Colombo is the beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of lovely Sri Lanka, and is a unique blend between the old and the new. Bustling with commerce, the city also has delightful oases of calm and serenity everywhere. One of the most popular world travel destinations, Colombo attracts millions of visitors each year on holidays and vacations.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 01 : Arrive Colombo – Negombo (20 Minutes)
Arrive into Colombo and you will be welcomed and assisted by a representative before you proceed to Negombo. Brief city tour in Negombo and leisure at Hotel. Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 02 : Negombo To Chilaw - Kandy (4 Hours)
Legend– Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana's Vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramahathi Dosham as he killed King Ravan who was a Brahmin. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the "BramahathiDosham"was not following him. He descended from the Vimana and asked god Shiva for a remedy and was asked to install and pray four lingams in Manvari, Thirukoneshvaram, Thiruketheeshwaram, and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the Dosham.
Continue to Kandy. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage which shelters more than 70 orphaned elephants and visit Herbal Garden.In the evening visit Dalada Maligai, the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada) of Lord Buddha that is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists and later witness spectacular dance performances (Cultural show). Overnight in Kandy.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana. The orphanage ...
Kegalle-Rambukkana Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Travel from Negombo to Kandy
Day 03 : Kandy To Nuwara Eliya (2.5 Hours)
After breakfast visit the botanical gardens at Peradeniya. This garden is noted for its large number and great variety of plants, indigenous as well as introduced. The gardens contain over 4,000 species and varieties making it one of the best and most valuable collections in the world. One of the main attractions is the Orchid House. Later, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple and later tea plantation to see the tea pluckers at work and also visit a tea factory to witness the manufacturing process of the finest Ceylon tea. In the afternoon do a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya. Set in the heart of tea-country this beautiful town is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church and the famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 1890 meters above sea level, the air here is cool and fresh. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Colonial time old church. Has beautiful stained glass pictures and some british time tombs of clergy men .
Care taker opened the church and showed us inside of the church. ...
Church Rd, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Day 04 : Nuwaraeliy – ( Sightseeing And Leisure )
After breakfast visit Seetha Amman temple Ashoka Vathika and Huggala Botanical garden ( optional). Legend – Sita Amman The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. About a century ago of three idols were discovered in the stream, one of which was that of Sita. It is believed that the idols have been worshipped at this spot for centuries. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman's are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size.
Legend - Divurumpola This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent Agni Pariksha (Test). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Dirumpola means "place of oath in Singhala. The legal system permits and accepts the searing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties
Visit Gayathri Peedam on your way back. The Gayathri Cathedral also known as Sri-Lankatheeswarar Temple which he built is situated in in an area where Swamiji fondly identify as Sri-Nagar which means the Metropolis of Prosperity, at Lady McCallum Drive Nuvareliya a Colonial township known as the "Little England" for it's breezy atmosphere to the outside world and the Islanders. Nuvaraeliya is a mountainous town situated above 7000 Ft. above Sea level at the central province in the island built around an chilly lake surrounded by lush Tea gardens, abundant vegetable cultivation, stunning water-falls and Virgin woodland. In the evening Back to hotel. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Temples situated around Kandy are some other popular tourist attractions. The most famous temples are: Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekke Devalaya, Dodanwala ...
Temple of the Tooth Museum, Temple Square, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Day 05 : Nuwara Eliya To Colombo (5 Hours)
After breakfast, proceed to Colombo. Legend- This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. Its the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear. The chariot festival is held annually end Dec/ beginning of January. Hanuman's mother is Anjan. Hanuman is known as Anjan + Aiyar = Anjaneyar in South India (Hamuman in North India).
Legend – Kelaniya Temple. After King Ravana's death, Vibeeshana was coroneted as King of Lanka by Lakshmana at Kelaniya. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist temple depicting the crowning of Vibeeshana. The Kelani River is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and Vibeeshana palace was said to be on the banks of this river. The reason Lakshmana crowned Vibeeshana, was because Rama had to return to India as he had to continue his self-exile of 14 years to honour the commitment to his father, King Dasarath of Ajodhya. There exists as Buddhist temple and shrine for King Vibeeshana. Vibeeshana is considered one of the four guardian deities of Sri Lanka, and temples for Vibeeshana are found throughout Sri Lanka. A painting of Kind Vibeeshana adorns the new Parliament of Sri Lanka. In fact there are no temples dedicated for Ravana, but many exist for Vibeeshana; this goes to prove that his stand towards dharma & justice made people to revere him as a god in Sri Lanka. King Vibeeshana was considered a fair king, as he supported Rama against his own brother's injustice. Many devotees that visit king Vibeeshana's shrine pray to him asking his intervention to a fair recourse to their problems. Colombo is like many capital cities in developing countries this is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained with several British built colonial buildings, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) - an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China. In the evening, you have time free for shopping; visit House of Fashion, Odel Dress Boutique, Majestic City, Noritake Ceramic ware showroom and local souvenir shops. Overnight stay in Colombo.