Hill Country Tour

OVERVIEW

Step into the magical island with a warm greeting by orphaned elephants in Pinnawala before feeling the cool climates of the hill country. Be dazzled between the scenic misty hills of Nuwara Eliya as you stroll across the wide open plains studded with grazing herds of sambar deer. Moreover, the health triangle of Sri Lanka – featuring Ella and Bandarawela – is more likely to shower you with its unique climate before you head towards Udawalawe to witness trumpets across the border of the ‘big footed’ which will surely bid you a grand farewell!.

Airport | Pinnawala | Kandy

On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from Michelle Tours will Welcome you and transfer to Kandy.

Enroute visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is 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. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born.

The success story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawala have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawala herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Continue journey to Kandy.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy.

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Kandy | Peradeniya | Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden

This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

After that go for a city tour in Kandy

Kandy

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit Bazaar area, Arts & crafts centre, a Gem museum and a lapidary etc.

In the evening visit Temple of the Tooth Relic. Late evening witness the Cultural Show.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy

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Kandy | Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit tea plantation.

(OPTIONAL) Enjoy a Train Ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea.  Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.  Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Check in to the hotel & relax.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya | Horton Plains | Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit Horton Plains.

Horton Plains

Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at about 7000-ft elevation.  The Plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets.  Visit World’s End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka.  The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4000 ft, hence its named as Horton Plains.   Here you could find endemic Slender Loris and endemic Purple Monkeys amongst the animal species that can be seen.

Return back to hotel and relax .

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya | Ella | Bandarawela

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bandarawela.

Visit Ella Gap and small Trekk to visit Little Adams Peak.

The mountain range in the Badulla, Ella area which is considered for Small Sripada (Little Adam’s Peak) has become an attraction to local and foreign tourist. Small Sripada is located about 2 km from the Ella town. From this location Kataragama and the Hambantota beach which are hundreds of kilometers away can also be seen. The Namunukula, Poonagala and Narangala mountain ranges also located on near this place. The mount extent about 10 acres some of the Small Sripada is full of biodiversity.

After visits transfer to Bandarawela and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bandarawela.

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Bandarawela | Udawalawa

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Udawalawa.

In the evening visit the Udawalawa National Park and do a Safari.

Udawalawe National Park Is Renowned For Its Outstanding Scenic Beauty And Wealth Of Faunal Species, Particularly Mammals And Birds.  It Is A Famous Tourist Attraction Throughout The Year For Its Unique Fauna And Flora.  The Park Is Situated In The Dry Zone And Conditions Of The Physical Features Are Characterized By An Annual Drought Coinciding With The Southwest Monsoon. The Predominant Ecosystem Of The Park Area Is The Forest Area With Scattered Grasslands And Thorny Shrubs. There Are Herds Of Elephants While Populations Of Sambhar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar And Water Buffalo Are Gradually Re-Establishing Themselves.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Udawalawa.

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Udawalawa | Rathnapura | Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Colombo.

Enroute visit Gem mines in Rathnapura.

In the evening go for a city tour in Colombo.

Colombo, like many capital cities in developing countries 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.  For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings.  Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargain, 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.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo.

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Colombo | Airport

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Airport for the Departure Flight.

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