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Eco Team 4WD tour - AN "ALL IN ONE" 4-WD TOUR
PROGRAMME
: AN "ALL IN ONE" 4-WD TOUR
DURATION
: 4 Nights / 5 Days.
PERIOD
:Valid till 30th April 2012
 
Highlights of the Tour
  • Day 1. Historic Living Fortress - Galle to Udawalawe. An easy to moderate drive from the  “Fortress Town” to the “Land of Elephants”
  • Day 2. Udawalawe to Belihul Oya – 500 ml years old cave. 40,000 years old pre historic man’s settlements. Scenic moderate drive from the dry zone to the hills.
  • Day 3. Name says it all - Devil’s Stair Case .  32 Hair Pin Bend challenge.
  • Day 4. Yesterday it was named after the Devil and today it’s the Satan. But both terrains are equally evil. Belihuloya to Horton Plains National Park through Satan’s Steps & Sri Lanka’s highest water fall - Bambarakanda . We end the day’s tour in - Little England Nuwaraeliya.
  • Day 5. Nuwara Eliya to your next destination.
 
TOUR ITINERARY
 
Day 1   -  Galle - Udawalawe (FB)

An early start is best as a long Drive is ahead.

GALLE, the largest town in the region is full of history, which goes back to the ancient times. Since the ancient times the Port of Galle has been has been popular among the international traders and has been the most important Port in the country. It has been so till the development of the Colombo Port in late 19th century and is still frequented by many ships and yachts. The most important attraction in Galle is the Fort, which is a World Heritage Site. This 36ha Fort built by the Dutch built in 1663 is well preserved and encloses a complete city except for town. It has a large number of houses, several Schools, Religious institutions, Law Courts, Government Offices, an Army Camp, Hotels, small Shops, and Boutiques etc. A walk atop these Fort walls around the Fort at dusk could be a very pleasant experience. Galle is a pleasant old city, which is developing very slowly. 

4WD ROUTE FROM GALLE TO UDAWALAWE

We will first go through somewhat busy semi urban streets.  A little later we will notice the sudden change of the environment with much less population and somewhat deserted roads. We are now driving through typical Sri Lankan villages and this trend will continue giving you a variety of paddy fields, tea plantations, oil palm plantations and intermittent forest patches. Of course, you will be driving up and down many hills through narrow roads and past many small towns giving you an opportunity to get an idea of what these small towns/ villages are like. Closer to Udawalawe we will cut across a sugar plantation/village and arrive right at the entrance to the Park.

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city.  The 30,821 hectare dry zone National Park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C.  It is most famous for the many elephants living there (about 500 in total).  During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water!  In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many Water Buffalo, Water Monitors, Lizards, Sambur, Spotted Deer, Monkeys and the occasional Leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.  A 4WD open-topped safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.

SCHEDULE

  • Pickup from the hotel in the morning from Galle.
  • Start the drive to the Udawalawe National Park.
  • Lunch will be provided on the way.
  • Arrival at Udawalawe National Park for evening tea & a safari inside the park.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Udawalawa.
    • Kalu’s Hideaway or similar.
 

 

Day 2   -  Udawalawe – Wavulpone – Belihul Oya (FB)

4WD starting from Udawalawe to Belihul Oya, via Wavulpone, Kooragala and Duvili Ella.

4WD ROUTE FROM UDAWALAWE TO WAVULPONE

Starting off from the camp with a Safari Drive ‘chasing elephants’, we come to the gate and drive for about ten kilometers and come to the main road. Drive along the newly paved and widened main road for about fifteen kilometers before you turn off and head along an uphill road through a lush green area towards the famous Wavulpone Cave for about 10km and a further 1-1/2km along very narrow and rough stretch of trail. We will descent at a suitable location for parking and do the last 500 m on foot.

WAVULPONE CAVE

This cave is an isolated cavern set against the eastern slopes of the Rakwana Range. It contains a large number of stalactites and stalagmites and is estimated to be approximately 500 million years old. We will walk into the 100m high cave to discover this prehistoric world. While there are few fossils visible in the caverns wall, the main building process is still continuing. The stream, which runs through this cave, occupies about half the ground space inside cave and meets a beautiful 85foot waterfall that, falls on to it from close to the top of the cave, at the center, giving you a mysterious and a thrilling experience. You may encounter few water monitors, Amphibians and thousands of Bats in this fully dark cave.

Finishing the cave exploration, we will continue on the same rough dirt road until we arrive at the village school. From here, the road condition is comparatively better and we will cut across a major section of the Rakwana mountain range to descend to the Pallebedda Junction.

From here we will do another short and steep, but interesting, 14km climb up to Weligepola village. Along this stretch you will notice how the vegetation and crops change gradually from dry zone climatic conditions to intermediate. We will stop to have our packed lunch at a suitable location.

From Weligepola, we will drive to our Campsite through another very interesting scenic road. On this drive, we will be extra vigilant for possible bird wildlife sighting, including our maximus friends. After driving through an uninhabited forest for several kilometers you will be passing by, and below, the 100m high 600m long dam of the Samanalawewe reservoir too.


 

BELIHUL OYA  This is a climatically transitional area, which links the dry and wet zones at an altitude of less than 1500m. As a result, the vegetation it consists is of moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical savanna forests, dry patana grasslands and montane temperate forests. The vegetation in this environment has made this location an exciting one for the serious as well as the casual nature lover.  The average temperature in the area is about 28.3 degrees Celsius and the mean annual rainfall is between 1,875 and 2,500mm.

