Sri Lanka Package

Sojourn in East coast Sri Lanka

SUMMER – 2016 SEASON

TOUR PROGRAMME : KANDY (1N) / TRINCOMALEE (2N) / PASSIKUDHA (2N) / COLOMBO (2N)

Day 01

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of Jetwing Travels and transferred to Kandy. (Approximately 137 Km 3 ½ Hrs)

En route visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage –

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Approx 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 baby elephants born as a result of the captive breeding program. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by

In the Evening commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. (4 Hrs)

Kandy – The hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

Royal Botanical Gardens – Peradeniya – 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.

There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world are one such avenue.

  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Kandy

Day 02

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast at the hotel we will then proceed to Trincomalee .(Approximately 205 Km 5 Hrs )

  • Check In to the Hotel
  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Trincomalee

Day 03

Breakfast at the hotel

Explore Trincomalee

TRINCOMALEE – 165 miles from Colombo, is one of the largest and safest Natural Harbours in the World. Trincomalee is connected by Rail and Road. It has sunny weather throughout the year, with white sandy beaches, calm, placid and warm waters, ideal for underwater activities and for Whale watching.

Trincomalee was a Buddhist Center known as “Gokanna” from very early times and later a Hindu Kovil was constructed at the site.

In 1617 five (5) Danish ships entered Koddiyar Bay, but the negotiations with the Kandyan King was fruitless and they sailed away.

In 1624 the Portuguese completed the construction of a Fort here after destroying the Hindu Temple at Swami Rock in the Fort.
The Fort, which had only 3 Bastions was taken by the Dutch in 1639, but abandoned, re-fortified in 1675 and named it Fort Fedrick.

In 1795 the British captured it after a 4-day bombardment and it became the first possession of the British in Sri Lanka.

Nilaveli-10 miles away are the finest beach in Trincomalee starting at Uppuveli- 5 miles away extending all the way to Nilaveli. Pigeon Island is a great place for Diving, Snorkeling and sea bathing.

Velgam Vehera – 6 miles away near Periyakulam Tank is the Temple known to Hindus as Natanar Kovil dating from the 2nd C.A.D. After the Chola Invasion Hindu contributions helped restore it as a Buddhist Temple.

There are 7 Hot Spring at Kanniyai just 5 miles away on the Anuradhapura road. Thiriyai Vata-da-ge is 30 miles to the North of Trincomalee and is one of the best monuments in Sri Lanka.

KONESWARAM TEMPLE–Trincomalee- According to an inscription found on the doorway to the Fortress this Temple. Destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16 Century A.D. they threw all the columns down to the sea below.

Three bronze statues were brought up by divers found among the columns in the sea and are now kept in the modern temple at the same site, within the Dutch Fort in Trincomalee

  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Trincomalee

Day 04

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast at the hotel we will then proceed to Passikudha (Approximately 140 Km 3 ½ -4 Hrs )

  • Check In to the Hotel
  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Passikudah

Day 05

Breakfast at the hotel

Explore Passikudha

Since the end of the civil war in 2009 and the completion of Tsunami rehabilitation projects, Pasikudah has become a popular tourist destination amongst locals and foreigners alike. This is because Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. In other words, people walk kilometers into the sea because the water is only a few inches deep and the current is relatively weak compared to the rest of Sri Lanka’s coasts.

Pasikudah is easily accessible from Trincomalee and Batticaloa, both of which cities have star class accommodation. Pasikudah is fast becoming an investors hub as foreign and local investors have shown interest in developing tourism along the beach. The Sri Lankan government’s strict environmental policies have prevented certain plans for mass development, however at the same time the government’s strong economic policies have promoted development to a certain extent.

  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Passikudah

Day 06

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Colombo. (Approximately 299 Kms 7-8 Hrs)

Check in to the Hotel

  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Colombo

Day 07

Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning Proceed to city tour in Colombo with shopping.

Colombo: a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.

  • Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Colombo