Airport pick up in the morning. Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The herd goes to the river at 10.00 a.m. and 2. P.m. In this governmental conservation project, they keep the ill, old, abandoned baby elephants, ensure them good conditions in big area, healing, two times 2 hours bathing in river, etc. Before this, we can watch the baby feeding, after they go to the river. Hence, the tourists can not go among the herd, if you want, we can also visit another elephant foundation, where you can ride elephant, and go to the little river and wash the elephants and see them more closer. We watch the fruit eating bats, after we can go to Kandy. [Night in Kandy1]
Kandy. We can watch some world famous products and ancient craftmanships. Example we can visit a wood carving factory in Kandy, where you can watch the processing of masks, furnitures. You can visit a batiq factory, making batique textiles with hand painting. You can visit gem museum. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. After a short sightseeing in Kandy we watch the Kandy dancers and fire eaters performance show (16.50), after, at 18.00 when it starts to dark religious people come to praying we visiting the Buddha’s sacred tooth relic temple. [Night in Kandy2]
We are heading to the hills to have a jungle and tea experience. We visit RambodaFalls. Hills have more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation. This make the scenery lush and diverse, with cloud forests and tea plantations. Visit tea factory, where they explain the tea making process, and there is a tea degustation with several kind of teas. After we go back to Kandy, if you managed your time well, you can take a walk in the Peradeniya royal Botanical garden at sunset time. [Night Kandy3]
On the way to Dambulla, we stop for we stop for visiting an ayurvedic spice garden, where they introducing the healing plants and their natural oils and powders for non/chemical medical treatment and give a short back massage (for free) as a try for the famous Ayurveda massage. We stop for Matale Aluvihare rock temple, and also the Hindu temple. We visit Nalanda Gedige ruins.
Dambulla, where we can watch thegolden buddha statute and the rock cave temple monastery. Dambulla is Unesco Heritage Site, fascinating underground world of cave temples with thousands of statutes. [Night in Dambulla1]
In the morning we can go to a village experience program, where we go to the lake area on bull cart, go through lake with waterlilies and arrive to farmers mud houses where the ladies show how traditional farmers make their foods, they make a coconut sambol and herbal tea for the guests. Afternoon we climb Sigiriya. Go up to the top, and watch sunset from the top of this ancient rock fortress. This lava plug rock holds the ruins of an ancient empire. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century CE, the citadel and its palace contains all attractions. [Night in Dambulla2]
Jeep safari at Minneriya national park. You can watch bears, antelopes, dears, crocodiles, lot of birds (pelican, cormorants, grey heron, etc), monguses, elephants, buffalos.
After we can visit Polonnaruwa ancient city. The archeological park with the ruins of the ancient city of is a World Heritage Site. Its masterful stone carvings, palace complexes, and temples dating back to the 11th century testify to splendor and grandeur of the former kingdom. . [Night in Dambulla3]
Visit Mihintale. forest monastery – Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site.
Afternoon we visit Anuradhapura – the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura at the times of the first kingdom, now an Unesco World Heritage Site, and still the center of Theravada Buddhism. Huge stupas show the grandeur of this ancient city. [Night in Anuradhapura]
Go to Trincomalee. You can visitithe Khoneshwaram hidu temple at english fort, the lovers leap rocks. Afternoon: Nilaveli, you can go to snorkelling to Pigeon Island where with a little luck you can spot small peaceful sharks, or to a whale watching if the season is good for that