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Explore the Island

 

Sri Lanka an opportunity to explore, the past, the history, the heritage, cultural variation, extra ordinary climatic zones situated very close. This tour has it all, just within 6 days of travel an experience never to be forgotten.

 

Habarana - Where your dream vacation begins. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding program. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930‐1000 hrs and 1330‐1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000‐1030 hrs and 1400‐1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.


Dambulla ‐ is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life‐size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings.


Habarana/Dambulla - Sigiriya Rock Fortress ‐ is home to the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple‐moated defense the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. Afterwards proceed towards Kandy, en-route visit a Spice garden in Matale - to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island.


Kandy City –A World Heritage city , traditions and culture remains undisturbed by European influence in the colonial era , the Royal Palace called as ‘’ The Temple of Tooth Relic’’ situated opposite to the lake gives a magical beauty to the city. Kandy is home for one of the largest botanical gardens in south East Asia. Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic - ‐ ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissa princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world.

 

Nwara Eliya - Royal Botanical Garden’s of Peradeniya-  where you can easily stroll around a whole day, are stuffed with a bewildering variety of local & foreign tree & plant species.One of the most interesting sites here is bizarre - looking snake creeper, whose tangled aerial roots look just like a writhing knot of vipers. The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.
Enjoy the cool climate , similar to Europe in Nuwara Eliya, if you wish you may proceed on a Trekking Expedition in the Horton, the coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains.
Horton Plains, its surroundings, forests and the adjoining Peak Wilderness constitute Sri Lanka's most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic plants and animals representative of the country's wet and Montane zones. The western slopes support the most extensive area of Montane cloud forest surviving in the island. Horton Plains is not merely a destination for nature tourists.

 

Yala National Park - The Yala National Park - Ruhuna National Park at Yala is Sri Lanka's most popular wild life safari destination. 1250 sq Km Park is home to leopards, crocodile, elephant, deer, sambar, bear, wild boar, wild buffalo and peacock and may varieties of birds including migratory birds such as flamingos. The uniqueness of the park is its many different habitat diversities such as dense jungles, lagoons and open park areas, a beautiful sea front and rocky outcrops.


Bentota/Beruwala - Colombo Enjoy the pristine beaches as this is where the most beautiful beach stretch of Sri Lanka begins, offers an excellent Sandy & Sunny atmosphere to cool off after a journey in the country. Bentota has plenty to offer than pure leisure. It is a recognized area for Scuba Divining, Snorkeling and many water based sports. Later Transfer to Colombo, and experience an oriental city tour and proceed in a shopping expedition.