Sri Lanka at a Glance
Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. Within a mere area of 65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline – much of it pristine beach – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
As well as the revered main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines and museums.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya
Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually.
Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’ is unlikely, Colombo has emerged as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.
The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often-shady boulevards. Fort is a compelling place thanks to ongoing restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Rd is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes.
Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and shops. Surprises abound: with a little exploration you’ll find great local food, characterful shops, and tiny, convivial cafes. Meanwhile a building boom like no other is transforming the city’s skyline.
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Day 1: AIRPORT / PINNAWALA / KANDY
(Approx. distance & travel duration – 75km/41km – 2hrs to 2hrs.30min/1hr to 1hr.30min)
Meet & assistance on arrival at the airport. Proceed to Kandy.
En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Overnight stay in Kandy..
DAY 2: KANDY
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Peradeniya to visit Royal Botanical Gardens.
Thereafter to a short city tour of Kandy with time for shopping if required.
Visit a Tea plantation, Tea factory & Waterfalls.
Evening Visit Temple of Tooth Relic & see a cultural dance show.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 3: KANDY / COLOMBO
(Approx. distance & travel duration – 125km – 2hrs.30min to 3hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Colombo.
Evening Short city tour in Colombo with time for shopping if required.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
DAY 4: COLOMBO / AIRPORT
(Approx. distance & travel duration – 40km – 1hr to 1hr.30min)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport to catch the departure flight to your onward destination.