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Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours! You will be met on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by our local representative & leave for Nuwara Eliya for hotel check in.
Today proceed on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya. Today you'll also visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
This morning proceed to Horton Plains, The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains.
Departing Nuwara Eliya this morning we make our way to Sinharaja. Hotel check in at the Rainforest Eco Lodge and remainder of the day at leisure.
Today you will visit the Sinharaja Rainforest, the last remaining virgin rainforest in the country. The primeval Sinharaja covers 8900 hectares of breathtakingly beautiful, continuous forest. Beautiful Streams, springs, rivers, waterfalls, leopard, monkeys, butterflies and moths, rare trees, valuable shrubs and medicinal herbs are all found within its green canopy. A trek along the Sinharaja paths would provide nature enthusiast a never to be forgotten experience of sights and sounds and feelings. Due to its high bio-diversity and ecological importance, it has been declared as a National Heritage Wilderness Area and it is the only natural World Heritage Site (declared by UNESCO) in the country.
After breakfast we leave for Uda-Walawe. This evening enjoy a jeep safari through the national park. Uda Walawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen. The open plains are covered in thick manna grass up to the borders of the large reservoir in the centre and the Walawe river. The park is also covered by some abandoned teak plantation and dense scrub jungle. This variety in habitat makes for a rich variety of wildlife and game. As well as elephants, leopards live in the park (though you will be very lucky to spot one), toque monkeys, grey langur, spotted deer, wild pig and sambar.
Today enjoy further jeep safaris in the national park with further wildlife spotting opportunities.
This morning we leave for the Yala National Park where this evening you'll enjoy a jeep safari. This park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants and sloth bears. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. As is common in Sri Lanka there is a huge diversity of stunning birdlife including migratory species such as the flamingo. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly gives way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front.
Today enjoy further jeep safaris within the Yala National Park.
Departing Yala this morning we make our way to Marissa for hotel check in at the Mandara Resort and overnight.
It's an early start today as you head out on a whale watching expedition. On completion leave for Hikkaduwa. En route visit the Galle Dutch Fort. The Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. Hotel check in at the Citrus Hotel.
The remainder of your time in Sri Lanka can be spent relaxing on the country's stunning coastline.
Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you back to the international airport for your onward departure flight.