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Day1
Program:
Arrive at Katunayake International Airport & you will be met by Explore Asia Holidays Representative at the Airport, Transfer to Kandy via Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Route:
Airport > Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage > Kandy
Distance:
approx: 160 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 4 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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. As of 2003, there were 65 elephants. In 1978 the orphanage was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens from the Department of Wildlife and a captive breeding program was launched in 1982. Since this time over twenty elephants have been born. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate the natural world. However, there are some exceptions: the elephants are taken to the river twice daily for a bath, and all the babies under three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers. Each animal is also given around 76kg of green matter a day and around 2kg from a food bag containing rice bran and maize. They get access to water twice a day, from the river. The orphanage is very popular and visited daily by many Sri Lankan and foreign tourists. The main attraction is clearly to observe the bathing elephants from the tall river bank as it allows visitors to observe the herd interacting socially, bathing and playing.

Kandy

Kandy

Kandy is one of the scenic and beautiful cities, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country next to Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Day2
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Royal Botanical Garden & Kandy City Tour
Route:
Kandy City Limits
Distance:
maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Day3
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Nuwaraeliya, Visit Tea Plantation, Tea Factory and Waterfall at Ramboda
Route:
Kandy > Nuwaraeliya
Distance:
approx: 100 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide.

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya, "The Little England" of Sri Lanka situated about 2000m above sea level is set against beautiful background of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the Island. Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide. Ramboda waterfall also situated at Ramboda on your way to Nuwaraeliya from Kandy.

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Victoria Park, Haggala Botanical Garden, Different Landscapes and Nuwaraeliya City Tour
Route:
Nuwaraeliya City Limits
Distance:
maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Victoria Park

Victoria Park

The Queen Victroia Park is located by the Nuwara Eliya City center and one of the must visit attraction. This park was name to commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. The park covers 27 acres of land. Victoria Park is a place to relax and enjoy the natural sights and clean mountain air. This place is famous for bird watching and there are large verities of plants and trees available. Victoria park come alive with the flowers specially during the month of April, when the city of Nuwarea Eliya get crowed with large number of locals comes here for holidays

Haggala Botanical Garden

Haggala Botanical Garden

Haggala Botanic Gardens, about 28 hectares in extent, lie under the shadow of the Hakgala Rock. The Botanic Gardens are locally reputed for their collection, the rose garden, Magnificent trees, indoor plants, flowers. The climate of the Gardens is subtropical, cool and fresh.There are over 10,000 species of flora planted here and during the spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors come to see the blooms here. Number of annual visitors is around 500,000. The garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses are planted there.

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the visitors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time. Gregory lake gets crowded during the April tourist season.

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel and Transfer to Southern Beach (Kalutara/Beruwala/Bentota/Ahungalla Beaches)
Route:
Nuwaraeliya > ( Kalutara/Beruwala/Bentota) > Ahungalla
Distance:
approx: 225 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 6 hours drive
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kalutara

Kalutara

An important spice-trading centre controlled at various times by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Today it has a reputation for fine basket ware (visit basket hall) and also for the best mangosteens on the island. Immediately south of the Kalu Ganga Bridge on the main road is the Gangatil Vihara, which has a hollow dagoba (Buddhist shrine) with an interesting painted terior. By the roadside there’s a small shrine and bodhi tree where drivers often stop to make offerings to ensure a safe journey to Wadduwa is 8km north of Kalutara.

Beruwala

Beruwala

South of Colombo, Beruwela marks the beginning of a 130 km-stretch of beaches, where resort development has made immense strides in recent years. Good bathing in the bay all year round

Bentota

Bentota

The place located in south of the country, 62 km from Colombo has romantic scenery hotels and popular for wind surfing and water skiing.

Ahungalla

Ahungalla

Ahungalla is a small coastal town, located in Galle District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 76.6 kilometres (47.6 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 12 metres (39 ft) above the sea level.

Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Excursion to Galle, Visit Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Coral Garden, Madu Ganga River Safari, Turtle Farm, Meetiyagoda Moonstone Gem mine and Mask Factory
Route:
Ambalangoda > Galle
Distance:
maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Galle

Galle

Galle is a living time capsule. It has a vibrant commercial district that’s also shambolic and often charmless, but passes through one of the Fort gates and you are transported back to the Dutch colonial era. Built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. Described by the notoriously hard-to-please Paul Theroux as being ‘garlanded with red hibiscus and smelling of the palm-scented ocean, The Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. And be sure to take in the dramatic views of town and ocean from the encircling walls. UNESCO has recognized Fort as a World Heritage Site

Hikkaduwa Coral Garden

Hikkaduwa Coral Garden

The Coral sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi coloured corals. Visitors can either swim or hire a guide with a glass bottomed boats to view the corals. The coral reefs are the best place to see and admire corals and water is never more than three or four meters deep. Some of the coral reefs are real close to the beach and can hire snorkels, masks and fins and ventured into the calm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean to be amazed with the wonderful & colourful corals and tropical fish with various colours and sizes, few inches below the surface.

Madu River

Madu River

Madu River or the Madu Ganga is one of the natures fascinating creations off South West coast in Balapitiya. Madu Ganga is a lagoon. It opens to the Indian Ocean Madu lagoon is a very wide and a beautiful lagoon in sri lanka. It is in the wet zone of Sri Lanka with a high bio-diversity. Madu River has been proclaimed a Ramsa wetland in the world in 2004. A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animal’s monkeys eat fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey.

Moonstone Gem Mine

Moonstone Gem Mine

Moonstone’s are in the semi-precious category and are an important component of the Sri Lankan gem industry. The finest are bluish in colour and are found in high concentrations in heading inland 7km to Mitiyagoda, between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa. Moonstone has been mined in these sweltering forests forever and the moonstone mines, little more than muddy rabbit holes, 6m or 7m long, are fascinating as is the process of filtering out the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up ready for sale. At the Moonstone Factory you can see or even go down into a narrow shaft where the stones are mined.The miners climb down a 10-metre-deep shaft on a frame made of strong coconut wood. A machine pumps out water, but all the digging is done by hand. The buckets of soil that are wound regularly to the surface yield around 50-100 rough moonstones a day, though not all of them are saleable quality. It is believed by the villagers that this piece of land, around an acre in extent, is blessed by the moon.

Turtle Farm

Turtle Farm

The Kosgoda beach is a popular destination for marine life enthusiasts, as it is home to many marine turtles and turtle hatcheries. The marine turtles come ashore at night and lay their eggs in tiny holes. Then they cover up their eggs and return to the sea before dawn. Many turtle hatcheries have been set up along the coast to protect the eggs and turtles from predators. The hatcheries care for the turtle hatchlings till they are about 2-4 days old and then released back to the sea. October to April is the main laying season, but some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.

Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Colombo & Colombo City Tour
Route:
Ahungalla > (Bentota/Beruwala/Kalutara) > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 95 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Colombo

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo offers you a mixture of modern life with historical and natural sites. The main tourist attractions include National museum, Galle face Green, National Zoological Garden, Floating Market, Arcade Shopping Complex, Independence Hall, Ape Gama, Viharamaha Devi Park and Pettah streets and you can visit them within half day. And then visit the shopping malls for your souvenirs and handicrafts. There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidious shopper. Shops which specialize in pure cotton clothing, handmade shoes and bags, designer-wear shoes and bags, hand loom items such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colors and temporary design. Visit Odel, Lakmedura, Barefoot, Noritake, etc.

Arcade Independence Square

Arcade Independence Square

Arcade Independence Square is located in Colombo 7 and is part of the process of beautifying Colombo. There have been a number of such refurbishments, thus introducing Sri Lanka, especially Colombo, to a culture that is still new to the country. The buildings that were once the Auditor General’s Office have now been transformed into one the best places to relax, shop and dine in Colombo. The shopping complex which comprises of food courts, restaurants, dress boutiques and a state-of-the art cinema hall covers an area of over 90,000 square feet.

Diyatha Uyana (Diyatha Garden)

Diyatha Uyana (Diyatha Garden)

Diyatha Uyana situated near Diyawanna Lake close to Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. The most attractive item is the illuminated walk away and the greenery around. Ideal place for walking and relaxation, day time boat rides available. ample parking available and weekend flower & plant sale at this place.

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green

The Galle Face is a five hectare ocean side urban park, which stretches for a half kilometer along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.

Pettah Street

Pettah Street

Long established as a traders’ haven, Main Street in Pettah and the adjoining streets and lanes can be fairly described as a lively nerve centre for the many enterprising traders who have set up shop here. Located north of the Fort Railway Station in Colombo, it is less than a ten minute walk from the station if you are coming by public transport.

Day9
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Departure Transfer to Katunayake International Airport
Route:
Colombo >Airport
Distance:
approx: 35 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 30 minutes drive
END OF THE TOUR
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