Day 0127th December 2019
- Arrival in Colombo
Upon your arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah Representative, and transferred to your hotel (check-in time after 12.30 p.m.)
Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the city at your own pace.
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. This diverse heritage is reflected in its architecture: a mix of colonial buildings, high-rises, and shopping malls.
Accommodation: 3-star (basic) hotel in Colombo.
Day 0228th December 2019
- Colombo – Kithulgala (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will head towards Kithulgala (approx. a 3-hour drive).
Kitulgala, in the west of Sri Lanka, is one of the wettest places of the country. Situated in the Wet Zone rainforest, it is considered an important spot in terms of biodiversity. In 1956, the location was used for the filming of the Academy Award-winning movie: '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 adventurers’ paradise and a hub for water-based adventure activities such as white water rafting and canyoning. Its surrounding forest patches have also made it an excellent destination for all 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 Grade 3-4 rapids and the euphoria of rising to the challenge and conquering an unrelenting river. The adventure lasts approx. 2 hrs and is suitable for kids at least 10 yrs old.
Canyoning (scrambling, swimming, floating, jumping, etc.)
After these two adventures, you will head to your hotel, to enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace.
Dinner and Overnight stay at a hotel in Kitulgala (basic amenities).
Day 0329th December 2019
- Kithulgala – Udawalawe (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, you will embark on a Nature walk in the Mankandawa rain forest (approx. 2 hours).
After a late breakfast, you will head towards Udawalawe (an approx. 4-hour drive), where you will check-in in the Big Game Safari Camps.
After lunch, you will enjoy a 4WD safari through the Udawalawe National Park. Your driver/tracker will show you the Wild elephants, the giants, jungle cats, fishing cats, gray hangers, toque macaque, foxes, bandicoots, mongooses, jackals, wild boar, and water buffaloes during your 3-4-hour Safari.
The Udawalawe National Park is located on the borders of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka. Initially, it was created to provide a sanctuary for the wild animals exiled due to the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir (which is now considered as the main attraction for the elephants at the Udawalawe National Park). Udawalawe is an important habitat for Sri Lankan elephants, which are, otherwise, relatively hard to see in their open habitats.
Return to the campsite and BBQ dinner.
Overnight stay at the campsite.
Day 0430th December 2019
- Udawalawe – Ahangama (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ahangama (approx. a 3-hour drive).
Check-in in the hotel and lunch by the afternoon.
Later, you will go for a catamaran ride in Koggala Lake, during which you will learn some of the local fishing methods, and you will explore the islands.
Koggala Lake near Koggala Galle district is a freshwater lagoon which sits 9.8 feet (3 meters) above the sea level, near the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is dotted with rocky islands, which you visit during your catamaran ride, and fringed with mangroves. The lagoon is alive with birdlife and supplies an abundance of prawns.
Late in the afternoon, you will return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace.
Dinner and Overnight stay at a hotel in Ahangama (basic amenities).
Day 0531st December, 2019
- Galle City tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will go to Galle city for a walking tour during which you will explore the beauties of the town.
Galle is a capital city in southern Sri-Lanka and one of the most important commercial towns during the era of the earlier Sinhalese kings and, then, during the Colonial period (Portuguese, Dutch and English). Today this is famous because it has one of the biggest remaining Dutch fortresses in Asia and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Your tour includes amazing views, knowledge on colonial history, entertaining backstories, and detailed insights. You also get to know about the modern Sri Lankan culture and its connection with the colonial era. Explore Galle Fort’s narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial-era buildings which in use, as well as the sturdy ramparts that look out to sea, the lighthouse, and a growing collection of museums, art galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes. You may also want to sample its renowned Sri Lankan Street food and Home Cooking.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Ahangama.
Day 061st January 2020
- Ahangama – day at leisure (B, D)
This is a free day for you to enjoy at your own pace, relaxing, unwinding or engaging in an optional activity.
▪ Surfing lessons with a foreign instructor.
▪ Whale Watching Tour (leaving at 5.30am).
Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Ahangama.
Day 072nd January, 2020
- Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will check out and head to Colombo to catch your flight back home (check out from the hotel is before noon).
Note: Kindly note that only one group airport transfer is provided from Ahangama to Colombo airport. If needed, an additional transfer can be arranged at extra cost.