The last capital of a pre-colonial Sri Lankan kingdom is a must-visit. Not only is Kandy home to the magnificent Temple of the Tooth Relic but it's also a city of tree-lined streets crammed with hawkers, tuk-tuks and vintage buses. You'll also visit an elephant orphanage a spice garden, a tea plantation and botanical gardens.
It's almost non-stop action on this immersive tour. As we make our way through the central highlands, we'll stop at vey famous pinnawala elephant orpanage and a fragrant spice garden in Mawanella and a tea plantation and factory – for a proper cuppa of Ceylon tea – in Giragama. The sight of undulating hills covered in row after row of tea plants is one of the most emblematic images of Sri Lanka.
You'll also go on a city tour of Kandy, visiting the Tooth Relic temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to a relic of Buddha's tooth – and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which are home to more than 4,000 species of plants. To make the day extra special
• Visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage
• Tour botanical gardens, a tea plantation and a spice garden
• Discover the Temple of the Tooth Relic
• Guided tour of the historic city of Kandy
Royal Botanical Garden
Visit the Temple of the Tooth
The Pinnawela Orphanage has been both an orphanage and breeding ground for wild elephants from the year 1975. Currently, there are some 100 elephants here, well accustomed to their curious human visitors. Although the orphanage simulates a natural habitat for the elephants, they are taken twice a day to the Maha Oya for baths, and all the baby calves below 3 years of age, are still bottle fed.
Bathing and feeding times are very popular with visitors as they are able to help with the feeding and watch the jumbos frolic in water.
Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya is the oldest formal gardens in Sri Lanka. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees and is renowned for its collection of orchids and the long, palm framed pathways.. It encompasses a total area of 147 acres. Though the groundwork for the current gardens were laid in 1821 by Alexander Moon, the origins of the Botanic Gardens date as far back as 1371 King Wickramabahu time.
The Dalada Maligawa, also known as, the Temple of the Tooth, is one of the landmark sites in Sri lanka. The Maligawa was once the royal palace , but after the demise of the Kandyan Kingdom the palace was transformed into a Buddhist temple that holds Buddha’s tooth.
It is a must visit location for all tourists. Visitors can catch a glimpse of Buddhist rituals, explore the museum that includes several ancient artifacts, and pay your tribute to the tooth relic at one of the Buddhist ceremonies held at the premises. The architectural splendor and the historical importance of the Dalada Maligawa are sure to amaze you.
Enjoy Sri Lanka’s world renowned spices in a garden where it smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace that overwhelm your senses!
Kandy is the Cultural hub of Sri Lanka, known for its natural beauty and traditional ways, Kandy will definitely be one of the best highlights of Sri Lanka. Take a sightseeing tour around the wonderful city of Kandy and grant yourself an awesome view of the heart of Kandy including the Kandy view point.
On your way back visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded and finally taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory
Explore Sinhalese’s last capital – Kandy
Taste some of the finest tea
Blessing at Kandy Temple of Tooth
Elephant bathing at Pinnawala
Wow! Wow! Wow! This was an unforgettable tour from start to finish. We rearranged after the terrible attacks in Sri Lanka but Tony made us feel safe from the start. We were taken to Pinnawala
Elephant orphanage which was better than I was expecting, the views were fantastic. We then had a tour around a spice garden including a surprise massage, then it was on to Kandy to see the temple of the tooth. After a lovely lunch stop we moved on to the botanical gardens which were so interesting. Finally we had a tour around a tea factory and tasted some Ceylon tea. The surprise monkey stop also provided a great photo opportunity. Tony is an amazing host and he goes the extra mile to make you feel happy and comfortable. I would recommend his tours without hesitation and just wished we were staying longer so we could go on another. Thank you Tony.
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