Sri lankan Walking tour

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Highlights
  • Sinharaja rainforest Hike
  • Upper Diyaluma hike
  • Little Adam’s Peak
  • Nine arch bridge
  • Knuckles camping
  • Kaudulla National Park Safari
  • Pekoe Trail
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Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Sri Lanka with our exclusive Walking Holiday Sri Lanka tour. This meticulously crafted itinerary combines the best of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage, rich history, delectable cuisine, breathtaking nature, and mesmerising wildlife encounters. Throughout your adventure, you'll be accompanied by your own personal chauffeur guide and a comfortable bus, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of Sri Lanka at your own pace.

Your expedition begins with a trek through the mystical Sinharaja rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its extraordinary biodiversity and untouched natural splendor. Traverse lush trails adorned with exotic flora and fauna, and experience the serene ambiance of this ancient tropical paradise.

Venture further into the enchanting countryside with an exhilarating hike to the summit of Upper Diyaluma, where cascading waterfalls and panoramic vistas await. Feel the thrill of conquering the heights and marvel at the breathtaking landscapes stretching before you.

Continue your exploration with a leisurely ascent to Little Adam's Peak, offering spellbinding views of the emerald tea plantations and mist-covered mountains of Ella. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this idyllic setting as you soak in the beauty of Sri Lanka's hill country.

Prepare for an unforgettable wildlife safari experience at Kaudulla National Park, home to a diverse array of indigenous species, including majestic elephants, elusive leopards, and colourful birdlife. Traverse the rugged terrain in search of wildlife encounters, capturing moments of natural wonder amidst the picturesque surroundings.

Indulge in the essence of Sri Lanka's vibrant culture and heritage, savouring authentic culinary delights and engaging with local communities along the way. With each step, discover the soul-stirring beauty and unmatched charm of Sri Lanka, leaving footprints of cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Ayubowan” and ‘’Vanakkam’’ Welcome to tropical paradise! You will be welcomed and greeted by your guide or ARCA Origins representative on arrival at the waiting area at Colombo International Airport. You will travel to Sinharaja by bus. Travel time’s approximately 4 ½ hours depends on the road traffic. 

Accommodation: Jansen Bungalow, or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, after an early breakfast, you will experience trekking in the Sinharaja Rain Forest. Where time stands still. This is a treasure trove of natural wonders encased in sheer wilderness, waiting to be discovered. Here you will be welcomed by thick air of humidity, incessant noise of birds and insects, and an endless canopy of tall trees. Sinharaja Rainforest National Park is a (UNESCO World Heritage Site) primary tropical rainforest and biosphere and is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. More than 60% of the trees are endemic, and many of them are considered rare. In Sinharaja, you can spot endemic mammals, bird species, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and rare amphibians. As well as an interesting spectacle known as "Bird Wave,"  birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds. The 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. 

You will have the opportunity to swim under the waterfall or river along the walk. You will also be able to visit a remote community cut off from the rest of the world. There are more than 20 communities in the Sinharaja Rainforest whose livelihoods depend on this forest. You will be able to enjoy the Kitul ‘palm syrup’ made by these communities at the end of your trekking. 

Afterwards, you will travel from Sinharaja to Ahangama. The travel time is approximately 3 hours.

En route, you will discover the Dutch Fort in Galle. It is situated in southern Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia, built by European occupiers, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral, founded by Jesuit priests, and one of the main Shiva temples on the island. Galle offers a unique opportunity to create a visible demonstration of the conservation of its inheritance. There are many boutique shops along the narrow streets of the fort, as well as antiques, arts, and craft shops.

Accommodation: Gartons Cape or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Today  you will travel from Ahangama to Ella. The travel time’s approximately 3 hours, depending on the road traffic.

En route, experience the best of nature and adventure by hiking up to the upper Diyaluma Falls, the 2nd highest waterfall in the country. Its situated 30km south from Ella near Koslanda, Badulla district. A challenging but worth-hiking to the top takes around 30–60 minutes’ walk. You can see many narrow waterfalls and natural pools surrounded by jungles along the walk. It’s one of the best places where you can refresh yourself and take a bath in the pool at the edge of the cliff at the top. The views at the top are mesmerising. 

 

Accommodation: Mountain Heavens, Deluxe room or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Hike up to the Little Adam’s Peak; waking up early in the morning to astonish the breathtaking views of endless valleys, lush tea plantations, and flowing waterfalls as sunrises. Little Adam’s Peak resembles the main Adam’s Peak near Hatton. By foot, it takes about 35–40 minutes. 

 

After breakfast, you will visit the Nine Arch Bridge.  This magnificent, eye-catching Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara stations are just a few kilometers along the track from the Demodara station. Most touched attraction by the tourists and locals. This viaduct bridge built during the British Colonial period is the largest in Sri Lanka and has been built with blocks of stone and cement without any reinforcing iron or concrete. The tall arches take the bridge on a semicircular path to connect to mountains. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level, this 99.6ft high bridge is called "Ahas namaye palama" (Nine Sky Bridge) in Sinhala. When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of 'nine skies' through the nine arches, hence the Sinhala name. This bridge is also called 'The Bridge in the Sky' due to its sheer height.

Afterwards, you will travel to Kandy. Travel time’s approximately 4 ½ hours depends on the road traffic.

