Kandy - Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. ( 115kM from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level). Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.
Kandy Perahera, the pageant of the temple of tooth where Buddha's tooth is kept is held either in July or August each year to parade the golden caskets is a must see itenary if one is visiting Sri Lanka during these months. The final night procession is the most spectacular event of the country. More than 50 elephants parade the city accompanied by the drummers, dancers and chieftains.
The city established in the 15th century was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal rule ended. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity has plenty of iteneries to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handy crafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy is a good transit point to the cultural triangle to the north or hill country to the south. The city is also a good source of souvenirs or to experience many cultural performances at it's various hotels in the city.
Meet and greet at Colombo International Airport by Sri Lankan Expeditions representative
On the way to Kandy visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
After Lunch visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Evening in Leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic.
Leisure in the evening
Attend to Kandy Perahera in the night.
Morning in leisure
Leisure in the evening
Attend to Kandy Perahera in the night
Nuwara Eliya - Nuwara Eliya was home away from home for the british colonialist in the 19th century. This city with an elevation of 6200 meters is the highest in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
Hemmed in by three of the highest mountains in the country; Piduruthalagala, the Great Western and Hakgala, the city looks very isolated. Yet it's just a four hour drive from Colombo.
The Nuwara Eliya golf links, is said to be one of the finest golf courses in the asia pacific region. Other recreation activities include horse riding, fishing, camping and of course trekking. Thanks to the cool climes this is one city where you can never work up a sweat.
The higher elivations are covered with lush green forests - rapidly being destroyed by combination of selfish politician ans ignorant citizens of Nuwara Eliya itself.
The lower elevations are covered with what seems at first site to be a plush green carpet. On closer inspection these turns out to be thousands of tea bushes freshly plucked. For this is the tea growing country, and the land of elegent plantation bungalows.
Travellers from the UK will be particularly attracted by the architechture which is decidedly Victorian. Even modern buildings are build in the same fashion to preserve Nuwara Eliya's unique atmosphere.
Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of the world's best nature reserves and eco tourism venues. It is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland. In general, the forests are seen on the hilltops or upper slopes the grasslands in the valleys and lower slopes, eventually giving way to wetland habitats.
Spanning approximately 10,000 hectares the park is also home to a wide variety of flora (57 species, 29 endemic to Sri Lanka ) and 24 species of mammal such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds. The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as ‘Bakers Falls', ‘Chimmini Pool' and the famous ‘World's End' (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline)
After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya. On the way you would be able to see nice sceneries and water falls.
Lunch in Nuwara Eliya
Visit Horton Plains in the evening
Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
Colombo - Airport