Home to the Temple of the Tooth, or the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, or a quite peaceful city lying amidst the hills – there can be several perspectives to studying the history of Kandy, considered to be the cultural capital of the island country. The city is full of surprises, so goes a common adage among the travelers to this historic city, and so it proves to be too!
Back in the late 1400s when Kandy was referred to as the Kingdom of Kandy, it served as the throne to the ruling kings.
The most attractive feature about this city is the relic, according to which the protector of the tooth of the Buddha is the ruler of the Kingdom, which subsequently explains the proximity of the royal palace from the temple.
Known as ‘Maha Nuvara’ in the vernacular language, implying the ‘Great City’, Kandy’s nomenclature can be traced back to the Sinhalese ‘Kanda Uda Rata’, meaning, the land on the mountain. The journey to its present shortened version saw the influence of the Portugese ‘Candea’.
At present Kandy stands as the second largest city of Sri Lanka, apart from being the capital of the country’s Central Province. Every year, during the month of July or August, the Kandy Perahera is organized, which offers a true glimpse into the ancient traditions of the city, with colorful processions, masquerades, elephant parades and much more.
On our way to Kandy we will visit to the Elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. This orphanage was established to feed nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and ravines in their request for water during drought period At the Orphanage you can see the elephant feeding, baby elephant bathing and playing and can have the elephant riding and you can feed the elephants by yourself as well.
At the duty free shops which are available in the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage you can buy the nice creatures as a memories to give your loving ones.
After the Pinnawala, we will visit the tea factory located at Pilimathalawa. This tea factory has 100 years of history and they produce very fine export quality tea. Through our tea factory visit we can have a fair idea about entire tea making process including plucking, drying, grinding, packing, etc. And also can have a fine tea at free of charge. At the Tea Bar in the tea factory you can buy the verities of quality White Tea, Red Tea, Green Tea and Black Tea at lowest prices.
After the Tea factory visit through crossing the nice views of Hanthana Mountain, Peradeniya Botanical Garden which has the largest Orchid collection of the world, Road Construction Museum and Mahaweli River which is the longest river in Sri Lanka, we will going to have our lunch. Also you will be given the time to shop at the Arts & Crafts shops to buy gems or whatever the nice creations for your loved ones.
Finally we will visit to the world heritage historical city of Kandy. At the Kandy City you can visit to the Temple of Tooth which is the place stored the teeth of the Load Buddha. Temple of tooth consists with the unbelievable creations which are coming from the ancient history made by the Kings. At the museum situated in the Temple of Tooth you can see the replica of “Raja” elephant made by using the real skin after the death of elephant.
After that can visit the historical Kandy city while having the cool wind from “Bogambara Lake” and you can shop at Kandy City to buy the memorials for you all as well.
Tour start @ 6.30am
Tour Cost : 130$(Per person rate USD) -11 to 20 pax group
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