At 5,500 feet up in the sky, the land below is picture-perfect. The lush green mountains and tiered paddy lands are interspersed by the snaking black- tarred roads, chock-full of loaded buses and honking cars creating the ever-present traffic snarl-ups. Next to it, you see the Mahaweli River flowing calmly in all her majesty. But all too soon, you have reached your destination. And step out into another adventure. This is how your journey begins…
On arrival at Colombo’s International Airport or Colombo City (Waters Edge, Kotte) you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the Cinnamon Air Domestic terminal at Colombo’s International Airport or the check-in area at Colombo City (Waters Edge, Kotte) in time for your flight to Kandy. In approximately, 25 minutes, the flight will reach Kandy’s Polgolla Reservoir and you will be driven to your Hotel.
After check-in at your hotel it is time to give yourself a memorable holiday. Your afternoon will include a visit to the Temple of the Tooth and a drive around the Kandy Lake.
Imagine yourself in Kandy: A city with a history that is as intriguing as it is enthralling. Once a bastion of the last Sinhala king, the history of this great city dates back to the 4th century with enough relics and remnants to keep you charmed during this memorable holiday.
The Temple of the Tooth Relic: The Temple is among the most sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world. Walk through the magnificent Royal Palace that was built by Vikramabahu 3rd (r. 1356-1374) and Senasammatha Vikramabâhu (r. 1469-1511). Take in the grandeur of the Audience Hall, built during the reign of Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe (1797-1814) where the Kandyan kings held their royal court. Visit the Mahamaluwa and see relics and statues of Madduma Bandara, princess Hemamali and Prince Danthe and the skull of Keppetipola Disawa and much more.
The Kandy Lake: Located in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, this lake was built in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasingha of Sri Lanka next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king's helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the bustling market place and bazaar areas with your guide. The evening ends with a cultural performance of traditional Kandyan dancing and reverberating drums.
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Architectural Tour of Kandy: Your host Ruchira Wickremasinghe, AIA (SL), is a professionally qualified architect, with her own practice in Kandy for the past eight years. The walk begins at the Boathouse, near the Kandy Lake. You start by exploring the Kandy market and taste a local favourite ‘Thambili’, or King Coconut, as it is more commonly known. You then take a walk around town passing the Bogambara Prison built in 1876, the beautiful Pillaiyar Hindu Temple (Kovil), the Kandy Clock Tower, streetscapes, old lawyers offices, St Paul's Church and the Temple Square (Devale Kotuwa). You then make a short visit to a Temple to experience a pooja. Your tour ends at the Mlesna Tea Centre where you can sit down, relax and enjoy your cuppa.
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After breakfast visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.
The Royal Botanical Gardens: Dates as far back as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at Peradeniya near the Mahaweli River. Later, in the reign of King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1780) this was made a Royal Garden and from 1780 – 1798 King Rajadhi Rajasinghe resided there. Today, this beautiful 147 acre pleasure garden of the kings boasts of over 5000 species of trees and plants, some of which are rare and endemic to the tropical world.
Transfer to the Kandy Polgolla Reservoir Water Aerodrome in time for your flight back to the Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo) or Colombo City (Waters Edge).
Kandy, the last Kingdom of our island and an iconic citadel in its own right, where once great kings ruled and where nature, art and flourished. This is the Capital of the hill country steeped in cultural heritage and natural beauty, set amidst historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers and breath-taking vistas of picturesque mountains and valleys.Visit Hotel