Day 1: Arrival.
Days 2-3: Day for Culture (Dambulla and Digiriya). Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. There are colorful and well preserved frescoes and statues of the Buddha inside the caves, which date back to the first century BC. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is famous for it’s 5th century AD and view the fresco gallery of the “Heavenly Maidens”. Accommodation – Center for Eco-Cultural Studies.
Day 4: Day for Culture and Flora (Kandy). Tooth Relic Palace is the temple of the Sacred Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic. There are thousands of worshipers, who visit the temple each day. Royal Botanical Gardens was established in 1816 and is a marvelous collection of specimens of flora of the tropical region. Accommodation – with a local family.
Day 5: Day for wild flowers and wild orchids (Nuwara-eliya). Horton Plains and Cloud forests – this area is up in the central hills off the island, nestling on a wild and windswept saddle at an elevation of 2100 meters and is a very good area to see some wild flowers and wild orchids in their natural habitats. Accommodation – Camping in Horton Plains.
Day 6: Day for Mammels (Udawalawa). Udawalawa National Park is probably the best national park for mammals, which the possibility to view elephants at close range. Accommodation – Selara Eco Hut.
Day 7: Day for Birds (Sinharaja). Sinharaja Rain Forest is the last remaining significant primary forest patch in the island, which is a world heritage forest with very high bio-diversity. Home for many Sri Lanka’s endemic birds. Accommodation – Martin’s Lodge.
Day 8: Day for Adventure (White Water Rafting in Kitulgala). Kitulgala is situated on a particularly delightful stretch of the Kelani river that incorporates rock-strewn section and rapids, often enclosed by high banks of tall bamboo, conditions ideal for the sport of White Water Rafting. Accommodation – Rafter’s Retreats.
Days 9-10: Day for Golden Beach (Marawila/Negambo). Accommodation – Sanmali Beach Resort.
Note: Transport by a air conditioned van or a car.
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