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Secrets of Sri Lanka
Transport - Minibus, 4WD, bike, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotels (5nts), Chalet (2nts)
Meals - 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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Take an overnight flight to Colombo. Arrive and transfer to Dambulla, in the central province of Sri Lanka. Your journey should take approximately 4hrs plus a stop on the way to refresh. Depending on your time of arrival, the late afternoon/evening is normally for you to spend at leisure to enable you to acclimitise to the tropics. There will be a welcome meeting this evening to enable you to meet your group leader and the rest of your family group.
Pelwehera Village Resort Hotel (AA) - 3 nights - Swimming Pool
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
After breakfast, you'll leave to climb the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya using a series of steps and walkways which zig-zag their way up the seemingly impenetrable rock cliffs glimpsing the remnants of a once great fortress. The stunning views across the cultural triangle from the summit will be a perfect introduction to Sri Lanka. The site was occupied long before the citadel was built at the end of the 5th century, and it later became a monastery before falling into disrepair. From the base, where a moat surrounds impressive water gardens, you’ll ascend 200m, passing an overhanging rock under which superb portraits of native maidens holding flowers and temple offerings still adorn the rock wall. Crowning the flat-topped summit of the rock are the extensive remains of King Kasyapa’s summer palace from where there are breathtaking views.
In the afternoon you will transfer about 30 minutes to Minneriya NP by bus to embark on a jeep safari drive. Minneriya National Park is an ideal hubbub of 8890 hectares for some of Sri Lanka’s favourites; sambar deer, wild boar, peacocks, water buffalo, crocodiles and of course elephants. One of its features is the Minneriya tank that was built in the 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. It is important for the irrigation to over 8500 hectares of paddy fields but is also where hundreds of species of birds, mammals and other wildlife flocks to bathe and graze as part of their migration path. The area around the tank is relatively clear of obscuring vegetation, making it easier to spot wildlife than in other popular national parks in Sri Lanka. (B)
Leave early morning with a packed breakfast or after an early breakfast for Hiriwaduna (35 minute transfer) for a 3 hour trek through this archetypal Sri Lankan village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a Wewa or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. Built to help with irrigation these lakes are now the centre of the community and life revolves around them. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. You wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on an obliging farmer’s catamaran!! At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut or some other seasonal fruit.
You’ll then switch to an alternative mode of transport - Bullock and Cart! You’ll ride through the dense shrub forests, home to forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys & bears. The ride can be quite bumpy but is a fun experience nonetheless! Your total walking/ride time should be around 2.5/3hrs and you’ll head back in time for lunch. After lunch you have some free time perhaps take a visit to the Cave Temples. Later you take a cycle ride through the village of Pelwehera. (B)
Digana - "live as a local"
Today you transfer to Tamarind Gardens (approx 20km) from Kandy, this is a unique homestay "live as a local" set up located on the banks of Victoria reservoir. There are just four chalets here built in a similar design to a local home. Each chalet contains four single beds, bathroom and ameneties such as eletric fans and mosquito nets. This is a working farm with cattle, goats, poultry, and a vegetable and fruit garden. All the services provided to the homestay are provided by local people including any food brought in and laundry service. This is an amazing chance for your family to experience rural life like a local Sri Lankan family would live it. You can join in as many activities as you wish. Meals are cooked in traditional fashion in an open kitchen and you can choose if you would like to get stuck in with the cooking and preparation, or just observe. You have two days here in which to help with the work going on in the village and on the farm. It's a very enriching experience for all and the kids will no doubt make lots of new friends here too. The project is well run by a couple who are experienced in running community projects, they have other projects in the area such as providing chicken or goat farming start up options to establish security for local families. The project is designed with sustainability in mind to improve the lives of those who live here on a long term basis. You are invited to contribute your time and skills during your stay and can also make financial donation if you feel that is suitable at your own discretion.
On your second evening, you'll visit Kandy's Temple of the Tooth, which is said to house the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Here, you'll witness a pooja ceremony, the traditional prayer and present offering to the gods. A walk through the bustling Kandy town, is a perfect way to take in the Kandyan citadel and to experience the crimson sunset by the lake as the sun dips below the ring of mountains which surround the town. Simply stroll by the lake and soak up the atmosphere.
Tamarind Gardens - Village chalet home (A) - 2 nights (BLD)
It's time to farewell to your new village friends today as you leave Kandy. Take a bus journey through the green ranks of tea bushes which cover the higher hillsides on your way to the coast at Negombo. You may see tea pickers expertly plucking the tips of the leaves from the bushes, searching for the best available tips to create the perfect blend for the cup. Your journey time takes around three hours and you travel accompanied by exceptional all-round scenic views of the tea plantations as you head further into the hill country. You stop enroute at the tea museum in Hantanea, an old tea factory where you can learn about the history of tea making! From here you continue down through the ever changing eco system of Sri Lanka until you reach the coast at Negombo. Here, as elsewhere up and down the coast, a wide variety of fish are caught by local fishermen in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Coastal lagoons yield a rich harvest of prawn, crab and lobster and all are on the menu. Your hotel here is on the beach and makes an ideal location to watch the sun go down.
Goldi Sands Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
You’ll have day here at leisure – ideal to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach location. For those feeling a little more adventurous, why not head out in search of dolphins along the coast. (Available on departures between November and April. Please see the optional activities section for costs). Leaving early in the morning on winter departure dates, you’ll arrive at the dolphin watching base by 0730 hrs. This is an early start but is worth it for the views to follow. Here you are met by your local Dolphin Specialist who will guide you on board the cetacean watching vessels. The nineteen-foot boats can accommodate six to eight people, depending on sea conditions, and you will be out for two to three hours. The goal is to see spinner dolphins, and if you are lucky you may have a school of over two hundred spinning and jumping out of the water to give you an official welcome to Sri Lanka! Several species of whales have been spotted in the area as well, though sightings are rare. There is almost no wind during the months of November through April and the surface of the sea is often calm enough to allow an amazing view into the azure depths beneath. It’s possible to peep over the side of the boat and see several layers of dolphins gliding along below.
Please note: dolphin watching is subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time.
Tonight you and the rest of your group will enjoy a final evening together while you reflect on the memories of the time you’ve spent in this wonderfully diverse country. (B)
Tour ends today. Those on group flights will be transferred the airport for their flight home. (B)
Price include flights, transfers, all accomodation and entry fees, and a selection of meals.
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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