Visit sights such as The Galle Face Green, The Old Parliament, Old lighthouse, President’s House, First ever super market in Sri LankaCargills Ceylon LTD, Colombo Fort, Beira Lake, Slave Island, Colombo Town Hall, New Cultural Centre (Nelum Pokuna), Colombo 7 (Most Expensive Land Area in Sri Lanka), Independence Square, BMICH, and the National Museum of Colombo.
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Udawalawe National Park
Ssituated in the dry zone of the country and belonging to Sabaragamuwa & Uva provinces. The park area is 30,821 ha. The park was established in 1972. The park lies within dry zone and small segment lies within intermediate zone. The long dry season is characteristic feature. Main source of rainfall is southwest monsoon and mean annual rainfall is about 1520mm. the mean annual temperature is around 29C. Park consists of dry lowland forest, riverine forest, thorny scrublands and grasslands. One special attraction of the park is the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River which flows through the park. Udawalawe National Park is world famous for its large elephant populations. In this park one can observe elephants at any given time of the day. Other than Elephants water buffalo, spotted & barking deer, wild boar, sambhur, jackal & ruddy, grey & striped necked mongoose are also found in this park. Though the leopard, jungle & fishing cats have recorded in the park sightings are very rare. The park is also famous for birdlife. Crested serpent eagle, changeable hawk eagle, white-bellied sea eagle & grey-headed fishing eagle are the main raptors found in the park. Painted stork, open bill, little & Indian cormorant, Indian darter, many species of waders are also found within the park. Among the forest birds are the warblers, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Malabar pied hornbill, Sikir Malkoha, Blue face Malkoha, common Caucal, and grey hornbill.
Negombo grew from a historic little town with many legacies of its Dutch and Portuguese settlers, into Sri Lanka’s first beach resort. For the traveler with little time to linger, Negombo is a great coastal town to absorb beach life and rest before jetting back to the “real world”. En route sightseeing of the town and the fishing village. The Negombo Fishing Village also known as the Lellama by the locals is located across the lagoon bridge, near the Old Dutch Gate. The large open air fish market is the second largest in the country. It gives you an unpretentious insight into the local fisher community. The market is loud, vibrant and smells like fish! You will be able to witness the fishermen in hundreds of boats bringing in their days catch.
Kandy, at an altitude of 500m is the cultural center of Sri Lanka and was the capital of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a particularly relaxed hill station, once captured by the British. It is dominated by its lake and the nearby Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka's most sacred relic. A stroll around the sleepy, but serene Kandy Lake, where balmy winds waft across, a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens located at Peradeniya and a visit to the University of Peradeniya – the spacious green campus lay out near the banks of the Mahaweli is a must for any visitor to Kandy. En route visit a working tea factory in Giragama.
As an optional excursion neaby Kandy, you can visit - Gadaladeniya Vihara
Gadaladenyia Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pilimathalawa, Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located on Gadaladenyia Road, just up from the Gadaladeniya junction of the Colombo - Kandy Road, approximately 12.5 km to the west of Kandy and 3 km from the ancient buddhist temple, Lankatilaka Vihara.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
A visit to the Royal Botanical Garden Peradeniya near Kandy will pay rich dividends. To the botanist, this is indeed a land of plenty. The diversified climate allows for the growth of tropical as well as sub-tropical trees. The luxuriant undergrowth and tall majestic trees of the wetzone tropical forest contrast with the arid scrub land and talipot palms of the dry north. In the hills, vegetation varies from the almost treeless patnas of Horton Plains to the dark cloud forests, wreathed with the protected Old Man's Beard Moss. From March to May, numerous flowering trees such as the fiery Poincianan regia, the white Mesua ferrera and the cherry blossom-like Tebebuia burst into bloom and flowering orchids include endemic varieties such as the protected Vanda and Wesak Orchids. National emphasis has also been placed on the humanplant relationship: official recognition has been given to the Na Tree (Mesua nagassarium) and the BlueWater Lily (Nymphaea stellatac), as the national tree and flower respectively.
Enjoy the Flying Ravana Mega Zipline. Flying Ravana is Sri Lanka’s first ever zip-line, located amidst the luscious green estates of Ella. The two-wire zip-line stretches for more than half a kilometre, slides at 80kmph and offers a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful hills of the island. It is exclusively designed for adventure enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies who prefer a not so ordinary hillside experience. On conclusion visit a working tea factory and estate. Return and remainder at leisure.
Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka was established in 1954 and serves as the main catchment area for Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. Senanayake Samudraya was built under the Gal Oya development project by damming the Gal Oya at Inginiyagala in 1950. Gal Oya National Park with a boat safari on Sri Lanka’s largest lake. Enjoy the only experience in Sri Lanka that allows you to spot wildlife from the water. It’s a unique way to immerse yourself in the animals’ habitats. With a little luck you could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. A 2-3-hour safari by boat, and a scenic 40-minute drive from the lodge to the lake is perfect to explore the national park and surrounding villages.
Take a visit to the Primate Center Eco Lodge for the morning field session of the monkey tour which starts at 06.00 am. with a team briefing that will introduce you to the world of the primates in Polonnaruwa. First species you would encounter would be the majestic Hanuman or the Grey langur and a small troop of very active and gregarious Toque macaques. You watch them wake up and follow them closely for a small part of their day while they venture out to feed and interact socially with each other as well as the other species and other animals and even humans. You will enter the Polonnaruwa Archeology grounds and Nature Reserve which will be your study area for the macaques and the langurs around 7.15am once the tickets are bought from the Central Cultural Fund ticket office for all foreign guests.
Visit Dambulla cave temples. Dambulla is a town built around a vast isolated rock mass 500 ft and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was here that King Valagambahu took refuge in the 1st century B.C. The view from the top of this rock is breathtaking 350 ft. above are a series of five caves which was later turned into a magnificent rock temple by King Valagambahu. In the first cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47 ft, long, cut out from the rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism. The frescoes on the walls and ceiling could be dated to the 15th - 18th centuries. In the second cave, the finest and the largest, are not less than 150 life size statues of gods. There are numerous images of the Buddha as well. The ceiling too is covered with frescoes which depict great events in the life of the Buddha, and landmarks in the history of the Sinhala People.
Take a late afternoon visit Minneriya wild life sanctuary where you can see herds and herds of Sri Lankan wild elephants in their natural habitat. Inside the park you will come across wild boar, deer, elephants, bears, peacocks, flamingoes and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them to live. The elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and you may watch them bathing their young and immersing themselves in the river. They can also be sighted at close range sometimes. Herds of deer roam at will keeping a wary eye on the predators. Peacocks flaunting their colorful feathers strut around and flamingoes are a breathtaking sight. You will find this a delightful place to survey our wild animals.
With only a few activities mentioned above, Sri Lanka is the place to explore and experience all the wonderful sights they have to offer.
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