Hill Capital of Sri Lanka
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Charming Sri Lanka Winter Exclusive

Customizable Tour: 5 Nights 6 Days

The island country of Sri Lanka offers range of beauteous beaches, amazing activities, spectacular hills and monuments and ruins, rich in history to choose from.

Revel in the natural beauty and lovely weather of the Buddhist town of Kandy. Visit the wonderful Kandy Lake and watch local artists mesmerize you with their efficiency. Get smitten by the amazing beauty and places of touristic significance in Nuwara Eliya. Witness the tableau of beauty on the Madu River cruise in Bentota and watch turtles hatch at the hatchery. Finally witness the sophisticated life of Colombo.

Witness the Cultural Show in Kandy and be amazed by the fire walk, aflame-throwing acts along with enticing dance and song performances. Stop by the Temple of the Tooth Relic one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and spend a romantic evening at the Peradeniya a.k.a the Royal Botanical Garden amidst over 300 varieties of orchids. Lastly, explore the capital city of Colombo and visit its important sites like the Galle Face Green, Old Parliament Building and the Fort District among others.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day Wise

Day 1 – Welcome..!! Drive to Kandy

Warm welcome – Excitement start, visit beautiful city on hill Enroute to your destination, you can visit one of the most important tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Volunteers and caretakers provide shelter and take care of orphaned, abandoned and injured elephants within the park. You can watch caretakers feed, bathe and help these gentle giants. You want walk with the herd to the nearby river to watch the elephants bathe and play around in water.
your visit to the Gem Museum. Sri Lanka produces the finest quality of gems in the world. Semi-precious gems, the sapphires of Sri Lanka, which are very exclusive and comes in shades of blue, red, green, white etc.

Day 2 – Visit Little England – Nuwara Eliya (Kandy-Nuwara Eliya)

We checkout from the hotel in Kandy today and move to our next destination, which is the tea plantations at Nuwara Eliya. Since Sri Lanka is one of the largest tea exporting countries in the world, it is only justified that we take a tour of how tea is grown and manufactured in the country. Stop In between for Lunch at a Restaurant.
The next stop is Ramboda, more specifically, the Ramboda Falls. You can gauge the vastness of the waterfall by the fact that it is divided into three parts- above the road in the jungle, close to the jungle and below the jungle. Intrigued? There’s more! We take you to a point at the Ramboda Basin where you can view the waterfall in entirety.
The day ends with a scrumptious meal at the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 3 – Nuwara Eliya

How can any trip be incomplete without a hint of historical anecdotes? Keeping this in mind, we head to our first spot of the day after a hearty breakfast meal at the hotel.
Set against a picturesque landscape of mighty mountains, gushing waterfalls, and verdant tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya is known as the ‘England of Sri Lanka.’ Other than its mystifying beauty, it is home to rather impressive historic structures, one of them being Sita Amman Kovil, believed to be the only temple in the world dedicated to Sita. It is a quaint space with statues of Ram, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshman and Sugriva. This place is pivotal to the Ramayana since the stream next to the temple is believed to be the place where Sita went bathing during her hiding at Lanka.
Right next to it are the Hakgala Gardens (On direct payment), anticipated to be the ‘Ashok Vanaya’ of the Ramayana. Well laid out at the foot of Hakgala- a prominent peak in the country, the gardens are known for their extensive collection of flora, especially the roses and tree ferns.
With the colorful sight that the garden offers, the days comes to an end. We move to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 – Seaside Escape to Bentota (Nuwara Eliya-Bentota)

Check out from the hotel and travel from the hills of Nuwara Eliya to the beaches of Bentota.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel and freshen up before heading out for a day of sightseeing. Visit the Kande Vihare Temple that houses the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and then proceed to the Sri Kalyanarama Maha Vihariya. Later, take a boat cruise on Madu River, through lagoons and mangrove waterways. Look out for water monitor lizards, egrets, kingfishers, and cormorants.
After a busy day, enjoy a quiet dinner and head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Note: Entrance fee to be paid directly wherever required.

