(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 2||Negombo – Sinharaja||Rain Forest Edge||B|
|Day 3||Sinharaja – Ella||Morning Dew||B|
|Day 4||Ella – Nuwara Eliya||Ashford||B|
|Day 5||Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains||Ashford||B|
|Day 6||Nuwara Eliya – Peradeniya – Matale||Sir John’s Bungalow||B|
|Day 7||Matale – Knuckles||Sir John’s Bungalow||B|
|Day 8||Knuckles – Sigiriya||Elephas Resort||B|
|Day 9||Sigiriya||Elephas Resort||B|
|Day 10||Sigiriya – Aiport||N/A||B|
Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge. A representative will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Thereafter, you will be assisted with a transfer to Negombo, check in at the hotel, overnight stay at the hotel.
Drive: About 30 mins
After breakfast at the hotel, proceeds to Sinharaja, which is the only UNESCO World Heritage Rain Forest in Sri Lanka with great biodiversity and a vegetation of tropical evergreen, the area under the reserve is 11,187 hectares. Out of the 331 woody trees and lianas identified 192 are endemic to Sinharaja, 65 species of butterflies with 1 endemic, 10 species of fish, of 7 which are endemic, 19 species of amphibians of which 8 are endemic, 29 reptiles and snakes, of which 14 are endemic and 40 species of mammals, of which 7 are endemic.
Enjoy a short trek at Sinharaja Rain Forest this morning where it is the only relatively undisturbed rain forest of any considerable size and many of the plants are rare and are represented by only one individual of its kind in a large area. The best period to visit the rain forest is from December to early April and from August to September. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Drive: About 3 hours
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Ella. 127 miles from Colombo and 8 miles from Bandarawela on the leeward side of the central mountains lays the small town of Ella. The view from Ella Gap is one of the most spectacular scenic sights in Sri Lanka – the landscape falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000ft to the eastern plains. The Ella rock is famous for the cave of Ravana a legendary king of Sri Lanka ruled during the pre-historic times. Enjoy a visit to the “Small Adam’s Peak” much famous in the area, visit Ravana Ella falls and Ravana caves.
Drive: About 4 hours
After breakfast, catch a train from Ella station to Nanu Oya, you will be going in to the countryside of Nuwara Eliya; surpassing misty blue hills, ever green mountains, tea carpeted valleys and beautifully cascaded waterfalls breaking down into a series of mini waterfalls The silvery clouds capping the mountain peaks make for unique and magical scenery through your window seat.
Arrive at Nuwara Eliya and check in. visit a nearby tea factory, explore and learn about the traditional unorthodox methods of producing black tea out of freshly plucked tea leaves. Overnight stay.
Drive: About 2 ½ hours train ride
We leave early this morning to Horton Plains with a packed breakfast from the hotel at around 7:00 am for a trek on the plains of about 4 hours. Horton Plains National Park (3,160 hectares) is known as “Mahaeliya”, was named Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, a British Governor from 1831-1837. Horton Plains which is a National Park of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site has its unique watershed and bio-diversity values with a high level of endemism in terms of flora. Horton Plains is home to 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds. One can also spot Sandbar, Bear Monkey, Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the forests and grasslands but mostly Sandbar can be seen in the evening and morning. Being the only national park that allows guests to enjoy a walking trek, it also houses Baker’s fall and the magnificent view of the World’s End. Your little trek will end at the foot of the Bambarakanda falls; where you will be spending your evening bathing at the falls, experiencing the best of magical and tropical Ceylon.
Drive: About 2 ½ hours
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, enjoy the scenic drive through the hills and tea carpeted valley. Enjoy a quick visit to the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya (optional) or the Temple of the Tooth Relic to pay your respect (optional).
Enjoy the extended trip towards Knuckles Mountain Range; check in at the bungalow, known for its breathtaking views and sceneries, the bungalow is ideal to start a journey towards the Knuckles Mountain Range. Overnight stay at the bungalow.
Drive: About 4 hours
After breakfast at the bungalow, commence the journey to the mysterious mountain range of Knuckles. The Knuckles Forest, which covers an area of about 160sqkm, falls within the Kandy and Matale districts. One of the main aspects of this region is its unique landscape and the scenic beauty. Enjoy a trek up to the beautiful mountain range surrounded by virgin mountains, tea carpeted valleys and the beautiful and heavenly layers of greenery.
Drive: About 5 ½ hours
After a hearty breakfast at the bungalow, you will be driven to the cultural triangle, to Sigiriya. Check in to the hotel with a scenic backdrop of Sigiriya rock. In the afternoon, set off to visit the Rock Monastery of Ritigala, being the tallest mountain in the north central region is the home for 70 rock caves that were inhabited since first century BC where monks have been living in caves or rock shelters. The inscriptions at Ritigala reveal that the site became a rock monastery for hermit monks. The rock monastery was founded by King Lanji Tissa to safe guard the followings of Panskulika monks that practiced extreme austerity. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Drive: About 2 ½ hours
After breakfast at the resort, proceed to Sigiriya; 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock, a mid- level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, the lower palace on the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and water gardens that extend for some hundreds of meters out from the base.
Evening enjoy a visit to Habarana lake for a catamaran ride in the lake with a cup of tea in the evening with traditional sweet treats. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Drive: About 1 ½ hours
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to the airport for your flight home.
Drive: About 3 ½ hours