Evening visit TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. Late evening witness of cultural show Check into the hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Kandy
Breakfast from the hotel. Morning visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden. Peradeniya Botanical Garden. Botanical Garden where situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and visited approximately 2 million people annually. The unusual name is Sinhalese translation of guava plain. The garden is notable for its collection of a variety of Orchids. It is home to various species of plants, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. It is also one of the largest botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, an artificial lake with water plants including giant water lily and papyrus seeds in found in the center of the garden. On completion transfer to NuwaraEliya. NuwaraEliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city is considered to be one of the most important locations for tea cultivation and well known for its cool climate being the coolest area in Sri Lanka. Many of the buildings still have preserved features from the colonial period. Many private homes have also maintained their old English-style lawns and gardens. The town wakes up with many activities in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil New year. Main allure during April season include the motor and horse racing events. En route visit Hanumanji temple and Ramboda waterfall. Sightseen in NuwaraEliya Check into hotel and relax.
Breakfast from hotel.Morning visit Sitha Amman Temple Trust decided some two years ago to build a Sita temple at a spot believed to be the exact place where Sita was held captive by the demon-king Ravana in the Lanka of the epic, Ramayana. Myth has it that Sita, the wife of King Rama, was imprisoned in the Ashoka forests of the region. The temple trustees believe that this is no myth and that Sita’s imprisonment at this spot is a historical fact. On completion transfer to Bentota Optional – White Water Rafting in Kitulgala White Water Rafting in Kitulgala. The famous location for filming the award-winning movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ by David Lean is the beautiful Kitulgala village in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The picturesque location of the movie is open to all visitors to feast their eyes. Kitulgala is surrounded by forested hills that make way to the Kelani Ganga (river). A stretch of the river is a haven for those who love white water rafting. The 5 kilometers upstream is suitable for experienced white water rafting adventurers and the downstream suitable for beginners. Kitulgala is also a famous spot for jungle trekking, outdoor camping and bird watching. Check into hotel and relax.
Breakfast from hotel.Morning do boat ride in MADU RIVER – 915-hectare Madu Ganga Estuary is connected by two narrow channels to Randombe Lake, forming a complex wetland system encompassing 64 mangrove islets. In the year 2000, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) undertook a detailed biodiversity survey of the region & revealed the existence of no less than 10 major wetland vegetation types supporting over 300 plant species & 248 species of vertebrates. This remarkable diversity has led to its being classified under RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands in 2003 On completion transfer to Galle. Visit Galle Dutch Fort. Galle the beautiful colonial town along the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka is a city that cannot be missed. Galle is popular for the 300-year-old fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 36-hectare fort was built by the Dutch in 1663, surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The streets within the fort are crammed with colonial remnants from the Dutch clock tower, Reformed church and the commander’s house to the British coat of arms on the outer wall. You can enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture; visit the Galle Maritime Museum, the Galle lighthouse, Bodhi tree and the reclining Buddha Statue in the temple. Thereafter visit TURTLE HATCHERY – Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Cheloniamydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelysimbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Carettacaretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelyscoriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelysolivacea). The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more than 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery. Return to hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Bentota
Breakfast from hotel. Optional – Do Water Sports in Bentota River Morning check out and proceed to Colombo. Do Colombo city and shopping tour. Colombo – The busiest place in Sri Lanka is Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. Colombo is a beautiful city with modern high-rise buildings amidst old colonial ones making it a picturesque place. Colombo offers a lot for the tourists, including the National Museum and the Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala, which are worth a visit. Galle Face Green in Colombo, the favorite hangout spot for locals and tourists alike overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and surrounded by tall, beautiful buildings. Viharamaha Devi Park, with tall flowering trees which bloom during April, is a quiet serene place in the middle of the busy city. Colombo is also a shopper’s paradise with posh shopping malls and the famous Pettah market. Overnight stay in Colombo
Drop at airport for departure Transfer Time Colombo – Airport – Approx. 40 min drive Meals Breakfast
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