Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Colombo
On arrival at Colombo Airport you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to Kandy, driving about 3 hours. On the way visit a spice garden in Mawenella to study the different spices Sri Lanka is famous for. In the afternoon start a city tour in our hill capital Kandy, venue of the annual Perahera, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts centre, Gem Museum, then visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, 147 acres in extent: founded in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy. In the evening visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which arrived on our island the 4th century A.D. when Lord Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden in a princess' hair, since then the holy Relic’s significance and reputation has grown in Sir Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. In the evening enjoy the cultural show featuring various dance types of Sir Lanka, and after dinner check in at your hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast begin a journey of about 3 hours through our central highlands to Nuwara Eliya, the Little England of Sir Lanka, set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places of the island, seeming like an English spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. In the afternoon visit the Seetha Eliya Kovil 7 km outside Nuwara Eliya at Bandarawela road, bordering the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. In this area called Seetha Eliya a quaint little Devala is found by the side of the road at a slightly lower elevation along a stream. In the evening there will be enough time at your free disposal to explore the scenic surroundings of the hill station, before or after check in at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast proceed to Colombo, after a scenic 5 hours journey enjoy a city tour in Sri Lanka’s capital, leading you to the busy commercial hubs as well as the tree-lined residential area and Cinnamon Grand. Visit the fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea-Street, the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749, also visit the BMCH and see the replica of Avukana Buddha, and Independence Square. In the afternoon take your time for shopping in Colombo, visit Mlesna Exquisite Tea Boutique, Cashew Nut Shop, ready-made garment, and the Lanka Ceramics Centre, a place where you can buy Sri Lanka’s NORITAKE sets or other ceramic items, visit the ODEL department store, or visit BAREFOOT, HOUSE OF FASHION and BEVERLY HILLS. After dinner at in local restaurant, check in at your hotel.
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