Arrival at Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA).
Head to Sinharaja rainforest.
Sinharaja’s importance as Sri Lanka’s only primarily lowland rainforest is recognised by UNESCO, and is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. Located in the southwest of the island, it is a special place. The forest reserve has an exceptional importance in terms of its biodiversity and fragility.Freshen up and relax at the eco resort where you would start your Rain Forrest Walk from. A trek through the quaint paths of Sinharaja where placid undergrowth lie in wait for the appreciation of all who wish to indulge in the tranquil wilderness of Sri Lanka’s world renowned rainforest. trek through dense greenery of lofty trees, intertwined with shrubs, woody climbers, vines and smaller trees, experience a hot-spot of endemic species which includes over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees and woody climbers, mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, insects and rare amphibian species. You will be taken on a guided tour of the forest.
Whale Watching (Mirissa) / Bundala National Park
Set out from Mirissa to the Harbour in the early morning and watch as spinner dolphins spiral and soar through the air beside the boat. Look out for other marine life too, including flying fish and sea turtles, as you move further out into the ocean. The conditions of the water surrounding Sri Lanka are particularly good for sperm whales and blue whales. The whole journey will last approximately three hours.
Return after the expedition back to the hotel and have a hearty breakfast.
In the evening you will Enjoy a jeep safari in Bundala. Bundala National Park is a beautiful wetland sanctuary combining 20kms of beach, lagoons and scrub and hosting more than 150 bird species. These wetlands are home to winter migratory birds and large flocks of flamingos. They are also popular with crocodiles herds of elephants can also be seen.
Yala National Park
Yala boasts one of the world’s densest leopard populations. However, don’t expect to see them prowling around in their thousands – there are less than fifty. Also expect to see elephants, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys and buffalos.
In the morning and afternoon at 6AM or at 3PM respectively the tracker and driver will take you on a 2.5 to 3 hour game drive into the National Park. The Park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The experience is designed to make you experience the spirit of Yala, with knowledgeable trekkers and disciplined drivers. The park is teeming with elephants, leopards, wild boar, spotted deer, crocodiles and jackals.
Gal Oya National Park
After breakfast you will head towards Gal Oya National Park.
Gal Oya is one of the best preserved and least visited national parks in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1954, primarily to protect the catchment area of the vast Senanayake Samudra Reservoir, which is the largest inland body of water in Sri Lanka. Rich in bio diversity and aquatic life, Gal Oya spans 25,000 hectares of dense evergreen forest, mountains, savannah and lake.
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Nuwara – Eliya
After Breakfast head towards Nuwara Eliya.
There is an option enroute stopping in Mahiyanganaya, where we get the opportunity to visit the forest dwelling Veddhas, an indigenous people of Sri Lanka.This experience is as non-linear as you can possibly get. It forms a fine line between a touristic show and an authentic experience, but don’t write it off because of this! This paradox mirrors the situation of the vedda people who sit somewhere in between traditional tribal customs and modern development and the experience will give you a real feel for those two opposing influences.
On the way to Nuwara Eliya you will pass several waterfalls. Nuwara Eliya is scattered with Victorian-style 19th century homes, bungalows, guesthouses and hotels with neat, English-style gardens. The quaint towns of the southern highlands, often overlooked by the package trade, also hold much charm.
Nuwara – Eliya.
From Nuwara Eliya, the drive is approximately 45 minutes to get to the starting point for the Horton Plains trek.
The Horton Plains National Park, is a protected area covered by mountain grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft.) and has been said by many to resemble the African savannah. The National Park is unlike any other in the island; it’s as beautiful as it is eerily, and offers a world that is oddly different from any other part of Sri Lanka.
After Lunch head towards Dambulla
Enroute Dambulla visit the Millenium Elephant Foundation. The Millenium Elephant Foundation looks after elephants for their owners, and are an organisation that have been working continually since their inception to improve the care, protection and treatment of captive elephants in Sri Lanka.
After breakfast head to explore Dambulla Cave Temple.
The Dambulla Cave Temples are the largest and best-preserved rock cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, towering 160 m over the surrounding plains with more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. The site is of particular interest for anyone that loves historic art, as five of the caves contain ancient statues and paintings related to and depicting Lord Buddha and his life.
Return to hotel for lunch and depending on the preference following experiences can be offered:
1) Climb Pidurangala. This is an enormous rock located a few kilometres north of Sigiriya. The two rocks have an interlinked history: whilst King Kasyapa was building Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5th century, he moved monks living around Sigiriya to a new monastery on Pidurangala Rock.
2) Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park are among the best parks to see Elephants on the island, with large herds of elephants migrating between each park during different seasons. The parks mostly consist of a mixed forest of evergreen shrubs, a favorite habitat for animals, which include deer and wild elephants.
3) Birding at Kaludiya Pokuna: Hidden deep in the forest close to Kandalama, the ancient ruins of Kaludiya Pokuna are all that is left of a Buddhist Monastery built more than 1200 years ago. Shrouded in secrecy by the thick surrounding jungle, the ruins host a bio-diverse range of wildlife.
Today before or after breakfast you will visit Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. Sigiriya is a fortress-palace which was built atop a towering rock in the 5th century, and a mythical past of feuding dynasties enhances Sigiriya’s striking setting.
The rest of the day you have to relax.
If you prefer to visit Pollonnaruwa ancient ruins in the afternoon, we could take you to visit Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 1073, the well-preserved ruins of Polonnaruwa. One of the country’s most prominent cultural sites.
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Departure – Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA).