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 Negombo (Approx. 30 minutes drive).
Check-in at the overnight hotel in Negombo for a relaxing evening
Your journey begins with an adrenalin rush. Kitulgala offers you the best white water rafting experience in Sri Lanka. (Approx. 2.5 Hrs drive)
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.
Continue on your drive to Nuwara Eliya and keep your camera handy for pictures of some scenic landscapes. (Approx. 2.5 Hrs drive)
Perched high up in the hills, nearly a mile above sea level, Nuwara Eliya at 1869 meters, sits like a sentinel overlooking tea country on all sides. Piduruthalagala, Sri Lanka's tallest peak is only a short way away.
A replica of English country towns with their lush greenery and profusion of gorgeous flora, Nuwara Eliya is touted as "Little England" with its Victorian houses, a colourful park, golf coarse, Lake Gregory, a racecourse and Hakkgala Gardens. A number of hotels including colonial structures like the Hill Club and the Grand Hotel which lives up to its name to this day, a uniquely converted tea factory hotel, with amazing attention to detail built among tea gardens only hours away from the town, and several holiday homes make this a popular holiday resort.
The climate is cool throughout the year with an annual average temperature of a chilly 15.9C and nearly 2,000 mm of rain, alternated by days of bright sunshine.
The British established Nuwra Eliya in the 19th Century, to cater to the Europeans settled in Sri Lanka, to whom it came to be home away from home if only for short spells. However it grew to be Sri Lanka's foremost holiday resort with the town coming alive in April. A weeklong calendar of events, including horse and motor races, are its biggest attraction.
Holidaymakers in droves converge on Nuwara Eliya in season.
Hindu pilgrims from around the world visit the Hanuman and Seetha Amman Temples based on the Ramayana epic of Rama & Seetha.
Check-in to your hotel and spend a relaxed evening! Overnight in Nuwara Eliya
Early this morning, take a scenic drive to Horton Plains and explore its spectacular landscape. (Approx. 2 Hrs drive)
A visit to ‘World’s End’ in Horton Plains, up in Sri Lanka’s highland reserve, at an elevation of over 2000 meters in the hill country, between Nuwara Eliya and Haputale, provides a completely different experience to the other natural reserves in the island. A high altitude grassland that reminds one of the Scottish Moors, its unique and fragile ecosystem is a result of its cool wet climate and misty rain swept landscape.
One of the island’s most important watersheds, large areas of the plains is covered in beautiful and pristine stands of cloud forest. You got to be extremely lucky to spot an elusive leopard, about 45 are thought to live in the area, besides sambar deer, the thick coated purple faced or bear-faced monkey, bird watching and the dramatically coloured lizards are some of the species found here that are endemic to the region.
Make your way to Ella (Approx. 2.5 Hrs).
Check-in at the overnight hotel in Ella
Spend the two days in Ella indulging in your choice of adventure activities.
If it’s sheer magnificent beauty that you seek, Ella has to be on your list. Famous for the stories that intertwine with the epic story – “Ramayana” from India said to have used by King Ravana to imprison Princess Sita from Lord Shiva, is a must visit destination on your visit to the tea country. Ella is also home to the life-giving “Ravana Falls”.
Due to its elevation, Ella enjoys a cooler climate that supports an amazing variety of lush flora and fauna. This same elevation allows Ella to provide clients with unique opportunities for Adventure. Ella is highly regarded as a destination for providing some of the most admired views. Take a stroll on the road less travelled. Experience kayaking at the Buduruwagala Reservoir, or a relaxing cycle tour absorbing the picturesque Ravana Falls, or enjoy bird watching at Ella jungle.
Take a train ride to absorb the scenic beauty of this area from the tracks, it is sure to leave you in awe. Don’t forget the nighttime either; if you are lucky on a clear night, you will be able to see the Galle City - Light House.
Overnight in Ella
Your adventure now takes you south to the Yala National Park, a beautiful drive that takes you through the highlands and on a road that runs alongside the boundary of this beautiful Reserve. (Approx. 4 hours drive).
