Sri Lanka

An Multi Activity Adventure

Level

Easy

Duration

8 days

Best time to travel

Around the year. Best months are considered from Nov to April.

Route

Arrival Negombo; Kithulgala, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala; Kanneliya; Galle; Departure

Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean about 31 km off the southern coast of India and is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Manner and the Palk Strait. It is well known for its marvellous mountains, lush green forests, exciting wildlife, wonderful beaches, spectacular cities and rich cultural heritage.

This activity programme is a high energy, fast-paced adventure into the Sri Lankan wilds as well to famous cities. It will take you through many aspects of Sri Lankan heritage and culture, provides valuable insight into Sri Lankan life, and has as much fun and adventure that can possibly be fitted into 8 days.

Facts:

  • Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka known for its fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches.
  • Kitulgala is famed for being the main filming location of the Oscar Award winning film “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. With its lush green countryside, beautiful scenery and friendly locals, Kitulgala is indeed the ideal location to relax. It is also the perfect adventure location for white-water rafting, cave explorations, bird watching and nature trips to the nearby forest reserve.
  • Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka that is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
  • Nuwara Eliya meaning “city on the plain” or “city of light”, is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. 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.
  • Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist destinations famous for its wildlife, especially elephants and the rarey seen leopard. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles.
  • Galle is a fortified city built by Europeans. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival, Negombo City tour, Kithulgala (D)

Today is your arrival day. A Rahhalah Local guide will meet you at the airport on arrival and transfer to Negombo (30 mins)  for  Negombo City Discovery. ( approx 1 hour)

  • This expanding town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The lagoon at Negombo is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns.  Fish auctions regularly take place on the beach and are definitely worth a look, as are the many canals which meander through the area. Negombo has a chequered and colourful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times.  The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days.Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the colonial-style architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo. During the Dutch era, Negombo was also one of the most important sources of the much-coveted and highly profitable cinnamon.

Later proceed to Kithulgala ( approx 3 hrs drive).

Dinner & Overnight stay at Plantation hotel Kitulgala or similar.

Day 02: Kithulgala – Kandy (B, L, D)

Today’s activity:

Rock pools activity: With a little village walk you will arrive at the natural rock pools of kataran-Oya where you will be able to experience an adrenaline rushing set of activities that are guaranteed to leave you on a higher note of self-confidence. Activities includes, sliding down an inclined water flow in to the rock pool and a few confidence jumps to the beautiful natural rock pools.

Optional:  White water rafting: This thrilling adventure on the white water sections of the Kelani River is suitable for paddlers of all abilities. During this ‘character-building’ river run you will experience the adrenaline-pumping thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of rising to the challenge of conquering an unrelenting river. Rafting in the white water sections of the Kelani River and through the boulders and rocks create Grade 3-4 rapids, which are both exhilarating and scenic.

Lunch at Rafter’s Retreat.

You will proceed for Nature walk in the Rainforest after a short relax after lunch ( approx 1 hrs) and then proceed to Kandy ( approx 2 hrs).

Overnight Kandy. Queens Hotel or similar – http://queenshotel.lk/ or similar

Day 03: KANDY (B, L, D)

Today after early breakfast proceed to Kandy city tour (approx 2 hrs).

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.

Enjoy local bus ride ( Optional tuc-tuc ride).

Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and witness Cultural show.

Peradeniya Botanical garden 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.

Cultural performance .You can see the compelling traditional Kandyan dancing at one of the city’s cultural performance centres. 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.

Optional:  The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Malgawa 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 tooth relic 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.

Overnight Kandy. Queens Hotel or similar – http://queenshotel.lk/ or similar

Day 04: Kandy –Nuwara Eliya (B, L, D)

Leave to Nuwara Eliya by train with the locals. ( expo train)

During this train journey, along the colonial single track trail you will pass the point – Watawala – that gets the most rainfall in the island, pass through several points from where you will get a view of the majestic SriPadha (Adam’s Peak)

And just before Hatton, we will go through the longest tunnel – 559m of the line. As you emerge out of this tunnel you will notice the sudden change of the environment.

