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Pinnawela, Kandy and Nuwara-eliya

Duration: 3 Days

pinnawela, kandy and nuwara-eliya

A jewel in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka’s striking natural beauty stems from a combination of endless coastlines, lush tropical forests and high mountainous peaks. The diverse topography supports a wonderful variety of exotic wildlife species, which is just one of the main attractions for travellers visiting the island. This memorable excursion will undoubtedly inspire you during your holiday in Sri Lanka: botanical gardens, valleys, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, temples and precious gems are just some of the highlights.

Day 1:
After an early start from your Colombo beach resort, our first stop of the tour will be the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela, which was set up to protect and care for baby elephants found orphaned, injured or abandoned by their mothers. Around 70 adults and baby elephants are looked after on this 25-acre coconut estate today. Help bottle-feed the babies and then watch them enjoying their daily bath in the river with the adult elephants. This is an unforgettable experience not to be missed.

We then continue our journey to the historical city of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural capital and a World Heritage Site. Here you will embark on a tour of the city, visiting several places of interest such as Upper Lake Drive, the Gem Museum, the bustling marketplace and local handicraft shops. Later that evening you visit also visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, which reputedly enshrines a sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha. An optional Cultural Show is available afterwards, which is believed to be the best on the island. Your overnight stay is on a half-board basis in Kandy.

Day 2:
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely walk through the Royal Botanical gardens of Peradeniya, the former royal pleasure gardens during the reign of King Vikrama Bahu III in the 14th century. Your journey continues with a scenic drive to the beautiful mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya. Located 2000 metres above sea level, this scenic town boasts breathtaking landscapes comprising lush green hills, valleys, mountains, waterfalls and tea plantations. The cooler climes of Nuwara Eliya attract thousands of tourists during the months of March and April when the city of Colombo gets hot and humid. Stroll through the English-style parks and gardens, or visit a tea plantation and factory to learn all about the tea-making process and how to make that perfect cuppa. Enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya before heading back to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3:
After breakfast we will leisurely make our back to Colombo, stopping en-route at the small town of Kitulgala, Surrounded by wet zone rainforest, the area supports a rich diversity of endemic flora and fauna and is a popular place for wildlife excursions. The town itself is famous for the Academy Award-winning film "The Bridge on the River Kwai", which was filmed on the Kelani River nearby. Kitulgala is also a popular area for white water rafting and trekking.

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

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