Package Duration : 8 Days (Ex-Colombo)
Kandy - 2 Nights, Nuwara Eliya - 1
Night, Galle - 1 Night, Colombo - 1 Night, Maldives - 2 Nights
Arrive Colombo Airport. After completing the
formalities proceed towards Kandy (125 kms.)
Enroute visit the fishing village in Negombo which is the
center of the island’s fishing community. It is largely Roman
Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every
street. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo
scenery and Pinnawala, the elephant Orphanage. This orphanage
was established to feed nurse & house young elephants found
abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and
ravines in their request for water during drought period. This is
the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will
really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their
curious human visitors are harmless. Started in 1972 the Elephant
Orphanage was relocated to at the present site in 1975 Bathing time
at Ma Oya just in front of the orphanage is sharp at 10 am and 2 pm.
Feeding time is about and hour earlier.
Finally proceed towards Kandy. Arrive at hotel in Kandy. Check-in
the hotel. Night halt at Kandy.
Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka
nestling among the misty hills in the central region of this
paradise island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in
the world. It was here once the Sinhala kings ruled majestically.
Next to Colombo, it is also the most visited city in Sri Lanka. As
the shrine holding the sacred tooth relic of the lord Buddha is
placed in the heart of the city, it's also the most venerated city
in Sri Lanka. Because of the history, pageantry and veneration
associated with this exquisite city, Kandy is classed as a World
Heritage City by UNESCO. Kandy is a reflection of the variety,
harmony and diversity of the people and cultures that make Sri Lanka
a great nation. It was once the capital of the Kandyan kingdom, the
last bastion of resistance to the colonial domination of the nation.
This royal city fell to the British in 1815 sealing the fate of Sri
Lanka's long cherished independence. This last seat of the Sinhalese
kings, who ceded power to the Britishin in 1815 after many a battle
with the western colonial forces, still retains much of the old
charm and tradition of the truly Sri Lankan life style.
After breakfast, visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark
of Kandy is its lake, in the center of the city. Udawatte-kele is a
nature reserve surrounded by city. Further visit the Peradeniya
Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia, the
largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, couldn't be better
located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the
Central Highlands, the Gardens, at an elevation of 500 meters above
sea-level, were tightly bounded on three sides by a loop of River
Mahaweli (Great sandy river), the largest river of Sri Lanka. More
than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This
garden is best known for it’s collection of orchids the largest in
Asia. Peradeniya is believed to take its exotic name from Sinhalese
names Pera (guava) and Deniya (a plain). The name also reveals,
although Guava is not indigenous to Sri Lanka, introduction of the
fruit to the island and cultivation had occurred even prior to the
era of British Colonialists in Ceylon. The Gardens date back to the
Kandyan kingdom, when they were used as royal pleasure grounds.
However, it was soon after the British seized the Kandyan Kingdom
that they were established in 1821. The Gardens are elegantly
landscaped over 150 hectares of beautifully undulating grounds).
Thereafter visit to Gem shop Kandy is also famous for its
shopping, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, batiks, Kandiyan sarees
In the evening, visit Dalada Maligawa
(The Temple of the Tooth Relic). The Sri Dalada Maligawa or The
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple built in 16th century
within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving
relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic
has played an important role in the local politics since ancient
times, it's believed that whoever holds the relic holds the
governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect
it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings
from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the
difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by
UNESCO, in part due to the temple. Monks of the two chapters of
Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily ritual worship in the inner
chamber of the temple, in annual rotation. They conduct these
services three times a day: at dawn, at noon and in the evening. On
Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an
herbal preparation made from scented water and flagrant flowers,
called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain
healing powers and is distributed among those present. Tooth Relic
of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in
ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several building have been
added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being
the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is
placed). Night halt at Kandy.
After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya (76
kms.) the center of hill country, En-route visit Ramboda
Temple (Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, on these hills of Ramboda
where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. Chinmaya mission of Sri
Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every
full moon day special pooja”s are conducted and witnessed by
thousands of devotees. The image of Lord Hanuman is 16 feet) and a
tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous
‘’Ceylon tea‘’ at Makwoods Tea factory. Arrive Nuwara Eliya.
