7. From Kandy: Full-Day Kandy Tour with Lunch
08.00: Begin your memorable city tour by being picked up from your hotel in Kandy. The tour includes two key attractions: the Kandy Tooth Relic Temple and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. 08.30: Immerse yourself in the beauty and cultural significance of Kandy, the administrative and religious capital of Sri Lanka, nestled amidst stunning mountain ranges. This ancient city served as the final capital of the country's ancient rulers and holds great importance in Buddhism. Explore the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a revered Buddhist pilgrimage site and Unesco World Heritage site. The city's rich history includes resisting colonial occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Admire the unique Bahirawakanda Temple and the scenic Kandy Lake, built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. Discover Kandy's vibrant arts, crafts, music, dance, and cultural heritage. The city tour also includes visits to a gem lapidary, an art and craft center, and a traditional cultural show. 12.00: Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine. 13.00: Venture to the enchanting Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, located approximately 5.5 kilometers west of Kandy in the Central Province. The gardens, situated near the Mahaweli River, are renowned for their vast collection of orchids and diverse plant species, including medicinal plants, spices, and palm trees. Established in 1371, the gardens have a rich history and were originally part of a palace complex. Enjoy the serene surroundings and explore the lush greenery under the care of the Department of Agriculture's Division of National Botanic Gardens. 16.30: Witness the captivating Kandy Cultural Show, a vibrant display of traditional music, dance, and cultural performances that showcase the rich heritage of Sri Lanka. 17.30: Conclude your tour and be dropped off at the same hotel where you were picked up, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and cultural treasures encountered throughout your Kandy exploration.