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16 Nights Adventure Trekking & Hikking Tour

Kandy, Sri Lanka (0)
from/per person $2,000
  • Wildlife
  • Access for disabled
  • English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Flights Included
  • Groups allowed

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Stay in the Cultural Triangle and discover mystical ancient cities, lush jungles and the Elephant feeding and bathing at the Elephant Orphanage. Visit Dambulla’s cave temples with their breathtaking murals, inscriptions and statues; marvel at the magnificent carved Buddha statue in Polonnaruwa and climb the magnificent Sigiriya’s rock fortress. Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic & Peradeniya Botanical Garden in Kandy. Spot elephants, leopards & other wildlife in Minneriya, Horton Plains & Yala National parks then proceed to Sinharaja to explore rainforest. Followed by the tour an extension stay on the beautiful beaches gives you a great Sri Lankan holiday.

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  • Depart  from UK.

  • Airports – Colombo                                              

    Upon arrive, meet & greet by our representative at Bandaranaike International Airport and proceed to Negombo.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo.

  • Colombo – Pinnawela – Dambulla

    After breakfast proceed to Dambulla. En route visit * Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive-breeding programme. A unique experience never to be missed.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.


    After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.

    Commence sightseeing tour of * Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site.  Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya –where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary`’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

    Late afternoon commence * A Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park – This National Park with 8889 hectares in extent is famous for it large population of elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, Sambhur, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.


    After breakfast visit & climb Sigiriya.

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress – which is a world heritage , built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

    Thereafter proceed to Habarana. Late afternoon do an Elephant safari.

    The feeling of stepping back in time, a time when kings rode on the backs of these magnificent mammals, and the chance for you dear visitors to do the same is what we at The Other corner offer. Directly off the balcony of the main lodge onto the backs of these gentle giants, the tour will take you along the forest trail, across the river, through the village and back to your lodging all on the elephant back ride. The choice of either being adventurous and riding bareback or on comfortable elephant saddles are the only choice you will have to make. A pleasant experience is virtually guaranteed.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.


    After breakfast visit * Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks.  Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

    Proceed to Kandy.  

    On arrival commence sightseeing including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square Arts & Crafts Centre and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

    * Kandy – the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

    Visit * Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.

  • After breakfast proceed to Kitulgala. * Kitulagala – is situated between Nuwara Eliya and Colombo. It’s 56 miles away from the city. It’s a small town on the bank of the Kelani river and is in low elevation rain forest are with a small path of rain forest left on the south bank of the river. This is a beautiful area selected in 1957 for the award winning film ” Bridge on the River Kwai”.

    *  White Water Rafting” – This high adrenaline adventure on the white water section of the Kelani river, is suitable for first time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike. During the run you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of making it through. The rivers clear water is born in the heart of the peak wilderness reserve and tumbles through a rocky gorge just above Kitulgala (about 2 hrs drive from Colombo). As the river widens we pass the scenic location used for the film ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ which is also a good place to jump in for a refreshing swim. Our journey ends close to Kitulgala 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 raft through the flatter section of the lower gorge. Suitable for children over six and family groups!

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.


    Arriving at the foot of “Sri Pada” / Adam’s Peak around 7 pm. Begin the strenuous 08 km climb to the misty mountaintop with our experienced local guides.

    Adam’s Peak – This is most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka sacred to all four major religions-Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslims and Christians. Buddhists call the mountain Sri Pada (“the sacred footprint”) and say it was visited by Gautama Buddha and placed His Footprint on top of the mountain. To Hindus, the peak Shiva Adipatham has the Shiva’s footprint. Muslims insist it is the place where Adam first set foot on earth when he was expelled from the Garden of Eden. And Roman Catholics say the footprint impressed in the boulder at the summit is that of St. Thomas, the early Christian apostle who preached in South India. People of all religious groups ascend the mountain on pilgrimage from the Full moon Poya day in December till the Full Moon Poya Day in May when the pathway to the summit is lighted in the night and other facilities are provided.

    (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)

  • After viewing the sunrise of the top of the peak, come down and have breakfast at Guest House.

    Thereafter transfer to Nuwara Eliya.

    * Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.

