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Sigiriya

Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress situated close the town of Dambulla in the central province of Sri Lanka in the Matale district. The name relates to a site of historical and archeological importance dominated by a huge rock column almost 200 meters (660 ft) high.The palace is located in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky plateau 370 meters above the sea level.

ATTRACTIONS IN SIGIRIYA

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SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

This location was chosen by King Kasyapa (477–495 CE) for his new capital, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle. On the top of this rock he built his palace and decorated with colorful frescoes on its sides. He constructed a gateway in the shape of a huge lion on a tiny plateau about halfway up the side of this rock. This place’s name is derived from this structure— the Lion Rock, Sinhagiri. After the death of the king, the capital and the royal palace were abandoned. It was used up to the 14th century as a Buddhist monastery. Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO today. It is one of ancient urban planning’s’ best preserved examples.
Lal Srinivas and Mirando Obesekara described Sigiriya as a turning point in Ravana’s post-historical archeology. According to them, Sigiriya may be the Alakamandava (City of the Gods), which King Kuvera who was Ravana’s half-brother (Ravan) as mentioned in the Ramayanaya built up before 50 centuries ago.
The Sigiriya architect was a Danava called Maya Danava, according to Ravana Watha’s Palm Leaf Book (Puskola Potha) (about Ravana). On orders provided by Ravana’s dad, King Visthavasa (Vishravasamuni), he constructed up Sigiriya. The Sigiriya was called Alakamandava during that era and it was called Chithrakuta during King Kuwera’s era. Vibeeshana became the king after Ravana’s death and he moved the kingdom to Kelaniya. Chiththaraja used Alakamandava as his residence according to this book. Chiththaraja was Vibeeshana’s relationship with a Yakka Patrician.
Chiththaraja was also said to be one of the people who helped Prince Pandukabhaya get the kingship. Pandukabhaya’s parents were descended from Chiththaraja’s tribe.
Moreover, Ravana Watha was also portrayed as having chosen the Chithrakuta as his residence by Prince Kassapa who was King Daathusena’s son because her mom was a follower of Yakka’s faith and she also came down from them. King Kassapa was the only king to rebuild and preserve the Chiththakuta as King Ravana did. The renowned wall paintings in the Chiththakuta (later Sigiriya) can be regarded as showing about the land of the Sinhala. The Ravana Watha explains that the blue-colored lady picture represents the Yakka Tribe and other ladies represent the Tribes of Naga (Serpentine), Deva (Divine) and Gandabhbha (Celestial Musicians) and the beautiful flowers demonstrate the country’s unity.

SIGIRIYA MUSEUM

The Sigiriya museum is considered to be South Asia’s most appealing. The Sigiriya Museum reflects its cultural, technological and archeological importance, managed by the Central Cultural Fund. The Sigiriya Museum can explore three centuries of archeological studies on Sigiriya Sri Lanka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum’s design was influenced by Sigiriya’s advanced architecture itself. It pursued the Green Building idea with the masterful use of water and trees to stimulate a real experience. In addition, the floors are constructed to allow tourists to feel the Sigiriya climbing through the ascending terraces and broad stairs.

PIDURANGALA ROCK

A few kilometers north of Sigiriya, Pidurangala is a huge rock. The two rocks have an interconnected history: while in the 5th century King Kasyapa built Sigiriya Rock Fortress, he shifted monks residing around Sigiriya to a new monastery on Pidurangala Rock. An ancient cave temple still houses items from different vintages that represent Buddhist, Hindu and Western views, and it is believed that the stupa on the left side of the temple door marks the place where King Kasyapa was cremated. Pidurangala is a more difficult climb than Sigiriya, so those with bad physical fitness should not try it. There is no clear route to the top: steep, irregular steps give way to an expanse of rocks and crevices to be navigated by climbers to achieve the summit. From the top, the surrounding landscape offers magnificent views and an incredible view of the magnificent Sigiriya Rock.

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Kandy Day Tour

Kandy, more popularly known as the hill capital of Sri Lanka, is an attractive tourist destination. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when it was the last royal capital of the country. The city is 115km from Colombo and is the second biggest city in Sri Lanka. Kandy has an abundance of culture around it; the Temple of the Tooth being the most popular attraction. The centre of the city is situated in a valley which is elevated at 600m above sea level. Kandy Lake is an artificial creation by one of the past rulers and today, it is a scenic centre piece of the town. Also, home to an international cricket stadium, Kandy brings in thousands of cricket fans. Sports, religion, history and culture, Kandy has it all! A Day tour of Kandy should not be missed out on your tour of Sri Lanka.

