Day 01 - AIRPORT- GALLE
ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
You are welcomed by Ceylon Gate Travel representative and take care of your fatigue after long hours of journey by air, and make you relax in a hotel with all that care.
Another world heritage site where you find European architecture in Asian culture, built by Portuguese, expanded by Dutch and British between 15 to 19 AD. It is historical, archaeological, and architectural living heritage today. You will have the option of cycling tour in Galle.
Day 02 - GALLE- YALA
VISIT NATIONAL PARK
The second largest national park in Sri Lanka covering 979 square Km of which consist of 5 blocks that contain thorny forests, grasslands, sandy beach, dry and moist monsoon forests and marine wetlands.
You are so lucky to have the opportunity to observe 7 endemic birds out of 215 bird species that are found in this park. ashy-headed babbler (Garrulax cinereifrons), Sri Lanka white-headed starling (Sturnus senex), Sri Lanka wood pigeon (Columba torringtoni), green-billed Coucal (Centropus chlororrhynchus) and Sri Lanka broad-billed roller (Eurystomus orientalis irisi). It does play an important role in protecting Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus), the highest density in the world, endemic purple-faced Langur (Presbytis senex), elephants, sloth bear, wild water buffalo and alligators.
Day 03 - YALA- SINHARAJA
VISIT SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST BIRD WATCHING
Today you are in a primary tropical lowland rain forest in an altitude of 300-1170 meters, covering 6092 he, It is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO April 1978. More than 55% of trees are endemic and rare, with endemic birds, wildlife, and butterflies as well as different kinds of amphibians, reptiles and insects. Out of 830 endemic species, of which trees, woody climbers, and rare species were recorded here. High Faunal endemism is with about 20 birds are recorded. They are Sri Lanka junglefowl, , brown-capped babbler, crimson-fronted barbet, blue-tailed bee-eater ,Sri Lanka wood pigeon, black-capped bulbul and Sri Lanka grey hornbill . The endangered and threatened species are found in the reserve, for your observation.
Day 04 - SINHARAJA- KITHULGALA
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Thrilling and exciting adventure of sailing, a recreational activity that you will admire most on a raft. It is with different options of duration and rapids, however you are provided with proper out fit with a guarantee of your safety. Unless you are advised not to participate in such activities by physician.
Day 05 - KITHULGALA- NUWRA ELIYA
One of the most beautiful train rides in the world, 65 km ride with around 2.5 hours. You can witness some picturesque cascades, waterfalls, lush tea plantations and tea pickers on mountain tops in misty cool climate.
Day 06 - NUWARA ELIYA- HORTON PLAINS
HALF DAY ESCURTION HORTONPLAINS / EVINIG LEISURE
Something for everyone! This is a 9.5 km walk of approximately 3 hours to complete depending on how long you would spend on each stop. The worlds end is a stunning view point in Sri Lanka on a height of 2100-2300 m from mean sea level, declared a world heritage site in 2006. The climate is fluctuating during the day from 27 c to 5 c with sudden misty and rainy weather! After a relaxed walk on the maintained pathways, having the great opportunity to watch some birds and the misty Bakers fall on your way! Sambar deer, Toque macaques, Purple faced langur, Wild boar; Strip necked mongoose, Spotted chevrotain, Giant squirrels, Fishing cat and one of the world’s most endangered primates, the Red slender loris.
Sri Lanka containing 21 endemic bird species such as Sri Lanka Superfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Yellow-fronted barbet, Orange-billed babbler, Sri Lanka bush warbler and Sri Lanka Whistling thrush, with four species namely the Sri Lanka Magpie, Dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye, and Sri Lanka Wood pigeon which occur only in Horton Plains. There are also a variety of migrant birds such as the Alpine swift, Crested serpent eagle, Mountain-hawk eagle, and Black-winged kite. Amongst the reptile species are the Rhino horn lizard, the Common rough sided snake and rat snake.
Day 07 - NUWARA ELIYA- KANDY
TEA PLANTATION AND FACTORY VISIT
The best Ceylon tea in a lush green mountain site, with an experience of tea plucking by yourself. Then a nice fresh cup of tea or tea-coffee mix.
