( 13 Nights / 14 Days ) Sri Lanka Holidays Nature Tour
Day 01 - Arrive Colombo
On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met at the international airport and transfer to the negambo. Depending on flight times there may be time to do a little sight-seeing in negambo. Overnight in Negambo (Hotel)
DAY 02 - Go to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and stay in Kandy
After Breakfast this morning you will leave the capital for Kandy. En-route visits the Elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. This orphanage was established to feed nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought periods. Continue to Kandy which is the centre of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka. Visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark of Kandy is its Lake, in the centre of the city. Udawatte-kele is a nature reserve surrounded by city. The Kandy market is a great bazaar full of the sounds of exiting trade. Visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance.
Overnight at hotel in kandy
DAY 03 - Go and stay in Wasgamuwa
After Breakfast leave for Wasgamuwa national park, the journey passes through beautiful forested foothills where one can really appreciate the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival in Wasgamuwa you will check in at the lodge. In the afternoon depart for the Safari of WasgamuwaPark consists of riverine forest, dry mixed evergreen forest, grasslands and wetlands. As the park is almost surrounded by Mahaweli&Amban Rivers and the large riverine forest area.Flora of the park consists of Palu (Manilkarahexandra), Weera (Drypetessepiaria), Satin (Chloroxylonswietenia), Wa (Cassia roxburghii), Gal Siyambala (Dialiumovoideum) and Ebony (Diospyrosebenum). The riverine forest dominated by Kumbuk (Terminaliaarjuna), Mee (Madhucalongifoloa) and Thimbiri (Diospyrosmalabarica). Grasslands mainly consist of (Imperatacylindrica). Wasgamuwa is famous as an elephant habitat. These elephants are known to be less habituated to people and are more wildAs well as elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, spotted and barking deer, wild boar and wild buffalo are also found here. Torque Macaque, Purple face leaf monkey and nocturnal slender Loris are also found in the park. Lesser Adjutant, Wooly necked stork, open bill, painted stork, Racket tailed Drongo, Yellow fronted barbet, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl& Spur fowl are among the over 100 species of birds found within the park.
Over night in Wasgamuwa or Dambulla.
DAY 04 - See Knuckles Mountain Range and go to NuwaraEliya
After breakfast you will depart for the delightful hill top town of NuwaraEliya. (1990 m) via the Knuckles Mountain Range which has several important features.. It has a parasitical quality to it because of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear and perennial waterways, cloud forests and exquisite fauna and flora. Steeped with history running into several millennia and a veritable treasure house of cultural heritage, the Knuckles Mountain Range can be considered a as a mirror to the past. Nuwara Eliya was established during the colonial era and once had a regular fox hunt and polo events. The town is often referred to as 'Little England' as it has retained many of its colonial buildings. You will have the chance to visit a tea plantation and have a tour of the tea factory.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya (Hotel)
Day 05 - Horton Plains Nature Reserve in NuwaraEliya and go to Kitulgala
With early Breakfast on the way to Kitulgala you will stop at the Horton Plains Nature Reserve and have a guided tour with a resident naturalist guide. Horton Plains is another wildlife hot spot, the vegetation cover here is open, grassy woodland, home to species such as the sambar, leopard and endemic purple-faced langur. From here you will continue to Kitulgala where you will be staying in beautifully deigned eco-lodges overlooking the Kelaniya River. You have the option of rafting in the river which is very famous in Sri Lanka.
Overnight in Kitulgala
DAY 06 - Go to Sinharaja
After Breakfast you will drive out to Sinharaja National Park which is of international, ecological significance and has recently become a world heritage site. The area has some of the best preserved virgin rainforest on earth, saved from commercial logging due to its inaccessibility. Overnight in Singharaja (Lodge)
Price includes air condition vehicle, Singharaja national park entrance tickets, hotel with dinner and next day B'fast
After Breakfast the morning will be spent exploring the Singharaja rainforest. Due to the dense vegetation cover wildlife viewing is difficult and the elusive mammals such as the leopard are rarely seen. You may see some of the brightly coloured birds of the region which tend to move through the jungle in mixed feeding flocks. In the afternoon leave forBandarawela Overnight in Bandarawela
After an early Breakfast you will go trekking in this small town area in Bandarawela and then travel south to Udawalawe. This large national park was designed to protect the diverse catchments area of the Udawalawe Reservoir. The vegetation here is different again; mainly comprising open parkland with some mature teak trees. The park is home to around 400 wild elephants which are easy to spot and there are also good numbers of golden jackal, crocodile and buffalo. The afternoon will be spent out on safari in the national park. Overnight in Udawalawe or Thissa.
DAY 09 - Go to Yala
After Breakfast you will head to the south-east corner of the island. Yala National park is the most famous of all Sri Lanka's parks. It contains an amazing variety of habitats from Open Park to dense jungle, and also contains fresh water rivers and lakes as well as beaches. Yala's greatest claim to fame is that it has the world's highest concentration of leopard (though this still does not guarantee seeing any!) Yala was badly affected by the Tsunami in 2004 which destroyed the visitor's centre and tourist lodge and resulted in the loss of many human lives. Interestingly the park records show that the animal numbers were little affected. In the afternoon you will set off on safari in the Yala National Park. Overnight at (Hotel) Yala
DAY 10 - Go and rest in Beach
After Breakfast you will travel to your final destination. Your journey will take you along the coast where destruction caused by the Tsunami is still evident in some places. On the way you can visit the famous community of stilt fisherman, En-route visit Galle. Visit the Old Portuguese fort, later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch, is still very well preserved. . Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort. The view from the ramparts is superb. You can visit Coral garden and madu river boat safaris. Visit a village in an island by boat in Madhu Ganga.
Overnight at (Hotel) Bentota
DAY 07 - Go to Bandarawela
DAY 08 - Go to Udawalawe
DAY 11 - Relax in Beach
Relaxed and friendly beach resort in the south-west of the island. It is the start of a sandy beach which stretches for 130km. The next two days are for total relaxation, the hotel has many facilities including pool and a range of treatments and therapies to relax and rejuvenate you after a busy tour. Many water sports are also on offer and there is a coral garden just off the coast which makes for great diving and snorkelling during November to April. Evening Visit Sea turtles hatchery which returns baby turtles to the sea.
DAY 12 Relax in Beach
Another day of relaxing and enjoying the sun and sea and steep climb to the top offers fantastic views of the Sri Lankan coast.
Overnight at (Hotel)
DAY 13 - Visit Muthurajawela and go to Negombo
After Breakfast leave for Negombo En-route stop at Muthurajawela for bird Watching boat trip.
Overnight at hotel in Negombo
DAY 14 Airport
Tour ends Today, a transfer vehicle will be provided to take you to the airport for your onward flight.