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Kandy

Kandy is just on 116km (62mi) north east of Colombo. The second biggest town in Sri Lanka and the hill region’s cultural center. Kandy was the island’s capital for about two centuries (until 1815). Visit the renowned “Temple of the Tooth,” or Dalada Maligawa, where you can preserve and ardently reverence what is thought to be a Buddha’s tooth. Then walk around adjacent Kandy Lake and its green surroundings, here’s the Tooth’s Sacred Temple, containing the Buddha’s Tooth Relic. Every year in August or late July, the Relic is drawn in procession around the town based on the stages of the moon–the event that marks one of Sri Lanka’s most dramatic pageants, the Kandy Perahera. There is the last king’s glory in Kandy, still manifest in the splendid chamber, palace, and court yards of the audience. Just four miles from Kandy, Peradeniya, is home to the world’s most beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. Every tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here, and special houses are too beautiful to be true with orchids and cacti.

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ATTRACTIONS IN KANDY

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC (SRI DALADA MALIGAWA)

After Gautama Buddha’s parinirvana, Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha, kept the tooth relic in Kalinga and smuggled to the island on the orders of her dad King Guhasiva. During the reign of Sirimeghavanna of Anuradhapura (301-328), they landed on the island in Lankapattana and handed over the tooth relic. Meghagiri Vihara (now Isurumuniya) was enshrined by the king in Anuradhapura. The relic’s safeguard was the monarch’s duty, so over the years the relic’s custody came to symbolize the right to rule.

Reigning monarchs therefore built the tooth relic temples very close to their royal residences, as was the case during the times of the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, and the Kingdom of Dambadeniya. The relic was housed in Niyamgampaya Vihara during the Gampola Kingdom period. In messenger poems such as Hamsa, Gira, and Selalihini it is reported that the tooth relic temple was located in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte’s city when Kotte’s Kingdom was established there.

During Kotte’s Dharmapala reign, the relic was held hidden in a grinding stone in Delgamuwa Vihara, Ratnapura. Hiripitiye Diyawadana Rala and Devanagala Rathnalankara Thera brought it to Kandy. King Vimaladharmasuriya I constructed a two-story house to deposit the tooth relic, and the building is now gone. It was brought to Meda Mahanuwara in Dumbara in 1603 when the Portuguese invaded Kandy. It was recovered in the Rajasinha II period and it was reported that the original building was restored or a new temple was built.
Vira Narendra Sinha built the current tooth temple. During Sri Vikrama Rajasinha’s reign, the octagonal Paththirippuwa and moat were added. The construction of the Paththirippuwa is attributed to the royal architect Devendra Moolacharya. It was originally used for recreational activities by the king and was later offered to the relic of the tooth, it now houses the library of the temple.
The temple has been attacked in 1998 by the militant organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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KANDYAN CULTURAL SHOW

This cultural show, held in Kandy town, depicts various forms of Kandyan dancing that was once native to the area but has now spread to different regions of the island. Originating from a dance conducted by Indian shamans who went to the island, Kandyan dance plays a significant part in the culture of Sri Lanka and is a highly anticipated event during the processions of perahera. During the show, you will see several dances depicting the graceful motions of birds and animals that trace their roots back to the ancient ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, as well as vigorous acrobatic performances where people execute a sequence of jumping pirouettes and stunts such as plate-spinning and the spectacular ‘ fire walk ‘ that ends the show.

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KANDY LAKE

Kandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Milk Sea, is an artificial lake built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe near the Temple of the Tooth in the heart of the hill town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It has been reduced in size over the years. It’s a protected lake, prohibited from fishing. Formerly a stretch of paddy fields known as Tigolwela was the beautiful lake in front of the Tooth Temple. King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha transformed it to a pond in 1807. Because in the middle of the Tigolwela there had been a beautiful pond called’ Kiri-muhuda’ (a’ sea of milk’), the lake that was built later was named’ Kiri-muhuda.’ Deveda Moolacharya is regarded as the Kandy Lake architect. The king built a dam for the first time across the paddy fields, starting from the side of Pattiruppuwa (Octogen), where the steps leading to the Mahamaluwa lake (Esplanade) are still visible, stretching across to the Poya-maluwa. The dam, on which a roadway was built, allowed the king to cross over to the Vihare of Malwatte. The lake has numerous local legends and folklore. One such is that the king’s harem used the tiny island in its middle for bathing and was linked to the palace through secret tunnels.

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PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located in the village of Pinnawala, 13 km northeast of the town of Kegalle in the province of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants. There were 96 elephants living in Pinnawala in 2011, including 43 males and 68 females from 3 generations.

