SAARC Tourism
Sri Lanka

Splendours of The Hills, Wildlife & Beaches of Sri Lanka

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Duration : 08 Days
Destinations Covered : Arrival - Colombo - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya - Yala - Mount Lavinia - Colombo - Departure

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Splendours of the Hills

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 restaurant.

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
Wildlife & Beaches of Sri LankaNuwara 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
Splendour of the HillsSpend 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 - Departure
You would be escorted to Colombo where you would catch your flight for home.

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