“Ayubowan” & ‘’Vanakkam’’ Welcome to a tropical paradise. You will be welcomed & greeted by your guide or our representative on arrival at the Waiting Area at Colombo International Airport. You will travel to Negombo. Travel time is approximately 30 Minutes depending on the road traffic.
Rest of the day you can relax & enjoy.
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After breakfast, you travel to Willpattu.
After Lunch, you will do a safari to discover Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu National Park (‘Land of Lakes’) is situated on the Northwest coast near the ancient city of Anuradhapura. It is the largest and oldest National Park in Sri Lanka consisting of 140,000 hectares of mostly dry zone evergreen forest cover and a coastal belt to the West. This is one of the best places to see leopards in Sri Lanka alongside Yala National Park. The open grassy plains set within the thick dense scrub jungle. The wetland includes around 48 shallow natural lakes known as Villus, natural basins that are filled up with rainwater, and two saltwater lakes. These natural lakes are the most important parts of the complex ecosystem in the park.
After the dinner at the hotel, you will habitat with the elusive Grey Slender Loris, a nocturnal primate hidden in the scrublands beyond your dwelling. Known for its protruding eyes and nimble limbs, the Loris scavenges for insects and berries above the trees on a moonlit trail that has been carefully designed for you to observe the rare creature in its natural habitat. Accompanied by hotel resident naturalists, a quiet evening walk takes you through the streams and bamboo bridges of our lush forest ecosystem to the Loris Information Centre and Conservation Site. Equipped with harmless red light-emitting headlamps that reflect off the characteristic eyes of our resident Loris population, your silent search may even be prized with a close-up encounter with this fleeting species.
About the size of a chipmunk with long, pencil-thin arms and legs, this shy, furry, nocturnal primate is found in the tropical forests of Southern India and Sri Lanka and grows to between 6 and 10 inches in size. It has a round head dominated by two large, close-set brown eyes that seem as big as dinner plates in its small and somewhat bemused-looking face. These peepers flank a little, long snout, which ends in a heart-shaped nose. Dark, brawny-black circles of fur surround the eyes, like spectacles, and it has relatively big, round ears poking out of its grey fuzz, all adding to its appeal.
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After the early breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a morning safari at Willpattu national park, it is for you will take to animal paradise.
After Lunch, you will travel to Polonnaruwa, which bears a rich history to be discovered by you. Welcome to the city that was once a kingdom and thus protects some of the best-preserved archaeological relics of the world. You walk into the remnants of the Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu, the archaeological museum of Polonnaruwa, the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and many more well-conserved historical sites. You are amazed by the details put into each of these remnants. You then visit a royal Sri Lanka attraction called Parakrama Samudraya, a water reservoir consisting of five lakes. You spend the evening beside one of these lakes surrounded by lush greenery. – A moment to remember!
In the morning the wildlife is abundant around the lakes and coastal belt at Willpattu National Park, where you may spot the White Ibis, Open Bills, Painted Storks Spoonbills, Egrets, Whistling Teals, Kingfishers and you may also see water buffalos, monitors, and crocodiles. Butterflies recorded include the Great Egg fly, Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bush brown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose, and Crimson Rose. Diverse varieties of colorful butterflies can be seen in the park as well.
After that, you will travel to Habarana.
Afterward evening you can enjoy a Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park (Duration – 2 hours). It’s on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, which was built in the 4th century A.C. Minneriya is a hide-out for many elephants, where you could see herds of elephants approximately 50 to 60 elephants in a herd. Here from July to September one of the World’s top ten wildlife spectacles takes place known as ‘The Gathering’, more than 250 elephants gather around the Minneriya water tank in search of water and food. Apart from elephants, it is a habitat for migrant and resident bird species like Grey herons, Open built storks, Painted storks …etc. And also, you could see 3 different species of monkeys Silica make, Pink faced leaf monkey and Grey Langer.
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After Early breakfast you will enjoy a safari at Kaudulla National Park – this National Park is the most recent to be added to the list of 15 Parks in the country. Famous for its elephants and bird population, species include the nation’s largest bird, the Lesser Adjutant, and the Pompadour Green Pigeon. Built around the year 300 AD, the Tank slowly fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in 1959, and with its variety of plant life has now become home to 24 species of mammals, 25 species of amphibians, and countless bird types. The endangered Rusty Spotted Cat can be spotted in Kaudulla National Park, as well as large herds of Asian elephants, elusive leopards, and both Sambar and Axis Deer.
