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6 Days Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage


Destination Covers: - Dambulla - Kandy - Bentota
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage  orphanagenursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.

Arrive Colombo and proceed to Dambulla. en-route visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage which shelters more than 70 orphaned elephants and visit Herbal Garden. Afternoon visit the cave Temple at Dambulla. Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that King Valagam Bahu took refuge in the 1st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Some of the frescoes are over 2,000 years old and there is a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock, some 14 meters long.Overnight in Dambulla.  

After Breakfast visit the Spice Garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also in medicine and cosmetics.Later witness spectacular dance performances (Cultural show).Overnight in Kandy.

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.Later, drive to  Nuwara Eliya. En-route visits a 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. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. 

After breakfast, drive to Bentota. On arrival, check in hotel. a tropical lagoon and a major river, Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon. You can also visit the Fish Market & Turtle Hatchery.Overnight in Bentota

After breakfast,driveto Colombo; 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,Overnight in Colombo.

After breakfast, you have time free at leisure till it’s time to proceed to the airport for your flight back home.

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