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Join this authentic trekking route through the misty rainforest and superb landscapes of central Sri Lanka. Walk across massive tea plantations, hidden waterfalls, and get up close with its fascinating wildlife.
Upon arrival, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Colombo is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe.
Even a commercial city, the needs of the leisure travelers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, karaoke bars, casinos, night-clubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits.
There are many locations relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The Colombo Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Old Parliament, World Trade Center, Zoo, Dutch Museum, Kelani Viharaya, National Art Gallery. Folk Art Center- Kotte, Natural History Museum, BMICH, Municipal Museum, Fort Railway Station dates back to 1904, Wolfandhal Church and Vaneshwara Kovil and main tourist attractions in Colombo.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will leave for Belihuloya, the beginning of our trekking route.
Belihuloya, a very picturesque little hamlet renowned for its eco, adventure tourism opportunities, is situated in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka, approximately 160 km from Colombo. This beautiful hillside location is a climatically transitional area, linking both the dry and wet zones and the hill and low country at an altitude of less than 1500m. As a result, the vegetation consists of moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical savanna forests, dry patana grasslands and montane temperate forests, making it one of the richest bio-diversity spots in Sri Lanka – a perfect location for nature lovers.
The Kinchigune Nature Trail
This diverse trail of approximately 6 km begins at the River Garden Resort in Belihuloya, running alongside a riverine forest and the Belihuloya River itself. During the trail, you will venture through paddy fields, across rivers and past local village houses with their extensive vegetable plots. It is an ideal opportunity to learn a bit about the local agricultural systems and simple way of village living.
Along the way, you will also witness several types of beautiful birds and butterflies and some charming waterfalls. The trail finishes where the Belihuloya river meets the Samanalawewa reservoir. Observe inhabitants of the villages, growing of natural spices, herbs and coconut husking, and preparation of Sambol. The trail goes through a very small village into a completely uninhabited area, characterized by intermittent patches of forest and savanna, eventually leading to the Walawe River. The river marks the 8 km point of the trail, but to continue on we cross it at Mulgammankada and hike through the riverine forest and down the river.
During the next part of the trail, we will not come across any human dwellings, and apart from an occasional small group or two of gem miners, who come to this desolate area and camp out here to mine for gems, one will not meet other humans on the way. After another 2 km walk, we come to a beautiful rocky area where there is a waterfall of about 40ft in height. This waterfall is called Hulan Ella or the Walawe Ganga Falls (West).
The beautiful, serene, and ever-changing forest next to the river and waterfall is home to an abundance of varying flora and fauna. The fauna in this area consists of the occasional elephant, Sambhur deer, Indian Muntjak, flying and giant squirrels, many birds (changeable hawk eagle, brown fish owl, stork billed kingfisher, gray hornbill), lizards, geckos, skunks, snakes, amphibians, snails, butterflies and fish.
Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
|Colombo → Belihuloya||177 km||3h|
Duwili Ella Trail & Temple Stay
After breakfast, we will leave for Duwili Ella Falls and start our trail there.
The majestic, breathtaking and awesome Duwili Ella Falls are also known as Walawe Ganga Falls (East). It plunges a dramatic 80 ft from a level rocky ground into a large deep pool at the base. The falling of the water creates a cloud of spray, resembling a cloud of dust (Hence the name Duwili Ella –in Sinhalese, Duwili means 'dust' and Ella is 'waterfall').
Overnight at a Kubalgama Temple.
|Belihuloya → Duwili Ella Waterfall||43 km||1h|
After breakfast, we will continue our trail to Ihalagalagama.
Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
|Duwili Ella Waterfall → Ihalagalagama|
After breakfast, we will continue our trail to Bogawantalawa.
First you will cross the Belihuloya River and walk towards the Non-Pereil tea estate. You will then enter into a scrub jungle area. Along the way, you will follow the river, also noticing a number of man-made holes (the result of the gem-mining that goes on in the area). You then start a rapid ascent up through jungle terrain.
When you come out of the jungle, you reach a more open grassland terrain, similar to the landscape of the famous Horton Plains (which are situated slightly higher up). You are sure to see the footprints of the leopards and sambhur deer that roam here (you may even spot the animals themselves if you are very lucky!). You will end the tour end the tour in Bogawantalawa tea estate.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
|Ihalagalagama → Bogawantalawa|
|Bogawantalawa → Hatton||20 km||30min|
After an early breakfast, we will proceed to Kitulgala and start our trail of the Makandawa rainforest.
Trekking at Makanda rainforest in Kitulgala
The Makandawa rainforest is one of the most important rainforests in Sri Lanka and is a visually stunning representation of all the natural beauty of this land. Covering around 195 hectares of land and home to many endemic flora and fauna, Makandawa is the perfect location to take a nature walk in.
On conclusion we will proceed to Negombo.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
|Hatton → Kitulgala||39 km||45min|
|Kitulgala → Negombo||89 km||2h|
After breakfast, transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back home.
|Negombo → Colombo||11 km||15min|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Nov 2018 - 31 Aug 2019||$1307||$1130||$1068|