Sri Lanka Eco Tour
Day 01: Negombo
On arrival, you will be received by eLand Holidays representative who will assist your transfer to Negombo. On arrival at Negombo, check in at your pre booked hotel. Negombo is a small town located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. It was an important trading port during the Portuguese and Dutch colonization days. Negombo holds country's second-largest fish market, the Llelama, located at the north end of the lagoon. Everyday fish auctions are held, which give tourists an opportunity to interact with the colorful fishermen of the area and arrange fishing tour into the lagoon. Negombo holds some of the best beaches which ensure that you don't go back without spending a day at this picturesque destination.
Rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 02: Leisure at Negombo
After Breakfast, you will visit the Dutch fort that was built in the year 1672. It is a popular tourist highlight of the town. Besides check out the architectural brilliance at the centuries old Dutch and Portuguese houses, administrative buildings, and churches. All of them take you back to the times of colonial days. Muthurajawela Wetlands lies in close proximity to the area covering an expanse of approximately 6,000 hectares inclusive of the Negombo lagoon. A diversity of mangroves and other flora varieties including plants of medicinal properties are found together with several types of birds, fish and butterflies, with few of them being endemic. Monitor lizards, Crocodiles, and Sri Lanka's largest snake, the Python, are also indigenous.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 03: Negombo - Sigiriya
After breakfast at the hotel you will leave for your next destination Sigiriya. On your way, you will visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Observe baby jumbos marveling around their restricted foster home being bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers. This orphanage was started in 1972 and shelters more than 60 elephant babies. Just in front of the orphanage at Ma Oya, sharp at 10.00am and 2.00pm, these jumbos enjoy bathing and offer a visual pleasure to the visitors.
From here, continue your drive towards Sigiriya. It is a primordial rock fortress and palace wreck surrounded by the relics of a far-reaching network of gardens, reservoirs, and other formations. Being one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is famous for its antique frescos, which are remindful of the Ajanta Caves of India. On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 04: Excursion in Sigiriya
After morning breakfast, leave the hotel for a rejuvenating sightseeing tour of the region. Visit the Sigiriya Rock temple. You have to climb to reach the relics of an upper palace located on the flat surface of the rock. 4th century AD King Kasyapa used this ancient castle which at present is considered to be eighth wonder of the world. Besides the relics of the palace, this place exhibits the Lion Gate, the mirror wall, lower palace that adhere to the slopes below the rock and gardens which are expanded for some hundreds of meters. Later enjoy bird watching and a Jungle ride on an Elephant. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 05: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa
After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to Polonnaruwa - Sri Lanka's second most ancient city. On your way, you will visit Minneriya National Park. It was declared a protected area in 1938 as wildlife sanctuary to protect the catchment area of Minneriya tank and the flora and fauna of the adjacent area. On 12 August 1997, this wildlife sanctuary was given the status of National Park. Situated in dry zone of Sri Lanka, the tank fulfills its water requirement from diversion of Amban River and Elahera canal. During the dry season, large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are fascinated towards grass fields on the boundaries of the reservoir. Several information sources report figure of elephants in the park to as high as 700. Enjoy a wildlife jeep safari in the dense jungles of the reserve.
Later continue your drive towards Polonnaruwa - the first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I. on arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Polonnaruwa remains one of the best designed archeological artifact sites in the country. Besides being the 2nd largest city in north central province, it is also one of the cleaner and more beautiful cities of the country. The city attracts a lot of local as well as foreign tourist towards its green environment, amazing ancient constructions, attractive tourist hotels, Parakrama Samudraya (a beautiful lake built in 1200 A.D.) and most importantly, nice people with great hospitality.
Enjoy cycling in this cleaner greener environment of Polonnaruwa. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 06: Polonnaruwa - Ella
Post breakfast, you will proceed to Ella, a small village located on top of high mountains. Away from the hustle bustle of life, Ella is not bothered by craziness of shops, hotels and guesthouses as only handful of them are available but it possesses an ideal climate and a picturesque views. Grab the scenic beauty of the area on a fine day of the south coast of Sri Lanka from the village. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 07: Activities in Ella
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, move out for Adventure Activities. Renowned as the "highest village" in country, Ella offers scores of ways to acquaint with the incredible flora and fauna of this Hill Country directly. Organized trekking tours, visit to waterfalls, tea plantations, and adventurous activities at adventure park are all available for travelers at Ella. Visit Bambarakanda Waterfall (865 feet), the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Later proceed towards Diyaluma Waterfall and Sita Cave.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08: Ella - Udawalawe
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for wildlife Jeep safari in Udawalawe located on the periphery of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces. Udawalawe National Park was formed to provide a refuge for wild animals dislocated by construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, also to protect the catchment of the basin. It is significant shelter for water birds and native elephants. Wander amid the entire wilderness on a jeep safari. Udawalawe is famous among the birdwatchers as an incomparable bird watching site. Sri Lanka - Spur fowl, Grey Hornbill, Jungle fowl, Red-faced Malkoha, and Brown-capped Babbler are the breeding local birds. White Wagtail and Black-capped Kingfisher are infrequent migrants.
Enjoy cycling through the soothing routes of the Jungle and around the reservoir. Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Udawalawe - Colombo
After Breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to Colombo. En route, visit the famous National Park and Biodiversity hotspot of the country - Sinharaja rain forest (Kingdom of the Lion). The hilly virgin rainforest is of international significance and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1988. Despite of its small expanse this national park possesses a great asset of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. It's really hard to spot the wildlife in the dense canopy of the forest still you may spot commonest mammal the endemic Purple-faced Langur beside the elephants and the leopards which are hardly spotted.
Later continue your drive towards Colombo. On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Colombo, the former capital of Sri Lanka, is the largest and the most vibrant city of the nation. Here you will notice a perfect blend of the modernity with the buildings and remnants of Colonial era. Districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara together define the Colombo Metropolitan Region.
Overnight stay will be in Colombo at the hotel.
Day 10: City Tour of Colombo
After breakfast, get ready for the city tour of COLOMBO. It possesses a large harbor which is strategically located along the East-West sea trade routes. With all credit to this harbor, Colombo was known to the ancient traders 2,000 years ago. After giving it up to the British Empire in 1815, Colombo became the capital and retained this status even after the independence until 1978 when administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Colombo then was selected as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.
You will visit the old Parliament building which stands majestically in the Fort district. The Old Colombo Lighthouse is located in close proximity to old parliament building. Proceed to the famous Cargills & Millers complex in the Fort District which is conserved by special government law from demolition mainly to preserve the historic beauty of the Fort area.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 11: Departure for Onward Destination
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by the eLand Holidays representative to the Colombo International airport. Catch flight for your onward destination bidding adieu to this wonderful tour!