Places to Visit: Kandy - Bentota - Colombo
Validity:Nov 30 2023
Duration:4 Nights / 5 Days
Highlights:Elephant orphanage | Temple of Tooth | Gem Museum | Madu River Journey | Turtle Hatchery | Colombo city tour & Shopping Tour
Welcome & assistance at airport & transfer to Kandy via Pinnawala
En-Route Visit Pinnawala
Pinnawala - Elephant orphanage
Pinnawala orphanage is situated in Rambukkana, northwest of the town Kegalla, half ways between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is an also breeding pace for elephants, the first elephant baby was born in 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. Between 1975 and 2012, 67 animals were born here.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.
Breakfast at the Hotel.
En-Route Visit Temple of Tooth
Dalada Maligawa - Temple of Tooth
Located in Kandy, long a center of the Buddhist faith, the stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.
According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father's kingdom in India. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. The tooth was brought out for special occasions and paraded on the backs of elephants, which are sacred to the Buddha. Where it survived numerous attempts to capture and destroy it. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city and placed in temples built to honor it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707
City Tour at Kandy (Lake Drive, Silk shop, Batik etc…..)
Visit a Gem Museum (industrial visit - you will be shown a video clip of Gem mining process, thereafter you will be taken to the workshop to show the process of Jewelers designing from the raw gem cuts.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Bentota.
Breakfast at the Hotel
Madu River Journey
Maadu Ganga flows across Balapitiya (approx. 80kms down south of Colombo) and is one of the rarely visited, unspoiled attractions any nature lover can find in Sri Lanka. She boasts of having a cluster of 64 small islands scattered along her path and the most of which are covered with mangroves and uninhabited. The largest island is known as "Ma Doowa" is the largest inhabited island within the country where about 300 families live. The smallest islet of the lot is called "Satha Paha Doowa" where there is a tiny shrine with a statue built in respect of the gods of Kataragama.
Visit Turtle Hatchery
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ("KSTCP")
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 to help protect them before it is too late.
One of the most important activities of the project is its hatchery. Within the sanctuary of the project, collected and rescued eggs can hatch safely away from predators before being released into the sea at night-time. In addition, a certain number from each hatching are kept back for a short period for 'head starting' before release. The hatchery program is designed to maximize the number of hatchlings reaching the sea and surviving through the critical stages of their early life. Only a few hatchlings from each batch will ever make it to adulthood. Therefore every nest-ground, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle is crucial to the survival of the species. Unfortunately, sea turtles face many dangers
Attend to Water Sports.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Bentota
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer from Bentota to Colombo
City Tour at Colombo
Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple
This Temple in Sri Lanka which dedicated to Lord Hanuman in his Panchamuga form, meaning five faces. Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple considered as the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka
Colombo city tour & Shopping
Colombo - visit fort and Pettah areas and drive past the 100-year-old clock tower, the old parliament and several British built, colonial buildings. Other places of interest are, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall (BMICH).visit the ceramics corporation showrooms, the ODEL unlimited dress boutique and the majestic city shopping complex. Overnight stay at your hotel in Colombo
Late Evening - Walk at Galle Face Green
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Colombo
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer from Colombo to airport for departure