This special tour will guide you through an ancient and fertile land of lakes and misty highlands once ruled by European colonial powers for 450 years, their enduring legacy still visible for all to see.
|PICKUP DROP OFF LOCATION||Airport, Hotel or Private Residence|
|DURATION||4 Nights / 5 Days|
AIRPORT / COLOMBO
Arrival, welcome by a representative of TC Holidays and transfer to Hotel in Negombo.
Afternoon undertake a City Tour including “Lellama” the Fishing Harbor from where the Fishing Travelers take off, Retail Fish Market a fishing Village, a Catholic Church, Hindu Kovil etc….
Negombo is an ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the country’s main international airport and also to the city of Colombo. The 100 km long canal network built by the Dutch running through the city is still in use, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily. Remnants of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, administrative buildings, churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary’s Cathedral. This is also one of the strongholds of the catholic community of Sri Lanka and quietly correctly considered as the “Little Rome”, located along the picturesque Negombo lagoon, along which hundreds of fishing boats and catamarans could be seen most of the time. The Town is dotted with several churches, some dating from the earliest colonial times. Sightseeing in Negombo includes the remains of the Old Dutch Fortress from 1678, the Dutch Canal constructed for the transportation of Cinnamon, St. Mary’s Church and the Old Dutch Cemetery, and naturally, the Negombo Fish Market –more famously known as the “Lellama”, the country’s second-largest fish market at the north end of the town’s lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area’s fishermen, buy fish and even organize fishing trips on the colourful boats into the lagoon and the ocean beyond.
NEGOMBO / PINNAWALA / KANDY
After breakfast leave for Kandy.
En route visit the Elephant Orphanage to see the world’s largest herd of domestic Elephants including babies who are still being fed by bottle thrice a day and any other place of interest
Located on the banks of Maha Oya , claimed as the only place in the entire planet earth where one can see such a large herd of captive elephants , established in 1975 as an effort towards education and conservation of scientific captive breeding , it provides shelter to young elephants who find themselves abandoned , displaced or lost from their natural habitats due to various reasons
This lovely city is the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings before falling to the British in 1815AD and is now a World Heritage Site. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned “Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic”. Spice Gardens dot the outskirts of Kandy along with handicraft centers and the central market-place is a hub of activity. Undertake a City Tour including the Upper Lake Drive – a place where one could have a bird’s eye view of the city below, the Royal Botanical Gardens – one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora, and visit the Gem Museum – to see how the valuable gems that you see on a shop shelf are turned out from a raw stone.
TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC
The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Lord Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers) the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and visitors. The tooth which is not visible is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba which contains six dagoba caskets of diminishing size.
In the evening, attend a cultural performance by traditional Kandyan dancers and drummers including a devotional ‘Fire Walking’ ceremony.
Dinner & overnight stay at the Hotel Suisse in Kandy. The building was the Headquarters of Lord Louise Mountbatten – the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War.
KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast transfer by vehicle or train to Nuwara Eliya
You have the option of traveling by train from Kandy to Nanu-Oya, winding alongside the beautiful tea-covered hills of the central highlands through tunnels carved into living rock during colonial times, past working tea estates and witness beautiful waterfalls and misty mountains.
If travelling by vehicle, visit Ramboda Falls and tour a working tea factory.
Nestled in a wooded basin at the foot of Mount Pidurutalagala, the islands highest peak, this region at 1800M above sea-level has a cool, crisp climate unknown elsewhere in Sri Lanka. A serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Colombo, the town resembles a slice of the English Lake District, aptly named by the British colonials as ‘Little England’ – their holiday retreat from the heat in Colombo. Unusual plants, birds and animals thrive here besides waterfalls and caves. The local golf course is one of the finest and picturesque in Asia, and the serene Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, colonial bungalows, beautiful parks and well-kept lawns and hedges give the place an air of colonial nostalgia.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a the Heritance Tea Factory Hotel
HERITANCE TEA FACTORY HOTEL
Stay in a converted tea factory located in the middle of a working tea estate and surrounded by Sri Lanka’s breathtaking hill country. Nestled in the mountain range of the southern highlands, the original tea factory was constructed during the time of the British Raj. Here you will witness the manufacturing process of world famous “Ceylon Tea” and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before being sent to the Tea Auctions in Colombo. Since its opening, the Heritance Tea Factory has won 26 awards for architecture, heritage and environmental policies.
After breakfast, leave for the World Heritage listed town of Galle
The fortified town of Galle is Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city and was the center of Dutch rule on the island. The fortified Dutch quarter with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings jutting out on a promontory into the sea, is a well preserved remnant of the islands colonial heritage. It’s Dutch-period villas on narrow verandah-lined streets, surround a number of imposing churches and other colonial buildings. The historic Fort area is crammed full of little boutique shops, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets – a third of the houses are owned by foreigners. Just wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Galle
After breakfast leave for Colombo
Colombo is a fascinating city with a rich colonial heritage. It’s known not only for its comfortable blend and vibrant mixture of the past and the present but for a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. It is the commercial capital of the country, and is only 35 km south of the country’s main international airport. Undertake a half day City Tour including the Dutch Reformed Wolvendhal Church, Old Dutch Hospital, Old British Parliament Building, Colonial-style Town Hall, Cinnamon Gardens which is a prime residential area with colonial-style houses.
Depending on your departure time, you can have high tea at the Heritage Colonial-era Mount Lavinia Hotel just south of Colombo. The hotel, originally built as the home for British Governor Maitland is now one of the best hotels on the island. The poolside café gives you an excellent view of the Indian ocean and lines of ships waiting to enter Colombo harbor.
Transfer to the airport for departure.
END OF SERVICES – (All passengers should be at the departure lobby of the Airport before 03 hours of their departure flight)