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Sri Lanka Nature Trek

Price From :
$ 2267.89 per person
Duration :
14 Nights
Holiday Type :
Wildlife & Nature
Hotel Style :
Eco/Mid-range
When to go :
Year round
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Sri Lanka Nature Trek

Locations

Introduction

This ‘Sri Lanka Nature Trek’ is specially designed for ramblers, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. We’ve hunted down eco-retreats and hotels situated in the most picturesque locations and created an itinerary that takes you through some of the island’s most memorable landscapes. Experience the wetlands and jungles of the North West and North central region, the magnificent Knuckles Mountain range, tea-covered hills of the central highlands; the awe-inspiring Adam’s Peak and rainforests of the south-western foothills. Of course, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there or include different hotels.

Highlights

  • Go on a boat ride into the Muthurajawela wetlands in Negombo
  • Spot migrant and endemic birds at Annaiwilundawa in the North West
  • Experience rural village life in Aanamaduwa
  • Explore the jungles of Minneriya where wild elephants roam free
  • Visit the Polonnaruwa’s ancient ruins
  • Explore Dambulla’s cave temple
  • Climb the magnificent Sigirya Rock Fortress
  • Trek through the Knuckles Mountain Range
  • Enjoy the tea experience in Dickoya
  • Take in the awe-inspiring sunrise from the summit of Adam’s Peak
  • Camping in Kitulgala and white water rafting in the Kelani River
  • Stay in characterful eco-retreats, plantation bungalows, and luxurious hotels
  • Day 1

    Upon arrival, transfer directly to Jetwing Lagoon, a boutique hotel overlooking the tranquil Negombo Lagoon on the North West coast, just 10 minutes from the International Airport. Rest and relax after your flight. Take a boat ride into the Muthurajawela wetlands that covers an area of about 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 waters over thousands of years, has led to a brackish, integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. Muthurajawela consists of a variety of mangroves, medicinal plants, numerous species of birds, butterflies and fish - some of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake – the python, are also found here. Explore the coastal town of Negombo with its colonial period churches, centuries old Dutch Canals, and wooden catamarans that are still used by the local fisherman.

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    Jetwing Lagoon
    Jetwing Lagoon enjoys a peaceful setting between the Indian Ocean and the Negombo Lagoon on the North West coast. It is situated just 20 minutes away from Colombo’s international airport in the village of Thalhena, which is 7 kms south of Negombo. The capital city of Colombo is about an hour away. ...(More)
    Jetwing Lagoon
  • Day 2 & 3

    After breakfast head north along the coast to the Mudhouse, an eco-retreat located in the North West district of Puttalam. En route, visit the Annaiwilundawa wetland sanctuary with its seven tanks are recognized as some of the most important habitats for both resident and migratory birds. These wetlands are also some of the most important nesting sites for water birds such as the Asian Open-bills, Painted Storks, all specie of Egrets, Little Indian & the endangered Great Cormorants, Spot-billed Pelican and Black-headed Ibis. This wildlife sanctuary is also very good for butterfly and dragonfly watching.

    Continue on to Anamaduwa. Set amidst a jungle thicket shaded by Tamarind trees, is the Mudhouse – a village style escape where guests stay in wattle and daub huts, eat traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry cooked over a hearth and share the surrounding wilderness with birds, butterflies, and buffalo. The surrounding areas offer many interesting and adventurous activities. The lake adjacent to the Mudhouse is ideal for swimming or bird watching. The Paramankanda Rock Temple, just minutes away from Mudhouse, has ancient frescoes, rock inscriptions and Buddha statues that are being studied by the Archeological Department. Explore the surrounding village and experience rural village life.

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    Mud House
    The Mud House is a rustic eco-retreat nestled at the foot of an ancient rock temple in Anamaduwa in the remote north-west district of Puttalam. Set amidst 60 acres of wilderness and tranquil lake, a stay at the Mud House is an escapist experience of Sri Lanka's rural splendour. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about 2.5 hours. The ancient temples of Anuradhapura, Yapahuwa, Panduwasnuwara as well as the Wilpattu National Park can be accessed from here. ...(More)
    Mud House
  • Day 4, 5 & 6

    This morning you head to the remote village of Kandalama in the North Central Province, just minutes away from the historic Dambulla cave temple and the Sigiriya Lion rock - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay the next three nights at the magnificent Heritance Kandalama, a luxurious hotel with minimalist interiors designed by Sri Lanka's famous architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The hotel snakes along a rocky outcrop on the bund of the ancient 3rd century Kandalama reservoir and is hidden within the edge of the jungle. The surrounding wilderness, caves and the reservoir provide a natural habitat for a variety of fauna and flora including butterflies, spotted deer, sambur, wild boar, monkeys and numerous birds.

    Hike to the historic Aligala (Elephant Rock) jungle caves that date back to the 3rd century BC or the Kandalama Rock in the vicinity of the hotel, with magnificent views of the surrounding wilderness, the reservoir and the Dambulla cave temple from the summit. Cycle through the wilderness and quaint rural villages. Set off on an elephant safari where you are taken on elephant back along a jungle path and across shallow rivers.

