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Kandy

The hill capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, is the second largest and was the last capital of Kings’ era of Sri Lanka. Kandy lies in the midst of central hills and is about 95 km away from Colombo. Surrounded by hills, mostly tea plantations, with a beautiful lake at the centre, it is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most venerable places for the Buddhists all around the world. It is just a pure blend of nature and cultural heritage.

Pinnawala

On the way from Colombo to Kandy is Pinnawala, where a unique Elephant Orphanage is run by the Department of National Zoological Gardens Sri Lanka. Established to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka, Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The orphanage is very popular among local and foreign tourists. The main attraction is the opportunity to observe feeding of elephants and watch the bathing elephants from the broad river bank as the herd interacts socially, bathing and playing

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, also called “Little England” nestles at the foot of Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain Pidurutalagala and is home to some of the best tea plantations in the world. Surrounded by wooded mountains and picturesque lakes, its cold temperatures calls for sweaters, log fires and blankets - a pleasant contrast to the island’s otherwise hot and steamy tropical weather. In terms of entertainment, it is home to the famed Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and Race Course. During the season in April it attracts visitors from within the country and overseas, and the town turns in to a hub of activities with its local Derby and motor races. It is the perfect base for hikes, picnics and trout fishing in the surrounding lakes and rivers.