Accommodation: Thilanka, Deluxe room or similar

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Discover Sri Lanka’s hill country on foot with Pekoe trails. Having 5 main levels and 22 points, the Pekoe Trail takes you into an immense exploration of diverse ecosystems ranging from grasslands to tropical rainforests; while you gaze at the impressive mountains, spectacular waterfalls, beautiful tweets of birds, fascinating tea estates, rural villages, cultural heritage sites, and lush paddy fields, this trail gives hikers a chance to adorn the central highlands of Sri Lanka.

Along the way, you will be able to meet some local communities from whom you could get good knowledge and tips.

In this walking holiday, you will start your trail from Hantana-Ceylon Tea Museum to Galaha Junction with a 12.8 km distance (Stage 1). (Duration: 4-5 hours).

It’s an easy to moderately challenging route with stunning view points.

Don’t forget to check the link below to get tips and routes to follow up before you start the trail.

Wikiloc: Pekoe Trail; Hantana to Galaha: Stage 1. 

Your guide will pick you up at Galaha Junction once you finish the trek, and you will go to your hotel.

Accommodation: Thilanka, Deluxe Room, or similar

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Today you will travel from Kandy to the Knuckles mountain range. Travel time’s approximately an hour, depending on the road traffic.

Afterwards, you will explore the Knuckles Mountain Range by hiking with our local guide. A paradise for those who love to hike and love nature, the mountain range offers numerous mountainous trails with clear rivers through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls, lush tea plantations, paddy fields, and traditional tiny mountain villages.
You will be rewarded with spectacular scenery and villages that have not changed at all by the modernity.  The mountain range in the north-east of the city of Kandy, derives its name from its shape of a clenched fist and it has been declared as “National Heritage and Wilderness Area”.


The mountain is characterised by its striking landscapes, often robed in thick layers of cloud. The area comprises of 34 clearly identified ranges within 62 square miles, and 3000–6500 feet in height. In addition to its aesthetic value the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic capsule of the rest of Sri Lanka. The conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited here. Its forested peaks harbour a variety of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island’s total area, it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity.

Accommodation: Knuckles Overnight Camping

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Today, you will travel from Knuckles to Dambulla. Travel time’s approximately 2 ½ hours depends on the road traffic.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Golden Rck Cave Temple in Dambulla. It is a vast, isolated rock mass of 500 feet high and 1.6 km around the base, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site The impressive Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC is found here. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne, he built the most magnificent of the rock temples to be found on the island. The complex consists of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings. It is the largest area of paintings found in the world. In the first cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 14 meter long cut out of the rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the ceiling date back to the 15th - 18th centuries. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of gods from the Buddhist religion, along with numerous images of the Buddha himself.

 

Accommodation: Amaya Lake, Deluxe Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Early in the morning, you will climb Pidurangala Rock to see the sunrise (duration: 2 hours). Experience the wonderful Pidurangala Ancient Cave Monastery to see the sunrise. Before King Kashyapa constructed his fortified palace upon Sigiriya, several monks resided within the royal grounds. To accommodate his kingdom in the clouds, the king graciously relocated the monks to the adjacent rock formation of Pidurangala in the 5th century AD, where he built a humble temple and monastery amidst a religious complex of Dagobas and temples at its base.

Today, Pidurangala serves as an alternative or additional climb to Sigiriya with panoramic views of the ancient fortress and the surrounding landscapes. Enveloped by foliage from all sides, the gentle ascent consists of irregular steps that lead to a landing that houses a large reclining Buddha statue, now considered to be the oldest one built in brick within Sri Lanka. Beyond the landing, your adventure is led by no defined path, but a natural instinct that draws visitors to the open summit of Pidurangala and its breath taking vistas of the region.

In the afternoon, experience the safari at Kaudulla National Park – This national park is the most recent to be added to the list. Famous for its large herds of Asian elephants and bird population, the species includes the nation’s largest bird, the Lesser Adjutant, and the Pompadour Green Pigeon. The park was built around the year 300 AD, then tank slowly fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in 1959, With its variety of plant life, it has now become home to 24 species of mammals, 25 species of amphibians, and a countless variety of birds. The endangered Rusty Spotted Cat can be spotted in the park, as well as, the elusive leopards and both Sambar and Axis deer. 

 

Accommodation: Amaya Lake, Deluxe Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Today you will climb up the Sigiriya rock. The 8th wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sigiriya, a massive rock in the green scrub jungle, is perhaps the most astonishing place for visitors, with unique views between human imagination and nature. The site was known since ancient times as a hermitage for Buddhist monks. A well-planned monastic complex included caved temples, bathing pools, lovely ponds, and Asia's oldest surviving landscaped gardens. The "Lion Stairway,"  the "mirror wall," and the "water gardens" are its other highlights. The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kashyap I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 370 m high (the 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides). 

 

Accommodation: Amaya Lake, Deluxe Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Today, you will travel from Dambulla to Negombo. The travel time is approximately 3 hours, depending on the road traffic.

Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Accommodation: Goldi Sands, Deluxe Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Today you will travel to Colombo Airport for the flight back. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on the road traffic. 

Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Entrance fees to sites as per the Itinerary
  • Sri Lanka - Accommodation on mixed board basis as per itinerary
  • All relevant taxes at hotels
  • Safari (4x4 wheel jeep + guide + Entrance Tickets)
  • 24 hours local support in Sri Lanka
  • 100% financial protection & Security with TTA
  • Responsible Travel

Price Excludes

  • Tips for services
  • Lunch and dinners not mentioned
  • All other expenses in the hotel must be paid by the client when check-out
  • Anything else not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions
  • No beverages included in Meal plans in Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Visa
  • International Flights

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