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: Camping Tour
: 8 Nights / 9 Days.
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Highlights of the Tour
  • Day 1. Arrival, lunch, a Nature Trail and overnight camping in Sinharaja, a World Heritage Site.
    Day 2. From the “Forest of the Lion King” to the “Park of the Elephant”–Udawalawe. Overnight Camping.
  • Day 3. Visit Orphaned Baby Elephants and proceed to Belihul Oya. Nature Trail to the “Village of Steel”.
  • Day 4. We will spend the day at Leisure or chose some Nature Activities.   
    Day 5.Visit Horton Plains, “World’s End” and Trek down the “Satan’s Steps” back to River Garden Resort
  • Day 6. An altogether different experience. Let’s meet the Veddha, the Indigenous  People of  Sri Lanka
  • Day 7. Enjoy and amaze at what Knuckles Wilderness Area has to offer.
  • Day 8. Wasgomuwa National Park and Camping to end the Tour
  • Day 9. It’s the Good bye time after breakfast and a safari.
Day 1 - Arrival and Transfer to Sinharaja Rain Forest(FB)

Arrival at “Sinharaja” gate office around 12.00 noon for lunch. We can walk to the Kudawa camp (10minuts walk) or travel in the vehicle to the approach path 200m from the camp.

Leaving for the Forest Exploration after lunch. (any no. of hours) 


sinharaja rain forest sri lankaSINHARAJA RAINFOREST is a world heritage site, which can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rain Forest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest. Whatever its ‘technical’ name is, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka! Named as a world heritage site in 1989, this lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest!

‘KUDAWA’ ECO TEAM CAMP is located on a peninsula in the forest and surrounded by two rivers (deep enough for swimming) and just beyond a tea plantation (where you will see the traditional tea pluckers in action).  Even without leaving the camp itself, so much can be seen – so let the nature come to you! 

The peaceful camp is an ideal location for early morning Bird Watching before a fascinating nature trail through the forest. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style!  The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. On your return from the afternoon nature trail, you will be welcomed with a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need




  • Arrival & Transfer to Sinharaja.
  • After lunch, Sinharaja Rain Forest exploration.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Sinharaja.
  • Accommodation:-
        • Explorer – MAHOORA Explorer CAMPING
        • Deluxe - MAHOORA Elite SAFARI CAMPING or Boulder Gardens or similar
Day 02 - Sinharaja - Udawalawe (FB)

off road safaris sri lanka, 4wd safaris sri lankaUDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city.  The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C.  It is most famous for the many elephants that live 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 monitor lizards, sambar, spotted deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.  A 4WD open-top 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.


  • Finishing breakfast, proceed to Udwalawe National Park.
  • We will arrive at the Camp inside the Park in time for lunch.
  • After lunch & a Short break, we do an evening safari at the park.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Udawalawe.
  • Accommodation:-
Day 03 -Udawalawe – Belihul Oya (FB)

Leave the Camp after breakfast & visit the elephant transit home at Udawalawe.


elephant transit home udawalawe sri lankaThis transit home, gives shelter to approximately 20 plus baby elephants who have become orphans or got abandoned mainly due to human-elephant conflicts. These babies will be looked after by the Wild life Department till they grow up to an age where they can survive on their own.

BELIHUL OYA is a very picturesque and romantic hamlet situated about 160km from Colombo in the historical “Sabaragamuwa” province. This zone is a climatically transitional area linking the wet & dry zones and the hill country & the low country. This very important location has made it one of the places in the country with the highest bio-diversity. River Garden Resort is built in this little hamlet.


nature trails in sri lanka, trekking in sri lankaIn the ancient times people living in this area have been engaged in Agriculture and the Steel industry. It is said, that these villagers have manufactured weapons like spears, swords and knives for the one time great Sinhala king “Dutugemunu”. It is also said, that the manufacturers of the world famous “Damascus Sword’ were supplied with steel by these villages.

If we were to look further back in time, even the presence of pre-historic settlements were proved by the finding of skeletal remains of the 29,000 year old pre-historic man “Homosapien balangodensis” in this area, during recent excavations.

standard safari camps in sri lankaThe SEMI-ELITE 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.


  • Finishing breakfast leave the Camp for a visit to the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home..
  • Leaving to Belihul Oya.
  • Arrival at River Garden Resort, in time for  late lunch.
  • After lunch and a short break a Nature Trail to Kinchigune.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Belihul Oya.
  • Accommodation:-
Day 04 - Belihul Oya (FB)


  • Full day at leisure. Guests also have options to engage themselves in activities like Nature Trails, Canoeing,  Cycling etc.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Belihul Oya.
  • Accommodation:-
Day 05 Belihul Oya – Maha Eliya (Horton Plains) – Satan’s Steps – Belihul Oya (FB)

Leaving after breakfast to Maha Eliya (Horton Plains) Gate entrance in your vehicle. Start trekking inside the park (6km).

trekking trails sri lanka, trekking trails to 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 Sambar deer, Giant squirrel, Wild boar, Wild hare, Porcupine and Leopard.   For bird enthusiasts, there 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds.  The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as ‘Bakers 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).

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

We have two options where  we can travel in the vehicle for about 6 km up to “Udaweriya” estate junction & start trekking or start the trek from the gate entrance itself. Distance to  the BambarakandaFalls from the junction is 14km. Along this trail we will cover Kingslyn estate, West Haputale estate and Bambarakanda Falls. From the falls we can either trek for another 6km & get in to the vehicle at Kalupahana to be driven to River Garden or get in to the vehicle near the falls itself.

bambarakanda water fall sri lankaBAMBARAKANDA FALLS
Within a majestic basin-shaped valley bordered by huge steep rocks and dark green forests of pines and tropic trees the highest waterfall of Sri Lanka [240.8m] plunges with two silver ropes over a vertical dark grey wall from the green saddle between Mt.Welihena and Mt. Bambaragala into a deep pool only 500m walking distance from the  road.