Check in the hotel.
Nuwara Eliya, also called as a Little England, is the most famous
hill resort in Sri Lanka, is located at the altitude of 2000 metres.
Land of the renowned Ceylon tea, the waving mountains of Nuwara
Eliya are carpeted by green tea plantations, punctuated with
bublisng streams and waterfalls. This picturesque town is overlooked
by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. This town is
picturesquely located on the shores of Lake Gregory in a prime tea
growing district.. Set up and developed as an English Village and
Health Resort by the 19th century British colonial settlers, its
older buildings such as the Post Office, Holy Trinity Church, the
Grand Hotel, Vintage Hotels and Houses and the Golf Club have old
English Architecture, pretty flower gardens and great nostalgic
charm. The sightseeing highlights are the Victoria Park, the Nuwara
Eliya Golf Course, the Hakgala Botanical Gardens.which has a good
collection of sub tropical and mountain flora.
After an evening tea, visit- Sita Amman Temple (this temple
is located at Ashok Van, which is believed to be the exact place
where Sita was held captive by the demon-king Ravana in the Lanka of
the epic, Ramayana. Myth has it that Sita, the wife of King Rama,
was imprisoned in the Ashoka forests of the region. The temple
trustees believe that this is no myth and that Sita's imprisonment
at this spot is a historical fact). Spend the evening walking in the
cool climate. Night halt at Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast, departure to Galle (125 kms.-
3 Hrs.) Reach Galle. Check-in the hotel.
Galle is the capital of the southern province is a city with a
colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the
magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town.
300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the
fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the
skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6 kms. south
east of the city centre. The southern coastal belt is the most
popular among the tourists and comes to life mainly from October
through April when the monsoon moves northeast and the sea becomes
calm with blue skies. The earliest European administrative centre of
Sri Lanka was the major port and the largest city until the British
shifted the port to Colombo. The City of Galle had been the European
administrative centre over 4 centuries.
Visit Galle fort (this fort was built first by the
Portuguese, then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even
today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with
reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.
Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some
of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of
the modern wonders of the world. The Dutch fort also known as
Ramparts of Galle withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which destroyed
the Galle town. There are many Moor families who live inside this
fort along with Sinhalese, Dutch, English, Portuguese and Germans.
More details regarding the history of the fort can be found at the
visitors centre and at the Dutch period museum inside the Fort.
Today, the citizens of Dutch fort in Galle are trying to make this a
free port and a free trade zone. If successful no taxes are levied
on the companies and individuals who reside inside the city) and
Dutch Reformed Church Built by a Dutch Army officer at the site
of a previous Portuguese church and completed in 1754 the church is
situated close to the new entrance to the fort. The church contains
record of marriages since 1748 and baptism from 1678. The other
significant of the building id there are no pillars inside the
building and the weight of the roof is supported by the walls).
Night halt at Galle.
After breakfast, proceed towards Colombo
(116 kms.). Enroute Visit- Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery (45
kms. from Galle) (the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka
operates a famous turtle hatchery near Bentota. It was established
in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatchery
pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long
sandy beach. 10% of the hatchlings survive their journey to the sea-
10 times the rate in the wild. Visitors can see and sometimes handle
new born and older turtles. The main laying season is from October
to April but some eggs and hatchlings can be found at Kosgoda
throughout the year. The hatchlings are usually released at 2-4 days
Further visit- Bentota (this famous golden beach is safe for
swimming and particularly popular with foreign tourists. But other
areas have strong currents, so take local advice. The name is said
to come from a demon “Bem” who ruled the local river (river bank = “tota”).
