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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