Kandy/Nuwara Eliya/Yala/Kataragama/Galle

Day 1
After breakfast, you will be picked up from our guide in the air-conditioned car and we will go to Kandy. Our first stop in Pinnawela is the Elephant Swans House. It is the home of some 60 elephants, many of which were abandoned in the baby age or orphaned in the wilderness. They are fed, fed and trained here by the forestry authorities. The best time to visit the orphanage is during the feeding times when the elephant babies "get the bottle". Afterwards the elephants with their carers go to the nearby river and take their daily bath. A show you should not miss, because when you have the opportunity to see 30 elephants or more.
Afterwards we visit the Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. Far-traveled plant-lovers hold this park, by the way in 1824 by the British on the place of former royal pleasure gardens, for the most beautiful botanical garden in the world. The most impressive is the huge Ficcus Javanicus, which is planted in 1861 and whose roof covers an area of ​​2,400 square meters. You will be totally shocked by the highest bamboo in the world, which rises 30 to 40 meters into the sky and reaches 30 cm per day. The candle tree and orchid house are also worth a visit. One of the top attractions of the complex is a large number of palm trees that are normally found in the Seychelles, the Coco de Mer. Many years ago, they were flushed once to the beach. Except in the Seychelles, where they come from, powerful mahogany trees show us how small and lost man is. There is plenty to see on this wonderful spot. Now we go to Kandy, the picturesque capital of the highlands. Kandy is surrounded by tea and spice gardens, 490 meters above sea level, where we stop at the hotel.
After a short break and lunch, head to the Dalada Maligawa, the temple of the Sacred Teeth of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The sacred relic, which was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century AD, has since been a symbol of the sovereignty of its rulers, and has always been preserved with great splendor as a sanctuary. The tooth temple, as it is commonly called, is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls, moat, turrets, golden roof and fine carving, and has kept its ambiance from times past alive. Every day, three religious services are held at daybreak, noon, and in the evening, which may be visited by you.
Afterwards, you can visit the Kandy Temple dancers performing their traditional Buddhist dances. In the evening we go back to the hotel where you will end the day with dinner.
Day 2
After breakfast we go to the center of Kandy, where you can make a shopping trip, which is very entertaining and exciting, after consultation with the tour guide. Boutiques, shops and arts and crafts centers offer many exotic goods. Among the bargains are authentic Highland artisan products made of silver, brass, wood and lacquer. Others include jewelery, batiks, dumbara mats, precious stones, spices, tea, hand-woven textiles, ready-made designer clothes and fresh tropical fruits. The main attraction is the covered and multi-storey shopping center in the center of Kandy.
Now we are on the way to the highlands, past the beautiful tea plantations, where you can observe the tea-pickers in their daily work. There we visit one of the typical tea plantations with their tea factory, where you can enjoy the famous tea of ​​Sri Lanka.
Next we drive to Nuwara Eliya. It is the highest region of the island state. Endless tea plantations, impassable mountains and numerous waterfalls characterize this region. Historic hotels, a golf club, a quaint post office building made of pink brick, old villas with gabled lounges and the elite "Hill Club" - some corners in Nuwara Eliya still breathe the spirit of British Governor Edward Barnes. This was at the heyday of the British Empire when Sri Lanka still bore the name of Ceylon.
Then head towards Ella. There we visit the Rawana Ella Falls with its breathtaking canyons and the beautiful nature, which is populated by many wild monkeys. Next we will arrive at the hotel in Thissamaharama.
Afterwards we visit the Yala National Park. This is one of the oldest and most famous in Sri Lanka. It occupies an area of ​​1,572 square kilometers and forms the largest connected area of ​​protected nature in Sri Lanka. The diverse ecosystems range from monsoon forests to the dry zone. Deciduous forests, thorns, freshwater, seawaters and sandy beaches are home to a variety of important plant species and animals. We go on an extensive safari with a Landrover. In the park live 32 different species of mammals and 142 bird species, of which 5 belong to the endangered species.
Afterwards we will return to our hotel, where you will end the day with a dinner.
Day 3
In the morning after breakfast we will go to Kataragama. It is one of the oldest settlement areas of Sri Lanka (since about 3C BC) and one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Southeast Asia. In the small village, the Hindu and war god Scanda is revered. Legend has it that Prince Skanda from South India defeated the giant Taraka and fell in love with a pretty girl from the people of the Veddha, the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. He took it to the consort and moved to the hill of Kataragama, where today the Maha Devale, which is consecrated to him, welcomes the faithful: in the comparatively unadorned temple, sacrifices and donations are made with much incense. Thousands of pilgrims - Hindus - Muslims - ask for the fulfillment of their desires or forgiveness of their sins. Dagoba Kin Vihara is also located behind the temple, where flowers and fruit are laid down. To Esala Perahera (pilgrimage in July / August) the place looks like a fairground with countless market stalls, snack bars and picnic large families from all parts of the country. In the evening, the river shines in the glow of thousands of small tea and oil lights. 
Now we go to one of the most beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka in Unawatuna, where you can eat in one of the small beach restaurants.
Afterwards we will go to the old colonial town of Galle in the south of Sri Lanka. There we visit the fortress built in 1663 by the Dutch. It belongs to the world cultural heritage. It is the largest preserved fortress in South Asia and shows an interaction between European and Asian architecture. Prior to colonialization, Galle was a major seaport. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malayans, and Indians drove brisk trade here. In 1640 the Portuguese surrendered to the Dutch, who made Galle the seat of the governor of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and thus became the capital of Dutch - Ceylon.
The British, who took over the country from the Dutch in 1796, use the fort as a local administrative center. In Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, they established a larger seaport, which left the port of Galle its outstanding importance. After consultation with the tour guide, you can discover Galle on your own.
Then we return to our guest house.