Day 1: Delhi to Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines) / Colombo to Kandy (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en direction) / Explore Kandy / Overnight at Kandy
We decided to pass Colombo and head directly to the Sacred metropolis of Kandy. Squeezing in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on our manner to Kandy served as a far-wanted wreck from the journey. Mini-me could not preserve her exhilaration. It’s adorable how kids don’t lose interest doing or seeing the equal element again and again rather they enjoy it analogously whenever. Enjoying the predictability is unique to kids I wager. Having seen elephants in the untamed and wild in National Parks in India, I and hubby have been not clearly interested in Pinnawala. However, we had been surely interested in cherishing the happiness and excitement of our daughter at the same time as feeding a baby elephant. Pinnawala is a lovable nature maintain where youngsters may have amusing even as spending time with one of the most massive and wise but humble creatures.
Kandy looked beautiful and serene, soaking wet in rain. Our driver stopped the car for us to admire the chicken’s eye view of Kandy from Arthur’s seat (Kandy perspective) earlier than dropping us on the motel. We spent a few splendid time respiratory in the captivating perspectives from our room balcony at the same time as sipping tea (One of my preferred part of the journey) whilst mini-me clicked loads of snapshots airily (One of her favorite part of the journey.)
Our evening turned into embellished with a fantastic performance at Kandy Sri Lankan Cultural Show. It’s full of life and coloration extravaganza. Performers with their energetic performances, shiny apparels, compelling folklore tales, perpetual twirling, whirling, and open-air grand finale act make you skip a blink. The kids and adults similarly experience this sleek spectacle.
We ended our day with a go to to the Tooth Relic Temple. Evening ceremony on the temple is without a doubt worth witnessing. Though we could not see the Buddha’s sacred teeth relic because it’s housed in a decorative gold shape however the all-embracing experience became lovely. Walking at the streets of Kandy changed into the highlight of our first day in Sri Lanka. Despite all the hustle and bustle, Kandy caught my attention because of its tasteful classical Kandyan and colonial fashion homes. Busy and vivid markets are worth a walk. Mini-me became in love with tuk-tuks that it has become our desired mode of transportation in Sri Lanka.
Day 2: Kandy to Sigiriya/Dambulla / Overnight at Kandy
If you need to do Dambulla and Sigiriya in a day, you purchased to awaken quite early. We started for Dambulla at five in the morning. But you would not regret getting up crazy early as soon as you have got visited Dambulla cave temple and Sigiriya Lion Rock. The hike isn’t always as hard as we conceive it would be. A visible treat awaits as one reaches the summit. Eyes get harassed whether to respect the ruins or to take delight in the lovely surrounding views.
Day three: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya / Overnight at Nuwara Eliya
Enough has been written approximately the scenic educate journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and I’d like to travel by educate but one way or the other I decide upon street trips because they give a freedom to pause anyplace and on every occasion you want to; touch and appreciate the super vistas; click on images as and while you wish and give a chance to attach and recognize the local facet. It’s only a rely on alternatives.
The road adventure from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya turned out to be one of the maximum dramatic avenue trips I’ve ever experienced. With every turn, magic unfolds. I inhaled the clean air and savored the bewitching vistas of the mystical hill country winding alongside rolling hills included by using vividly colored vegetation mocking the numerous coloration pallet and lush tea plantations, numerous waterfalls, and streams. Drinking in the quite countryside makes you thirsty, yearning for more.
We had lunch at a restaurant in Ramboda Falls Hotel. It changed into truly a lunch with a view. Eating real Sri Lankan cuisine even as chugging in the stunning views of Ramboda falls that have shadowy mountains in the heritage enveloped by using high priced tea gardens. Isn’t it inviting? Absolute soulful and tummyful revel in.
There are many tea factories on the way to Nuwara Eliya and in Nuwara Eliya. You can go to someone of them to look the entire tea production system from plucking to withering to drying. The excursion of the tea manufacturing unit lead with the aid of a swish girl workforce is a gaining knowledge of experience for kids. Mini-me was surprised to recognize that six to seven varieties of tea like inexperienced tea, black tea, white tea and lots of extra may be acquired from the identical tea plant simply by way of converting the mixture of various leaves of the same plant. At the quiet of the excursion, they make you taste all of the kinds of tea so that you should buy the only you appreciated the maximum. My experience says that the charge of tea on the manufacturing unit is fantastically better than it is at out of doors shops. So, simply enjoy the tea making technique and purchase it from outside.
It becomes terrific to take a night stroll on the streets of Nuwara Eliya. Meandering via Victoria Park, Golf membership and stroll away surrounding Gregory lake; it changed into time for supper. Araliya Green City food courtroom became an excellent choice to dine while paying attention to the live band.
Day four: Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains / Overnight at Nuwara Eliya
Exactly at 5 a.M., we started out 1-hour journey to Horton Plains. It’s higher to reach earlier than 6 within the morning and start the hike as soon because it opens because it gets quite crowded mainly on weekends and additionally gets misty and hazy in most cases after 10. It takes around 3-four hours to World’s End and again and is pretty an easy hike. We stood on the cliff staring down the valley in sheer amazement upon achieving the World’s End. Deep ravine showcases little villages with stunning tea plantation gardens and they say you can see the south coast on a clear day. That’s rare, even though. It was a super revel in. If time allows, you may experience the longer hikes to Mt Kirigalpoththa and Mt Thotupola.
On our way back to Nuwara Eliya, our motive force counseled traveling Moon Plains that are few km from Nuwara Eliya because we nonetheless had a half of day to go. Though fearful, we asked him to take us to the Moon Plains. As quickly as we reached Potato seed farm that is the begin of the Moon Plains, our apprehensions melted away within the mist. The trip along the bending and turning paths became enthralling because the breathtaking terrains unfolded earlier than us. View from the Second World’s End becomes seductive. Yes! Mountains fading into the distance, forests covered inside the dancing mist, absolute quietness vanquished by way of the sound of birds from time to time, and the perspectives that deliver new definition to the splendor sum up Moon Plains. One can see the massive mountains of Sri Lanka viz. Pidurutalaga (tallest), Single Tree Mountain, Kikiliyamana Mountain, Great Western Mountain, Conical Hill Mountain, Kirigalpoththa Mountain, Thotupola Mountain, Hakgala Mountain and Namunukula Mountain from the Borella Plains. One word. Spellbinding.
Day five: Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe National Park / Overnight at Udawalwe Resort
We choose to get up as early as possible whilst we tour. It’s constantly smooth and problem-free to attain and get entry at foremost sights which might be in any other case crowded at eight hours. As constantly, following our strategy, we commenced for Udawalwe National Park at 4 in the morning and reached there at 8 a.M. The first-class time to visit Udawalwe for safari is at dawn (gate opens at 6 a.M.) when you could witness the enchanting dawn too. We missed that, however, the park changed into tremendously less crowded and mini-me revealed within the four-hour safari with a skilled guide arranged with the aid of our inn at Udawalwe. We noticed a herd of elephants with a cute few months antique baby elephant, crocodiles, water buffalos, screen lizards, spotted deer, monkeys, and one-of-a-kind species of birds. Spotting the stunning vibrant toucan turned into the spotlight of safari. We ended our day with a beautiful sunset at Udawalwe which washed away my remorse for missing the dawn.