Nature and Adventure Trails of Sri Lanka

10 Nights / 11 Days

Overview

Nature and Adventure Trails of Sri Lanka – For all the nature lovers, whether young or aged, you’re bound to love this journey full of trails and scenic routes. This tour will provide you with the real essence of exploration in Sri Lanka, including thrilling experiences such as white water rafting in Kitulgala, waterfall bathing, and camping at locations in Haputale, Hatton and Belihuloya. You’ll travel through the country’s most scenic tea trails in Haputale and Hatton, attaching visits to the gushing waterfalls that look like the skies on a crisp winter’s morning. This peaceful and refreshing nature tour becomes even more openhearted with the visit to a Sri Lankan Village where you shall experience the hospitality offered by the local Sri Lankan community and engage in village related activities with them.

Highlights

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Kitulgala White Water Rafting
  • Aberdeen Waterfalls
  • Castlereagh Reservoir
  • Devon Falls
  • Scenic Tea Trails in Hatton
  • Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya
  • Tea Plucking Experience
  • Lipton’s Seat View Point
  • Village Experience Belihuloya
  • Colombo City Tour

Kitulgala

Hatton

Nuwara Eliya

Haputale

Belihuloya

Colombo

Tour Route

2 Nights

Kitulgala

2 Nights

2 Nights

Hatton

2 Nights

2 Nights

Nuwara Eliya

2 Nights

2 Nights

Haputale

2 Nights

1 Night

Belihuloya

1 Night

1 Night

Colombo

1 Night

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11

Arrive Colombo – Pinnawala – Kitulgala (Drive)

Upon arrival in Bandaranaike International Airport you are met and greeted by our driver and transferred to Negombo (approximate travel time from Airport to Negombo is 45 mins.) You will then transfer to your pre-booked Hotel in Kitulgala and be welcomed by your Local Tour Manager who will brief you on the line up for the next few days.

Transfer from Negombo to Kitulgala via Pinnawala (2 ½ hours approx.)

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department in a 25-acre coconut property adjoining the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka.In 1978 the orphanage was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens from the Department of Wildlife. A captive breeding program was launched in 1982. Since the inception of the program over 20 elephants have been bred here. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate a natural habitat to these elephants. However, there are some exceptions: the elephants are taken to the river twice a day for a bath, and all the babies less than three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers. The orphanage which boasts to have the largest herd of captive elephants in the world is very popular and visited daily by many Sri Lankan and foreign tourists. The main attraction is clearly to observe the elephants bathing which is quite a spectacle. Our people in Sri Lanka will make way for you to experience an enchanting adventure and to observe the majesty of these tuskers.

Proceed towards Kitulgala and check in at hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kitulgala

Kitulgala

Breakfast at hotel

White water rafting on the Kelani River

White Water Rafting is a challenging recreational activity and an exhilarating water sport. Yet contrary to the public belief, White Water Rafting is not a sport that demands great physical strength. An average level of physical fitness and a strong spirit would do. The town of Kitulgala is situated on a particularly delightful stretch of the Kelani River where the rapids over the rock-strewn river bed are exhilarating. The high banks of the river are sheltered by tall bamboo trees.
A calm stretch in the River Kelani between two rocky outcrops on either side is the movie location where the railway bridge for the movie was constructed. The water flows silently in this stretch of the river, which is quite deep and sluggish. The boulder strewn stretch of the Kelani River at Kitulgala offers an ideal setting for White Water Rafting. White Water Rafting at Kitulgala gives the chance to enjoy the stunning tropical scenery of the region. This adrenaline filled adventure sport is suitable for first time rafters and experts alike.

Visit the Aberdeen Waterfall

Aberdeen Waterfall is located in Ginigathena, in the district of Nuwara Eliya. It stands at 98 meters in height. The waterfall is the 18th biggest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Folklore suggests there's a tunnel between the collapse of Aberdeen and the adjacent waterfall of Laxapana. Aberdeen Waterfall is fed by a stream called Kehelgamu Oya, a major tributary of the Kelani River. The waterfall is named after Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland and the capital of Aberdeen shire. ⠀ The Aberdeen Waterfall is filled with a large stone framework behind it.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kitulgala

Kitulgala –Hatton (Drive)

Breakfast at hotel and Check out

Transfer from Kitulgala to Hatton.Upon arrival, check in to hotel and relax at leisure

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Hatton

Hatton

Breakfast at hotel

Visit the Castlereagh Reservoir

The Castlereagh Reservoir is one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets; located in the valley and surrounded by high green hills, the reservoir is perhaps the most idyllic location in the hill country. The reservoir looks like something straight out of a fairy tale: from a distance, the cool waters have an aquamarine tinge to it-which looks much more beautiful when framed by green mountains-but the near you are, the deeper the water is practically crystal clear. The flora around the reservoir varies from alpine trees to well-groomed tea bushes.

Visit Devon Falls

With a unique appearance imparted to it by its creation in three continuous cascades, this waterfall called "Devon Falls" flows down to the valley not a long distance away from its partner, the "St." Clairs.' There is a new tea center on the main road opposite it, which seeks its abode thanks to the "Veil (Bridal) of the Vale (i.e. valley)." Guests will visit the tea center to sample the true essence of Ceylon Tea.

