Legacy of Batuta – 7 Days Trekking Adventure (Private Tour)

7 Days

Overview

This is a Hard Adventure Expedition includes 4 days of trekking including a night trek. The trekking adventure starts with the path by which the great traveler Ibn Batuta used to climb Adam’s Peak on his journey from the Southern coast(Galle) to the North Western coast (Puttalam).

All trekking trails except Adam’s Peak trail are exclusive and unexposed. Some of the tails run through the jungle enabling guests to feel the tranquility of nature. The trails from day 2 up to day 4 will lie on the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and the treks on day 05 lie in the jungles bordering the northern part of Udawalawe National Park.

Our team of trekkers are well experienced in trekking with adequate skills to manage the entire trail.

Highlights at a glance

  • First you will get to visit colourful fish markets, vegetable & fruit markets… interact with the locals & learn a few “trade secrets”.
  • Trekking to the Adam's Peak, Witness the glorious sunrise.
  • Soft Half day trekking through some beautiful tea estates.
  • Then off to hike Bogawantalawa to Galpothuthenna.
  • Stay at Tented Safari Camps bordering the National Parks in Sri Lanka & candlelight dinners under the stars.
  • Meet the giants of the forests - the Sri Lankan elephants - as you explore Udawalawe National Park.
  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home, where orphaned baby elephants are nurtured and injured elephants are nursed back to health.
  • Colombo City exploration and great shopping experience prior to your departure.

Itinerary

The first day of your private, trekking tour of Sri Lanka can be enjoyed at your own pace. You will be picked up from the airport by your private chauffeur and taken to your hotel. If you arrive during the day, you can visit the local art galleries to view their amazing collections, explore the town, go on a boat ride along the famous Dutch canal and of course, catch some sun on the wide, golden beaches. At night, the best place to visit is ‘Hotel Road’, which is packed with bars, seafood restaurants and hotels. You can do all of these activities by yourself or accompanied by your chauffeur.

Dinner

After enjoying your breakfast, visiting the Negombo Fish Market, you will be free until the check out time and driven to Siripagama; the foothills of Adam’s Peak from the southern side. Do not miss the opportunity to visit a gem pit in Rathnapura to witness the process of extracting the most precious stones from the Sri Lankan soils. Upon your arrival and Siripgama, you will meet your trekking guides who will take you through the wilderness in the next couple of days. After orientation & briefing to the Programme, you will enjoy a light Sri Lankan dinner and participate in the blessings ceremony in the Temple and start the Climb around 11.00 pm and reach the summit before sunrise.

An earlier start time will be required during the pilgrimage season from December to May, as the climbing duration increases due to the sheer number of pilgrims heading up the mountain. After exploring the temple at the peak, you will have a short wait for sunrise.

TREKKING DISTANCE: 8 km (from Siripagama to the Summit of Adam’s Peak)
DURATION: 6 hours
GRADING: Hard / Moderate

Breakfast

At dawn you can experience a spectacular sunrise and watch the light leap from peak to peak on the mountains around you. You can begin your descent soon after and head back to your hotel to refresh and tuck into a hearty breakfast. After a well deserved rest and a hearty Sri Lankan lunch, you will head out on an easy half-day trek. This trek will take you through some beautiful tea estates in Hatton and at the end of it, you will go on a tour of a tea factory, where you will find out how tea goes from being a leaf on a bush, to a warm cup of golden goodness!
TREKKING DISTANCE: 5 km (from the Summit of Adam’s Peak to Delhousie)
DURATION: 3 hours
GRADING: Moderate

Breakfast

It’s another early morning start for you, and this time you will be heading to Bogawantalawa to begin the hike. The drive will take you to the start of the trail where your hiking guide will conduct a briefing on the trail, what to expect on the hike and the safety arrangements. There will be a few breaks during the 8 to 10 hour trek for you to rest, admire the scenery, capture photos, and of course, enjoy your breakfast and lunch. The descent towards the end is rather steep, but it comes with amazing views of the surrounding areas. The trail ends at Galpothuthenna, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to your campsite in Belihuloya overlooking the Samanalawewa Reservoir.

TREKKING DISTANCE: 18 km (from Bogawantalawa to Galpothuthenna)
DURATION: 8 – 10 hours
GRADING: Hard / Moderate

Breakfast

Your early morning start will take place at the 350-year-old Kumbalgama wooden temple. After a chat with the monks and receiving their blessings, your trek will begin with the usual briefing by your guide. You will follow the Walawe river for parts of your journey, pass through varied landscapes and encounter plenty of animals and birds. Your trek will end at the spectacular Duwili Ella falls, where you will enjoy a river bath and a sumptuous lunch. A vehicle will pick you up from this point and take you the rest of the way to Udawalawe National Park. At night you will be treated to an alfresco candle light dinner experience under the stars at your campsite.
TREKKING DISTANCE: 18 km (from Bogawantalawa to Galpothuthenna)
DURATION: 8 – 10 hours
GRADING: Hard / Moderate

Breakfast, Dinner

Leave for an early morning jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park with packed breakfast.Located on the boundary of Sri Lanka’s wet and dry zones, Udawalawe National Park, is one of the best places in the world to see wild elephants. Witness the giants in their natural habitat back at the park entrance and drive to Elephant Transit Home to be in time at 10.30am to witness the bottle feeding of milk to elephant calves. Drive to Colombo and check in at your hotel upon your arrival and set off for a city and shopping experience in Colombo to expose yourself to the urban life in Colombo.

