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Sri Lanka is famed for its Buddhist monuments, natural beauty, pristine beaches, and of course its world renowned, fragrant teas! In this tour, with a combination of nature, monuments and sun-kissed shores, you can experience the best of Sri Lanka – Colombo, Kandy, Nuwaray Elia and Bentota. Catch a river rafting experience, wander a tea estate, make a trek to World’s End and experience the spiritual essence of a Buddhist temple. To end it all, soak in the sun on the warm sands of Bentota.
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka was ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That amalgamation is still reflected in its heritage, mingled with local Sri Lankan culture. One of the beautiful Buddhist institutions of Colombo is the Gangaramaya Temple, on Beira Lake. Make a visit to the imposing Colombo National Museum, featuring artefacts from centuries ago – the museum borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha. Visit the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, one of the most important Dutch Colonial era buildings. Explore Pettah, Colombo's leading bazaar district. The narrow cobbled streets lined with shops and street stalls that offer the most fantastic bargains.
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. It is famous for the Temple of the Tooth, and many other Hindu and Buddhist shrines and temples – the city is sometimes called the cultural capital of the island. The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens are truly the finest of their kind in Asia, with largely tropical plants. If you are inclined towards the water, drive down to Kitulgala to enjoy white water rafting on the Kelaniya Ganga. The Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue stands at a height of 88 feet on Bahirawa Kanda hill – it can be seen from anywhere in Kandy! Enjoy a Kandyan Dance and Drum Show, Sri Lanka’s iconic performing art.
Sitting 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka and the heart of the tea industry. Once a pleasure retreat of the European planters, the town is still very much an English town with many English style bungalows and buildings. The Horton Plains National Park is a nature lover and hiker’s paradise, and home to a variety of flora and fauna. Nuwara Eliya is famed for its acres and acres of tea plantations. Visit Bluefield Tea Garden, open for visitors, which also has a tea sales outlet. The influence of climatic conditions imparts a variety of flavors and aromas to the tea, making it special. Gregory Lake is a relaxed, recreational spot to wind down.
Bentota is a beach resort and is a good area for diving, windsurfing, relaxing and visiting turtle hatcheries. The beach offers water-sporting opportunities like water surfing, snorkeling and jet skiing.
Depart from Colombo (Bentota to Colombo will be approximately 65 kms drive).