10 Days Wild Life & Nature Trail Tour

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

Highlights of the Tour

  • Fisherman village Negombo
  • Muthurajawela boat tour
  • Wilpattu national park safari
  • Ritigala forest monastery
  • Village trekking in Habarana
  • Pidurangala rock hike
  • Wasgamuwa national park safari
  • Hiking in Hasalaka local village
  • Visit Veddha remote village
  • Boat ride in Mapakada lake
  • Kandy city tour
  • Train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Horton plains national park
  • Cycling through Tea Plantations
  • Tea factory Visit
  • White water rafting tour
  • Colombo street food tour

Trip Summary

Day Start

Point

End

Point

Meal

Plan

Itinerary
 1 Airport Negombo BB Transfer from Airport to Negombo.
2 Negombo Wilpattu BB Morning boat ride in Muthurajawela Dutch canal and proceed to Wilpattu. Afternoon safari at Wilpattu national park.
3 Wilpattu Habarana BB Transfer to Habarana via Ritigala. Visit Ritigala forest monastery. Village trekking in with bullock cart & Catamaran.
4 Habarana Wasgamuwa BB Morning hike to Pidurangala rock then transfer to Wasgamuwa. Afternoon safari at Wasgamuwa national park.
5 Wasgamuwa Mahiyanganaya BB Proceed to Hasalaka. Hiking to a village and waterfall. Then transfer to Mahiyanganaya.
6 Mahiyanganaya BB Visit to Dambana Veddha village. Boat tour and fishing activity in Mapakada Lake.
7 Mahiyanganaya Nuwara Eliya BB Transfer to Kandy. Visit city and view point then proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train.
8 Nuwara Eliya BB Morning excursion to Horton plain national park. Afternoon cycling tour through Tea plantations & Highlands.
9 Nuwara Eliya Colombo BB Proceed to Colombo via Kitulgala. White water rafting tour en-route. Evening street food tour in Colombo.
10 Colombo Airport Transfer to airport for departure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Airport | Negombo

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

Day 02

Negombo | Wilpattu

Breakfast at the hotel. Boat ride in Muthurajawela Dutch canal.

Muthurajawela Dutch built Canal. The canal itself is a hive of activity with fishermen traveling up and down in their gaily-painted boats. On the shores of the canal you will find many homes and many species of birds including spectacular Kingfishers.

Thereafter proceed to Wilpattu. Afternoon safari at Wilpattu national park.

Wilpattu National Park is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) in extent and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature in this Park is the large number of Villus (lakes) where you can watch wild life and many species of birds. Leopards are the most famous animals in this Park and Wild Elephant herds. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile and Peacocks are also found here.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Wilpattu.

Day 03

Wilpattu | Ritigala | Habarana

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Habarana via Ritigala. Visit Ritigala forest monastery.

Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE.

According to popular belief, non-human Lord Hanuman of supernatural powers, traveled over Ritigala, and, by accident, dropped a chunk off a mountain of the Himalaya range he was carrying from India to Lanka for its medicinal herbs. Lord Rama’s brother, Prince Lakshmana was mortally wounded in battle and only a rare herb in the Himalaya could save his life.

The ruins of Ritigala monastery are located on the eastern side of the mountain at the foot of the gorge which separates the main peak from the northern ridge of the range. The ruins cover an area of 24 hectares (59 acres).

Then leave for Habarana and enter a local village. Enjoy a Bullock cart ride to Countryside.

Bullock Cart is an ancient Sri Lanka’s major transportation method and is still used by the villagers in the traditional villages. You can experience traditional transportation system and meantime you will experience the view of green paddy fields before you reach the lake.

Canoe ride in the lake will take place for about a half an hour which will take you to a famer’s house in the village. Canoeing is the second transportation method in ancient Sri Lankan villages by water.

There you can experience typical countryside house in the village and some traditional methods of their day to life. You can walk through the farm and experience different types of cultivation methods and vegetables.

At the end you can experience typical countryside Sri Lankan lunch at Famer’s house.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Habarana.

Day 04

Habarana | Pidurangala | Wasgamuwa

Morning start hiking tour in Pidurangala.

Pidurangala is an ancient Buddhist temple constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.

The history of Pidurangala goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC).

It is a hike of 30 minutes to the top of the rock and you get to the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock. Climbing will start with stairs and the later parts of the path will be a little bit off road.

Then proceed to Wasgamuwa. Afternoon jeep safari at Wasgamuwa national park.

Wasgamuwa National Park – was declared in 1984 for Bio-diversity conservation.

Around 150 – 250 Elephants are found in the Park, Wild Buffalo, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sāmbhar, Crocodiles, Leopard, Sloth Bear and other Mammals. 143 species of birds (8 endemic), 17 species of reptiles (5 endemic), 17 species of Fishes (2 endemic), 50 species of Butterflies (9 endemic) are recorded from Wasgamuwa National Park.

Then proceed to the hotel in Wasgamuwa.

Day 05

Wasgamuwa | Hasalaka | Mahiyanganaya

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Hasalaka.

