Trekking-adventure

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13 Nights / 14 Days Programme

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Our programmes are offered in the following 3 standard. Accommodation options have been selected after careful evaluations.

Value: Basic but clean. With a typical Sri Lankan touch , relaxed atmosphere and personalized service at Small family / enterprise run operations.

Standard: 3 Star equal: Better comforts and facilities with extra comforts. Mostly large establishments with Standardized service.

Luxury: High standards of quality, décor, service and much more, with many extra comforts and activities to indulge yourself. We have offered locations with a unique Sri Lankan individuality, measuring up to international standards.

trekking-adventure Day 1Day 01 Airport - Sigiriya (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • Arrival… meet, greet and transfer to Sigiriya.
  • Check in at hotel in Sigiriya.
  • After a long journey leisure and relax.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
  • Value Hotel Sigiriya or similar.
  • Standard – Sigiriya Village Hotel or similar.
  • Luxury – Habarana Lodge or similar

 

Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. It is within the cultural triangle, which includes five of the seven world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India.

 

Day 2

Day 02 SIgiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After breakfast, climbing the Sigiriya Lion’s Rock.
  • After descending the Sigiriya rock, leave to world heritage site, Pollanaruwe ancient city capital. [Visits to different sites in the city capital could be done in cycles too.]
  • Back to the hotel.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
    Value Hotel Sigiriya or similar. Standard – Sigiriya Village Hotel or similar.
    Luxury – Habarana Lodge or similar
  • Optional night walking nature trail

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

Sigiriya Rock FortressSigiriya is considered to be one of the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium, and the site plan is considered very elaborate and imaginative.The government of sri lanka launched the cultural triangle sri lanka project and focused its attention on sigiriya in 1982. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

The gardens of the sigiriya city which includes the water gardens, boulder gardens, and terrace gardens are an important factor. Three principal gardens are found in the water gardens which includes the first garden consists of a plot surrounded by water, the second garden contains two long, deep pools set on either side of the path, and the third garden is situated on a higher level than the other two which contains a large, octagonal pool with a raised podium on its northeast corner.

The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa's fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins. The Walk from the gate to the summit of this gigantic rock is about 2-1/2km.

POLONNARUWA

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.

Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to filmed scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Due to its reasonably compact layout, the ruins can be easily explored on foot, and with the surrounding area's flat well maintained roads, you can leave the car behind and jump on a bicycle to get around.

 

Day 3

Day 03 Sigiriya - Knuckles (FB)

SCHEDULE

Guests will be met at Raththota and driven to the camp at Riverston. Here the welcome will be done with a refreshing fruit / herbal drink and camping guidelines will be explained. Before lunch is served, guests are free to take a bath from the brook of crystal clear water untouched and unpolluted by man up to that point, flowing near to the campsite.

CampsiteThe Eco Team's Mahoora campsite is situated on a beautiful and open part of a land which is abandoned tobacco cultivation. Just above this is site is small spring-fed lake which has been built for the purpose of irrigating the cultivation below. This spring can now provide water to the campsite.

When one looks around one gets a panoramic view of the surrounding area with the Mount Riverston and its towers looming above on one side and the famous Pitawala Pathana on another side and a little lower to it.

This site is about a kilometer from the Pitawala road which is a few kilometers off the Pallegama-Riverston road. Turn off to Pitawala road is about 16.5km from Pallegame.

This campsite will offer the campers many trails up to Riverston and the Pitawala Pathana and of course, the drive between Riverston and Pallegama which is through five types of forests and is a botanist's paradise.

The secluded location of this site offers the campers quietude and serenity giving the opportunity of relishing the environment.

A delightful typical Sri Lankan lunch awaits the refreshed guests.

After lunch and a little leisure time, guests would be taken on a nature tour that would arouse the interest of any nature enthusiast and amaze any botanist or researcher. This wonderful tour will take one through almost all forest types in Sri Lanka . If one were to start from Illukkumbura the lowest point, which at only 250ft is covered by the Dry Zone Forest and travel up to Riverston at 4000ft, which area is covered by the Pygmy Forest (top most segment of the montane forest), one will traverse Dry Zone Forest, Wet Zone Forest, Dry Pathana, Montane Forest and end up with Pygmy Forest. What is amazing about this tour is, all these can be encountered within half an hours drive. Separate short hikes into each forest type would be an unforgettable experience. A walk through the Pitawala Pathana, the largest Dry Pathana planes in the island and look down the precipice - a sheer drop of about 1500ft - at the Puwakpitiya valley below, would be another fascinating part of the journey.

