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Sri Lanka Travel Partner welcomes you to this affordable safari in Sri Lanka. You will dive into the unforgettable experiences from viewing various amazing wildlife to having tours to many historical and spiritual places. You will enjoy safaris in Muthrajawela, Negombo Lagoon, Yala National Park, and Minneriya National Park and explore the culture of the Veddas, Buddhist temples, sacred locations, and Sri Lankan natural wonders. Embark on Sri Lankan best safari adventure here!
You will be accommodated in various accommodations provided by Sri Lanka Travel Partner during this vacation. You will be accommodated at a hotel in Negombo at night one, in Anuradhapura at night two, in Sigiriya at night three and four, in Ella at night four, in Kandy at night five, six, and seven, in Nuwara Eliya at night eight, in Ella at night nine and ten, in Thissamaharama at night eleven, in Bentota at night twelve, thirteen, and fourteen.
You will meet your driver / guide at the airport. Afterwards, you will check in at your hotel in Negombo. The Muthurajawela Marshes are situated just south of Negombo and cover an area of approximately 6,000 hectares inclusive of the Negombo Lagoon. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean into the wetland. Continuous mixing of these two bodies of water over thousands of years has led to a brackish integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life.
A variety of mangroves and other types of flora including medicinal plants are found alongside numerous types of birds, butterflies, and fish, some of which are endemic. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the python, are also native. The Negombo Fish Market is the second largest fish market on the island. The local people call it Llelama. The fish market is situated near the Old Dutch Fort Gate and held every day except on Sundays. The overnight stay will be in Negombo.
Strong dry breezes ruffle the quiet serenity of the temperate countryside. Wild grass thrusts through the pleasantly undulating ground while a lone lizard revels in brilliant sunshine, poised on one of many ancient stone ruins. Overhead looms the Yapahuwa rock, a 300-foot isolated fortified wonder with a history dating back to the 13th century.
The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools, and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. The overnight stay will be in Anuradhapura.
Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans believe this place to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.
The Aukana Buddha statue is located 30 kilometers northwest of Dambulla, close to the ancient Kala Weva man-made rainwater reservoir. It can be reached from Kekirawa on Dambulla-Anuradhapura road. The Aukana Buddha statue rises to a height of 11.36 meters. It is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to the first century B.C. It is located 43 kilometers away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura. The overnight stay will be in Sigiriya.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale District near to Dambulla. It can be reached along the Colombo-Habarana highway turning east from Inamaluwa then proceeding about 10 kilometers from Inamaluwa and passing Kimbissa Township once arrives at Sigiriya. Before Sigiriya became a kingdom, the Sigiriya Rock base and places such as Pidurangala Rock which were endowed with many caves and a temple had been the dwelling place of Buddhist monks from around the third century BC.
Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Being less grand and far more difficult to climb, it is often overlooked by tourists. However, you will discover this rather secret place. The Minneriya National Park is situated in the north-central plains of Sri Lanka, 20 kilometers from Polonnaruwa. Even though it is one of the smallest national parks in the country, covering just 8,889 hectares, it’s a paradise with many natural wonders.
The national reservation area Namal Uyana in Galkiriyagama which has the largest rose quartz mountain in South Asia covers a mountainous area of nearly 1000 hectares. The area was opened as a national forest reserve in 2005. Matale is a small town encircled by hills, a historic power base of the last rebellious uprising against British rulers in 1848. This beautiful Hindu temple, Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam, is right in the center of the town.
The Rock Temple of Dambulla, called Jumbukola Vihara in the principal Pali Chronicle of Sri Lanka, is situated about 47 miles northwest of Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese kings, on the main road to Anuradhapura. The shortest way from Colombo to Dambulla leads via Kurunegala, one of the capitals of the medieval Sinhalese kings.
The other rock temple of equal fame, Aluvihare, where according to tradition the Buddhist scriptures were first written down in about the first century B.C., is to be found about 26 miles to the south on the Kandy-Dambulla road. The famous fortress of Sigiriya with its beautiful frescoes rises aloft like a gigantic cylinder at a distance of about 12 miles to the northeast of Dambulla. The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Its present house, the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dālada Māligāwa) in Kandy is considered to be one of the foremost sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.