Later you will proceed to Nuwara Eliya for city tour and tea factory visit.

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 of flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called little England. The Victoria Park in the centre of NuwaraEliya, the highest Town in Sri Lanka is famous for Yellow-eared Bulbul, Blackbird, in winter Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher.

Dinner & Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.Heaven Seven or similar – http://heavenseven.lk/ or similar

Day 05: Nuwara Eliya –Yala (approx 100 KM) (B, L, D)

Head over to the pre-designated Community project in a school donate books, teach English and  get a chance to interact with the local kids.

Check in to camp and in the afternoon proceed to Yala jeep safari ( approx 3 hrs).

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhunu National Park for the (best known), Block 1 and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the south-east region of the country and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 square miles) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 miles) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Willpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.

Overnight: camp

Day 06: Yala-Kanneliya (B, L, D)

After breakfast, proceed to Hikkaduwa.

Check in at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.

Afternoon: relax at the hotel.

Optional: Cycling

Overnight at Hikkaduwa. Lanka super coral hotel- http://www.hotellankasupercorals.com/ or similar.

Day 07: Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya Nature Trail ( B, L, D)

After breakfast, proceed for Activity – Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya  Nature Trail. (38 Kms – 1 Hour Approx)Explore this little-visited natural paradise just a short distance from Galle.

Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya (KDN) Biosphere Reserve covers both lowland and montane tropical forests. Nestled between two of the most important rivers in southern Sri Lanka, the Nilwala and Gin, it consists of a series of parallel ridges and valleys. The area is covered by a naturally high forest ecosystem consisting of several subtypes, namely lowland tropical forest, wet semi-evergreen forest, submontane tropical wet semi-evergreen forest and montane tropical wet evergreen forest. This complex ecosystem has been identified as one of the most floristically rich in Southeast Asia and attracts many nature lovers who come to explore this unique UNESCO-certified Biosphere Reserve.).

The park has two waterfalls – Anagi Mala Ella and Narangas Ella – that are fed from the crystal clear water of the Nannikitha Spring that starts its journey in the Kanneliya Forest Reserve. A refreshing swim in one of these beautiful waterfalls completely enveloped by the sights and sounds of nature is a further highlight of a visit to this fantastic biosphere reserve.

Lunch at koggala lake

Afternoon: enjoy a boat ride.

Overnight at Hikkaduwa. Lanka super coral hotel- http://www.hotellankasupercorals.com/ or similar.

Day 08: Departure (B)

Our guides will drop you to Bandaranaike International Airport in time for your departure flight. (3 hours before the flight time. Packed breakfast will be arranged.

1,151 USD

per Adult in a group of 4 pax. Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

20th January 2017/  24 March 2017

NOTES

 

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior the departure.
  • The above rates is valid till October 2017
  • High season supplement extra cost

15/12/16-10/01/17 -200 USD per person

15/07/17-30/08/17- 125 USD per person

  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.

The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions

THIS INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers
  • Standard  Accommodation at Hotel/Bungalows/ Camp , DBL room basis
  • Accommodation on Half Board basis for the entire tour.
  • Lunch from day 02 – day 07
  • English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Transportation throughout the tour, in an Air conditioned Car/Van /mini Bus/Bus with English speaking chauffeur Guide. Please note the total mileage calculated for this tour is for 1800Kms which is quite sufficient . If exceeded the above-quoted mileage a supplement of US$ 0.5/1.00 Per km will be charged.
  • Service charges and all Government taxes.
  • Activities as described

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Additional/optional activities
  • Donation for community project
  • High Season surcharge
  • All Beverages
  • Additional meals
  • Single supplement
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
  • International departure tax
  • Gratuities and tips

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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