The area is famous for jewellery, and it is possible to visit the
moonstone mines. There are Buddhist temples at Kande Vihare (160 ft
tall) and Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya, Kaluwamodera (made from
ancient marble) There is a range of water sports on offer. There are
boat trips on the Bentota and Maadu rivers, with visits to local
temples and cinnamon estates and great opportunities to observe the
local wildlife. A romantic river safari is the highlight of many
people’s holiday, but more active holidaymakers can try surfing,
skiing and diving on the reef at Akurela beach. The Wild Life
Protection Society of Sri Lanka operates a famous turtle hatchery
near Bentota. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's
turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that
they collect at night along the long sandy beach. 10% of the
hatchlings survive their journey to the sea – 10 times the rate in
the wild. Visitors can see and sometimes handle new born and older
turtles. The main laying season is from October to April but some
eggs and hatchlings can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The
hatchlings are usually released at 2-4 days old)
Arrive Colombo. Check-in the hotel.
Thereafter visit- Colombo Fort (originally a fort during the
Portuguese and Dutch periods but now a major commercial center of
the country and housing major offices, big hotels, some of the
better shops, airline offices, banks, main post office, immigration
office, travel agents and restaurants. Within Fort are several
places of tourist interest, which can be conveniently seen on foot),
Pettah (adjacent to Fort is Pettah-Colombo's leading bazaar
district. It has narrow cobbled streets lined with shops and street
stalls that offer the most fantastic bargains and the most
unimaginable range of goods varying from bright printed fabrics,
suitings, undergarments, children wear, footwear and handbags to
electrical goods, semi precious jewellery, watches, rare first
edition books, cutlery and other household items. Each criss-crossed
lane of Pettah leads to the main street and each has developed its
own specialized characteristic. For example, household goods are
found on Keyzer Street. Prince Street is famous for glass, mirrors
and electrical items. Malwatte Avenue sells English, Sinhala and
Tamil music cassettes), Galle face green (a promenade on the
sea face stretching one and a half kilometers, it is a relic of the
British era. Laid out in 1859 it was used for horse racing. Today it
is the largest open space in Colombo and a famous picnic spot.) and
National Museum (Housed in a grand colonial building, the
National Museum is the custodian of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage.
Among its exhibits are a vast collection of half a million books,
more than 4000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from
the ancient cities, bronze brassware and royal weapons of Sri Lankan
kings, fascinating paintings of by gone eras and an excellent
collection of antique demon masks. The most interesting among the
exhibits are the regalia of the Kandyan Kings dating back to the
17th century) Evening free for relaxation. Night at Colombo.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to
connect your flight to Male. Arrive Male.
Maldives is an ideal setting for a memorable honeymoon and a
relaxation holiday. A nation of Islands scattered across in the
Indian Ocean southwest of India and Srilanka. Maldives is a natural
wonder with 1.190 islands consisting of 26 atoll formations spread
over an area of some 90,000 square kilometers. Maldives For Divers
has some of the world's best diving sites and spectacular underwater
marine life. Whether on sea, underwater, or on one of the most
beautiful tropical islands you have ever seen. Maldives- a dream
destination famous for its beautiful white beaches and breathtaking
underwater scenery. But there is more to this unique nation, these
1190 islands spread across the Indian Ocean and circled into 26
natural atolls. They boast rich cultural traditions, a history of
kings and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own language
and script. Truly a natural wonder, the islands rarely exceed two
meters in height. The 1,190 islands, consisting of 26 atoll
formations, are spread over an area of some 90,000 square
kilometers. The origins of the Maldivians are lost in antiquity.
Historical and archaeological evidence indicate that the islands
were first inhabited over 5,000 years ago. There are also
indications that the Maldives, having being on an important trade
route, were settled by people from all over the world, leaving the
actual origins shrouded mystery.
Later transfer to your dream Maldives resort by speedboat or Dhoni
(Slow Boat). Check into the resort. Evening relax & overnight stay.
You have an various options of Maldives tours choose from. Night
halt at Maldives.
After breakfast day free for Maldives tours &
water sports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. on your
own. Evening will be free for relaxation. Night halt at Maldives.
After breakfast, take a transfer to the Airport to board the flight
for the further destination.
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