Winter Scenic Sri Lanka 6 Days – 5 Nights
Day 1: Arrive into Colombo
Begin your ‘Scenic Sri Lanka’ Tour
Visit to Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
Welcome to Sri Lanka. On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to Kandy. En route we stop to visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The
number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 baby elephants born as a result of the captive breeding program.
Overnight at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 2: Guided City Tour of Kandy
Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens
Visit the Gem and Lapidary museum
Enjoy a Cultural Dance Show
Today, we proceed for a city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. Later, we visit the Royal Botanical Gardens – Peradeniya set in 147 acres. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers including Spice Garden and Orchid House too. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world are one such avenue. We also visit the Gem and Lapidary museum. In the evening, we proceed to see a Cultural Dance Show in Kandy.
Overnight at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 3: Onto Nuwara-Eliya
Visit Tea Garden & Tea Factory
Today, we check out and drive to Nuwara Eliya – also known as ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. Tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavor which many enjoy.
There are six varieties of tea; white, yellow, green, oolong, black and pu-erh of which the most commonly found on the market are white, green, oolong and black. All tea are made from the same bushes but processed differently, and in the case of fine white tea, grown differently. Puerh tea, a post-fermented tea, is also often used medicinally.
Overnight at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 4: Onto Bentota
Today, we check-out of our hotel in Nuwara Eliya and drive to Bentota. The rest of day is free for you to enjoy all the different activities in this beach town on your own.
Overnight at the hotel in Bentota.
Day 5: Onto Colombo
Guided City Tour Colombo
Today, we check out of hotel and drive to Colombo. On arrival, we proceed on a guided city tour of Colombo. See the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square. Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Colombo
Day 6: Return Home with Wonderful Memories
Today, we drive you to the airport for our flight back home. Its time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your holiday. We would like you to spare a few minutes of your time to write and tell us how you enjoyed your holiday and any suggestions you may have for the future.