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"Private Tour of Pinnawala
"Private Tour of Pinnawala Kandy and Peradeniya ""You will be picked up form Colombo city or the Colombo International Airport (CMB) or your hotel in Negombo Kochchikada or Waikkal and then proceed to Kandy. En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where elephants are well taken care of and being bathed and bottle fed. Later go to a Kandy; Kandy is the cultural symbol of Sri Lanka and you will visi Kandy Lake and Kandy market for handy-craft shopping. When it's lunch time feel free to ask your driver for some recommendations for local restaurants. After lunch visit the Gem Museums and see a cultural show that includes an exciting live fire walking performance. Also stop by the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens that is re including of orchids
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Private Tour: Kandy Day Tour from Colombo
"You will be picked up at your hotel in Colombo at 5:30 am and then start heading to Pinnawala (approx. 2 hours / 110km).En route stop by one of the largest elephant orphanages in Sri Lanka where they rear elephants that were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict and fell into pits. Most of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed at the orphanage and bathed in the nearby Maha Oya river twice a day. After spend some time with proceed to Peradeniya (approx. 30 min / 40km).Upon arrival in Peradeniya visit the Royal Botanical Garden. The garden is well known for its large collection and variety of plants that are ornamental decorative useful and medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of Orchids the largest in Asia. Thereafter enjoy a lunch at your own cost at the park and then head over to Kandy City for some shopping (20min / 6km). As one of the best cities to explore
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Kandy Day Tour with Visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
"We will pick you up at 8:00 am and start heading towards Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It was funded in 1975 by the Department of Wild Life Conservation on a 25-acre coconut plantation on the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was established to feed nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. The best time to visit is the feeding time and the bathing time when all the elephants are taken to the river close by. On the way you can see the spice garden followed by Kandy Ro 147 acres in extent with more than 4000 species of rare and endemic trees and plants as well as flora from the tropical world. You do not want to miss the Orchid House that has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchid from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids. You can also see g spice garden double coconut palms cacti
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Sri Lanka Dances

There are different kinds of traditional dances in Sri Lanka depending on the region. But they all have an old time origin. One night in Tangalle we went to the nearby village to see a performance of...
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Betel

If you happen to see a Sri Lankan with a swollen cheek don't worry..he is not suffering from a bad tooth... he is just chewing betel. For some of them it is a daily habit. Betel is the leaf of a...
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Don't Underestimate Road Travel Times

In planning of this trip, many maps were consulted. Distances were calculated and routes were laid out. I have traveled extensively in many places with less than developed infrastructure, but I was...
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The Ubiquitous Coconut Tree - Food of the Gods?

My favourite Tree in the world is the Coconut tree. Its beautiful - Curved and delicate, yet strong as an ox. Its supple, and tropical. I maintain, and always will - that the tropics would not be the...
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HINDU TEMPLES

Both in Colombo and in the Tamil areas of the country, you can find elaborate Hindu temples scattered about. Hinduism is a very complex religious system that is very simple at its core, but gets...
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Meal to GO--Wrapped in BANANA LEAF

'LAMPREIS' (also spelled 'Lampries') The name is originally Dutch, and is a labor-intensive meal usually of a mixed-meat curry, plus spices, over a short grain rice and steamed in the banana leaf,...
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Religious Diversity

Buddhism is the most commonly practised religion in Sri Lanka, followed by Hinduism. Christians and Muslims make up the rest of the religious diversity. It is quite common to find a church, Buddhist...
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Sri Lankan friendliness

The smiles of the Sri Lankan people is most probably the thing I ‘ll remember most of my visit to this country.The people are very friendly and do like to talk. The fact that South Africa is a...
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Sweets/Deserts

There are many sweet shops in Sri Lanka. I was the most impressed with wattalappam. It has a consistency similar to crème caramel, but coconut, jaggery and cardamom gives it its distinct taste. The...
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Rice and Curry with . . . .

You have to have Rice and curry when in Sri Lanka. It is an elaborate meal with quite a variety of dishes (sambals, chutney etc).The curry tend to be very spicy and hot – but has a great taste to it....
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Local Beer

Lion Lager and Three Coins are some of the local beers you will find in Sri Lanka. The Lion lager also comes in a “Strong” which has more than 8% alcohol. The local beers are not expensive at all.You...
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Who Lives Where?

You can hazard a guess at who lives in a village by the livestock you see around the place, if it’s just chickens it’s probably a Buddhist community, if there’s goats it may mean Muslim people but if...
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Religious Diversity in Sri Lanka

Diversity is the name of the game in Sri Lanka and this is certainly true with regards to faith. Take the small town of Rakwana for example, in addition to the Buddhist and Hindu Temples there is a...
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Men Holding Hands

Friends of either sex will often hold hands in Sri Lanka but this has absolutely nothing to do with sexual preference. It is simply a cute custom quite common in Asia. I recently saw two prison...
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Day Trip

As Treshi described, Apegama seems most interesting (better to start your trip than the old smelly zoo with its sad animals) Apparently the website is not apegama.lk but .com now. And it seems the...
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Temple of the tooth

The next day early morning found us at the entrance to the Sri Dalada Maligawa (The Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic). The temple complex is huge and the setting serene. It is situated 1630 m (5,350 ft)...
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Sandagiri Ayurveda Centre

Took a 3 hours therapy session for five days continuously. And the feeling is great. Our package included (1) A full body massage (2) Shirodhara (3) Herbal...
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Fishing Village

Negombo is known as a fishing village and now also as a seaside resort with beautiful beaches and hotels. The fishermen are still an important population group in Negombo and this is worth a...
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Walking

Galle was founded by the Dutch 1636, today streets with cobblestones, colonial houses with wooden decorations, antique shops, small jeweler shops and cozy cafes, churches. The place is small enough to...
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Lion Rock- Sigiriya

The monks we were staying with took us to visit this very ancient Palace on top of the rock. The climb both up and down is very hazardous, and challenging. We managed to do it fine very slowly and...
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