TOOTH REIQUE TEMPLE
The most important temple for the Buddhist all over the world, mainly for the left canine tooth of Buddha is placed inside a seventh golden casket! Further you can experience the pilgrims who come in white dress and the way of worship! It is a great cultural experience of its kind.
Day 08 - KANDY
BOTANICAL GARDEN VISIT LEISURE
A historical pleasure garden started by the ancient kings since 1371, later converted to a Royal Botanical garden in 1843. It has over 4000 species of plants including palm trees, Cactus, Orchids, and medicinal plants. Alexandrine parakeet, Indian pitta, Ceylon small barbet, common hawk cuckoo is seen in this garden for the lucky guests like you!
Day 09 - KANDY- DAMBULLA-SIGIRIYA
Sri Lanka is famous for its best Cinnamon and other spices, here you will enjoy the tour inside the garden where you can touch and feel the plants that produce it! And you will be amazed to hear about the medicinal properties of ingredients used in cooking and treatments.
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE
A cave declared as a temple in the 2 BC, with 153 Buddha statues, three statues of kings and four statues of gods and goddess inside! With 2100 sq meters of murals! On a stone cliff face. It is 200m above from the surroundings that you can walk up in 30 minutes. Another world heritage site declared by UNESCO in the year 1991.
Please go to the link to learn more about the rural village development projects done by the Ceylon Gate Travels. It is a community service for a sustainable tourism concept we value most in our mission.
Catamaran is an old fishing boat made by two floating logs bound together. It has no fuel engine. Operated manually by the fisherman. You are lucky to watch these endemic birds species. Sri Lankan Swallow, Brown Capped Babbler, Crimson Backed Flame Back Woodpecker, Black Capped Bulbul, Sri Lankan Green Pigeon and Sri Lankan jungle fowl.
Day 10 - SIGIRIYA- POLONNARUWA- MINNERIYA-SIGIRIYA
POLONNARUWA ANCIANT CITY
During the day, you will get the opportunity to explore medieval capital of Sri Lanka- Pollonnaruwa. Have you ever heard of an Ocean inside the country? Then you are there in a reservoir built in the 11 century which is called Ocean of the great king Parakaramabahu! then you can visit the ancient site on a guided cycle ride, which takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Do you love, enjoying the elephant watching? the largest mammal on earth! Safari jeep will take you into the wilderness of Minneriya national park, during the month of August ‘The Great Gathering of Elephants is a lifetime experience! Best opportunity to observe elephant behavior, in 40 to 100 elephants in different locations of the park.
Day 11 - SIGIRIYA- TRINCOMALEE
Do you like to have a walk into a Palace on a rock! Where there is a water garden, frescos, and a mirror wall! Built in the 4 century AD, another world heritage site declared by UNESCO in the year 1982.
Day 12 - TRINCOMALEE
This is a peninsula in the northeast coast of Sri Lanka with the 5th natural deep harbor in the world! Other attractions are, Fort Frederick- built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, the grand Kaneswaran Temple complex that contains ornate shrines and massive statue of god shiva on Swami Rock cliff. FULL DAY BEACH
Day 13 - TRINCOMALEE
You are in a marine national park full of rock pigeon colony. 1km away from Nilaveli beach in the northeast province. Snorkeling among coral reef is an amazing experience in the sea! Lucky you would get the chance to observe these amazing marine creatures!
Day 14 - TRINCO-ANURADHAPURA-NEGOMBO
VISIT ANURADHAPURA ANCIANT CITY
You have a great opportunity to visit the oldest recorded tree in the world! Ficus religiosa, in the first ancient capital city of Sri Lanka, which is a world heritage site.
Negombo is an old main city with a beach, harbor, and a lagoon, that has old Dutch port, with a population of over 1500000. A mix of different religions such as Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims.
Day 15 - NEGOMBO - AIRPORT
Returning you by way of a scenic drive to the international airport for your departing flight and