Classic Mini Tour 1
On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, welcome by Lankan Heritage representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at Katunayaka.
After breakfast travel to Kandy, via elephant orphanage in Pinnawala; situated northwest of the town Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. The elephant orphanage was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department to protect and preserve elephants in the country. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is also a breeding place for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the largest herd of elephants in the world. If you arrive Pinnawala early then you can watch the elephants bathe in the river and afterwards you can experience how the baby elephants are being fed. After Pinnawala on the way to visit a well renowned spice garden, lunch will be served in Mavanella. Spice gardens are one of the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka where tourists can walk through the spice gardens and enjoy the tranquility and absorb one’s self in the splendor of the nature and learn about local spices. Along the road of Matale there are many such spice gardens of Sri Lanka. Some of the spice gardens gives its visitors an experience of Sri Lankan spices, herbal and Ayurvedic Medicine in the same premises. A guide will take the visitors around the well-arranged gardens explaining and showing the spices and indigenous herbs grown and how they are being used in herbal Ayurvedic medicine and will also let visitors taste herbal beverages. Most of these spice gardens of Sri Lanka has facilities such as herbal beauty parlors which provide herbal facials head and body massages and natural herbal cosmetic shops which is quite popular among the tourists as well as locals. After the spice garden tour check in to the hotel and in evening visit the template of tooth relic in Kandy. Dalada Maligawa ( Temple of tooth relic)
Dalada Maligawa now known as the temple, houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, sacred tooth of Lord Buddha which was brought to Sri Lanka during the 4th century AD by Princess Hemamala and Prince Danta. The present temple of the tooth was constructed under Kandyan Kings in 1687-1707 and 1747-1782. The temple has an influx of worshipers and large groups of tourists. Poojas that are consisted as offering of prayers are held thrice a day at 6.am. 10 am. And 6 pm. Drums beat throughout poojas while the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is opened to public. After the temple visit you have the opportunity to attend a dance performance, where you will see the famous Kandyan dances, as well as up-country and devil dances.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to do the city tour of Kandy. The old royal city of Kandy, situated 465m above sea level, is beautifully nestled between green hills. At its very center lies a small artificial lake and the palace of the final Singhalese king which later became the temple of toothe relic and the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka. On the way back to the airport visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is located in close proximity to the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is renowned for the collection the variety of Orchids, and has more than 300 varieties of Orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palms trees. The Botanical garden is the National Herbarium of Sri lanka which is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture. After visiting Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka proceed to the airport, along the mountain line. In the evening get on to the flight with unforgettable memories in SRI LANKA.