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Nestled between India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka's history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably alluring. It maybe small but it packs a powerful punch. So, if you are looking for a taste of tropical paradise, Sri Lanka is a must.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Colombo and transfer to Wilpattu

On arrival transfer to Wilpattu. Direct transfer to the campsite at Wilpattu.

In the evening you will take a Safari at the Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes). The park is 131, 693 hectares and nearly sixty lakes and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka and is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.

Relax around a bon-fire and prepare for the adventure for the next day.

Overnight at Big Game Camps.

Day 2: Spend an entire day amidst the stunninng Wilpattu National Park

Leave early with breakfast for the full day at Wilpattu National Park. Experience the game safaris of Sri Lanka and get a chance to spot to the Sri Lankan leopard and other exciting animals.

Overnight at Big Game Camps.

Day 3: Trincomalee

Leave after breakfast for Trincomalee via Anuradapura. The drive will take you through some rural villages and beautiful sceneries. Arrive at Trincomalee by lunch and relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight at Skanding Beach Resort

Day 4: Dolphin Watching and Koneswaram Temple

Leave after an early breakfast for a Dolphin watching excursion which is located east coast of the island. The beach remains pristine except for a few small fishing villages. The villages in this area are very unique with small tent like homes built completely (walls and roof) of woven palm leaves. The ashy grey of the dried palm leaves, the surplus of stray goats and the presence of donkeys makes this area different to any other in Sri Lanka!

Arrive at the base by 0730hrs and be met by your local Dolphin Specialist. We shall take a 02 – 03 hour boat excursion to see Spinner Dolphins. If you are lucky you may have a school of over 200 dolphins spinning and jumping out of the water to give you an official welcome to Sri Lanka!

In the evening take a guided tour of the Koneswaram Temple and thereafter proceed to a local house for an authentic local experience.

In the evening you will enjoy a collection of typical street food combined with some local dishes at a beautiful house.

Overnight Skandig Beach resort, Trincomalee

Day 5: Snorkeling at Pigeon Island, Habarana & Sigiriya Rock Forest

Leave after breakfast to the pigeon island for a Snorkeling excursion. The island is well known for snorkeling of marine life in the country and you will enjoy the morning in and around the island spotting a few reef sharks.

OPTIONAL- Those who want can directly purchase a discover dive package from the supplier and enjoy a discover dive at the pigeon island.

Thereafter proceed to Habarana.

Located in the north central part of the island, Habarana is apart of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is any thing but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system.

In the evening ascend the rock fortress Sigiriya - a world heritage site, built by king Kashyapa (473 “491 A.D).  The Lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The world-renowned frescoes of the heavenly maidens of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Before proceeding to the hotel stop and enjoy the Sri Lankan Beer known as the King coconut which would be an ideal drink to cool your system and break the heat following which you could get in the hotel pool and relax the evening.

Overnight Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya.

Day 6: Marvel at the spectacular ruins of Polonnaruwa

Leave at approximately 0630 hrs after breakfast for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Arrive at the lake by approximately 0730 hrs. 

Our adventure only begins when we cast off on a local fisherman’s catamaran. The day’s work complete, he is more than happy to oblige as he effortlessly guides the catamaran through the water. You are welcome to try your hand at navigating the boat, but you’ll soon realize that it’s not as easy as it looks!

As the catamaran glides soundlessly along the water lookout for White bellied Fish Eagles and Brahmini Kites and a host of other exciting birds. We dock at the island and make our way up the rock to the summit for breakfast with a 360 degree view of the lake and the forest beyond.

Leave after breakfast to visit Sri Lanka’s second ancient capital Polonnaruwa.The Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, built in the 11th and 12th century is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka and is today one of the nine World Heritage sites that the island has to offer. We can explore the city by bicycle the easiest way to get around the palaces and temple complex.

Continue to the ride through the village of Polonnaruwa…. Meet local people and learn about their way of life, finally join a family in the preparation of a typical village lunch with many different types of Sri Lankan vegetables. There will be a short cooking experience at the sight which you could engage and get your hands on.

In the evening  we shall take a second safari of the Minneriya National Park. Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park  consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). 

Day 7: Departure

Leave leisurely after breakfast to Colombo. You will arrive at Colombo by afternoon where you will have lunch and thereafter enjoy a short excursion of Colombo and its buzzing City. There after transfer in time for the flight to the airport.

 

ACCOMMODATION

WILPATTU: Big Game Camps - Visit Website

TRINCOMALEE: Skanding Beach Resort - Visit Website

SIGIRIYA: Kassapa Lions Rock - Visit Website

Trip Cost: Rs. 70,000 + 5% GST.

Cost Includes:

  • 06 nights’ accommodation in total on Half Board Basis
  • All transport in an air -  conditioned vehicle
  • The services of an English speaking national guide
  • 2 Jeep hire at Wilapattu National Park (1 half day and 1 full day )
  • Entrance fees to Minneriya National Park & Wilapattu National Park
  • 1 Jeep hire at Minneriya National Park
  • 1 Snorkeling excursion
  • 1 Dolphin watching excursion
  • 1 Cycle ride at Polonnaruwa
  • 1 Catamaran ride at Polonnaruwa
  • Lunch on Day 2 & Day 6
  • Entrance fees to Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya
  • Hotel service charges and VAT

Cost excludes:

  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature

 

1) Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known.

2)  Habarana

Located in the north central part of the island, Habarana is apart of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 5th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity.

3) Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a world heritage site, built by king Kashyapa (473 “491 A.D). The Lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The world- renowned frescoes of the heavenly maidens of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

4) Polonnaruwa

The Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, built in the 11th and 12th century is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka and is today one of the nine World Heritage sites that the island has to offer. You will have the opportunity to see the ruins of the Royal Palace and the Gal Viharaya (3 splendid statues of the Buddha in the upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of rock). The audience hall, the lotus bath, the Polonnaruwa statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Samudra tank (lake) built by King Parakramabahu the Great are sites that you will explore. A glimpse of Sri Lanka’s religious past can be sent in the ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth.

5) Minneriya National Park

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Quick Info

Trip Date: 11th to 18th August, 2018

Trip Cost: Rs 70,000 + 5% GST

Trip Leader: Amit Panariya 


ACCOMMODATION

WILPATTU: Big Game Camps - Visit Website

TRINCOMALEE: Skanding Beach Resort - Visit Website

SIGIRIYA: Kassapa Lions Rock - Visit Website

 

 

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