    * Tea Plantation – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867 a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolcondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow well only on rolling terrain and is classified be elevation into low grown, medium grown, high grown, into 3 main groups. In 1996 Sri Lanka has produced 258 million kgs. Of tea and has earned Rs. 34,068 million by exporting 244 million kgs. of tea.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.


    After breakfast proceed to Horton Plaines & World end.

    HORTON PLAINS – The highest plateau at 7000ft (2134 meters) is a National Park, visited by tourists and a large number of Sri Lanka tourists. The Patnas in the lower parts, rising from the Marshes and streams extends upto the tree-line. The trees, stunted by the wind and mist, covered with ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard, and the jungle is full of rare and endemic plants. The red flowered Rhododendrons, or the ‘Niloos’ that blooms once in 12 years, and the Butterflies, Birds, found only in the hill areas, the ‘Bear Monkey,’ large herds of Sambhur, Leopard and other animals are found in the plains.

    The ‘World End’ and ‘Little World End” with sheer drops of 3000ft to the plantation below and the beautiful scenery, are not found anywhere else in the country.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.


    After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja.

    Arrive at the Forestry base camp around noon and transfer to Martins Lodge only a few meters from the forest entrance. You can explore around the boundary of the forest. During the evenings it is a very good time to spot the nocturnal birds including the Serendib Scops Owl.

    Rest of the day leisure.

    Overnight stay at Hotel / Guest House in Sinharaja.

  • After breakfast visit Sinharaja Rainforest to explore the forest for the whole day.SINHARAJA RAINFOREST is a world heritage site, which can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest.  Whatever its ‘technical’ name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka!  Named as a world heritage site in 1989, this lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest!

    Return to relax at Lodge.

    Overnight stay at Lodge in Sinharaja.


    After breakfast proceed to Yala.

    Rest of the day leisure.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Yala.

  • YALA

    After breakfast commence a Jeep safari to Yala National Park.

    * Yala National Parkis 378 sq. miles in extent. Yala was established in 1938 from what originally was Sportsman s shooting reserve. This is most famous and well-developed National Park where wild animal and birds could be observed. The wild animals include Elephants in herds of varying sizes, Leopards, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Crocodile, Peacocks, Jackal, Sloth Bear and other animals. The bird-life comprises of about 130 species including the resident and migrants. Painted Strokes, Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Herons, Serpent Eagle, Sea Eagle, Black-Necked Stork, Spoonbills, Pelicans add colour to the bird life in the park. 

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Yala.


    After breakfast leave for Galle.

    Commence city tour of * Galle – This was the most ancient and important harbour of the country, until the Colombo harbour was established. Galle is identified as the Tarshis of the bible. This was captured by the Portuguese in 1587 A.D, Dutch in 1640 A.D, and British in 1796 A.D.

    Visit * The Fort of Galle – The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch fort in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord.

    Rest of the day leisure by the beach.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Galle.

  • Full day leisure.

    Overnight stay at Hotel in Galle


    After breakfast transferred to the airport for the flight to UK

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Price Includes :

  • Return Airfare on economy class (Airline taxes are subject to increase without prior notice)
  • 16 Night hotel accommodation on Half Board basis while on tour and Half Board Basis
  • Transport in a private air-conditioned CAR with the services of an English speaking chauffeur guide.
  • Train Journey
  • White water Rafting
  • 01 safari to Minneriya & Yala National Park
  • Local government taxes & service charges
  • All taxes

Entrance fees to :

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Kandy Temple of the tooth relic, Royal Botanical Garden, Cultural Dance Show, Sigiriya Rock fortress , Dambulla Caves Temple, Anuradhapura ancient city, Willpathu National Park with Jeep hire for Safari.

Price Excludes :

  • Visa for Sri Lanka, please visit www.eta.gov.lk  for more details / submit your individual visa application.
  • Meals not indicate in the Itinerary
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Camera & Video permits at cultural sights
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Tips at Restaurants during meals, drivers and Guides

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Cancellation within 21 days prior to arrival will be charged 25% of the room nights booked
Cancellation within 14 days prior to arrival will be charged 50% of the room nights booked
Cancellation within 07 days prior to arrival will be charged 100% of the room nights booked
15th Dec – 10th Jan – Cancelation within 21 Days prior to the arrival will be charged 100% of the room nights booked.
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Cost Per Person – US $ Net Sharing Double Room on Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner) Basis