Pinnawala & Kandy Day Trip from Colombo

4.6 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Apple Vacations

Pinnawala & Kandy Day Trip from Colombo

Activity provider: Apple Vacations
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From US$ 70 per person

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See the main attractions of Pinnawala and marvel at the temples, shrines, and other historical monuments.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Colombo.


  • See the sacred tooth relic of Buddha at the Temple of the Tooth
  • Walk among the orchids and spice plants of the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Get panoramic views of Kandy from above the city
  • Tour a tea factory
Full description
Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Colombo, and then relax in air-conditioned comfort on the journey to Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth on arrival to see the sacred tooth of Buddha, a symbol of status that proved the worthiness of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. Admire the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the golden figurines in the shrine. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage You never miss the elephant gathering in river Then, explore some of the ancient crafts by traditional artisans, including gems, wood carving, and batik. Watch craft demonstrations and buy souvenir gifts before lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense. Continue to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, and go for a stroll in the 147-acre grounds. See over 4,000 different species of plants, including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants. Learn the history of the 19th-century gardens, and see famous plants such as the cannonball tree, giant fig tree, and 40-meter tall Burma bamboo.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Water bottle
  • Temple of Tooth entrance fee (USD $6)
  • Royal Botanical Garden entrance fee (USD $6)
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ( USD 10)
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional gratuities
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  •  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Suitable clothes with sandals or flip flops are recommend for the Temple of the Tooth Relic and all other religious sites
  • Entry Tickets Subject to change as per Local Authority
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 14 reviews

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It was a good day trip. Journey is very long (3hours) but the car is super comfortable and CJ is a super friendly guide. I was alone, so it was a private tour and the guided site seeing was very nice. Kandy is beautiful. We arrived very early at the elephant orphanage, which was good, there was almost no one with us. Over all a nice experience

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March 20, 2023

We had a lovely day with CJ, he was very caring in showing us the sites and stopping at places for views and food. It is a long drive from Colombo to Kandy but we were very comfortable in his car and with his driving. It was an exhausting day but totally worth it. The elephant sanctuary, the tea factory, the temple and the botanical gardens were all fabulous as well as the restaurants CJ stopped at for us. I have nothing negative to say about the day.

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February 28, 2023

Excellent excursion with aaron. Very punctual, kind guide who made us visit all the important corners of kandy. We left at 6 am this morning and returned at 8:30 pm because he really took the time to explain and show us around. Kandy is a must in srilanka that I advise you to do with this tour operator. Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for our next Aaron excursion.

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January 9, 2020

Product ID: 176337