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Sri Lanka Adventure Tour

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This exciting journey across Sri Lanka offers a little bit of everything for all the family,we explore dense jungles, discover Buddhist relics and enjoy a fun–filled few days on beautiful sandy beaches. Elephant safaris, tractor tours and game drives are all part of the adventure in this tropical paradise known as "Buddha′s Island".

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Itinerary

Sigiriya is the central point of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and the most convenient base for excursions to the Ancient historical cities.

Overnight Standard Hotel Swimming available.
Leave early morning with a packed breakfast or after an early breakfast for Hiriwaduna (05 minute transfer) for a 03 hour trek through this archetypal Sri Lankan village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a Wewa or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. You wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on an obliging farmer’s catamaran!! At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut or some other seasonal fruit. The journey continues through dense shrub forests, home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant.

Meet vehicle and return to the hotel in time for lunch

In the afternoon take a 02–03 hour trek through the forest surrounding Sigiriya to reach the rock and climb the Rock Fortress.

This simple trek is the perfect way to start Sri Lanka. It exposes clients to typical Dry Zone scenery with its shrub forests, lakes, simple village life, schools and rural agricultural patterns.

The Rock Fortress of 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.

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast Swimming available.
Leave after breakfast for our campsite located in the pristine Knuckles Range of mountains. The camp is located high on a mountain slope overlooking the Knuckles Valley. After settling in at the campsite, take a 03 – 04 hour trek through the villages which surround Sphinx Eyrie. This trek though forest paths and village tracks is through the rich foliage of the Knuckles range with a breathtaking view of the valley as the backdrop.

Overnight Corbert’s Rest Campsite, Knuckles

Meal Plan – breakfast at hotel, lunch at a local guest house and dinner at the campsite

To ensure very low impact in this pristine region we do not operate a permanent campsite and the facilities provided are very basic. Two person insect and waterproof tents, one toilet pit, no camp furniture etc. Simple, but wholesome hot meals (Dinner and Breakfast) are provided with the help of the villagers.

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast Swimming available.
The day’s trek will take you to a small village which is only accessible by foot. A trek of approximately 03 – 04 hours through scrub jungle and forests will bring you to the little farming village of Meemure, deep in the Knuckles Valley. The trek is on rough trails and a few streams need to be forded en route.

Break at the little village shop for a cup of hot tea, sweetened with "juggery", made of coconut sap.

After a short break explore the village – See and appreciate the simplicity of life enjoyed by its people. Swim in the cool mountain water of a stream which rushes by the village.

Continue trekking (Approximately 03 hours); climb out of the valley from Meemure Village back to our campsite

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast Swimming available.
Break camp and drive up to "Corbet’s Gap", a climb of 500 meters. Corbet’s Gap – named after the Englishman who discovered it, is a vast split in the range of Kandyan hills, through which on a clear day an amazing view is possible.

Proceed to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s hill capital.

In the evening explore the bustling town of Kandy on your own. Walk through the crowded bazaars or the fruit markets which are pungent with the fragrance of ripening fruit. Feel the pulse of Sri Lanka’s hill citadel…

Experience the crimson sunset by the lake as the sun dips below the ring of mountains which surround the town. Simply stroll by the lake and soak up the atmosphere…

Visit to the much revered Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha in time for the evening "pooja"

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast Swimming available.
Leave after breakfast for Kitulgala the film location of David Lean’s masterpiece "The Bridge on the River Kwai". Today, Kitulgala is a great place for adventure activities.

Take an optional white water rafting excursion on the Kelani River. The 01 1/2 hour excursion is level 03 rafting.

Leave in the afternoon for Maskeliya and check in at a roadside guest at the base of Adam’s Peak for dinner and a few hours rest.

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast Swimming available.
Begin climb at approximately 0200 hrs. Climb through the night in order to reach the summit by dawn to witness a once in a lifetime sunrise. (If not cloudy….!)

(The pilgrim season for Adams peak is December to May. During this time thousands of pilgrims climb to the summit every night. The pathway is lit and the experience is a cultural treat. Prayers are chanted by pilgrims as they climb barefooted and clad in white attire. Small kiosks precariously perched on the mountain face will be selling hot buns and tea which become progressively more expensive as you climb higher in altitude. The price differential is clear when a local glides past you effortlessly with a sack of flour or a cylinder of LP gas on his shoulders! During the rest of the year the path way is not lit and there are no pilgrims, however the beauty, serenity and adventure of Adam’s Peak remain. During this time clients should bring battery operated torches for the climb.)

Descend peak and return to the guest house for hot breakfast.

After a short rest and once refreshed, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. In the evening explore the old colonial town of Nuwara Eliya on foot – the perfect way to stretch and relax your muscles after the arduous climb of the previous night.

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast.
Leave after breakfast for the Horton Plains for a 03 hour trek to "Worlds End" and "Bakers Falls". This trek will take 03 hours. Horton Plains – 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.

Proceed to Bandarawela

Overnight Simple Camping Included meals–Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek from Adisham, a Benedictine monastery built in the shape of a small castle. The 06 to 07 hour trek with packed lunch through pine forest of the Thangamale nature reserve, the colonial railway tea plantations and the final decent on Satan’s Steps with its panoramic views ends at Bambarakanda Falls, the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka (240 m).

Meet vehicle and return to Bandarawela

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast.
Leave after a leisurely breakfast for Udawalawe to visit the Elephant Transit Home. This is an admirable initiative which is sponsored by the Born Free Trust. Baby elephants who are injured or orphaned in the wild are brought to the Transit Home where they are cared for and rehabilitated in a natural setting. Once the elephants are old enough and strong enough they are radio collared and released in to the National Park in small groups. The first group to be released in to the park successfully reproduced in the wild in 2008!

Proceed to Tissamaharama

Afternoon jeep safari of Yala National Park Yala – 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.

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast.Swimming available
Take an optional morning jeep safari of Yala National Park for a second chance to track the Sri Lanka Leopard…!

Leave for the beach resort Weligama

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast.Swimming available
At leisure to relax by the pool or on the beach or explore Weligama on your own…

OPTIONAL whale watching excursion to see Blue Whales and many Dolphin species from the Mirissa Harbour will be possible between the months of November and Apr

Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals –Breakfast.Swimming available.


Leave after breakfast for a hotel located close to the airport stopping en route in Galle to explore the old Dutch Fort and walk along the impressive ramparts and also in Colombo to take a brief look at Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital