- Trip Outline
Discover a world of adventure and splendour on an active trip through Sri Lanka.
Walkthrough laid-back remote jungle village, whitewater rafting, and trek through the primaeval rain forest and boating to the doorstep of blue whales on this fitness-focused adventure from Colombo to Colombo. Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s most exciting destinations and it’s not hard to see why. With pristine coastline, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and wildlife-filled national parks, it’s a dream for travellers who like to get active. Explore the country’s premier sites while wandering through the wilds on this Sri Lankan experience.
Start and end in Colombo! With the adventure tour Sri Lanka Adventure, you have a 6-day tour package taking you through Kitulgala, Sri Lanka and 8 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Adventure includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Finish: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Age Min: 15
Group size: Min 1
Nature of Tour: Private
Why you’ll love this trip
- Witness laid-back village life in one of the most remote villages of Sri Lanka.
- Spot birdlife and watch as Sri Lanka’s forested landscape shifts with the flow of the Kelani River.
- Encounter Sri Lanka’s rich plant life while hiking through the Sinharaja rainforest.
- Observe the largest animal in the world on 4 hours boat trip.
- Witness many dozens of wild elephants along with many other creatures like crocodiles, jackal, buffaloe…
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip requires a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy the physical activities included.
- The weather in this region varies seasonally. Be prepared to get sweaty, and for the occasional rainstorm which may require a change of plans.
- All travellers will need to be competent swimmers to take part in the water rafting trip.
- Sri Lanka gets hot and humid, drink plenty of water and remember a good quality hat and sunblock.
Activities included in this trip
- White water rafting Kitulgala
- Jungle trek and bird watching in Kitulgala rainforest
- Rainforest trek Sinharaja
- Wildlife safari Udawalawe national park
- Whale watching Mirissa
- Walking tour Galle fort
- Boating in the Madu River estuary (Ramsar wetland)
- Exploring mangrove forest
- Visiting cinnamon island and watching cinnamon peeling
- Learning about Sri Lankan masks
- 5 Nights accommodation on standard hotels
- 5 Breakfasts at the hotel (Starting from the day 2)
- 4 Dinners at the hotel (starting from the day 2)
- 1 Barbeque dinner by the river on Day 1
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
- The assistance of English speaking driver/Guide
- Meeting arrangements at the airport on arrival and departure
- Meeting arrangements at the airport or hotel
- All government taxes
- Entrance fees for the following site
- A 4wheel drive jeep safari at Udawalawe national park
- Galle Fortress
- Whitewater rafting Kitulgala
- Colombo sightseeing
- Bird watching tour in Kitulgala
- Explore last remaining primaeval rainforest Sri Lanka ( Sinharaja )
- Explore the world heritage site of Galle Fortress
- See the endangered Sea turtle
- Hikkaduwa beach
- Hindu temple
- Boat tour to explore the endless fascinating riverine eco-system at 2nd largest wetland in the island
- Mask Museum
- Whale watching in Mirissa
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc
- Video and Camera permits
- Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
- Any other services not specified.
Map of the trip
The highlights of this 6 Days Sri Lanka adventure tour
a. Experience the Joy and Excitement of Trekking
Trekking sites included in this Sri Lanka adventure tours
b. Learn the Culture and Sri Lankan Traditions of the country through River Rafting
#Whitewater rafting will be done in #Kitulgala
c. Give Power to Your Dream of Wildlife Exploration through Safari
Safari at #Udawalawe national park
d. Get a Closer Look at Sri Lankan Amazon or better known as Singaraja rainforest
Trekking at #sinharaja rainforest
e. See the blue whales at their doorstep
Whale watching in Mirissa
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Time : 7:00 am
Colombo / Kitulgala
Meet and greet by serendipity tours representative and drive to the hotel in Kitulgala. The journey takes place on the Colombo-Nuwara Eliya main road, which is one of the busiest roads in the country but the journey will be one of the most beautiful. At the beginning of the journey, you will encounter several busy cities but after travelling around 30 minutes the traffic congestion eases making it easy and swift flow for the traffic.
Towards the latter half of the journey the roads are quite empty while you see the dense foliage all the time. Paddy fields, coconut plantations, rubber plantations and patches of forests in this neighbourhood. The roads are in very good throughout the journey, at the start of the 6 days Sri Lanka adventure tour from Colombo the roads are very wide roads with multiple tracks but the road gets narrower as you get closer to Kitulgala, still, the road condition is at its best. A winding road with sharp curves towards the latter half of the journey demands you to be more vigilant on the wheel while controlling the speed. The journey from Colombo to Kitulgala takes around 3 hours.
