Sinharaja National Park
Adams Peak Sri Pada
Bambarakanda Waterfall, Ella
Knuckles Mountain Range
Sigiriya Rock Temple
Dutch Fort, Negombo
Arrive at Colombo International Airport, collect your baggage and proceed to arrival lounge where our executive will be waiting to meet and greet. Later transfer to Aqua Pearl Lake Resort; a lake front resort in Bolgoda. Bolgoda is the largest fresh water lake in Sri Lanka which spread over 400 sq.km, located approximately 40 km from Colombo. In the evening you will be able to have a walk in the village and experience their way of life while exposing to the local climatic conditions. Visit to the village temple, a fisher’s house, a village house will add value to your evening walk. Playing cricket with the local children will be another unique experience of your walk. A canoe ride in the Bolgoda Lake is also a possible activity in the hotel where we could arrange on your request. Overnight stay at Aqua Pearl Lake Resort.
After an early breakfast, travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is regarded as a virgin rainforest and home for lot of birds including 20 endemics out of 34, reptiles, mammals, butterflies, freshwater fishes and lots of species of trees with a large proportion of those being indigenous to the country and some more specifically endemic to Sinharaja itself. Upon arrival to Sinharaja, check in at Martin’s Lodge for Lunch. After lunch, start your forest exploration with the snacks and water. Back to the lodge after a memorable walk inside this virgin forest. Enjoy the dinner and overnight stay at Martin’s Lodge at the border of Sinharaja Rainforest.
Early morning start another trek in the Sinharaja Rainforest early morning with packed breakfast. This is not only a usual trek, but also blend with nature and wildlife. In this trek you will be able to spot some of the Sri Lanka’s endemic mammals like Purple-faced Langur, Toque Monkey, Wild boar, Sambur, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer etc… and birds like Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Noisy Orange-billed Babbler, elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Lizards like Rough-horned Lizard etc... On the completion of the trek, come back to the entrance gate and leave for the day’s destination Rathnapura; the City of Gems. If time permits you will be able to visit a Gem mine before you check in at your hotel. Check in at Rathnaloka Tour Inn for dinner and overnight stay.
Get up early in the morning and start the hard session of your 14 days tour. Today the destination will be Adam’s Peak (2243m above msl) which is known as Sri Pada in Sinhalese (Mountain of Sacred Footprint). Since the peak is crowned by the impression of a gigantic footprint, which is venerated by pilgrims of all religions. Buddhists pay homage to it as that of Lord Buddha, made during his third visit to the island; Hindus believe it was made by the Creative Dance of Siva; while Muslims and Christians believe it to be that of Adam, with Roman Catholics sometimes attributing it to St. Thomas. The best season for Adam’s Peak Hike is between full moon days of December & May and most of the pilgrims’ climb the mountain at night. Once we reach the summit, we will stay overnight in the temple on the top of the Adam’s Peak and spend the night in Sleeping Bags.
Witness the glorious sun rise from the top of the Adam’s Peak and trek down to Dalhousie where the vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Beihuloya. Enjoy a rest of few hours at Belihuloya Rest House to refresh and recover enough to enjoy walk in the area or to explore the area by a bicycle. Back to the Rest House for dinner and overnight stay.
After having breakfast at Belihuloya Rest House transfer to Kinchigune village to start the day’s spell of Kinchigune - Hulang Ella Falls Trekking trail. Lunch will be arragnged at Kumbalgama Village. During this trekking trail, Trekkers are expected to carry their own necessities in a comfortable backpack so that the campers and guides are able to carry tents/provisions etc. This is camping/trekking on a very participatory basis!
Beyond the Kumbalgama Village temple, the trail goes through a very small village into a completely uninhabited area, characterized by intermittent patches of forest and savanna, eventually leading to the Walawe River. The river marks the 8km point of the trail, but to continue on we cross it at 'Mulgammankada' and hike through the Riverine Forest, alongside and down the river. During the next part of the trail, you will not come across any human habitations, and apart from an occasional small group or two of gem miners, who come to this desolate area and camp out here to mine for gems, one will not meet other humans on the way. After another 2km walk, you will come to a beautiful rocky area where there is a waterfall of about 40 ft in height. This waterfall is called 'Hulan Ella' or the 'Walawe Ganga Falls (West)'. The beautiful, serene, and ever-changing forest next to the river and waterfall is home to an abundance of varying flora and fauna. The fauna in this area consists of the occasional elephant, sambhur Deer, Indian Muntjak, flying and giant Squirrels, many birds (Changeable Hawk Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Stork Billed kingfisher, Gray Hornbill etc.), Lizards (3 endemic), Geckos, Skinks, Snakes, Amphibians, Snails, Butterflies and Fishes. Dinner and overnight stay at Camp at Hulan Ella.