The Knuckles Massif or the Knuckles Mountain Range is part of the hill country of Sri Lanka which is also more than 915 meters from sea level and covers an area of about 234 square kilometers. This park is also known as the Knuckles Range or Knuckles Peaks or simply as Knuckles. The reason to call it Knuckles is because there is a mountain with five peaks that look like the knuckles of a clenched fist when seen from the Kandy area (or the southwest direction of that mountain named Knuckles with a height of 6112 feet). The Sri Lankan name for this mountainous area is ”Dumbara Mitiyawatha” which means ”The Misty Valley“. Since this inner mountainous area is off the motoring roads, it remains as an unspoiled nature reserve even today. The overnight stay will be at Kandy.
After breakfast, you will proceed to Mahiyanganaya to visit historical places and the Veddas. Around seven kilometers further east from Hasalaka, the bustling town of Mahiyangana is recorded in the great chronicle of Lanka as the first of the three places in Sri Lanka which the Buddha himself visited. The others are the Kelaniya Royal Temple and Adam’s Peak.
Following the launch of the greatest modern irrigation scheme of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli Ganga (Mahaweli River) Scheme, the town was laid out to serve the new irrigation districts. Sri Lankan historical people of ancient origin named Veddas live in Mahiyangana Dabana Village. Visiting these descendants of Sri Lanka's aborigines is the major purpose of today's excursion. The overnight stay will be in Kandy.
After breakfast, you will visit Kandy's local market, the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, and outside Kandy three temples, Gadaladeniya, Embekke, and Lankathilake. Later that day, you will visit a tea factory and a tea plantation. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia and the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, couldn't be better located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, the gardens, at an elevation of 500 meters above sea level, are tightly surrounded on three sides by a loop of the Mahaweli River (great sandy river), the largest river of Sri Lanka.
Gadaladeniya Rajamaha Viharaya with an ancient monastery is found on the flat rock at Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription, this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344. The chief architect of this temple has been a South Indian called Ganesvarachari. Therefore this temple is essentially a South Indian design.
Embekke Devale, famous for its elaborate woodcarvings, pillars, and other structures, is found in the Udu Nuwara. It lies close to Daulagala about eight miles from Kandy. Because of enticing wood carvings, UNESCO has identified these marvelous and elaborate carvings on wooden pillars to be the finest products of woodcarvings to be found in any part of the world.
Lankathila Viharaya is a Gedige type large image house built by King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD). The special attractions in this structure are the two pylons at the entrance and the giant Buddha statue inside. This statue is 42 feet in height and the building walls are 53 feet high. The overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya.
Early in the morning, you will proceed to Horton Plains and World´s End and in the afternoon you will have a train journey from Nanuoya to Ella. Horton Plains is a beautiful, silent, and strange world with some excellent hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka's second- and third-highest mountains, Kirigalpotta (2,395 meters) and Totapola (2,359 meters). The plains themselves form an undulating plateau over 2000 meters 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 impressive variety of wildlife.
World’s End is located in Horton Plains National Park. It is a sheer cliff with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 meters). It is one of the key tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and visited by most tourists who are able to do a bit of hiking. A Kandy to Ella train trip is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Therefore, Sri Lanka Travel Partner facilitates you to book observation deck, luxury air-conditioned compartment, first-class air-conditioned compartment, or second-class non-air-conditioned reserved seats. The train starts from Colombo Fort Railway Station and it takes about three hours approximately to reach Kandy / Peradeniya Railway Station where the actual scenic trip begins. The overnight stay will be in Ella.
After breakfast, you will proceed to Ella Rock for hiking and to the beautiful Ravana Cave. In the evening, you will climb Little Adam's Peak. Ella Rock is a great place for a small adventure as you can explore a large area by a bit of hiking, walking, and enjoying the landscape. The easiest way to Ella Rock begins from a train rail track. You will follow the tracks leading away from the city for about 1.5 kilometers until you meet a small waterfall.
The Rawana Ella Cave is located about two kilometers from the picturesque town of Ella. It is quite a small cave about 50 feet wide, 150 feet long, and 60 feet high. However, once inside, one can find several other caves that lead 20 to 40 feet deep into its walls. The mountain range in the Badulla-Ella area which is named Small Sripada (Little Adam’s Peak) has become an attraction for local and foreign tourists. A large number of people visit the area to admire its scenic beauty. Small Sripada is located about two kilometers from the Ella Town. The overnight stay will be in Ella.
