The Wanderer, Adventure Holidays in the Wilderness
This tour is a true adventure that not even many Sri Lankans have done but it will give you an insight into the rural lifestyle, an appreciation of this country’s beautiful wilderness, a sighting of animals in the wild, lots of trekking and a wonderfully fulfilling holiday, getting back to nature. After the first night in a beach hotel on the west coast near the airport, the adventure begins with a drive to an inland mountain range and two nights camping. Your naturalist guide will lead you on treks that reveal the secrets of the jungle as well as of the way of life of simple village folk living in isolation. More excitement follows with white water rafting and an overnight climb to the summit of the iconic Adam’s Peak, and a safari to see wildlife. Finally, the reward you deserve, at a night at a luxury beach resort.
Upon Arrival to the Sri Lankan International Airport be greeted by your chauffer guide who shall take you by air conditioned vehicle to Negombo. This trip will take you only 20 minutes.
Check into Golden Star Beach Hotel in Negombo for your first night.
Leave Negombo and journey into the heart of the Knuckles mountain range, to your campsite. After settling in, take a 03 – 04 hour trek through the villages which surround Sphinx Eyrie. This trek though forest paths and village tracks is through the rich foliage of the Knuckles range.
Return to Corbert’s Rest
A trek of approximately 03 – 04 hours through scrub jungle and forests will bring you to the little farming village of Meemure, deep in the Knuckles Valley. The trek is on rough trails and a few streams need to be forded en route.
Break at the little village shop for a cup of hot tea, sweetened with “juggery”, made of coconut sap.
Overnight Corbert’s Rest Campsite, Knuckles
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kitulgala. In the afternoon trek through the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve. Cross a suspension bridge and enter the forest. Proceed through the dense forest cover emerging for short spells to walk along the bank of the Kelani River. Appreciate the rainforest like foliage and amazing birdlife and butterflies
Overnight Kitulgala Resort, Kitulgala
Embark on an adrenaline fuelled adventure down the rapids of the Kelani River. This short but exhilarating excursion is level 03 rafting and is suitable for most people between the ages of 12 and 65 years, Leave in the afternoon for Maskeliya and check in at a roadside guest at the base of Adam’s Peak for dinner and a few hours rest.
Overnight Punsisi Rest, Maskeliya
Begin climb at approximately 0200 hrs. Climb through the night in order to reach the summit by dawn to witness a once in a lifetime sunrise. (If not cloudy….!)
The pilgrim season for Adams peak is December to May. During this time thousands of pilgrims climb to the summit every night. The pathway is lit and the experience is a cultural treat.
Overnight Kalu’s Hideaway, Udawalawe
After breakfast conduct a morning safari at Udawalawe National Park.
Surrounded by mountain ranges, the terrain of the park is a mixture of grassland, shrub jungle, wild teak plantations and two important factors which make this park special - the large Udawalewe Reservoir and the Walewe River, which ensure a supply of water for the fauna within.
Once you’re done with the safari proceed to Bentota for your beach stay.
Overnight Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota
Relax by the pool or beach and spend your day at leisure taking in the sun.
Overnight Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota
Soaring across 155 square kilometres, containing five of the country’s largest forest formations, the Knuckles Mountain Range features breath taking mountain scenery and rewarding trekking.
The range was named after the folds and peaks that resemble the knuckles of a closed fist, when seen from afar. Knuckles is listed as a World Heritage Site and has rare flora and fauna that cannot be found elsewhere. The special climate and atmospheric conditions are caused by the different altitudes and the range is often covered in thick clouds.
Mountain trails (go with a guide) lead alongside rivers, past flowing waterfalls and dense forest shrubs by sprawling acres of tea, terraced paddy fields and vegetable gardens of village folk. There are several species of endemic birds, adding colour and bird song to this lush hill country wilderness.
Venerated by the four religions of Sri Lanka, Adam’s Peak is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, at 2,243m above sea level, which pilgrims flock to climb during the night in the special season of January to April. It is near the hill country town of Hatton, 123km from Colombo. The spectacular sunrise seen from the peak rewards pilgrims who climb to pay respect to the footprint set in rock at the summit.
The climb is up uneven steps of granite and cement and climbers are encouraged by others to keep going; the descent is just as taxing. A ritual, after worship, is to ring the bell, not on the first visit, but only on subsequent visits. The various faiths regard the footprint as representing their own beliefs, so it is a symbol of the multi-cultural character of Sri Lanka.
Udawalawe National Park sprawls over 30,000 hectares along the border of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, about a five-hour drive from Colombo. The Park, open to visitors when accompanied by a tracker, was formed as a sanctuary for wild animals displaced during the construction the Udawalawe Reservoir. Its vegetation is influenced by its the wet and dry zone boundaries, a range of plains highlighting its topography. Rain falls during the months of October to January and March to May.
The park is known for elephants, water buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer and fishing cats and jungle cats. Endemic birds including the Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Spurfowl and the Ceylon Grey Hornbill are to be seen and other bird species such as the Spot-billed Pelican, Little Cormorant, Grey Heron and the Indian Pond Heron frequent the park.
For a wonderfully relaxing beach holiday, Bentota is the place to be; it claims the best golden sand swimming beach in Sri Lanka with Scuba diving, snorkelling and a comprehensive range of water sports. At 62km south of Colombo, it is now accessible via the Southern Expressway and has a portfolio of guesthouses and hotels to suit every tourist’s budget: from low cost bed & breakfast in local homes to luxury suites in renovated top notch hotels.
But there’s not only the sprawling beach and ocean, Bentota also has a vast lagoon at the mouth of its river with many water sports centres on its banks where water skiing, jet skiing and joy riding on inflatable rafts as well as deep sea fishing and inland river cruises by catamaran or motorboat can be arranged. Stylish restaurants and bars complete the holiday scene
|Per person in a double room||Approximately US$ 860|
- 8 nights’ accommodation on bed & breakfast basis while at Negombo, Kitulgala, Maskeliya, Udawalawe, Bentota and full board basis while at Knuckles.
- Transport in an Air-Conditioned Car with an accompanying English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Government Tax (11%)
- Early check-in & Late check-out.
- Entrance/excursion fees to the places mentioned in our itinerary.
- Tips and other expenses of a personal nature
- On-line payment using a personal credit card (Amex/Visa/Master). Log in details will be sent on confirmation.
- Bank transfer.