COLOURFUL SRI LANKA
Don’t be fooled by Sri Lanka’s small size because the country boasts beaches, wildlife, ancient
temples and water sports unlike any other! Discover the water sports capital of the world, where
you can walk into lush national parks and even trek up Sigiriya Rock to satisfy your adventure
Get some exquisite Sri Lankan tea in
Climb up the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
Go White Water Rafting in Kelani River
Visit the sacred cities of Kandy and
Bathe Elephants at the Pinnawala
Travel in Sri Lanka’s Colonial Trains
Best Time To Visit
April –September for East Coast
Upon arrival you will be greeted by our Srilankan Holidays representative and thereafter will be transferred to the hotel in Kandy. On the way we will visit Pinnawala, the 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. After that we proceed to visit a spice garden where you will witness many spices and herbs in Sri Lanka.
The island had been famous for its spices since the medieval times, and is considered as one of the main reasons for the Europeans to conquer the island and for the Arabs to trade upon from the 14th century onwards. The most interesting feature would be the opportunity you will get to identify the real plants of spices you are so familiar with in your day to day life. A qualified guide will do a conducted tour of the garden and a presentation of its products. Enjoy a special head and shoulder massage at the spice garden, and then overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are believed to be one of the most beautiful gardens in South Asia and begun as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King. Every variety tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here and special houses with orchids and e cacti are too beautiful to be true. Upon completion, continue to a sightseeing Tour of Kandy, Visit a Batik Factory, a Gem Museum & drive through the local market including a visit to the Kandy temple. A lovely exotic city, the hill capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world`s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world`s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city`s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants. Later in the evening witness a cultural dance performed by our famous Kandyan dancers. After that, spend overnight at the hotel in Kandy.
After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Little England of Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya. On the way you will make a visit to a Tea Plantation/Factory where you will be able to examine the process of how the world`s finest tea is being made. Thereafter check-in at the hotel to spend the rest of the evening enjoying the lovely climate of Nuwara Eliya.
Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world's best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character.
Return to the hotel to spend an Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then you will be transferred to Bentota. Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of your evening at Leisure by the beach/pool, and then an overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.
Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel, and make an optional visit to a turtle hatchery farm in Kosgoda following with a boat safari in Madu Ganga. Dudley Perera's project has been underway since 1988. The main aim of the project is to monitor local sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites. We aim to make the public more aware of how endangered these beautiful creatures are and just how important it is.
MADU GANGA - The estuary of the Madu Ganga River is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals – 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. Spend an overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the airport in time for the departure flight back home.