Feeding time

Visitors are completely enamored at feeding time when the younger babies are bottle fed with enormous amounts of infant formula, which they guzzle down in a few seconds. You can watch them feeding at 9.15 a.m., 1.15 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Bath time

Bathing is a great pachyderm pleasure, and the nearby wide river allows elephants to bathe twice a day, a regime that is essential for the hygiene, comfort and happiness of an elephant. Bath times are from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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BAHIRAVAKANDA VIHARA BUDDHA STATUE

The Bahiravakanda Vihara Buddha statue, with its steps up the back leading to a dramatic perspective over the town, is a literal as well as spiritual highlight of your visit to Kandy. The 88 ft pure-white statue, which contains a gallery showing photos of Buddha’s lives from child to manhood, is part of a tiny, intimate convent on the hillside just outside the town. Building started in 1972, and ten years later the statue, its crowning glory, was finished. The monastery and statue is now an established characteristic of the Kandy tourist path with all the classic accoutrements, including sculptures and traditional historical depictions.

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EMBEKKA DEVALAYA (EMBEKKA TEMPLE)

King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era (AD 1357-1374) built Embekka Devalaya (Embekka Temple) in Sri Lanka. The devalaya is devoted to Mahasen’s worship, commonly referred to as Kataragama deviyo. Also worshiped at this site is a local deity called Devatha Bandara. The shrine is made up of three sections, “Garagha Sanctum,” “Digge” or “Dancing Hall” and “Hevisi Mandapaya” or “Drummers ‘ Hall.” The Drummers ‘ Hall which, owing to the magnificent wood sculptures of its ornate pillars, has attracted visitors ‘ attention to the site. And its roof with a high pitch.

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GEM MUSEUM & FACTORY

The gem industry in Sri Lanka has a lengthy and colourful history. Sri Lanka, which means Gem Island, was affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa. The name reflects its natural richness. Marco Polo wrote the island had the world’s best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems. Ptolemy, the astronomer of the 2nd century, recorded that beryl and sapphire were the cornerstone of the gem industry in Sri Lanka. Records of sailors visiting the island say they brought back “Serendib’s jewels.” Serendib was the ancient name given to the island by middle-eastern and Persian traders who traveled across the Indian Ocean during the 4th and 5th centuries to trade gems from Sri Lanka to the East. Geologically speaking, Sri Lanka is an exceptionally ancient nation. Ninety percent of the island’s rocks are of Precambrian era, between 560 and 2,400 million years ago.
The gems form deposits, eluvial deposits, metamorphic deposits, skarn and calcium-rich rocks in sedimentary residual gems. Nearly all of Sri Lanka’s gem formations are located in the Highland Complex ‘ central high-grade metamorphic terrain. The deposits of gems are classified as sedimentary, metamorphic and magmatic; the most abundant are the sedimentary types. The mineralogy of the deposits of gems varies widely with corundum (sapphire, ruby), chrysoberyl, beryl, spinel, topaz, zircon, tourmaline, and the common garnet among others.
Residual deposits are found mainly in river and stream flood plains. Metamorphic kinds of gems make up 90% of Sri Lanka’s gem deposits. Nearly 25 percent of Sri Lanka’s total land region has been estimated to be possibly gem-bearing, making Sri Lanka one of the nations with the largest density of gem deposits compared to its land mass. You can trail on a sophisticated Gem Museum & Arcade that provides a one-stop shop in Gem Museum, Model Mines, Crafters Workshop and Gem Arcade that you can buy even on your favorite way or budget. Through Sri Lanka customs, the all bought are duty free and likely more cost-effective compared to other nations.

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KANDYAN WOOD CARVING FACTORY

The Sri Lankan Wood Carving industry is completely distinct from what you’ve seen so far. Because traditional craftsmen use traditional techniques and easy traditional tools to materialize these ancient designs. To create them more appealing and the wonder is that even sand papers are not used to smooth them; instead, they use their chisels to smooth them. You can see how those lifeless, shapeless pieces of wood become ornamental elephants, wooden wall hangings, stilt fishermen, figures of animals and people.
These creations have long been decorating many of the area’s hotels and villas. They are built according to the buyer’s taste and satisfaction. So you can get it made by them if you have a design on your head that suits your company, home or any other location. You can order any quantity of design and according to your wish, and you can watch how your order is being processed and you’re going to drop it’s done!
Or if you have any timber shape and want to transform it into some kind of furnishings or any design or decoration that fits your location, they are very smart even in this free art tradition-” Ruk kala “and you can do it and more. It’s their talent. So, visit it, see the difference.

