Tour Schedule ( 8 Days | 7 Nights)
|Day||Over Night Stay||Main Activities|
|Day 03||Nuwara Eliya||
|Day 08||Drop you to Airport or Hotel||
- AUS/ NZ
- East Asia
- AUS/ NZ
- East Asia
- An air-conditioned Privet vehicle with English speaking driver/guide for 5 Days.
- Accommodations for 4 Nights
- All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks.
- Boat Ride Fees
- Breakfast and Dinner.
- Air ticket expenses from your country to Sri Lanka and return.
- Extra items consumed / facilities utilized in Hotels.
- Tips for service men and drivers.
- Expenses of personal nature such as liquor, cigarettes etc.
- Diving / Snorkeling / Surfing equipment rental & Fees
- Camera Charges and video recording charges payable at some required sites.
In the morning we pick you from the Airport or from your hotel and then we move to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Young elephants sometimes fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. Other orphans have been displaced from their wild habitat by development projects or have been found abandoned before weaning, diseased or wounded.Now There are 78-85 elephants living here.
You have chance to fruit /milk feed baby elephants , take photos and can witness a large number of elephant herd bath at “Maha oya”
after having the lunch we travel to wasgamuwa via reverston,
Mathele – Reverston route is one of the most scenic routes in sri lanka, Riverstone (pitawala pathana) is a large plain which has a sheer cliff on one side runs the view towards trincomalee making breathtaking views, and the other side has the view of “Manigala” rock and traditional circular paddy fields of Pitawala, one of the most remote villages in Sri Lanka, climate changes in seconds, and this place isn’t famous among most tourists.
After few minutes of drive from plains we go to visit ” Sera Ella” waterfall. an amazing waterfall with lot of places to bath
Then we reach to our Hotel
Around 6am in the morning we go for the jeep safari at Wasgamuwa National park
Wasgamuwa National Park is a natural park in Sri Lanka situated in the Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts . It was declared to protect and to make a refuge for the displaced wild animals during the Mahaweli Development Project in 1984 and is one of the four National Parks designated under the Project. Originally it was designated as a nature reserve in 1938, and then in the early 1970s the area was regraded as a strict nature reserve.Wasgamuwa is one of protected areas where Sri Lankan Elephants can be seen in large herds. It is also one of the Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka. The name of the Wasgamuwa has derived through the words “Walas Gomuwa”, in sihala “walasa” means sloth bear and “gomuwa” is woods / bushes. Wasgamuwa National Park is home to 23 species of mammals.The park is inhabited by a herd of 150 Sri Lankan elephants. Marsh elephant (Elephas maximus vil-aliya) roams in the Mahaweli river area. Both monkeys found in the park, purple-faced langur and toque macaque, are endemic to Sri Lanka. While water buffalo and Sri Lankan axis deer are common to observe, Sri Lanka leopard and sloth bear are rare. Small golden palm civet is another rare endemic mammal.
The number of bird species recorded from the park is 143. including 8 endemic. More than 150 floral species have recorded from the park
after safari back to our hotel and we depart to Kandy. on our way you will see Knuckles Mountain range on your right and lot of “chena” around wasgamuwa area. few major tanks will be passed on our way too.
after having lunch we go to visit Cultural dancing show at kandy. Cultural dancing show includes all sri lankan traditional dances with explanations and it is the best way get good dancing snap shots for you .
Then we reach to hotel and get fresh and move to visit Kandy Tooth temple.
Temple of tooth considered as the most sacred place among Sri Lankans, and please respect the rituals and obey the rules. Short skirts, short trousers, sleeveless tops, see through clothes not allowed. No photography in the museum. Be calm and quiet.
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Still every leader should promised public to protect the Tooth relic. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
Back to our Hotel.
After having the breakfast we move to Peradeniya to visit Peradeniya botanical gardens.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka.
The origins of the Botanic Gardens date as far back as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at Peradeniya near the Mahaweli river. This was followed by King Kirti Sri and King Rajadhi Rajasinghe. A temple was built on this location by King Wimaladharma, but it was destroyed by the British when they were given control over the Kingdom of Kandy.
During World War II, the Botanical Garden was used by Lord Louis Mountbatten, the supreme commander of the allied forces in the South Asia, as the headquarters of the South East Asia Command.
Move towards Nuwara Eliya via tea mountains. on the way you can visit Ramboda waterfalls and Tea factory.
Sri Lanka is famous for its natural flavored Tea. you have chance to visit Tea factory and witness the process step by step. And you can buy tea for retail price.
Nuwara Eliya city name meaning is “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is also known for the temperate, cool climate, the city is known for being the coolest area in Sri Lanka. and for vegetables too.
