Culture, Camping and Bird Life

Destinations :

Colombo / Pinnawala / Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Knuckles / Kandy / NuwaraEliya / Horton Plains 

Duration :
nights 9 days 10
Tour map
DAY 01

Destination : Colombo.                                        Drive :  Approximately 1 Hour (31 km)

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our Airport Representative, who will direct you to your very own Chauffeur to be transferred to Colombo -the commercial capital of the country.
You may spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Colombo.

DAY 02

Destination : Dambulla.                                                Drive :  Approximately 5 ½ Hours (220 km)

After breakfast head for Dambulla. En route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. Then continue on to explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognised as a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.
The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha.

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Dambulla.

DAY 03

Destination : Kandalama.                                Drive  :  Approximately 15min (8km)

Rise early and leave for the Kandalama forest to enjoy a day of bird watching. Kandalama offers one of the best bird watching opportunities in the north central province.

The diversity in habitat and the Kandalama tank provide the opportunity to observe more than 145 species of exotic birds. Some of the birds which can be seen in the forest are Sri Lankan Spur fowl, Sri Lanka Grey Horn-bill, and raptors such as the Crested Serpent Eagle, White – bellied Sea Eagle, Little and Intermediate Egrets, Eurasian Open bill and Grey Heron. In the evening commence a boat safari in Kandalama.

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Dambulla.

DAY 04

Destination : Sigiriya.                                                                             Drive :  Approximately ½ an Hour (25 km)

After breakfast leave for Sigiriya. Begin the morning by climbing the rock fortress of Sigiriya - a 5th Century "Fortress in the Sky". Built by King Kassapa the fortress was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The lion rock (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the “Heavenly maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.

Destination : Polonnaruwa.                                                                  Drive :  Approximately 1 ½ Hours (67 km)

Then journey continues to one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites – the city of Polonnaruwa. It was the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century, which is a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation.
The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Dambulla.

DAY 05

Destination : Knuckles.                                                                               Drive : Approximately 3 ½ Hour (122km)

Rise early morning and leave for Knuckles Forest Range with a packed breakfast. This mountain range offers a wonderful place for Bird watching, Trekking, Wildlife Photography, and Camping. It also holds great fascination for geologists and naturalists.

The Knuckles range derives its name from the similarity of its ridges to the knuckles of a clenched fist. It is a cradle for plant and animal life and is an invaluable asset where biodiversity and watershed values are concerned.

Overnight Stay : Camping in Knuckles.

DAY 06

Destination: Knuckles          Drive: N/A

After breakfast head to the Knuckles Forest reserve for a day of bird watching through the nature trail in the forest.

Over 120 bird species are recorded here. Among them fifteen are endemic to Sri Lanka such as Jungle fowl, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Small Barbet, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black headed Bulbul, Yellow eared Bulbul, Dusk blue Flycatcher, Brown capped Babbler, Sri Lankan Grackle, Sri Lankan Lorikeet, Sri Lankan Warbler, White faced Starling, Spot Wing Thrush, Sri Lankan blue Magpie and Layard’s Parakeet.

Overnight Stay: Camping in Knuckles 

DAY 07

Destination : Kandy.                                                                        Drive : Approximately 1 ½ Hour (45km)

After breakfast head to Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka still reverberates aura of great royal times.

In the Evening you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Kandy.

DAY 08

Destination : Nuwara Eliya.                                                                          Drive : Approximately 2 Hours (79km)

After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya En route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed.
The beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 09

Destination : Horton Plains.                                                              Drive :  Approximately 1 ½ Hours (30 km)

After an early breakfast leave for Horton Plains the highest plateau in the country which is one of the very important National parks in Sri Lanka

It has unique vegetation and is famous for many rare and endemic highland birds. The most captivating physical feature of the Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands of the southern region of the island. Aptly known as the ‘World’s End’ the view from the precipice of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular. Dawn or early morning is the best time for observing it. Horton Plains National Park harbours 12 species of endemic birds. The following birds are recorded only at Horton Plains, the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, Dusky Blue Fly Catcher and the Sri Lankan Wood pigeon.

Enjoy the day trekking through the Horton plains and on completion leave for Colombo

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Colombo.                                                    Drive :  Approximately 6 ½ Hours (210 km)

DAY 10

Destination : Airport.                                                                             Drive :  Approximately 1Hour (35km)

As all good things must come to an end, after breakfast your chauffeur guide will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your return flight.
We hope your adventure with us was enjoyable and wish you a safe and pleasant flight home!