DAY 01 : Airport – Kandalama
Best Lanka Tour’s Official Representative will meet you at the Katunayake Airport on arrival, and transfer to Kandalama.
Visit small villages interspersed with paddy fields, coconut plantations and forests. In the evening acclimatize to the tropics and relax after the long flight with a leisurely walk along the hotels’ nature trail, which winds its way along a breathtaking dry zone lake. Your first sunset in Sri Lanka by a lake is guaranteed to be a special experience.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandalama.
DAY 03 : Dambulla – Kandy
After Breakfast Leave for Dambulla.
Visit the Golden Rock.Dambulla is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain the statues and the paintings. Since it’s founding in the 1 century BC by King Valagamba, many improvements and additions have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings over the years. Hindu statues are believed to be of the 12 century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18-century. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts.
Afternoon Proceed to Kandy.
Kandy, the last Royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.
Thus Kandyan culture was abler to foster and maintain its own social structure, mode of living, Art & Architecture. The kings of Kandy ensured the safety and sovereignty of the hill capitol and it’s great culture until the British finally captured the city in 1815.
Kandy was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese people call it “Mahanuwara” meaning the “Great City”. But the name Kandy was derived from the Word Kanda, which means mountain. Due to it’s geographical location Kandy was not an easy target for the foreign invaders who could gain the control of coastal area of the island.
Evening visit the Tooth Temple
The Temple of Tooth-One of the chief objects of interests in Kandy is the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ or Temple of the Sacred Tooth. This is the heart of Kandy, and the Tooth of Buddha is the heart of it. The relic came from India sixteen centuries ago, and moved from capital to capital always with the king. It is rarely shown and never leaves the temple.
Late evening witness the Cultural Dance Show.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kandy.
DAY 05 : Horton Plains
After breakfast Excursion to Horton Plains Nature & Wild Life Reserve. Short trek to Worlds End & Bakers Falls.
The Horton Plains National Park is the only National Park situated in the Hill Country and falls within the Nuwara Eliya district and is 200 km. away from Colombo. Panoramic scenic beauty of the Hill Country could be witnessed within the Park. The famous `Worlds End’ is a major attraction within the Park. Endemic slender loris and endemic purple monkey are among the important animal species that could be seen in addition to sambhur, a member of the cat family etc. There is some endemic avifauna also found within this Park.
Horton Plains is a PARTICIPATORY CAMPING location, giving guests the opportunity of getting involved in the whole process of setting up the camp, and even assisting in the cooking! Although park regulations prohibit the lighting of campfires, we can still create a magical setting with lanterns, wonderful surrounding views of the Plains themselves and the diverse flora and fauna present (especially watch out for leopards!)
After trekking experience a typical Sri Lankan lunch at the camp. Evening trek to ‘Thotupalakanda’, Sri Lanka’s third highest mountain (2,359m).
Dinner and overnight stay at the camp
DAY 07 : kithulgoda – Rathnapura
After Breakfast visit Kithulgal
Kitulgala is the film location of David Lean’s masterpiece “The Bridge on the River Kwai” Take a 01 – 02 hour white water rafting excursion. The short but exhilarating excursion is level 03 rafting and is suitable for most people between the ages of 08 – 65 years. Kitulgala is a great site for many adventure-based activities and boasts a fertile landscape.
Afternoon return to Ratnapura Enroute overlook the City & Gem mines etc.
Ratnapura is in the province of Sabaragamuwa. The gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka is also a major crossroad between southern plains and the hill country to the east. A bustling market city servicing most of the surrounding towns. Many of the prominent gem dealers in Sri Lanka operate from this town. Scenery around the town is excellent and charming. . The route towards hill country is beautiful. The surrounding area is a popular trekking destination and a good place for bird watching. Visit traditional gem mining and cutting operations.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Ratnapura.
DAY 09 : Udawalawe Sanitary – Safari Camp
After Breakfast visit Udawalawe sanitary -& Camping in the night
The Udawalawe National Park situated in the dry zone of the country and belonging to Sabaragamuwa & Uva provinces. The park area is 30,821 ha. The park was established in 1972.
The park lies within dry zone and small segment lies within intermediate zone. The long dry season is characteristic feature. Main source of rainfall is southwest monsoon (May , September) and mean annual rainfall is about 1520mm. the mean annual temperature is around 29C.
Park consists of dry lowland forest, riverine forest, thorny scrublands and grasslands. One special attraction of the park is the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River which flows through the park.
Udawalawe National Park is world famous for its large elephant populations. In this park one can observe elephants at any given time of the day. Other than Elephants water buffalo, spotted & barking deer, wild boar, sambhur, jackal & ruddy, grey & striped necked mongoose are also found in this park. Though the leopard, jungle & fishing cats have recorded in the park sightings are very rare.
The park is also famous for birdlife. Crested serpent eagle, changeable hawk eagle, white-bellied sea eagle & grey-headed fishing eagle are the main raptors found in the park. Painted stork, open bill, little & Indian cormorant, Indian darter, many species of waders are also found within the park. Among the forest birds are the warblers, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Malabar pied hornbill, Sikir Malkoha, Blue face Malkoha, common Caucal, and grey hornbill.