At the top, at Riverston, the Montane Forest has become a perfect example of the Pygmy Forest . This feature is resulted by the fact that the blowing in this area is the strongest in the country during the windy season, which is about half the year.

At the end of the hard but interesting and educative day, the camp awaits the guests with a warm cup of tea. After an invigorating wash at the brook, guests can be at leisure stargazing, till the hearty barbecue dinner, which generally is not expected in a remote camp, is ready.

 

Day 4

Day 04 Knuckles (FB)

SCHEDULE

Wake up for the calling of the feathered one, which would inspire you to do a short birding trail identifying many birds that are in & around the camp.

Breakfast will be served at a convenient time to you with out pushing you to stick to a strict schedule.

Plan for the rest of the day would depend on your choice and where you will speak to the naturalist and select a trail from many options available from Soft to Hard or take it easy and just enjoy the tranquility and the nature by just being there.

ILLUKKUMBURA TO RIVERSTON TREKKING TRAIL. ( Moderate)

Along this walk the guest can observe meager vegetation types in Sri Lanka . Pitawala patana is predominantly covered by grass species. Pitawala patana is an excellent viewpoint in Knuckles area. Riverston or Kirimatiyakanda peak is observed to be covered with mist and this area is exposed to strong winds and as a result walking through the area is sometimes very difficult. The road passes through stunted tree vegetation known as pigmy forests.

ORBETT'S GAP: This is very beautiful location in the Knuckles range of mountains surrounded by a pygmy forest. Down below, at around 3500ft is a tropical montane evergreen forest, which is inhabited by many rare and endemic flora and fauna; such as, endemic Tennent's Horned Lizard, Sri Lanka white-eye, rare Mountain frog (polypedates eques), Barne's Cat Snake etc. The route to this location is through Hunnasgiriya, Lulwatta and Kobomella - the distance being 16-1/2km.

Lunch at the camp.

 

Day 5

Day 05 Knuckles - Kandy (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After breakfast proceed to Kandy.
  • Visit Dalada Maligawa.
  • Check in at a hotel in Kandy.
  • Trekking in Udawattekele Sanctuary.
  • Visit Cultural Show in the evening
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
    Value Hotel Suisse or similar.
    Standard – Thilanka Hotel or similar.
    Luxury – Randholi Luxury Resort or similar

KANDY was the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against colonial powers. It is also the home of the Temple of the Tooth relic. It’s Sri Lanka’s second largest city and home to a Sinhalese cultural tradition of which Sri Lankans are justifiably proud.

KandyDALADAMALIGAWA - The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Malgawa dates from the 16 th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19 th century. Entering the shrine over a moonstone step, you pass a stone depicting the Indian goddess Lakshmi and a wall with frescoes illustrating the Buddhist conception of hell. The upper stories house the relic of the tooth, caged behind the gilded iron bars. Behind the tooth relic sanctuary is a hall with a number of golden Buddha statues and modern paintings, showing Buddha's life and the arrival of Buddhism in the land. We end our tour just before the evening drumming begins, which precedes the ceremonious opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the tooth.

UDAWATTEKELE SANCTUARY lies north of Kandy Lake on the periphery of the ancient capital of Sri Lanka . Declared a sanctuary on 29 July 1938.It's extent is 102.8ha.This sanctuary use as a pleasure park probably goes back many centuries. The vegetation comprises fairly dense forest, mostly plantation and secondary formations

The history of the gardens as far backs as 1371. The gardens a horse-shoe-shaped peninsula round which flows the chief river of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli. The total area is 147 acres containing more than 4000 plant species.

Experience a Cultural performance

You can see the compelling traditional Kandyan dancing at one of the city’s cultural performance centers. The team of drummers and dancers will show you the traditional Kandyan dancing where it will be one of your lifelong memories of the tour!

 

Day 6

Day 06 Kandy – Kitulgala – Adams Peak (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After breakfast proceed to Kitulgala.
  • White Water Rafting at Kitulgala.
  • On conclusion, proceed to Adams Peak.
  • Check in at hotel.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
  • Value/Standard Wathsala Inn Hotel or similar
  • Luxury – Grand Hotel or similar in Nuwara Eliya

White Water Rafting in Kelani River for 2 hours.

“An interesting affair between currents & rapids”...