The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Sri Lanka. The name of the falls is linked with a famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) has been named after the brawny daemon Ravana. According to the epic, it is said that after kidnapping Sita, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall.
The name “Buduruwagala” means “stone images of the Buddha” and measuring 51 feet here you will find the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and perhaps in the world since the Bamiyan figures no longer exist in Afghanistan. The sculpture at Buduruwagala is in lower relief, unlike the other comparable Buddha statues in the country at Aukana (46 feet), Saseruwa (36 feet), and Maligawila (36 feet), and for all of those, it may have served as a model.
The second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala, is situated in the southeastern part of the island in the dry semi-arid climate region, bordering the Indian Ocean. The number of mammals recorded at Yala is as high as 44 while it also boasts of one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The majestic Sri Lankan elephant and the leopard take pride to be residents of this amazing national park. The overnight stay will be in Tissamaharama.
Kataragama is a place of pilgrimage for a variety of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. It is located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is a multi-religious sacred city. Kataragama is one of the few places in Sri Lanka which is visited for religious worship by Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims. According to the Buddhists, Kataragama was one of the 16 places visited by Buddha (solos maha stana) during his three visits to Sri Lanka.
The Dutch Fort at Galle, close to the island's southernmost point, 173 kilometers from Colombo, has the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. A living heritage site, this 90 hectares (222 acres) attraction is a superb blend of architecture with fortifications that resemble those in the coastal areas of Portugal. The fall of Galle to the Dutch in 1640 saw its fortifications consolidated further resembling the fortified cities of Europe. The overnight stay will be in Bentota.
After breakfast, you will start for a boat trip at Madu River and some water sports activities. During the afternoon, you may relax at the Bentota Beach. Boat riding is a very enjoyable activity to do when you are in Sri Lanka. It gives you an insight into the life of the people living along the river bank and also a chance to see the unique growth of plantations and the biodiversity integrated around the river region. You might be lucky enough to see birds living near the river and in some rivers, there will be water monitors.
Bentota is the watersports capital of Sri Lanka and Club Bentota is the exclusive spot for surfers and jet skiers alike. The sports center is equipped with jet skis, water skis, surfboards, speedboats, and much more. The sports center attendants have plenty of tips and information to help you. Whether you want to enjoy yourself with your friends on a banana boat or experience an adrenaline rush on a speedboat, Club Bentota is the place to be. Professional trainers can be engaged for beginners. The overnight stay will be in Bentota.
On this day, you will have a full day to relax at the Bentota Beach. The overnight stay will be in Bentota.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
This safari journey will take you to some places in Sri Lanka such Negombo, Muthurajawela, Yapahuwa, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Aukana, Ritigala, Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park, Namal Uyana, Dambulla Rock Temple, Matale Hindu Kovil, Kandy Tooth Temple, Kandy, Knuckles Mountain Range, Mahiyanganaya, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains, World’s End, Ella, Ravana Cave, Little Adam`s Peak, Rawana Waterfalls, Buduruwagala Buddha Statue and Yala National Park, Tissamaharama, Kataragama Light House, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, and Madu Ganga.
Sri Lanka is an island off the southeast coast of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is separated from India by the Indian Ocean in which lies the chain of islands called Adam’s Bridge. Sri Lanka has an irregular surface with low-lying coastal plains running inland from the northern and eastern shores.
The central and southern areas slope into the hills and mountains ranges of the Central Highlands. The highest peak is Pidurutalagala which reaches an altitude of 2,524 meters (8,281 feet). The country’s coast consists mainly of beaches and bays with rocky cliffs in the northeast and southwest. There are two major national parks in the northwest and southeast designated as such to protect the immense biodiversity of the country’s wildlife.
Yala National Park or Ruhuna National park is the second largest but most famous National park in Sri Lanka and located 300 kilometers or so from Colombo. As most diehard wildlife enthusiast will tell you, it is the best place to spot Asian elephants and leopards in Sri Lanka. Over 100 species of birds and 32 species of mammals have been recorded here and is considered a large bio-diversity hotspot.
