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Kandy and Pinnawela Overnight

Duration: 2 Days

kandy and pinnawela overnight

This relaxed overnight tour combines the natural beauty and diversity of Sri Lanka’s landscapes and wildlife with a fascinating glimpse of the island’s fascinating ancient history and rich culture. Elephants, temples, markets and gems are just some of the tour highlights.

Travelling away from Colombo, the first stop of your tour is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, situated on the Maha Oya River at Rambukkana. The orphanage was set up by the Department of Wildlife in 1975 to protect and care for baby elephants found orphaned, injured or abandoned by their mothers. At this time elephants were also under threat of extinction, mainly from poachers, but today the orphanage is home to around 70 baby and adult elephants, the largest captive herd in the world. Watch these gentle giants roam freely amongst twenty-five acres of parkland, where they can function as if they were in the wild. Highlights of the visit include bottle-feeding the babies and watching the elephants take their daily bath in the river – a memorable experience not to be missed.

En-route to the historical city of Kandy, we will stop at a traditional spice garden in Mawanella where you can learn about the varied spices for which Sri Lanka is renowned for. We then make our way to the beautiful hillside city of Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka and the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings. Steeped in history, the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. Built around a tranquil lake, against the picturesque backdrop of lush green hills, Kandy’s natural beauty has long attracted travellers to this part of the island. But this isn’t the only attraction to the area. The city has a rich cultural heritage and is renowned for its many beautiful shrines and temples, the most famous being the 16th century Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). This historic shrine reputedly houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred religious relic – a tooth of the Lord Buddha.

Our next stop is the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the most beautiful in Asia. Dating back to the reign of King Vikrama Bahu III in the 14th century, they were royal pleasure gardens before the British arrived. Located close to the Mahaweli River, the lush landscapes are adorned with exotic trees, plants and brightly-coloured flowers, as well as bridges, pavilions, an orchard house and a beautiful ornamental lake.

Other excursion highlights include a tour of a Batik factory, where you can see beautiful Batik prints being made, and a visit to the Gem Museum, where you will get the opportunity to learn all about the fascinating gem mining process. A guided city tour of Kandy is also included. Explore the bustling markets and old shops, browsing for beautiful local handicrafts and soaking up the atmosphere in a town where many legends, traditions and folklore are still kept alive today. This unforgettable journey will open your eyes to a wealth of historic and natural island treasures during your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Tour includes: half board accommodation on a twin sharing basis, air conditioned transportation, an English speaking chauffeur guide, entrance fees as per itinerary and jeep and tracker for safari. Optional extras: elephant ride and cultural show.

 

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