If you wish to try out the most exciting things to do in Sri Lanka, this tour provides an ideal platform to experience fun and excitement in a thrilling way.
We’ll meet at our hotel in Colombo for a “Welcome to Sri Lanka” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Colombo’s most charming green areas, including the Victoria Park, Independence Square and perhaps take a short boat ride in the Diyawanna Lake and observe the mangrove vegetation, a variety of birds in the vicinity and an occasional crocodile along the banks of the tiny islands.
In the evening, get acquainted with one another over dinner together.
Overnight in Colombo. Walking: light.
Next, enjoy a scenic drive to Habarana and in the late afternoon in Habarana, it would be time to try out a Bullock Cart ride along the rustic paths of the Hiriwaduna lake followed by a canoe ride along the scenic lake to a chena cultivation where you will experience a typical village hut with traditional Sri Lankan cooking done at a hearth.
Overnight in Habarana.
If it is the correct season (between November to May) you have the choice of trying out an exciting hot-air balloon ride provided that you get up pretty early in the morning (approx. 5 am) and be transported to the launching site to embark on the journey in time to watch the glorious sunrise from the air. You would continue to drift away in this magical way before finally coming down to mother earth in some remote area where you will definitely be met by the tracing jeep. To cap it all, upon landing the excitement will climax with Champaign breakfast. Afterward, in the afternoon, you will take a short drive into the ideal National Park (Minneriya or Kaudulla) and there embark in a 4WD Jeep to witness what would be a gathering of the largest mammals on land – Elephants. One could observe their behavior (with interest) at very close proximity when they come for their daily bath at the giant lake. If in the months of August/September one could observer them in their largest numbers which make it the largest elephant gathering anywhere in the world.
Then you will return to Habarana you will return for your overnight stay.
Today, you will leave Habarana to your next destination Kandy. However, on the way you will engage in a highlight of the tour – the climb to the top of the Sigiriya Rock. This rock was used in the 5th Century A.D by a renegade king as his hideaway castle and pleasure garden and when you look around the different areas of this one-time fortress, you could only imagine the Shangrila-type atmosphere that once would have prevailed in this compound with fountains shooting up sprouts of water high up to the sky. The multitude of bare-breasted maidens depicted as frescoes on side of the rock wall, bears witness to the number of consorts that this king would have had at his disposal. The 2 ½ hour trek to the top on back would not be too strenuous provided you set off early before the sun becomes too hot.
You will then set off on your journey to Kandy and make it a point to visit one of the herbal/spice gardens along the way and get an insight to the herbs and spices of Sri Lanka and their medicinal and culinary values respectively.
In Kandy, you will have the opportunity to witness a colorful cultural show with dancers, drummers and fire eaters and then visit the most important Buddhist place of worship in the city – the temple of the Tooth of the Buddha.
Overnight in Kandy.
Today after packing a picnic lunch, you will enjoy browsing and leisurely strolling at the Royal Botanical Gardens. A 147 acres of delightful flora from across the globe, one would be awe-inspired at the various collections of bamboos, palms, orchids and various other exotic tress, plants and flowers grown in abundance at this botanical gardens. A quick look into the local market of Kandy for shopping and for those interested in browsing the exotic gems of the land – then Kandy is the place. Walking: light.
For those who prefer more adventurous ventures, we can arrange an exhilarating cycling ride across the moderate hills of Kandy
In the evening, you will have the opportunity to witness a colorful cultural show with dancers, drummers and fire eaters and then visit the most important Buddhist place of worship in the city – the temple of the Tooth of the Buddha.
Overnight in Kandy
In the morning experience a panoramic train ride across the hill country and join the tour vehicle at another railway station where you will be transferred to the exciting small tourist hamlet called Kitulgala. The specialty of this destination is the rollercoaster like white-water rafting activity, which the more adventurous will have the chance to experience in the later afternoon. If you start on the rafting excursion around 3 pm then you could finish it by 5.30 pm and return to the resort for dinner and overnight. Activity: moderate.
