Visitng Place: Buddhist Temple and the Jami Ul Alfar Jumma Mosque of Colombo, Independence Square and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be greeted by a Starron Tours representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to Colombo (approximately 01 hour drive). You could take a city tour including shopping stops during your stay in Colombo
Colombo City Tour will begin from the Fort area of Colombo which has been named fort because of it being a fort during the times of Portuguese and Dutch. You will drive through the commercial areas and drive past Pettah, a colorful oriental bazaar with a mix of people, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples. You have a chance to see a Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple and the Jami Ul Alfar Jumma Mosque of Colombo. Also visit the Independence Square and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
Over night stay in Colombo.
Visting Place: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Tooth Relic Temple,Tooth Sri Dalada Maligawa, Royal Botanical Garden.
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Kandy (approximately 04 hoursdrive). En route Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (depending on arrival time) is a refreshing suggestion. While in Kandy a must see is the historic Temple of the Tooth Relic and the colorful Dance pageant is an exotic experience. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. Pinnawala is no table for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 39 males and 49 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. Bottle feeding time for the elephant is 09.15 in the morning.
Temple of the Tooth Sri Dalada Maligawa, is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. This is a royal palace complex that preserves the left canine tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Built during the 17th century, this Temple is well preserved till to day and visited by many thousands of devotees and tourists from around the world. This shrine has always played an important role in politics because there is a belief that who ever is in possession of there lic is the one who holds the governance of the country. In 1987, a golden canopy was built over the main shrine and this made the Temple easily identifiable from far away.Due to the significances that this sacred relic is known for it is one of the best places to visit in Kandy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya The name ‘royal’ is implied because the history of these botanic gardens dates as far back as the 14th century where Royal Kings of the Sinhalese Kingdom kept their courts. A Temple was also built on this location but then destroyed during the British rule. The British then brought in several plants from around the island and implemented the Royal Botanical Gardens as a Kandy tourist attraction. These gardens are located in Peradeniya, about 05 ½ km from Kandy and are home to over 4000 species of plants visited by approximately two million tourists every year. Known for its unique collection of orchids, the Royal Gardens can easily be classified as one of the best of its kind. In addition to orchids, the botanic gardens also hold a variety of spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. The garden is about 147 hectares large and is currently managed by the Department of Agriculture.
Cultural show Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre features daily shows at 5.30 pm which showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Kandyan Kingdom. 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.
Overnight stay in Kandy
Visiting Place: Victoria Park, Hakgala Botanical Garden, Seetha amman Temple, Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, Nanu Oya River.
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to NuwaraEliya (approximately 02 ½ hours drive). The climate will get much cooler up here , nights and early mornings may dip as low as 10 degrees C. This drive is a scenic one through misty hills & tea estates and stopping to take in the view while taking a tour of a working tea factory will give you a chance to savoury a warm cup of Ceylon tea During you could visit Victoria Park and Hakgala Botanical Garden, Seetha amman Temple, Tea Factory and be enlightened on the tea manufacturing process. Watch the tea pickers as they nimbly climb up the mountainside with their large baskets and pick the tea leaves, then visit the factory and you will be taken around by a friendly staff member who will explain the process of fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and grading of tea. There are machines for almost every part of the process except of course the all-important tea tasting at the end of the process to determine the quality of the tea.
Victoria Park is a public park located in Nuwara Eliya. Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. The park was formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The park was established with the planting of its first tree, an Oak, by a visiting German Princess. The Nanu Oya River runs through the park, creating a number of small scenic lakes that greatly enhance the park’s natural beauty. A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park.
The Sita Amman temple dedicated to Sita, the wife of King Rama, situated in Sri Lanka’s mountain city Nuwara Eliya, is supposed to be the only such temple in the world and is found about 5 km down the road from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. History has it that this is the place where Sita was held imprisoned by king Ravana, in the story of Ramayana. The temple has been reconstructed according to South Indian style and is set beautifully against a clear flowing stream.
Overnight stay in Nuwara eliya
DAY 4 & 5
Visiting Place: Madu River, kothduwa, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Bentota (approximately 05 ½ hours drive). During your beach stay, proceed on the following excursion.
The Madu River is a paradise of nature. A beautiful river mixed with sea water. The both banks of the river covered with mangroves and Species of various plants. You can see beautiful small islands speeded over the area. While doing this safari you can visit a temple also with a tall Buddha statue in standing posture in an Island named “kothDuwa”. The peeling of cinnamon also can be seen in one of the Island. Very rarely you will find crocodiles but a large number of water monitors and beautiful birds are seen beautiful in these Islands. You will see how to true the prawn using the traditional ways of trapping. from the main Colombo galle road the boat riders will take you through the net groves of mangroves in which you can see water monitors king fisher’s, wood peckers, megalaimarubricapilla ( crimson fronted Barbet ) Black – hooded oriole and large number of birds in flocks. On your way you also will see a fish breeding center in the middle of the river.
Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, the period between September – November is the turtle-nesting season, which sees 5 of the 7 species of sea turtles waddling towards the southern coast of Sri Lanka to lay their eggs for the next generation. The Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery is a non-profit organization that helps ensure the next generation of sea turtles survive the hazards of poaching and other environmental concerns. Witness the organization’s commendable work by touring the facility and catch a glimpse of the tiny baby turtles paddling about their large cement tanks. You are also welcome to be a part of this worthy cause by donating to the facility.
Overnight stay in Bentota
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport (approximately 03 hours drive)via Colombo which is the commercial heart of Sri Lanka.