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Highlights of the Tour
  • Day 1. Negombo the historical city by the sea. And Waikkala the Marshland with great avifaunal diversity.
  • Day 2. Witness  Elephant in great numbers in Habarana/Minneriya. Camp at Kaudulla.
  • Day 3. Spend the day at Kaudulla. Park visit in the morning. Lunch and at leisure in Camp in the evening.
  • Day 4. A day with variety. Wasgomuwa, Knuckles and Kandy – the Home for the “Dalada Maligawa”.
  • Day 5. Temple of Tooth, City Tour, Lunch at “Little England” Visit Maha Eliya(Horton Plains0 and Camp.
  • Day 6.Trek down the “Satan’s Steps” – a beautiful trail – to Belihul Oya for lunch. Evening at leisure.
  • Day 7. Nature Trail to the “Village of Steel” or Canoeing in the Samanalawewa Reservoir. Back to Camp.
  • Day 8. Interesting day. The first leg of Trek along Riverine forest of Walawe Ganga. Participatory Camp
  • Day 9. Finish Trek to "fall that makes dust”.  Safari at “Park of the Elephant” Elite Camp for the night.
  • Day 10. Back to the Beach. Watch the Turtles come to beach in the night at Tangalla.
  • Day 11-13 Relax on the Beach thinking of last 10 days. Perhaps, some “Reef Watching” or even Diving.
  • Day 14. All good things must come to an end. Its Good Bye time.
Day 1 - Arrival & transfer to a hotel in Waikkala or Negombo.
Transfer to a hotel in Sigiriya, the ancient city of the “Fortress in the Sky”.
beach resorts in sri lanka, beach hotels in sri lankaNegombo
Bustling Negombo town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The narrow strip of land between the lagoon & the sea and the many canals make for a good exploration. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it in the same year, and captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.

sri lankan beaches, beaches sri lankaWAIKKALA is located in the Puttalam District, which falls into the dry zone category. Waikkala is in the midst of marine, coastal, estuarine, mangroves, marshland and man made habitat systems. All of these have contributed to the avifaunal diversity visible in the immediate surrounding. Much of the avifauna is characteristically wetland.


  • Arrival & transfer to a hotel in Waikkala or Negombo.
  • At leisure after a long flight.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Negombo or Waikkala
  • Accommodation:-
      • Economy – Hotel sunset Beach or similar
      • Explorer – Ranweli Holiday Village or similar
      • Deluxe  - “The Beach” Hotel or similar.
Day 2 - Waikkala / Negombo - Habarana - Minneriya - Kaudulla (FB)
Leaving to Habarana. Elephant safari in Habarana forest on the way.

We can spend a few hours watching Wild Elephants and even Riding a tamed one through the forest in Habarana where, you will have ample opportunities to take photographs of birds, animals, reptiles etc.

THE MINNERIYA is a Tank built in the 3rd century AD by King Mahasena, on the concept of a one time Great King of Sri Lanka: King Parakramabahu. His concept was that “not a single drop of water that falls from sky should be allowed to flow into the sea without making use for the betterment of mankind”. Situated 20Km northwest of Polonnaruwa, which is about 200km from Colombo, this ancient tank has an area of 2550ha. The National Park area, which is mainly the catchment area, was initially declared a sanctuary in 1938. The vegetation of this area consists of mainly dry mixed evergreen forest and much of Sri Lanka’s wildlife, including Elephant, is found here.


  • Proceed to Kaudulla via Habarana & Minneriya.
  • The breakfast will be served early or leave with packed breakfast to Habarana.
  • On the way Elephant safari (ride) in Habarana forest.
  • Lunch on the way to Minneriya.
  • Minneriya visit, in the evening.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Kaudulla border.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Explorer – MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
        • Deluxe - MAHOORA Elite SAFARI CAMPING
Day 3 - Kaudulla (FB)
Visiting the park. Overnight stay in the same camp.

