Arrival and transfer to Belihuloya.
This is a climatically transitional area, which links the dry and wet zones at an altitude of less than 650m. As a result, the vegetation it consists is of moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical savanna forests, dry patana grasslands and montane temperate forests. The wide variety of 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.
In 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” in the 2nd century BC. 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.
Another very important aspect of this location - being situated in the middle of the Hill and Low Countries -, is the presence of a large number of beautiful locations and so many waterfalls not forgetting the forests, grasslands, caves etc. The great diversity of flora and fauna in this area has made this a very important location for the casual and the serious nature watcher
- Arrival & transfer to Belihuloya (160km from Colombo. 3½ hrs travel time)
- Lunch on the way or at the River Garden Resort (Belihuloya) – depending on flight arrival times.
- Afternoon at leisure.
- Dinner and Overnight stay at River Garden Resort – cottages or similar.