Garden Tour Sri Lanka
Arrival into Sri Lanka and transfer to Villa Hundira, Negombo for the first night. (Approx :30 minutes drive) At arrival you will be warmly greeted by our chauffer guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. To ensure your safety, all our guides are well trained on the precautions & measurements that needs to be adhered to the health regulations by the Authorities. They are also well equipped with all the necessary safety standards. The vehicle conditions have been pre-examined along with its cleanliness and hygiene. At arrival your guide will hand over a hygiene pack which contains a face mask, sanitizer, tissues and some travel essentials for your ease and safety. We ensure your holiday will bring lots of good memories as well as experiences with lots of safety with us. Spend the day at leisure.
Dinner & Breakfast
Morning, visit The Wallawwa Garden and Henarathgoda Botanical Garden. Afterwards leave for Forest Rock Garden, Anuradhapura for one night. The Wallawwa Garden In Sinhala the term “Wallawwa” is used to express both the Sinhala concept of aristocracy and the physical location of the primary seat of a particular Sinhala family who enjoy high connections to the local kings or colonial masters. It is nestled amongst three acres of magnificent manicured gardens. Henarathgoda Botanical Garden It is surrounded by beautiful paddy fields, a man-made green environment, secondary forest & a beautiful water streams. This garden carries historically link to the evolution of Sri Lankan Economy. The first imported rubber tree to Sri Lanka was first planted in this garden and it is visible there. The garden has a fairly big collection of tropical flower plants with eye-catching landscaping properly designed and many shrubs, bushes and beautiful trees.
Forest Rock Garden
Morning, visit Anuradhapura the sacred city and the first kingdom of Sri Lanka (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit the sacred Bo Tree, which is the oldest authenticated historical tree in the world and other interesting sites in close proximity. Next visit Ranmasu Uyana, which is situated to the east of Anuradhapura and adjoining the Bund of Tissa wewa. It is considered to be the Royal Garden of the Kings who visited it for pleasure. There are two ponds here. Adjoining the pond is a building with a room inside. The ponds are fed by the water of Tisa Wewa. Also visit Isurumuniya, is situated in a beautiful setting. By the side of the temple is a pond. On the rock bordering the lake are stone carvings of a group of bathing elephants at play. The elephants depicted in these carvings display the real features of elephants when they are bathing playfully. Afternoon, leave for Jetwing Lake, Dambulla for three nights.
Morning, visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It is situated in the north central province belonging to the 'Cultural Triangle', in the dry lowlands of Sri Lanka. Climb the 5th century AD fortress palace built by King Kasyappa, but suspected to have been in use by Mahayana Buddhists for many centuries previously. The rock is an inselberg, which dominates the landscape and was both a military refuge as well as an aesthetic refuge for king who was a patron of the arts. Afternoon visit and experience traditional village life at Hiriwadunna. Here you are privileged understand the traditional village culture of the dry zone of the country. Entire village is centered on the man made tank. Paddy farming provides the way of life for many. You may enjoy traditional sweet meats and beverages if you wish to. Traditional Chena cultivation and the animal husbandry could also be witnessed
Morning, visit Polonnaruwa (A UNESCO World Heritage Site). It was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Visit the world famous rock-cut Buddha statues of Gal Vihara and the Parakrama Samudra (‘Sea of Parakrama’) a 2500-hectare man made reservoir built by King Parakramabahu I (1153 –1186 AD) which has a capacity of 134 million cubic meters. Afternoon, visit Minneriya National or Kaudulla National Park for Elephants.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Kandy Gallery, Kandy for two nights. En route visit Spice Garden. You will see many spice gardens in Matale where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper, Creepers and all the other spice trees.
Jetwing Kandy Gallery
Morning, visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden. This is a much visited and acclaimed botanical garden, which is also good for birds. It is bounded on three sides by the Mahaveli River, which snakes around the 60-hectare gardens. Before its use as a botanical garden it had served as a royal pleasure garden. Peradeniya is the second largest botanical garden in Asia. It has an orchid house, which botanists should visit. In 1905 an avenue of palms were planted and now is one of the most photographed places in the gardens. Lunch at Helga’s Folly, which has been decorated by the owner Helga De Silva blow Perera in a whimsical tropical theme. It converted to a sumptuous house, walls are adorned with paintings, newspaper clippings, poignant photographs and hastily scribbled verses. Much of the furniture is antique Sinhalese or Dutch inherited heirlooms of the family, while decorative pieces throughout are from local markets and toy shops. Afternoon, visit Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy Kandyan dancing.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing St.Andrew’s, Nuwaraeliya for two nights. (Scenic train ride from Peradeniya to Nanuoya). Afternoon, leave for Hill Club, recognized one of the best gardens in the hill country. Following a visit to the gardens, enjoy dinner in the dining room. *** Dress Code; Gentleman- Jacket and tie; Ladies-Long sleeve top***
After breakfast, full day exploration of Nuwara Eliya including visit to Victoria Park, a tea plantation. We will take you out to our organic tea fields and show you which leaves to pluck. You’ll find that it takes a bit of practice to make sure the leaves end up in your basket rather than on the floor! Afternoon, visit Hakgala Botanical Garden. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens was originally an experimental Cinchona plantation established in 1860. Cinchona is the plant from which the anti-malarial drug quinine is obtained. The gardens today enjoy a reputations for its roses and ferns.
After breakfast leave for JW Yala, Yala for two nights. Afternoon, relaxation.
Morning, visit Mirijjavila Botanical Garden. A botanical garden is being established in Mirijjawila in the Hambantota district. This is the first botanical garden to be established in the dry zone in Sri Lanka. It has an extent of 300 acres. The objective of establishing this botanical garden is for the conservation of dwindling trees and shrubs in the dry zone, popularizing of unpopular trees, conservation of medicinal herbs, promotion of tourism and providing botanical knowledge to the younger generation. The Garden will comprise ornamental flower cultivation, commercial flower cultivation and facilities to undertake studies on trees. Already planting of various trees and floral varieties has been commenced. This garden being established in a dry landscape would provide much relief and peace of mind to the visitors. Afternoon, safari at Yala National Park. Yala National Park was declared as a Game Park in 1938 and is 965 sq. kilometers in extent. Yala Block 1 has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world. Yala therefore offers one of the best chances in Asia to see Leopards. You may also see Elephant, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, and Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Stripe-necked, Brown & Ruddy Mongooses, Black-naped Hare & several civet species. In the water holes you may see Mugger Crocodile, Painted Stork, Lesser Whistling Teal, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Great, Median & Little Egrets & the rare Black-necked Stork. The monsoon forest vegetation of the park is dominated by Palu Trees.
After breakfast leave for JW Lighthouse Hotel & Spa, Galle for two nights.
Morning visit to Lunuganga, the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Lunch at a Lunuganga. Afternoon, visit the brief Garden; the former house and garden of landscape architect Bevis Bawa, a brother of Geoffrey Bawa. The house is also open to view and contains many wonderful artworks including a magnificent mural of Sri Lankan life by the Australian artist Donald Friend in the style of Chagall.
After breakfast leave for Galleface Hotel, Colombo for one night. Afternoon, visit Sheila’s Garden, one of the best private Gardens in the Colombo suburbs. This private garden is rated among one of the best private garden in Sri Lanka. This garden has spread over one acre. You could also see the open compound around some houses termed as “midula” which provides space for an open area for relaxation
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