Opened in 2002 just before the massive Wilpattu reopened, KAUDULLA is Sri Lanka's newest National Park. Situated around the ancient Kaudulla tank, the park provides a 6656-hectare elephant corridor, only 6 km off the main Habarana-Trincomalee road. With fantastic opportunities to see many elephants at close range, the park has become a popular destination for wildlife safaris that also take in leopards, sambar deer and the occasional sloth bear! As an additional novelty, you can go for cataraman rides on the tank.


  • Let’s do a visit to the Park in the Morning.
  • Come back to the Camp for Lunch. Evening at leisure.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at Kaudulla border.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Explorer – MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
        • Deluxe - MAHOORA Elite SAFARI CAMPING
Day 4 -Kaudulla - Wasgomuwa - Knuckles - Kandy (FB)

The breakfast will be served early to take us on our long journey with a packed lunch to the Wasgomuwa national park. On the way back to Kandy, we go through Knuckles.

safaris sri lanka,safari camps sri lankaThe WASGOMUWA National Park, situated in the Central Province is important in many ways. The presence of many small scale ancient tanks and several other ruins and ancient religious sites add vast historical importance to the National Park which is already important for its wide biodiversity. The view the visitor gets of large flocks of birds on dead treetops and big herds of dear and buffalos grazing when passing by a water source is always a pleasant sight. Peacocks roam this park in abundance where, having a glimpse of a bear is not very uncommon. Elephants, numbering about 150 are are roaming this park. . 

The KNUCKLES Forest, which covers an area of about 160sqkm, falls within the Kandy and Matale districts. One of the main aspects of this region is its unique landscape and the scenic beauty. It is without doubt, the most scenic part of the Highlands of Sri Lanka containing some of the most rugged, spectacular and breath taking mountain scenery in the island. Another unique feature in this range is that it represents almost all major climatic zones in Sri Lanka. This range undoubtedly will arouse the interest of any nature enthusiast and amaze any botanist or researcher. This wonderful area consists of almost all forest types in Sri Lanka.


  • Breakfast will be served early morning.
  • Proceed to Wasgomuwa National Park for a visit.
  • Packed lunch will be provided.
  • After lunch proceed to Kandy via knuckles.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at Kandy.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Economy – Gem Inn or similar
        • Explorer – Suisse Hotel or similar
        • Deluxe – Earls Regency Hotel or similar

Day 05 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Maha Eliya(Horton Plains) (FB)

After breakfast and Sightseeing tour around Kandy city, proceed to Maha Eliya (Horton Plains) via “Little England” - Nuwara Eliya with a packed lunch.

KANDYkandy dalada maligawa sri lanka
Sri Lanka’s hill capital stronghold of the Sinhala kings, repository of culture, religious centre is Sri Lanka’s most beautiful town. Focal point of this city is the Dalada Maligawa, were the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Highlight of the year is the Kandy Esala Perahera, when a replica of the Relic Casket is paraded in the streets, accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and anything from eighty to a hundred gaily-caparisoned elephants, for ten glittering festival nights. Once in Kandy you can’t miss the lovely artificial lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1806.

NUWARA ELIYA has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13oC this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range of  flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park is in the center of the city. Nuwara Eliya, is the highest town in Sri Lanka.
Yellow-eared Bulbul and Blackbird are very common in this area around the year while, Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher are common during winter

trekking trails and camping in horton plains sri lankaHORTON 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 elk, 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).


  • A Kandy city tour After breakfast.
  • Proceed to Horton Plains via Nuwara Eliya.
  • Packed lunch will be provided at a suitable location.
  • Trekking inside Horton Plains Park.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at a camp close to Horton Plains.
  • Accommodation:
    • Explorer - MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
Day 06 - Horton Plains - Belihul Oya (FB)

Let’s start on another long, interesting and a beautiful hike down hill along the “Satan Steps” to River Garden Resort.
Arrival at River Garden Resort for lunch.

camping safaris sri lankaBELIHUL 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 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.

This is a unique place where two streams namely “Belihul Oya” and “Galagama Oya” meet together creating a natural bathing area with clear unpolluted water that flows down from Maha Eliya (“Horton Plains”), 2200 meters above the sea level.


