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Kandy / Colombo - 2 nights & 3 days

Day 01: Colombo Airport Kandy

Arrival and transfer to Kandy. Check-in at the hotel

In the evening go for a city tour of Kandy. It was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and 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, the gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a Cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Kandy Colombo

After breakfast leave for Colombo.En-route visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also you could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.

On arrival in Colombo, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon go on sightseeing tour of Colombo driving through the commercial area of the “Fort”- so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive past “Pettah” – a noisy oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit the Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque. Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall. Also, visit the ceramics corporation showroom, majestic city shopping complex, House of Fashion, and the Odel unlimited dress boutique. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Colombo

After breakfast, leave for the airport in time for the departure flight home.

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