Kandy Day Tour from Hikkaduwa: Perahera Festival & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Duration: Full Day


Departure from Hikkaduwa Beach Hotel: 6:00 AM

  1. Scenic Drive to Kandy (Approx. 4 hours): Begin your journey with a comfortable ride through the picturesque landscapes of Sri Lanka. Enjoy the changing scenery as you make your way from the coastal town of Hikkaduwa to the cultural heart of the island, Kandy.
  2. Visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (Approx. 2 hours): Arrive at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a haven for rescued and orphaned elephants. Witness these majestic creatures as they roam freely, bathe in the river, and interact with their caregivers. It’s an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants and learn about conservation efforts.
  3. Lunch Break (Local Restaurant): Enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan lunch at a local restaurant, where you can savor traditional flavors and culinary delights.
  4. Exploring Kandy City (Approx. 2 hours): After lunch, head to the charming city of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. Explore the beautifully landscaped Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, known for its diverse plant collection.
  5. Kandy Perahera Festival (Evening): As the sun begins to set, immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural experience of the Kandy Perahera Festival. This annual procession features a captivating display of traditional dancers, musicians, elaborately adorned elephants, and illuminated floats. Witness the rich heritage and spiritual significance of this event that honors the Sacred Tooth Relic.
  6. Dinner (Local Restaurant): Enjoy a delightful dinner at a local restaurant, sampling more Sri Lankan flavors and dishes.

Return to Hikkaduwa Beach Hotel


  • Round-trip transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Bottled water during the tour


  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Temple of the Tooth
  • Lunch and dinner at local restaurants
  • Gratuities for guide and driver


  • The Kandy Perahera Festival 2023 takes place annually from the 21st – the 31st August. Please check the festival dates before planning your tour.
  • This itinerary is subject to change based on local conditions and time constraints.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as there will be walking involved.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the beautiful moments throughout the day.

Experience the best of Sri Lanka’s culture, nature, and traditions on this unforgettable day tour from Hikkaduwa to Kandy. Book your tour today for a memorable adventure!


Tour Price

Group Size


2 - 3 

4 - 5

6 - 8

9 -12

Kumbal Perahera

21st - 24th August

169 USD

136 USD

115 USD

108 USD

Final Kumbal Perahera
25th August

176 USD

143 USD

121 USD

114 USD

Randoli Perahera
26th - 29th August

176 USD

143 USD

121 USD

114 USD

Final Randoli Perahera
30th August

179 USD

147 USD

125 USD

118 USD

*Above price for per person.

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