The SAFARI CAMP is situated about 16 km inside the park next to the Walawe Ganga river (which feeds the nearby Udawalawe reservoir).! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flush able toilets, showers and even cold beer for purchase . On your return from the evening safari, you will be welcomed with a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire
DAY 02 : Sigiriya
After breakfast visit the Rock fortress of Sigiriya.
Sigiriya was created by King Kasyapa who reigned between 477-495 A.D. The summit of this collosal rock stands 180 m (600 ft) above the surrounding jungle. In its hay day this was setting for a courtly paradise of elegant pavilions amidst gardens and pools. The rock was transformed into a recumbent lion by the addition of a brick-built head and foreparts of which only the paws remain. The rock’s natural defenses were augmented by broad moats and stone perimeter walls. In the event of an enemy invasion, the outer moat was built so as to flood the entire area between the two moats A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.
Sri Lankan architectural tradition is well displayed at Sigiriya, the best preserved city centre in Asia from the first millennium, with its combination of buildings and gardens with their trees, pathways, water gardens, the fusion of symmetrical and asymmetrical elements, use of varying levels and of axial and radial planning.
Visiting Higlights of the Sigiriya are- The Water Gardens,- The Boulder Gardens, Audience Hall, Cobra Hood Cave, Preaching Rock, Terraced Gardens, Mirror Wall, The Lions Platform, Frescoes, & The Palace on the Summit Afternoon visit Minneriya. sanctuary.
Minneriya lake build by King Mahasen and for the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of the abandons of Elephants.
This reservoir and its surrounding wetland habitat is inhabited by a large number of a aquatic bird species in addition to elephants. A group of wild elephants emerges from the jungle to frolic in the long grass and cooling water of the Minneriya reservoir.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kandalama
DAY 04 : Udawattakale (the forbidden forest)
After Breakfast visit Udawattakale. The Forbidden Forest of Kandy.
It will be surprised to know a cool shadowy forest abundant in twisted stemmed lianas arching their way up to the canopy,exists within less than a kilometer away from Kandy. Udawattakele which spreds over 257 acres today,has become a unique place due to its location. It is a cool and umbrageous rain forest in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a highly populated modern town. Udawattakele forest is a national heritage of Sri Lanka which has rich flora and fauna. There are about 460 plant species.
The hump-nosed lizard is a rare creature found in this forest. This prehistoric-looking animal can never be scared off by man. Fishing cat, wild boar, monkey ,hare, squirrel, scaly anteater and porcupine are some of the creatures that can be seen here. The most remarkable feature of Udawattakele sanctuary is its rich birdlife. The forest is alive with the chirping of black-head oreoles, Asian koels,three-toed kingfishers, blue winged leafbirds, spotted and emerald doves, tickell’s blue flycatcher, paradise flycatcher, hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle yellow fronted, crimson-fronted and brown headed barbets and oriental dwarf kingfisher.. Its cool atmosphere and diversified shady habitats Udawattakele a paradise for bird watchers.
Afternoon Proceeding to Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. Home of the famous Ceylon tea and the rolling mountains are carpeted of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls, blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery.
Overlook the Tea Plantations,& Tea Factory.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 06 : Belihuloya – Bambarakanda
After breakfast visit Belihuloya.
After Breakfast at the campsite, start trekking down hill approx 21 Km to Belihuloya. From Horton Plains exit, this will be driven start the trek. This trekking route which is named as “Satan’s Steps” due to it’s steep sharp bends and roughness has some of the best breathtaking views in the hill country. It would have descended approx 3500 ft. Having a dip at the bottom of the Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall Bambarakanda on way would be a major highlight.
Late evening reach Ratnapura.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Ratnapura.
DAY 08 : Sinharaja Forest
After Breakfast visit Sinharaja Forest.
Sinharaja forest reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forest in Sri lanka. This forest covers an extent of about 11187 hectares from east to west .The length of the forest is about 21km and width from North to South is about 3.7km, and the temperature of Sinharaja is 23.6 C.
The vegetation of Sinharaja may be described either as a tropical lowland rain forest or tropical wet evergreen forest.some striking characteristics of the forest are the loftiness of the dominant trees, the straightness of their bole, the abundance of regeneration and the diversity of species. Average height of the trees varies between 35m to 40m.some individuals rise even upto 50m.
Studies on the fauna of Sinharaja have revealed that there is a high degree of endemism among the butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals are greater than 50%. There have been reports of sightings of a few animals in the eastern Secter.The most common deer species is the Sambhur The Monk deer and Barking deer are also found within the reserve. Leopards are very seldom sighted, but their frequent presence has been confirmed by tracks and other signs. Badger Mongoose and the Golden Palm Civet have been occasionally sighted. The most commonly seen primate is the Purple – faced Leaf Monkey.Although the elephants said to be common in the past, there have not been reports of sightings during the last 15 years.
The rare endemic birds to be seen in Sinharaja are the Red-faced Malkoha, the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, the Ashy-headed Babbler, and the White – headed Starling and the Green billed Coucal the rarest of Sri Lankan birds.
Evening return to the Hotel.
Dinner & overnight stay in Ratnapura.
DAY 10 : Galle – Unawatuna
After Breakfast leave to Unawatuna. En route visit Galle the Old Portuguse Fort, later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch is still preservation. Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort . The view from the rampart is superb.
Evening relax at the beach hotel.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Unawatuna.
DAY 11 : Airport (Departure)
After Breakfast transfer to the Colombo –Katunayake Airport to connect flight for departure.