On arrive at the Colombo International Airport, you”ll be greeted by our tour guide, who”ll accompany you to Dambulla. En route, visit the popular Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Kegalle. Set up in 1975, you can witness and admire the wild elephants in their natural environs. Originally established with the aim of providing care and protection to orphaned elephants, this orphanage has now turned into a major tourist attraction. The various daily aspects can be viewed here, like bottle feeding baby elephants, feeding other elephants, bathing them, and so on. Your overnight stay is arranged at Dambulla.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, our representative will drive you to the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Mihintale. An incredible and mesmerizing mountain peak and pilgrimage site, reaching 1000 feet in height, Mihintale is the place where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Also known as Cetiyagiri or Sagiri, this grand hilltop offers marvelous views of the countryside down. The first capital and the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon, Anuradhapura is home to some of the ruins of the ancient Lankan civilization. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this prehistoric capital can be strolled around for the world”s oldest historically documented tree Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo Tree), the second century Brazen Palace, Ruwanweliseya � the dagoba of Maha Vihara, the magnificent “Samadhi” Buddha statue, and the beautiful Isurumuniya Rock Temple. Return back to Dambulla in the evening and call it a day post scrumptious dinner.
Treat your tummy with mouth-watering delicacies for breakfast. Begin the day with a city tour of Dambulla. Dambulla Cave Temple, also called the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is the largest and preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. Built in 1st century BC, this World Heritage Site was constructed by King Valagamba, spreading across 2000 sq. meters of statues, paintings, and murals, depicting Lord Buddha and his wife and Hindu gods � Vishnu and Ganesh. After an enthralling visit to this archaeological site, proceed towards Matale, the spice paradise of Sri Lanka. Explore different spices cultivated and processed on the mountain ranges. The cookery demonstration is worth viewing and capturing on the lens! Pick up a few to spice up your local delicacies. Drive to Kandy and spend the night at the hotel.
Post breakfast, you will be driven to the outskirts of Kandy, Peradeniya, a vibrant and verdant town. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens what Peradeniya is most famous for. One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia, this tourist attraction was built by King Wickramababu III in 1371. Located on the slopes of Mahaweli River, it is renowned for its wide collection of orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. Ride back to Kandy and be fascinated by the popular destinations of the hill capital of Sri Lanka. The Kandy Lake, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and Kandy town and bazaar are some interesting places to see. End the day with a cultural show, followed by a delectable supper. Relax in the coziness of your hotel room at Kandy.
Take your breakfast at the hotel and continue your journey to Colombo, the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Spend the day touring and shopping at this beautiful and crazy island city. Every skyscraper that you come across is worth capturing on your camera. Yet, do pay a visit to the old charm of the city, where you”ll find a number of colonial and royal buildings built by the British. A Hindu and Buddhist temple, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), the Old Parliament Building, and imperial homes of the affluent are the major attractions of the city. As the sun bids adieu and sets in the ocean, check out the lively nightlife of this part of Sri Lanka. House of Fashion, ODEL, Noritake ceramic shop, and local souvenir shops should be explored for the latest Sri Lankan fashion and traditional curios. Spend the night at Colombo.
Have a tasty breakfast at the hotel and head towards the airport. Your traditional and enthralling tour comes to an end as you board your flight for your onward destination.