08 Days Expedition of Beautiful Hill Country

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Highlights of the Tour

  • City of Colombo
  • Saman Devalaya Temple
  • Natural river bath with Natural pool & Jacuzzi
  • Water therapy and fish therapy by the river
  • Hike to Rabbit Rock (Ha Gala)
  • Trek to a local village & ancient Buddhist temple
  • Visit Pahanthuduwa Falls
  • Highest waterfall Banmbarakanda
  • Lipton’s Seat Haputale
  • Hiking to Ella Rock
  • Ella village tour with lunch
  • Sceneric train journey
  • Tea plantation & tea factory
  • Temple of the tooth relic
  • 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 Belihuloya BB Transfer to Belihuloya via Ratnapura. En-route visit Saman Devalaya. River bath in the river Belihuloya.
3 Belihuloya BB Hike to the Rabbit rock in the morning. Then village tour with guide and walking tour to Pahanthuduwa falls.
4 Belihuloya Ella BB Transfer to Ella via Haputale. Visit Lipton’s seat on the way.
5 Ella BB Hike to Ella rock. Then Visit an agricultural village including a traditional lunch. Then visit a waterfall & nine arch bridge.
6 Ella Kandy BB Proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train. Visit tea factory and a plantation. Then proceed to Kandy. City tour & sightseeing.
7 Kandy Negombo BB Visit the temple of tooth and proceed to Negombo. Visit the fisherman village and leisure by the beach.
8 Negombo Airport BB Transfer to 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…

Then proceed to the hotel in Colombo.

Day 02

Colombo | Ratnapura | Belihuloya

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Belihul Oya via Ratnapura. Visit Saman Devalaya on the way.

Ratnapura – literally means ‘city of gems’ and is set like a gem itself in a panorama of glorious scenery. You will see the world famous Ceylon Sapphires being mined. Most of the Miners still rely on ‘Lady Luck’ to guide them through their digging, sifting washing and sorting of the stones. In the Private Gem Museums collection from all over the world can be seen alongside collections of all Gem stones found in Sri Lanka and some pre-historic relics collected from the gem pits of the Ratnapura district.

Saman Devalaya – at Ratnapura is dedicated to the Deity Saman, the God of Adam’s Peak. The Devala is about two miles outside Ratnapura town on the Kiriella road. The Devala was built by King Parakramabahu II (1236-1270 A.D.)  Who ruled at Dambadeniya in the 13th Century. It reached the height of its glory during the Kotte period two centuries later. The Portuguese destroyed it in 1620s; ironically, the Devala was restored in late Dutch time.

Afternoon reach Belihul Oya and leisure by the river next to the hotel.

The river Belihuloya is indeed a wonder of nature, with its cascading flow and cooling waters. Originating from Horton Plains, it thuds itself down passing Baker’s Falls and Galagama Falls” 4 KM before reaching Belihuloya river, and further travels down 2000M to Ulugalathenna. The river is in its purest by the time it reaches Belihuloya after going through a natural oxidizing process.

Flowing down few meters below bordering the glenrock, is a place most guests spend longer time, sometimes days indulging themselves in activities rarely available naturally anywhere in the world. For example, “Fish therapy on the river”, a dip or a short swim in the ‘Natural pool on the river’ or a ‘Water therapy/ massage in a ‘Natural Jacuzzi’ on the river.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel.

Day 03

Belihuloya

Morning hike to the Rabbit rock with a pack breakfast.

Ha gala known as the rabbit rock (1400m) located in Belihul oya bordering the Horton plain’s national park is a hike available in close proximity to the hotel. This hike is a less travelled path which is off the beaten tracks where you can experience a view so exquisite once you reach the summit of the rabbit rock. A hotel guide will be provided to lead you through the journey to and from the rabbit rock where you will pass the likes of tea estates, cooling forests which will be a hike approximately of 4hrs.

Then explore the village and discover the area.

Take a stroll just outside the hotel, only few meters and see the photogenic mountain ranges in different angles, experience a simple lifestyle of the villager, especially the simple pleasures of life they enjoy such as freshest air, purest water, natural work out from their day to day activities, and the simplicity.

You will get to see rice fields, bean and tomato fields and how the farming is done in conventional ways such as conventional water management, planting rice each plant by hand, or harvesting, preparing the fields for next cultivation etc. Also, you may see wildlife such as mongoose, monkeys, chameleons, cows, bird’s butterflies and sometimes even hawks hanging around the hotel and the vicinity.

Walk to the ancient Buddhist temple in the village with guide – A tour with a guide to the village’s ancient temple. The temple has a history that runs back to 1521-1581 A.D. and the walk to the temple is through beautiful paddy fields and the friendly welcoming breeze that blow through.

Pahantudawa Falls tour with guide – A tour with a guide to the Pahantudawa Falls, a marvelous creation of nature in a mini canyon like geographical setting nowhere can be seen in Sri Lanka, located about 1.5 km from the hotel.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel.

Day 04

Belihuloya | Haputale | Ella

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Ella via Haputale. Visit the highest waterfall Bambarakanda and the Lipton’s seat in Haputale en-route.

Bambarakandha Waterfall is the highest in Sri Lanka has a vertical height of 263m (863 feet); and is ranked 299th amongst the tallest waterfalls of the world. Located in Kalupahana, access to the falls is not easy and some walk is required. Bambarakanda originates from Kuda Oya, a branch of the Walawe River. This location has a photography spots and a natural pool complex on the base of the waterfall.

Near the Dambatenne tea factory, the Lipton’s Seat is a panoramic overlooking destination in Sri Lanka. The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here. Take the signed narrow paved road from the tea factory and climb about 7km through lush tea plantations to the lookout. From the tea factory the ascent should take about 2½ hours. The earliest bus leaves Haputale at 6.30am. Look forward to the company of Tamil tea pickers going off to work as you walk uphill to Lipton’s Seat…

Ella is on the leeward side of the central mountains. The view from Ella Gap is one of the most spectacular scenic sights in Sri Lanka – the landscape falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000ft to the eastern plains.

The Ella rock is famous for the cave of Ravana a legendary king of Sri Lanka ruled during the pre-historic times. The 1080-foot high waterfall few miles from the Ella Rest House is one of the most beautiful falls in the country.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Ella.

Day 05

Ella

Breakfast at the hotel. Trekking and hiking tour to Ella Rock.

Ella rock located in Ella town is a great attraction to the travelers who are enthusiast for small adventures. This tour is covered with hiking, nature, panoramic views, train tracks, tea plantations as well as waterfalls. You can explore a large area during the excursion. Spectacular views surrounding country side of Ella and the splendid view of the mountain range and the valley are worth the effort.

It is not just a trekking experience and it is an epic lifetime experience. You will hear folktales about Great King Ravana and Epic Love story. Ella Rock situated over 1000 meters above the sea level.

Then visit to an authentic agricultural village in Ella including a traditional lunch.

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.

Evening transfer to the hotel in Ella.

Day 06

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. City tour in Kandy including upper lake drive.

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.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.

Day 07

Kandy | Negombo

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit temple of the tooth relic.

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.

It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

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 proceed to the hotel in Negombo.

Day 08

Negombo | Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to the airport for departure.

Cost & Terms

Cost: – Staring from USD 750 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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