06 Days Best of Nature

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

Highlights of the Tour

  • Madu River boat safari
  • Cinnamon plantation & mangrove forest
  • Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda
  • Whale watching tour in Mirissa
  • Yala national park jeep safari
  • Ella village tour & nine arch bridge
  • Hiking to Ella Rock
  • Sceneric train journey
  • Tea plantation & tea factory
  • Udawattakele Sanctuary
  • Fishing village in Negombo

Trip Summary

Day Start

Point

End

Point

Meal

Plan

Itinerary
 1 Airport Colombo BB Transfer from Airport to Colombo. Sightseeing in Colombo.
2 Colombo Galle BB Transfer to Galle via Balapitiya. Boat safari & cinnamon plantation visit then stop at Turtle hatchery.
3 Galle Yala BB Morning proceed to Mirissa for whale watching tour. Then transfer to Yala. Afternoon safari at Yala national park.
4 Yala Ella BB Transfer to Ella. Visit an agricultural village including a traditional lunch. Then visit a waterfall & nine arch bridge.
5 Ella Kandy BB Proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train. Visit tea factory and a plantation. Then proceed to Kandy. City tour & sightseeing.
6 Kandy Airport BB Proceed to Negombo. Visit the fisherman village and then transfer to the airport for departure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Airport | Colombo

Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Clients will be welcomed by the Representative of Reliance Tours / Chauffeur guide and transfer to the hotel in Colombo.

Explore the city of business and commercial center.

Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. Colombo is a shopping paradise for shoppers who always enjoy a good bargain on quality clothes and fashion accessory items. Genuine Gem Stones have been used in designing the jewelry, blending the lush fresheners of nature with the warm sensuality of design.

Discover yourself for the famous shopping items like clothes, handloom fabric, Sarongs, Sarees, art, photography, books and souvenirs etc…

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Colombo.

Day 02

Colombo | Kosgoda | Balapitiya | Galle

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Galle via Balapituya & Kosgoda. Visit Kosgoda turtle hatchery and participate on a boat ride in Madu River including a visit to Cinnamon plantation.

Turtle Hatchery Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more then 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery.

A beautiful river that nestles alongside Whispering Waters. Madu Ganga is considered as Sri Lanka’s second largest wetland consisting of 32 islands including two main islands providing shelter to 215 families. The Madu Ganga River is a shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. In has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. Madu Ganga is possibly one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka.

Galle – Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour. Oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” 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.

Today, the 90-acre Galle Fort shows no evidence of the Portuguese founders. The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663. A second, taller wall was built inside of it. Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the Fort’s two half bastions overlooking the sea.

The Dutch also installed a sophisticated drainage system, complete with brick-lined underground sewers that were flushed twice a day by the high and low tides. The original gate to the fort was by the harbour. It is still there, marked by the British Coat-of-arms on the front and the Dutch V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie) with the Coat-of-arms with a rooster crest, on the inner side of the Fort.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Galle.

Day 03

Galle | Mirissa | Yala

Morning excursion to a whale watching tour with pack breakfast.

Whale watching in Sri Lanka – Mirissa became major whale watching spotting place in Sri Lanka. Every Year hundreds of Whales and Dolphins gathering Mirissa. Mainly you can see Blue and Spam Whales.

Out of the largest mammals on earth Sri Lanka is the place where you can observe the largest land mammal the Elephant and the largest sea mammal the Whale. They breathe air through blowhole(s) into lungs (unlike fish who breathe using gills). Whales have sleek, streamlined bodies that move easily through the water. Whales feed on small fish. The biggest whale is the blue whale, which grows to be about 94 feet (29 m) long – the height of a 9-story building.

Thereafter proceed to Yala. Afternoon jeep safari at Yala national park.

Yala National Park– the Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this were established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel.

Day 04

Yala | Ella

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Ella.

Visit an agricultural village including a traditional lunch. Then visit a waterfall & nine arch bridge. This destination has spectacular scenic views of the island. You can see lots of mountains, waterfalls & tea plantations everywhere in the town.

Ella village tour will give a unique experience to the tourists for its tradition agriculture. Chena cultivation is the main experience of the tour and you can enjoy the life of wild Chena. Hence, the village has surrounded by a preserve, wild animals live around the village. The elephant, peacock, Sri Lankan monkey are some of them. There is a gorgeous lake in the village with lot of reptiles and birds. You will have a boat journey around the lake followed by traditional lunch. The tour will fulfill with Sri Lankan village hospitality.

Ravana Ella Waterfall – a nice waterfalls of 1080 feet high close to the road from Ella to Wellawaya. The stream, a tributary of Kirindi Oya plunges with a foaming spray over a series of ledges into the valley close to a road bend. The waters rise from Wewatenna highland above the rocks.  In general the rocky underground of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka consists of hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. Thus there are caves near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Ella.

Day 05

Ella | Nuwara Eliya | Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.

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 coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.

The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.

Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

Tea Plantations – 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 in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London. Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.

Then proceed to Kandy the hill capital. Visit the Udawattakele

Kandy is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.

Udawattakele Sanctuary – In 1856 Udawattakele or “Udawasalawatte” was declared as a Protected Forest and later declared as a Sanctuary in 1938. It is 257 acres in extent and the approach road is from the town near the Municipal Council Office of Kandy. There are 33 different species of Trees, 23 species of birds (07 endemic), 06 Mammals (01 endemic) in the forest reserve. The Garrison Cemetery of Kandy is within the Sanctuary behind the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, where 163 graves of British Nationals are found.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.

Day 06

Kandy | Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Negombo.

Negombo is a famous fishing village North of Colombo. It is one of the famous commercial hubs in the country. Negombo is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Negombo has a large bilingual population of Roman Catholics.

The streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, Restaurants etc.

Thereafter transfer to the airport for departure.

Cost & Terms

Cost: – Staring from USD 390 per person

Sharing double room on BB basis including the excursions and entrance fees (Conditions apply)

Above price Includes

  • Welcome service at the airport on arrival by private chauffeur / driver.
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels based on standard room category.
  • Transportation from arrival to departure in an Air conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of an English speaking chauffeur / driver guide.
  • Breakfast at the hotels from day 02 to day 06.
  • Excursions / sightseeing to the places included in the program
  • Entrance fees / tickets to the places mentioned in the program

Value added services from Reliance Tours on FOC

  • Mobile phone with emergency contact details
  • Portable Wi-Fi device with a pack of data
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per client per day (500ml)
  • Binocular, umbrella and other travel related equipment’s
  • Printed photo gallery of the travelers and a gift of gratitude before departure

Above price Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Early check-inn or late check-out at hotels
  • Optional supplements, sightseeing & excursions
  • Tips & Portage
  • Camera / video permits if any
  • Air Tickets, train tickets and Visa fees
  • Sudden festive or Cricket event supplements
  • Government tax imposition change

Additional services offered by Reliance Tours (Surcharges apply)

  • Cool box in vehicle
  • Baby seat
  • Camera / Lenses
  • Other equipment’s related to travel

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