WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA - OF SRI LANKA Countries visited ... between the Sinhalese and Tamil areas of Sri Lanka, ... the Tooth in Kandy.
WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA 14 days WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Countries visitedSri LankaTour Highlights The beach town of Negombo Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura Home of ancient Sri Lankan kings at Kandy The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya Tea plantations in the Horton Plains Gem stone mines in Ratnapura Spot endemic species in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve Visit Sri Lanka's iconic National ParksPlaces visitedNegombo Colombo Anuradhapura Wilpattu National Park Habarana Minneriya National Park Kandy Udawatte Kele Sanctuary Nuwara Eliya Horton Plains Kalawana Ratnapura Sinharaja Forest Reserve Yala National Park Bundala National Park Galle HikkaduwaWhat's included Arrival & departure transfers Ground transport with driver Accommodation Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)www.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 1 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA English-speaking guides Entrance fees to sites & parksWhat's not included Meals not mentioned in itinerary Drinks Visa fees Tipping Camera / video camera fees Personal items (laundry, telephone, etc.) Medical expenses Any services not mentioned in itineraryAll accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.www.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 2 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Your Itinerary Map www.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 3 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Your Itinerary Explained Date Place visited MealsThe first part of the text in each day is the itinerary schedule and will explain what you willnormally see/do during this day of your itinerary.---The part of the days text in italics (and comes after the three dashes ---) is backgroundinformation on the places or sites on that day of your itinerary. It is not part of youritinerary and may mention places that will not be visited on your itinerary. If you have anyquestions please ask us. Travel times where noted are only meant as a guideline.B:BreakfastL:LunchD:DinnerTour Itinerary Day 1 Arrive in Negombo MealsNegomboArrive in Colombo International airport, where you will be met by a Travel the Unknownrepresentative and transferred to Negombo. Dinner and overnight in Negombo.---Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is a vibrant city that has a mixture ofmodern and colonial architecture that has been influenced by Portuguese, Dutch,British, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Indian styles. This is most visible in the Fort district.Other interesting sights in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, OldParliament Building and the Independence Hall. Overnight in Amagi Lagoon Resort, Negombo D Day 2 Negombo - Anuradhapura MealsAnuradhapuraDepart for Anuradhapura. On arrival take a tour of the city. Dinner and overnight inAnuradhapura. ---The UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura was Sri Lankas first city and the capitalfor over 100 kings. The ancient kingdom has a remarkably sophisticated history theprestigious civilization used advanced science, technology and health care systems(Ayurveda). The city has dozens of monasteries that follow ancient teachings, practicetranquility and keep ancient rituals and festivals alive. You can see the 2,200-year-oldcutting from the Bo Tree (the fig tree under which the Buddha was enlightened). The firstBuddha statues of the country and many other ancient pagodas that make this city one theholiest cities for Buddhists. Overnight in Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura B Dwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 4 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Day 3 Anuradhapura - Wilpattu - Anuradhapura MealsWilpattuNational ParkTake a day trip to Wilpattu National Park, where you will enjoy an afternoon safari. Returnto Anuradhapura for dinner and overnight. ---Wilpattu is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. Its name derives from 'villu-pattu',meaning 'land of lakes' after its many distinctive 'villus' . These natural depressions fill withrainwater, forming natural lakes that attract a rich array of birds and wildlife. Wilpattu liesbetween the Sinhalese and Tamil areas of Sri Lanka, which led it to suffer from thedestruction of the civil war (1983-2009). The park was reopened in 2009, but it is still rarelyvisited by those travelling in the region. With few visitors, Wilpattu has become the perfectlocation to spot undisturbed sloth bears, elephants, deer and leopards. Overnight in Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura B D Day 4 Anuradhapura - Minneriya - Habarana MealsHabaranaDepart Anuradhapura for Habarana. Stop