Sri Lanka’s documented history spans three thousand years. Its geographic location and deep harbors made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka is a diverse country home to many religions, ethnicity and languages. Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island.
• Breakfast + Dinner
• City Tours
• Lunch at a Restaurant – Complimentary
• Table water bottles while travelling right throughout the Tour – Complimentary
• Discount cards for Shopping at Odel Shopping Centre – Complimentary
Pinnawala, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Kandy, National Museum of Kandy, Kandyan Art Association, Lankalatika temple-Kandy, Royal Palace of Kandy, Peradeniya, University of Peradeniya, Royal Botanical Garden – Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya, Seetha Amman Temple, Colombo and Katunayake
Day 1: Airport – Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the Morning – Proceed to Kandy – Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy (World Heritage Site) – Kandy Sightseeing – Night stay at Kandy.
Pinnawala elephant orphanage:
The foster – home of elephants (around 70) of different age and size feed, bathe, play together. These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. Now they even breed in captivity.
Hindu Devales at Kandy’s Buddhist Tooth Relic Temple:
Kandy’s Tooth Relic Temple is the most significant Buddhist holy place in Sri Lanka, venerated by Buddhists from Southeast Asia as well. There are four shrines for gods connected to the Buddha’s Tooth Temple. These Devales, playing an important role in the processions of the Buddha’s Tooth Relic, are mainly Sinhalese places of worship, whereas Tamil Hindu temples are called Kovils. But the Devales are closely connected to Hinduism in many ways. The above mentioned world-famous procession called Kandy Perahera, originates in the Ratha Yatras held for the Hindu deities. The priests of the Kataragama Devale in the city centre are not Sinhalese Kapuralas, but Tamil Brahmins.
Day 2: Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden in the Morning – Visit Commonwealth Cemetery – Kandy City Tour – Watch the Kandy Cultural Dance Show in the evening – Night stay at Kandy.
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden:
Peradeniya is the Royal Botanical Gardens which was the pleasure garden of the last King of Kandy. The Peradeniya Garden is easily one of the best of its kind in the world. The many beautiful avenues will lead one to sections which provide a burst of tropical colour. The great lawns & variety of huge trees in tropical climate surrounded by the islands’ longest river Mahaweli, will surprise your Sri Lanka tour at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical garden. The best known attraction of the Gardens is the famous Orchid House, which house for more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species which have made this one of the best known orchid centers of the world.A spice garden gives you a firsthand introduction to the trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic treatments.
Traditional dancing show:
The Dance was done during the king’s times as an entertaining show for the kings. However its popularity reduced when the British took over, but now it’s revived and taken on for the stage. The Kandyan Music & the Dresses all are a beauty to watch.
Day 3: Proceed to Nuwaraeliya in the Morning – On the way visit Tea Plantation & Tea Factory – Visit Hanuman Temple in Ramboda – See Waterfalls at Ramboda – Visit Gregory’s Lake – Nuwaraeliya Sightseeing and City Tour – Night Stay at Nuwaraeliya.
Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple:
In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.
Gregory Lake was built under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the vistors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This is used as a place for water sports.
Day 4: Visit Seetha Amman Kovil – Proceed to Colombo – Colombo City Tour – Go Shopping in Colombo – Night Stay at Colombo.
Sita Amman Kovil at Ashoka Vatika in Sita Eliya:
The Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita spent most of the time during her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana’s magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashoka Vatika or Ashoka Vana where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana’s wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hamunan.
Day 5: Visit Anjaneyar Temple – Proceed to Airport.
This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear.