Pinnawala Day Tour
The day-tour to Pinnawala starts from Kandy around 8 am after the guests have their breakfast at the overnight hotel in Kandy. The tour covers a few tourist attractions along the route to Pinnawala.
The tour starts from Kandy and heads directly to the Pinnawala orphanage. Pinnawala is a special place to see elephants in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation established the institute in 1975 to take care of the orphaned baby elephants wandering in the wild forests. These beautiful creatures are taken in, nurtured, and bred in captivity. It is located in Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town. The Pinnawala orphanage is home to the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The ideal time to visit the orphanage is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hence, this is the time when baby elephants are fed milk and given their daily baths. The guests will get a fabulous opportunity to watch these tamed elephants play and bathe in the nearby river.
On the way back to Kandy, the first location we will come across is the Spice Garden. Sri Lanka is world renowned for its rare spices and herbs. When staying in Sri Lanka, a visit to an herb garden is necessary to get a unique insight into the island’s long history of herbs and spices. Turmeric, pepper seeds, carnations, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa beans, aloevera, and other spices can be seen growing in their natural environment at the Spice and Herbal Garden.
Then the next destination will be the tea plantation and tea factory. You have not visited Sri Lanka properly if you have not been to a tea plantation. As tea is a unique feature in Sri Lanka, we will take you through the journey of a tea leaf from the plant to the cup.
The final beautiful spot on the journey before the end is the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which is home to over 4,000 species of plants, from flowers to palm trees. It is approximately 5.5 kilometers away from Kandy city. The botanical garden is next to the largest river in Sri Lanka, named the Mahaweli River. It is a massive 147 acres of beauty.
Ultimately, the day comes to an end back at the hotel.