Kitulgala is a laid-back city, hidden in the thick green canopy. This neighbourhood is blessed with heavy yearly rainfall, which is the main reason for its large extent of the secondary rainforest. Rainforest with the Kelaniya River makes Kitulgala one of the best places in the country for adventure sports. Any adventure tour in Sri Lanka is not completed if it does not include this adventure playground (read more on kitulgala).
In this 6 days Sri Lanka adventure tour we have planned 2 days in Kitulgala. The tour includes 1 water rafting in Kelaniya River and a rainforest trek. Apart from white water rafting and rainforest trekking, there are possibilities for many other adventure sports such as caving, waterfall abseiling, kayaking, mountain climbing, mountain biking etc. but due to the lack of time, we have included only 1 white water rafting and a rainforest trek in this 6 days Sri Lanka adventure tour.
If the time permits the customers can add several other activities to the itinerary, this is an individual tour and can be customised the way you need it.
Kitulgala is the playground of adventure enthusiast in Sri Lanka. This beautiful countryside is full of green and natural beauty. Here you can capture scenes that you have never seen before. Keep your camera ready, make photo and share with your friends and family.
This Eco-hotel in Kitulgala, where you will spend the night is located in the Jungles of Kitulgala near the river of Kelaniya. Here you can have a relaxing holiday by the water. All you have to do is sit back and relax while the staff of the hotel caters to all your needs. The staff serves you all meals, beverages and facilitates all activities during your stay at Eco-hotel by the mighty river. When you are in the hotel you can have a refreshing bath in the stream just in front of your room. In the night the whole area will be lit up with lanterns and you will be served BBQ Dinner amidst a roaring sound of the river.
Overnight stay Hotel in Kitulgala
Time : 8:00 am
After the breakfast left for white water rafting at Kelaniya river. The river is just next to your hotel but you will take a jeep to drive to the starting point of the rafting. You have to take about 10 minutes walk through the village and jungle to reach the river bank. You will have an experienced instructor at the helm and help you to control the dinghy boat during the challenging rough ride. Don't forget to wear your safety jacket and the helmet.
The whitewater rafting
The whitewater adventure of Kitulgala starts at the so-called starting point, which is around 5 km away from the Kitulgala town. This is the set-off point for most whitewater adventures. This enthralling adventure lasts around 2 hours with several stops on the way down the river. You will encounter 3 major rapids and 5 minor rapids. The difficulty level of whitewater rafting in Kitulgala is 5, in another world it is at the highest difficulty level. Therefore in every whitewater rafting, the helm is taken by an experienced rafter provided by the organizers, who manure the boat, while the others need to paddle the boat. There is no age limit or experience level to take part in the whitewater adventure.
White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River in Kitulgala covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KM. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your tour.
You will walk through the village, jungle and plantations and search for the indigenous bird. Kitulgala is a top pick among the bird watchers in Sri Lanka where you have the opportunity to see many species of birds. Nature lovers, in particular, ornithologists, will be rewarded with sightings of the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Ceylon Spur Fowl, the Ceylon Hanging Parrot and the Lay lard's Parakeet. Activities such as mountain-biking, cultural sites and sites of fruit orchards and lowland tea plantations can be experienced in Kitulgala.
TREKKING THROUGH RAINFOREST
Experience various fauna and flora of the Rainforest of Kitulgala Forest Reserve and see beautiful sceneries of waterfalls and streams hidden inside the forest. Have a cool dip in a scenic flowing water stream during your Rain Forest Trek in the Jungle of Kitulgala.Unlike the rainforest trek in Sinharaja, the rainforest trek in Kitulgala is not purely within a virgin rainforest. The trek includes a part of the village, rainforest, plantations etc. The trek lasts around 2 hours and our nature expert show you the places of interest along the way while explaining the fauna and flora that you see during the trek.
This 6 days Sri Lanka adventure tour is a private tour; therefore all the activities can be customized the way you wish to. If you are a bird-watching enthusiast it is recommended to start the trek early morning (at least by 06.00 am), otherwise the trek can be started later depending on your wish. However, it is recommended to start the trek before 10.00 am due to the mid-day heat.
The trekking lasts around 3 hours and the trekking path is moderately difficult. Suitable shoes for a trek with a light cotton t-shirt and cotton short is the best combination of attire for the trek. Don’t forget to take a bottle of mineral water with you.
First, you have to cross the Kelaniya River in order to reach the rainforest; we are going to use a hanging bridge to cross the river. The bridge is dating back to many decades. However, the bridge is still in very good shape and it is under the purview of the provincial government. It had been gone through the many renovations and therefore it is a very safe way to cross the river. Hanging bridge connects the mainland and the village beyond the river.
