Grand Mountain Trekking in Sri Lanka
Arrival to Sri Lanka
Our representative pick you up from the Airport and will be driven to your hotel at Kandy. A briefing will be held in the evening followed by a welcome dinner.
Colombo International Airport to Kandy, 100km / 3 hrs
Night: Hotel in Kandy
Heel Oya Village Trekking & Uphill Trekking to Knuckles Base Camp
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the trailhead of this remote village ‘Heel Oya’ in the foothills of the famous Knuckles Mountains. From there, we will start the uphill trek to base camp. Wander through small tea plantations, patches of dry evergreen and pine forest with its endemic fauna and flora, cascading streams and Perumal Watunu Ella waterfall where you can take a cool dip.
In this remote agricultural village, you can observe beautiful scenery, terraced rice fields, water buffalos, gardens flourishing with vegetables, fruit trees, spices such as pepper [Piper nigrum], cloves [Syzygium Aromaticum], nutmeg & mace [Myristica fragrans] etc. We can learn about homemade alcohol from palm trees and meeting the villagers.
Kandy to Heel Oya by vehicle, 34km / 1 hrs.
Heel Oya to Knuckles Base Camp Trekking, 10km / ascending from 885m to 1220m / 5-6 hrs.
Night: Base Camp / Tent
Thangappuwa – Alugal Lena Cave Nature Trail
After breakfast, we will start the trekking from base camp to Alugal Lena cave. The mountainous forest trail provides a challenging trekking experience in the western part of the Knuckles Range. The Knuckles Conservation Forest is a section of the Natural UNESCO World Heritage site. These mountain forests are home a large variety endemic of flora and fauna, including several endangered species. The region is a biodiversity hotspot.
We will be trekking among tea plantations, Kotaganga waterfalls, streams, virgin rain forest, valleys and grasslands. The area holds a wide variety of fauna including frogs, lizards, hares, porcupines, monkeys, deer, birds and butterflies.After our descent, we will head to a local restaurant to enjoy a country lunch. Our afternoon trail will follow an old irrigation canal as we cycle on dirt roads and we might be graced with the sight of villagers bathing in the canals as we head back to our hotel.
Finally, we will reach to the Alugal Lena cave shelter. It is situated at the base of Alugal Lena mountain. This cave is located in a canyon and surrounded by cardamom trees [Elettaria cardamomum].
Base Camp to Alugal Lena Cave Trekking,12km/ ascending from 1220m to 1550m and descending to 1385m / 7-8 hrs.
Night: Cave/ Camp/ Tent
Alugal Lena Cave - Meemure Village Trekking
Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa
After breakfast, we depart from the Alugal Lena cave to Meemure village. The trekking will take us through dry evergreen, montane and sub-montane forests, remote villages, tea plantations, rice & vegetable fields, while trekking along rivers. At the end of the trail, we may be able to bathe at a base of a waterfall.
In evening, we will reach to the destination, a secluded village called Meemure which offers the trekker an opportunity to experience rural life. The village is situated deep in the Knuckles wilderness, where the local people have maintained their traditional life style.
Alugallena Cave to Meemure Trekking, 11km/ descending from 1385m to 485m/ 6hrs.
Night: Village Clay House/ Camp/ Tent
Lakegala Mountain Hiking
We will climb Lakegala, a 1314m high rock outcrop. In Sinhala language Lakegala means “The Rock of Lanka”. The peak had been used as a navigation point for incoming ships to the ancient harbor of Trincomalee. From the summit of Lakegala we will get a clear view of the East Coast of Sri Lanka. The mountain is covered with wild flowers and eagles roaming in the skies.
The first 3 km is a tough, river-based trekking. The route is covered with creepers, rocks etc..
Later a small path leads us to the Dindi Oya, a stream with rock pools of unparallel beauty. We can bath at a natural pool and. An authentic village lunch can be arranged at the pool area and may have an opportunity to meet with the villagers
Lakegala Mountain Trekking, 6km/ 5 hrs.
Meemure to Kandy by vehicle, 70km / 2-3 hrs. (ascending from 485 to 1310m)
Night: Hotel in Kandy
Ramboda Waterfall & Nuwara Eliya City Tour
As we drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya we will visit Ramboda Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka, located in Pussellawa, which is about 109m high and has two main drops. It is formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya.
Nuwara Eliya is a resort city in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, famous for its salubrious climate, breathtaking mountain landscape and tea plantations. It was the favorite hill retreat of the British colonial settlers who tried to recreate a typical English Village. The Grand Hotel, the red brick post office, The Hill Club, the golf course, Victoria Park, Gregory Lake are its highlights.
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by vehicle, 80km / 2-3 hrs.
Night: Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Horton Plains National Park & Kirigalpoththa Mountain Trekking
Horton Plains National Park (2,100-2,300m), is one of the highest locations in Sri Lanka. It consists of ecosystems such as montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. This a section of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, being a biodiversity hotspot it is one of the best places to observe many of species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Visitors are advised to begin the 10km track early morning which includes World’s End precipice and the Baker’s Waterfall.
Kirigalpoththa is the second highest Mountain of Sri Lanka after Pidurutalagala. With a peak elevation of 2,388m, Kirigalpoththa is the highest point in the Horton Plains National Park and also the highest peak accessible to the public. This 7km trail will take around 3 hours of trekking, hiking & mountaineering challenges. Attempting Kirigalpoththa is for daring adventurers. A single & a slightly overgrown path snake through grassy plains, cloud forest, bog & finally steep rock surfaces. Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) & Sambur deer (Rusa unicolor) are the larger animals which you might be lucky to spot; you may even encounter a few endemic bird species.
Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains National Park, by vehicle, 30km / 1 hr. (each way)
Horton Plains National Park Trekking10km/ 3- 4 hrs. (2100m-2300m)
Kirigalpoththa Trekking, 07 km / 3 hrs. (2388m)
Night: Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Hatton to Udawalawe
Visiting a tea plantation is an unforgettable experience. Visitors can enjoy these wonderful places to chill out and breathe in the fresh mountain air as well as great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Tea plucking is an initial step in the tea making process. It is a delicate act that is artfully done by hand in order to eventually produce the finest quality tea. If desired, the visitor can join the tea puckers, collecting unforgettable memories.
Lover’s Leap Waterfall is the close to Nuwara Eliya Town. Nature Lovers can have a short trekking among the mountainous tea plantations (1890) to the impressive waterfall (30m in height) and enjoy with beautiful views of the surrounding in villages.
Bomburu Ella falls (also known as Perawella falls) is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka, located in Welimda, 30km from Nuwara Eliya. It is 50m high and this beautiful cascading mass of water is a collection of 10 smaller falls and is situated about 2000m above sea level with breathtaking views.
At the end of the tour, there will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Lovers Leap Waterfall mini trekking. 4km
Bomburu Ella Waterfall mini hike. 3km
Nuwara Eliya to Negombo, 180km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
Night: Hotel in Negombo