6. Explore Kandy, Pinnawala, and Tea Plantation from Kandy
Start your day with a pick-up from your hotel, and set off to the enchanting destination of Pinnawala. Immerse yourself in the heartwarming experience of visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a haven for wild Asian elephants. Established in 1975, the orphanage cares for and safeguards many orphaned and unweaned elephants found wandering in Sri Lanka's forests. Witness the world's largest captive elephant herd, and observe newborns and adult elephants roaming freely. Don't miss the unforgettable moments of bottle-feeding the elephants at 9.15 am, 13.15 pm, and 17.00 pm, as well as watching them bathe in the nearby river between 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. Your time shared with these gentle giants will be truly life-changing. Proceed to the captivating city of Kandy. En-route visit Giragama Tea Plantation & Tea Factory. Immerse yourself in the world of tea by visiting the Giragama Tea Plantation, a renowned tea estate in Sri Lanka. Located in a picturesque setting, this plantation offers a fascinating insight into the tea production process and allows visitors to experience the lush tea gardens firsthand. Take a guided tour through the plantation, learn about the cultivation and harvesting of tea leaves, and witness the art of tea processing in action. The Giragama Tea Plantation visit is a must-do activity for tea enthusiasts and those looking to explore Sri Lanka's tea heritage. On completion you will visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, located approximately 5.5 kilometers west of Kandy in the Central Province. The gardens, situated near the Mahaweli River, are renowned for their vast collection of orchids and diverse plant species, including medicinal plants, spices, and palm trees. Established in 1371, the gardens have a rich history and were originally part of a palace complex. Enjoy the serene surroundings and explore the lush greenery under the care of the Department of Agriculture's Division of National Botanic Gardens. Begin your exploration of Kandy, the cultural and religious capital of Sri Lanka, nestled amidst picturesque mountain ranges. Visit the revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1988. Discover the rich history of Kandy as it once served as the final capital of ancient Sri Lankan rulers and witnessed battles against colonial powers. As your eventful day comes to an end, you will be taken back to your hotel, cherishing the cherished memories of the elephant orphanage encounter, cultural wonders of Kandy, Giragama Tea Plantation & Tea Factory.