Sri Lanka holiday, wild escapes

“Taking in well-known highlights and lesser-known gems, this eight day tailor made tour provides a tantalising taste of this magical isle.”


Colombo | Habarana | Sigiriya Rock Fortress | Minneriya National Park | Kandalama | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Sinharaja Rainforest | Ranweli Holiday Village

Description of Sri Lanka holiday, wild escapes

This wonderful 8 day tour travels to lesser know locations and beautiful eco properties around the island, as well as visiting and viewing the elephants at Minneriya National Park.

Highlights include:
1. Jeep Safari – Minneriya National Park
2. Sigiriya Rock Fortress
3. Temple of the tooth
4. Tea Factory
5. Tea Plantation
6. Nature Trek - Sinharaja

Sinharaja Forest Reserve – one of the least disturbed and biologically unique primary lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka, covering an extent of over 11000 hectares. Of international significance and declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978 when UNESCO included it in its international network of Biosphere reserves. Spend your day walking with expert guides through Sinharaja Rainforest - Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforest and home to most of the island’s endemic bird life.

Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations.

The city of Kandy is famed for the Temple of the Tooth, commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa". It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha and it is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka.

Ranweli is located in a coast wetland estuary and this contributes to a large diversity of over 130 species of birds. Activities include bird watching, nature walks, cycling tours, river cruise, craft demonstrations, butterfly tours, all of which can be arranged locally upon arrival at the hotel.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Depart London Heathrow on your overnight flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Day 2:On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by Your Travel Representative from Walkers Tours and be transferred to Habarana. (Airport to Habarana: approx. 04 Hours / 160 Km). Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight Stay at The Other Corner, Habarana on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 3:Today you will visit the Lion Rock, one of the seven World Heritage sites in the island. (Habarana to Sigiriya: approximately 45 Minutes / 25 Km). In the afternoon you have the option of enjoying a game drive at the Minneriya National Park. Overnight Stay at The Other Corner, Habarana on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 4:This morning you will leave Kandalama and drive to Kandy. (Habarana to Kandy: approximately 03 Hours / 104 Km). Continue to Kandy and check in at your hotel. Overnight Stay at Kaya Residency, Kandy on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 5:Spend your day at leisure or you have the option of sightseeing in Kandy. The driver will be at your disposal to explore within the city limits of Kandy. Overnight Stay at Kaya Residency, Kandy on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 6:This morning you head to Nuwara Eliya. (Kandy to Nuwara Eliya: approx. 2.5 Hours / 82 Km) Upon arrival you will visit a Tea Plantation and Tea factory. Overnight Stay at Avian Breeze, Nuwara Eliya on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 7:Today you will head to Sinharaja . (Nuwara Eliya to Sinharaja-approx. 05 Hours / 195 Km). Check in at hotel. Located on a division of the Enselwatte Tea Estate bordering the South-eastern side of the Sinharaja Rainforest Overnight Stay at Rainforest Eco Lodge, Sinharaja on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 8:Wake up to the sounds of the rainforest this morning; a beautiful symphony of birds and frogs, and watch the mists rise over the luscious plantations. Spend your day walking with expert guides through Sinharaja Rainforest. Overnight Stay at Ranweli Holiday Village, Waikkal on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Day 9:Enjoy a full day at the hotel on many of the activities on offer. Overnight Stay at Ranweli Holiday Village, Waikkal –Standard Room on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 10:Today you will be transferred to the airport to board your departure flight back to London Heathrow.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique primary lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka, covering an extent of over 11000 hectares. Of international significance and declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978 when UNESCO included it in its international network of Biosphere reserves. Of Sri Lanka's endemic birds, all 22 rainforest species are seen here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Local expert guides ensure that guest understand the fragile nature of the environment and respect the wildlife, observing from a suitable distance so as not to infringe upon their habitat and upholding a 'leave no trace' policy while visiting.

Our accommodation in the forest is part of the Rainforest Ecolodge company, a joint effort at creating an idyllic holiday retreat that strives to conserve the environment and benefit the village community. It follows strict eco-friendly policies that aims to re-use, re-design, and recycle. The unique partnership of the Tourism Cluster was formed in April 2000 under the USAID Competitiveness Initiative. In August 2003, with support of an international ecotourism expert, local biodiversity experts and other specialists from USAID's Competitiveness Initiative, the project feasibility was completed and presented to the industry of investment. A number of companies subscribed to the offering and the Rainforest Ecolodge Company was set up to implement the project.

Other accommodation on the trip also adhere to strict environmental criteria:

"The Other Corner" hotel is the vision of Rahula Dassenaieke, a lover of nature in his own rights and a keen photographer. Rahula came up with the concept of “The Other Corner” as a place to relax with the idea of maintaining an unsullied environment for other avian and nature lovers to enjoy what is frequently termed the abundance of nature.

Ranweli is well known for its Corporate Environmental Policies and commitment to conservation and environmental practice. Their environmental conservation initiatives for example include the following:
Solar energy for water heating
Solid/liquid waste treatment technology
Maximum use of recyclables
Organic vegetable gardens

Ranweli company directors and officials fulfill their obligations to society by lobbying provincial and central governmental authorities whenever possible to introduce environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism principles in policy making.

During nature tours, clients are introduced to eco-friendly facilities and a detailed explanation of the eco-system is provided. Scientific information, written and verbal interpretation programs are provided to enhance the learning experience. A knowledge-based holiday with focus on conservation and sustainability of resources is thus achieved.

The Impacts of this Trip

Your Sri Lankan driver guide will become not only your local insider to the country but also your best friend. Clients always provide incredible feedback about all of our guides and knowing that they are supporting someone that lives in Sri Lanka is always really important for local knowledge and experience to get the best from your time in Sri Lanka.

All of the accommodations we use during the trip employ local staff and have a n active commitment to their local communities:

For example, Ranweli has been able to establish a relationship with the local village by use of primary building materials, contracting skilled and semi-skilled labour and purchase of vegetables and fruits, artifacts and arts and crafts.

In July 2004, Ranweli received a €500 grant from Ecoclub The Ecoclub Project, to create an organic vegetable plot and greenhouse in a neighboring girls' school. This encouraged the community to initiate home gardens and grow organic vegetables.

Ranweli believes that the degradation of the environment the vital resource base of tourism can be protected if the younger generation is actively involved in the protection of our natural and cultural resources.

Rainforest Ecolodge community development include:
empowering the tea worker community consisting which lived in extremely poor conditions at the time the ecolodge project began. It was imperative that the project initially invested in upgrading their basic facilities of the families on the estate while considering a longer term strategy to empower them to access opportunities that would be available once the ecolodge began operations.

By staying in places with an active community programme, guests can in turn gain a deeper understanding of both town and rural communities and are directly contributing to projects by staying at these carefully selected ecolodges.


1 Reviews of Sri Lanka holiday, wild escapes

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Rainforest, elephants and monkeys

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Avoid kandy for any more than one night. Stay longer at the rainforest. Don't stay at the citrus...alledgelly a superior
room. Not! Take your paperwork with you so you can prove what you have booked as this happened 4 times. Be firm with
your driver and not to be taken to mates places! Also avoid spice off

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really. The amount of miles we did in the car was underestimated by the itinerary. Local people are employed in the
tourism business...and they just want money. There was no encouragement of local peoples well being. Environmentally
there was support esp conservation, however not sure how true it was.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

enjoyed it, but could have been much better by attention to details....better organisation...swap one night in kandy to an
additional night in the rainforest and not bother with nuweva elliya....and go to Ella instead.

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