THE SRI LANKA RALLY
4 X 4 TOURING INCLUDED
January 17 to February 8, 2020
THE LAND OF LIMITLESS BEAUTY
Marco Polo called Sri Lanka the most beautiful island in the world and he was right. Here there are stunning views from high peaks, tropical rainforest teeming with fantastic and prolific animals, a delightful people now reunited after a gruelling 20 year war.
The cultural triangle between Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla is a jungle-covered plain strewn with granite boulders 200m high, with a profusion of wildlife, exotic plants and World Heritage Sites. The forests are mostly teak, mahogany, ebony and names like rosewood and satinwood that you only come across in antique shops. On the outskirts of villages are mangoes and papayas, cloves and cinnamon and profusion of wild flowers, animals and birds. It’s a country of rare beauty and diversity and is a jewel in our crown of rallies.
SRI LANKA RALLY IN DETAIL
Day 01 Arrive at COLOMBO Airport Hotel: MT. LAVINIA HOTEL
You will be met at Colombo Airport and taken to your hotel.
Day 02 COLOMBO Hotel: MT. LAVINIA HOTEL
Accimatise with a city tour of Colombo.
Day 03 COLOMBO – MILLANIYA –
SINHARAJA – 100kms
Hotel: BOULDER GARDEN RESORT
After breakfast we take to the roads for the first time to Millaniya, a remote village just outside Colombo. Changing wheels to Tuk-Tuks we drive past paddy fields to see traditional village life. On show is Cinnamon production, rubber tapping in a small plantation and a local oil making process.
Day 04 SINHARAJA – GALLE – 170kms Hotel: CLOSENBERG HOTEL
From the hotel we take a small trek in the Sinharaja Rainforest. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve, Sinharaja is a treasure trove of both flora and fauna and includes potted deer, hog deer, golden palm civet, stripe necked mongoose as well as countless butterflies and reptiles.
Day 05 GALLE Hotel: CLOSENBERG HOTEL
In the morning we drive to Mirissa beach for a spot of whale watching. In the evening take a tour of Galle including the famous Galle Fort. The narrow streets of are lined with Dutch merchant villas, pillared verandas, carved doors and windows.
Day 06 GALLE – UDAWALAWE – 130kms Hotel: GRAND UDAWALAWE SAFARI RESORT
After Breakfast we start to get into the hills and drive to Udawalawe. There’s time after arrival for a jungle trek and to drive around Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is one of the best elephant sanctuaries in the world.
Day 07 UDAWALAWE – WAVULPONE – BELIHULOYA – 146kms
Hotel: BELIHULOYA REST HOUSE
Today we drive to Belihul Oya via Wavulpone Cave which is estimated to be approximately 500 million years old and contains many staggering stalactites and stalagmites. In the 100m high cave it feels like a prehistoric world with an indoor 85ft waterfall.
Day 08 BELIHULOYA Hotel: BELIHULOYA REST HOUSE
We have an early rise to visit the Devil’s Staircase. On this trail through one of the oldest tea plantations in Sri Lanka – Non-Peril Estate – we will climb 1250m over 18km with 32 impressive hair-pin bends.
Day 09 BELIHUL OYA – HORTON PLAINS – NUWARA ELIYA – 75kms
Hotel: GRAND HOTEL
Today we drive to Horton Plains, one of the most iconic areas of Sri Lanka. We visit the World’s End which has the finest view in all of Sri Lanka where the awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet.
Day 10 NUWARA ELIYA – ADAM’S PEAK – NUWARA ELIYA – 75km
Hotel: GRAND HOTEL
We drive to Adam’s Peak. At 2243m it is regarded as sacred by a number of religions including Muslims who believe it to be the place where Adam first set foot on earth; Buddhists who believe it is where Buddha placed his sacred footprint on this sanctuary and Hindus who believe it has the sacred footprint of God Siva.
Day 11 NUWARA ELIYA – KANDY – 98kms Hotel: OZO KANDY
Today we have a leisurely drive to Kandy home of the last ruler, King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. Kandy is now a World Heritage Site being the last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings.
Day 12 KANDY – KNUCKLES – KANDY – 80kms
Hotel: OZO KANDY
We drive to Knuckles Mountain, which resembles knuckles of a clenched fist – with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Here you have a spectacular view of surrounding dense forests, tea plantations, terraced paddy fields and waterfalls.
Day 13 KANDY – SIGIRIYA – 120 Km Hotel: HERITNACE KANDALAMA
After Breakfast we drive to Sigiriya which is a mere 90kms away on the direct route but as you would expect we don’t go straight there. En route we visit the Spice Garden at Matale, Dambulla Cave Temple and the gigantic golden Buddha.