    Wake up early the next day, preferably before dawn, armed with a picnic breakfasts, for a morning safari at Minneriya National Park best known for the biggest gathering of Asian Elephants. This 8,890 hectare park of dry evergreen forest, scrub jungle, grassy plains, is dominated by the Minneriya Tank. During the dry season from about August to September, herds of up to 150 elephants can be seen here. Explore Polonnaruwa’s ancient ruins. Polonnaruwa became Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 1073 and remained the capital until the late 13C. Today, these ruins provide a fascinating insight into a sophisticated ancient civilisation. Visit Dambulla’s Buddhist cave temple with its rock ceiling a sweep of colorful frescoes and Buddha statues that dates back to over 2,000 years. Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built in the 5C by King Kasyapa. The walk to the summit brings history alive in an adventurous fashion which appeals to people of all ages. The ruins of the fortress upon the huge rock, the wall frescoes, and the symmetrical royal gardens surrounding the rock are amazing feats of this period.

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    Heritance Kandalama
    Heritence Kandalama is one of Sri Lanka's most sought-after hotels. It snakes along a rocky outcrop on the edge of the ancient Kandalama reservoir. The hotel is favourably positioned in the cultural triangle, lying only a short drive - or cycle - from the Dambulla cave temples and Sigiriya lion rock. The ruined cities of Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa and the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary are also within an easy drive. The journey from Colombo will take about four hours. ...(More)
    Heritance Kandalama
  • Day 7, 8 & 9

    Today you travel to the remote village of Laggala set within the Knuckles Conservation Range in the central hills. Stay the next three nights at Sir John’s bungalow – a welcoming guesthouse situated about 1,000 metres above sea level. Located within the district of Kandy and Matale in central Sri Lanka, the Knuckles Mountain Range consists of several mountain peaks and a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna. Declared a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, the Knuckles Conservation Range is a storehouse of rich biodiversity. Trek through dense forests, along rivers and waterfalls, past tea plantations and terraced paddy fields and visit some of the small rural village communities.

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    Sir Johns Bungalow
    Sir John’s bungalow is a century old colonial period planter’s bungalow that has been refurbished and converted into a welcoming guesthouse set in the remote village of Riverston within the Knuckles Conservation Range in Matale. Located about 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by picturesque mountains and untouched wilderness, Sir John’s offers simple but comfortable accommodation in this remote area where there are no other accommodation options. Sir John’s is located about two hours ...(More)
    Sir Johns Bungalow
  • Day 10 & 11

    Much pleasure awaits you this morning as you head off to Dickoya in the central tea-growing highlands through a romantic landscape that stirs the senses. The highlands are a land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Stay two nights at Mandira Strathdon, a colonial period planter’s bungalow set on an extensive tea plantation. Take a stroll through the tea estate and visit the tea factory to learn of the famous Ceylon Tea.

    Rest and prepare for the night time climb up Adam’s Peak. Visited by thousands of pilgrims from many faiths, Adam’s Peak is an enriching experience. The hike up to the peak will take approximately 2.5 hours. The climb is possible from December to April and best attempted at night where you reach the mountain top to see the sunrise and the breath taking views. The surrounding Adam’s Peak forest reserve is home to numerous species of birds and butterflies.

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    Mandira Strathdon Bungalow
    Mandira Strathdon is a colonial-style bungalow in the outskirts of Watawala just minutes from Dickoya in the south-west highlands. Set over 4,000 ft above sea level, the bungalow is on a large tea plantation that covers over a thousand acres. Watawala can be accessed via Kitulagala and Ratnapura or via Nuwara Eliya which will take up about two hours. ...(More)
    Mandira Strathdon Bungalow
  • Day 12 & 13

    Journey to the western foot hills of the central highlands. Stay two nights at the Borderlands Riverside Camp in Kitulgala. This is an area with tropical rainforests, winding rivers and an undulating terrain. Kitulgala owes its popularity to the Kelani River which offers exciting Grade 3 rapids for rafting. Rise to the sound of bird call and the gushing waters of the mighty Kelani; go white water rafting, canyoning or hiking.

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    Borderlands
    Borderlands camping is based in Kitulgala, a riverside village that offers Sri Lanka’s best white-water rafting experience. Kitulgala is 90 kms from Colombo and will take about 2.5 hours to reach from Colombo’s international airport. The magnificent Sinharaja rainforest can also be accessed from here. ...(More)
    Borderlands
  • Day 14

    Today you head back to the capital city of Colombo for your final night. Check-in to Villa Talangama, a luxurious villa set on a quiet lakeside, in the suburbs of Colombo. The villa setting is best described as a 'village in the city' surrounded by paddy fields, a lake and birds everywhere perched on the veranda, on trees, and on the buffalo that relax on the lakeside. The surrounding Talangama wetlands is a birder’s paradise with over 45 species of birds inhabiting this area including Purple Swamp hens, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, White-breasted Water hens and Spotted Doves, along with the endemic Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys, water monitors and numerous species of butterflies.

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    Villa Talangama
    Villa Talangama is a three-bedroom villa set on the banks of the Talangama Wetlands in the outskirts of Colombo. It enjoys a quiet, unspoiled lakeside setting, seemingly a world away from the commercial heart of Colombo less than half-an-hour away. Villa Talangama is located minutes away from the Kottawa entrance to the Southern highway making it en route to the west coast and southern beaches. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about 1.5 hours. ...(More)
    Villa Talangama

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