16 Days 15 Nights
Hiking Tours Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka has been called “the pearl of the Indian ocean” because of its shape and location.
There is probably no mountain anywhere more famous than Sri Pada – Adam’s Peak (7362 ft/2250m) for reasons that are cultural and spiritual. It is sacred to three religions at least; Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus. The mountain is signified by a large depression on the summit that resembles a “foot” to which all three religions draw significance.
The climb takes approximately three and a half hours (the way is paved with steps) and the trail is flanked by the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary – one of Sri Lanka’s highest protected forest reserves. Views from the top are stunning, especially early morning as the warmth of dawn lights up the country in an endless vista of forests, valleys, mountains, and lakes.
Arrival, Welcome by a representative of Lanka Tour Host and transfer to the Hotel in Negombo – “The Little Rome”
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Negombo
After Breakfast leave for Pinnawala.
En-route visit Salgala Monastery located in a low country rain forest. Climb up to the summit as the final stage after a lot of hiking around to see the meditating monks in their individual abodes.
Visit the Elephant Orphanage to see the world's largest herd of domestic elephants including babies who are still being fed by bottle thrice a day.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pinnawala
Anuradhapura - Let us explore some of ancient Sri Lanka's rich cultural past with a visit to the city of Anuradhapura. The city of Anuradhapura was built in the 4th Century BE and not only was it the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka but also the greatest, most important, and extensive of Sri Lanka's ancient cities. The monuments and ruins stand testimony to the rich cultural heritage with stupendous sculptures and giant statues of Lord Buddha carved in and around the buildings along with many other sculptures depicting various court scenes, people and animals like the giant seven hooded cobra with flared hood as seen on the walls of the Jethavana Stupa.
After breakfast leave for Dambulla. En-route visit Namal Uyana – considered being the largest single collection of Ironwood trees in Asia, trekking up to the summit of the Rose Quartz Mountain.
Also, visit Sigiriya.
Climb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, a Royal Citadel for 20 years in the 5th Century AD built by King Kasyapa, contemporary with the paintings of Ajanta and Ellora Caves in India, highlights being the Frescoes, Mirror Wall, and the Lion's Paw, considered as the 8th Wonder of the modern world, thought to be equivalent to the "Alakamanda" - Celestial Palace of God Kuvera.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Dambulla
After breakfast leave for Kandy - “The Hill Capital” Visit Dambulla Cave Temple considered to be the largest painted cave in the world with more than 22,000sq ft. painted surfaces with many paintings, sculptures, statues of Lord Buddha, his disciples, Kings, Gods, etc.
Walk into a Spice Garden and take part in a conducted tour to get some knowledge about the growth and use of spices in the day to day life.
In a Batik Making Factory, see how beautifully the village girls turn out beautiful colored cloths for different purposes with colorful designs.
Undertake a City Tour including -the Upper Lake Drive - a place where one could have a bird's eye view of the city below, the Royal Botanical Gardens - one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora which incidentally was the Headquarters of Lord Louise Mountbatten - the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War, a Gem Museum - to see how the valuable gems that you see on a shop shelf are turned out from a raw stone with the background history.
In the evening watch a Cultural Performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers and Drummers including the devotional "Fire Walking" and walk across in the star-lit night to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha –By far the most important place of worship for the Buddhist world over.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kandy
After Breakfast leave for Adam’s Peak.
En-route visit a Tea Factory and a Plantation to witness the manufacturing process of world-famous "Ceylon Tea" and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before being sent to the Tea Auctions in Colombo leading to Export
Early morning around 2.00am start the trek to the top of the Peak - (Adam's Peak is the Holy Mountain in Sri Lanka on top of which there is a footprint which is worshipped by people of all faiths. Thousands of pilgrims go up during the season from the full moon day in December until the full moon day in May. Out of the season it is really interesting.) 4 - 5 hours Reach the summit.
Enjoy the ascend to reach the summit of the Holy Mountain. Witness the spectacular "Sun Rise" Start the descend - 3 - 4 hours
Refresh and transfer to Nuwara Eliya - "Little England" through the Hill Country surrounded by "Green Carpets"- hills covered with Tea and cascading Water Falls amidst breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
Engage in Sightseeing in the city- the important places being the Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, Golf Course and Market etc.
After breakfast leave for Belihuloya. En-route visit Horton Plains - a part of the newly declared World Heritage Site of Central Highland of Sri Lanka, which is the island’s most isolated plateau situated 1860 meters above sea level
Start hiking to visit the World’s End – a sheer drop of 1,050 meters, lucky if you can have a clear vision and proceed to visit the Baker’s Water Falls, named after the person who discovered it.
After breakfast leave for Kuda Oya.
En-route visit Udawalawe National Park and Undertake a Jeep Safari at the Park mainly to see wild elephants.
Also, visit the Elephant Transit Home
After breakfast engages in a bicycle ride around the village to enjoy the surrounding.
After breakfast leave for Buduruwagala Temple.
Buduruwagala is an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted.
Also visit Yudaganawa Temple Complex which is now known to be one of the largest Stupas ever made in Sri Lanka. Proceed to Passara
After breakfast hike to Kohonawala, an extremely remote village in the Namunukula Valley where still transport of goods is made through caravans.
Enjoy nature at its best
After breakfast leave for Ella via Badulla
En-route visit places of interest
After breakfast leave for Colombo by train.
Pick up from the Colombo Fort Railway Station and transfer to Hotel in Colombo
After breakfast visit Colombo City tour and Shopping
Transfer to Airport