WHITE WATER RAFTING

Trekking-Adventure White Water RaftingThis thrilling adventure on the white water sections of the Kelani River is suitable for amateurs as well as professionals alike. During the river run you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of making it through. The river’s clear water is born in the heart of the peak wilderness reserve and tumbles through a rocky gorge just above Kithulgala.

As the river widens, we pass the scenic location used for the film - “Bridge over the river Kwai” filmed in 1956-, which is also a great place to jump in for a refreshing swim. On a clear day, you could even dive in to see the remains of the actual bridge and carriages used for the film (only for experienced divers with proper equipment.). Our journey, ends close to Kithulgala town where food and snacks are available.

For those who would like to enjoy the river and its wonderful scenery without the thrills and spills of large rapids, we could raft through the flatter section of the lower gorge, suitable for children over six and family groups.

Rafting in the white water sections of the river and through the boulders and rocks create grade 3/4 rapids, which are exhilarating and scenic. On certain occasions, you may encounter even grade 5 rapids…… A briefing is given prior to the river run with instructions on paddling techniques and “man over board” procedures.

 

Day 7

Day 07 Adams Peak (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After lunch, proceed to Nallatanniya.
  • Arriving at “Nallathanniya”- foot of “Sri Pada” around 8.00 a.m. and meet our Team leader.
  • Begin the arduous 08 km climb to the misty mountaintop with our experienced local guides
  • Picnic Lunch will be provided.
  • After short break, start trekking downhill.
  • Back to the hotel.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
    Value/Standard Wathsala Inn Hotel or similar
    Luxury – Grand Hotel or similar in Nuwara Eliya

You may reach the 2,240 metre high peak - the island's fourth highest - at dawn to witness a glorious sunrise and the mountain's shadow, cast by the rising sun on to the clouds below. Legend has it that, the footprint originally carved in the rock, and, now covered by an oversized reproduction set in cement, was made by the Buddha, on his third visit to the island.

Adam's PeakSome believe it is the spot where Adam, from Christian creation myth, first set foot on earth, after being banished from the Garden of Eden. Other Christians believe, it belongs to St. Thomas , the Apostle. To Hindus, the footprint is 'Lord Shiva's.

Adam's Peak is also known as the "butterfly mountain", because large numbers of butterflies visit and perish there each year.

The mountain, on the western edge of the island's central massif, looms over the surrounding hills, covered with lush, green jungle. (Peak wilderness sanctuary)

Peak wilderness sanctuary is among the best areas for birds and butterflies in Sri Lanka as well. It usually takes three to four hours to reach the top, but during the pilgrim season, which begins in December and lasts till May , the throng is sometimes so great, it can take over - 30 minutes to move from one step to the other.

The majority of climbers begin their ascent at night in order to arrive at the top in time for a magical sunrise when the mystical shadow of the peak is perfectly cast across the clouds. It is one of those truly unique moments that will live on in your memory long after the aches and pains from the climb have gone! How ever its' possible only from Full Moon day of December to Full Moon Day of May. During other you have the option of doing a day climb and stay at the peak till the sunrise.

 

Day 8

Day 08 Adams Peak - Belihuloya (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After breakfast, starting the trekking.
  • Check in at River Garden, Eco Team’s main activity centre in Belihuloya.
  • Evening at Leisure at the hotel/Camp or Optional – You are free to do a birding trail around the River Garden premises in the evening.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
  • Value / Standard / Luxury - River Garden Resort/Camp.

This is a trail of incredible diversity - it will take you through forest, jungle, tea plantation and grassland, with ascents, descents and flat terrain, desolate and inhabited areas, changing vegetation types and some of the most spectacular views in Sri Lanka .

Beginning in the Bogawanthalawa tea plantation itself, you then start a rapid ascent up through jungle terrain. When you come out of the jungle, you reach a more open grassland terrain, similar to the landscape of the famous 'Horton Plains' (which is situated slightly higher up). You are sure to see the footprints of the leopards and sambhur deer that roam here (you may even spot the animals themselves if you are very lucky!). Along the way, you will follow the river, also noticing a number of man-made holes (the result of the gem-mining that goes on in the area).

You will then go back into a scrub jungle area where the next part of the trail takes you on a footpath towards the 'Non-Pereil' tea estate. On the way, you will cross the Belihuloya River - an ideal place to take a break for lunch and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

When you come out of the 'jungle tunnel', you can see for miles beyond, including the 'Samanalawewa' reservoir and the dam itself. You will pass the tea pluckers' homes, vegetable plots, and a small nursery school before reaching the 'Non Pareil' tea plantation itself.

