12 Days Trekking tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Escape To A World Of Adventures
Kandy, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Kitulgala, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa
This package is for adventure lovers who just like to have the thrilling experiences in Sri Lanka. Tour plan covers all major destinations where a pinch of adventure activities are possible..
Airport / Pinnawala / Sigiriya
You will be welcomed by the local guide in the airport and then you will be transferred to Sigiriya.
En-route visit Pinnawala Elephants Orphanage and get refreshed with a coconut drink and in the evening you will explore scenic countryside landscapes by Elephant Back ride.
Then visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It is considered as one of the amazing wonders of the ancient world that truly needs to be witnessed to be believed. It is located in the interior of Sri Lanka and the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya is visible for miles from all directions and dominates the surrounding plain. Sigiriya which was an ancient castle built by King Kasyapa during the 5th century AD is both a palace and fortress. The climb up Sigiriya is a challenge and takes about 90 minutes. You will pass by many peculiar parts of the fortress-like The Mirror Wall, world famous Sigiriya Frescoes and the entrance to the Lion Gate. There are sufficient ruins remaining to provide the visitor with a stunning perceptive into the genuineness and creativeness of its builders.
Take an ancient city tour in Sigiriya. Enjoy elephant back safari.
Visit Dambulla Golden Cave temple. Overnight stay in the historic city of Sigiriya.
After breakfast in the morning with the sunrise, get the experience you have never taken so far, climb on the ancient steps where kings stepped on with the crew. Witness the glory in an adventurous way. When you climb up more and more, you will have a lot of mysterious doubts about the place as it's little complicated to understand the architecture of the fortress. You may have a guide with you so the tour will be much interesting.
Visit most famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress which have 1200 steps.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa cycling tour.
After breakfast, leave for Polonnaruwa ancient city by bicycle. It is going to be an amazing cycling tour as you get the opportunity to witness the surrounding fresh air breathing while you go on the tour.
Reach to the ancient city and go to each city by bicycle guided by our local guiding person. In the 12th c AD, the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centers in South Asia. Today, the well-preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island’s early craftsmen. Located 142km from Colombo, Polonnaruwa was the island’s second ancient capital. Many of the existing ruins owe their construction to Parakramabahu the Great, the last in a sequence of warrior-kings, who developed the city on a lavish scale. He is also credited with the massive artificial lake that lies to the west of the city, the sea of Parakrama.
Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy.The last Sinhalese kingdom, which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and Dutch for 300 years, Kandy ('Maha Nuwara' in Sinhalese, which means 'Great City) served as the capital of the kingdom of Kande Uda. On your way up to this kingdom, you will get a chance to discover the true meaning of humanity at Pinnawala elephant orphanage and learn the legend of pearl island’s spices at the spice gardens. Just before you enter the city limits you can take a deserved rest and be refreshed at the royal botanical gardens to give your best face to the proud Kandyans.
After arrival check in to the hotel and take a tour around the lake and city to explore gems, batiks, wood carvings, silver and brass crafts, traditional jewelry, etc. When the time is right, ready to witness and be a part of the evening offerings to the famous temple of the sacred tooth of Buddha with a heart full of Metta.
Watch a full-on energetic and vividly colorful Kandyan dance show. Overnight in beautiful Kandy
Kandy / Kitulgala
After a delicious breakfast, proceed to take an adventurous White Water Rafting in Kitulgala. Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 km. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable experience during your rafting tour.
Overnight stay in Kitulgala facing the Kelani River.
Kitulgala / Trekking in Horton Plains
After breakfast leave for Horton Plains in Nuwara Eliya. It is a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains, Kirigalpotta (2395m) and Totapola (2359m). The ‘plains’ themselves form an undulating plateau over 2000m high, covered by wild grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls and misty lakes. The surprising diversity of the landscape is matched by the wide variety of wildlife.
The plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m. Unless you get there early the view from World’s End is often obscured by mist, particularly during the rainy season from April to September. The early morning (between 6 am and 10 am) is the best time to visit before the clouds roll in. That’s when you will spy toy-town tea plantation villages in the valley below, and an unencumbered view south towards the coast.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya / Ella (train ride)
Visit Ella on a scenic train ride. Visit everyone’s favorite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisure days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses. The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night, you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Don’t be too laid-back though, definitely make time for easy going walks through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls, and viewpoints.
Then we will go to Damodara Nine Arch Bridge and Halpewatte Tea Factory. Overnight stay in hilly Ella
Yala national park
After breakfast, proceed to Yala. It is the most renowned wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The sanctuary is vast and it is the habitat of a massive amount of fascinating wildlife alongside plant life. You will see deer, peacocks, bears, wild boar, and the herd of wild elephants. The national park is one of the best spots in the world where the elusive Sri Lankan leopard lives. There are a lot of endemic birds and when you explore the amazing park in a jeep safari, you will be left astonished by its beauty.
Take a 4x4 Jeep safari in Yala National Park in the afternoon or next day early morning. Check in at the hotel and relax.
Then visit Katharagama Hindu Temple and participate in the evening ceremony.Overnight stay in Yala.
Yala / Unawatuna
Reach to Unawatuna and enjoy the golden sands in Unawatuna.
Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours, days and even weeks to slip calmly by. Spend time on the beach
Overnight stay in peaceful Unawatuna
Unawatuna leisure day
Relax full day and enjoy water sports in Unawatuna.
Overnight stay in Unawatuna
After a delicious breakfast, proceed to Colombo. En route visit Galle city.
Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker 'the garden city of the East' is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city but you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right. The legacies of colonial Colombo's garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards.
In the evening, visit nightclubs and pubs. (Suggestions are Breeze Bar, Cloud Red, Berlin Sky Lounge, Floor by O, Tap House, Disque, R&B)
Overnight stay in Colombo.
Colombo city tour / shopping / Departure
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to take the Colombo city tour.
Take a tour around and check out the locals. (Fort, Pettah, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Torrington Square, Galle Face Green, Marine Drive, etc.)
Visit Gangaramaya Temple and Seemamalakaya at Beira Lake.The shopping suggestions are Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Arcade Independence Square, Crescat Boulevard, Barefoot, Odel Town Hall, Liberty City Plaza, and Majestic City.
Try out some of the boutique cafes, bars and local eateries in the evening
After a small souvenir shopping excursion, proceed to the airport to board your flight.
End of tour.
Transfers are done by fully Air-conditioned car/van according to the itinerary
English speaking chauffeur driver
Parking, toll, highway charges
All local taxes and service charges
Local sim card with IDD facility
Hotels in 3-star category (Upgrades can be done on requests )
Complimentary entrance to Spice and Herbal Garden / Woodcarving Gallery / Gem Museum
Please note we require 20% of the payment on confirmation and the balance upon arrival to Sri Lanka at the airport. Or the full payment can be settled on confirmation.
Bank transfer. (Bank Account details will be given after the confirmation to book the package)
The trip is subject to cancellation, bank and administrative charges. Cancellation of bookings will not be accommodated within a time frame of 14 days prior to the commencement of the Tour. This would vary based on the hotel's cancellation policy and the period of the booking.
Our cancellation policy is as below,
Cancellations informed 31 days prior to arrival, will be eligible for a full refund.
Cancellations informed 15 days or (more), prior to arrival will be charged 50% cancellation.
Cancellation informed less than 15 days prior to arrival will be charged full cancellation.
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On the 7th day, we will trek to Ella Rock, only if the time permits.
On the 6th day, in the evening and early in the morning you will need long trousers and a sweater, but the plains warm up quickly, so take a hat for sun protection. The weather is the clearest from January to March.
Kandy, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Kitulgala, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa
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