COLOMBO & HILL COUNTRY
DAY 1 : AIRPORT – KANDY(115 KMS / 3 HRS)
Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Kandy. Evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show. Overnight stay at your hotel in Kandy.
DAY 2 : KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA( 85 KMS/2 ½ HRS.)
Early breakfast at the hotel. Checkout from the hotel. Transfer to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Proceed for a city tour of Kandy. Kandy – the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings. The name Kandy conjures visions of a gloried past, splendour, legend, folklore, mystery and traditions lovingly kept alive for countless years. Visit a Gem museum and a lapidary. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya and check in at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
[Please note that a traveller might require warm cloths as the temperature may vary from 7 – 16 Celsius]. Located over 6,800 feet above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is also located within the Nuwara Eliya city limits. Nuwara Eliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole Golf Courses in Asia. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 3 : NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory. Visit the following sites which signify higher historical, religious and cultural values; The one-and-only temple in the world dedicated for princess ‘Seetha’ [Rama-Seetha]: the Sitha Amman Kovil/temple. Temple dedicated for ‘Hanuman’ at the Hakkgala Botanical Gardens
Sitha Eliya and Sitha Amman Kovil/temple [only its kind in the world] Sita Amman Temple is located about 1km from the Hakgala Gardens. According to legend the temple is believed to mark the spot where Sita, was held captive by her abductor, King Ravana. Though an average visitor might feel that the location and its surrounded green land has nothing much to offer, archeologists have discovered giant footsteps – believed to be of “Hanuman” and more ruins to explore. This temple/kovil is dedicated to “Seetha”, the captive princess, for her love, believe, faith, determination, honesty and loyalty towards Prince “Rama”. A believer, can still hear the silent mourns of Princess Seetha with the flow of the water stream next to the temple. The crystal clear water stream which flows next to the temple is believed to be where ‘Sitha’ used to bathe. Worshippers believe that the water at one point of the stream is ‘taste-less’, where princess ‘Sitha’ had cursed ‘the Demon King Ravana’ on her captivity. The epic continues with an undiscovered tale of an underground tunnel network even below water levels in this area. There is also a shrine to worship lord Hanuman within the kovil. Hakgala Gardens. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens situated at the base of the Hakgala Peak south of Nuwara Eliya. Established in 1860, the garden is famous for its roses, ferns, the orchid house and the summerhouse. The rock of Hakgala rises 450 m above the gardens. The ‘Rama-Sitha’ epic also raises very concrete evidence that “Sitha” while in Ravana’s” custody had often used this garden to spend most of her leisure time while longing for her husband and home. “Hanuman” the official spy of Prince Rama had also seen Seetha for the first time in this garden.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 4 : NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO( 185 Kms/ 6 Hrs.)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Colombo, enroute St Clare’s and Devon water falls. Check in at your hotel in Colombo. In the afternoon embark on a city tour of Colombo, observing the old Parliament, the residential areas and the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), A Hindu Kovil, a Buddhist Temple, the Galle Face Green and the Fort Bazaar. Shopping never ends in Colombo – visit the House of Fashions, the Majestic City shopping complex, ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique, Noritake Ceramic Showroom, Barefoot Gallery and Lakmedura Handicraft Centre. Overnight stay at your hotel in Colombo.
DAY 4 : COLOMBO – AIRPORT( 35 KMS/1 HRS)
After breakfast proceed to the airport for departure.