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Includes: Kandalama Reservoir, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Kandy, Udawatta Kale sanctuary, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains National Park, Yala National Park, Udawalawa National Park, Madhu Ganga River Safari – Balapitiya.

 

 

ITINERARY

Our Sri Lankan representative will be there at the airport to welcome you on arrival. You will then be introduced to your chauffeur/guide to begin the journey to uncover the wonders of this emerald isle. Visit, feel and discover! Feel the vivacity of this island nation, bask in its intoxicating beauty and enjoy an extraordinary travel experience. Explore Sri Lanka’s golden beaches, glorious history, rich wilderness, bustling cosmopolitan cities and be dazzled!

 

DAY 01   :  Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and transfer to Kandalama.

                             

Check-in at Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Kandalama and relax for the rest of the day at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Kandalama.

Website: www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama

 

 

DAY 02   : After breakfast at Heritance Kandalama Hotel, proceed on a sightseeing tour around Kandalama reservoir.

 

 

KANDALAMA RESERVOIR

The light tropical forest caves and reservoir provide a natural habitat for a variety of fauna and dlora including butterflies and dragonflies, deer, wild boar, porcupine and three species of monkeys. In addition, there are over 170 species of resident and migrant birds: Babblers, bulbuls, parakeets, woodpeckers, sunbirds etc. Heritance Kandalama is a member of Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. Hike to the historic Aligala (Elephant Rock) jungle caves that date back to the third century BC or the Kandalama rock itself. Cycle along quiet back roads past tiny rural villages. Experience a boat ride in an ‘Angula’, a high floating raft, manned by two boatmen. Visit the bird island in the center of the Kandalama Lake where egrets, herons, stork and brahminy kites roost for the night.

There is also elephant trekking through the forest and along the lake and horse riding along nature trails and the lake. Heritance Kandalama also offers hot air Ballooning where a sunrise fight will allow you to experience the magic of the early morning skies whilst gently floating over rugged mountains, ancient temples and the Sigiriya rock fortress, reservoirs and lakes.

Relax at the hotel for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Kandalama.

Website: www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama

 

Day 03   :  After breakfast at Heritance Kandalama Hotel, proceed to Sigiriya.

 

 

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

Sigiriya also known as Lion Rock, the archeological rock fortress or lion -mountain and palace of the Sigiriya is situated in the central province of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya was designated a World Heritage site in 1988. Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth century urban Planning, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, arts and architecture, engineering and hydraulic technology. The Sigiriya rock is a hardened magma plug from an Extinct and long-eroded volcano. The Complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters Above the surrounding plain, and the two rectangular precincts on the east (90 hectares) and The west (40 hectares), surrounded by two moats and three ramparts. Popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kassapa (AD 477 – 495) in Anuradhapura period.

Check-in at Elephant Corridor Luxury Boutique Hotel in Sigiriya and in the late afternoon enjoy a Wildlife Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park.

 

 

MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

Minneriya national park is situated in the north-central plains of Sri Lanka, Even though it is one of the smallest national parks in the country, covering just 8,889 hectares, it’s a paradise with many natural wonders. The park encompasses the beautiful Minneriya tank, built by King Mahasena (in 3rd century AD). This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze on the grass as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants, painted storks, open-bills, Pelicans and many other species of waders) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Elephant Corridor Luxury Boutique Hotel in Sigiriya.

Web site: www.elephantcorridor.com

 

Day 04   :  After breakfast at Elephant Corridor Hotel, proceed to Kandy.

 

Check-in at Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kandy and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Kandy.

 

 

KANDY CITY TOUR

The city tour includes a visit to the famous ‘Dalada Maligawa’ (Temple of the Tooth Relic), the main Kandy Market, a spice garden, the gem museum and other interesting places. You will also see the beautiful manmade Kandy Lake which is located close to the Temple. The Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya will no doubt be one of the highlights as it will give you many hours of pleasurable and educational wandering through its massive acreage.

Relax at the hotel for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at The Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kandy.

Web site: www.elephantstables.com

 

DAY 05   :  After breakfast at The Elephant Stables Hotel, proceed to Udawatte Kale Sanctuary.

 

 

UDAWATTA KALE SANTUARY

The lush forest cover of Udawatta Kale Sanctuary behind Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy has a long history dating back to many centuries. It was declared Tahansikele or forbidden forest by the Sinhala kings who ascended the throne when Kandy became the capital city. The forest remained impenetrable for over many centuries where wild boar, monkey, hare, squirrel scaly anteater, porcupine, and reptiles, monitor lizard, tortoise and varieties of birds, worms and insects live in perfect harmony with nature.

Return to Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel and relax at the hotel for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at The Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kandy.

Web site: www.elephantstables.com

 

DAY 06   :  After breakfast at The Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel, proceed to Nuwara Eliya

                             

En route visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea estate.

 

 

MACKWOODS LABOOKELLIE TEA CENTRE

Situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in an international travelers itinerary – providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea. The Labookellie Tea Centre has for long been a popular land mark amongst both locals and tourists to Nuwara-Eliya from Kandy for their requirements of garden fresh high quality Labookellie Tea. The Tea Centre has been expanded and refurbished to give its many visitors and customers better service in a more comfortable setting. Mackwoods provides visitors with a free guided tour of Labookellie tea factory, an educational experience in the tea cultivation and manufacturing process.

