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Eco Team 4WD Tour - MUSCLE POWER TO HORSE POWER
PROGRAMME
: MUSCLE POWER TO HORSE POWER
DURATION
: 2 Nights / 3 Days.
PERIOD
: Valid till 30th April 2012
 

Highlights of the Tour

  • Day 1. Cycle, Canoe and Hike using all our Muscle Power in the "Village of Steel"
  • Day 2. Up the "Satan's Steps" using all our 4-WD driving skills and the machine's Horse Power.
  • Day 3. Departure
Day 1 - Belihul Oya, Kinchigune, Samanalawawa, Belihuloya (FB)
Arrival at River Garden Resort in the morning.
CYCLING TO KINCHIGUNE VILLAGE – “THE VILLAGE OF STEEL”

KINCHIGUNE

Kinchigune is an ancient village which is almost totally submerged in the waters of the Samanalawewa Reservoir which came to being about two decades ago. The people of this village has been has been engaged in the Steel Industry in addition to Agriculture in the early days. This village has a very important history that goes back to 2nd Century BC where these people have made steel weapons to the Army of the Great Sinhala King Dutugemunu who reigned over the Country during that time. Not stopping at that they have even supplied steel to the makers of “Damascus Steel”.

First section of our trail leads through a typical Sri Lankan village passing paddy fields, village houses, home gardens, canals etc. before falling on to a more difficult terrain and dirt tracks. At certain places we may even have to carry our cycles. We will have to cross the Belihul Oya Stream to get to our Eco Lodge at “Kinchigune”.

CANOEING IN SAMANALAWEWA RESERVOIR

The still and calm waters of the Samanalawewa reservoir are perfect for canoeing. Whether you want to take your time and go for a leisurely paddle for a couple of hours, perhaps venturing out to the mouth of the Belihuloya River or spend an entire day exploring the perimeter of the reservoir, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. The Samanalawewa reservoir is named after the Sinhalese word ‘samanala’, meaning ‘butterfly’, hinting not only at the terrific number of butterflies in the area but also the actual shape of the reservoir.

The word ‘wewa’ literally means ‘ tank’ (another term often used to describe reservoirs). The surrounding mountains add to the idyllic setting of the reservoir. All groups will be supplied with an experienced guide and modern life jackets. A proper orientation will be given to those who are new to canoeing.

KINCHIGUNE NATURE TRAIL

This diverse trail of approximately 06 kms begins at Kinchigune Eco Lodge running alongside the riverine forest and the Belihul Oya river itself. During the trail, we will walk through paddy fields, across rivers and past local village houses with their extensive vegetable plots. It is an ideal opportunity to learn a bit about the local agricultural systems and simple way of village living.

Along the way, you will also witness several types of beautiful birds and butterflies and some charming waterfalls. The trail finishes at River Garden Resort. The whole journey takes between 02 and 04 hours, depending on how often you want to stop for rest, photos, or simply to take in the wonderful surroundings.

SCHEDULE

  • Arrival at River Garden Resort in the morning.
  • Start the Kinchigune cycling trail after a short break.
  • Lunch at the Eco Lodge followed by canoeing in the Samanalawaw Reservoir.
  • Start the nature trail back to River Garden after canoeing.
  • Arrival at River Garden Resort.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at River Ga rden Cottages
Day 2 - Belihul Oya, Satan's Steps, Maha Eliya ( Horton Plains), Ohiya, (FB)
Let's Leave after an early breakfast for the 4-WD Adventure along the “Satan's Steps”.

“SATAN'S STEPS” is the name given to this treacherous road by the English Planters of theColonial Days who, themselves made this road, because of its numerous hairpin bends, steep climb and the ‘devilish' nature.

HORTON PLAINS is one of the country’s outstanding nature reserves. A very interesting feature here is the renowned World’s End with a sheer drop of 3700ft, which offers an awesome view of the souther part of Sri Lanka down to the coast, far away. Other attractions include Bakers Falls (Maha Eli ella) and Chimney Pool. Horton Plains Nature Reserve is approximately 10,000 hectares in extent. A remote, high plateau, 2000m high, supports grassland fringed and interspersed with patches of dense montane cloud forest. This locality is famous among bird watchers for the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush. A few more species we would also be looking for, are the endemic Yellow-eared Bulbul, the fantailed warbler, the Ashy headed babbler and the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie. There are three varieties of lizards located here including the horned lizard.

SCHEDULE

  • We leave Belihul Oya early around 7.00 am after breakfast for the 4 WD drive tour.
  • Drive up the "Satan's steps" to the "World's End" and return through Ohiya, Boralanda, & Haputale to Belihul Oya.
  • Lunch, at a suitable location of our choice.
  • Back to Belihuloya.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at River Ga rden Cottages.
Day 3 - Departure

SCHEDULE

  • Leaving to your next destination after breakfast.
- End of Tour -

Our Rates
 
No of Pax
02 Pax
Rate per person US$
388
 
**Discounted rates are available for 3 pax and above. Please Contact Us
Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation on full board basis at Belihuloya for 2 days.
  • Mountain Bikes and helmets in prime condition and experienced Cycle Guide for Biking Trail.
  • Experienced Oarsman / Guide for canoeing with Life jackets.
  • Transport from Belihuloya to Horton plains & back in a non-A/C open 4WD vehicle.
  • Entrance fees to the Horton Plains Park .
  • Picnic lunch.
  • All government taxes & service charges.
Cost does not include:
  • Any additional beverages or food, which would be ordered extra.
  • Any tips to the staff.
  • Guide's Fee.
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
  • Transport for the tour.
Payment policy: Full payment with confirmation.
 
Cancellation Policy:
  • 90 Days to 30 Days - 250 US $ Administrative fee or 10% of the tour fee which ever is higher.
  • 14 Days to 29 Days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 50 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking. Balance will be refunded.
  • 8 Days to 13 Days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 75 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking. Balance will be refunded.
  • Less than 7 days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 100 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking.
The above mentioned descriptions and programmes have been compiled after long, arduous, exploratory, and expensive work and hence is the property of Eco Team (Pvt) Ltd. Making use of these programmes/descriptions for any public or commercial programmes requires the permission of the said company.


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