Walking Tours

BEST OF WALKING SRI LANKA

ITINERARY – 11 DAYS 10 NIGHTS

DAY 01: AIRPORT – NEGOMBO – FLY OUT & FLY IN

Depart from UK to SRI LNKA

 

DAY 02: COLOMBO – HABARANA – 175 KMS DRIVE

On arrival we transfer to PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANGE where the elephants are being taken care of, and then to HABARANA on a scenic drive that take you through small villages interspersed with paddy fields, coconut and rubber plantations. Check in to hotel and enjoy our first Sri Lankan sunset.

 

DAY 03: HABARANA – (WILDLIFE & TREKKING) – 4 HOURS TREK

Your challenge begins with a RITIGALA TREK through jungle, passing man-made lakes and into local farmland, with villagers going about their daily life, protecting their plots from wild elephants. We have organized locally made village (Organic) lunch before entering to KAUDULLA NATIONAL PARK for wild life safari.

 

DAY 04: HABARANA – (CLIMB SIGIRIYA) – 04 HOURS CLIMB

Today you will be driven to the starting point of SIGIRIYA itself is a hard core excursion, so we avoid planning any other trekking except Sigiriya, prepare to hike the ROCK FORTRESS of Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions which have World Heritage status. With the afternoon to explore this unique complex of water gardens and beautiful frescos we end the day with a climb to the rock summit to watch the surrounding countryside glow as the sun sets. (Optional – if the guests want to trek we can do PIDURANGALA TREK to SIGIRIYA ROCK)

 

DAY 05: DAMBULLA (CAVE TEMPLE TREK) – 04 HOURS TREK

After an early breakfast start the INAMALUWA TREK along the Kandalama water reserve to DAMBULLA. This town is known for its cave temples dating back to the 1st Century BC and from this vantage point the views over the countryside are beautiful. At the end of our trekking day we take a short transfer to our lodge for lunch, with the rest of the day free to explore the history of the caves.

 

DAY 06:HABARANA – KANDY – 100 KMS DRIVE

We will not be doing any walking nor trekking since the journey is far too long from HABARANA to KANDY, thus we will drive you to KANDY, where you will visit the much revered TEMPLE OF (BUDDHA’S) TOOTH RELIC and cultural show (Sri Lankan traditional folk dance)

 

DAY 07:KANDY – (KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN) – 05 HOURS TREK

After breakfast depart to the Knuckles Valley along rough trails to the village of Meemure, which is only accessible by foot. Amongst the local community we have locally prepared lunch served on lotus leaf and those that wish have the chance to brave the mountain waters for a swim in the cool river. From here we climb out of the valley and make our way to the Nitro Caves before returning to the hotel in KANDY.

 

DAY 08:KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA (HORTON PLAINS TREK) – 04 HOURS TREK

HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar Deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. The sheer precipice of World’s End and Baker’s Falls are among the tourist attractions of the park.

 

DAY 09: NUWARA ELIYA – ADAM’S PEAK – 04 HOURS TREK

Depart from Nuwara Eliya to climb the ADAM’S PEAK; Access to the mountain is possible by 6 trails: however will take only either Ratnapura-Palabaddala, or, Kuruwita-Erathnatrails, each of these trails takes nearly 5 hours of trekking. It’s not advisory to climb at night since the time of your arrival is off season for Adam’s peak pilgrimage.

 

DAY 10: HATTON – COLOMBO (RAFTING & RAIN FOREST HIKE) – 02 HOURS TREK

Depart from Hatton and reach KITULGALA for a day of celebration in one of great white water river for WHITE WATER RAFTING, this is class 3 river which is safe for non-swimmers and for the beginners as well, 6 major rapids down the river coupled with a very tempting RAIN FOREST HIKE to a 3 sections of WATERSLIDES, dare to take confidence jump to a rapids and to natural pool by the streams. Check in to Colombo hotel for overnight.

