November 20, 2015
Sri Lanka Tour with Culture Nature Wildlife and Adventure
Written By sanjeewa padmal
Day 1: : COLOMBO / PINNAWALA / KANDY
Leave for Kandy after the breakfast, en-route visiting pinnawala elephant orphanage and spice garden.
PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different age and size feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. There are even little baby calves born in captivity.
OPTIONAL – ELEPHANT SAFARI / RIDE
The Elephant that was the limousine, Bulldozer, War Tank, Status Symbol, Wealth Asset and Domestic pet in the past is today an element that adds colour to pageants or the gentle Giant that gives pleasure rides.
The Elephant Safari Habarana (At Village) has become a highlight event to tourist for its excitement and adventure or even for the “Chance of a Life Time” of riding an Elephant.
The Elephant Safari is a ride on an Elephant with safely secured seat that takes around two hours. The ride takes you on a bund of an ancient lake built for irrigation then through the jungle and even crosses a
part of the lake where you could get your feet wet whilst seated on Elephant Back. This is fun never to be missed when in Sri Lanka.
A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the Sacred tooth of the Buddha.
Visit to Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH
Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made in to a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This gardens; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and site for bird watchers.
Overnight stay in Kandy (Hotel OZO)
DAY 02 : : KANDY / KITULGALA / ADAMS PEAK
Breakfast at Hotel and leave for most picturesque water sport center of the island/Kitulgala, later proceed to Adams peak for the moon light hike.
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.
SITE OF THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVE QUAI
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British World War II film by David Lean based on the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by French writer Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 for its historical setting. It stars William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, and Sessue Hayakawa. The scene creation of the film was done in Sri Lanka and many of them were at Kitulgala area including the bridge explosion.
In 1997, this film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.
Adam’s Peak (also Sri Pada; Sinhalese Samanalakanda or “butterfly mountain”, and also “Sri Paadaya”, is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., “sacred footprint”, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas. In Islamic tradition it is the site where Adam fell to earth and where his footprint can be found
Access to the mountain is possible by 6 trails: Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte & Malimboda. The Nallathanni & Palabaddala routes are most favored by those undertaking the climb, while the Kuruwita-Erathna trail is used less often; these trails are linked to major cities or town by bus, accounting for their popular use. The Murraywatte, Mookuwatte & Malimboda routes are hardly used, but do intersect with the Palabaddala road midway through the ascent. The usual route taken by most pilgrims is ascent via Hatton and descent via Ratnapura; although the Hatton trail is the steepest, it is also shorter than any of the other trails by approximately five kilometers.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Adams peak hotel.
DAY 03 : : KANDY / KITULGALA / ADAMS PEAK
After the breakfast leave for Colombo via Nuwara Eliya, Renroute safari at udawalawe national park and Nuwara Eliya city tour.
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory enroute. Sri Lanka being famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheers to many the world over for more than a century.
SITA AMMAN KOVIL
Nuwara Eliya also known as little England for its cool climes, British architecture and natural beauty is also promoted as a sacred city because of its link to the “Rama Seetha” love story. Seetha amman kovil is dedicated to Seetha, wife of Rama who is believed to be one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. There are many temples dedicated to Rama and Hanuman, especially in North India, but the Seetha Amman Kovil in Sri Lanka is unique in that it is the only one in the world dedicated to Seetha alone. According to legend King Ravana who ruled the country from Badulla kidnapped Queen Seetha. Queen Seetha was married to King Rama of India. Finally king ravana went to India and brought queen seethe to Badulla.
As the largest city in the mountains, Nuwara Eliya plays an important role in the Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Undoubtedly Nuwara Eliya is the most popular health resort in the island and features a blend of colonial charm, modern development and slum areas, inherited from the colonial plantation culture. Nuwara Eliya was an important seat of British colonial administration. It was first developed as a holiday destination in Sri Lanka under the British administration, due to the cool, healing climate.
The Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Ella in Sinhala) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station
The falls have been named after the legendary Sinhala king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall. They believed that Ravana has played the Ravanahatha over here.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.
End of the tour………..
USD 690 P.P on twin sharing double
Above Price Includes
• Accommodation in above mentioned hotels on H/B Basis
• Discount voucher of 10% at a Jewelry shop (only in Colombo or Kandy)
• Discount voucher 5% to shop at Spice garden in Kandy
• Bopath ella waterfall
• Entrance fees for the following site.
o Royal botanical garden
o Udawattekele sanctuary
o Spice garden
o Tea estate
o Tea tasting
o Kandy sightseeing tour
o White water rafting in Kitulgala
o Safari at Udawalawe national park
o Moon light hike at Adams peak
o Oinnawala elephnat orphanage
o Temple of the tooth relic
• Meeting arrangements at the airport on arrival and departure.
• The above are nett and include all government taxes
Above Price include following services
• 24 hour medical service/doctor on call
• 24 hours assistance of local tour operator
• Service of national tour guide throughout the tour
• Entire ground transportation as per the tour itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle
Above Price does not include
• Airport taxes (Generally included in Air Ticket) & “Electronic Travel authorization“ (ETA) Fee (US$ 20 per person)***
• Entrance fees for optional sites
o Elephant Ride in habarana (USD 20 p.p)
• Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
• Video and Camera permits.
• Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
• Any other services not specified.
21 days or less – 100% cancellation charge.
Between 21 days and 30 days – 50% or the equivalent of the first two days charges.
Above 30 days – No cancellation charges provided no commitment or advances are made to 3rd parties.
The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs.
The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs.
Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of rooms after the release period.
Nationals of 77 countries can enter Sri Lanka as holidaymakers without prior visa and remain 30days without a payment. Further details please refer website www.immigration.gov.lk. Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) need to be obtain before you travel, with effect from 1st Jan 2012 (per person US$ 20) for more information please refer http://www.eta.gov.lk