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KANDY ESALA PERAHERA 2022

Featuring among Kandy tours in Sri Lanka, this special package will let you witness the spectacular Kandy Perahera. This popular annual procession features everything from elephants to traditional dancers, offering unique insights into local culture.

 DAY 1 > AIRPORT / NEGOMBO 

negambo

Meet and assist on arrival at the Airport by an Royal Travels Representative & proceed to Negombo
Check into Hotel in Negombo
Overnight Stay at Negombo


 DAY 2 > NEGOMBO 

negambo 3

After Breakfast at Hotel, enjoy a city tour of Negombo
Located within a fairly close range to Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo – the cinnamon hub of the Colonization of Dutch – offers some of the most exiting diving stretches in the country. With quite a pleasant beach and lagoon watch how Negombo dishes out some of the best lobsters, prawns and crabs found in the country, right on to your table or simply grab your kiteboards for an enthralling fly over crashing waves. Today Negombo also represents an ultimate nightlife featuring bars, disco bars and clubs. So, jazz up to the rhythm of the West, and be ready for a night of ‘fest’, because at Negombo everything is ‘best’.
On completion return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight Stay at Negombo


 DAY 3 > NEGOMBO / PINNAWALA / SIGIRIYA 

pinnawala

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Pinnawela and visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!
On completion continue to Sigiriya
Check into Hotel in Sigiriya
Overnight Stay at Sigiriya


 DAY 4 > SIGIRIYA 

sigiriya 2

After Breakfast at Hotel, climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
On completion return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight Stay at Sigiriya


 DAY 5 > SIGIRIYA/ POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA / SIGIRIYA 

watadageya

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Polonnaruwa and visit the Polonnaruwa city tour.
Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa – medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I – remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Vatadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Gal viharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

minneriya national park
On completion continue to Minneriya or Kaudulla National park and enjoy a ‘Great Elephant Gathering’ Jeep safari.

If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world – over 300 at a time – which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
On completion return to the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Habarana


 DAY 6 > HABARANA / MATALE / KANDY 

 

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Kandy via Matale and visit the Matale Spice Garden
An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.
On completion continue to continue to Kandy
Check into Hotel in Kandy
Overnight Stay at Kandy


 DAY 7 > KANDY / PERADENIYA / KANDY 

peradeniya

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Peradeniya and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya – today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy – is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights – the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree – of this place which overflow in grace.
On completion return to the hotel in Kandy and spend some time at leisure.
In the evening witness the Kandy Esela Perehera 

esala perahera
Kandy’s ten-day Esala Perahera is the most spectacular of Sri Lanka’s festivals, and one of the most colourful religious pageants in Asia. Its origins date back to the arrival of the Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka in the fourth century AD, during the reign of Kirti Siri Meghawanna, who decreed that the relic be carried in procession through the city once a year. This quickly developed into a major religious event – the famous Chinese Buddhist Fa-Hsien, visiting Anuradhapura in 399 AD, described what had already become a splendid festival, with processions of jewel-encrusted elephants.
On completion return to the hotel
Overnight Stay at Kandy


 DAY 8 > RAILWAY STATION / NUWARA ELIYA 

nuwara eliya train

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to the Peradeniya Railway Station and board the train to Nanu Oya and enjoa scenic train ride.
On arrival at the Nanu Oya Railway station, you will be picked up the guide who will drive you to Nuwara Eliya.
Check into Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya


 DAY 9 > NUWARA ELIYA 

nuwara eliya

After Breakfast at Hotel, spend some time at leisure.
In the evening take part in a tea tasting programme which will be organized at the hotel.
Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.
Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya


 DAY 10 > NUWARA ELIYA / YALA yala 4

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Yala
Check into Yala Hotel
Overnight Stay at Yala


 DAY 11 > YALA 

yala

Taking along with you a packed breakfast, proceed to Yala and enjoy a safari at the Yala National Park.
Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.
On completion return to the hotel for lunch.
In the evening, proceed to the Yala National park for another safari.
On completion return to the hotel.
Overnight Stay at Yala


 DAY 12 > YALA / HIKKADUWA 

hikkaduwa

After Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Hikkaduwa.
Check into hotel in Hikkaduwa
Overnight Stay at Hikkaduwa


 DAY 13 > HIKKADUWA / GALLE / COLOMBO 

galle fort

After breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Galle and enjoy a city tour of Galle.
Galle is located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka and is an important city in the region. The city remains the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese during their period in the country. The Galle Fort, today, is a world heritage site and the most important landmark in the city. The Dutch Museum and the Dutch Church are two other significant attractions. Galle has also made a name for itself for its intricate lace and ebony carvings.
On completion Proceed to Colombo
Check in to Hotel in Colombo
Overnight Stay at Colombo


 DAY 14 > COLOMBO / AIRPORT 

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After Breakfast at Hotel, enjoy a city tour of Colombo.
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the west coast of the island. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. It was the legislative capital of Sri Lanka until 1982. Famous landmarks in Colombo include Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Racecourse, Planetarium, University of Colombo, Mount Lavinia beach, Nelum Pokuna Theatre and as well as the National Museum.
On completion continue to the airport for departure.

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 Price includes : 

  • Meet & greet assistance on arrival at the Airport.
  • Hotel (Double / Twin share)
  • Meal plan – Breakfast
  • Transport by AC Car/ Van
  • Services of an English speaking driver throughout the tour. (Guide on request with additional fee)
  • Visits according to the program.

 Price excludes : 

  • Tickets & Entrance fees for the sites in the above mentioned itinerary.
  • Video Camera permits.
  • Early check in / late check out.
  • Expenses of personal nature or any other services not specified in program.
  • Porter & Tips.
  • Any optional activity mentioned in the package.
  • Compulsory & Peak Period Supplements at the hotels.
  • Lunches and Dinner


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Kandy Procession Tour 2022

One of the most dazzling festivals in Asia, the Esala or Kandy Perahera in Sri Lanka is an annual event that offers a unique insight into the rich cultural heritage and traditions of this island nation. Taking place in July or August in the ancient hill kingdom of Kandy, this grand pageant and procession is based around the historic Temple of The Tooth which houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

This special package at Aitken Spence Travels features a visit to the Kandy Perahera where one can bear witness to this vivid spectacle. Featuring the island’s iconic elephants, colourfully adorned as they make their way along the route, the procession is also known for its traditional performers including Kandyan dancers, whip crackers, drummers and fire breathers who lend to the pageantry.

As part of the package, we also offer an ideal overview of just how enchanting Sri Lanka is, taking you on an exciting cross country adventure. Watch dolphins swim off the coast of Kalpitiya, explore the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, climb the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and go whale watching in Trincomalee; these are just some of the thrilling escapades that await you.