After breakfast break camp and continue through the forest, passing a place where the river divides into three and flows down as three streams for about 300 metres before rejoining. Always remaining in the cool shade of the Riverine Forest, reach your final destination in time for lunch. At the end of 10km walk from 'Hulan Ella' you will come to the 'pièce de resistance' - the majestic, breathtaking and awesome 'Duwili Ella Falls'. This waterfall is also called the 'Walawe Ganga Falls (East)'. It plunges a dramatic 80 ft from a level rocky ground into a large deep pool at the base. The falling of the water creates a cloud of spray, resembling a cloud of dust (hence the name 'Duwili Ella' - in Sinhalese, 'Duwili' means 'dust' and 'Ella' is 'waterfall').
Lunch at the Duwili Ella Falls .After lunch there is a short climb up some steps where you will be met by your vehicle. Drive to Belihuloya Rest House for Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast s walk along the A4; Colombo – Badulla road till you reach Kalupahana junction which leads to Udaweriya estate via Bambarakanda Waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The trail is called Devil’s Staircase or Satan’s Steps because of its formation. Walking through tea estates and the workers’ quarters will bring a different experience to your feel so far. This is a bit hard trek about 20 km & it takes approximately 6 hours to reach Udaweriya junction.
Upon reaching at Udaweriya Junction, drive to Horton Plains National Park enrance where you can have a short break before you start the second spell of your day’s trek.
After a short break start trekking in to the jungle & trekking towards World’s End (approx. 5 km in 2 hrs). Once reach the world’s End; enjoy the panoramic view of steep drop you can see the trail that you trek along to reach world’s end. Now you are in Horton Plains National Park which lies in the highest altitude in Sri Lanka. Then start to trek towards the main entrance of Horton Plain National Park via Bakers Falls. This is a soft trek on a flat land where you can see lot of birds & some other animals.
Upon reaching the park entrance drive to Nuwara Eliya. Dinner & overnight stay at Avian Breeze in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast at Avian Breeze, transfer to Nanuoya Railway Station to board local train to Kandy. It is an amazing opportunity to move with local people during your train journey and have a firsthand experience of their culture. Deboard the train at Peradeniya Railway station and transferred to Hotel Suisse for dinner and overnight stay. Stay overnight at Kandy.
After having breakfast at Hotel Suisse, visit the most sacred place of veneration for the Buddhists in Sri Lanka; Kandy Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Later Leave for Knuckles via Matale & Rattota after visiting the temple. Check in at Sir John’s Bungalow which was a residence of one of the former Prime Ministers in Sri Lanka; Sir John Kotalawala. In the evening enjoy a walk in the vicinity of the Bungalow. Dinner and overnight stay at Sir John’s Bungalow in Knuckles.
After breakfast at the Bungalow, leave for day’s trek. Its name derived from its shape of a clenched fist, which forms a scenic wonderland; Knuckles Mountain Range offers numerous trekking trails enriched with flora & fauna. Blended with the indigenous community of more than 2500 years old Knuckles Mountain Range forms a unique bio–cultural landscape. Indigenous community in this area has always interacted with and depended upon the Knuckles Frosts and this association goes as far back as prehistoric times. Enjoy the packed lunch during your trek and return to Sir John’s Bungalow in the evening for dinner and overnight stay. Stay overnight at Knuckles.
After breakfast, leave for Sigiriya via Matale. Visit a spice & herbal garden in Naula and witness the traditional spices and herbs in their natural environment. Proceed to Sigiriya and visit Dambulla Cave Temple & Golden Temple enroute. In the evening witness the engineering marvels of the great ancestors who contributed to create one of the greatest buildings of the ancient era; Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climb upto the summit of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and enjoy the breathtaking scenic view of the area. Back to foothills and proceed to Elephas Resort for dinner and overnight stay.
Ater breakfast at the hotel, proceed for trek in Hiriwadunna authentic village. This trek consist of walk, bullock cart ride and a catamaran ride. Experience the countryside and the local traditional cooking. If you wish, you can offer a helping hand to the villagers to prepare lunch. Saying goodbye to the village people, proceed to Negombo. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. After collecting remarkable memories in your journey, get ready for the departure on the following day. Enjoy the dinner and overnight stay at Golden Star Beach Hotel in Negombo.
Transfer to the Airport to connect with your departure flight depending the flight schedule.