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Highlands Experience Tour
Duration – 5 Days/ 4 Nights
 
Day 1
 
Arrive at the Bandaranayake International Airport to be met by a Travel Representative, transfer to Kandy (approx. 100 km – 3 hours), tucked away amidst lush evergreen forests at an elevation of 1640 ft and the gateway to the highlands. En route make a visit to the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela – A place dedicated to the care and well being of many orphaned Elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. There are a number of 84 Elephants and the main spectacle is the bath at the nearby lake whish is held twice a day. Thereafter, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya on the outskirts of Kandy, well known for its enchanting array of flowers, trees and plants. The gardens host the most extensive collection of orchids in Asia and are home to over 4000 indigenous and foreign specimens, including ornamental and medicinal.
 
Description
The Royal City of Kandy is a World Heritage Site, as is the Temple of the Tooth, an important shrine to Buddhists the world over, since it contains a relic of the Lord Buddha’s Tooth. Kandy has a scintillating blend of ancient Sinhala architecture and contemporary architecture. The myriad colours, the pulsating atmosphere of the town center, sprinkled with amazing scenery and enveloped by a salubrious climate helps in making Kandy a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka.
 
       
 
 
Day 2
Conduct a town tour inclusive of the Temple of the Tooth, Udawattakele Forest Reserve, the Kandy bazaar, the numerous museums of history and gems, the lapidary and the Kandy Lake.
 
       
 
 
Day 3
After breakfast, transfer to Nuwara Eliya (approx. 66 km – 3 hours) further up in the highlands. Check in at the Tea Factory Hotel – 5 Star.
 
Description
Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka, situated at an elevation of 6,128 ft and overlooked by Pidurutalala, the highest mountain on the island, at 8,282ft. Shrouded with a near constant level of cloud cover, the gentle pitter-patter of raindrops, charming Victorian and Tudor era mansions, coniferous forests, it is a place removed from the usual hustle and bustle of other towns in Sri Lanka. Hence, prime relaxation is guaranteed.
 
       
 
 
Day 4
Conduct a town tour of Nuwara Eliya. Visit Lake Gregory, Victoria Park, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club (18-hole), the botanical gardens in Hakgala, Sita Eliya (famous for the legend of Ramayana, whence the demon-king Ravana kept the Goddess Sita hidden in this area) and a thoroughbred racecourse. Thereafter visit a tea plantation and a tea factory. Women draped in colourful sarees and shawls follow the age-old adage of “Picking two leaves and a bud” to a tee. You can observe this process as well as manufacturing and grading. Taste a cup of pure, vintage Ceylon Tea, the epitome of the finest tea in the world. Visit Horton Plains, a high plateau covered by cloud forests and montane grasslands, overlooked by Sri Lanka’s 2nd and 3rd highest mountains and home to some of the most awe-inspiring vistas Sri Lanka has to offer. Horton plains is home to the “World’s End” cliff, a sheer precipice that plunges nearly 3,000 ft to the tea-estates down below and the 66ft high Baker’s Falls.
 
       
 
 
Day 5
After breakfast, transfer to the airport (approx. 145 km – 7 to 7.5 hours) for your homebound flight.
 
END OF TOUR
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
       
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