ARRIVAL AT BANDARANAIKE INTL AIRPORT
Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel in Sigiriya.
Evening Visit Sigiriya Rock fortress –
Experience a land master ride
Dinner & Overnight stay
SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS
The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.
Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock.
The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa’s fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins. The Walk from the gate to the summit of this gigantic rock is about 2-1/2km.
Landmaster is a small tractor /vehicle which villagers use for their day to day agriculture activities. Specially to move cargo and they use it for their day to day transportation as well.
After breakfast proceed to kandy
Visit peradeniya Botanical Gardens – Optional
Visit a barthik factory and learn local art
Evening visit to visit Scared Temple of the Tooth Relic & evening witness of Cultural dance show
Dinner & Overnight stay at Earls regent or similar hotel
KANDY was the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against colonial powers. It is also the home of the Temple of the Tooth relic. It’s Sri Lanka’s second largest city and home to a Sinhalese cultural tradition of which Sri Lankans are justifiably proud.
PERADENIYA BOTANICAL GARDEN – This is 147 acres in extent started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy. There are more than 500 species of trees and plants. Some are rare & endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice Garden on Orchid House is more popular with tourist.
DALADAMALIGAWA – The Temple of the Tooth or DaladaMalgawa dates from the 16th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century. Entering the shrine over a moonstone step, you pass a stone depicting the Indian goddess Lakshmi and a wall with frescoes illustrating the Buddhist conception of hell. The upper stories house the relic of the tooth, caged behind the gilded iron bars. Behind the toothrelic sanctuary is a hall with a number of golden Buddha statues and modern paintings, showing Buddha’s life and the arrival of Buddhism in the land. We end our tour just before the evening drumming begins, which precedes the ceremonious opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the tooth.
Experience a Cultural performance
You can see the compelling traditional Kandyan dancing at one of the city’s cultural performance centers. The team of drummers and dancers will show you the traditional Kandyan dancing where it will be one of your lifelong memories of the tour!
After breakfast, proceed Nuwera Eliya ( Approx. 2 hours travelling distance)
Enroute visit to Kitulgala for White Water Rafting [ Optional ]
On conclusion, proceed to Nuwera Eliya , commence a city tour
White Water Rafting in Kelani River for 2 hours.
“An interesting affair between currents & rapids”…………
WHITE WATER RAFTING
This thrilling adventure on the white water sections of the Kelani River is suitable for amateurs as well as professionals alike. During the river run you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of making it through. The river’s clear water is born in the heart of the peak wilderness reserve and tumbles through a rocky gorge just above Kithulgala.
As the river widens, we pass the scenic location used for the film – “Bridge over the river Kwai” filmed in 1956-, which is also a great place to jump in for a refreshing swim. On a clear day, you could even dive in to see the remains of the actual bridge and carriages used for the film (only for experienced divers with proper equipment.). Our journey, ends close to Kithulgala town where food and snacks are available.
For those who would like to enjoy the river and its wonderful scenery without the thrills and spills of large rapids, we could raft through the flatter section of the lower gorge, suitable for children over six and family groups.
Rafting in the white water sections of the river and through the boulders and rocks create grade 3/4 rapids, which are exhilarating and scenic. On certain occasions, you may encounter even grade 5 rapids…… A briefing is given prior to the river run with instructions on paddling techniques and “man over board” procedures.
Sri Lanka is one of the biggest and best tea producers of tea. Tea is an integral part of the culture since it goes hand in hand with hospitality, every household offers tea to guests every time, no exceptions. It has been said that the British Royal Family drinks Sri Lankan Tea.
NuwaraEliya The jewel in the crown of NE is the 117-year-old course in the heart of the town. Nuwara-Eliya is surrounded by mountain chains covered by dense, moss-covered cloud forests and tea plantations; its perpetual English spring weather, seasonal mists and dry winds provide ideal weather conditions for the production of one of the choicest grades of high grown tea, to which it gives its name. The city’s southern end is adorned by Lake Gregory; high waterfalls add to its scenic beauty. The cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13 oC this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called little England.
The Victoria Park in the center of NuwaraEliya, the highest Town in Sri Lanka is famous for Yellow-eared Bulbul, Blackbird, in winter Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher
After breakfast proceed to Udawalawa
Evening jeep safari at the park
Dinner and Overnight stay at big game camping ,Udawalawa
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city. The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water!
In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja
Evening leave for rain forest exploration in Sinaharaja Rain Forest
Overnight stay at Sinharaja eco lodge or similar hotel
SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST is a world heritage site, which can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest. Whatever its ‘technical’ name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka! Named as a world heritage site in 1989, this lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest!
The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve’s name translates as Kingdom of the Lion.
The reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are no elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The commonest larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.
An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka’s 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.
Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed Vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Bird wing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.
After breakfast leave to Bentota/Hikkaduwa for beach stay
Leisure and relax in the beach.
Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel in Bentota /Hikkaduwa
After breakfast transfer to airport for departure flight