  • Leaving Belihul Oya around 6.00 am after breakfast in a vehicle to Horton Plains.
  • Trekking inside Horton Plains Park.
  • Lunch will be provided at a suitable location.
  • Continue trekking through “Satan’s Steps” to Bambarakanda.
  • Back to Belihul Oya.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Belihul Oya.
  • Accommodation:- 
        • Explorer –  Camping
Day 06 - Belihul Oya - Dambana (FB)
We leave after breakfast to get an altogether different experience – to familiarize ourselves of the livelihood of the Vaddha

indigenous people in sri lanka, veddah in sri lankaDAMBANA is a remote jungle village of indigenous people, situated about 300km from Colombo. The population of these indigenous ‘Veddha’ people now consists of only about 350 families, a number significantly reduced from a once thriving community.  The ‘Veddha’ are so influenced by the imposing dominant culture, they risk losing their traditions and what has been their livelihood for centuries. However, they remain determined that their way of life will continue into future generations.  The Chief himself told us on a recent visit to the village that his main worry is that he may not be able prevent the ‘Veddha’ traditions from dying out during his own lifetime.  Visitors to this fascinating village have the opportunity to meet and chat with the people who live there, learn about their traditions, and gain a unique insight into their way of life.  Our visit will also be of a direct financial benefit to the community because, as well as paying them a rent for the campsite and a fee for their involvement in the programme, Eco Team also uses local produce and labour whenever possible.

Our CAMPSITE is located in very close proximity to the Dambana Village itself.  During our stay, the ‘Veddha’ people will visit the camp in their traditional costume in order to perform some traditional dances.  The camp is also close to one of their former hunting grounds, so guests can have the chance to participate in a mock hunt. 


  • Leaving Belihul Oya to Dambana.
  • We will be met at the Dambana junction by Team Leader of the Camp and escorted to the camp for a typical and delightful Sri Lankan lunch.
  • After lunch and a little leisure, the visit to the Veddha village and a meeting with the Chief – Wanniyaleththo is arranged followed by the famous “Kiri Koraha” dance, which they perform to invoke blessings of the gods.
  • Back to Camp.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Dambana.
  • Accommodation :-
Day 07 - Dambana - Knuckles (FB)
Leaving to Knuckles in the morning after breakfast.

trekking trails on knuckles mountain range sri lankaThe KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE (called so because its appearance resembles a set of knuckles in a closed fist) has been declared a conservation area, and is now known as the KNUCKLES NATIONAL HERITAGE AND WILDERNESS AREA.  The region stretches an impressive 155 sq km that contains five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery.  It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or to go on a mountain bike ride, offering numerous trails that journey across clear  streams, through dense forests, past waterfalls, lush tea plantations, terraced paddy fields and colourful  home gardens.  The chance to visit traditional small mountain villages in the area gives an interesting insight into the close-knit atmosphere that such a local community fosters and provides a welcome departure from fast-paced modern day life.

The Eco Team’s Team Leader will meet us at Raththota and escort us to the CAMP AT THE PITAWALA VILLAGE, Riverston. Here we will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and camping rules and regulations. Before lunch is served, guests are free to take a little stroll from the campsite enjoying the surrounding environment.

THE NATURE TOUR in this area would arouse the interest of any nature enthusiast and amaze any botanist or researcher. This wonderful tour will take us through almost all forest types in Sri Lanka in matter of one hour.

At the end of the hard but interesting and educative day, the camp awaits the guests with a warm cup of tea. After an invigorating wash, guests can be at leisure star-gazing, till the hearty barbecue dinner, which generally is not expected in a remote camp, is ready.


  • After breakfast, leaving to the Knuckles.
  • A delightful typical Sri Lankan lunch at the camp.
  • After lunch and a little leisure we would be taken on a nature tour.
  • Back to the camp for the night.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Knuckles.
  • Accommodation :
        • Explorer –Camping
Day 08 - Knuckles - Wasgomuwa (FB)

Guests will proceed to Wasgomuwa after breakfast.

We will be welcomed on arrival at the camp inside the Park with a refreshing drink. After drinking and reading through the camping rules, we are free to take a river bath before lunch.

wasgamuwa national park sri lankaWASGAMUWA NATIONAL PARK, located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa and bordered by the ‘Mahaweli’ and ‘Amban’ Rivers, stretches an impressive 36,948 hectares. It was declared a National Park in 1984, making it the only one in the Central Province.  Home to a huge variety of flora and fauna (23 species of mammals – including elephants and bears, 143 birds, 8 amphibians, 17 fresh water fishes, 17 reptiles, 50 butterflies and 150 plants), this park is truly a paradise for the nature lover.  With many small scale ancient tanks and several other ruins and ancient religious sites the park also has significant historical importance.  It is also home to the ‘Sudu Kanda’ mountain range (about 470m above sea level)


  • Leaving to Wasgomuwa after breakfast.
  • After lunch, an evening safari at Wasgomuwa National Park.
  • Back to the camp for the night.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at Wasgamuwa. [Accommodation (camping) is also available outside the National Park for a lower price.]
  • Accommodation :-
Day 09 - Departure


  • After an early breakfast at 0630hrs we will do a morning Safari on the way to the Entrance.
  • Departure to the next destination
- End of Tour -

Our Rates - Please contact us
No of Pax
02 Pax
03 Pax
04 Pax
05 Pax
Value (Rate per person US$)
Explorer (Rate per person US$)        
Deluxe (Rate per person US$)        
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 standard 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 standard 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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