“Ayubowan” On arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport, you will be blessed to get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from Nawamini Travels will welcome you at the Airport & receive to Habarana .
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawela, 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 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
After scrumptious breakfast with variety, proceed Sigiriya. The UNESCO world heritage Site Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within it triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.
OncompletionVisit PolonnaruwaUNESCO world heritage site
Polonnaruwa is another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. RankothVehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and ParakramaBahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The ParakramaSamudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.
After scrumptious breakfast with variety, proceeds Kandy.Enroute visitDambulla Rock Temple
Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the ceiling date back to the 15th – 18th Centuries. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of Gods from the Buddhist religion along with numerous images of the Buddha himself. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhala people
Through Golden paddy fields and lush Green you will continue to Kandy the last royal capital of Sri Lanka. Through the straight road you may take turns to climb the mountain.
Kandy -the hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement.
To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “DaladaMaligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“MahaWasala”), “PalleWasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “MedaWasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, NathaDevala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kirisamudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture.Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city. Check In to the hotel for overnight stay
After Breakfast city tour of Kandy
Visit Peradeniya Royal botanical Gardens- 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
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 is one such avenue.
Temple of the Tooth Relic To Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “DaladaMaligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha
Evening witness a Cultural dance performance featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka.
After scrumptious Breakfast with Variety Proceed to NuwaraEliya.
NuwaraEliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is 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 NuwaraEliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to NuwaraEliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Evening City Tour in NuwaraEliya, drive up to the Gregory Lake and feel the fresh air
Drive through the colonial city and enjoy the surroundings.
After scrumptious Breakfast with Variety proceed to Beruwela via Kithulgala.
Beruwela- on the South coast of Sri Lanka lies the city of Beruwela. Many interesting sightseeing tours are possible from here, such as the Turtle Hatchery, Mask Factory, Galle Fort, Mini Zoo, Garden Brief and “Lunuganga”. This is one of good beach resorts of the south coast with many hotels providing facilities for tourists.
Beruwala is one of the earliest Moor settlements of the country and the Mosque called Kechchimale at Beruwela is ver y popular and is dedicated to the memory of Rev.HajjiVoliulla.
Beruwela and Bentota are the best areas for water sports such as water Scooter rides, wind surfing. Para-sailing, water skiing, and river cruising. Beruwela has necessary facilities for Deep-sea Fishing and Wreck & Coral Reef Diving.
After scrumptious breakfast with variety, proceed to the Airport for the Departure Flight.