AIRPORT/NEGOMBO (Approx. 25 minutes drive – about 15 KM )
Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of MAC Travels and transferred to Negombo.
Check in to Paradise beach hotel
Muthurajawela boat ride
Leave for Muthurajawela Marsh for a tranquil Boat Ride. The boat rides provide a view of Sri Lankan wetlands as never seen before. Imagine listening to the chorus of feathered creatures, watching the water lilies dancing on the tropical sun, monkeys swinging on treetops and crocodiles moving stealthily in water. The marsh offers the opportunity to see and feel the charm of nature in its most pristine form. Also have a look at our traditional fishing gear and craft
Overnight Stay at Negombo Paradise beach
NEGOMBO / ANURADHAPURA (Approx 04 hours drive – about 175 KM )
AM After Breakfast leave for visit Anuradhapura En route visit Wilpattu National Park.
Wilpattu sanctuary was declared as a National Park in 1938, Wilpattu National Park is located on the west coast close to the historical city of Anuradhapura .The dry zone jungle is thickly grown. Wilpattu National Park is home for many villus or natural lakes which dot the landscape in the Wilpattu National Park. Except for two, these lakes contain rainwater, thus are important for resident and migratory water-birds.
The history of the park is also of interest with ancient ruins having been discovered in Wilpattu National Park. Queen named “Kuweni” (considered to be the mother of the Sinhala race) is said to have lived in the place known as Kalli Villu. Historical evidence also shows the fact that Prince Saliya, son of King Dutugemunu lived in Wilpattu over 2,000 years ago.
There are approximately 30 species of mammals in the Wilpattu National Park which include the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard, Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Sambar and Mongoose.
Overnight stay at Anuradhapura Heritage hotel
ANURADHAPURA / MINNERIYA / HABARANA (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 120 KM )
AM After breakfast leave for visit Ancient City of Anuradhapura.
The city of Anuradhapura is situated 220 kilometers away from Colombo in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 05th century BC, Anuradhapura is revered as the ‘first kingdom’ of ancient Sri Lanka. Considered the cradle of the glorious Sinhalese Buddhist Civilization, this monastic city boasts the tallest ‘dagoba’ of the country and many ancient remains such as palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and irrigational network as well as amazing wildlife and its humble farming community. Anuradhapura is home to the ‘Eight Great Places of Veneration’ (including Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba). Declared as a World Heritage City by UNESCO, this city is located within the ‘Cultural Triangle’ of the island. This city is a ‘must visit’ for anyone interested in Sri Lankan heritage and history as it gives great insight into an ancient and glorious civilization of yester year.
Check in to Habarana hotel in the afternoon and then leave to visit Minneriya National Park (June to September) or Kaudulla National Park (October to May)
Minneriya National Park
The Minneriya National Park includes a 249 square km reservoir, built by King Mahasen about 15 centuries ago.
Minneriya National Park is in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts. Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at Habarana Sorowwa Resort
HABARANA / HIRIWADUNNA/ KANDY (Approx. 04 hours drive – about 100 KM )
AM After Breakfast Visit the local village Hiriwadunna.
Just 05 minutes’ drive from Habarana, is the typical Sri Lankan village " Hiriwadunna ". Hiking in the village you can discover around town. It starts with a great walk along a protective wall Wewa - an artificial lake. You can find birds, butterflies, crocodiles as well as villagers who deal with daily tasks -the men who fish, women washing clothes - all these add to the charm of this exotic place.
The opportunity to observe birds - peacocks, green pigeons, variety of kingfishers, eagles and many other birds is also possible during the catamaran ride on the lake.
The Catamaran cart ride will take you through the next phase of the adventure. The trip continues through the rice fields and forests that are home to many forest birds and other wild animals, including monkeys, bears, wild hares, pythons, mongooses and even elephants. During this trip in the cart you can observe the local Sri Lankan life.
Then you will taste a traditional Sri Lankan meal prepared by a village. Greeted with warm hospitality by the villagers and you will be offered a "King Coconut", a cup of ginger tea or tropical fruit juice. You will of the opportunity to communicate with villagers and experience the local life.
