These tours are a combination of manageable activities, along with ample time provided for you to explore in more detail, some of the locations, allowing sufficient time to relax and unwind. The options selected include safaris, treks, whitewater rafting in Kitulgala and the current trending rage – bicycle tours to off-the-beaten-track nooks and crannies. Most activities are scheduled quite early on in the day or later in the evening, when it is less hot and crowded.
Ayubowan & Welcome to our Island Nation!!!
On arrival at the Colombo Airport you will be warmly greeted by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to your hotel in Kandy (Approx. 3.5 Hrs).
Here you will explore the city’s highlights and gain an insight into local life, before sunset drinks and typical local ‘short-eats’ at a viewpoint over the city.
Check-in at the overnight hotel in Kandy for a relaxing evening
Early this morning, you will head out to the Knuckles Mountain Range (Approx. 1.5 Hrs drive one way) for a scenic drive and trek through the beautiful landscape.
A stunning landscape designated a UNESCO world heritage site, the region is home to a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna, offering beautiful walking trails past dense forests & scenic waterfalls. Explore its ancient villages and meet some of the locals for an insight in to their way of life.
When viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District, the series of folds and peaks of the Knuckles range resemble a clenched fist from whence it got its name.
After you trek through Knuckles you will return to Kandy.
is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, locally referred to as “Nuwara” meaning The Great City, the most scenic ancient city in the country and the only city that borders a natural reserve – the Udawatte Kele famous for its avifauna.
Sri Dalada Maligawa as its known locally or The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide. The spectacular 17th century temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Rituals are performed daily at 04:30, 10:30 and 6:30 p.m. The sacred square and old city canter within the temple complex contain the four shrines of the Gods Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini and many historical buildings and museums.
The temple is host to one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The "Esala" procession, held during the month of July/August around the Full Moon. The casket of the tooth relic is paraded through the streets on the back of a tusked elephant in a grand procession followed by several traditional dancers, drummers and torch bearers accompanied by over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants.
Nestled in the highlands, not only does its rich historical significance make “Nuwara” a popular tourist destination, but also the many shops displaying precious and semi-precious stones, skillfully crafted jewelry, handicrafts, colorful batiks and silks, and local food add unforgettable flavor to this beautiful city.
Return to the hotel in Kandy for a relaxing evening
Made popular for its white water rafting in recent times, Kitulgala is on the banks of the Kelani River originating from the Adam’s Peak mountain range. The stretch for rafting will take about an hour and a half to complete and extends for approximately 6.5 kilometers, with rapids between grades 2 and 3. Visitors are treated to an amazing adrenaline rush, with up to 7 rapids to tackle, followed by a refreshing swim in the river to complete your experience. The intensity can be set to match your mood.
The Kitulgala rest house & its environs was made famous for its part in the 7-Academy award winning 1957 film "The Bridge on the River Kwai", which starred William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sir Alec Guinness. The memorable final scene captures the moment when the bridge is blown up. Director David Lean commissioned a full-scale model for the shot to ensure authenticity.
Some of the attractions in the area include exotic rainforest walks scattered with beautiful streams and waterfalls, stream slides, canyoning, waterfall abseiling, mountain biking, exploration of the Belilena caves, bird watching & river expeditions.
Proceed to Colombo and explore some of the city’s highlights. Relax at the overnight hotel (Approx. 3 Hrs drive)
Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.