With an area covering 1260 square kilometers, of which only one-fifth of the area is open to visitors, Yala not surprisingly, is still the most visited reserve located in the deep south. The rest of the Park is a strict natural reserve, and you are only allowed entry into the park in a vehicle.
Its charm lies in its unspoilt dry zone landscape, dotted by low scrub; rocky outcrops, lush green trees and its serene lakes are particularly magical. The views from Sithulpahuwa are special!
The main attraction and thrill in Yala is to spot leopard and perhaps the cubs too, the largest population of leopard in a natural environment – approximately 40 in Block 1. The park is home to 44 species of mammals including elephants and the sloth bear, and an incredible 215 bird species; Huddles of colorful painted storks among many a species of waders found feeding on the edge of the water holes, the sight of dozing crocodiles, elephants cooling off in the water or quenching their thirst, or a glimpse of the elusive sloth bear, leave an indelible mark on any nature lover.
Experience a stunning sunset against the rugged backdrop of rocky outcrops and the evergreens!
Check-in to the hotel and spend a relaxed evening! Overnight in Yala
Every safari is a different experience! Your adventure provides for two full safaris into the Park. The early morning safari is popular among bird lovers.
After your morning Game Drive into the Park, you will make your way to Hikkaduwa.
Hikkaduwa’s beautiful coral reefs were its original claim to fame! Glass bottomed boat rides over its reefs, snorkeling & excellent surf, made it a popular destination for the adventurous! Sadly, its once-upon-a-time reputation as a hippy hangout for offering low budget accommodation resulted in pollution and exploitation of its reefs and the town lost its charm.
Over the years its reefs have since been rehabilitated, and it has fought its way back on to the list of popular places to visit. Today Hikkaduwa is a trendy hang-out and venue for the 3 day annual Hikkaduwa Beach Fest in July/August, attracting international DJ’s and performers to its 3 day beach party.
Its lively atmosphere, choice of restaurants & bars, or for those that prefer a sedate alternative, a visit to any of its several interesting Buddhist temples in the area, is sure to tempt you off its beaches.
Check-in to the hotel and spend a relaxed evening. Overnight in Hikkaduwa
Spend two relaxed days of surfing and snorkeling in the beautiful waters of Hikkaduwa.
We suggest a day trip to Galle.
The Port city of Galle has grown from its ancient origins into Sri Lanka's 5th largest city, but it differs from the rest in terms of character & atmosphere. Its sea front gives it a languid air. At the heart of the city - but strangely detached from it - lies the Old Dutch Quarter known as the Fort. Dutch administrators and those in their service lived within the Fort protected by its city walls and the ramparts by the sea. Its entrance, a massive archway gives it a medieval air and appears magically time warped, with its red tiled Dutch period villas, their open verandahs facing the narrow streets, bearing names like Church Street, Leyban Street and such like.
A well-preserved townscape with a number of imposing churches, Dutch period storehouses, a courthouse and a lighthouse jutting out to sea, it has lasted through the centuries. A stroll on its lengthy ramparts overlooking a natural harbour at sunset is a must. Other places to visit include a marine museum, the St. Mary’s Church and thoughtfully restored Amangalle, a historic luxury hotel.
Life moves at an easy pace within the Fort. Visitors may relax at any of its several arty restaurants and watering holes.
The Galle Literary Festival is a much sought after annual event that has secured its place on the cultural calendar." The Festival throws, people, cultures, hot ideas, hot food, laughter, poetry and arrack together in a beautiful country. Pointless to resist," Sebstian Faulks a participant had this to say of the event. Outside the Fort, Galle has a cricket stadium and a string of resort hotels along its coast; a favourite for visitors, has been the beautiful stretch at Unawatuna beach.
We recommend the cycling tour one evening along the paddy trail.
Overnight in Hikkaduwa
Drive along the coast to Colombo. Your final lap will take you through a number of coastal towns reputed for their collection of antiques, masks and other handicrafts.
Check-in to your hotel. Explore the city’s highlights! Overnight in Colombo
Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.