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Dan Lanka Sri Lanka Tour & Travel / Nature & Wild Life
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Day : Dambulla
On arrival you will be met by our chauffeur guide who will take you to places in Sri Lanka. Refreshments en-route. Proceed to Dambulla via Pinnawala. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river nearby from 13.00 - 13.30 Hrs. In the evening visit the Dambulla cave temple. Overnight stay at Dambulla.    Bandaranayke international Airport to Pinnawala – 76 KM (2h 15 mints)    Pinnawala to Dambulla – 83 KM (2 h)
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Day : Dambulla
After breakfast climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Thereafter short drive up to the village of Hiriwadunna, located adjoining a picturesque reservoir. The trek will begin with a nice walk along the bund of an ancient artificial reservoir. During a 3 – hourly walk, one could experience the activities of the villagers and observe a rich bird life, maybe even a few crocodiles. Next you will cross over a river in a small catamaran to reach a farm on the other side, whose owner will receive you warmly. Here you can enjoy the hospitality of a modest peasant family. Next, continue the trek through dense bush-terrain, home to many animals such as monkeys, bears and the occasional elephants. Thereafter enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch with a family in the Village, where you experience the real Sri Lankan hospitality. Sri Lankan food is best tasted with fingers. In the evening do a safari at the Minneriya National Park by Jeep. Do a safari of the Minneriya National Park by a Jeep. The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. The significant feature is that these elephants can be seen going closer to them. Overnight stay in Dambulla. Dambulla to Sigiriya – 18 KM (30mints)
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Day : Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Matale spice gardens. Afternoon do a boat ride in the Mahaweli River which is the largest river in Sri Lanka. Try some local delicacies and tropical fruits along the roadside. Evening do a city tour of Kandy by tuk-tuk. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a Cultural show. Overnight stay in Kandy. Dambulla to Kandy – 74 KM (2h 15 mints)
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Day : Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast optional – Trekking tour to Knuckles Proceed to Kitulgala to experience the thrill of water Rafting in the white waves of the river Kwai. Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Check-in at the hotel. In the evening explore the Nuwara Eliya  Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Kandy to Kithulgala – 68 KM (2h 35mints) Kithulgala to Nuwara Eliya – 72 KM (2h 20mints)
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Day : Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast spend the full day in Horton Plains where you will be able to witness the bio-diversity in its truest sense. The fauna of the region includes 24 species of mammals, 87 species of birds, nine species of reptiles and eight species of amphibians. The Sri Lankan Elephant disappeared from the region in the 1940s at the latest. At present, the largest and the most commonly seen mammal is the Sambar Deer while the Leopard also can be seen very rarely as they live inside the thick jungle of Horton Plains. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
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Day : Yala
After breakfast take the scenic train ride to Ella en-route get a magnificent view of some of the scenic waterfalls. You will be picked up from the train station and be driven through to Yala. Overnight stay in Yala. Nuwara Eliya to Ella train ride The closest train station to Nuwara Eliya is Nanu Oya, around 8km away from Nuwara Eliya. The distance from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is only around 60 kilometres, but the journey itself takes around 3-4 hours because it has to cross many mountain ranges.  Ella to Yala – 167 KM (4h 40mints)
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Day : Mirissa
Early morning proceed to Mirissa for Whale Watching. You will served snacks and water onboard. Thereafter bring out the sporty kid in you by enjoying a bit of water sports. Overnight stay at the beach hotel in Mirissa. Yala to Mirissa – 115 KM (2h)
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Day : Colombo
After breakfast proceed to Colombo via Galle. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is a World Heritage Site. En-route visit a turtle hatchery and do a boat ride at the Madhu river. On arrival to Colombo do a city tour of Colombo with a chance to do some shopping in the city’s best known Department Stores. Check-in at the hotel. Evening visit a casino and try your luck for some extra cash for party!! Explore the nightlife in the city whilst trying out some of the iconic bars. Get yourself high on some Sri Lankan Arrack distilled from the sap of the coconut flower and aged in wooden vessels. Overnight stay in Colombo. Mirissa to Galle – 40KM (1h) Galle to Colombo – 124 KM (2h 15mints)
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Day : Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Airport in time for the departure This is the end of the memorable Sri Lanka round tours with SAFFRON Sri Lanka. This itinerary is focused on showing you the most popular attractions around the island with a dedicated, private driver cum guide who will be with you all along. Also, keep in mind that we are extremely flexible with the itineraries for this tour and can accommodate any customization requests from our customers.

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Nature & Wild Life

Who can go on this tour?

By touring all of Sri Lanka, you get to experience its culture, be a part of its history, observe its unique wildlife, and indulge in its breathtaking natural beauty. The latter includes exotic beaches, panoramic views amongst the greens, cascading waterfalls and luscious tea estates. In addition to this, you get to enjoy various adventurous activities such as camping, trekking, rafting, jet skiing, kite surfing and much more! During this exciting Sri Lanka round tour, you will be staying at luxurious hotels and resorts with premium standards of family friendly accommodation.

