Eco Tour for 10 Days
• 9 Nights’ accommodation in 4* or 5* Hotels.
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
• Transfers in an excellent Air Condition vehicle accompanied with a fluent English-Speaking
• Transportation, entrance & other Charges for optional visits & activities.
• All government taxes and fees
• Entrance tickets to all mentioned locations and attractions
• Tips for Hotel & Guide / Driver
• Flights to and from Colombo
• Sri Lanka visa fees
• Travel insurance
• All personal expenses such as laundry, drinks not mentioned on itinerary, faxes, telephone calls,
Mini bar expenses, etc.
A Samu Tours tour guide will await your arrival at the Colombo International Airport (Flight at your
own arrangement). Depending on your time of arrival, enjoy a Colombo City Tour. Colombo is a
cosmopolitan city buzzling with lights, glamour, a splendor of culinary treats to indulge in and a steep
cultural heritage like no other. In a Half Day City Tour one will visit places like the Old Parliament,
Colombo Fort, and Colombo’s ancient trade port in Pettah, Cinnamon Gardens, Galle Face Green,
Gangarama Temple, BMICH, and more. You can also enjoy a rewarding Colombo Shopping Tour
and stock up on some bargain souvenirs to take home. Overnight stay in Colombo.
After breakfast travel to Kitulgala. The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through
Kitulgala and was the main location where the Oscar winning movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’
was filmed on the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large
middens of shells from some unknown civilization. We will stop for lunch at this scenic region and
enjoy a thrilling White-Water Rafting Tour. White Water Rafting in the Kelani River (grade 2-3 rapids)
is simply a thrilling and exciting adventure. We will later walk through the Kelani Valley Forest
Reserve which is a lowland rainforest by crossing the Kelani River in a dugout canoe. This exciting
ride takes 10 minutes, which takes you to Parawalatanne village. Thereafter we will continue our
travel to Nuwara Eliya. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
After Breakfast, we will travel south to the renowned Horton Plains National Reserve. Horton Plains
National Park is the only National Park in Sri Lanka where visitors are allowed to walk freely. It is
situated 2200 m above the sea in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, approximately 20 km south of
Nuwara Eliya and covers 3162 hectares in extent. The climate here is a wet Montane climate with an
average annual temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. The vegetation in Horton Plains is defined as
Montane Rainforests or Cloud Forests which shows gnarled and stunted growth not exceeding 15
meters in height. The montane flora here looks spectacular with their crowns appearing vividly in
red, orange and purple colors. The flora is unusually dominated by Rhododendron (of which the
nearest relative is in the Himalayas), Caliphyllid (mainly one species), and Syzygium (several
species). In addition to Cloud Forests there are also open grasslands in the lower slopes, which
serve as feeding grounds for herbivores such as Sāmbhar. In the forest patches bird watchers can
expect to find the endemic Bear Monkey and Dusky Squirrel. Other species travelers can expect to
see on montane endemics Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon,
Sri Lanka White Eye, Dull Blue Flycatcher and if lucky the scarce montane endemic, Sri Lanka
Whistling Thrush. Also look for Indian Blue Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Pacific Swallow, Mountain Hawk
Eagle, Crested Goshawk and Indian Pied Bush Chat. Horton Plains is also famous for World’s End,
a stunning viewpoint, which is a sheer drop of 870 meters hidden in clouds. We will however, focus
on the well-known bird rich areas, away from the popular walks to the viewpoint. The Park harbors a
diversity of endemic montane lizards such as Rhino-horned Lizard, which was featured in Charles
Darwin’ monumental work on evolution, ‘Ascent of Man’, Black-lipped Lizard and Dwarf Chameleon.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast at the hotel travel to Ella. Ella is a beautiful small sleepy town on the southern edge
of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. It is situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable
plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the top. You can enjoy the
picturesque scenery of the hill country. Enjoy the surrounding region at Elle. Your hosts at the site
will assist you with all the trekking and other activities around the area. Overnight in Ella.
After breakfast you will be briefed on how to climb up from the Ella Adventure Park camp site. We
will travel south to Thissamaharama and towards the Yala National Park. Enjoy an evening 4X4
Jeep safari at the Yala National Park. This is one of the island’s most prominent wild life reserves.
It’s a heaven for Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Elephants, Sambar, Deer, Wild Boar and other
indigenous wild animals. It is also a great place to spot some of Sri Lanka endemic and migrant
Birds. With many water holes inside the park visitors can experience the wild unfolding before their
very eyes as the animals and birds are drawn to them towards the late evening or early morning.