Heading down through the tea plantation, you will get to a sparse and rocky area, you will continue on through forest patches where you can see bear monkeys and a wide variety of birds. This part of the descent is rather steep - the panoramic views are incredible! The last part of the trail leads down through a dense pine tree plantation and finishes up at the small village of 'Galpothuthenna' (only a short drive from the River Garden Resort in Belihuloya).

BELIHUL OYA

This is a climatically transitional area, which links the dry and wet zones at an altitude of less than 1500m. As a result, the vegetation it consists is moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical savanna forests, dry patana grasslands and montane temperate forests. The vegetation in this environment has made this location an exciting one for the serious as well as the casual nature lover. The average temperature in the area is about 28.3 degrees Celsius and the mean annual rainfall is between 1,875 and 2,500mm.

The River Garden

See: www.srilankaecotourism.com/belihuloya_accommodation_options.htm

 

Day 9

Day 09 Belihuloya (FB)

SCHEDULE

  • After breakfast, leave for Hulan Ella.
  • Lunch will be arranged at Kumbalagama village temple.
  • Setting up the camp site in the evening
  • Dinner & overnight stay at Camp site in Hulan Ella
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
  • Value/Standard/Luxury - River Garden Resort/Camp.

 

After breakfast you will get into canoes from the western end of the lake and peddle across to the Eastern end (4/5km and max 1 ½ hours). From here you will bike along the cycling trail to the point that you will start the Kinchigune - Hulan Ella Falls trekking Trail. Please note that some of the sections of this trail is tough and you may have to carry your cycle.[Baggage will be transported separately]

Lunch will be arranged at Kumbalagama village temple.

N.B. Trekkers are expected to carry their own necessities in a comfortable backpack so that our staff is able to carry tents/provisions etc. This is camping/trekking on a very participatory basis!

Beyond the temple, the trail goes through a very small village into a completely uninhabited area, characterised by intermittent patches of forest and savanna, eventually leading to the Walawe River . The river marks the 8km point of the trail, but to continue on we cross it at 'Mulgammankada' and hike through the Riverine Forest, alongside and down the river. During the next part of the trail, we will not come across any human habitations, and apart from an occasional small group or two of gem miners, who come to this desolate area and camp out here to mine for gems, one will not meet other humans on the way. After another 2km walk, we come to a beautiful rocky area where there is a waterfall of about 40 ft in height. This waterfall is called 'Hulan Ella' or the 'Walawe Ganga Falls (West)'. The beautiful, serene, and ever-changing forest next to the river and waterfall is home to an abundance of varying flora and fauna. The fauna in this area consists of the occasional elephant, sambhur Deer, Indian Muntjak, flying and giant Squirrels, many birds (Changeable Hawk Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Stork Billed kingfisher, Gray Hornbill etc.), Lizards (3 endemic), Geckos, Skinks, Snakes, Amphibians, Snails, Butterflies and Fishes.

Dinner and overnight stay at Camp at Hulan Ella.

N.B. This will be camping on a 'participatory basis' where trekkers will assist our staff in the setting up of the camp and cooking.

 

Day 10

Day 10 Hulan Ella –Duwili Ella –Yala (FB)

SCHEDULE

  • After an early breakfast, do Duwili Ella trail.
  • Picnic lunch will be provided.
  • Proceed to Yala.
  • Check in at a hotel in Yala.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at,
  • Value/Standard – Priyankara Hotel or similar
  • Luxury Boulder Garden Hotel or similar.

After breakfast we will break camp and continue through the forest, passing a place where the river divides into three and flows down as three streams for about 300 metres before rejoining. Always remaining in the cool shade of the Riverine Forest , we will reach our final destination in time for lunch. At the end of 10km walk from 'Hulan Ella' we come to the 'pièce de resistance' - the majestic, breathtaking and awesome ' Duwili Ella Falls '. This waterfall is also called the 'Walawe Ganga Falls (East)'. It plunges a dramatic 80 ft from a level rocky ground into a large deep pool at the base. The falling of the water creates a cloud of spray, resembling a cloud of dust (hence the name 'Duwili Ella' - in Sinhalese, 'Duwili' means 'dust' and 'Ella' is 'waterfall').

Lunch at the Duwili Ella Falls .

After lunch there is a short climb up some steps where you will be met by your vehicle.

