12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS TRIP.
Welcome to Elephant Country – a land that treats gentle giants as royalty! As the sun sets in the horizon, elevate yourself in the midst of the forest to witness these tree-twisting jumbos, stroll across the wide open plains beneath your feet, or simply gaze upon the shallow waters of Gal Oya National Park and be amused as these giants swim calmly from one island to another. If getting in closer range with the ‘tusked’ is your pick, then the Millennium Elephant Foundation is your bliss, as it lets you have a memorable elephant ride, feed and even bathe its inmates. Meanwhile, enhance your experience as you reach Udawalawe National Park which boasts of its own Elephant Transit Home. Do not be surprised to hear trumpets across a land, haunted by the big foot herding across its vast plains. After all, the ‘Elephant Tour’ is nothing less than an experience, waiting to be cherished for a lifetime!
The package is originally designed for 11 nights/12 days. But we are always happy to cater to our valuable clients’ requirements and therefore, it can be customized for different durations as per request.
AIRPORT > NEGOMBO
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from Royal Tours will Welcome you and transfer to Negombo.
Check-in to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo.
NEGAMBO > SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Sigiriya.
In the evening climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. The world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya.
SIGIRIYA > HIRIWADUNNA > MINNERIYA > SIGIRIYA
Village Lunch with trekking at Hiriwadunna
Take a ride in a bullock cart swaying from side to side on an unpaved trail, enjoy a nature walk through a scrub jungle, wade through a local stream with low hanging branches, cross a lake in an ‘oruwa’, the traditional mode of over water transport, spend time with a farmer harvesting crops under his guidance and taste authentic village cuisine prepared by the farmer’s family with freshly picked produce and local herbs cooked in clay pots over an open heart fueled by firewood.
In the afternoon do jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
Minneriya Park is popular for the world largest know great Elephant Gathering. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population. Sri Lankan Leopard and Sloth bear which are rare and endangered species also inhabit this area. The park was declared as a wild life sanctuary in order to protect the watershed of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is historically important for the country as it was built by King Mahasen in the 3rd century AD.
Your overnight stay will be at a unique place which is called as Elephant Watch Hut in Habarana. From the name itself gives the meaning of the location and is surrounded from the forest where you will get the chance of seeing wild elephants in the night time depending on your luck. You will be accommodated in a Tree House and from the Top you will get a 360° view of the surrounding jungle. You will get a once in a life time experience of seeing a Wild Elephant close to your Tree House and also you will enjoy a Sri Lankan themed Dinner and breakfast at this unique property.
Overnight stay at Elephant Watch Hut in Habarana
SIGIRIYA > AMPARA
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Ampara.
Arrive in Ampara and in the evening visit Gal oya National park where you will have the chance to witness Elephant Swimming.
The Gal oya National Park is Sri Lanka’s most untouched national park which was established in 1954. The largest reservoir in Sri Lanka, the Senanayake Samudraya is encompassed by the Gal oya National Park. This is the only wild life park in Sri Lanka where safaris are undertaken by boat. It gives a rare opportunity for visitors to see wild animals drink water from the edge of the lake and forage along the shore. Wild elephants can be seen throughout the year and the highlight is seeing the elephants swim from island to island. The Sri Lankan axis deer, grey headed fish eagle and thousands of birds can be seen here.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Ampara.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mahiyanganaya.
Check-in to the hotel and relax. Evening visit the Mahiyangana Temple
Mahiyangana is situated in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka. This town is dominated by Buddhists. It is believed that Lord Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka was to this city and an ancient Buddhist Temple named Mahiyangana Maha Viharaya was built on this site by the rulers at that time. The Mahaweli river flows through this city and majority of people in this area are paddy farmers which is also the main activity that provides economy. Sri Lankan aborigines are also found in the forest of north east part of Mahiyangana.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Mahiyangana
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kandy
Kandy the popular charming hill capital of Sri Lanka is surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It is the cultural center of the island and a UNESCO heritage city. The sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined at the Dalada Maligawa, the temple of the tooth.
While in Kandy, a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must where you can see around 4000 species of plants. The arts and crafts center in Kandy, the main Buddhist monasteries Malwatta and Asgiriya Monasteries are places that must be visited. Kandy is a great place for souvenir shopping and to learn about its rich culture and history.
In the evening visit Kandy Temple of the tooth relic and witness cultural show.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Millennium Elephant Foundation
“Spend the day with an Elephant”. You will be walking along with an Elephant and will be given information about the foundation and elephants. And then you will get the chance of bathing the same Elephant in the river and also you can visit the Elephant Dung paper factory nearby.
After spending the time with the Elephant return back to Kandy
Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Peradeniya Railway station to enjoy a scenic Train Ride to Ella through the Tea Plantations and Mountain Range.
Arrive in Ella and check-in to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Ella.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Udawalawa.
Arrive in Udawalawa and do safari in Udawalawa National Park
Udawalawe Park is situated in the border of the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka. This park was opened to provide sanctuary to the wild animals displaced by construction of a reservoir. This is the best place to see wild elephants all through the year. Orphaned calves and adolescents are looked after until they are ready to be released to natural habitat by the ‘Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home’ located within the Park. In addition to other animals, leopards, fishing and jungle cats could also be sighted on some days.
Overnight stay at a Camp site in Udawalawa
Breakfast at the hotel and in the morning visit the Eth Athuru Sevana Elephant Orphanage.
In the evening do another safari in Udawalawa National Park.
Later enjoy a BBQ Dinner at the Camp site.
Overnight stay at a Camp site in Udawalawa
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Colombo.
Arrive in Colombo and check-in to the hotel.
Evening short city tour of Colombo.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Colombo.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Colombo Bandaranayaka Airport for Departure.
~ End of Tour with sweet memories ~