Arrive to Kandy
Check in to Hotel
Overnight stay at Kandy Earls Regent
KANDY / PERADENIYA / UDAWATTA KELE / KANDY
AM After breakfast leave to visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the country and is located in Kandy near the longest river ‘Mahaweli’ in Sri Lanka. There are a collection of about 4000 plant species in the Royal Botanic Garden. Among them, the Giant Bamboo, Double Coconut and over 180 species of beautiful Orchids Perhaps, the biggest and most magnificent attraction is the ‘Ehetu’ tree, which spreads its branches and foliage outward to a staggering 2000 square meters! The Royal Palm Avenue, lined with majestic palm trees and the old suspension bridge over are also great attractions. The total land mass of the botanical garden is 147 acres, 460 meters with the annual rainfall amounting to 200 days.
PM There after leave to visit Udawatta Kele Sanctuary.
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is situated on the hillside behind the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest extents about 257 acres and is considered to be a vital Bio reserve for the much populated Kandy City. The important places in Udawatta Kele are the The water Pond, Highest peak "Kodimale", The Senkanda Cave, and the Garrison cemetery. There are also several Buddhist temples and hermitages inside the forest reserve
Overnight stay in Kandy Earls Regent
KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA (Approx. 02 ½ hours drive – about 85 KM )
AM After breakfast leave to visit Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful little city situated in the mountainous plains of the Central Province. Historically it was known by the colonialists as ‘Little England’ because of its very British 'look and feel.' This famous upcountry town is situated 1868 meters (6128 feet) above sea level and due to this high altitude maintains a sub-tropical highland climate. Sri Lanka's highest mountain ‘Pidurutalagala’ with a height of 2,527 m (8,292 ft) is very close to this town and can be seen prominently on a clear day. However, Pidurutalagala is now cordoned off as a high security zone since the summit is made used for state communication and TV transmission towers.
Another great attraction in close proximity to Nuwara Eliya, is Horton Plains, situated to the south of Nuwara Eliya. This plain is a unique ecological zone of wet patana grassland with a cloud forest and is home to unique and endemic wildlife.
The Nuwara Eliya District is famous for producing the best Ceylon Tea in the world as the cool and moist climate are great factors for tea leaves to thrive on. Famous waterfalls such as Devon and St.Clair falls are situated close to Nuwara Eliya and the famous Lake Gregory in the heart of the city is a much sought after tourist attraction
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya Oak ray summer hill breeze
NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA
AM Visit Horton Plains National Park with packed breakfast arrangements.
20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya 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.
This is the only National Park where visitors could walk on their own in the designated tracks.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya Oak ray summer hill breeze
NUWARA ELIYA /KUDA OYA / LUNUGAMVEHERA (Approx. 02 ½ hours drive – about 110 KM)
AM After breakfast leave to visit Lunugamvehera National Park.
Check in to Hotel.
Evening Jeep Safari to Lunugamvehera
Lunugamvehera National Park in Sri Lanka was declared in 1995, with the intention of protecting the catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir and wildlife of the area. The national park is an important habitat for water birds and elephants. The catchment area is vital to maintain the water levels of the five tanks in the down stream of Kirindi Oya and wetland characteristics of Bundala National Park. This national park also serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. The national park is situated 261 km (162 mi) southwest from Colombo
Overnight stay Kuda oya Villa
KUDA OYA / YALA (Approx. 01 hours drive – about 60 KM )
AM After breakfast proceeds to Yala.
Evening visit to Yala National park
Yala (Ruhuna) National Park
The Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). 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. Yala National Park having an added bonus of a scenic ocean frontage, the terrain is varied - flat plains alternating with rocky out-crops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle creating Contrasting eco systems and habitats. This has resulted in producing a high biodiversity among the plant and animal life at Yala.
Overnight stay in Tissa Kithala Resort
YALA / SINHARAJA (Approx. 03 hours drive – about 150 KM )
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Lion Kingdom.
The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic purple-faced langur.
Check in to Hotel.
Overnight stay in Sinharaja Blue Magpie hotel
SINHARAJA / BENTOTA (Approx. 03 hours drive – about 125 KM )
AM After breakfast leave for visit Bentota.
Late Afternoon Arrive to Colombo.
Check in to Hotel.
Overnight Stay at Bentota Tapro spa
BENTOTA / AIRPORT (Approx. 03½ hours drive – about 100 KM )
Then transfer to the airport for departure.