In the morning you could enjoy a brief excursion to see the nearby Belilena cave of prehistoric importance while enjoying the beautiful scenery and observe the local birds along the way. Then you return to hotel for lunch and rest and prepare yourself for the long an arduous climb in the night to Adam’s Peak. Since the best and the most worthwhile time to climb the mountain is during the night you need to set off from Kitugala in the evening around 4 pm and reach the foot of Adam’s Peak (Delhousie) around 6 pm where you will check-in to a small lodge and refresh and rest till just after midnight. The goal is to witness the fabulous sunrise which takes place between 5.45 and 6.15 am. Nallithanni – the closest Access route to climb Adam’s Peak from Kitulagala. One should ideally be at the foot of the mountain (Nallithanni) just past midnight or the fitter ones – around 2 am in order to begin the arduous 08 km climb to the misty mountaintop. Hopefully after witnessing a glorious sunrise (weather permiting) you will descend the same way back and reach the foot (Nallithanni) around 9am. After resting and recuperating at the same guest house at Delhousie with a bit of breakfast to fill up your hunger, you will proceed on to Nuwara Eliya in the tour vehicle,
Climbing: Moderate to hard.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
In the early morning (at break of dawn), you will set off with a packed breakfast to the Horton Plain (the highest plateau in the island) to do an invigorating trek coupled with the highlight of seeing the panorama which is on offer at World’s End (weather and clear skies permitting). The idea is to arrive at World’s End early morning (around 7.30 to 8 am) before the mist sets in towards the afternoon. The trek through the plains will offer you a wide variety of flora and fauna native to the very distinct climate hardly found in other parts of the country. Elks and Sambhur are some of the few animals you would encounter in the plains. Afterwards you will proceed Ella witnessing the Beautiful panoramic views from the Ella Gap and Ravana Falls along the main road without making any detour. At Ella, you will also have the option of climbing Little Adam’s Peak, which is a miniature version of Adam’s Peak requiring a climbing time of just a little more than half an hour. Then proceed a short distance to see the iconic Nine Arches Bridge built during the English colonial period.
Overnight in Ella
Today you will proceed further down to the lowland plains and enjoy the day with various thrilling activities arranged by the campsite ranging from Kayaking, River bathing, Rock climbing, abseiling and jungle trekking and in the evening be treated to fabulous camp fire barbeque under the stars with calypso music playing till you wish to retire for the night.
Overnight in campsite at Kuda Oya
You could leisurely depart late in the morning to your next destination – Yala where you will first check-in at a hotel and then undertake your first Jeep safari in the afternoon till around 5.30pm before the park closes. This evening safari lasting about 3 ½ hours will provide you an introduction to the park and if lucky spot that elusive leopard (which is always the highlight of the safari. Afterwards you will return to the hotel.
Overnight in Yala
The best time to spot a leopard is in the early morning hours where they are found languishing on the rocky outcrops. You will take with you a packed breakfast and spend the time till mid-day to try and spot as much flora and fauna as possible including the variety of birds found in the park which could be more prominently observed in the early morning hours. Afterwards you will return to the hotel, have lunch and checkout and depart to Mirissa along the southern coastal line.
Overnight at Mirissa
In the morning with a packed breakfast again you will embark on your sea journey in a vessel to spot the largest mammal on earth – the blue whale. Journeys could take as long as 7 hours depending on sightings and could tend to become a bit boring but once a whale is spotted then the excitement will begin. After the excursion you will leave Mirissa to your beach holiday destination. En route visiting the Galle Dutch Fort and stroll along the circular rampart wall and many avenues of the fort till you experience the rich cultural city within the city of Galle. Then you will leave to Hikkaduwa which is your beach destination Walking: light.
Overnight in Hikkaduwa.
Enjoy the beach stay at Hikkaduwa coupled with seasonal snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing. The ancient ship wreck – the Conch – just off the coast of Hikkaduwa is a diver’s paradise which is there to be explored with ease of access. A small excursion to the northern town of Kosgoda will give you the opoortunity to visit a turtle hatchery and see the process of breeding the hatchlings and preparing them to travel to the wide open ocean. You will have 2 whole days to explore and enjoy Hikkaduwa or leisurely relax at the beach enjoying the sun, sand and sea with minimal activity.
Finally, your exciting and enjoyable 2 weeks in the isle of Serendipity has come to an end and it is time to bid farewell and return back to your home. You will take with you, memories in your mind and digital devices to share with your friends and recommend to visit this paradise island to your friends back home.
Depending on your flight departure time, you will set off from Hikkdauwa via the Southern expressway to the airport (transfer time of approx. 2 ½ hours).[/