OUR REPRESENTATIVE will receive you on arrival at the Colombo airport and transfer to the hotel.
The capital city is spread along the shore of the Indian Ocean for some miles, where business and commerce begin and end. The Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah are Colombos busiest and most traditional Bazaar area. Visits to the Hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Dutch Church at Wolfe dhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatgahaha mosque and the Gangaramaya Temple give a good cultural feel about the country. While the city holds less obvious interest than many other parts of the island. Its still a colorful enough place and worth a visit to see what makes Sri Lanka tick.
Learn the word Estuti - it means thank you in Sinhalese and can go a long way inpleasing the locals
Overnight will be at Colombo.
Breakfast will be at hotel.
Enjoy the day sightseeing the city.
Visit the Hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Dutch Church at Wolfe dhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatgahaha Mosque, Gangarama Temple and the house of Fashion for value for money ready made garments.
Shop for ceramics or visit the Lanka Ceramic center.
Overnight will be at Colombo.
After breakfast proceed to Kandalama visiting Pinnawela enroute.
You get a chance to stretch your legs at Kadjugama, the Cashew Nut town of Sri Lanka. Purchase some of Sri Lankas finest nuts;a great gift for someone back at home or to keep as a snack whilst traveling around the island.
If its your dream to see the feeding of elephants then you must not miss Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Visit the Elephant orphanage located on the banks of the Maha Oya. This orphanage is for young elephants found Abandoned by their parents having fallen into pits ravines etc., and lost from their natural habitat. It is most interesting to visit at feeding or bathing time.
Continue drive to Kandalama. Reach and check into the hotel.
Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Kandalama
After breakfast drive to the last stronghold of Sinhala Kings & UN World Heritage Site the Hill Country capital of Kandy. Reach and check into the hotel.
KANDY It lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city.Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts center, a gem Museum
Dinner will be along with a cultural KANDYAN dance performance with a FIRE WALKING show.
Overnight will be at Kandy.
After breakfast leave for Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The garden was built as a pleasure garden and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and has a amazing variety of trees, flowers and plants. This garden is easily one of the best of its kind in the world.
Visit the University of Peradeniya, laid out near the banks of the Mahaweli River. This is the longest river in Sri Lanka.
Wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city. If you want you can also visit Gem museum or art & craft village.
Overnight will be at Kandy.
After Breakfast drive to Nuwara Eliya experiencing a scenic drive an route stop at Ramboda falls watch point.
Arrive in Nuwara Eliya - land of tea-laden hillsides, gurgling waterfalls, stirring mountains and clear hill-country air. Here, in temperatures akin to a beautiful English summers day, is wonderful walking country, a chance to experience Sri Lankan scenery at its finest.
Enjoy the sightseeing - Sri Lankas hill villages, tea processing factories, Botanical Gardens etc.
Overnight will be at Nuwara Eliya.
The exploration of the islands diversity continues as we head towards Yala via Bandarawela taking a breathtaking drive where you can leave the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya to experience the hot sunny weather of Sri Lanka.
You will be passing tea and vegetable plantations, occasionally a water fall, forest and many small villages and hamlets. From the descending road you have again and again a beautiful view of the mountains and the valleys.
Overnight will be at Yala.
Enjoy morning safari.
Explore the National Park "Yala" on the south east coast of Sri Lanka.
Yala has the world`s highest concentration of Leopards, although seeing this largely nocturnal carnivore still requires some luck.
There are good numbers of Asian Elephants, crocodile, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo and Grey langurs amongst other large animals.
The locals call leopard Kotiya. Keep an ear out and even an eye. Overnight will be at Yala.
Drive along the coast to for your final night stay in the island Bentota.
Stop off at Dondra Sri Lankas southern tip and visit the oldest stone building in Sri Lanka. Dondra was formerly home to a great temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. In 1588 the Portuguese destroyed all temples except for this one. Learn more about its colourful history when you visit.
Visit still fisherman in Weligama. This is no ordinary fishing, there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling.
Visit the OLD GALLE FORT in Sri Lankas 04th biggest town
Relax and enjoy the Sun and Sand in Bentota. Overnight will be at Bentota.
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Spend the day in leisure.
After lunch drive down to Colombo. Reach and enjoy last minute shopping.
As per the flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the Srilanka tour.
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We have successfully returned from India and are back in Texas. I have finally downloaded my photos and I`m am thoroughly enjoying the editing process as I relive my wonderful experiences in India. If our children had been with us, we would have stayed a month more. My favorite thing in all of India-- more esteemed than the food, the architecture, or the religious and cultural learning--was the people. India is its people--warm, gracious, friendly and open.
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we were with everything that pertained to our trip. The guides in each town were very knowledgeable and unique in different ways. Some were spiritual, some political, some very worldly--regardless, it was refreshing to go to another town and have a different perspective from each guide.
We cannot say enough good things about our driver, Mr. Kulmant Singh. As you are aware, it takes a lot of bravado and luck to get from point A to point B in India. We are thankful we did so without incident and that we got to experience India "as close to a local experience" as possible. I think the only way to have traveled more like an Indian would have been to put all four of us on one motorbike!
I cannot wait to return to India. I would return to Varanasi to be part of the mass of humanity that lives and breathes with a city that encircles all of life. I would return to Jodhpur and Udaipur to spend more time in the streets, the markets, and with the people of India. I liked the smallness and openness of these cities. (I have to admit, we gave our guides some work trying to keep up with our random wanderings down side streets and off the tourist path!) I would return to Jaipur if only to stay at the Rambagh Palace again. It was my favorite hotel as was the Imperial. My husband`s favorites were the Oberoi`s in Udaipur and Agra. The Orchard hotel was quite a surprise and we would return if only to sit and visit with the host, a most gracious man.
Once again, thank you for your help in preparing our trip. I look forward to working with you again when we decide to travel to the south!
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