You will be met and assisted upon arrival by your guide. He will take you to Dambulla, where you will be spending your first night in SriLanka. On your way to Dambulla, you may stop by Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The fascinating opportunity to watch elephants bathing in the MahaOya River makes it a must see place in Sri Lanka.
Your evening will be unscheduled, leaving you free to get some rest. Alternately, you may visit a UNESCO listed world heritage site, the Dambulla cave temple or enjoy an elephant back ride instead.
Early in the morning is the perfect start of an adventurous day, as your guide takes you to the Pidurangala rock summit. Your path takes you through ancient ruins, irregular steps, and steep boulders. So be prepared with comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. All your efforts to reach the summit will be generously rewarded by the magnificent view at the top.
In the evening, you may enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriya national park. Minneriya is the home for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards (very rarely seen). However, the biggest attraction of the park is its giant elephants. During the May to September period, you will find hundreds of elephants having a great time around the Minneriya lake.
After breakfast your guide will take you to a UNESCO listed world heritage site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The Fortress was the epicenter of King Kashyapa’s kingdom and dates back to AD 477. Sigiriya boasts ancient water gardens with still functioning water fountains, beautiful frescos, impressive rock buildings, which make the fortress an architectural miracle.
After visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, you will be taken to the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, Kandy. On your way to Kandy you may stop by a spice garden to explore the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine. Once arriving at Kandy, you may visit the famous Temple of the Tooth. It is world renowned as the palace complex which houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
With the break of dawn, local people start their day. Children are all dressed up with their white colour uniforms and waiting for school buses. Locals are rushing to get to their work on time. Mothers are busy in their kitchens. With our adventure tour, you may arrange to walk through a local village to explore the life of Sri Lankans on a typical morning. As well as sharing a smile with busy locals, you will be able to visit ancient Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya and Embekka temples during this village tour.
After the morning walk, the tour takes you to Kitulgala for a proper adrenaline rush. In Kitulgala, you will be able to enjoy a white water rafting tour in picturesque Kelaniya river. You will be provided safety gear and proper training to prepare you for this epic adventure.
After rafting, the evening will be unscheduled as you relax at the hotel in NuwaraEliya. If desired, a city tour in NuwaraEliya or a visit to one of the many tea factories to explore the production of world famous Ceylon tea is possible.
A Refreshing start for the day will be a visit to the picturesque Horton Plains. It is truly a paradise for hikers. You will love every second on those trails through grassy plains, waterfalls, thick forests and beautiful waterfalls. Be sure to visit World’s End, where you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the valley below. (6.00 am to 9.00 am is the ideal timeframe for a visit).
After hiking Horton Plains, it’s time to leave for your next destination, Ella. The train trip to Ella is praised for the stunningly beautiful landscapes. The train passes beautiful tea plantations and deep valleys.
Ella is a small village surrounded by gorgeous vistas. There is plenty to occupy your time during your stay in Ella. You may hike Little Adam’s Peak or the more challenging Ella Rock in the morning. Both hikes are packed with breathtaking views of beautiful valleys. In the evening, you may enjoy a small walk through the tea plantations or visit the picturesque Ravana waterfall and have a dip. (Do not try to climb up the waterfall as the rocks are dangerously slick with no foothold.)
On day 7 the schedule brings you to the Southern part of the island nation of Sri Lanka.
En route to Yala is the Buduruwagala temple, where you may pause to visit the island’s largest standing statue of Lord Buddha. The statues at Buduruwagala temple reflects the influences of Mahayana Buddhism.
If you are a fan of camping, we can arrange a camping site inside the Yala national park where you can be close to the nature or lodge you in comfort in one of the many hotels nearby.
With the daybreak, the animal kingdom gets busy with its morning rituals. If you reach Yala national park early in the morning (ideal time frame 6.00 am to 9.00 am), you will see deer, crocodiles, boars, elephants, buffalos and plenty of different birds including colourful peacocks. If you are lucky enough, you will also see sloth bears and majestic leopards.
After the safari, your driver will take you to Weligama for a relaxing stay at one of Sri Lanka’s stunning beaches. En route to Weligama, is amazing Hummanaya blowhole and the iconic Dondra lighthouse, where you may stop and visit.
In Sinhalese “Weligama” means “sandy village”. Your tour schedule includes two relaxing days at the sea. During the stay, there is a possibility to arrange surfing lessons and a boat ride to explore the giant sea whales.
As all the good things come to an end, on the day 10 your driver will take you to the airport to catch your return flight. On your way to the airport, you may stop by the famous Galle Fort, which is heavenly for a nice little walk.