Breakfast

After breakfast and check out, it is time for us to safely transfer you and your family to the airport, well in time for an unhassled check in and safe journey back home or your onward destination. The short drive to the Bandaranaike International Airport will be under 45 minutes.

Breakfast

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels/ campsites/ guest houses on double sharing basis
  • All meals starting from the dinner on day 01 till breakfast on day 7
  • Meet & Greet Service at the Airport.
  • All required transfers during the tour including Airport transfers.
  • Trekking Trails
  • Well Experience Local Trekking Guides for all treks
  • Snacks & Water during the treks
  • Management of all trekking trails including back up & First Aid services
  • Jeep Safari in Udawalawe National Park
  • All Government Taxes and service charges

Excludes

  • Optional Activities. not mentioned in the program. [if any additional service is required please inform us we will arrange the service accordingly.]
  • Early check-in / late check-outs (in Sri Lanka the check-in is offered at 1400 hrs and the check-out is at 12 noon).
  • Christmas & New Year Eve dinner supplement. (24th & 31st December)
  • Any Airfare, any insurance fee.
  • Any Visa fee. Electronic Travel Authority could be obtained by following the below link (https://eta.gov.lk/etaslvisa/etaNavServ)
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion above.
  • Any optional tours or transfers.
  • Any expenditure of personal nature like tabled drinks, laundry, tip, telephone calls, soft/ hard drinks, still/video camera fee (if any) etc.
  • Tipping to the local Driver Guide.
What happens after I confirm the tour?

When it comes to the accommodation, all the reservations are subject to availability at the time of confirmation, and as soon as we have received the payment, our Tour Operations Team will take in charge of your tour and proceed with the reservations. In case a hotel mentioned in your itinerary has no availability, we will find you an alternative. No changes will be done without your approval!

Will I receive a schedule with exact timings for my tour?

We will make a rough day-by-day schedule for your tour, but won’t set you exact timings for each and every activity – unless there is a an activity which start at a specific time. Since you will be traveling by private vehicle, with a knowledgeable driver-guide, we want you to have your part in decision making. With the help from him, you may tune the schedule to your rhythm.

Am I allowed to do any extra stops or visits?

Along the destinations included in your itinerary, you are free to take as many stops as you want to. When it comes to additional visits and destinations that are located out of the original route, the extra kilometers will be taken in consideration. For your journey, we will calculate a total mileage that is sufficient for the whole tour and mentioned in your itinerary. If this limit is exceeded, we will charge a supplement according the extra mileage.

Am I allowed to do any changes to my itinerary during the tour?

We’ll do our best to accommodate the programme in your needs and wishes, if something urgent occurs during your tour. In a situation that requires changing the accommodation, the cancellation policies of the hotels concerned are to be taken on account.

Will I need a visa?

Since the 1st of January 2012, all travelers must be in possession of a visa when arriving in Sri Lanka. Citizens from Singapore and The Maldives are the only exempt. Visitors can apply for the official Electronic Travel Authorization (visa) via www.eta.gov.lk, or upon arrival at the airport. There is a small fee to pay, and you must have at least six months left on your passport at the time of travel to obtain one.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

MasterCard and Visa are widely used and accepted by many local shops, restaurants and hotels, but it’s always better to double check. Other major cards such as AmEx and DinersClub are accepted often also.

The Important Stuff

Sri Lanka is a nation where religion and culture occupy an important place in the day-to-day lives of the local people. It is important to be aware of the customs and practices that are particular to the location you are visiting, so here are a few general tips to keep in mind during your travels. Your chauffeur will assist you with more detailed information.

  • If you plan on visiting any temples, ancient or current, you should wear clothing that covers your body from your shoulders down to your knees. Head coverings such as caps or helmets should be removed and shoes must be taken off at the entrance. White coloured clothing is generally a good choice to go with here.
  • Some religious places do not allow photography or videography without prior permission and some may not allow it at all. Refer to signage or ask your chauffeur guide about the policy or protocol. Don’t try to photograph or take videos without permission.
  • If you have any tattoos associated with Buddhism, Hinduism or Islamism, it’s best that you cover them completely in public places. 
  • Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places, workplaces and on public transport.

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Legacy of Batuta – 7 Days Trekking Adventure (Private Tour)
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    The hotels, tours, add-ons, and guides who are part of this programs are carefully vetted, so that you enjoy the highest quality standards and enjoy your tour with peace of mind. At any given point of the tour you will always be within reach of your guide, either physically or via phone (e. G: when you are out exploring on your own), for any assistance.
  • Pre-Tour additional dates in Negombo.
    Post-Tour additional dates in Udawalawe & Colombo.