Short hiking to an agricultural village and two waterfalls which you can also take a swim in the natural pool.

Ratna Ella Fall – 101 Meter long waterfall and it is the highest in Kandy district and the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Hike through lush greenery forest and then the view of this spectacular waterfall and the natural pool is worth the effort. Waterfall is being created by Hasalaka Oya which starts from the Knuckles mountain range that serves all the rice fields and vegetable farms of the surrounding villages in Mahiyanganaya.

Hiking continues from the Ratna Ella village to witness the next waterfall and its spectacular views.

Kaluwa Wetuna Ella – This is a 30 meter height waterfall lies in the middle of the jungle and the trail of the tour up to the waterfall in the natural walking path is loved by all the tourists and the nature lovers.

Thereafter transfer to Mahiyanganaya.

Mahiyangana – One of the earliest Buddhist sites, sanctified by the visit of the Buddha to settle a dispute among two clans of people living here. It is mentioned that he had levitated at once terrifying the people and he had expelled the Yakshas of one clan to a site called Nagadeepa-identified at Nainativu Island in Jaffna and settled the dispute. A Dagoba was erected at the site enshrining the Sacred locks of the Buddha’s hair.

This Dagoba was conserved recently and the Archaeologists who excavated the ruined monument opened up the Relic Chamber inside and found fallen plaster containing paintings and were able to get 4 paintings after fixing the pieces together. They are now in the Kandy Museum.

Then proceed to the hotel in Mahiyanganaya.

Day 06

Mahiyanganaya

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Dambana Veddha village.

Meaning of the name Veddha is the people of the forest. They live in Mahiyangana bordering the Maduru Oya Sanctuary which is their home to the indigenous “Vedda” community of Sri Lanka. A population close to a 1000 individuals the seclusion and protection of the forests is the natural habitat of the Veddha community.

A livelihood that once depended solely on hunting, has during recent decades shifted towards Chena dry-land cultivations. Witnessing the fast disappearing traditions of hunting and gathering, cooking on open fires, collecting Bees Honey, traditional songs and dances is a rare and opportunity not to be missed.

Transfer back to hotel. Afternoon take a relaxing a boat ride along the tranquil waters of The Mapakada Lake followed with a fishing activity.

Let the local boatmen be your guide and share with you the natural wonders that abound within the calm waters and the surrounding breathtaking landscape. Set out at dawn as the sun is yet to begin its ascent and flocks of birds take flight across the dawning skies or at dusk as nature begins to wind down for the night.

Experience the enchanting wonder of nature, from fragile lotuses that are plucked to be offered in temples to the water birds and the elusive elephant in their natural habitat. Observe the local fisherman as they go about their daily task of laying out and pulling in their fish laden nets.

Then proceed to the hotel in Mahiyanganaya.

Day 07

Mahiyanganaya | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Kandy.

Witness the city of Kandy by the view point including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center, gem Museum and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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.

Then proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train.

This is one of the most beautiful train journey both among the tourists and locals. You will see beautiful green hills covered with tea plantations, mountains, lovely old bridges, waterfalls & spectacular views of small villages in between.

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.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 08

Nuwara Eliya

Excursion to Horton plain national park in the morning with a pack breakfast.

Horton Plains National Park – 20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains only 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837.

Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values. Its flora has high level of endemism. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen forest with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes.

Horton Plains harbours 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds. More then 2,000 to 3,000 Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the forests and grasslands but only seldom they could be seen other than the Sambhur in the evening and morning.

Two escarpments – “World’s End” and “Little World’s End” falling from the Horton Plains 1000 feet and 3000 feet respectively, to the land below and the Baker’s Falls are places you should visit. This is the only Park where visitors could walk on their own on the designated tracks.

Afternoon cycling tour through the tea plantation & the highlands in Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea factory on the way. It is a bit hard to cycle through the hill country but the stunning views from the highlands and the tea plantations are amazing and worth the effort. Beauty of the misty hills while climbing up will strengthen your fitness and take you to the top of the hills and embrace the cool air.

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 the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 09

Nuwara Eliya | Kitulgala | Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Colombo via Kitulgala. Stop for a white water rafting activity.

The experience of White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, there are 7 rapids covering 3 major rapids and 4 minor rapids (Grade 2 -3 rapids). Every rapid gives you great fun…epic excitement…! Kitulgala is a paradise for Sri Lanka adventure travelers.  Rafting activity can be experience anyone above the age of 8 years and for this activity safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 7 KMs and duration of White Water Rafting experience would be approximately two hours (subject to Kalani River water speed).

The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting tour in Kitulgala.

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 while enjoying the Colombo’s authentic street food tour.

Start with a glass of local arrack which will make your tummy ready for the food items coming up during the tour. Visits to popular local eatery shops which are famous amongst the locals. All of them are different from the other’s representing various kind of traditions from all over the country.

We are not really confident 100% on the standards of the food, but this will be the perfect opportunity to learn about the culinary of the country especially in the city of Colombo.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Colombo.

Day 10

Colombo | Airport

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

Cost & Terms

Cost: – Staring from USD 690 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 10.
  • 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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