Check-in at Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel in Nuwara Eliya and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.

 

 

NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. While most British visitors struggle to recognize modern England in Nuwara Eliya, the toy-town ambience does have a rose-tinted English country village feel to it, though it comes with a disorienting surrealist edge. Three-wheelers whiz past red telephone boxes.

Water buffalo daubed in iridescent dye for the Tamil Thai Pongal festival mingle outside a pink, brick Victorian post office. A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling center of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens.

Relax at the hotel for the rest of the evening.
Overnight stay at Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingwarwickgardens

 

DAY 07   :  After an early breakfast at Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel, proceed to Horton Plains National Park.

 

 

HORTONS PLAINS NATIONAL PARK

Nestled high in the southern portion of the central hills of Sri Lanka, near the confluence of the Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces, is an ecological jewel known as Horton Plains National Park. A mere 3,160 hectares in extent, this enchanting mixture of patana (grassland) and sub-montane wet evergreen forest is part of a larger expanse which connects in the west with the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. The sub-species particular to these ratified heights is known locally as the bear monkey because of its unusually dense coat evolved in order to ward off the persistent night chill. Jet black giant squirrels (Ratufa macrours) also inhabit this realm as do barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak), fishing cats (Felis viverrinus) and wild boar (Sus scrofa).

 

Return to Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingwarwickgardens

 

 

Day 08   :   After breakfast at Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel, proceed to Yala.

 

Check-in at Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala and in the late afternoon enjoy a Wildlife Jeep Safari at Yala National Park.

 

 

YALA NATIONAL PARK

Yala National Park that consists of five blocks is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Though Yala spreads over an area of 1260 square kilometers, only one fifth of the area is open to the visitors. Four-fifths of the park is designated a Strict Natural Reserve. Adjoining the eastern border of the park is Yala East National Park (Kumana). Of all the National Parks in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park affords the greatest opportunities to sight the Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife: colorful painted stork in troops are seen perched at the shores of lagoon where the crocodiles too have chosen to doze off; lovely fantailed peacocks in their resplendent blues and greens parade about amidst the woods where monkeys hang, leap and chatter; in the bush jungle are the Elephants; crossing the tracks and wandering off into the thorny scrub jungle is the star attraction of the park: the leopard. A total of 32 species of mammals have been recorded. The threatened species are sloth bear, Leopard, elephant, water buffalo, Wild boar, spotted deer, and golden jackal.

Evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingyala

 

Day 09   :  After breakfast at Jetwing Yala Hotel, proceed to Udawalawa.

 

Check-in at Kalu’s Hideaway Hotel in Udawalawa and in the late afternoon enjoy a Wildlife Jeep Safari at Udawalawa National Park.

 

 

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, Sambar deer and leopards, Udawalawa National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephant-watching, Udawalawa often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Udawalawa Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy. It’s certainly the one national park in Sri Lanka not to miss.

Evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Kalu’s Hideaway Hotel in Udawalawa.

Web site: www.kalushideaway.com

 

Day 10   :  After breakfast at Kalu’s Hideaway Hotel, proceed to Balapitiya.

 

Check-in at Shinagawa Beach Resort in Balapitiya and in the late afternoon engage in a river safari/boat ride at Madhu River, Balapitiya.

Balapitiya is a coastal town, in south west Sri Lanka. It is located in the Southern Province in Sri Lanka. Situated 80 km (50 mi) south of Colombo, about a two-hour drive from the capital. It is the nearest town to the Madhu River.

 

 

MADHUGANGA WETLAND BOAT RIDE

Madhu River is located in Balapitiya, 80 km away from Colombo, close to Sri Lanka southern costal belt. This wetland spreds over 900 heactares of area and most of it covered with water. There are totally 64 islands in Madhu Ganga. The tour will take around 2.5 to 3 hours and it is advisable to bring drinking water, Sunglasses and hats. Some boats have adjustable roofing covers. During your boat ride, you can see huge mangrove forest by the river banks. Boats will ride under short mangrove tunnels. You can see many birds and animals that are living in this aquatic environment. The main occupancy of the villagers is fishing. Some of them engage in tradition industries such as cinnamon processing. Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya Buddhist temple is located in a small island, where there are no other constructions other than the temple.

Evening back to Shinagawa Beach Resort and relax at the hotel for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Shinagawa Beach Resort in Balapitiya.

Web site: www.shinagawabeach.com

 

DAY 11   :  After breakfast at Shinagawa Beach Resort, relax at the hotel for the full day.

 

Overnight stay at Shinagawa Beach Resort in Balapitiya.

Web site: www.shinagawabeach.com

 

DAY 12   :   After breakfast at Shinagawa Beach Resort, transfer to Colombo.

 

Check-in at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Colombo.

 

 

INTRODUCING COLOMBO CITY

Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’ is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right.

The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards. Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Road is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes, while the seafront benefits from new roads that are spurring hotel construction.Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny, convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.
Evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

Web site: www.gallefacehotel.com

 

DAY 13   :  After breakfast at Galle Face Hotel, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for the departure flight.

 

 

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