After Lunch, you will travel to Trincomalee
Rest of the day you can relax & enjoy.
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Trincomalee, the most popular east coast seaside hamlet in Sri Lanka famous for its powdery sandy beach and turquoise blue shallow waters. During the months from July to September calm seas provide the best opportunities to go too deep waters to see these marine giants, the Blue Whales of Sri Lanka.
You will see Blue Whales on the East coast of Sri Lanka by sailing to their resident colonies.
A whale-watching boat trip off the coast of Trincomalee will last for 4 to 5 hours. The speed boat leaves the shore of Trincomalee by 6.30 AM and mineral water bottles will be provided complimentary. Rest of the day you can relax & enjoy the beach.
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In the morning after breakfast, you will travel by boat to Pigeon Island Marine National Park. It is a fantastic place for snorkeling to see the spectacular marine life with over 100 species of colorful corals teeming with 300 types of reef fish. This Pigeon Island National Park has one of the best remaining coral reefs with high live coral cover in the country and is an ideal location for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Pigeon Island National Park consists of two small islands off the east coast north of Trincomalee. The island gets its name from Blue Rock Pigeon, a native endangered bird that lives within the rocks in these islands. The islands were declared a sanctuary in 1963 for the purpose of protecting these birds. In 2003 this area was upgraded to the status of a National Park and the boundaries were extended to include coral reefs around them. The islands are situated about 1 km off the Nilaveli coast in Trincomalee District.
Rest of the day you can relax & enjoy the beach.
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Gal Oya National Park lies southeast of the Kandy in the eastern district. The Park was closed during the war for three decades. This Park was established to protect the catchments area of the Senanayake Samudraya (lake). The wildlife richness of this wetland, the park is a natural habitat for a wide range of fauna and flora consisting of dry mixed vegetation including savannah grass and an extensive green cover. About 45% of the vegetation is evergreen forest, 33% savanna, 9% grassland, 2% china cultivations and the balance is water bodies dominated by Senanayake Samudraya.
Rest of the day you can relax & enjoy.
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In the early morning, you will take a boat trip to watch the birds and wildlife of Gal Oya. Gal Oya National Park is known for its resident elephant herds, flourishing birdlife, and 32 species of mammal including langurs, toque macaques, leopards, sloth bears, wild boar, water buffalo, and deer.
This is the only park in Sri Lanka where you can take a boat trip to watch the wildlife. A unique opportunity to observe the local wildlife from the stunning Gal Oya Lake: including crocodiles, deer, elephants, and many rare and endemic species of birds. This experience is the only one in Sri Lanka that enables you to spot wildlife from the water and truly immerse yourself in the animals’ habitats. You may be lucky enough to see the elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge.
Rest of the day you can relax & enjoy.
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After breakfast, you will travel to Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya is often referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya has a climate unlike anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Due to its high elevation, it offers a cooler and more invigorating climate than lower regions. Colonized by the British, the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s highest town, still retain its ‘yelled world feel and many of the original Hotels still retain their grandiose colonial style. Famous for its horse racing, Nuwara Eliya also boasts the impressive Golf Club which dates back to 1889. Stepping back in time when life was slightly more sedate, it is worthwhile visiting the Clubhouse to observe the photographs of life in Nuwara Eliya in years gone by. Rose gardens and abundant vegetable stalls crowd the sides of the road, whilst spectacular scenery will accompany you on the journey from Galoya.
Today you will visit Hakgala Botanical Garden. Hakgala Botanical Gardens is located within the Hakgala Strict Natural Reserve. The garden is also one of the best places on the island to spot endemic montane bird species & migratory birds during the North-East monsoon.
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After an early breakfast, discover the Horton Plains, National Park. A plateau with an elevation of 2,134 m, sparsely populated, and almost without any roads. Here you walk for about 4 hours through mystic cloud forests and Patna grassland to "Worlds End", where the highland falls steeply almost a thousand meters, and the Bakers Falls. Horton Plains National Park is home to rare flora and fauna; Sambar deer and Bear-monkey as well as many birds. Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at 2134 meters elevation; these plains are hard to reach. The scenery that can be seen from here is considered to be the finest view in Sri Lanka. Early morning the Indian Ocean rims the horizon, 80 km away. Horton Plains is Sri Lanka’s highest and most isolated plateau discovered by Sir Thomas Farr in 19 hundred. And named Horton Plaines with respect to the then-British Governor of Sri Lanka Sir Horton and it is the only place where you could see the bear monkey. This is one of the world’s best nature tracks. And certain plant species, birds, and insects you see only at Horton Plaines. Nature lovers will enjoy this wide, Patna-grass-covered plain, the haunt of several wild yet harmless animals, and the home of many species of birds. Bridle paths through the plain will take you to the precipice, popularly referred to as “Worlds End’’ a sheer drop of 1050 meters. Lie on your stomach and peep over the ridge, the view when it is clear of mist, is simply magnificent.