The SEMI-LUXURY CAMPSITE at River Garden provides an ideal opportunity to experience camping in style!  This is camping with a difference - the tents are very spacious, clean and modern, and guests are guaranteed a good night’s sleep on comfortable mattresses and listening to nature’s very own orchestra!  The camp has easy access to the restaurant, toilets, shower and freshwater ‘al fresco’ bathing in the river. 

SCHEDULE

  • Leaving the park after breakfast to Wavulapone cave.
  • Lunch will be provided after the cave visit.
  • Then continue the drive to Belihuloya.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Belihuloya Campsite.
 

Day 3   -  Belihul Oya – Devil’s Staircase – Belihuloya (FB)

After breakfast we will drive to Devil’s Staircase in Non Perial estate and back to Belihuloya.

32 HAIR PIN BENDS DRIVING EXPEDITION.

Today, early in the morning, we will set off for our explorations with a packed breakfast and lunch for the day. On this trail - which leads to the border of Horton Plains through one of the oldest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, viz. Non Periel Estate - we will climb 1250m [approx] over a distance of just 18km with 32 impressive hair-pin bends. The view from the trail becomes better and better as we move higher and we will get an amazing bird’s eye view of our campsite area once we reach the summit. We will make brief stops for Breakfast / refreshments & photo opportunities on the way and lunch is usually taken at the top, after completing the 2 ½ hour drive. By this time you will probably realize why colonial planters named this trail the Devil’s Staircase.

You are free to go for a little walk in the plantation after lunch before we start the descent around 2.00pm

Dinner and overnight stay at Belihuloya campsite.

 

Day 4   -  Belihul Oya – Horton Plains – Nuwara Eliya (FB)

4WD starting from Belihul Oya to Nuwara Eliya via Satan’s Steps and Horton Plains.

4WD – BELIHUL OYA – HORTON PLAINS

Prepare yourselves for a good, interesting and challenging drive through beautiful, fascinating and enchanting territory. The real drive starts after an initial section of few kilometers along the main road. Soon after you turn off the main road the ruggedness of the road becomes evident. Five kilometers into this road we will be driving past the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka – the Bambarakanda Waterfall. Beyond this point, the road would be rugged, winding and climbing steeply making the drive very interesting and challenging. It is the steepness of the climb, the narrowness of the road and the presence of many hairpin bends that has prompted the English planters during the Colonial days to call this stretch the “Satan’s Steps”. You will be starting, after sometime, to feel the coolness of the environment and the crispness of the air.  

A little later we will emerge on the highest plateau of the country. This area, identified in ancient times by our Kings as a great water source and as an ideal retreat and later discovered again during colonial days, is now a National Park. After a short drive from the emerging point, you will come to the entrance to this famous and important National Park – “Maha Eliya” as called by the people and “Horton Plains” as identified later by the British.

HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK is undoubtedly one of the world’s best nature reserves.  It is characterized by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland. In general, the forests are seen on the hilltops or upper slopes, and the grasslands in the valleys and lower slopes, eventually giving way to wetland habitats.  Spanning approximately 10,000 hectares the park is also home to a wide variety of flora (57 species, 29 endemic to Sri Lanka) and 24 species of mammals such as Sambur, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild boar, Wild hare, Porcupine and Leopard.   For bird enthusiasts, there are 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds.  The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as ‘Baker’s Falls’, ‘Chimney Pool’ and the famous ‘World’s End’ (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).

We will drive through the Horton Plains and do the 6 km walk and then drive to Nuwara Eliya for overnight stay.

SCHEDULE

  • Leaving Belihul Oya to Horton Plains via Satan’s Steps.
  • Packed lunch will be provided at a suitable location.
  • Continue the drive to Nuwara Eliya.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 5   -  Nuwara Eliya - Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to your next destination.

- End of Tour -


RATES FOR THE TOUR
 
No of Pax
02 Pax
(Rate per person US$
995
 

Above rates are given with hotel accommodation for the day 1 and you  have the option to upgrade over night stay for a Mahoora Standard Movable Safari Camp or a Mahoora Luxury Movable Camp by paying the following supplementary charges.    

 

Supplement for Mahoora Camp in Udawalwe Park.

Mahoora Standard         US $ 220 per person
Mahoora Luxury             US $ 360 per person

 
 
Cost Includes:
  • Managing the Entire Expedition with all special permissions etc.
  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned above itinerary.
  • Meals on Full board basis during the entire tour.
  • Transportation during the tour in Toyota Hilux Double Cabs with A/C or similar. (Maximum 3/ 4 in a Cab / jeep)
  • Professional driver / guide and his meals + accommodation for the entire tour. 
  • Replacement of a similar vehicle in case of a breakdown.
  • Entrance fees to Udawalawa National Park and Trekkers fee.
  • Entrance fees to Horton Plains and charges for the trekkers.
  • Rain coat, Torch, Helmets for Caving and the fee to the local guides.
  • All government taxes & service charges.
Cost does not include:
  • Transportation up to Galle.
  • Any additional beverages or food, which would be ordered extra.
  • Any tips to the staff.
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
IMPORTANT FACTORS:
  • The persons who need to drive should posses a Valid International Driving License.
  • Personal effects for Warm/Windy/Rainy conditions should be carried by clients.
  • Insect repellent, Sunburn lotion etc are recommended.
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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