Classic Mini Tour 2.
On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, welcome by Lankan Heritage representative and transfer to the Kandy. In the evening visit Dalada Maligawa. Dalada Maligawa ( Temple of tooth relic) Dalada Maligawa now known as the temple, houses the Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, sacred tooth of Lord Buddha, 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 of 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 open to public including tourists. 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 with an amazing city tour of Kandy. Kandy has a rich history. It was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Sri Lankans call it “Mahanuwara” meaning ‘the Great City’. The name Kandy was derived by the colonial rulers from the word Kanda in Sinhalese, meaning a hill. Kandy was the stronghold of the Sinhalese kings, who promoted and protected the local culture until the city became a British colony in 1815.
Today a bustling commercial city, Kandy is famous for the Kandy Perahara a huge cultural pageant which takes place in the month of July or August. It is one of the most colorful processions in the world. Thousands of drummers and dancers accompanying a parade of ornamented elephants perform in the streets of Kandy. The leading tusker carries the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, while the spectators pay homage to it. The procession moves along the streets for seven consecutive nights and concludes on the day of the August full moon.
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 and the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is highly venerated. In the afternoon visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
The 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 attach it is the National Herbarium. it is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture. In the evening visit some souvenir shops, Gemological museum and shops and at the end of the day, experience the traditional Kandian dance performance.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
After breakfast leave for Colombo reroute visits a spice garden. As a tourist attraction Sri Lanka also promotes the spice gardens of 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 Mavenella there are many such spice gardens. Some of the spice gardens of Sri Lanka 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 herbs grown in spice gardens of Sri Lanka, how they are being used in herbal indigenous 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.
After the spice garden tour leave for the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela; situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfway between the present capitol Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is also a breeding place for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in the world. If you leave the Pinnawela early then you can watch the elephants bathe in the river. After wards,experience how the baby elephants are being milk fed. After lunch proceed to Colombo.
Overnight stay in hotel Colombo.
After breakfast leave for Colombo, in the evening leave for an interesting mix of modern life and colonial ruins in the city. Colombo has some interesting places that are a must for every visitor including the National Museum, the Art Gallery and the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara - a temple to Buddha.
Other places of interest are the old parliament in Fort, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall widely known as BMICH, an out right gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China. Other places of interest are Vihara Maha Devi Park and the colonial style brilliant white Town Hall; Independence Square; Museum which houses many rear treasures; the Parliament complex at Sri Jayawardhanapura, the administrative capital of Sri Lanka and Galle Face Green. Colombo is the best place for up market shops, but there are shopping canters all over town. For local produce, the Pettah Bazaar is the place to go.
Overnight stay at hotel in Colombo.
After breakfast proceed to airport, to depart with unforgettable memories in SRI LANKA.