Eco & Rustic Explorer Sri Lanka – 9 nights

Day 01

  • Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our representative at the arrival lounge
  • Transfer to Negombo – 30 minutes drive approximately
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Ranweli Beach Hotel n Negombo

Day 02

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Glide along the waterways by canoe or motor boat in the environs of Ranweli and explore the unique ecosystem around the mangroves. Discover the numerous indigenous aquatic and terrestrial plants and enjoy a green wonderland of breathtaking beauty by boat for approximately 2 hours
  • Transfer to The Mud House Eco Lodge in Anamaduwa – 2 hours drive approximately
  • Enjoy a traditional home cooked Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch at The Mud House
  • Canoe in the lake at The Mud House
  • Learn to cook a Sri Lankan meal with the culinary experts at The Mud House
  • Dinner and overnight stay at The Mud House Eco Lodge

Day 03

  • Breakfast at The Mud House
  • Cycling trail in Anamaduwa - The land around The Mudhouse is predominantly flat an ideal for exploring by peddle power. It is possible to do a lot of the local excursions by bike, such as the Paramakanda temple and Tonigala rock. Many of the nearby villages and lakes can also be reached by bike, as well as the bright lights of Anamaduwa town, which is just under 8 km away.
  • Lunch at The Mud House
  • Relax in the afternoon or take leisurely walks in The Mud House compound to understand the unique traditional Sri Lankan architecture which The Mud House is built on. You may even explore the organic vegetables fields of The Mud House.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at The Mud House Eco Lodge

Day 04

  • Breakfast at The Mud House
  • Transfer to Sigiriya – 2 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Lunch at Back of Beyond Dehigahala Ela Eco Lodge
  • Relax at the lodge
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Back of Beyond Dehigahala Ela Eco Lodge

Day 05

  • Breakfast at the Eco Lodge
  • Nature trail in the area, Forest walks, boulder scrambles, a spot of caving and …the loveliest of it all – stream hikes. Talk to the naturalist about your particular area of interest, and he will customize the trail and accompany you.
  • Lunch at Back of Beyond Dehigahala Ela Eco Lodge
  • Trek along the stream and have dip in the natural pools This, without doubt, is the favourite activity of visitors to Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge. The cold and sparkling Dehigaha Ela stream falls into the murky warm Kiri Oya River at the edge of the lodge. Let the tumbling water massage you, allow the cheeky fish nibble at your toes, or just disappear in to the cool pools of water.
  • Walking upstream along the Dehigaha Ela stream is highly recommended. It will take a while as you are tempted to dip in the innumerable pools created by the low calcium terraces. If you make it all the way, you get to the marshy pool fed by the clear bubbling springs where it all starts
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Back of Beyond Dehigahala Ela Eco Lodge

Day 06

  • Breakfast at the Eco Lodge
  • Cycle to Sigiriya Rock and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Back to the lodge, freshen up and transfer to Kandy – 2 hours drive approximately
  • Visit Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy where Lord Buddha’s tooth relic is now call home
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Polwaththa Eco Lodge in the outskirts of Kandy. Polwaththa Eco Lodge is an off the beaten track eco lodge where you could taste “Back to nature” experience.

Day 07

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Trek in the village with One of the trained Village Guides through quaint villages, show you the traditional village lifestyle and how they attend to their household chores. The walk also includes a look at the different vegetables, fruits and spices that are locally grown such as Cocoa, Pepper, Cloves, Nutmeg, Vanilla... and how jaggery (local sugar) is made from the flower of the Kithul tree. The village walks ends with a river swim where you can mingle with locals washing their clothes and dipping their heads in the water or choose to swim in what some may call your private natural swimming pool. A new addition is a newly found waterfall which includes a 1km walk through a jungle
  • Lunch at the lodge or picnic lunch
  • Relax in the afternoon at the lodge
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Polwaththa Eco Lodge

Day 08

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Visit the ancient village of Mediwake where you will be taken through terraced rice fields and be shown how rice is cultivated and harvested. For those who dare to get down in the mud, you can take charge of the water buffalo and experience traditional farming, hands-on. The best time to trek through the rice fields is between July-September and February-April when there is a wonderful tint of green all round. Rice is mostly planted in June/July & December/January and harvested in October and May where water buffaloes are still used, as done for centuries
  • Lunch at the lodge or picnic lunch
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Polwaththa Eco Lodge

Day 09

  • If you are in to bird watching, we would suggest to walk in Polwaththa Eco Lodge’s compound of 13 acres which is a very good bird watching spot. Of the 15 endemics out of 60 species of birds, 5-10 sightings of endemics within approx 3 hours (between 6-9 am) is a common occurrence - that too within the 13 acre property within Polwaththa. Endemics mostly seen here are: the Sri Lankan (SL) Yellow-fronted Barbet, SL Hanging Parrot, SL Grey Hornbill, Layard's Parakeet, Greater Flameback, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, SL Chestnut-backed Owlet, Indian Scimitar Babbler and the SL Yellow-eared Bulbul.
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Checkout and transfer to Negombo – 4 hours drive approximately
  • Overnight stay in Ranweli Beach Hotel in Negombo

Day 10

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Airport for departure – 30 minutes drive approximately

From US$ 1398

Per person on double sharing basis

We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

The rate includes,

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels
  • Meals as per mentioned meal plans
  • Air conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • All mentioned activities and park entrance fees

Prices may vary plus/minus depending on the season

Places of visit during this trip

Key highlights of this trip

  • Rural experience in Anamaduwa
  • Lake Canoe rides
  • Visiting ancient temples
  • Interacting with village folks
  • Cooking a Sri Lankan meal
  • Nature trails in Sigiriya
  • Stream bath and trek in Sigiriya
  • Country side cycling in Sigiriya
  • Climbing Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Village experience in Kandy
  • Nature trail, river bath and waterfall hike in Kandy
  • Rice fields visit in Kandy

Accommodation and meals during this trip (For 2 Adults)

  • 1 night in Ranweli Beach Hotel in Negombo on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights in Anamaduwa The Mud House on full board basis
  • 2 nights in Dehigahala Ela Eco Lodge in Sigiriiya on full board basis
  • 2 nights in Polwaththa Eco Lodge in Kandy on full board basis
  • 1 night in Ranweli Beach Hotel in Negombo on bed and breakfast basis