 

Day 11

Day 11 Yala – Galle (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After an early breakfast, Do morning safari at Yala National Park.
  • On conclusion, proceed to Galle.
  • Check in at the hotel
  • Rest of the day at leisure on the beach
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
    Value/Standard Closenburg Hotel or similar
    Luxury – Light House Hotel or similar

 

Yala National ParkYALA NATIONAL PARK lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (with associated coral reefs). It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.

Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities.

As well as leopards there are a large number of elephants living inside the park and these can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes within the park. You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Iora's.

GALLE, the largest town in the region, is full of history, and Sri Lanka's small size means that a stay in one of the beach resorts of the southwest can easily be combined with sightseeing in the hill country or the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle. The biggest concentration of resort hotels is in the area closest to Colombo and its international airport, between Beruwela and Bentota, where several fishing villages have merged into a string of attractive low-rise resorts surrounded by boutiques, beach bars and restaurants.

 

Day 12

Day 12 Galle (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After Breakfast, Leave to visit Kanneliya forest .
  • In the evening, explore the living heritage of Galle Fort on foot from Galle city.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at:
    Value/Standard Closenburg Hotel or similar
    Luxury – Light House Hotel or similar

Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya (KDN) Biosphere Reserve, which covers lowland and mountain tropical forests, occupies the interlude betwe en two rivers. It consists of a series of parallel strikes - ridges and valleys. The area is covered by a natural high forest ecosystem consisting of several forest types, mainly lowland tropical forest, wet semi-evergreen forest, submontane tropical wet semi-evergreen forest and montane tropical wet-evergreen forests. Due to this complex eco systems attract nature lovers to explore this KDN Reserve.

Galle FortIt is the only relatively large extension of tropical rainforest of this type in Sri Lanka with 'Dipterocarps' as the dominant forest composition. In the KDN complex, a total of 319 woody plant species representing 194 genera have been identified, of which 22% are endangered, 27% vulnerable and 45% rare. Some 220 faunal species including 41 endemic species have been recorded such as the white-throated flowerpecker (Dicaeum vincens), Ceylon myna (Gracula ptilogenys) and Sri Lanka hanging parrot (Loriculus beryllinus).

The two waterfalls namely "Anagi Mala Ella" and "Narangas Ella" which are made up by "Nannikitha Ala" starting from Kanneliya forest reserve will offer the nature lovers a memorable visit this biosphere reserve.

Tread in the footsteps of the colonialists as you explore the living heritage of Galle Fort on foot from Galle city.

Galle Fort is one of the best preserved examples of seventeenth century colonial fortifications in the world. The quaint narrow streets of this fascinating living museum still thrum with life even though the pace has slowed considerably since Galle’s heyday as the island’s premier port and trading centre just two centuries ago. The fortifications of Galle were begun by the Portuguese in 1587 when they built the Black Fort as a lookout post, however it was not until the Dutch arrived in 1640 that the fort was considerably expanded and improved as imposing bastions were built and connected by thick rampart walls. In 1796 the British took control of this city and their rule marked the final chapter of almost four centuries of European domination which has resulted in the fascinating hybrid – architecturally, culturally and ethnically – that Galle is today

 

Day 13

Day 13 Galle – Bentota (HB)

SCHEDULE

  • After Breakfast, proceed to Bentota.
  • Boat safari at Madhu Ganga.
  • Visit interesting places en route.
  • Rest of the day at leisure on the beach or in the hotel.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at,
  • Value/Standard Serandib Hotel or similar
  • Luxury – Bentota Beach Hotel or similar

 

MADU GANGA

First session of the day, the visit would be to Madu Ganga. This is a vast Lagoon with a large number of islands. The boat rip in this lagoon covering these islands will give a good look at the cinnamon cultivation in addition to a very good bird watching experience. A very rare mammal – hog deer – inhabits the islands in the upper part of the lagoon.

Moonstones in Sri LankaVisit Moonstone Mines near Ambalangoda (Meetiyagoda)

Moonstone, considered to be the most valuable variety of feldspar, is the opalescent variety of orthoclase (an opaque to transparent potassium feldspar). Sri Lanka has produced the most desirable and enchanting specimens of moonstone for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Sri Lanka's tiny hamlet of Domanwila, in the village of Mitiyagoda (also known as Meetiyagoda), dominates the world's moonstone market. The village is especially known for its "blue flash" moonstone, translucent white with brilliant flashes of a metallic shimmer-y bright blue. Providing steady employment (a rarity in Sri Lanka), the moonstone industry supports the village.