After crossing the river using the hanging bridge you need to walk around 1km through the village. In this small village, you will be able to see a few families. Same time one can see many bird species in the village such as mina, oriole, blue magpies, babbler, red vented bulbul, kingfisher etc. In the village, you will be able to see many useful plants and trees such as coconut palms, tea bush, coffee plants, pepper plants, orange tree, Banana trees, papaya trees, cinnamon, areca nut palms and many flowering plants such as hibiscus, jasmine.
As you pass the village you come to the Kalundewa forest reserve, the foreigners need to pay the entrance before entering the Kalundewa forest reserve. Kalundewa forest reserve is 135 hectares in extent and it will take many days to explore it in details. But in this Sri Lank adventure tour, we plan a trek that lasts around 3 hours and sees a part of the jungle and visit waterfalls.
Kalundewa rainforest is consisting of many species of plants and trees such as ……… there are well-demarcated trekking routes through the jungle, it is very important to follow the well-demarcated routes in order to avoid losing the way in the jungle.
There are many perennial waterways in the rainforest and they are stating in the nearby mountains. These streams get very wide in some locations, making it suitable for a refreshing bath. There are several bath ponds in the forest reserve, however, it is recommended to avoid swimming in those ponds on rainy days as the water level could rise abruptly.
You will not encounter large stock of birds within the rainforest however the visitors encounter many species of insects, caterpillar, frogs, lizards and several species of butterflies. Fishing cat, mungo, squirrel, wild boar are the fauna species that can be spotted here.
Today the dinner will be served by Kelaniya River in an open area. The dinner is comprised of barbeque meat such as chicken, pork and sausages with rice, vegetable, pasta and boiled potatoes; however; there can be slight variations of this menu. The dining area is illuminated by oil lamps and candles.
Overnight stay Hotel in Kitulgala
Time : 7:00 am
Kitulgala / Sinharaja
After breakfast at hotel leave for Sinharaja, the last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka. Check-in the hotel and leave the forest entrance in the afternoon. This memorable trek in Sinharaja will take about 5 hours and you will have the opportunity to enjoy the untamed wilderness of a natural rainforest. you will be supported by one of the trained forest explorers.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Sinharaja
Time : 7:00 am
Sinharaja / Udawalawe
After the breakfast leave for Udawalawe en-route visit waterfalls.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
The safari at the national park of Udawalawe includes a ride through the jungle with a 4 wheel drive jeep, jungle tracker, entrance fees for the site, and all taxes. Every traveller who enters the Udawalawe national park wishes to see a couple of wild elephants (Sri Lanka's biggest animal). Because Udawalawe is one of the best wildlife parks in the world to spot Asian elephants, it has the largest concentration of elephants compared to any other national parks in the world.
The travellers can see many animal species like elephants, Wild boar, Deer, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals with leopards. It also accommodates many species of vertebrate and birds.
Overnight stay Udawalawe
Time : 8:00 am
Udawalawe / Mirissa
After the breakfast proceed to the beach hotel in Mirissa. check-in and leisure in the beach resort.
Overnight stay Mirissa
Time : 8:00 am
Mirissa / Colombo
Early morning leave for a whale watching tour off the beaches of Mirissa, later proceed to Colombo, En-route visit,
CITY OF GALLE
Galle is the capital of southern Sri Lanka is an economic hub in the region. The history of Galle is dating back to many thousand years and it has some remnants of that are mentioned in Ramayana (Ramayana is a story suppose to took place about 8000 years ago). Later Galle was an important seaport for merchants travelling from east to west and vice-a-versa. In the 15's Galle maritime capital and natural port were under the captivity or Portuguese. later it was controlled by Dutch and English. Today the city is under the local administration after 450 years of colonial occupation. Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its cultural and historical importance. Next visit Turtle Hatchery.
There are many sea turtle hatcheries along the western and southern sea border of Sri Lanka. Most of them are engaged in protecting endangered sea turtles. The sea turtle hatcheries collect the eggs that are been sold by the fisherman and they are hatched. These hatchlings are released to the sea later.
Sea turtles coming to the shores of West and southern Sri Lanka in order to lay eggs. The animal comes to the shore and dig a hole on the beach and lay eggs later she buries the eggs. These eggs are incubated due to the heat generated through the sunlight. But these eggs are eaten by the human. Some people find the turtle nests and remove eggs for consumption while some others are selling them.
MADU GANGA BOAT RIDE
A cruise on a modern motorboat is the best way to exploring the natural wealth of Madu Ganga, the islands in the wetland are largely inaccessible by road. The inhabitants are also using the boats and more often paddle boats as the means of transport. Seerendipity tours offer particularly appealing boat trips around Madu Ganga. This Ramsar Wetland is one of the most visited natural attractions of Sri Lanka’s west coast, with riverscapes to quiet thick grown islands and mangrove forests with sites of immense natural interest. There is plenty of opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife based on the aquatic environment, throughout the tour.
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