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From Colombo: Full-Day Pinnawala and Kandy Tour

1. From Colombo: Full-Day Pinnawala and Kandy Tour

Start your journey at 0600 hrs from Colombo and proceed to Kandy, pausing at Pinnawala for a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This is the home for young elephants who have been displaced from their natural habitat at Pinnawala village in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Now housing 70 elephants, Pinnawala is home to the largest group of captive elephants in the world. Next, visit Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, renowned for its variety of ornamental, decorative & medicinal plants, more than 4000 species. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids, the largest in Asia. Thereafter, visit the Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls. Lounge among delicately carved pillars and be amazed by the beautiful golden statues. Followed by a lunch break at a location of your choice. Cultural Dance Show - Be escorted to a performance of the traditional Kandyan dance, accompanied by tumultuous drumming. Dances include the cobra dance, mask dance, the Ginisisila, showing power over fire. This entire frenetic and colorful spectacle climaxes with the amazing fire-walking act. Finally, you will begin your journey back to your hotel in Colombo at approximately 1930 hrs. En-route, you will stop at Ambepussa (restaurant of your choice) and have dinner.

Sri Lanka: 7-day Island Highlights Tour

2. Sri Lanka: 7-day Island Highlights Tour

Day 1 Meet your driver and proceed to your hotel in Dambulla. See the Dambulla Golden Cave Temple along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla. Day 2 After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Polonnaruwa historical city. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla. Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast, leave for Kandy. Visit a spice garden along the way. After arrival in Kandy, enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit the Tooth Relic Temple and Royal Botanical Garden. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy. Day 4 After an early morning breakfast, head to the Kandy Railway Station and board the train for Nuwara Eliya. Stop to visit a tea plantation along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5 After the breakfast, head for Yala. Visit a waterfall and the Sita Temple along the way. After arriving in Yala, enjoy an afternoon safari. Dinner and overnight stay in Yala. Day 6 After the breakfast, leave for Bentota. Visit Galle Fort, the Madu River estuary, and  the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalutara/Bentota. Day 7 After the breakfast leave for Colombo. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel or the airport after your Colombo sightseeing tour.

Udawalawe National Park Private Full-Day Safari

3. Udawalawe National Park Private Full-Day Safari

Venture into the untamed wild of Udawalawe, the famous home to the majestic Sri Lankan elephants. Journey into the savanna grasslands in the hopes of seeing elephants, foxes, deer, water buffaloes, hares, mongooses, and bandicoots while also keeping an eye out for crocodiles in the wetland areas and many species of birds. Head to the Udawalawe Reservoir with the huge local mountains in the backdrop. See groups of crocodiles resting in the banks or swimming about the lakes, vibrant birds of prey going fishing, and herds of elephants visiting to quench their thirst and take a rest. Your guide will take you back to the entrance of the park at the end of the safari at 5:00 PM.

Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

4. Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Embark on an exciting 3-day tour of Sri Lanka's holiest area, the Cultural Triangle. See 5 UNESCO-listed sites including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy. Stay overnight at a hotel in Sigiriya between private-guided sightseeing ventures. Get picked up in Colombo and head to your hotel in Sigiriya via Anuradhapura, the oldest city in Sri Lanka. Imposing Buddhist temples, dagobas, palaces, gardens, and other remarkable structures in the city testify to the grandeur of ancient civilization. Settle in for a good night's sleep at your hotel in Sigiriya. After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Sigiriya rock fortress, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, and then to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Witness massive stone-cut Buddha statues, dagobas, an audience hall, and much more at the cultural museum of Polonnaruwa. Opt to enhance your experience with a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. Spot wild elephants, bears, wild boar, deer, buffalo, monkeys, and maybe even a leopard. Stay overnight in Sigiriya. Depart early for Colombo via Kandy, visiting a spice garden en-route. In Matale, spices and herbs are used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medicine. Hear about this history as you explore the site. The Dambulla Golden Temple and Tooth Relic Temple are sure to add another level of sacrosanctity to your experience. Dambulla hosts more than 150 Buddha statues and a large number of ancient murals. The next stop will be Kandy city. Today Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's most important cities because of the presence of the temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha. This is the most visited Buddhist temple on the island, frequented by thousands of devotees every day. Return to your hotel in Colombo.

Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

5. Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

Visit the Ramboda Falls and a Tea Factory with a guided tour through a tea estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea. Later go on a scenic tour in Nuwara Eliya City, the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make memories in the old red-bricked post office and relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory. Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World's End and the cooling sprays from Baker's Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in the area.