 

DAY 11: COLOMBO – AIRPORT – 50 KMS DRIVE

Explore the early stage of old COLOMBO turning out to be a bright and modernize city in the country, and transfer to the airport to connect to your flight. (Reporting time at airport 3 hours before flight as required by airline)

 

 

 

CONDITIONS:

 

  • Prices are valid for tours commencing and completed including and within the dates specified
  • Prices are total either single or sharing a DBL & TPL on FB basis
  • Rates are subject to availability at the time of making the reservation.
  • In the event of the required/specified hotel not being available a suitable alternative will be offered with or without a supplement
  • Cancellation/refund restrictions will apply once reservations are made
  • Changes to the chronology of the tour may be made as required based on arrival and departure times
  • Prices given will not apply to a single person on tour
  • Prices quoted for minimum of 30 pax and above

 

COST INCLUDED:

  • Meet on arrival and drop off on departure
  • Full board accommodation on DBL & TPL sharing on FB basis (Diner – Lunch – Breakfast)
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Entrance fees to Sigiriya/Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Jeep safari & Kaudulla national park entrance tickets
  • Temple of Tooth relic & Kandyan dance
  • Horton Plains & Fees for the Jeep
  • White Water Rafting
  • All applicable taxes & hotel service charge
  • Transportation as per the itinerary in an a/c vehicle with an English speaking naturalist.
  • Vehicle mileage for up to 1300 Kms / every additional Kms will be charged at US$ 1.30/=

 

COST EXCLUDES:

 

  • Camera/Video permits at certain sites
  • Border tax / Visa fares / Tips /Health Insurances
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Refreshments / meals while on travelling

 

 

  1. How fit do I need to be for this tour? Is this trip for me? This tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required.

 

  1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. He will be displaying Sunny Ceylon Travels sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  2. What sort of accommodation can I expect in in this tour?We provide wide range of hotels from Villas to Boutique, 2 star to 5 star hotel accommodations for the entire trip. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms, dining room, a bar, Internet services, hot shower and so forth.

 

  1. What sort of food can I expect in the tour? All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

 

  1. What mode of transportation do you use? We use comfortable and reliable Japanese Toyota SUVs, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests. These light-weight vehicles are maneuverable in the narrow roads of Sri Lanka. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation

 

  1. What is the best season for this trip? The best season for this Tour is anytime between April to October

 

 

  1. What are the weather and the temperature like? Unlike many other Asian destinations, Sri Lanka can lay genuine claim to being a year-round holiday destination. You just have to know which side of the island to focus on in any given month, and this is never more important than when planning your beach destination. Unquestionably, the starting point when planning your trip in Sri Lanka understands the two monsoon seasons.The south-western monsoon brings rain to the south-west of Sri Lanka between May and September, while the dry season in this region runs from December to March. In the north and eastern coastal regions of the country, the weather is influenced by the north-eastern monsoon, which brings wind and rain between October and January, and dryer weather between May and September.

 

 

  1. Is the Sunny Ceylon Travels a member of the tour & travel agencies association in Sri Lanka? Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Sri Lanka Tour and Travel Agencies Association.

 

  1. Do your guides have Tour guide certificates from the Sri Lanka Tourism Board? Yes, they have all received 06 months diploma training from the Tourism board in Sri Lanka.

 

  1. Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups? We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

  1. Do we book our own international flights to and from Sri Lanka? Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. But we can assist you with our quotation too.

 

  1. Will it be possible to get any clothes washed or Laundry? Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry store in the Colombo. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

 

  1. Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip? These facilities are available in all the places in your hotel. Remember to bring your adapters!

 

  1. Is there any communication while we are on tour? There are telephones and Internet facilities available so you can always stay in contact with your family.

 

  1. Can I use credit cards in the places I visit? ATMs are available in island wide. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable.

 

  1. How much additional money do I need per day? It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 30 to 50 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.

 

  1. Do I need to tip my guide and driver? How much would that be?Tips are always expected. It is a small gesture of thanks to the field staff towards the end of the tour USD 20 per guide and USD 10 per driver per day is recommended per group, but it is entirely up to your wishes

 

  1. Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter? Bottled water is available in all places. If you wish to drink normal water, you are suggested to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.

 

  1. Are the Sunny Ceylon Travel’s staff insured? Our company insures all our staff members, including guides

 

  1. What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours? Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

 

  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.

 

  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy

 

  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately

 

  • Flight tickets

 

  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

 

  1. Can I add extra days to my trip? A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

 

  1. I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations? Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

 

  1. What immunizations will I need? No vaccinations are compulsory for travelling in Sri Lanka, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

 

We also recommend

 

  • A dental check-up prior to travelling.

 

  • That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

 

  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Sunny Ceylon Travels at the time of your booking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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