Natural Beauties Of Sri Lanka
( 15 days/14 nights )
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport with garland and driven
to Sigiriya. Take pleasure trip to visit the spectacular rock fortress
of Sigiriya with its inside an astonishing series of paintings of beautiful
women (frescoes). Dinner and stay overnight at Sigiriya Hotel or similar.
2: Konduruwana - Polonnaruwa
Breakfast at hotel, we commence the day with trekking from Sigiriya
to Konduruwana, which is a village on Girithale/Bakamuna road (approximately
12.5km/4 hours) - this small track falls through the forest and minor
roads. The trek could be coupled with a further 2-hour walk along road
(8km) towards Girithale. From here, we will drive to Polonnnaruwa for
dinner and stay overnight at Sudu Araliya Hotel or similar.
After breakfast at hotel, we will do some sightseeing in Polonnaruwa,
which was the 2nd capital city if Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th
centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. You can see the ruins
of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya - where 4 splendid statues of
the Buddha in "Upright", "Sedentary" and "Recumbent"
postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king
Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya Lake built by King
Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of
worship such as the Shiva Temple, The Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri
Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Dinner
and stay overnight at Sudu Araliya Hotel or similar.
4: Polonnaruwa - Dambulla
After breakfast, today we start trekking from Polonnaruwa, along the
ancient Tank named the "Parakrama Samudraya" situated in the
Polonnaruwa District is the largest tank in Sri Lanka. This tank area
is very famous for water birds and eagles. We are on the stretch road
to "Angamedilla" (about 8km) long and runs along the bank
of Parakrama Samudrya Tank, where we continue trekking and then driving
to Dambulla. Dinner and stay overnight at Culture Club Hotel or similar.
5: Knuckles - Kandy
After breakfast, we drive up to Riverston in the Knuckles area. The
trek would be along wondrous road, traversing five major vegetation
types from dry zone forest to montane pygmy forest at Riverston, including
dry patina grassland in the island and offers an outstanding viewpoint
in Knuckles area. We break the trip with lunch in Knuckles area. Next,
we keep moving to Kandy - the second capital of the hill country, repository
if culture, religious center, is Sri Lanka's most beautiful town. Focal
point of this town is the Dalada Maligawa, were the sacred Tooth Relic
of the Buddha is enshrined. Highlight of the year is the Kandy Escala
Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is paraded in the streets,
accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and anything from
eighty to a hundred gaily-caparisoned elephants, for then littering
festival nights. On arrival Kandy, you cannot miss the attractive artificial
lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1806.
Dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Kandy or similar.
6: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, we drive to "Nuwara Eliya", cradled in central
hill country is about the most attractive area of the island. The walk
for the day, few hours in the cool climes, along plantation roads, jeep
tracks and main roads will be an unforgettable experience. Nuwara Eliya
has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC.
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. Nuwara Eliya is the highest city
in Sri Lanka with its highest mountain "Pedurutalagala" placed
here. Dinner and stay overnight at Windsor Hotel or similar.
7: Horton Plains
After breakfast, we begin driving to the Horton Plains (Maha Thenna)We
experience you with another interesting trek, across the Horton Plains
- it is most certainly one of the world's best nature reserves, which
consists of famous "World's End", "Bakers Falls",
"Chimmini Pool" etc. This largest wet grassland in the country
with an extent of 10,000ha is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel,
Wild Boar, Wild Hair, Porcupines, and a variety of Migratory birds,
which is unique to this region. At the end of our hike across the Horton
Plains, we come to another vary important and famous point - the World's
End. With a sheer drop of 3700ft, World's End offers one a fantastic
and awesome view. Down below, one is greeted, by the beautiful view
of the sprawling tea estate laced with gravel roads and lie rooms, and
if one looks beyond, by breathtaking panoramic view of the southern
part of the island down to the coast.
the afternoon, we start trekking up to the World's End and out of the
Plains via the famous and beautiful Baker's fall and towards Belihuloya
(24 km/6-7 hours) over the highest and the largest plains. Dinner and
stay overnight at River Garden Activity Centre or Rest House.
8: Adams Peak
After breakfast, we leave by vehicle from Belihuloya to Maskeliya at
the base of the Samanala Kanda, begin the ardous 8km/6hr climbing to
Sri Pada (Adam's Peak). You will discovery the misty mountaintop with
our experienced local guides. You may reach the 2,240 meter high peak-the
island's fourth highest - at midnight to dawn, you may absorb a glorious
sunrise and the mountain's showdown, cast by the rising sun onto the
clouds below. Dinner and stay overnight at the Peak (primitive facilities
with sleeping bags).
After witnessing the great stunning sunrise, you have breakfast and
then we trek down the hill along different route (10km/7hours), where
you will be picked up the Kuruwita road entry point and driven to hotel
in Ratnapura. Dinner and stay overnight at Ratnaloka Hotel or similar.
After breakfast, we depart for Singharaja Rain Forest with an extent
of 11,250 ha. is the only patch of virgin rainforest left in Sri Lanka.
This forest was declared a world heritage site in 1989, having the highest
number of endemic flora and fauna species in the island and a very high
biodiversity. Apart from these sites, you would be visiting the village
of Kudawa, experience yourself with staying overnight at the forestry-dormitory
with all services provided.
After breakfast, we take a full day trekking into the forest. Dinner
and stay overnight at the forestry-dormitory.
12: Buluthota Pass
After breakfast, we leave the forest and followed by heading to the
beach via Buluthota Pass, where we will en rout trek approx 20km/4hours.
Dinner and stay overnight at Weligama Bay Beach Hotel or similar.
13 -15: At the beach
After breakfast, it is your great time of lazing around the beach with
your own activities created.