Day 14 SIGIRIYA
Hotel: HERITNACE KANDALAMA
A rest day and a chance to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below. A truly colossal masterpiece of the age.
Day 15 SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA – TRINCOMALEE – 100 Km
Hotel: TRINCO BLU BY CINNAMON
After breakfast we drive to Polonnaruwa the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I.
Day 16 TRINCOMALEE Hotel: TRINCO BLU BY CINNAMON
At leisure to enjoy the beach or simply take a rest.
Day 17 TRINCOMALEE – JAFFNA – 254 Kms Hotel: JETWING JAFFNA
Drive to Jaffna. En route visit War Monuments of Sri Lanka Civil War. Evening at leisure.
Day 18 JAFFNA – NAGADEEPA – JAFFNA Hotel: JETWING JAFFNA
We take an excursion boat to Nagadeepa (aka Nainativu), one of the smallest islands in the Gulf of Mannar. It is both a place of religious significance and beauty.
Day 19 JAFFNA – ANURADHAPURA – 200kms Hotel: FOREST ROCK GARDEN
After Breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura via the northwest coast road. Evening at leisure.
Day 20 ANURADHAPURA
Hotel: FOREST ROCK GARDEN
Anuradhapura is one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world spanning more than 1,300 years and 113 kings. See the 2200 year old sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained.
Day 21 ANURADHAPURA – COLOMBO – 200 Kms Hotel: GALLE FACE
After breakfast proceed to Colombo. Gala Dinner
Day 22 COLOMBO
Hotel: GALLE FACE
Day 23 COLOMBO
• The ultimate Sri Lankan adventure
• A 4×4 Included with each entry
• 5 star and colonial style hotels
• Airport Transfers
• City tours
• Breakfast and most evening meals
• Tours and Excursions
• Elephant Safaris
• Local Guides
• The Bespoke Rallies Team
• The finest cuisine
• Forts and ancient ruins
• Film of the event
• Incredible wildlife
• Stunning views and mountain tops
• Island visits
• Whale watching
• And more…
Day DATE TOWN notes KMS HOTEL
Day 1 Jan 17 Colombo Arrive 0 Mount Lavinia Hotel
Day 2 Jan 18 Colombo Sightseeing/collect cars 0 Mount Lavinia Hotel
Day 3 Jan 19 Colombo – Millaniya – Sinharaja Village Life 100 Boulder Garden Resort
Day 4 Jan 20 Sinharaja to Galle Sinharaja Rain Forest 170 Closenberg Hotel
Day 5 Jan 21 Galle day off Sightseeing/Whales 0 Closenberg Hotel Day 6 Jan 22 Galle to Udawalawe Udawalawe Elephant Park 126 Grand Udawalawe
Day 7 Jan 23 Udawalawe to Belihuloya Wavulpone Cave 146 Belihuloya Rest House
Day 8 Jan 24 Belihuloya Devils Staircase 0 Belihuloya Rest House
Day 9 Jan 25 Belihuloya to Nuwara Eliya Horton Plains 75 Grand Hotel
Day 10 Jan 26 Nuwara Eliya day off Adam’s Peak 0 Grand Hotel
Day 11 Jan 27 Nuwara to Kandy via Welimada 98 Ozo Kandy
Day 12 Jan 28 Kandy day off Knuckles Mountain Range 0 Ozo Kandy
Day 13 Jan 29 Kandy to Sigiriya Dumballa Rock Temple 202 Heritnace Kanalama
Day 14 Jan 30 Sigiriya day off Lion Paws 0 Heritnace Kanalama
Day 15 Jan 31 Sigiriya to Trincomalee via Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa city ruins 186 Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
Day 16 Feb 1 Trincomelee day off Beach day/Town tour 0 Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
Day 17 Feb 2 Trincomelee to Jaffna Civil War Monuments 234 Jetwing Jaffna
Day 18 Feb 3 Jaffna day off Nagadeepa Island 0 Jetwing Jaffna
Day 19 Feb 4 Jaffna to Anuradhapura Via the coast road 220 Forest Rock Garden
Day 20 Feb 5 Anuradhapura day off Town excursion 0 Forest Rock Garden
Day 21 Feb 6 Anuradhapura to Colombo via Puttalam 198 Galle Face
Day 22 Feb 7 Colombo day off Day off 0 Galle Face
Day 23 Feb 8 Depart
Total Kms 1,755
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