Here are thousands of Flamingoes, Assemblies of spotted Billed Pelicans, Spoonbills, Cormorants
and various species of Herons. Pheasants, Pea Fowl, Peacocks and the Wild Fowl are found in
hundreds. Overnight in Thissamaharama
Early morning (approx. 5.00am) travel to Udawalawa National Park for a thrilling Safari Tour with
packeted breakfast. The Udawalawe National Reserve is over 30,000 hectares of wild nature
reserve that is bordering the dry zone of Sri Lanka and was declared as a national park in 1972. The
area records a higher rainfall than its neighboring park Yala and has an average temperature of 29.4
degrees Celsius. The main attraction at the park is its wild elephants. The park is home to many
herds of elephants of varied sizes as well as the fearsome ‘lone elephant’. For bird watchers the
park is home many endemic and migratory birds and is once again a popular destination for bird
watching in Sri Lanka. In the evening travel to Bundala National Park for yet another thrilling Safari
adventure. Bundala is a 6,216-hectare scenic park that boarders a coastal lagoon and is a popular
haunt for migratory birds. It is also the only National Park in Sri Lanka, where visitors get to observe
both species of crocodiles that live in the country. A vast concentration of estuarine crocodiles lives
in the lagoon areas and in the estuary of the Kirindi Oya river, while the mugger or the freshwater
crocodile thrive in the small freshwater lakes and in the upper regions of the Kirindi Oya(river). The
best time to visit the park is from May through to September. Overnight in Thissamaharama
After Breakfast travel towards Rathnapura and visit Sinharaja Rain forest trekking tour. On arrival
to the region you will check in to your jungle retreat and then proceed to explore the mesmerizing
Sinhraja Forest. Sinharaja Rainforest is an 18,899-hectare region of virgin rain forest and is a
UNESCO world heritage. Today sadly this is the largest remaining rainforest reserve in Sri Lanka.
Visitors can trek through this refreshing tropical lowland rainforest and expect to discover Sambar,
Leopards, Purple-faced Langurs, Barking Deer and over 147 recoded bird species. The best time to
visit the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is from August to September and January to March. The former
logging roads provide the best access for prime birding in Sinharaja where a mixed species bird
flock and give you with a mouthwatering selection which include Orange-billed Babbler, Crested
Drongo, Red-faced Malkoha, Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush, Green-billed Coucal, Lesser
Yellownape, Orange Minivet, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Black-naped Monarch, Yellow-fronted Barbet,
White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Spot-
winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Myna, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Brown-backed Needletail, Green Imperial
Pigeon, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Scaly Thrush, Sri
Lanka Hanging Parrot, Black-throated Munia, Layard’s Parakeet, Black Eagle, Crested Goshawk,
Dark-fronted Babbler and Velvut-fronted Nuthatch. As the dusk falls we look for the sub-continental
endemic Sri Lanka Frogmouth. Overnight accommodation closer to the forest.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and trek the region on your own. In the afternoon we will tour the gem
mines and factories of Sri Lanka in Rathnapura. Ratnapura City is the closest main town to the
Sinharaja Rainforest and is the gem Capital of Sri Lanka. All of Sri Lanka’s precious rubies & Ceylon
blue Sapphires and other semi-precious gem stone are found here. Optional – Climb Adam’s peak.
Adam’s Peak Mountain is also a stone’s throw from Sinharaja forest. With an additional night’s
extension to the tour in the region we can trek up the renowned pilgrim mountain in the night to
witness a stunning sunrise over the island at dawn. This is a truly breath-taking sight and words
cannot describe the beauty that unfolds a top this holy mountain. Overnight accommodation closer
to the forest.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and travel to Colombo which like many capital cities in developing
countries 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. For example, there is a 100-year-old
clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are 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 Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
(BMICH)- In the afternoon enjoy a Shopping Tour by visiting some of Colombo’s most popular
shopping destinations. Overnight stay in Colombo.
After breakfast depart to Colombo International Airport for your onward journey. Your guide will offer
all departure assistance at the airport. Your journey with Samu travel ends here. Note: Hotel
stipulates checkout is before 12:00hrs noon time. Late Checkout between 12:00-18:00 requires half
of the room rate. Any checkout after 18:00 will cost one extra night room rate.
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