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|Arrival at Colombo ~ Negombo
Upon arrival at Colombo airport, you will be met and transferred to Negombo for your stay.
Hotel stay in Negombo.
|Negombo ~ Pinnawela ~ Kandy
After breakfast, depart for Kandy, en-route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of captive breeding programme. A unique experience never to be missed.
Afternoon city tour of Kandy, including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Gem Lapidary and the magnificent (16th-19th century) golden-roofed temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D., when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.
Watch the Kandyan dances & fire walking show in the evening.
Hotel stay in Kandy (breakfast).
|Kandy ~ Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, depart for Nuwara Eliya, the Mountains of island where is of 2,000 meters above sea level. Nuwara Eliya is also called the "Little England". This is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. This was home for many British Tea Planters for over 150 years until they received independence from the British in 1948. This is still in colonial charm and the same old traditions are still kept in this cool city. We will visit a tea estate & factory en-route.
Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867 a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on a 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolcondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow well only a rolling terrain and is classified be elevation into low grown, medium grown, high grown, into 3 main groups. In 1996 Sri Lanka has produced 258 million kgs of tea and has earned Rs 34,068 million by exporting 244 million kgs of tea.
Hotel stay in Nuwara Eliya (breakfast).
|Nuwara Eliya ~ Colombo
After breakfast, depart for Colombo and en-route scenic view of the waterfalls.
Colombo - A drive through the city will take you to the Fort and Pettah - the commercial area of the city and tree-line Colombo - 07 Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3,4,5,8 are the prime residential area of the City. Visit Fort, and Pettah for shopping. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street, lined with goldsmith's shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendaal, dating back to 1749. The historic Davatagaha Mosque, Independence Hall, B.M.I.C.H, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
After dinner, transfer to Colombo airport for departure.
Mid-night departure flight back to Hong Kong.
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