THE ISLAND TRAIL

Tour Description

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bandaranayaka International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Garlanded Welcome on arrival at the Airport. Transport by AC Vehicle
Guide (Services of an English speaking) Visits according to the program
NOT INCLUDED
Food
Guide gratuity

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Day 1: Airport to Negombo

  • Negombo breeze
  • Taste the salty wind, that tang that floods the mind with fishing fleets with corded nets of sun-bleached blue hanging out to dry. Negombo, one of the largest commercial cities in Sri Lanka, has been an important trading port for both the Dutch and the Portuguese for centuries past. Take a boat into the lagoon or visit the Dutch fort built in 1672.

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Day 2: Negombo to Kandy

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Become one with a herd of gentle giants with warm hearts, feel the sheer size of these magnificently deathly tuskers turn your bones to jelly. Pay a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en route to Kandy. Hailing from a land where animal and human life has been intertwined throughout the ages, the orphanage provides a seventh heaven for orphaned babes and injured elephants.

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Day 3:Kandy

A patchwork of green and blue made even more varied by the perpetually bruised, stubborn mist and shadows of passing clouds. Cool breezes flow through the rolling hills like waves of a chilled ocean to reveal the colourful houses, hotels, shrines and ancient sites of Kandy revered to this day. Take either a relaxing, invigorating, arduous or meditative stroll in this plateau surrounded by mountains and rainforests; the capitol of the last Sri Lankan kingdom which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and the Dutch for 3 centuries.

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Day 4: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

  • Victoria Park
  • Feast your senses to the sights and aromas of late flower blooms in a cascade of colours of greens and blues. Formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the park comes alive with flowers around March to May, and August and September. It’s also home to quite a number of hill-country bird species, including the Kashmir flycatcher, Indian pitta and grey tit.

  • Horton Plains National Park & Worlds End
  • A silent Eden of blue skies and mountain ranges hiding faint wisps of clouds, with wild trails leading up green slopes amidst wild grasslands and patches of thick forests, waterfalls and misty lakes. End your hike at the World’s End, an abyss over 800m deep, best seen during the wee hours of the morning.

  • Ramboda Falls
  • An impressive sight, tranquil from a distance but deafening up close. Standing at 110 meters, Ramboda Falls is both a beautiful and brutal force of nature.

  • Blue Field Tea Factory
  • Take a whiff of Cypress trees and the menthol of wild mint and eucalyptus, the fragrance that flows with the air and adds character to your cup of tea.

  • Ambakka temple
  • Magnificently articulate wooden carvings lie in tribute to the God of Katharagama built during the 14th Century now in eternal union with ancient beings and future generations.

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    Day 5: Nuwara Eliya

  • PEDRO tea estate
  • Taste a delicate swirling cup of tea nestled between lush green hillsides streaked with tea bushes and stellar views. A uniquely informative and compelling historical experience into the origins of your morning cuppa by Pedro Tea Estate founded in the 1800’s.

  • Lovers Leap
  • A mighty torrential downpour of white water, hissing and screaming off granite ledges. Lover’s leap often associated with tales of romantic tragedy, stands over 30 meters tall feared by superstitious locals is a reflection of the blissfulness and pain that brings about love.

  • Hakgala Garden
  • A chunk of the Himalayas brought down in the jaw of a monkey god. Drink in the aromas of late blooms of Hakgala, a temperate hill-country garden rich in colour; iridescent blues and greens, blade-like leaves, clumps of willows and shaggy trees, mingling low-country lotus’ and water lilies in simple serenity with sophisticated English roses and endemic orchids home to a variety of wild life

  • Haputale Adisham Bungalow
  • A beautiful Benedictine monastery built by tea planter Sir Thomas Lester Villiers. Re created in the same manner as hs English country cottage gardens. Today Adisham is one of only 18 monasteries in the world belonging to the Sylestine Congregation, a suborder of the Benedictine fraternity founded in the 13th Century.

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    Day 6: Ella by Train

  • Ella & Little Adams Peak
  • Train tracks sneaking around mountains with sheer drops and blissful views of rolling green and twisted trees. The mountain top is where time stops, rolling vistas to make yesterday inconsequential and tomorrow mystical.

  • 9 Arch Bridge
  • The bridge in the sky perched atop 9 monolithic arches portraying 9 skies to anyone standing underneath.

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    Day 7 & 8 : Udawalawe National Park

    Soak in the greenery and wildlife and bask in the heat of a sultry eternal summer with brilliant shades of fall or be part of an all you can eat buffet for wild leopards. The reserve an important habitat for Water Birds and Sri Lankan Elephants covers over 30,000 hectares of land – a true rival to the game reserves of East-Africa. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country. The National Park was created to provide a sanctuary for displaced wild animals.

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    Day 9 & 10: Tangalle

    Whisper into the cool Southern breeze, scrunch your toes and feel the softness of the sand of an amazing coastline, lined with palms and blue skies blurring out into a blissful trance.

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    Day 11: Tangalle to Hikkaduwa

  • Galle en route to Hikkaduwa
  • A fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, stone sea walls expanded by the Dutch, architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. An endlessly exotic destination with a wonderful collection of Dutch-Colonial buildings melding with a dramatic tropical setting crammed with an endless array of fancy boutiques, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, poets and designers.

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    DAY 12: Hikkaduwa

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    DAY 13 & 14: Colombo

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    DAY 15: Colombo City Tour & Departure

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