Pinnawala and Kandy Day Trip
Pickup from the Colombo airport or a hotel in Negombo & start Pinnawala and Kandy Day Trip – Travel to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Visit elephant bathing and baby elephant feeding – Visit a spice garden at Mawanella – Travel to Kandy – City tour in Kandy visit Temple of the tooth – Visit Peradeniya botanical garden – Visit Giragama tea factory – According to the flight time transfer to the airport or drop at your hotel in Colombo or Negombo in the evening – End of Pinnawala and Kandy Day Trip.
Tour starts from – Colombo international airport.
Tour ends at – Colombo international airport.
Ages – 01 to 99
Group size – Min 1, Max 18
Please book this tour at least 5 days prior to the tour start date.
Pinnawala & Kandy Day Trip
You will meet our English-speaking chauffer guide at your hotel lobby at 06:00 am.
Thereafter transfer to Pinnawala where the elephant orphanage is situated at. It is a 3 h drive. The orphanage has the largest herd of captive Asian elephants in the world. It is not simply an elephant orphanage, but also a nursery and a captive breeding ground, which has nurtured and cared for countless elephants since its inception in the year 1975. One of the most unique experiences that visitors will be able to enjoy here, is observing the bathing elephants, as they interact and play, unhindered by the gazing masses. The Orphanage is open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, allowing visitors to interact with the elephants during the regulated bathing and feeding times. Visitors are also entitled to witness the daily caring routines of the elephants which include bottle feeding elephant calves and feeding the mature elephants. You can have your late breakfast at Pinnawala.
Your next stop is Spice Garden in Matale, just 15 minutes drive from Pinnawala towards Kandy. Sri Lanka has always been renowned for its spices. Over 15 different spices call Sri Lanka home and many of them are traded in the international spice market. Cinnamon especially is endemic to Sri Lanka.
After that transfer to Kandy the last capital of Sri Lankan rulers, a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy evokes quality and grand dreams. A lot of legends, traditions, and old stories are still full of energy. In 1806, the last Sinhala ruler, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, drove around Lake Kandy.
Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden. This professional flower bed was originally extended by the British as the joy of the Sinhala Lord. It has 147 parts of the land and offers amazing trees, plants and flowers.
The top attraction of Kandy is Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Tooth. The entire complex is over three centuries old. It has seen bloody wars and peaceful reigns and is one of the most historical places still standing on the island.
You can have your lunch at Kandy.
Giragama is one of the premium tea plantations in the country.
Your last stop is Giragama Tea plantation. It is the nearest plantation to Kandy. This tea plantation spreads across many hectares. While visiting the plantation drop in to also purchase tea at the very same place.
Your way back is 3.5 hours to Colombo.
Health Protocol for Arrivals to Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Bio Bubble –
Valid for arrivals from 19th August 2021.
1. Applies to International Tourists visiting Sri Lanka under a tourist visa and optional for dual citizens, valid resident visa holders, Sri Lankan citizens who opt to come under
the tourism route. No prior approval is required from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Civil Aviation Authority. There is no minimum duration of stay in Sri Lanka.
This protocol is applicable for travelers not arriving from or with no travel history (including transit) to any travel restricted country in the past 14 days. Tourists arriving
from India (including transit) have a separate health protocol and please visit www.srilanka.travel/helloagain for details.
2.Prior to boarding, travelers are required to:
a. Have a valid tourist visa. All visas must be applied online. Visit eta.gov.lk.
b. Before applying for a visa, ensure you have the following.
i. A pre-confirmed booking at a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure Certified’ hotel/s for up to 15 days depending on the duration of your stay and vaccination status. Hotel
booking/s could be made directly with the hotel or through ‘Safe & Secure’ certified travel Agent or OTA. Visitors are allowed to move within L1 hotels and
use all facilities of the hotel upon a negative PCR on arrival. For more information please visit www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.
ii. Pay for the mandatory COVID-19 local travel insurance cover at USD 12 for a policy of USD 50,000 up to a period of one month (including children
below 2 years).
iii. Pay for the PCR tests (USD 40 per PCR test) depending on the status of your vaccination. (Refer ‘Table 1’ below).
c. Have a negative PCR test done within 72 hours prior to embarkation (Children below 2 years are exempted). Also, please check the requirements of your airlines.
Airport transfers to be arranged by either the respective Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel or Certified Safe & Secure travel agent.
All travelers should undergo On Arrival (Day One) COVID-19 PCR tests;
• Children between 2- 12 years of age will be exempted from On Arrival (Day One) PCR testing ONLY if they are following the not-fully vaccinated route.
• Children below 2 years are exempted from PCR testing. However, if the parents/guardians develop symptoms or result in positive PCR test reports, children will
undergo PCR tests.
COVID-19 recovered passengers traveling to Sri Lanka with one dose of vaccine will be considered as ‘fully vaccinated’. The vaccination certificate should indicate
that the vaccination course has been completed following the administration of one dose.
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