Hiking Tour 13Days / 12Nights
Summary of Itinerary
Arrival, welcome by a representative of Lanka Sportreizen and transfer to Hotel.
In the evening undertake a relaxing Boat Cruise along the Ma Oya River through beautiful greenery, Palm Groves etc – Evening City Tour of Negombo including a Fishing Village, Old Dutch Fortress from 1678 converted to prison, the Hamilton Canal which was built by the Dutch for the transportation of Cinnamon; St. Mary’s Church and the Old Dutch Cemetery and naturally the Negombo Fish Market.
Overnight stay at Negombo
After breakfast transfer to Mawanella on the Colombo – Kandy main highway.
Start trekking to the “Saradiel Rock” – This is a medium size mountain on top of which you have a point from which you can see the surrounding area and the main road for a long distance. Saradiel , local version of Robin Hood used to see the approaching Horse carriages during the 19th century which were taking the mail and the money to plantation areas in up country from this point and used to loot them as they approached and distribute the money to the poor people. He was later killed by the Police and there is a monument closer to this place.
In the evening either visit the Elephant Orphanage to see the largest herd of domestic elephants which comprises of babies who are being fed by bottle OR engage in a hike crossing the river , through the villages passing Rubber Plantations , Paddy Fields , Coconut Plantations , Home Gardens etc.
Overnight stay at Pinnawala
After breakfast leave for Kitulgala
En route visit the Salgala Monastic Complex – located in a low country patch of rain forest to see the meditating monks – but not to disturb them or engage in conversations unless invited by them. Proceed to Kitulgala – became famous as it was the location for David Lean’s Academy Award winning film “Bridge on the River Kwai”
Overnight stay at Kitulgala
After breakfast visit the “Belilena “- Pre historic cave where historical evidence has been found and confirmed of the earliest human beings that lived in this island dating back to 30,000 years. Undertake a transfer by catamaran rafts to the other side of the river to take part in an interesting hike through paddy fields, a Jungle and remote villages during which we will see Toddy Tapping. (Toddy is an alcoholic beverage extracted from the sap of the coconut flower which if left to mature will turn out to be Vinegar and go on to gives us Juggery – a sweetner) Enjoy a lunch prepared by a local family in the Kamatha (The special place at the edge of the Paddy Fields lefty for the stocking and subsequent threshing of the paddy) Overnight stay at Kitulgala
After breakfast return to the main road using a Suspension bridge to cross the river
Proceed to Laxapana
Engage in a hike on the foothills of the Seven Virgins Mountain Range where some years back an Icelandic Airliner from Indonesia crashed with Moslem devotees returning after pilgrimage to Mecca killing all on board in the vicinity of the Laxapana Water Falls which provides water to one of Sri Lanka’s premier hydral reservoirs. Enjoy seeing the village ladies preparing the Juggery out of Toddy in their homes as a cottage industry.
Transfer to the base of the Adam’s Peak
Overnight stay at Dalhousie
Leave for the ascend to the Adam’s Peak at 2.00 am.
Enjoy the ascend to reach the summit of the Holy Mountain.
Witness the “Sun rise”
Return for a late breakfast.
Refresh and leave for Bandarawela
Overnight stay at Bandarawela
After breakfast transfer to the Railway Station to travel by train to Idalgashinna.
Start mountain trekking through Tea Plantations, Jungles, grasslands and a patch of rainforest etc to reach Colombo – Badulla highway and pickup transfer by vehicle.
Take part in a cooking demonstration
Overnight stay at Belihuloya
After breakfast leave for a Hike to visit the Lamp Flame Waterfalls.
Leave for Uva Kuda Oya
Deep down in the south , in the dry zone in close proximity to the elephant infested jungles lies the village hamlet of Uva Kuda Oya .Travelling a short distance after turning off from the Wellawaya –Tissamaharama Highway to the interior , we reach the Farm Land within which is located the Cottage Site. A small scale village tank and a long line of Paddy Fields forms one boundary for this land situated within the arid zone of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at Kuda Oya
After breakfast leave for Ratnapura – “The City of Gems”
En route undertake a Jeep Safari of the Uda Walawe National Park mainly to see wild elephants and the Elephant Transit Home where babies are being looked after to be subsequently sent back in to the jungles .This is a great effort for conservation of this giant species.
Also visit the Sankapala Ancient Buddhist Temple, first constructed in memory of Therapuththabhaya, one of the ten giants of the Great King – Dutugemunu in the Anuradhapura period and the Maha Saman Devalaya, the Temple devoted to God Saman which is supposed to be the Guardian God for this area including the Holy Mountain – Adam’s Peak.
In Ratnapura visit the places of interest of the Gem Industry in Sri Lanka including Gem Mines to get an insight in to this important segment of the local economy.
Overnight stay at Ratnapura
After breakfast transfer to the starting point for Canoeing
Orientation and Briefing Session
Start Canoeing down Kalu Ganga, one of the four major rivers in Sri Lanka, apart from the activity enjoy seeing lots of life style of locals along the route including Sand Mining, illegal Hem Mining, Illicit liquor brewing etc.
Overnight stay at Anguruwatota
After breakfast start Biking towards Bentota passing small townships, villages through Tea /Rubber / Coconut /Cinnamon Plantations, Home Gardens etc.
Also visit Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya – belonging to the early periods of Sri Lankan history which was the depository for the relics of Great Arahath.
In the evening take part in a “Meditation Session“
Overnight stay at Bentota
Engage in Water Sports at the Water Sports Centre using a “FUN CARD” (Each person will be given a card which will entitle him / her for a selected number of activities .However this card is neither transferable nor will entitle the person for refunds for any unused activities)
Overnight stay at Bentota