Culture, heritage and fascination blended with a rich vibe surrounding the ‘Highlight of Asia’ is what to expect from Nkar’s special tour featuring the Kandy Esala Perahera. Kick off your tropical experience in style with the signature elephant orphanage in Pinnawala before heading towards the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, you may spice up your experience on the way to Kandy – with a unique array of Sri Lankan spices – before witnessing the greatest pageant of all time featuring exotic dances flanked by caparisoned elephants swaying their heads to the rattling drum beats.
Moreover, head towards Yala – the national park with the largest population of Leopards in the world – while garnishing your experience before cutting across the sandy beaches to head home with a bag full of memories!
This is one of the best Sri Lanka holiday deals originally designed for 07 nights/08 days. But we always cater to our valuable clients requirements and it can be customized for different durations as per request.
En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
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.
Continue journey to Sigiriya/Dambulla/Kandalama. Check in to the hotel. In the evening visit Dambulla Rock Temple.
Dambulla Rock Temple
Dambulla rock temple has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Polonnaruwa for a city tour
Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
On your way back to hotel you could also witness a wood carving shop where you will be shown all the types of timber and hardwood available in Sri Lanka and all the creative furniture made by our master craftsmen.
In the afternoon visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Return back to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla
Continue the journey to Kandy. Check in to the hotel.
In the evening visit Temple of the Tooth Relic. Late evening witness the Cultural Show.
Overnight stay at Hotel Kandy
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
After that go for a city tour in Kandy
Kandy was 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 1798. Visit Bazaar area, Arts & crafts centre, a Gem museum and a lapidary etc
Value Added service from Nkar: Tickets to witness Kandy Esala Perahera Festival the most colorful pageant in Kandy.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit tea plantation.
Check in to the hotel. In the afternoon go for a sightseeing tour in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kataragama.
En route visit Ravana Ella (Waterfall).
Continue journey to Kataragama. Check in to the hotel.
In the evening visit Kataragama and witness the Perahera.
Kataragama is perhaps the most visited holy places in the country. Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims flock to the shrines located there. The deity most often associated with Kataragama is Skanda. Buddhists travel to Kataragama ostensibly to visit the Kirivehera, a dagoba where the Buddha is said to have meditated in his 3rd and final visit to Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kataragama.
With packed breakfast visit Yala National Park
Yala (Ruhuna) National Park Situated in the southern province, Yala National Park showcases a vast variety of indigenous animals and is best known for large herds of roaming elephants and the ever-elusive leopard. The park’s dry thorn scrub, interspersed with small dusty glades, IT is reminiscent of Africa, a perfect environment for safaris.
Transfer to Colombo. En route go for a city tour in Galle.
Galle was once the chief port of Sri Lanka. It is still well known for
hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90acres) which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is also a World Heritage Site.
Check-in to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at hotel in Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Airport for the Departure flight.
(Subject to change)
|Kapsituvima (Planting of the ‘Kapa’)|
|Internal Perahera of Four Devales|
|29th July 2017||1st Kumbal Perahera|
|30th July 2017||2nd Kumbal Perahera|
|31st July 2017||3rd Kumbal Perahera|
|01st Aug 2017||4th Kumbal Perahera|
|02nd Aug 2017||5th Kumbal Perahera|
|03rd Aug 2017||1st Randoli Perahera|
|04th Aug 2017||2nd Randoli Perahera|
|05th Aug 2017||3rd Randoli Perahera|
|06th Aug 2017||4th Randoli Perahera|
|07th Aug 2017||5th Randoli Perahera|
|08th Aug 2017||Day Perahera (Water Cutting Ceremony “Diya Kepeema”)|