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Kandy
Distance: 288 km

Temple of tooth relic

Known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, the scenic town of Kandy is nestled in the hills and was a stronghold of the Sinhalese kings. Today the main site is the Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Lord Buddha.

The Kandy Perahara, an annual cultural pageant is one of the most colourful processions of the world with drummers, dancers and ornamented elephants performing on the streets of Kandy.

 

Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawela

A unique elephant orphanage, nursery and breeding ground for wild elephants, Pinnawela is remarkable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The main attractions are the opportunity to observe elephants bathing and playing from the river bank as well as being privy to the daily feeding and aspects of care.

Pinnawela is enroute to Kandy

 

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya, Kandy

A naturalist’s haven, this botanical garden is spread over a vast area of land and is home to more than 4000 species of plant. Most recognised for its variety of orchids, the garden also grows, herbs, medicinal plants and many trees offering respite under their cool shade.

 

Bundalla National Park
Distance: 138 km

Bundalla is considered one of the most scenic parks in Sri Lanka. Located in the dry zone the vegetation consists of shrubbery that spreads out to the lagoon beyond, with stunning settings of sand dunes bordering the coastline.

A bird lovers haven, Bundalla is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory birds. Crocodiles are seen lazily basking in the sun whilst deer, jackals, monkey and hare dart about.

 

Udawalawe National Park
Distance: 136 km

Udawalawe National Park surpasses all other parks in Sri Lanka for sightings of elephants in an open habitat with one of Asia’s highest density of elephants within its area. The park is centred around the beautiful Udawalawe reservoir, with less dense forests making it ideal for game watching.

 

Yala National Park
Distance: 166 km

Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited park, with a beautiful coastline. The park finds its significant representation with wildlife enthusiasts for having one of the world’s highest density of leopard and frequent sightings of elephant too.

Also located in Yala beyond the national park, is the rock temple of Sithulpahuwa with a history of over 2200 years that once housed thousands of monks who lived a life of solitude. Its scenic surroundings would still quiet the mind.

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