Culture, rural lifestyle views tea gardens and fascinating wildlife

13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS
Max 2 to 10 Persons

Day 1DAY 1 - COLOMBO - NEGOMBO
Arrival Colombo Airport, meet and transfer to Negombo. Rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
 

 

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Day 2DAY 2 HABARANA OR NEARBY
Following breakfast, the tour begins in earnest with an early morning departure for Habarana visiting the elephant orphanage en route at Pinnawela in time to watch the feeding of the baby elephants and then the rest of the herd bathing in the river. The herd normally numbers no less than 50 elephants ranging from the small babies to hefty adults.

 


Day 3DAY 3 - HABARANA OR NEARBY (POLONNARUWA)
An early morning start to Habarana Lake, the perfect introduction to Sri Lanka's nature and rural lifestyle. Here you would experience typical dry zone scenery with shrub forests, lakes and simple village houses. A six-hour walk with packed lunch.  Alternatively, a visit to Polannaruwa.

 



Day 4

Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortres
DAY 4 - KANDY (SIGIRIYA)
Visit the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya. A World Heritage Site is now one of Sri Lanka's major attractions rising two hundred meters from the jungle floor. At the rocks base are extensive gardens, ramparts and a moat. During our visit to this unique complex, we will see water gardens, ancient frescoes, the stone mirror wall and the lion platform.  For the fittest, a climb up to the summit would be an achievement!
Dinner and overnight in Kandy.

Day 5DAY 5 - KANDY
Kandy city tour, upper lake drive, Udawaththa Kale nature reserve, sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Gardens, arts and crafts workshop, market place and bazaar.
Dinner and overnight in Kandy.

 

Day 6DAY 6 - NUWARA ELIYA
Following breakfast, visit the famous tea center of Nuwara Eliya and the central mountains. From Peradeniya, walk to see the temples, Hambacka Gadaladaniya and be picked up by vehicle.  En route visit to a tea plantation and tea factory to watch the process of turning the raw green leaf into the familiar dark product.  A city tour of Nuwara Eliya, dinner and overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

 

Day 7

Horton Plains
Horton Plains
DAY 7 - HAPUTALE OR UDAVARIYA
With a packed breakfast, leave for Horton Plains, Sri Lankas highest plateau at 3250 meters above sea level. A very scenic region with an astounding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands. Spectacular views from World's End where the plateau plunges a 700 meters in a sheer drop. Cool, bracing climate and excellent hiking country, distinctive flora and many rare highland birds. A three-hour walk to World's End's beautiful Bakers falls. After lunch, walk to the Bungalow in the tea plantation.  Udavariya is a small tea village in the region of the Horton Plains.

Day 8DAY 8 - BANDARAWELA
After breakfast, trek to Bambarakanda falls the highest fall in Sri Lanka through a path in the mountain with panoramic views. Have a swim and a picnic and walk back to the vehicle and proceed to Bandarawela (this trek is about 6 to 7 hours).

 

Day 9DAY 9 - BANDARAWELA
An early morning start as we head through the Thangamalay Forest Reserve walking through various types of forests that are not experienced by everyday tourists. Eucalyptus forest, pine forest and natural forest. Walk through the tea plantations of this beautiful hill country and see Sri Lanka at its best. One of the most beautiful views of the north and south can be witnessed during this walk. The trek is around 6 hours. Return to the hotel and have a picnic on the way.

Day 10

Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak
DAY 10 - HATTON OR NEARBY
By train, we cross the mountain passes for Hatton. The location offers visitors a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls.  A short walk in the tea plantation. Dinner and overnight stay at a tea plantation bungalow.

 

Day 11DAY 11 - ADAM'S PEAK
At midnight, climb Adam's Peak, the cone shaped mountain that is probably the most venerated in the world. Walking through the night, we reach the peak at dawn in good time to witness the rising sun. As the sun climbs above the island, experience the magic of serendipity. The sunrise as seen from the summit of Adam's Peak is considered to be one of the most spectacular phenomenon’s in the world.  Have a late breakfast before leaving for Colombo. Overnight stay in Colombo or Negombo.

Day 12

Enjoy the sand and the sea!
Enjoy the sand and the sea!

DAY 12-13 ON THE BEACH
Relax two days on the beach.

 

 

Day 14DAY 14 - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport

 

 
NB. Day 10. You can make a change in the program and travel to the south coast of Sri Lanka, visiting the Yala or Udawalawa Natinal Park, Tangalle, Unawatuna, Galle and back to the airport.

 

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