en route at Minneriya National Park and take anafternoon safari through the park. Continue to Habarana, where you will check in to yourhotel and enjoy dinner. Overnight in Habarana. ---Minneriya National Park is located in the central province of Sri Lanka. The park is madeup of a mixture of scrub land, forests and wetlands. It is home to around 160 species ofbirds, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species. The MinneriyaNational Park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants and is famed forits elephant gatherings, where elephants come together to feed and bathe in numbers of upto 200. Overnight in Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana B D Day 5 Habarana - Kandy - Udawatta Kele - Kandy MealsUdawatte KeleSanctuaryTravel to Kandy, where you will spend the afternoon exploring the Udawatta KeleSanctuary. Dinner and overnight in Kandy. ---The Udawatte Kele Sanctuary is a forest reserve set on the hillside behind the Temple ofthe Tooth in Kandy. It was formerly known as 'Uda Wasala Watta', which translates inSinhalese to 'the garden above the royal palace' - in the days of the Kandyan kings (15th -19th century), the forest was reserved for the use of the Royal family. The reserve is nowopen to the public, who can escape the bustle of the city by exploring and enjoying thenatural surroundings of Udawatte Kele. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka and is one of the sevenUNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. The city is surrounded by misty mountains andlush forests. The picturesque region of Kandy is home to the longest river in the country, theMahaweli River. Overnight in Earls Regent Hotel, Kandy B D Day 6 Kandy - Ramboda - Nuwara Eliya MealsMake the journey to Nuwara Eliya. Stopping en route to see the Peradeniya Botanical B Dwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 5 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA RambodaWaterfallsGardens and the iconic Ramboda Waterfalls, before visiting a local tea factory andplantation. Continue to Nuwara Eliya for dinner and overnight stay at hotel. ---The Ramboda Waterfalls are situated in the Pussellawa region of Sri Lanka. Water fromthe Panna Oya tributary falls over 100 metres from an elevation of almost 1000 metresabove sea level. Visitors can walk up to the top of the Ramdoda waterfall, where they canenjoy scenic views of the valley and surrounding forests. The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya lie near to the Maheweli River, just outside ofthe city of Kandy. Historically, these gardens were kept closed and reservedfor Kandyan royalty. They are known today as the largest and most impressive botanicalgardens in Sri Lanka - with over 4000 species of plants, including a beautiful collection oforchids. Nuwara Eliya, meaning 'City of Light', is a town in the highlands of the Central Province ofSri Lanka. It is also called 'Little England' - as, historically, the region's temperate climatesattracted British colonialists who came to run Nuwara Eliya's many tea plantations. Thebuildings and houses in the town still retain features from this colonial period, whilst privategardens and parks continue to be maintained and manicured in an old-English style. Overnight in St. Andrew's Hotel, Nuwara Eliya Day 7 Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya MealsNuwara EliyaDepart for the Horton Plains, where you will spend the morning trekking through thescenic landscape. The rest of the afternoon will be free to spend at your leisure. Overnightin Nuwara Eliya. ---The Horton Plains are a nationally protected park in the highlands of Sri Lanka.Designated as a national park in 1988, the plateau is home to a rich array of biodiversity -many species are endemic to this region. The plateau stands at an altitude of over 2,000metres and provides panoramic views across the lush green valleys. The park is home tolarge herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer, along with many rare and migratory bird species. Overnight in St. Andrew's Hotel, Nuwara Eliya B Dwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 6 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Day 8 Nuwara Eliya - Ratnapura - Kalawana MealsSinharaja ForestReserveDrive to Ratnapura and spend the afternoon visiting the Sinharaja Rainforest. Overnight inKalawana. ---Sinharaja Forest Reserve is situated in the wetlands of Sri Lanka and is considered to beone of the last undisturbed areas of rainforest on the island. Sinharaja has a rich array offlora and fauna, where over 60% of the trees and 50% of the animals are thought to beendemic species. The tropical rainforest has been declared a protected UNESCO site, whichvisitors can only access and explore by foot. Some of the species spotted in Sinharaja ForestReserve include the purple-faced langur and orange-billed babbler. The city of Ratnapura lies in the valleys between Adam's Peak and the Sinharaja ForestReserve. Ratnapura translates