Visit Mask Factory in Ambalangoda

MASK is an ornamental facial decorative wear used in entertainment and dancing. Early man used masks in rituals, Dramas, Cureing of sickness. It is believed that mask provide curative benefits for physiological problems. Sri Lanka has a long tradition of mask-making, with most masks featuring carved shopping of demons, divine beings, legendary characters and animals. In early times they were used as part of 'devil dancing' rituals to exorcise spirits and illness. They also feature prominently in traditional Sinhalese theatre. About 15,000 museums around the world house Sinhalese mask collections, among them the Botish Museum. The majority of mask-making artisans are found in the southern and western provinces

Marine TurtlesMARINE TURTLES OF SRI LANKA

Marine turtles were roaming the oceans for about 190 million years. Among the many different varieties of this species only eight reptiles are found living today. Of the eight, Sri Lanka is famous for five kinds of turtles (Green turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley) who regularly visit the sandy beaches to nest in the south-western and south-eastern beaches. Turtles are best seen in the nights

Turtles are very nervous when they are looking for a place to nest and can be easily scared. The turtle can only be approached when she starts laying the eggs. By then the turtle is engaged in a very mechanical, almost trance-like behavior and it is unlikely for her to be frightened by spectators. Turtle watching can include some waiting and some walking on the beach as this is nature and it is the turtle (female) that sets the time and place of the event. Of course there is no guarantee that the turtles come to nest every night, but sitting on a deserted beach under the open starry sky is an incredible experience in itself.

 

Day 14

Day 14 - Bentota - Departure

After breakfast, Proceed to airport to connect the departure flight. (Approx. 3.00 – 3.30 hours from Bentota to Airport).

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Child Policy

 

  • 02 - 12yrs 50% on Adult’s rate
  • Below 2 years FOC
  • Fee for the beach extension on HB basis per person per day (DBL Sharing basis).

 

OUR RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation at Guest House/ Cottages/ Campsite during the entire itinerary.
  • Meal plan to be on HB on Day 1,2,6,8, & 11 -14 , FB basis on day 3,4, 7, 9 & 10
  • Transportation throughout the tour, in an Air conditioned Car/Van/Mini Bus/Bus with English speaking chauffeur Guide. Please note the total mileage calculated for this tour is for 1550Kms. If exceeded the above quoted mileage a supplement of US$ 0.4/0.4/0.55/120 Per km will be charged.
  • Entrance fee for Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa historical sites,
  • Camping & trekking at Knuckles mountain range.
  • Entrance to Dalada Maligawa & Cultural show.
  • Entrance fee for the Cultural Show.
  • Fee for the White Water Rafting.
  • Charges for Adam's Peak trekking with experienced guides.
  • Local guide's fees.
  • Coffee & Snacks on the way
  • Charges for Kinchigune Nature trail with experienced guides.
  • Charges for Duwiliella Trail with experienced guides.
  • A competent team of trekkers and local guides. (Not less than 3)
  • All meals throughout the entire journey. (Even though our staff will prepare food, clients' participation is very much appreciated).
  • Unlimited snacks and water.
  • All camping gear required for the overnight stay. (Even though our staff will prepare the site and the tents clients' participation is very much appreciated).
  • Transport from Kalthota to Belihuloya.
  • Backup standby vehicle for the entire trail for an emergency.
  • Half a day jeep safari at Yala national Park.
  • Entrance to Kanneliya rain Forest & Galle city tour.
  • Fee for the turtle watching.
  • Service charges and all Government taxes..

 

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Any extra beverages or food.
  • Lunch on day Day 1,2,6,8, & 11 -13
  • Optional activities
  • Any Tips to the staff.
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.

 

IMPORTANT FACTORS

  • Personal effects for windy/rainy/warm weather conditions should be carried by the clients.
  • Insect repellents, sun burn lotions etc, are recommended.

 

PAYMENT POLICY:

  • US $100 per pax booking fee or 10% of the total package non refundable deposit to confirm tour on Package Tours
  • Full payment 42 days before travel
  • On all bookings – if the tour date is under 42 days on confirmation, 100% payment must be made for confirmation

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 50% of full fee is charged if cancelled within 31-42 days of travel
  • 75% of full fee is charged if cancelled within 15-30 days of travel
  • 100% fee is charged if cancelled within 14 days of travel

 

*Days will be counted from the 6.00am on the tour starting day.