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Day Tour of Colombo

Colombo is the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka and is a hub for visiting beaches in the south of the island. Its history involves successive rulings by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and it was a major port on the east-west trade routes during that era. This ancient heritage reflects on the city today in terms of its architecture consisting of colonial buildings as well as high rise sky scrapers and shopping malls. The cosmopolitan side of Colombo includes stylish theatres, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, museums and galleries.Modern day Colombo is emerging rapidly and a Colombo city tour is a worthy item on your agenda either on the start or finish to your Sri Lankan tour.

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Galle Day Tour

Galle, 119km from Colombo, is a major city situated at the tip of the South Western coast of Sri Lanka. Being a coastal area, it is quite hot and humid but has an abundance of beautiful beaches in every town that you pass while travelling from Colombo to Galle. The Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese, fortified later by the Dutch and is well preserved till today. In addition to the Portuguese and Dutch remains, you will also find many British mansions left behind. As for beaches, the Unawatuna Bay probably tops it all and is safe for snorkelling and swimming because a reef protects it. There you have it, a day tour of the city of Galle in a nutshell. In case there is a delay in your departure, try using the Southern Expressway, a recently built highway that can take you to Galle in half the time.

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Belihuloya Day Tour

Belihuloya is a charming hillside village located in the Sabaragamuwa Province, Ratnapura District, about 160kms away from Colombo. The fortunate geographical location of Belihuloya links the wet and dry zones of the island at an altitude of less than 1500m. As a result, visitors will see a rare blend of semi-evergreen forests, dry grasslands, montane temperate forests and tropical savanna forests. Also expect to come across waterfalls, mountains, rivers and reservoirs decorating this gorgeous hamlet along with several endemic species of flora and fauna, making it a paradise for nature lovers!

This nature’s marvel has been created with an overload cycling trails, nature exploration, bird watching, camping and plenty of such opportunities. The stunning scenery and rich biodiversity of Belihuloya offer visitors a traditional perspective of Sri Lankan life as well as other exciting adventures.

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Anuradhapura Day Tour

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved historical ruins dating back to the CENTURIES (4th century BC – 11th century AD) during which it remained the capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was also the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and is known today as one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world.

Located in the North central province of the island, Anuradhapura is about 205kms north of Colombo. The city continuously draws millions of tourists to the sites of ancient ruins – which are the most expressive and unmatchable sites in all of South Asia. A magnificent collection of architectural and archaeological marvels include massive dagobas, crumbling temples, giant brick towers, and archaic pools that were constructed during the several thousand years that the Kingdom of Anuradhapura ruled the nation. At present, these sites that you will visit on your Anuradhapura day tour are used mostly as temples and holy places hence should be given respect at all times.

Historical prominence of Anuradhapura

• 4th century BC was when Anuradhapura became the capital of ancient Lanka – during the reign of King Pandukhabaya.

• Buddhism was introduced in the 3rd century BC – during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa.

• King Tissa built the country’s first Stupa to house the relic of Budhha’s right collarbone.

• He also planted the sacred Bo Sapling brought by Princess Sangamitta, Indian Emperor Asoka’s daughter. Today, this tree is considered as the oldest living tree in the world.

• King Tissa built irrigation tanks and a man-made lake (still in use today) to develop inland agriculture.

• Towards the end of the 3rd century, King Mahasena built 16 irrigation tanks and the tallest stupa: Jethavanaramaya.

• In the 2nd century BC, King Dutugemunu successfully recaptured the city whenever it fell to invading Indian armies.

• King Dutugemunu’s reign saw a massive construction boost including monuments such as Ruwanweliseya Stupa, Mirisavetiya Temple, and the Brazen Temple.

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Kithulgala

In the west of Sri Lanka, Kitulgala is a tiny town. It is in the rainforest of the wet area, which receives two monsoons every year, and is one of the country’s wettest locations. In the first three months of the year, however, it comes alive, particularly in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the Kwai River was filmed on the Kalani River near Kitulgala, although there is now nothing left but the concrete foundations of the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the climate scene into the river). Also, Kitulgala is a white-water rafting base that begins upstream a few kilometers.

ATTRACTIONS IN KITULGALA

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WHITE WATER RAFTING

Experience White Water Rafting on the scenic river Kelani, covering five main rapids and four minor rapids. For anyone over the age of 10, this activity includes safety gear, contemporary rafts, and our white water rafting instructors will give a thorough safety briefing in advance. The covered distance is about 5 km. You will be enchanted by the river and its surroundings, with a memorable experience during your Kitulagala White Water Rafting Tour.

RAIN FOREST CAMPING ADVENTURES

There are plenty of camping possibilities inside the jungles of Kitulgala that can be combined with White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Jungle Walks, River Bathing and many adventure activities.
If you’re searching for an adventure and recreation base near Colombo, Kithulgala is THE PLACE. Being so near to Colombo if you’re staying for one night, you’d be able to do a lot of adventure and recreation operations like White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Jungle Walking, Visiting pre-historic caves, River Bathing, Waterfall Trekking, Natural Ponds Adventure Jumps and slides.

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Kithulgala White Water Rafting

The town of Kitulgala is where this tour will take you for a day filled with extreme adventure. Kitulgala is a small, yet beautiful town located in a wet zone rain forest, approximately two hours away from Colombo. This town is one of the wettest zones in the country not only because it has the Kelani River running through it but also because it experiences two monsoons every year. These monsoons trigger the water flow in the river and make it an ideal location for adventurous sports such as white water rafting. Also, the green surroundings and wet atmosphere make it an ideal location for a bird habitat; hence bird watching is a common activity in Kitulgala. In addition to that, an interesting episode in the history of Kitulagala is the filming of the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” in 1957. Remains of the concrete foundation of the bridge are still visible today.

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Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Places: – Chilaw – Dambulla – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella 

Day 01
Apt – Via chillaw to Dambulla

Up on arrival you will warmly welcome  to Sri Lanka and proceed to Dambulla en route visit Munneshwaram  temple & Manavery temple.
Overnight stay at hotel – Dambulla

Munishwaram Temple
It is believed that Munishwaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munishwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana’s Vimanas. He felt he was being followed by a Bramhaasthi Dosham  (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. 

Manavari Temple
When the Vimana was passing over Munishwaram, he felt the Vimana vibrating, and realized the Brahmaasti Dosham was not following him at this particular point. He stopped the Vimana at this juncture and asked god Lord Shiva for advice. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying at four lingams located at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. The first lingam was installed at Manavari about 5km from here, near the banks of the Deduru Oya. At the Manavari Temple Chilaw Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in world named after Lord Rama. 

Day 02
Dambulla – Kandy

After b-fast proceed to Kandy. En route visit herbal garden. Do a city tour including temple of the tooth relic.
In the evening you will witness the cultural dance show.
Overnight stay at hotel – Kandy.

Temple of the tooth relic – Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha.

Kandy – Visit vinayagar Temple at Kandy, gem museum and do a Kandy city tour. Kandy is the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center and a gem museum and lapidary.

Day 03
Kandy

After b-fast proceed to Pinnawala
Overnight stay at hotel – Kandy.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Day 04
Kandy via Ramboda Nuwara Eliya

After b- fast at the hotel proceed to Nuwara Eliya en route visit Ramboda hanuman temple & Ramboda water fall. Then do a city tour in Nuwara Eliya including tea plantation & tea factory.
Overnight stay at Hotel – Nuwara Eliya

Hannuman Shrine ( Hanuman Gada ) – which was dedicated to lord Hanuman and its believed to be the place where Hanumman been landed in the country in search of Sitha , can observe a 18 foot hight Hanumman statute.

Nuwara eliya – is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.” The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England. For a picturesque stroll, stop by the well-maintained Victoria Park or head for Gregory’s Lake, which is located just  south of the town. You can also hire boats here also visit the international Golf and race courses and proceed to Sitha eliya witness the legendry Sitha Amman temple in the Asoke Vathika ( Ashoke forest )  and visit Gayathri amman temple also.

Day 05
Nuwara Eliya  – Colombo

After b-fast proceed to Ella. En route visit Diurumpola temple in Welimada. Then proceed to Ella and visit Ravana cave temple. Then back to Colombo.
Overnight stay at Hotel – Colombo
Divurumpola Temple – Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. Continuing the practice for thousands of years, villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding. This place has been respected and worshipped by people down the ages.
Ravana Cave Ella-  is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. First there is the Ravana Ella Cave, located at the massive Ella Falls; a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. The rocky undergoes of the waterfall is Khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes faster decay as hard gneiss or granite. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters is where Sita is said to have bathed Ravana.

Day 06
Colombo
After b-fast do a city tour including Panchamuga Ajanyear Temple.
Overnight stay at – Colombo

Panchamuga Ajanyear Temple – This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. Its the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear.
Colombo – the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on west coast. The city blends together with old colonial type building, high-rise commercial buildings and hotels. It is filled with shopping malls, airline offices bazaars and interesting tourist attractions. Some of the finest structures built during the colonial times still preserved in one part of the City. During the city tour visit BMICH, Colonial style Town hall,old parliament complex replica of Aukana Buddha statue, Galle face green, Panchamuga Anjaneyer Temple ect later do a city shopping.

Day 07
Colombo – APT

After b-fast proceed to airport for departure

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