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Colombo & Hill Country
Duration: 04 Nights / 05 Days

This specific tour covers the busy life style in Colombo touching the green fields and the soft cool breeze in the central hills while visiting some of the most unique sites in Sri Lanka – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, Seetha Amman and Hanuman Kovil in Nuwara Eliya, Hakkgala Botanical Gardens and more.

 


I T I N E R A R Y

Day  1:  KANDY

  • 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

  • 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 storied 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 do note that a traveller might require soft 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 with in 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.

Travel time: 3 [hrs]

Distance:
115 [KM’s]

Travel time: 2 ½ [hrs]

Distance:
85 [KM’s]


Day  3:  NUWARA ELIYA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory.
  • Visit the following sites which signifies 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’
  • Hakkgala Botanical Gardens

Sitha Eliya and Sitha Amman Kovil/temple [only of it’s kind in the world]

Sita Amman Temple is located about 1km away 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 foot steps – believed to be of “Hanuman” and more ruins to look around. 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 Prince Seetha with a closer eavesdrop to the free flow of the water stream which flows next to the temple. The crystal water stream which flows next to the temple is believed to be where ‘Sitha’ bathe. Still worshippers do believe that the water at one point of the stream is ‘taste-less’ where prince ‘Sitha’ had cursed ‘Demon King Ravana’ on her captivity. The epic continue 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 with in 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 has often used this garden to spend most of her leisure time while longing for her husband and home. “Hanuman” the official spy of the king Rama had also seen Seetha for the first time in this garden area.

According to the local believing, this garden have been the “Sitha” longing

  • Overnight stay at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

 

 

Day  4:  NUWARA ELIYA/COLOMBO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Colombo, enroute St Clare’s and Devon water fall’s.
  • Check in at your hotel in Colombo.
  • In the afternoon do 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, Observing the Galle Face Green and visit Fort Bazaar. Shopping is never an end in Colombo - visit House of Fashions, 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  5

Breakfast at the hotel and departure transfers.

Travel time: 6 [hrs]

Distance:
185 [KM’s]

Travel time: 1 [hrs]

Distance:
35 [KM’s]


QUOTATION - (IN US DOLLARS):

Price per person sharing double room for minimum groups of:

 

Standard Hotel
US$

Superior Hotel
US$

Per person sharing a double room rate in US$

Min/Max 02 pax

215.00

320.00

3 – 6 pax

199.00

299.00

7 – 12 pax

185.00

275.00

13 – 20 pax

175.00

265.00

Child Rate (02 – 11 years sharing with parents) without extra bed

35.00

45.00

Child Rate (02 – 11 years sharing with parents) with extra bed

12000

14000

Supplement for entrance fees per pax
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – US$ 10.00
  • Hakkgala Botanical Gardens – US$ 6.00
  • Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic – US$ 6.00
  • Cultural Show in Kandy – US$ 6.00

Above price includes:

  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis at above mentioned or similar hotels, commencing with breakfast on day 02 and ending with breakfast on day 05.
  • Transportation by air conditioned vehicle throughout itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking chauffeur guide for groups up to 06 pax. Groups above 07 pax, services of an English speaking guide will be provided.

 

Above price does not include:

  • Airport tax.
  • Cost of lunch and dinner on tour.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Compulsory Christmas and new year eve’s dinner supplement
  • Cost of Camera / Video permits
  • Tips and porter charges
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest mentioned above.
  • Cultural Show Tickets in Kandy.
  • Peak period supplements from 20th December 2009 – 12th January 2010.
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