See baby elephants roaming around their cozy foster home, enjoying their lunch, or taking a bath at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Visit Peradeniya Botanical garden followed by Kandy museum; a leisurely walk by the Kandy Lake and wander through the streets of Kandy city.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo and then proceed to Kandy, en route to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE - The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with a chance of seeing elephants up close. The orphanage was established in 1975 with seven orphaned elephants. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their calves born in the same location. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born in 1984. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river nearby. You will reach Pinnawala at 9:00am to experience the elephant feeding at 9:15 am.
On completion of this visit, you will be moved to Kandy. En route you will be stopped at Peradeniya botanical garden. PERADENIYA BOTANICAL GARDENS - Located at the edge of Mahaveli river, Peradeniya Royal botanical garden was started as a pleasure garden in the British colonial era. Today it is renowned for bundles of varieties of plants including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. A map is not required, just wander through the paths of green lawns. You will witness the flower arches which are waiting to welcome you! Don’t by-pass the giant Javan tree, which is a nice place to have a sit & take a snap! The suspension bridge is also a highlight in this garden & you can walk on it too. It’s not a surprise that this flourishing garden will leave sweet memories for you.
Transfer to Kandy in time for lunch at Oak ray Restaurant.
After lunch, you will do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary, and more. KANDY - Kandy, the hill capital, is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Centre of the lake is the Island called “Kiri Samudraya” (Milk White Ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse. Today it is the centre of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture.
You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.