  • Leaving the camp to River Garden Resort.
  • Arrival at River Garden Resort for lunch.
  • At leisure after lunch.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Belihul Oya.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Explorer – MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
Day 07 - Belihul Oya - Kinchigune (FB)

We can engage ourselves in a few Nature Activities in Belihul Oya.

KINCHIGUNE NATURE TRAILsri lanka trekking trails
Kinchigune is an ancient village which is almost totally submerged in the waters of the Samanalawewa Reservoir which came to being in 1980s. The people of this village 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 at the time. Not stopping at that they have even supplied steel to the makers of  “Damascus Steel”, makers of the finest steel in the world.

This diverse trail of approximately 6km begins at the River Garden Resort in Belihul Oya, running through  the riverine forest of the Belihul Oya River itself.  During the trail, you will venture 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 where the Belihul Oya River meets the Samanalawewa Reservoir.  From there, it is a short climb up through the forest to the Kinchigune Eco Lodge where you could extend your stay and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.  The whole journey takes between 2 and 4 hours, depending on how often you want to stop for rest, photos, or simply to take in the wonderful surroundings.

CANOEING IN SAMANALAWEWAcanoeing in sri lanka,sri lanka canoeing tours
The calm and still 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 Belihul Oya 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, and a proper orientation will be given to those who are new to canoeing.


  • Morning is all ours to be at leisure.
  • Lunch at River Garden Resort
  • Evening nature trail to Kinchigune or canoeing at Samanalawewa.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Belihul Oya.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Explorer – MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
Day 08 - Belihul Oya –Hulan Ella(FB)

We start the first leg of our interesting two-day trail after breakfast.

From the Kinchigune Lodge we drive several kilometers up to a Buddhist Temple about 350 years old where, our trek starts. The walk beyond, will take us, through the village, into the uninhabited area and where the walk will be mainly through the forest. As we come close to the River we see a plot of paddy cultivation and finally at the end of it and on the bank of the River we reach the small hut belonging to the farmer who cultivates this plot of paddy.
We can relax a little at this hut before crossing the river to start the rest of the journey through the beautiful riverine forest. During this trail  we will not come across any human habitations and apart from an occasional small group or two of gem miners, who come to this desolate area and camp out here to mine for gems, we will not meet humans on the way, until perhaps, we come to Duvili Ella.

After a walk of about 8 kilometers through the Riverine forest we come to a beautiful, large and rocky area where there is a small waterfall of about 25ft in height. This waterfall is called “Hulang Ella” or the Walawe Ganga Fall (west).


  • Start on the trekking trail to Hulang Ella after breakfast. Packed lunch will be provided at a suitable location.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in a camp where the clients will also participate in setting up the camp.
  • Accommodation for all categories would be Participatory Camping

Day 09 - Hulang Ella – Duvili Ella - Udawalawe (FB)

We take breakfast in the camp, dismantle our camp, clean the campsite and start the rest of the trek up to Duvili Ella.

This 30,821 hectare dry zone  National Park was declared as a protected National Park in 1972. It has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C.
This park is world famous for its many Elephants. You will see whole herds of them, adults and young, bathing and playing in the water or feeding.

The safari will also be an unforgettable bird watching experience as Udawalawe has a wide variety of birds. The endemic species, the Red-faced Malkoha, has its favourite habitat in this parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket-tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White-necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama (the Forest Nightingale), Stork-billed Kingfishers and Peacocks are found in fair numbers.
Among the migrant birds are the Forest Wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.


  • The trek to Duvili Ella with packed lunch after breakfast.
  • From Duvili Ella, proceed in a vehicle to Udawalawe National Park.
  • Evening safari at Udawalawe National Park.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Udawalawe.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Explorer – MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
        • Deluxe - MAHOORA Elite SAFARI CAMPING
Day 10 -Udawalawe - Tangalla – Rekawa - Tangalla (FB)

After Breakfast, we will travel to Tangalle Bay Hotel in Tangalla.

These bays are 195 km from Colombo on the south-west coast on the main road. Tangalle is very popular destination for tourists who want to be just at leisure and soak up the sun. It is an area to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. The coastline is endowed with a series of bays with many beautiful beaches featuring palm trees, gold sands and blue waters.

