Srilankan Weekend Break
Day 01 : Nuwara Eliya
Colombo – Nuwara Eliya (Approx. 5 hrs)
On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you shall be received by Apple leisure representative.
Thereafter you shall proceed towards the Hill Capital with quaint Colonial Feel, Nuwara Eliya. Enroute you have an option to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (if time permits. Entrance fees to be paid directly)
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanage’s population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Nuwara Eliya – During the city tour in Nuwara Eliya you will visit the main attractions of the town which include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. You can also visit a working tea factory where the slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world’s finest Orange Pekoe tea. You can also add Seetha Eliya and Haggala Gardens. Seetha Eliya is a temple which was mentioned in the famous epic Ramayana. Haggala is a temperate hill-country garden where languid low-country lotus and water lily float in their serene loveliness.
Later proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya meaning “the city of dawn” is the town at the highest elevation in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous “Ceylon Tea” is brewed.
Over night stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 02 : Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast today, you may visit Hanuman Temple & Seetha Amman Temple
Hanuman Temple: In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.
Seetha Amman Temple:
About 1.5km away from the Nuwaraeliya, said to be built at the spot where Ravana held Sita captive, as related in the Ramayana. The small temple has a collection of statues, including a couple of Kali images.
Sita Amman Temple
The Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita lived most of the time of her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana’s magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashok Vatika or Ashokavanam where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana’s wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hamunan.
OR enjoy boat ride in the picturesque Lake Gregory (boat ride charges to be paid directly)
Over night stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 03 : Colombo
Have breakfast at Hotel and later depart for the airport for departure.