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Sri Lanka is home to approximately ninety-one species of mammals. Of these ninety-one, sixteen are endemic and can only be found in Sri Lanka while fourteen are threatened including the large Sloth Bear, the Sri Lankan Leopard and the Sri Lankan Elephant. Due to the geographical differences (climate, vegetation and altitude) found in Sri Lanka, mammals are widely distributed throughout the country. The Sloth Bear and Leopards are found in the majority of National Parks in Sri Lanka, however, Sloth Bears are most commonly spotted between June and July in either Yala or Wasgamuwa National Parks. Research suggests that Yala National Park hosts the highest density of leopards in the world. The elephant population has dropped steadily in the past hundred years and is estimated to be at approximately 4,500-5,000. The population has fallen due to extreme loss of habitat. Udawalawe National Park is considered by many to be one of the best natural habitats to view elephants year round. Minneriya National Park is famous for “The Gathering” that happens between July and October when the park witnesses over three hundred elephants gathering by the Minneriya water tank due to the immense dry season experienced there. It is believed that the amount of elephants gathering in Minneriya is the highest in the world. There are also three monkey species found in Sri Lanka as well as a variety of bats, squirrels and a further twenty-six marine species located in the waters around the country. Blue whales and spinner and Risso’s dolphins can be found of the coasts of Mirissa and Kalpitiya. Black tip reef sharks are also spotted in Sri Lankan waters. The beaches located on the west and south coasts offer year round accommodation for endangered marine turtles who come ashore to nest. Approximately 227 bird species live in Sri Lanka, however, some people place the number at over 400. Sri Lanka is home to 171 reptile species, the majority of which are snakes. The largest reptiles in Sri Lanka are two species of crocodile, the Mugger Crocodile and the Saltwater Crocodile. With 106 amphibian species, many claim that Sri Lanka has the highest density of amphibian species in the world. With upwards of 26.5% of the total land area of the country being listed as protected, Sri Lanka has a higher percentage of protected areas than any other country in Asia as well as much of the world. Sri Lanka has 501 listed areas covering around 1,767,000 ha including 32 forests. Within the 501 protected areas are 92 Key Biodiversity Areas which are considered irreplaceable because they each house endemic species with some providing habitats to more than 100 globally threatened species. There are also four Biosphere Reserves which have been declared under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme.

Duration – 9 Days

For Sri Lanka round tours, a nine days itinerary is required for you to complete majority of the tourist attractions that the Island has to offer. If you have lesser time on your hands, we can create a tailor-made round tour for you based on the time available and the places of interest in Sri Lanka. We prepare these tours for our customers keeping in mind maximum levels of luxury and comfort. This tour is very flexible and can be customized according to your requirements. Our dedicated driver is also very friendly and willing to accommodate any changes and will take you wherever you wish to go. If you have any priorities regarding the places to visit in Sri Lanka depending on the time of year that you wish to travel, simply inform us and we will plan your trip accordingly.

Price range

If you are interested in Sri Lanka round tours, please drop us an email to info@.com with your travel duration, intended travel period and passenger details. We will advise a suitable round tour package for you and provide a quotation for it.

Who can go on this tour?

By touring all of Sri Lanka, you get to experience its culture, be a part of its history, observe its unique wildlife, and indulge in its breathtaking natural beauty. The latter includes exotic beaches, panoramic views amongst the greens, cascading waterfalls and luscious tea estates. In addition to this, you get to enjoy various adventurous activities such as camping, trekking, rafting, jet skiing, kite surfing and much more! During this exciting Sri Lanka round tour, you will be staying at luxurious hotels and resorts with premium standards of family friendly accommodation.

Booking procedure

If you are interested in Sri Lanka round tours with a private driver cum guide and a visit to the most popular tourist attractions in the country, you can email us at info@danlanka.com. In your email kindly mention details regarding travel period, budget and number of people travelling. Accordingly we will write up a detailed itinerary along with a quotation and get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Accommodation

Below is a list of lavish hotels selected for your accommodation along with website URL’s which you can visit for further information regarding the hotels, If you need any further details regarding hotels of your suitable price, please drop us an email to dantours.info@gmail.com DAMBULLA – Heritance Kandalama Hotel Jetwing Vil Uyana Aliya Resort & Spa KANDY – OZO Kandy Sri Lanka The Kandy House Earl's Regent Hotel NUWARA ELIYA – Heritance Tea Factory JETWING St. Andrew's Hotel Glendower Hotel YALA – Jetwing Yala Wild Coast Tented Lodge - Relais & Chateaux Chena Huts by Uga Escapes Mirissa – Mandara Resort Madunandani Ayurveda Health Resort & Spa Giragala Village Colombo – Shangrilla Colombo Cinnamon Grande Colombo OZO Colombo