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Nature and Wildlife of Sri Lanka - Superior Tour

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Overview

DAY 01
Arrival at the Colombo International Airport, meet your representatives from The Holiday Place and transfer directly to Negombo.

  • A rare experience never to be missed visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage near Kegalle, Sigiriya UNESCO World Heritage Site, Minneriya National Park and much more to explore the culture and nature of Sri Lanka
  • Best quality accommodations Ideally situated hotels offers a modern and comfortable stay for an unforgettable experience in Sri Lanka
  • Explore one of the most recommended destinations in the world English speaking chauffer guide for the Entire Round Tour

Transfer time: approximately half hour

Check-in to the hotel where you may relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight at Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Deluxe Room)

DAY 02
Leave after breakfast and travel to the cultural triangle.
En route you will visit the to visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
The Elephant Orphanage - Near Kegalle, 20km (12 miles) west of Kandy on the Colombo highway. Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. The best time to visit is the bathing time when the elephant are taken to the river close by. A rare experience never to be missed.

Upon completion continue to Sigiriya.
Transfer time: approximately 04 hours

Overnight at the Hotel Sigiriya (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 03
Leave after breakfast and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya - this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka's major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya's glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the "Lion Rock" is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.

Transfer time: 30 minutes each way

In the afternoon take a Jeep Safari at the Minneriya National Park.
Minneriya National Park - Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Transfer time: 30 minutes each way

Overnight at the Hotel Sigiriya (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 04
Today you will travel to the last kingdom of Sri Lanka - Kandy
En -route you will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple - This is located in the North Central Province. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Afterwards you will proceed to Matale, there you will visit a Spice Garden and see spices growing in their natural habitat. Learn about spices and their use in Sri Lankan cuisine.
Continue to Kandy.

Transfer time: approximately 02 & half hours.
In the afternoon you will take a city tour in Kandy including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth & Cultural Dance Show

Kandy - Sri Lanka's hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most beautiful town. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa. The highlight of the year is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and elephants during ten glittering nights in July/August. Visit Kalapuraya in the beautiful Dumbara valley. There are many shrines and temples, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, wood and stone carvings.
Return back to the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel Thilanka, Kandy (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Deluxe Room)

DAY 05
Check out and proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route you will visit the Tea Factory & Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation - visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also gain first-hand experience on the manufacture of some of the best tea in world. If you're lucky you may be invited to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea which begins its journey as raw green leaves in the hills and ends up as a final golden-brown graded product which we all but know too well.

Transfer time: approximately 02 hours

Overnight at St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 06
Leave very early in the morning with a packed breakfast for the Horton Plains for a morning of great birding.
This National Park, on Sri Lanka's highest plateau over 2100m above sea level in the central mountains is a strange and tranquil region with an astounding variety of scenery - from misty mountains to grasslands, from marshes to ice cold streams, lakes and waterfalls. Sri Lanka's best flavoured "high grown" teas are from estates in the surrounding areas. Two highlights are the spectacular view from 'Worlds End' where the plateau plunges almost 1000m in a sheer drop and the beautiful "Bridal Veil" Bakers Falls. Distinctive flora with a high level of endemism, colourful butterflies, many rare endemic, resident or migrant birds and several species of Gauna including Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar, Hare and even a few very rare sightings of Leopard are recorded. The perfect location for hiking and cycling with excellent trails and cool climate.
Species To Lookout For: Ceylon Woodpigeon, Alpine Swift, Crimson-Backed Flameback, Hill Swallow, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Common Blackbird, Ceylon Whistling-Thrush, Kashmir Flycatcher, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Grey-Headed Canary-Flycatcher, Pied Bushchat, Ceylon Scimitar-Babbler, Sri Lanka Bush-Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Large-Billed Leaf-Warbler, Ceylon White-Eye And Black-Throated Munia. Possible Mammals: Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey, Sambar and Dusky Striped Squirrel.

Transfer time: approximately 01 hour

Overnight at St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 07
Today you will check out and proceed to Udawalawe via Ella.
Transfer time: approximately 02 & half hours.
Arrive in Udawalawe
Overnight stay at Grand Udawalawe Resort, Udawalawe (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Deluxe Room)

DAY 08

This morning you will take a jeep safari inside the Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park - an area of 31,800 hectares, which was declared a protected sanctuary with full National Park status in 1972. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the terrain of the park is a mixture of grassland, shrub jungle, wild teak plantations and two important factors which make this park special - the large Udawalewe Reservoir and the Walewe River, which ensure a supply of water for the fauna within. Internationally renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is also known for several species of Deer, Wild Boar, the dangerous Wild Buffalo, Jackal and rare sightings of Leopard.

Afterwards you will proceed to visit the Elephant Transit home
Continue on your journey to Yala
Transfer time: approximately 02 hours

Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala, Yala (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 09
Today you will take a Jeep Safari inside the Yala National Park
Yala National Park - This is Sri Lanka's most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka's National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project.
Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world's highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.
In the afternoon you may relax at the hotel or do the following,

OPTIONAL - An evening Safari at inside the Yala National Park
Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala, Yala (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 10
Today after breakfast you will leave to Bundala National Park for another exciting Safari.
Upon completion travel towards Hikkaduwa.
En route visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery - Of the eight varieties of turtle known to exist, Sri Lanka has five and all are endangered. They are the Leathery Turtle; the Clove-Backed Ridly Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle, the Hawksbill Turtle and the Green Turtle. Although it is illegal to do so, turtles are still captured and their flesh sold in the markets, as are their eggs. The Hawksbill is slaughtered for its beautifully patterned shell. To help save the turtle, hatcheries have sprung up along the West Coast, particularly between Bentota and Kosgoda. Fishermen are paid to collect the eggs (laying mostly takes place between November and April) and hand them over to the hatchery staff who then bury the eggs in sand inside protective fencing designed to keep dogs and other hungry predators from digging them up. Incubation times vary according to the type of turtle, but with Leatherbacks it is between 62 and 65 days and with the Green Turtle 48 to 52. Many thousands of hatchlings are released every month. A few hatcheries have been featured in publications like National Geographic & Readers Digest and this has done much to help fund the projects.
Continue to Hikkaduwa.

Transfer time: approximately 04 hours
Overnight stay at Chaaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 11

After breakfast departure transfer to the Airport.
Transfer time: approximately 04 hours
Have a safe flight!!

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Nature and Wildlife of Sri Lanka - Superior Tour

nature and wildlife of sri lanka - superior tour
  • Day 1Negombo
  • Day 2Negombo - Sigiriya
  • Day 3Sigiriya
  • Day 4Kandy
  • Day 5Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 6Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 7Udawalawe
  • Day 8Udawalawe - Yala
  • Day 9Udawalawe - Yala
  • Day 10Hikkaduwa
  • Day 11Depart Colombo

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