Sri Lanka offers a variety of mini climates, a wealth of fauna and flora, rugged terrain, high peaks,
deep chasms, mountain gaps, high water falls and snaking rivers ideal for any eco, nature-adventure
or trekking enthusiast. If its hiking/trekking you are interested in, Sri Lanka’s mist covered central
mountains in Ella offers great opportunities. Trek through the nature of Horton Plains, characterized
by forest patches, grasslands along with steep mountain passes, Trekking trails to Adams Peak ascent
the holy mountain to witness the mystical shadow of the peak across the lowland plains, or if you are
in Kandy the Knuckles Range wilderness area will take your breath away.
If you prefer to bike it than walk, but aren’t keen to take on uphill climbs many low land
trails are available which will take you through lush green paddy fields, rubber plantations
and coconut groves. For those who seek more of a challenge, the hill country locations such as
Knuckles Range offer steep trails ideal for the more experienced cyclist.
A wealth of lagoons, rivers, swamps with interconnected canals offer the canoe/kayaking
enthusiast endless opportunities to relax while enjoying nature, whilst for the more adventurous who
find canoeing too tame for their taste, white water rafting in Kitulgala will suit you just fine. This
part of the river is speckled with rapids from class 1 to 3.5 and will give everyone a ride of their
life adorned with life jackets and safety gear.
Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo Sri Lanka will undergo daily maintenance work between the hours of08:30 to 16:30 (8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.) from the 5th of January to the 5 th of April 2017. All flights scheduled to arrive or depart during these times will be affected and will be subjected to a schedule change. Please consult your airline or travel agent with regards to the changes and advise Ceylan Vacations as soon as possible so that we can rebook arrival and/or departure transfers. Please note that during this time, your flight may change several times. So make sure to recheck your flight details several days prior to travel.
You will arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport and be met and warmly greeted by your chauffeur guide. Proceed to Negombo.Negombo is a characteristic fishing town north of Colombo and is a mere 6 km from the international airport. Set amidst lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes the spirit of the sea and is naturally a sea food paradise. Old - world fishing craft, like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran, bring seer, skipjack, herring, mullet, pomfret and amber jack, whilst lobster and prawn are caught in the lagoon. PM – If you’re not too tired, you could do some sightseeing.
After a hearty breakfast, you will leave for Habarana visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route. The Elephant Orphanage is the home for Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat. This is the only such sanctuary in the world. You could watch the beasts gamboling in the water and the young ones being fed their quota of milk from handheld bottles. Continues to Habarana In the evening you will climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.
At 0530 hrs proceed to the ballooning site and at 0600 hrs weather permitting take a ride on a 01 hour hot air balloon flying high over the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.. Be one with nature, as you soar in the air in a hot air balloon, drifting over temples and the unspoilt wilderness that is characteristic of the Cultural Triangle which is no doubt an experience of a lifetime. (Season for hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka is only from November to April yearly.) Thereafter you will be given the chance to do an Elephant Ride on the back of a majestic elephant. You will ride through the jungle and also cross a river on an Elephant's back. This is also an experience of a lifetime. Afternoon visit the Minneriya National Park and proceed on a safari. Minneriya National Park consists of 8890 hectares and consists of mixed evergreen forest, scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka's favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. The central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena) and a significant feature is the “Elephant Gathering” which happens between July & August when the tanks and other water sources around the area dry out. When this happens the elephants living in the surrounding areas gather at the Minneriya Tank that never runs dry. During this period you could witness around 300 wild elephants at a glance which is a truly amazing sight.
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla and visit Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceiling found here are over 2000 years old and is the largest area of painting found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. Continue to Knuckles Mountain Range visiting a Spice Garden and Batik Factory. Originally, the villagers called this region the “Dumbara Kanduvetiya” meaning “misty mountains” . The area was then named as ‘Knuckles ‘ by British Surveyors, due to a prominent landscape feature – a group of five peaks extending from the west to the southeast of the country resembling the knuckles of a clenched fist. The Knuckles Mountain Range is a major ecotourism venue of Sri Lanka and has been declared a conservation area, now known as the KNUCKLES NATIONAL HERITAGE AND WILDERNESS AREA. Late afternoon do the KOBONILLA-DEENSTON-MINI WORLD’S END TRAIL (Allow approx. 4 hours) A 20km trail. Enjoy the panoramic view from Mini World’s end (400m msl) located opposite the Deenston forest office. This area is within the Knuckles Conservation Forest.
After breakfast do the KOBONILLA-LOOLWATTE-CORBETT’S GAP TRAIL (Allow approx. 4 hours) A 14 km trail. Enjoy the panoramic view, unique rock formations and different vegetation types from the Corbet’s gap-sphinx rock, Kalupanaha, Lakegala to the North-east and Dumbara valley to the east are breathtaking. Thereafter leave for Kandy. The Sacred City of Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful towns. This cool weathered hill station is Sri Lanka’s most visited place after Colombo. The main attraction of the town is the golden-roofed ‘Dalada Maligawa’. This is where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. There are also many numerous shrines and temples in and around Kandy where you could see rare paintings, frescoes, and stone carvings. PM - Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of 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. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. Also if time permits, you could witness a very interesting Cultural Dance Show.
After breakfast visit Udawatta Kele. Udawatta Kele Sanctuary or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is situated on the hillside behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest is considered to be a vital Bio reserve for the much populated Kandy City. Centuries back, area surrounding Kandy had been a Rain Forest and the human settlements took place during the era of King Panditha Parakramabahu (1302-1326 AD) and in 1371 AD, King Wickramabahu made Kandy his Kingdom. During this era Kandy was called as "Senkadagala". This name came into being due to a Brahmin named Senkanda, who lived in a cave at Udawattakele during that era. During the Kandyan Kingdom, this forest area behind the palace was called " Uda wasala watta" or the 'Upper Palace Garden' frequented by the royalty and was out of bounds to the people. Afternoon sightseeing & shopping in Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to Kithulagala. The Kitulgala & Kelani River is popular as for 1957 blockbuster movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” in which the bridge was blown when the train was crossing the river was filmed in Kithulgala. This place is worthwhile for visiting and photographing as you pass the rapids of Kalani River. White Water Rafting in Kelani River dose not require a higher degree of rafting skills or swimming experience, even for the people who are experimenting it for the first time, families and small group’s can go for a thrilling ride down the Kelani River. This is because the rapids of Kalani River are graded as 2 and 3. Some of the rapids of the Kalani River are named with unique names such as Virgin’s Breast, Killer Falls, Butter Crunch and Head Chopper. Thereafter leave for Colombo. PM – Sightseeing tour of the Commercial Capital of the Island which includes a mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green, the exclusive Cinnamon Gardens, the Independence Square, the vibrant bazaars of Pettah, and the pristine beaches of Mt. Lavinia. Your journey will be enhanced by the many religious sanctuaries, which manifest in their variety, the peaceful tolerance of the city’s diverse inhabitants. You might also visit the National Museum and get a real taste of the ancient, colonial and modern influences, which make up the city.
After breakfast proceed to the airport OR drop at your selected beach resort for extended stay.
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