to 'City of Gems', as the city's wet and humid climate hascreated the perfect environment for developing precious gem stones. This has resulted inRatnapura becoming an important trading centre. Today, it is home to many gem mines,museums and markets, where visitors can learn more about the local industry. Overnight in Rainforest Edge, Kalawana B D Day 9 Kalawana - Yala MealsYala NationalParkSpend the morning travelling to Yala National Park. On arrival, spend the rest of the day atyour leisure. Overnight in Yala.Overnight in Elephant Reach Hotel, Yala National Park B D Day 10 Yala MealsYala NationalParkEnjoy a full day of exploring Yala as you embark on safari drives through the National Park.Dinner and overnight in Yala. ---Yala National Park is one of the most impressive national parks in SriLanka. The park spans 979 sq. km. and consists of five blocks, two of which are open to thepublic. It is famous for having the highest leopard density in the world, as well as for theconservation of elephants and aquatic birds. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas of thecountry, being home to over 200 different bird species. Yala's ecosystems range from moistmonsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Two important pilgrim sites are alsolocated within the park, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara. Overnight in Elephant Reach Hotel, Yala National Park B Dwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 7 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Day 11 Yala - Bundala - Yala MealsBundalaNational ParkTravel to Bundala National Park, where you will look out for rare birds on a safari throughthe jungle. Later, return to Yala National Park for dinner. Overnight in Yala. ---Bundala National Park lies along the coast of Sri Lanka, spanning 20km from Kirinda toHambantota. Bundala is quieter than many other national parks in Sri Lanka, yet it is openall year round to visitors exploring the island. The park supports a unique ecosystem. Itsjungles, lagoons and coastal stretches are home to an array of endemic and rare species.Bundala attracts a remarkable variety of aquatic and migratory birds including flocks ofgreater flamingoes and Indian peafowl. The national park is also known for its growingturtle population, which lay their eggs along Bundala's many beaches. Overnight in Elephant Reach Hotel, Yala National Park B D Day 12 Yala - Galle - Hikkaduwa MealsHikkaduwaDrive to Hikkaduwa, stopping en route in Galle. Enjoy taking a tour of the city beforecontinuing your journey. Dinner and overnight in Hikkaduwa. ---In 1505, the Portuguese anchored in Galle, ruling for 135 years before they were defeatedby the Dutch, who then went on to build the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort. In 1796, the Britishtook over from the Dutch and made the Galle Fort their headquarters. Evidence of this richhistory can be found in the quaint colonial-style architecture and old-world charm of GalleFort. A city of trade and art, Galle is full of little boutique shops selling antique jewellery,collectibles and hand woven garments. Overnight in Citrus Hikkaduwa Hotel, Hikkaduwa B D Day 13 Hikkaduwa MealsHikkaduwaEnjoy a free day which you can spend at your leisure, either relaxing on the beach, at yourhotel, or exploring your surroundings. Overnight in Hikkaduwa. ---The small town of Hikkaduwa lies in southern Sri Lanka. Nestled on the coast, Hikkaduwais famed for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and colourful coral reefs. Thistranquil seaside town is the perfect location for surfing, snorkeling and relaxing. Overnight in Citrus Hikkaduwa Hotel, Hikkaduwa B Dwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 8 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Day 14 Departure MealsHikkaduwa Transfer to Colombo International airport for your departure flight. Bwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 9 WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Accommodation Negombo : Amagi Lagoon Resort (Resort) 1 night The Amagi Lagoon Resort lies beside the scenic Negombo Lagoon, just outside of Colombo.The decor of the resort is inspired by Sri Lankan heritage, whilst also providing moderncomforts for guests. There is a choice of on-site restaurants, which offer a variety of localand international cuisine options along with scenic sea views. Phone : +94 312 238 38 56Address : Amagi Lagoon Resort, 640/82 Colombo Road, Kurana, Negombo, Sri LankaWebsite : www.amagihotels.comAnuradhapura : Rajarata Hotel (Hotel) 2 nights The Rajarata Hotel is located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka in Anuradhapura. Thebedrooms are equipped with modern amenities that offer guests a comfortable stay. The on-site restaurant offers traditional Sri Lankan and international cuisine options. Guests canalso choose to relax in the bar area or hotel swimming pool.Phone : +94 252 030 000Address : Rajarata Hotel No.77, Rowing Club Rd, Anuradhapura, 