Best time to travel
Around the year. Best months are considered from Nov to April.
Arrival; Negombo; Kithulgala, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala; Unawatuna; Departure
Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean about 31 kms off the southern coast of India and is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Manner and the Palk Strait. It is well known for its marvelous mountains, lush green forests, exciting wildlife, wonderful beaches, spectacular cities and rich cultural heritage.
This activity programme is a high energy, fast paced adventure in to the Sri Lankan wilds as well to famous cities. It will take you through many aspects of Sri Lankan heritage and culture, provides valuable insight into Sri Lankan life, and has as much fun and adventure that can possibly be fitted into 8 days.
Activities: cultural sightseeing, nature/ bird watching, trekking, rafting, camping, jungle safari, community services
All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.
We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.
All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.
As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.
Day 01: Arrival – Negombo (D)
Arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, meet/greet and assistance by Rahhalah Representative – and transfer to your hotel.
Check in to the hotel (Checking time after 12.30p.m)
Optional: Negombo City Discovery –depending on arrival time.
Negombo This expanding town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The lagoon at Negombo is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns. Fish auctions regularly take place on the beach and are definitely worth a look, as are the many canals which meander through the area. Negombo has a chequered and colourful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days.Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the colonial-style architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo. During the Dutch era, Negombo was also one of the most important sources of the much-coveted and highly profitable cinnamon.
Rest of the day relax
Dinner & Overnight stay at Paradise Holiday village (Standard Rooms ) or similar.
Day 02: Negombo-Kithulgala (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Kithulgala.
Kitulgala is located in the west of Sri Lanka and is considered one of the wettest places in the country. It is situated in the Wet Zone rainforest and is also considered an important spot in terms of biodiversity. Kitulgala was used in 1956 for the filming of the Academy Award-winning ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’. Now, nothing remains but the concrete foundations of the bridge which can still be seen. In more recent times, Kitulgala has become famous as an adventurer’s paradise. It is now a hub for water-based adventure activities such as white water rafting and cannoning. Its surrounding forest patches have also made it the perfect place to explore for nature enthusiasts
White Water Rafting in Kelani River: This thrilling adventure on the white water sections of the Kelani River is suitable for paddlers of all abilities. During this ‘character-building’ river run you will experience the adrenaline-pumping thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of rising to the challenge of conquering an unrelenting river. Rafting in the white water sections of the Kelani River and through the boulders and rocks create Grade 3-4 rapids, which are both exhiliarating and scenic. (approx 2 hrs)
Canyoning (scrambling, swimming, floating, jumping.. Etc) at Kitulgala
Check in to the hotel
Rest of the day relax
Dinner & Overnight stay at Kitulgala Rest House in Kitulgala ( Standard Rooms) or similar.
Day 03: Kithulgala – Kandy (B,L,D)
In the early morning Nature walk to Mankandawa rain forest ( Approx. 2 hours)
After late breakfast, transfer to Kandy
Kandy was the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against colonial powers. It is also the home of the Temple of the Tooth relic. It’s Sri Lanka’s second largest city and home to a Sinhalese cultural tradition of which Sri Lankans are justifiably proud.
Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Cultural show
Peradeniya Botanical garden is 147 acres in extent started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy. There are more than 500 species of trees and plants. Some are rare & endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice Garden on Orchid House is more popular with tourist.
Check in to the hotel
In the evening, enjoy a Local bus ride.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Sky Loft hotel or similar in Kandy (Standard Rooms ) or similar.
Day 04: Kandy –Nuwara Eliya (B, L, D)
Leave to Nuwara Eliya by train with the locals!
Nuwara Eliya for city tour and tea factory visit
NUWARA ELIYA – The jewel in the crown of NE is the 117-year-old course in the heart of the town. Nuwara-Eliya is surrounded by mountain chains covered by dense, moss-covered cloud forests and tea plantations; its perpetual English spring weather, seasonal mists and dry winds provide ideal weather conditions for the production of one of the choicest grades of high grown tea, to which it gives its name. The city’s southern end is adorned by Lake Gregory; high waterfalls add to its scenic beauty. The cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degrees C, this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city. It is affectionately called little Englan
Ceylon Tea is undoubtedly the best tea in the world. Tea is one of the main exports of Sri Lanka and to visit a working plantation gives every visitor a new perspective on this humble brew. Driving through the plantation you will see the colorfully dressed Tea-Pickers hard at work on the sloping hills abundantly lush with tea bushes. With incredible dexterity they fill several sacks of tea leaves each day, and from there you will see the entire process, from tea bush to teapot. You will get the chance to sample several varieties of tea before making your final purchase in the Tea Centre’s boutique.
Dinner & Overnight stay at The Rock hotel in Nuwara Eliya ( Standard rooms )
Day 05: Nuwara Eliya –Yala (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, transfer to Yala
Head over to the pre-designated Community project in a school where you will get a chance to interact with the local kids. Community project can vary- painting school, teaching English,etc. Note: The donation for the community project is not included.
Check in at Big Game Camp
Afternoon- Safari at Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhunu National Park for the (best known), Block 1 and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 square miles) and is located about 300 kilometers (190 miles) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Willpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic
Dinner& Overnight stay at Big Game camp in Yala (Standard Tents)
Day 06: Yala – Unawatuna (B,L,D)
Yala – Unawatuna (B,L,D)
After Breakfast, Transfer to Unawatuna.
Unawatuna wonderful opportunities for underwater exploration whatever your pleasure; from actively scuba diving deep in the ocean accompanied by schools of tropical fish to simply admiring the scene languidly from the surface through a mask and snorkel. A multitude of exotic fish, Kaleidoscopic coral reefs, mystical underwater landscapes and historic ship wrecks can be explored at several easy to get to locations off the south and west coasts of Sri Lanka
Check in to the hotel
Dinner and overnight stay at Sun and Sea hotel in Unawatuna (Ground Floor Rooms)or similar
Day 07: Unawatuna (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel
Walking tour in Galle fort with your guide
Rest of the day relax on the beach
Optional – Cycling adventures in and around Galle ( Approx. 3 hours) Extra cost applies.
Dinner and overnight stay at Sun and Sea hotel in Unawatuna (Ground Floor Rooms) or similar
Day 08: Unawatuna- Airport ( 160 km) ( B, L )
Breakfast at the hotel.
Relax at the beach.
Check out and proceed to airport to catch your departure flight. (check out from the hotel is before 12 noon)
Note: Kindly note that one group airport transfer is provided. In case needed additional transfer can be arranged at extra cost and paid directly there.
per person in a group of 4 pax. Double Occupancy.
29 December 2017
- This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
- All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
- Accommodation at hotels, camp sites or similar hotels mentioned in the above itinerary (Sharing DBL rooms).
- Accommodation to be on Half Board basis for the entire tour.
- Lunch will be provided from day 02 – day 07
- Transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned Car/ van/coach with English speaking
- Driver guide/ National guide ( Driver guide from 1-7 pax, and national guide from 8 -12 pax)
- Rock pooling activity and rafting in Kitulgala
- Jeep safari at Yala National park
- Service charges and all Government taxes.
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa fees
- Additional/optional activities
- Donation for community project
- All Beverages
- Additional meals
- Single supplement
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
- International departure tax
- Gratuities and tips
Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.