Enjoy the scenic tea trails in Hatton and witness the picturesque scenery from the hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Hatton

Hatton – Nuwara Eliya (Drive)

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya meaning "city on the plain or "city of light" is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It is one of the major tea producing areas in the world. The tallest mountain in Sri Lanka "Pidurutalagala" oversees this beautiful city. It is the most visited hill country.Nuwara Eliya is said to have been founded by a couple of British officers who apparently got lost while elephant hunting. The British Governor Sir Edward Barnes was notified about the town and he himself decided to reside at Nuwara Eliya and subsequently creating a health resort that was internationally renowned. The town was later the ultimate destination for English pastimes such as golf, fox hunting, polo, etc. Nuwara Eliya also has an archeological importance as well in which pre-historic human remains are found. The city has a good reflection of the colonial period while new hotels are furnished according to the colonial era.Sri Lanka produces a significant share of the world's best tea and in the meantime is also one of the world's largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19the century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. Trekking and hiking expeditions usually evolve around these land marks.

Check in at hotel and relax at leisure

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at Hotel

Free at leisure & enjoy scenic beauty

Visit to Lake Gregory (optional)
Follow the ancient British era tradition of relaxing picnics on the shore of the lake, or more modern leisure activities such as rides in swan shaped paddle boats, normal boat rides, pony rides along the shore, water walking balls, watersports such as jet skis, windsurfing and etc. As such with these many attractions Gregory Lake is a family friendly historic location of Sri Lanka, attracting many holiday makers who visit the country.

Experience tea plucking (optional)

The best pleasure you will take away from visiting a tea factory would be plucking tea from a real tea plantation. You can also have the full experience of adorning the classic saree that is so synonymous with Sri Lankan tea pluckers. Obviously, men can wear sarongs and you'll be given your own basket to store your leaves in. You are then taken down to the tea fields with the full kit complete. The local planting guides will show you which tea leaves to pluck to get the best tea tasting menu. The plucking process can be a little difficult to complete, as you will usually find yourself with the tea leaves ended up on the floor instead of the container. In spite of how many leaves you pick, the professional tea pluckers that follow you will leave you way, way behind. They are like machines filling their buckets with amazing energy. This is mainly because they must reach their 15 kilogram leaves daily target.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya – Haputale (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel and check out

Transfer to Haputale

Haputale is a fine base for exploration of the area surrounding it: hills and valleys; tea estates and factories; Horton Plains National Park. "Lipton's seat", a vantage location in the hills, Tea factory at Dambatenne and Tudor style Adisham bungalow built on the lines of Leeds Castle in Kent are the highlights at Haputale.

Lipton Seat View Point

The point of Lipton’s Seat is reached by climbing for around 7km surrounded by peaceful green tea plantations and an occasional colorful tea plucker. There are two routes available; one from the Nayabedda estate in Bandarawela, and the second through the Dambatenna estate in Haputale. Both routes have entrances marked with sign boards and narrow paved roads. Some parts of the road even have some of the original stone constructions from the British era of Ceylon, and hence are worth seeing from a historical point of view.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Haputale

Haputale

Breakfast at Hotel

Rest of the day relax at leisure enjoying the scenic views of tea estates

Optional Visit to Horton Plains

Horton Plains, the highest plateau in the country. It is one of the very important National parks in Sri Lanka especially for its topographical variations. It has unique vegetation and is famous for many rare and endemic highland birds. The most enchanting physical feature of the Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands of the southern region of the island. Aptly known as the ‘World’s End’ the view from the precipice of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular. Dawn or early morning is the best time for observing it.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Haputale

Haputale – Belihuloya (Drive)

Breakfast at hotel and check out

Transfer to Belihuloya. Upon arrival in Belihuloya check in at your pre booked Hotel

Thewaterfall gushed in mists of white spray as it tumbled off rugged rocks and dropped like an immaculate veil to flow gracefully into the surrounding jungles. Belihuloya, a charming hillside village situated in the Ratnapura District, approximately 160 kilometers from Colombo is nature’s marvel, a miracle of creation blessed with an abundance of waterfalls, streams, nature, cycling trails and numerous opportunities for bird watching and camping. Apart from providing an unforgettable experience, Belihuloya will soothe the mind and body in its tranquil surroundings.

Village experience at Belihuloya

Walk on a trail with remarkable diversity of terrain, weather and vegetation. It starts off with a stretch across beautiful paddy fields. We will then be walking (and of course climbing) through pine plots, grasslands, mountainous forest patches, tea estates and finally through a cloud forest to reach the world’s end! The weather can change dramatically throughout the day. The breath-taking views of plains and mountains get covered with thick mist in a matter of minutes.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Belihuloya

Belihuloya – Colombo (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel

Transfer to Colombo for a City Tour

Commencing with a visit to the Fort and the Pettah commercial hub with offices and shopping areas located amidst oldest colonial hotel GOH. It has a fantastic view of the Colombo harbor, lighthouse with clock tower (older than Big Ben in London) close to the president’s house and old parliament. Afterwards, proceed through the main street passing the old Dutch Museum, belfry and Old City Hall which houses puppets of earlier governors of Sri Lanka.
You will find shops and restaurants facing Sri Lanka’s twin tower buildings. Continue to the old race course with a maze of buildings with colonial architecture, restaurants and shopping arcade passing through Colombo City Hall (mini replica of the White House in Washington, DC).Drive past the Town Hall, Independence Square, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon Gardens residential area and visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Colombo

Leave Colombo

Breakfast at Hotel and Check Out

Proceed to the Airport with an abundance of memories from your unforgettable experience here at Sri Lanka – The Paradise Island.

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Pricing*

– £ 1675 / US$ 2445 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £795 / $1095 for single room supplement.

Price Valid till 30th April 2023 , Prices Quoted in Sterling Pounds & US Dollars & based in Standard Hotels

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with English speaking Driver Guide
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • Govt Taxes

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

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  2. Prices valid upto 30th April 2023.
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  4. Local taxes apply.

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