Yala National Park paths run through a spectrum of terrains from dense to scrub jungle, open savannah-type to semi-arid areas, rock pools, ravines, and freshwater lakes strewn with more than one prominent rocky outcrops, a snaking coastline where the wildlife behaves in an unconcerned and truly wild way and has ceased to take alarm and flee at the sight of humans but by no means docile with over one hundred and fifty square miles of territory. Traversing in Yala without a wildlife department guide is prohibited.
The Asian elephant, leopard, and black-bear along with crocodiles are the most common sights while peacocks, hornbills, and the gray languor monkeys keep you company along the route with their ceaseless cries. The buffalos, another unsung denizen of Yala, can be unpredictable, easily riled, and extremely dangerous with their sharp horns and they are quite common in Yala. Yala or better known as Kumana is a bird watchers paradise with rarities like Ceylon shamas, paradise flycatchers, red-faced malkoha, great thick-knee, and not so rare peacocks adorning the paths during dawn and dusk.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Fifth Century AD) of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale District near Dambulla. Recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage, Sigiriya being a fortress citadel and had been well-designed for its defenses by having ramparts and moats built around it. There are several approaches to the inner city and the most prominent is the Western entrance. From the summit of the rock, the land areas which are up to distances of tens of miles can be watched - making it hard for the enemy to make a surprised attack on the kingdom.
King Kashyapa is credited with this magnificent creation and the elaborate water garden which faces west looking from the top terrace of the rock. The world famous frescoes of the “heavenly maidens” are painted on the western facia of the rock overlooking the fountains of the western water garden which come alive during the rainy season, remaining functioning to modern day.
Dambulla Rock Cave Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be reached by coming from Kandy (68 kilometers) or direct from Colombo. Located at an elevation of 1,118 feet from the sea level, the Dambulugala raises as a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla. It is home to the world’s most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around the second Century B.C. (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century, thus forming an unbroken line of history and painting styles of Sri Lanka through 2,500 years.
Noted as the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy has many places to visit with Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic as the highlight. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Degaldoruwe Viharaya is located at the village of Amunugama 7 kilometers from Kandy and is famous for its murals on the wall separating the vestibule from the inner chamber and on the natural rock ceiling portrayed as continuous stories. Lankatilake Viharya is located at Handessa, 12 kilometers from the Peradeniya. Bridge in Kandy District built on the summit of a rock called Panhalgala provides a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding hills, paddy fields, and the diverse vegetation around it.
Embekke Devale is a shrine located in the village of Embekke close to Daulgala of Udunuwara division, about 13 kilometers from Kandy.
It is arguably the finest living example of architecture and art of in wood in Sri Lanka. It's treasure trove and almost every inch of the wooden structures is decorated with elaborate carvings such as rafters, beams columns, brackets, door-ways, doors, and windows. Nothing is spared. Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Viharaya was built on a rock at the village of Gadaladeniya on the border of Udunuwara and Yatinuwara of Kandy District. Gadaladeniya is a popular village that produces traditional metalwork ornaments of Sri Lanka.
You will be served breakfasts and dinners. You are allowed to bring into the country duty-free 1.5 liters of spirits, two bottles of wine, a quarter-liter of toilet water. Tap water is not safe to drink and boiling as well as filtering is sometimes done too hastily in some hotels and restaurants, so the best solution is to drink bottled water. There are now many brands available, mostly using spring water from the highlands of the island.
Please make sure that the bottle carries an SLS certification and that the seal is broken only in your presence. It is advisable that you beware of ice unless you are satisfied that it has not been made from tap water. Please remember the tap water as you may be tempted to use to rinse out your mouth after brushing your teeth because it is unsafe. You may keep a bottle of water in your bathroom for this purpose.
Bandaranaike International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$10 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Sri Lanka Travel Partner arranges airport transfer in Sri Lanka for single travelers, families, or groups. Their vehicles are modern fully insured limousines and buses driven by experienced drivers which will ensure that your trip will be comfortable and safe.
Rates are charged according to distance and the number of passengers and will be calculated individually for each trip. They guarantee you the best rates and service. When booking your Colombo airport transfer, please let Sri Lanka Travel Partner knows your flight number and arrival time (if available). You will get a confirmation e-mail, together with tour individual rate and payment instructions within 24 hours.
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