Five out of 7 species of marine turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka. The Turtle Watch programme is a nature tourism initiative developed by the TCP (Turtle Conservation Project). “Rekawa”, which is one of Sri Lanka’s most important marine turtle nesting places where all 5 species come to nest throughout the year. The peak season takes place between February and July. Even though there isn’t any guarantee that marine turtles come to nest every night, you will be guaranteed an exiting night time adventure on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. 

Until the turtles arrive, we can rest at the tents or be at the beach.


  • Back to the Beach. We will proceed to Tangalle after breakfast.
  • After lunch, be at leisure and enjoy the beach.
  • Leave to Rekawa after dinner for Turtle Watching.
  • Back to bed at Tangalle after the Turtle Watch.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Tangalle.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Economy – Manahara Beach Cottage & Cabanas or similar
        • Explorer – tangalla bay Hotel or similar
        • Deluxe – Eva Lanka Hotel or similar
Day 11 to 13 - Tangalle – Hikkaduwa (FB)

Leaving to Hikkaduwa after breakfast

HIKKADUWA is well known for its beautiful corals & clear blue water, which is excellent for diving. Diving sites such as shipwrecks and coral reefs are found for exploration including natural Limestone Caves underwater.  


  • We will proceed to Hikkaduwa after breakfast.
  • At leisure.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Economy – Coral sands Hotel or similar
        • Explorer – Coral Garden Hotel or similar
        • Deluxe – Coral Gardens Hotel or similar
Day 14 - Departure


  • After breakfast departure from the Resort and transfer to the Airport.
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Cost Includes:
  • Transport in an air conditioned vehicle with a driver / guide
  • Accommodation at the Hotels / camps with meals. (Half Board on Day 1 & FB on all other days , inclusive of Breakfast on day 10 )
  • Packed lunch as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to Dambulla Temple , Sigiriya Rock Fortress , Polonnaruwa historical city , Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy , Peradeniya Botanical Gardens , Kandyan Cultural show Yala National Park & Jeep Safaris as specified
  • Fee to “Veddha “ people
  • Cost of the cycling trails as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Cycles for clients – USD 10 Per day will be reduced if own bikes are brought by clients for tour
  • Cycling guide & his accommodation fee
  • Water & snacks for the tour
  • Back up vehicles for trails – 4 Pax & above
  • Stand by cycles for an eventuality.
  • All government taxes & service charges.
Cost does not include:
  • Peak period supplements at hotels. .
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips and Porterage at hotels.
  • Any other services not specified above.
Payment policy: Full payment with confirmation.
Cancellation Policy:
  • 90 Days or more - 250  US $ Administrative fee
  • 60 to 89 Days -  15 % of the tour cost will be charged
  • 30 to 59 Days - 25 % of the tour cost will be charged  
  • 14 Days to 29 Days -  50 % of the tour cost will be charged.
  • 8 Days to 13 Days -  75 % of the tour cost will be charged.
  • Less than 7 days no refund.  

Eco Team should receive the cancellation in writing. Tour start day is not considered for computation of the period. 

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.

Naturally our ready made programmes will come cheaper than the tailor make programmes. How ever we are flexible enough to do minor changes to the ready made itineraries, with out any charge.? Please write to us

Do you own programme – Visit the location and activity pages on our site and you will come across mini tours in all of those pages. By combining them you can design your own tour. We will complete it by adding on the hotels and other cultural locations you may require.

Your tour will be handled by an experienced travel consultant who will provide a personalized service.

On certain occasions our Explorer programmes could be cheaper  than a tailor made programme for a specific client. But rest assured that we are flexible enough to effect minor changes to a Explorer programme as required by you,  our valuable clients  & offer same at no extra cost. Please contact us at we will do the needful.  

You also have the facility of designing your own  programmes by visiting our location and activity pages on the website and accessing the mini tours segment in those pages & selecting an appropriate combination. Our experienced travel consultants  will then add the finishing touches to the programme & provide a costing based on same. 

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