In the evening you can take a city tour / walk or bicycle ride around Gregory lake park.
Night stay at Nuwara Eliya.
After the breakfast we visit Horton Plains National Park.
Horton Plains is a popular tourist destination, with World’s End being the key attraction.It is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m).
you can see Baker’s Falls, a waterfall formed by Belihul Oya, a tributary of the Walawe River is named after Sir Samuel Baker, a hunter and explorer who attempted to establish a European agricultural settlement at Nuwara Eliya.
Horton Plains National park includes 24 species of mammals, 87 species of birds, nine species of reptiles and eight species of amphibians. elephant disappeared from the region in the 1940s at the latest. At present, the largest and the most commonly seen mammal is the sambar deer. Sometimes you can see rusty-spotted cat, Sri Lankan leopards and wild boars.
Travel towards Thissamaharama via Wellawaya.
Night stay at Thissamaharama.
in the morning we go Jeep safari at Yala.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka.Yala National Park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches.
Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Of 215 bird species of the park, seven are endemic to Sri Lanka. Including Sri Lankan elephant, 44 species of mammals are resident in Yala National Park, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. 25 individual leopards are estimated to roam in Block I. The elephant herd of Yala contains 300–350 individuals. Sri Lankan sloth bear, Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan elephant, wild water buffalo are threatened species that Yala is harboring.
After the safari we travel to Kalawana via Udawalawa. in Kalawana area there are lot of streams where you can bath if you wish to.
Night stay at Kalawana.
After having the breakfast we visit Sinharaja Rain Forest. The biodiversity Hotspot in Sri Lanka and homing for over 50% of endemic fauna.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests eco region, 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 Lion Kingdom.
The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) 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 about 3 elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common 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 rain forest 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,
A well experienced guide from wildlife department will guide you via the Wild Trails of Sinharaja Rain Forest.
after having lunch we move towards Hikkaduwa via Pitigala village. not a common tourist route, but we want to show you a waterfall famous among locals in the area and you can bath here too.
Night stay at Hikkaduwa.
In the morning you can go for Snorkeling or Diving at Hikkaduwa National Park or surfing.
Hikkaduwa National Park is one of the three marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The national park contains a fringing coral reef of high degree of biodiversity. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary on May 18, 1979, and then on August 14, 1988, upgraded to a nature reserve with extended land area.The growth of the number of visitors in the next 25 years increased the degradation of the coral reef. To reduce the effects to the ecosystem, the reef was declared a national park on September 19, 2002.
Average depth is 5m and Snorkeling area near beach is around 2m. can feed fish and swim with two giant turtles called Rossie & Victoria. and Glass bottom boat rides also available.
Staghorn , Brain , Elkhorn & Table corals commonly found at the park.
After having Lunch we move to visit Moonstone mines at Meetiyagoda . moonstones are very special stones like gems, founds only in Sri Lanka. You can witness the process of mining to a shaped stone in jewellery.
Then we go to Visit Galle Fort
In the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The fort, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to defend Galle, was an earthen structure with pallisades covering the northern inland side with a rampart and three bastions.
The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
After observing Fort and its museums we come back to Hikkaduwa
Night stay at hotel at Hikkaduwa.
After having the breakfast we go to visit Traditional Mask Factory and Museum at Ambalangoda,
you’ve seen some masks using In traditional sri lankan dancing at Kandy, and this is where they were born. only few families in Ambalangoda continues this process. museum and factory will give you a wide picture of its uses and process.
Then we go for a River Safari, “Madu Ganga” a world heritage site and a Ramsar site.
Boat slowly rides through mangrove caves and traditional fishing activities around by villagers and beautiful islands found here and there. an ancient Buddhist temple located in an island is also a place to visit.
After the river safari we reach to Kosgoda turtle farm .
Here you will find lots of information about Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project, why Sri Lanka is a prime turtle nesting site, why the conservation project is needed and how the project is operated by local people with the help of international volunteers. If you lucky you have chance to release little turtles to the sea.
in the end we drop you to the airport or to your hotel at colombo.
- Sri Lankan People are friendly and will smile with you for no reason, it doesn’t mean an insult or joke of you. Smile back.
- Do not Feed wild animals at national parks & do not attempt to take selfies with them.
- No stepping out from the jeeps at the national parks.
- Short trousers and mini skirts are not allowed at Temple of Tooth – Kandy, & please be kind to remove your shoes and hats before entering to a Buddhist temple.
- You are about to visit High sensitive ecosystems, we beg you , Take nothing except photos – Leave nothing except footprints.
- Please be advised if you have decided to bath at a river or tank, let our guide know your swimming skills – he will choose the safest place for you.