Beautiful Sri Lanka is all you are asking for, and we give that on your wonderful Sri Lanka itinerary. Ella town is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka from your Sri Lanka tour itinerary. You experience one of the most picturesque train rides in the world when you pass beautiful mountains, steamy waterfalls, luscious forests, and villages with beaming locals: on the Ohiya to Ella train. You climb the Ella rock and walk along the rails on the famous Nine Arch Bridge. As promised by your customized Sri Lanka itinerary, you arrive at the edge of the Diyaluma falls yet, another Sri Lanka attraction. You jump right in the gushing water, and you feel like you are in an infinity pool, but it is all the magic of nature!
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Take breakfast in the hotel and afterward, you will visit the Udawalawe National Park safari and visit Elephant Transit Home en route to Yala. Elephant Transit Home (ETH), where the orphan wild elephants are treated, raised, and released back into the wild, also is located at Udawalawe. Visitors to this place can observe how the elephants are taken care of, twice a day. The total number of orphaned elephants exceeds 40, of which most of them are calves and juveniles. The animals become mature enough to live on their own and are released back into the wild. Park authorities keep constant vigilance on the newly released animals until they get used to the new life in the wild. Click the link for BBC Natural World Documentary (Elephant Island) 2013.
You have been patiently waiting for the daring adventures in your Sri Lanka itinerary, and finally, it is the day! Yala National Park is one of the most loved Sri Lanka attractions for its jungle ride full of excitement, and it is never an option to miss on your Sri Lanka tour. You are in the jungle, and suddenly you realize that it doesn’t matter at what time you venture into the wilderness because, as the name declares, it is wild! As promised by your Sri Lanka itinerary, you witness the mesmerizing leopards, gigantic elephants, and different species of vibrant birds hovering on tree branches chittering and chattering as you arrive. Even though we planned your Sri Lanka tour itinerary, nothing is planned in the jungle!
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After breakfast, you will travel to Sinharaja.
From the pristine beaches back to the jungle! Your adventure in this Sri Lanka tour itinerary is not over yet. After a wonderful week in this tropical paradise: it’s time to explore the Sinharaja Rain Forest. You find a beautiful natural water spring surrounded by a luscious forest. You hop into it with a sweet king coconut in your hand. Ah! It sure feels good. After a relaxing time, you get back to the beautiful hotel reserved for you and have a delicious Sri Lankan meal with mouth-watering curries. The following morning of your Sri Lanka itinerary, you go for a village walk in the naturally beautiful Sinharaja with welcoming villagers. You get back to the Sinharaja forest and have your breakfast in the jungle! After all, this is an authentic Sri Lanka itinerary.
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After breakfast, you will travel to Bentota.
Upon arrival at Bentota, you will take Boat Tour on the Madu River. You will explore this remote area and Cinnamon Islands. Madu Ganga or (Madu River) wetland spreads across 915 hectares, out of which 770 hectares are covered with water. Sail downstream for about a kilometer, the river opens its doors to 36 spectacular islands covering the rest 145 hectares. The inhabitants of these islands are mostly traditional fishermen and to some extent, they are engaged in some traditional cottage industries such as producing peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil.
Love for the sea never ends. On the tenth day of your Sri Lanka tour, you rent a bicycle in Bentota and cycle through the gorgeous city as you come across paddy fields, stunning ancient mural paintings in ‘Mullegoda temple’, and visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. You stop by to chit-chat with the friendly locals and enjoy the delicious local food. It is an amazing Sri Lanka itinerary if it includes the enchanting gardens resting in the heart of Bentota. But when we say Sri Lanka itinerary, no matter where it is: a little adventure awaits. So you jump back into the turquoise waters eagerly for water sports. You sit on the golden beach with your loved ones and think of your Sri Lanka holiday and itinerary while enjoying the beautiful sunset. A real vacation it is!
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Shopping in Colombo city and travel to the airport.
**** End of the Tour ****
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