Day 4. Sigiriya - Kandy

Overnight – Kings Pavilion

Scenic Drive to Kandy. You are assisted with your check-out and you will proceed on the scenic drive to Kandy. Some of the world’s highest quality spices are grown in this part of Sri Lanka. You have the option to stop at the Sri Lanka Government operated National Spice Garden before you reach Kandy. At the garden you will experience a guided walk through the plantation with the knowledgeable staff illuminating the many facets of the spices grown here.

 

Spice Country. Traders from all over the world have come to Sri Lanka to traders for these spices, some of which were then more precious than gold. Among the scores of spices are fragrant clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, black pepper, and even western favorites such as chocolate and vanilla.

 

Arrive at Kandy, the picturesque capital of the hill country and the historical bastion of Sri Lankan Buddhism. The town is spread over lush rolling hills and the valley surrounding Kandy Lake and the famous temple. It is Sri Lanka’s center of Buddhism, as well as the island’s center of traditional arts and crafts.

Temple Of The Tooth Relic. Visit the home to Sri Lanka’s most important religious treasure. This famous temple is purported to be the abode of a tooth relic from the Buddha. It is believed that the relic was smuggled into Sri Lanka hidden in the hair of an Indian princess during the 4th century CE. The Temple of the Tooth Relic became Sri Lanka’s most prized religious treasure a long time ago, and it is still Sri Lanka’s most visited pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

More Kandy. After you have eaten lunch, you will check-in to your boutique luxury lodge. Located on a forested hilltop, the lodge offers verdant gardens and excellent cuisine and service, while being located a short drive from Kandy’s attractions. In the late afternoon you can enjoy your wonderful lodge, or visit one of the other attractions in Kandy before the Sri Lankan cultural show you will enjoy this early evening. These attractions can include Kandy’s famous Botanical Gardens, Kandy Market, and the arts and crafts center.

 

Sri Lankan Dance Performance. This evening you will experience a performance at the Kandy Lake Club. The forty-year-old dance theatre’s signature show is about an hour long and includes 12 different Sri Lankan dance forms, all well-choreographed and extremely colorful. In our opinion, unlike most tourism focused cultural performances, this is a genuinely interesting experience.

Scenic Drive to Kandy. You are assisted with your check-out and you will proceed on the scenic drive to Kandy. Some of the world’s highest quality spices are grown in this part of Sri Lanka. You have the option to stop at the Sri Lanka Government operated National Spice Garden before you reach Kandy. At the garden you will experience a guided walk through the plantation with the knowledgeable staff illuminating the many facets of the spices grown here.

 

Spice Country. Traders from all over the world have come to Sri Lanka to traders for these spices, some of which were then more precious than gold. Among the scores of spices are fragrant clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, black pepper, and even western favorites such as chocolate and vanilla.

 

Arrive at Kandy, the picturesque capital of the hill country and the historical bastion of Sri Lankan Buddhism. The town is spread over lush rolling hills and the valley surrounding Kandy Lake and the famous temple. It is Sri Lanka’s center of Buddhism, as well as the island’s center of traditional arts and crafts.

Temple Of The Tooth Relic. Visit the home to Sri Lanka’s most important religious treasure. This famous temple is purported to be the abode of a tooth relic from the Buddha. It is believed that the relic was smuggled into Sri Lanka hidden in the hair of an Indian princess during the 4th century CE. The Temple of the Tooth Relic became Sri Lanka’s most prized religious treasure a long time ago, and it is still Sri Lanka’s most visited pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

More Kandy. After you have eaten lunch, you will check-in to your boutique luxury lodge. Located on a forested hilltop, the lodge offers verdant gardens and excellent cuisine and service, while being located a short drive from Kandy’s attractions. In the late afternoon you can enjoy your wonderful lodge, or visit one of the other attractions in Kandy before the Sri Lankan cultural show you will enjoy this early evening. These attractions can include Kandy’s famous Botanical Gardens, Kandy Market, and the arts and crafts center.

 

Sri Lankan Dance Performance. This evening you will experience a performance at the Kandy Lake Club. The forty-year-old dance theatre’s signature show is about an hour long and includes 12 different Sri Lankan dance forms, all well-choreographed and extremely colorful. In our opinion, unlike most tourism focused cultural performances, this is a genuinely interesting experience.