Day 1: Colombo Arrival & Transfer to Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Arrive in Colombo and transfer to Sinharaja, the location of one of the few remaining primary rain forests of the world. (Approx 6 – 6 ½ hours).Spend your day at leisure exploring the surroundings.Overnight – Blue Magpie, Sinharaja – Standard rooms on FB basis
Day 2: Sinharaja Exploration
Take a jungle trek through the Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforest and home to most of the island’s endemic birdlife. Sinharaja Forest Reserve – one of the least disturbed and biologically unique primary lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka, covering an extent of over 11000 hectares. Of international significance and declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978 when UNESCO included it in its international network of Biosphere reserves. It was subsequently designated a National wilderness area in 1988 and received full status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. Situated in the lowland wet zone of the country with an average temperature of 23.6C and an annual rainfall of more than 2500mm the high level of endemism makes it an international rarity. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and it is home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. Of Sri Lanka's endemic birds, all 22 rainforest species are seen here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.Overnight – Blue Magpie, Sinharaja – Standard rooms on FB basis
Day 3: Sinharaja – Yala National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Yala. (4 ½ - 5 hours) Thereafter, enjoy an afternoon safari at the Yala National Park. Overnight – Chandrika Hotel, Yala – Superior rooms on FB basis
Day 4: Yala National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Yala. (4 ½ - 5 hours) Thereafter, enjoy an afternoon safari at the Yala National Park. Overnight – Chandrika Hotel, Yala – Superior rooms on FB basis. Yala – Sri Lanka’s most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.Overnight – Chandrika Hotel, Yala – Superior rooms on FB basis
Day 5: Yala – Bundala – Yala
In the morning make your way to Bundala (Approx 1 ½ hours) for a morning safari at the well renowned bird sanctuary of Bundala, a home and resting place to many feathered species in the region.Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.Afternoon game drive at the Yala National Park.Overnight – Chandrika Hotel, Yala – Superior rooms on FB basis
Day 6: Yala – Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy one last safari at the Yala National Park. Thereafter, travel to the beautiful city of Nuwara Eliya, (Approx 3½ - 4 hours) nick named “Little England” for its lovely refreshing and surroundings. Appreciate the scenic landscapes on your way.Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character.Visit the Victoria Park for an evening of birding. Possible noteworthy species: FOREST WAGTAIL, GREY WAGTAIL, YELLOW-EARED BULBUL, INDIAN BLUE ROBIN, PIED GROUND-THRUSH, INDIAN PITTA, KASHMIR FLYCATCHER, CEYLON WHITE-EYE.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Colombo
Leave early morning (approx. 5 am dep) with a packed breakfast and lunch for an exciting trek in the Horton Plains National Park. (Approx 1 ½ hours per way)Sri Lanka's highest plateau 7200 ft above sea level in the central mountain country. This ‘Fen” is a very scenic region with an astounding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands, from marshes to trout streams. Sri Lanka's best-flavored high grown teas are grown in the surrounding areas. Spectacular view from 'Worlds End' where the plateau plunges a thousand feet in a straight sheer drop. Cool and bracing climate, and very good hiking country. Distinctive flora (many English field flowers grow on the plains) colourful butterflies and many rare highland birds. Thereafter, transfer to Colombo and spend your rest of the day at leisure. (Approx 4 ½ hours)Overnight – Cinnamon Red, Colombo – Standard rooms on HB basis
Day 8: Colombo City Tour , Shopping & Departure.
After breakfast, explore the capital of the country and enjoy some shopping Like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts; the old world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to. Depart Colombo in the evening and transfer to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.