50000, Sri LankaWebsite : www.rajarata-hotel-anuradhapura-sri-lanka.en.ww.lkHabarana : Cinnamon Lodge (Lodge) 1 night Nestled amidst lush green forests, Cinnamon Lodge provides a comfortable and relaxingretreat for guests, complete with a large outdoor pool, spa and butterfly garden. There aremultiple dining options available onsite: Restaurant Ehala and The Lotus offer internationaland local cuisine, whilst guests can enjoy a traditional tea at the Veranda and relax in theTuskers Bar.Phone : +94 0662 270 011Address : P.O Box 02, Habarana, Sri LankaWebsite : www.cinnamonhotels.com/en/cinnamonlodgehabaranawww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 10 www.amagihotels.comwww.rajarata-hotel-anuradhapura-sri-lanka.en.ww.lkwww.cinnamonhotels.com/en/cinnamonlodgehabarana WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Kandy : Earls Regent Hotel (Hotel) 1 night The Earls Regent Hotel is nestled in the lush forests and hills of Kandy. It has beendecorated in a modern style that also hints towards its Sri Lankan heritage. Each bedroomoffers air conditioning, wifi and satellite television to guests, along with traditional SriLankan tea. There is a choice of three dining venues - the main restaurant offers aninternational buffet, Regent Bar & Lounge provides a more relaxed environment for drinksand snacks, whilst the Fine Dining Restaurant serves a variety of A la Carte options. Guestsare also welcome to use the hotel swimming pool, spa and fitness facilities during their stay. Phone : +94 81 222 11 44Address : 40/1, Deveni Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Sri LankaWebsite : www.regentkandy.lkNuwara Eliya : St. Andrew's Hotel (Hotel) 2 nights St. Andrew's Hotel is situated amongst the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya. The formercountry house still very much displays a sense of colonial elegance and old world charm. Thebedrooms have similarly been decorated in an old-English style and are fitted with necessarymodern comforts including air-conditioning and satellite television. Guests can either dine inthe Old Course Restaurant or choose to enjoy the more informal atmosphere of the RoadHole Bar. Other hotel facilities include access to wifi, a Snooker room and a neighbouringgolf course. Phone : +94 11 234 57 20Address : No. 10, St. Andrews Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri LankaWebsite : www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingstandrews/Kalawana : Rainforest Edge (Hotel) 1 night Rainforest Edge offers a tranquil space to relax in the remote Kalawana region. The decorhas been inspired by its rural setting. The bedrooms are spacious and fitted with modernamenities to allow for a relaxing stay. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of local andtraditional Sri Lankan dishes to guests. Rainforest Edge also has an infinity swimming pool,which boats panoramic views across the surrounding rainforests and valleys. Phone : +94 45 225 59 12Address : Kalawana-Depedene-Rakwana Rd, Weddagala, Sri LankaWebsite : www.rainforestedge.comwww.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 11 www.regentkandy.lkwww.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingstandrews/www.rainforestedge.com WILDLIFE OF SRI LANKA Yala National Park : Elephant Reach Hotel (Hotel) 3 nights Elephant Reach Hotel is located on the edge of Yala National Park. The decor of the eco-friendly hotel is inspired by its natural surroundings. The spacious bedrooms feature picturesand paintings of the surrounding Sri Lankan wildlife, whilst also providing guests with accessto modern facilities to allow for a comfortable stay. Each bedroom has a private balcony,where guests can relax and look out across the hotel gardens and swimming pool. ElephantReach has two restaurants - Mahouts Lounge and Bar offers guests a relaxed environment toenjoy international dishes, whilst Tusks serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine by the hotel'spoolside.Phone : +94 477 212 640Address : Yala junction, Kirinda, Tissamaharama, Sri LankaWebsite : www.elephantreach.comHikkaduwa : Citrus Hikkaduwa Hotel (Hotel) 2 nights Citrus Hikkaduwa Hotel is the perfect place from which to explore the surroundingcountryside and beaches of Hikkaduwa. Its interior has a simple, yet contemporary design.The spacious bedrooms are fitted with modern facilities to allow for a comfortable stay.Guests can dine at Lemon Fish, the hotel restaurant, and enjoy an evening of relaxed drinksat the bar, Summer Salt. The hotel also has an on site spa and a swimming pool, whichprovides guests with picturesque views across the sea.Phone : +94 915 560 001Address : No. 400, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa, Sri LankaWebsite : www.citrusleisure.com/hikkaduwaAll accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)www.traveltheunknown.com020 7183 6371 (UK) | 1 800 604 6024 (US)ID 1942 - P a g e | 12 www.elephantreach.comwww.citrusleisure.com/hikkaduwahttp://www.tcpdf.org