Splendours of The Hills, Wildlife & Beaches of Sri
Duration : 08 Days
Destinations Covered : Arrival - Colombo - Kandy - Nuwara
Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya - Yala - Mount Lavinia - Colombo -
Day 01 : Arrival - Colombo - Kandy
You would be accorded grand welcome on your arrival in Colombo. Our
representative would escort to your hotel.
Day 02 : Kandy
Enjoy a guided tour of Kandy. The Hill Capital of Kandy was the last
bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record
of a magnificent past. Center of attraction in Kandy is the Dalada Maligawa,
the temple housing the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Kandy Lake enhances
the charm of the City. Kandy is a romantic city any time of the year. We
also visit to the Market Place, an arts & crafts show room. Following
this, we drive along the Upper lake road to get a panoramic view of the
Kandy Lake and its environs. We continue driving to Peradeniya and visit the
Botanical Gardens.Orchid House is a nice place for viewing a rare collection
of tropical exotic and indigenous flora.
A highlight of our No Sri Lankan tour can conclude without witnessing of
the Kandiyan dances this evening at an auditorium. The spectacular display
of a wide range of dances is spell bounding. The colour, the vigour and the
grace are amazing. Several martial dances too are performed. The highlight
of course is the fire dance where dancers swallow fire, walk on fire and rub
fire sticks on their body. Pass your night at a hotel.
Day 03 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
You enjoy wonderful natural scenery while travelling to Nuwara-Eliya.
As we gain elevation the vegetation of the region too changes as also the
driving. Tea Gardens begin to appear on the slopes and waterfalls of various
strengths appear frequently. The road to clings to the mountains as it
twists and turns climbing all the way. The scenes of Terrace cultivation of
tea and occasionally of Paddy are a very fascinating sight. On the way you
can try various flavours of tea.
You can spend your leisure indulgin in independent activities. You may
choose to eat at the Continental restaurant in the basement or in any other
Day 04 : Nuwara Eliya -
Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya
We would devote the day for enjoying Horton Plains. The journey would
provide spectacular views on a clear day of the various terrace farms,
meadows, and animal farms. Once we reach Horton Plains we have two options.
The first is driving back. On our way back we would stop at Ambewela farms
for a wander to enjoy the breathtaking scenes. The farm has the finest of
everything from their cattle to their pastures and technology. These Farms
are set in lush green hills and blessed with cool climes and a pristine
environment off Nuwara-Eliya. We would get back to Nuwara Eliya by lunchtime
and have the afternoon at leisure with us for visits to markets. Short
strolls in the Horton Plains are also full of pleasure.
You can also enjoy trekking while in Horton Plains. You would trek through
the jungle and, with our expert advice, sample edible jungle berries. This
wild, yet scenic landscape includes wild orchids, scarlet rhododendron,
stunted trees with 'old man's beard' moss, dwarf marsh bamboo, stobilanthes,
which bloom once every ten years, tree ferns, and many rare and endemic
species of butterflies. Birds include jungle fowl, babblers, magpies, the
Ceylon hill muniya, bull-blue flycatcher, pied bush chat, and the Sri Lanka
whistling thrush. Lovers of animal and bird life would find any tour of
Horton Plains highly rewarding.
Day 05 : Nuwara Eliya - Yala
Eliya is very well-known for its Yala National Park. We would devote the
fourth day on touring Nuwara-Eliya. In 1819, during the British colonial
era, a few British on a hunting expedition in the hill country spotted the
site where the present day Nuwara Eliya town stands 1890 metres above sea
level and decided to set up a health resort for their use. It was Sir Samuel
Baker who later converted it to a holiday resort with a touch of an English
village, which earned it the name 'Little England'. We visit Hakgala
Botanical gardens with exotic trees, shrubs and herbs known to thrive best
in hill country. It has an excellent and rare collection of roses, orchids,
and a carefully tended fernery. It would be interesting to walk along the
gardens exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of the region. W also
visit the Nuwara-Eliya Town, Golf Course, the hill club, and drive around
this hill station viewing Lake Gregory. Nuwara Eliya is a picture post card
country with scenic lakes and terrace farming with tea gardens on the slope.
You would get see many pictures perfect for picture postcards.
Day 06 : Yala
Take jeep safari for touring Yala. The park has many rocky outcrops, fresh
water tanks, brackish lagoons and breathtaking dry zone landscape. The
southeastern boundary of Yala is the coastline with an untouched beach. The
northeastern boundary is the manik ganga river. The Yala reserve has large
open areas and water holes which serve as feeding grounds for many animals
such as elephants, leopards, deer, wild buffaloes, wild boar, many varieties
of birds, crocodiles etc. The most prominent geophysical feature of Yala is
its many areas of outcropping bedrock, some largeenough to be mini rocky
ranges. These provide resting places and breeding grounds to the leopard and
the Sri Lankan sloth bear. The sloth bear is very fond of fruits. However
never try to feed it yourself.
Day 07 : Yala - Mount Lavinia
the seventh day of your tour for enjoying Mount Lavinia. We would have
several opportunities to stop on the way to enjoy the landscape as also to
make a contact with the ever-friendly natives going about their traditional
lives. Upon arrival check into your Hotel Mt. Lavinia The Mount Lavinia
Hotel is a legacy of Sri Lanka's Colonial Heritage. It stands as a monument
to the forbidden love of a Governor General and a local mestizo dancer who
cast a spell on his heart. Rest of the day is at leisure on the beach. The
sea is safe for bathing and is a popular bathing spot with clean sandy
beaches. The name Lavinia reminds of a secret love affair between a British
Governor and a local girl.
Day 08 : Mount Lavinia - Colombo -
You would be escorted to Colombo where you would catch your flight for