Day 5 – Discover the colorful city of Colombo (Bentota-Colombo)

After checking out from the hotel, travel to Colombo for a day of sightseeing and shopping.
Through the day, visit the famous tourist spots like Galle Face Green, National Museum, and its neighboring public park − Viharamahadevi Park. Also pay a visit to the Twin World Trade Center Towers, Old Parliament Building, Fort district, Independence Hall and some of the well-known places of worship.
Colombo is a popular shopping destination, so visit some of the main shopping centers like Odel, House of Fashion, Beverly Street, Majestic City, and Noritake before returning to the hotel for the night.
Note: Entrance fee to be paid directly wherever required.

Day 6 – Saying Goodbye! (Colombo)

After checking out from the hotel, enjoy shopping and enjoy your lunch at local restaurant. And then proceed to the airport to start your journey back home.

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About Destination

Bentota

Bentota is a non-urban seaside town in Sri Lanka. It is a sleepy town, well known in Sri Lanka, and all over the world as well, for its breathtaking sandy beaches. Bentota is stuffed with lavish greenery which needs a special mention with its coconut groves shading the most part of its land. The city also features natural water designs like lagoons and estuaries that make it ideal for leisurely water sports. Bentota is home to the spectacular marine turtles. The community-run hatcheries in the area are doing their bit to help propagate marine life. This charming town is a favorite wedding and honeymoon destination for Sri Lankans and foreigners alike. The development of the Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex has boosted the economic system of the town with five star and luxury hotels opening their properties at the beachfront. Bentota is a beach holiday location that offers splendid views of the sea as the mouth of the Bentota Ganges river meets the Indian Ocean in a spectacular scenic display.

Nuwara Eliya

Our world is loaded with man-made things. But have you ever noticed of the world that is man-made? A city far away from England was personally developed in such a way that it looked like an English village. Welcome to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘ Little England’ in Sri Lanka! Ceylon was ruled by the British until 1948. The army officers found a retreat in the hills that resembled their homeland. With its breath-taking beauty and favourable climate that promise relief from the frequent weather in Colombo, the hot and humid capital city of Ceylon. Where there was earlier an eyesore of a swamp, they designed an artificial lake by diverting water from a stream flowing down from Piduruthalgala Mountain. Christened Lake Gregory, it even generates electricity for the town. There are numerous places to visit in Nuwara Eliya, like the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the Laxapana Falls, the Lover’ s Leap Waterfall, the Devon Falls, the Oliphant Estate, the Ceylon Breweries, the Tea plantation and the amazing factory that wow tourists and the locals alike.

Colombo

Perfect golden beaches, magnificent temples and colonial-era architecture adorn the brilliant city of  Colombo. It is one of the most significant cultural locations of Sri Lanka. Being located tactically on the western coast, this port city has been a place of attention for many empires, colonizers, and traders. Every kingdom that ruled this land left their legacy behind, making the city a blend of culture with a rich heritage. Being the former capital of Sri Lanka, the greatest city and economical center as well as a port city with a natural harbor, Colombo has a myriad of functions: management, trade, financial, cultural and tourism. Colombo is a bustling metropolis with a mixed population, each group adding to the vibrancy of the city. It is a mix of the old and the new, with its colonial-era buildings contrasting the modern skyscrapers. Colombo is a great city to visit. The list of things to do in the city is endless. Discover the colonial past with a visit to the museum, explore the many historical era temples and churches, go shopping at the Odel or just stroll around the beach and soak in the sun.

Kandy

Famous for Buddhist religious sites and pristine natural landscapes, the picturesque town of Kandy in central Sri Lanka is set on a plateau surrounded by mountains. The city is best known for the Temple of the Tooth, where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is said to reside. Being a hill station, the city experiences a cool and pleasant weather throughout the year, ideal for holidaying. There are myriad of things on offer for travelers. Go trekking in the Knuckles Mountain ranges, visit the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, explore the historical religious sites or just relax at Bogambara Lake; the list of things to do is endless. The city is also rich in arts and culture. Many historical structures and museums adorn the city. The National Museum of Kandy, the National Railway Museum, the Dalada Maligawa Museum, the Royal Palace of Kandy, the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue are some of the important landmarks in the city. During the festival of Esala Perahera, one of the inner caskets of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is taken for a procession around the city on a royal elephant, followed by dancers, drummers, flag and torch bearers, all decked up in their traditional costumes.