Secrets of Lanka East Tour – 14 Days
Start / End : Colombo | Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Secrets of Lanka East Tour – 14 Days
One of the treks is to the historic ‘3 Temple Loop’ in the Kandy area and this is followed by a Cultural Show, to add some interesting variety to the tour. Also scheduled is a visit to the Dambana village which is home to Sri Lanka’s aboriginal ‘Vedda’ tribe, who still reside there. National Wildlife Parks, the famous Sinharaja Forest and the historic Galle Dutch Fort are some of the other interesting places you will have the opportunity to visit, and the tour culminates with a Flat-Water Rafting spree on the Kithulgala River
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Start / End: Colombo
Available : All year round
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Day 01 – Airport/ Colombo – Kandy
Leave for Kandy visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route. This orphanage for baby elephants was established to feed, nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which fell to the British in 1815. This hill capital is situated in a valley 1600 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains & virtually encircled by the scenic Mahaweli river; the longest in Sri Lanka.
Overnight will be at Kandy.
Day 02 -Kandy – Trekking
Breakfast will be at the hotel. The vehicle will drop you off at the point to start your walk which covers the 700 year old Western Shrines of Kandy. The 3-Km walk along gravel roads and footpaths takes you across traditional Kandyan Villages, where you could experience their rural social conditions along the way. You will arrive at the Gadaladeniya Rock Temple 1 ½ hours later. You will be given a brief description of the temple’s history. You could also spend some time speaking to some of the devotees. Leave for the Lankathilake Blue Temple, which is another half an hours’ walk. You will be given a brief tour of the temple, after which you can enjoy your picnic lunch in a spot close to the temple, taking in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. Another 1 ½ Km walk through village byroads will bring you to the world famous Embekke Wooden Temple. A superb example of the island’s architecture in wood & dedicated to the god Kataragama or Skanda believed to have been built in 1371 AD. The temple boasts over 100 intricately carved wooden pillars.
The vehicle will bring you back to the hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 -Kandy – Knuckles Trekking
Today you will be visiting the Knuckles mountain range. Its name describes its outline. The Knuckles Range consists of the Knuckles massif, the Knuckles range and the Knuckles peaks. There are 35 peaks rising to more than 3000 feet (915 m) in the Knuckles range. You will arrive at the mountain cottage tucked away in a remote village, where you will spend the night.
Day 04 -Knuckles – Trekking
Trek from Corbett’s Gap to Meemure, Yakagala (Devil’s Rock), Nitre Cave in Knuckle’s mountain range this ‘hard’ trek of about 8-9 hours, will take the whole day. You will be back at the hotel in the evening.
Day 05 -Knuckles – Randenigala – Mahiyanganaya
Leave for Randenigala after breakfast. You will pass the precipitous 17 hairpin bends, and the beautifully terraced paddy fields of Minipe.
You will get the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas or Wanniyela Aettho (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves; who preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 14,000 BC and probably far earlier. You will also visit the Mahiyanganaya dagaba, one of the classic Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. Held in great veneration as it was sanctified by a visit from the Buddha in pre-Christian times, the dagaba is built over a hair relic of the Buddha given to Saman a guardian deity of Sri Lanka whose shrine is also found here. Proceed to visit the Sorabora wewa, an ancient irrigation tank. Believed to have been built King Dutugemunu’s betel supplier. The sluice, which is an ingenious engineering feat, has been built on a natural rock, using the skill and knowledge on ancient times. This is the only such sluice to be seen in Sri Lanka. This sluice constructed around 162 BCE is still in use. If time permits, visit the picturesque Ulhitiya Reservoir. You might be able to see the wild elephants on the opposite bank of the reservoir, feeding on the vegetation.
Dinner and overnight will be at Randenigala.
Day 06 -Mahiyanganaya – Badulla – Ella
Today you will drive through Scenic remote countryside passing beautiful paddy fields, lakes, reservoirs and mountain passes. You will arrive at the scenic village of Karandagolla, Ella, where you will spend overnight.
Day 07 -Ella, Trekking
Wake up early to start on your trek to Ohiya/Haputale. Return to the resort for lunch. Afternoon will be at leisure.
Overnight at the resort.
Day 08 – Ella – Embilipitiya
Leave for the jungles of Uda Walawe this morning. Go on a 4WD safari of Uda Walawe National Park in the afternoon. Herds of elephant can be seen along the river during the dry season, which is usually between May & September.
Overnight will be at Embilipitiya.
Day 09 -Embilipitiya – Unawatuna
Drive along the beautiful southern coastline. Reach the village of Unawatuna where you could relax on one of the top beaches in the world.
Overnight will be at a hotel in Galle.
Day 10 -Unawatuna – Rathnapuraya
You will visit the Dutch Fort of Galle, which is a world heritage site. The Fort still houses many important government buildings as well as residences. Proceed to Kalawana/ Ratnapura, where you will be staying overnight.
Day 11 – Rathnapuraya – Sinharaja
Today you will be visiting the Sinharaja Rainforest. Literally meaning ‘Lion King’ in Sinhala, this is the last remaining virgin rainforest in Sri Lanka. Regarded as a bird watcher’s paradise it also contains close to fifty percent of Sri Lanka’s endemic mammals & butterflies.
Return to hotel for Overnight.
Day 12 -Rathnapuraya – Kitulgala
Leave Kalawana for Kitulgala for some flat-water rafting, this morning. The whitewater rafting in flat water, will cover about 3 Km and of about one hour’s duration.
Overnight will be at a hotel in Kitulagala.
Day 13 -Transfer out. You will be taken to either a Colombo hotel or the Airport today
- Accommodation sharing twin on Bed and Breakfast Basis while on tour at mentioned hotels or similar.
- Air-conditioned private transport
- English speaking chauffeur-guide
- Government tax and service charge
- International airfare
- Lunch, Dinner & Beverages.
- Expenses of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc,.)
- Personal travel and medical insurance
- Departure airport tax
- Compulsory Cricket/Peak and any Seasonal supplements at selected hotels.( To be notified by the time of the booking)
- Entrance fees, Jeep hire costs, Trekker chargers etc at sites and locations as per itinerary.