Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 96 elephants, including 43 males and 68 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka.On the way visit a spice garden in Mawanella to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 26 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic , one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Center - bundled with latest and world class brands, a bazaar, an art & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions.The Galle fort is a world heritage site in Asia.
Balapitiya is a coastal town, in south west Sri Lanka. The most important asset of the fragile eco-system of Madu River is its mangrove forests. These mangrove forests are providing protection for a large number of aquatic bird, animal and plant species. The eco-system in Madu River is the home for different kinds of aquatic plants, crabs, shrimps, fish, insects, amphibians and other animal life including crocodiles. Madu River is inhabited by a large number of animals and its bio-diversity is at very high level. This ecological complex is a Ramsar wetland and it is the second largest wetland on the island. 28 islands (some of them are inhabited by humans) are included in the Madu River estuary. The extent of the Madu River wetland is 915 hectares and harbours multi-varied Bio-diversity Eco-systems. There is no road network connecting the island and mainland and the boat is the main source of transport for the people living on the islands. The Kotduwa Buddhist temple occupies an island and it is the main religious institution for the people, who live on Madu River. Kothduwa temple is an important tourist attraction and visited by many tourists, who undertake the Madu River safari. Madu River is one of the best places to witness the different types of mangroves in the country.
The Turtle Care Centre at Kosgoda beach is one of 18 turtle hatcheries along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The centre is located in the South Western coastal village of Kosgoda and was establised in 1981. It is also very popular as all five species of turtles that visit Sri Lanka nest in Kosgoda. This is not so with many of the other hatcheries around the island whose beaches host only some of the species.
Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 metres (13 ft) above sea level. Mirissa is most famous for Whale and Dolphin watching which is best to see during the months of December to April. The boat is fully insured and equipped with communication equipment, life raft and life rings . Life jackets also provided. Bottled water and picnic breakfast will be provided during the trip.
Dambulla cave temple is a world heritage site, declared by UNESCO in 1991. The Dambulla rock cave temples’ history dates back to the 2nd century BC. During the reign of King Sadda Tissa, the monastery was donated to the monks for dwelling and meditating. In 1st century BC in the reign of King Valagamba of Anuradhapura Kingdom, there were 7 invaders of Anuradhapura. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160m over the surrounding plains and there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. There are five major caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
A World Heritage Site Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 180 km from Colombo in the south-central sector of the island. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972, with the objective of protecting the catchment area of Udawalawe reservoir, which provides water for agriculture and hydro-power generation. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park , and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area.The park covers 979 square kilometres. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.