Islam flourished in Sri Lanka with the arrival of Arab traders in the 7th century A.D. Sri Lankan Moors have been strongly shaped by Islamic culture, with many customs and practices according to Islamic law.
|PICKUP/DROP OFF LOCATION||Airport, Hotel or Private Residence|
|DURATION||4 Nights / 5 Days|
Islam began to flourish in Sri Lanka with the arrival of Arab traders in the 7th century A.D. Many of their descendants, now called the Sri Lankan Moors, were mainly traders and merchants with spice trading networks spanning to the Middle East. Over the centuries, the Sri Lankan Moors have been strongly shaped by Islamic culture, with many customs and practices according to Islamic law. While preserving many of their ancestral customs, the Moors have also adopted several South Asian practices.
Airport / Kandy
Pickup at the airport or hotel and transfer to Kandy.
Undertake a City tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum. *Kandy – the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
Thereafter visit a Malay historical place in Kandy, the Malay Military Mosque & a holy Muslim Shrine in the Meera Makam mosque.
Meera Makam Mosque: This land was given to Muslim Leaders during the period of King Keerthi Sri Raja Singha. This was built in 1864 by a society of Muslims. Since then this has been on one of the most famous & holiest mosque in Sri Lanka. Within the mosque locates a shrine and tomb with the words; “Darvesh Mohiyadeen Dervesh”, and the remains found when excavating to build the mosque, was laid to rest on the southern side of the mosque. The date Hijri 715 is clearly visible on the tombstone. Close to the grave is a stony stairway. This leads up to the meditation room once used by Shawal Hameed Nagoor Meera SaiBo Rali Ullah when he visited Dafther Jailany about 400 years ago. The saint is said to have placed his palm print in sandalwood paste on the rock above the Shilla room. You may see the Rock Inscriptions in Arabic
Evening witness a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka
Overnight stay and dinner at Oakray Regency hotel in Kandy
Kandy/Nuwara Eliya / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. 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. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
Visit the Ramboda Falls en-route.
Visit a Tea Plantation & Tea Factory – 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 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 on 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.
On completion transfer to Kandy
Overnight stay and dinner at Oak ray Regency hotel in Kandy
Kandy /Pinnawala/ Colombo
After breakfast leave for Colombo.
En route visit the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, a riverside sanctuary which cares for elephants displaced from wild habitats. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. The orphanage is home to hundreds of abandoned or injured elephants who are looked after with warmth, love and affection. The elephants at the orphanage are bathed daily in a river located nearby. The original objective of establishing the orphanage was more towards promoting tourism, but soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants.
Commence city tour of *Colombo – a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, Nelum Pokuna – One of the main performing Arts Theatre and Independence Square.
Visit the Grand Mosque at New Moor Street, the Military Mosque & Akbar Mosque in Slave Island (built by the British for the soldiers of the Malay Regiment) and visit Devatagaha Mosques at Lipton Circus, Cinnammon Gardens for the evening prayers.
Also visit Jami –ul-alfar Mosque, also called the ‘Rathu Paliya’ or Red Mosque in Pettah.
Meet the Malay Community in Sri Lanka in the Malay Padam.
Overnight stay & dinner at a Hotel Galadari in Colombo.
Colombo / Kalutara
Shopping in Colombo – visit Mlesna exquisite tea boutique, cashew nut shop, ready made garments and all sorts at Majestic City. Visit the Lanka Ceramics Centre, a place where you can buy “NORITAKE SET” or other ceramic items, visit the ‘ODEL SHOP’. Visit ‘BAREFOOT’, ‘HOUSE OF FASHION’ and ‘BEVERLY Street’.
Then proceed to Kalutara.
Relax at the Beach.
Overnight stay and dinner at a hotel Kalutara.
Kalutara / Airport
After breakfast relax until the time of checkout & then transfer to the Bandaranayke International Airport via the expressway for the flight back.
End of Tour arrangements – (Guest has to be at the Airport 3 Hours prior to the departure time)