After breakfast, you will depart for a city tour through Colombo. For over 2000 years, Colombo has been known to Chinese and Arab sailors and merchants from the Roman Empire as a trading place. Today, Colombo is a lively metropolis and a melting pot of different cultures. The picturesque Gangaramaya Temple near the “Beira Lakes” is the main temple of the capital. Also worth a visit is the Seema Malaka, which is situated in the “Beira Lake”, which is designed by the Dutch. The impressive Hindu temple Sri Kailasnathasr near the Central Station “Colombo Fort” is also worth a visit. Other religious highlights include the Dewatagaha Mosque, St. Lucia’s Cathedral overlooking the Wolvendal Dutch Reformed Church and the Anglican St. Michaels Church.
The port is one of the largest and most important ports in Asia. Colombo is the country’s most important trading center and all banks, insurance companies and global investment and financial services providers have settled here. The fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to protect the port, gave the district its name. There is now nothing left of the former fort – it was demolished by the British in 1872. Visit the House of the President and the historic residences of the British governors. Also worth seeing is the 19th century clock tower. This led the seafarers of the time as a lighthouse the way into the harbor. Even today, Colombo has many historic buildings, richly decorated with arcades and paintings from the colonial era. They once served the colonial privateers, bankers and businessmen who made their money with the trade as residences.
Then you will be taken to Koggala in the south of Sri Lanka. Once there, you will walk on the trail of cinnamon planters. The “Cinnamon Experience” is not only informative; But also a practical experience that encourages the participants to make their hands a little dirty and take some cinnamon sticks out for themselves. Experience the chain of events from cultivating and cultivating the trees, through harvesting and finally processing the cinnamon into an aromatic spice. Immerse yourself in the history behind this precious spice. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to strengthen yourself with a 4-course menu and experience culinary delights, how versatile cinnamon can be used in the kitchen. Then check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at Strand hotel in Koggala.