From Kandy: Ancient Heritage of Sri Lanka 2-Day Guided Tour

6. From Kandy: Ancient Heritage of Sri Lanka 2-Day Guided Tour

Embark on a 2-day tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural history, including one of its most famous National Parks. Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Dambulla Golden Cave Temple, and Wilpattu National Park.   Day 1: Kandy – Dambulla – Anuradhapura Start your journey at 7:00 AM with hotel pickup in Kandy. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and head for Dambulla to your first stop: the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Marvel at the hundreds of Buddha figurines and other deities scattered across the 5 main caves. You’ll also see the giant golden Buddha statue just a little distance outside the cave complex and hear the tales of this ancient kingdom.   Afterwards, head to Anuradhapura where you’ll check into your hotel for a short rest. In the evening, explore the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, which served as the country’s capital for over a millennium until the 10th century AD. See its pagodas, monastic buildings, and ponds scattered over a vast area. Visit important landmarks, like Jetavanarama, one of the tallest buildings of the ancient world; the Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment; and the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Learn about the fascinating history of this region as you walk in the footsteps of kings.   Day 2: Anuradhapura – Wilpattu – Kandy Early in the morning, head to Wilpattu National Park for a jeep safari. Feel the call of the wild as you catch sight of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard—this National Park is believed to have the highest concentration of leopards in the entire world. See hundreds of other types of wildlife such as deer, buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, and rare birds. Get the photographs of a lifetime of these curious creatures.   After the safari, return to your hotel for a short rest before setting off again for a visit to Mihintale Rock. This is the place where Buddhism began in Sri Lanka, the spot where King Devanampiyatissa and Monk Mahina met. View the monastic ruins at the foot of the mountain and walk in the footsteps of Mahina as you visit the cave where he lived. See historic stupas (commemorative monuments) as you wander the ruins of an age long past, helping you to understand its impact on the history and current state of Sri Lanka. After this final visit, you’ll head back to your hotel in Kandy.

From Dambulla: Kandy Day Trip

7. From Dambulla: Kandy Day Trip

Start your day trip with a pickup at 7:00 AM from your hotel in Dambulla. Bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel. Reach Kandy by 9:30 AM and go to your first destination in the city, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Learn about the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha and its importance throughout the history of Sri Lanka. Also, view the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the many golden figurines in the shrine. At approximately 11:00 AM go on a tour to see the crafts of traditional artisans of Kandy, such as gem crafters, woodcarvers and batik makers. You will get to see the process of how the artisans do their work and purchase some unique souvenirs if you'd like. Finish the tour by 1:00 PM and break for lunch at a local restaurant of your choice. After an enjoyable meal, head to the next leg of your tour at about 2:30 PM. Go to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya and explore the grounds hosting gardens of over 4000 plant species, including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants. Also, have the chance to see famous plants such as the Cannonball Tree, the Giant Javan Fig tree, and Burma bamboo. Complete your tour of the botanical gardens by around 5:00 PM and return to your hotel in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka: Kandy Private Day Tour with Pickup

8. Sri Lanka: Kandy Private Day Tour with Pickup

Explore the spiritual city of Kandy on a guided private tour. See Buddhist sights, visit a tea plantation, stroll through the market square and check out a wood carving workshop and gem lapidary. Get picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Mount Lavinia, or Negombo, and start your journey to Kandy. Visit a spice garden in Mawanella and a tea factory in Giragama along the way. Spend an hour exploring the tea plantation and factory on your stop in Giragama. Learn about the various processes that go into producing this popular beverage. Drive another 30 minutes and you'll arrive in the city of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the market square, Upper Lake Road, a gem lapidary, and a wood carving workshop before having lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, admire the Hill Capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese kings during colonial times. Tour this important historic site before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Kandy: City Tour by Tuk-tuk with Lunch and Dance Performance

9. Kandy: City Tour by Tuk-tuk with Lunch and Dance Performance

Learn about the history and traditions of Kandy on this city tour by tuk-tuk. Visit various temples and cap off your day by watching a cultural show. After being picked up from your hotel, start your day by visiting the Kandy temple. Pay your respects at the Palace of the Sacred Tooth Relic where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. Then, head over to the audience hall which boasts unique Kandyan architecture. Proceed to the hidden treasure that is the Bahirawakanda temple. Marvel at the large seated Buddha statue enshrined in the temple, which is visible from almost anywhere in Kandy. At the top of the temple, admire the incredible views of the city. Continue your tuk-tuk ride to visit the flourishing Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. Wander through the paths of green lawns and learn about a wide variety of plants including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. Enjoy some free time for shopping before finishing your tour with an unforgettable traditional Kandyan dance performance with drummers, fire dancers, and more. This cultural show will captivate your ears and eyes with displays of local culture and art.

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What people are saying about Kandy

Really good experience! At one of the attractions we should have visited, there was a really long queue and too many people, so our guide was good at coming up with a lot of other options we could see if we wanted. All the experiences were quite exciting! Our guide also found some great eateries along the way with really nice views each time. He was good at assessing when he was needed as a guide and when it was better for us to be alone and she stayed close by (eg at the restaurants). On the slightly long drive, he was also good at explaining what we saw when we looked out the windows and in general what Sri Lanka was like.

The person who drove us was very sweet and respectful. We felt very safe. We were just 3 girls traveling so he made us very comfortable and was patient. He also made the right stops for lunch etc. Overall I would totally choose getyourguide again for future trips

We had a good day trip. Kandy as a city doesn’t have too much to offer, and we are glad we made this booking to spend a day fruitfully. The chauffeur guide was very polite and friendly.

great day, had a very knowledgable driver, great food and learned a lot about the people and the country.