Itineraries

Seven Days of Adventure in Paradise

Take a Walk on the Wild Side in the Emerald Isle

When George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg were scouting for locations to film the sequel to their highly popular box office hit Raiders of the Lost Ark, they stumbled upon Sri Lanka as a location of serene beauty that would be the perfect backdrop as per the script. Although the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was not the first box office hit to be filmed in the country, it is testament to the adventure-filled opportunities that the country provides. 

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From White-water rafting to nature trails, and whale watching to gem mines, this seven day tour takes you to the most adventure-filled locations in this tiny island. A packed itinerary filled with one adrenaline rush after another awaits intrepid visitors. This tour is open to anyone who is willing to take the dive (sometimes literally) into adventure. 

Along the way, you will pass some exceptional scenery and see some exotic wildlife in an island that is renowned for its biodiversity and a rare richness in its wildlife experience. You are in for a treat if you are into bird watching, as the island is home to more than 200 species, of which 26 are endemic.  

Focus Tours will take care of you from the beginning to the end of this adventure. We provide comfortable air-conditioned chauffeur driven vehicles, licensed knowledgeable guides, and the best accommodation options to suit your budget and needs.

Galle

Udawalawe

Unawatuna

Ambalangoda

Tour Highlights

  • Feel the rush of white water rafting and kayaking.
  • Experience the beauty of Sinharaja rain forest trails on a bird watching adventure.
  • Visit a traditional gem mine and factory.
  • Visit the Elephant Transit Camp at Udawalawe to observe baby elephants.
  • Evening safari game drive at Udawalawe National Park in a 4WD Jeep.
  • Experience the popular Yala National park in a 4WD Jeep.
  • Observe wild animals and birds in their natural habitat and the amazing landscapes.
  • Walk around the Galle Dutch Fort.  
  • Swim in the ocean at a great beach in Tangalle or Unawatuna.
  • Watch whales and dolphins in one of the world’s best locations to do so.
  • Visit a traditional mask factory in Ambalangoda.
  • Take a boat ride on the Madu River.
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Day-by-Day-Summary

Day 01: Go white water rafting and kayaking in Kithulgala. Dinner and overnight stay in Ratnapura.

Day 02: Enjoy the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, with its spectacular biodiversity in an early morning trail. Dinner and overnight stay in Ratnapura.

Day 03: Visit a traditional gem mine and polishing facility in Ratnapura and move to Udawalawe National Park for a Jeep Safari in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Udawalawe.

Day 04: Visit the Elephant transit camp at Udawalawe and leave for Yala National park, famous for its leopard population. Dinner and overnight stay in Yala.

Day 05: Leave Yala to go to Galle, where you will take a tour of the Dutch Fort. Overnight stay in Galle.

Day 06: Take an early morning whale and dolphin watching tour from Mirissa and an afternoon river boat ride in the Madu River. Visit a traditional mask factory in Ambalangoda. Overnight stay in Galle.

Day 07: Either relax on the beach or depart to the airport.

Included in the Tour Price

  • Air-conditioned chauffeur-driven luxury vehicle(s) and guides during the entirety of the tour.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room at hotels according to your budget.
  • Transfers to and from the hotel or airport.
  • Fees for white water rafting and kayaking.
  • Safari fees, including 4WD Jeep charges and trekker fees.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Services of a licensed and knowledgeable tour guide.
  • Service charges.
  • All applicable government taxes.

Excluded from the Tour Price

  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone charges, medicine, and beverages.
  • Photo and video permits at sightseeing locations.
  • All meals other than those specified in the itinerary.
  • Air Tickets and visa fees.
  • Any expenses for extra activities including optional tours.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Any other expenses not specified in the “Included in the Tour Price” section
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You will be picked up from either your hotel or from the airport, where our representative will greet you. The first stop in this adventure tour is the unofficial adventure activity capital of the country, Kithulgala. Film buffs will recognise this small town as the location used in the Academy Award winning 1957 film “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. The natural beauty of the area has not faded since then, and Kithulgala is very much the picture of serenity that it always has been. A main tributary of the Kelani River snakes through Kithulgala, and drops several metres through some impressive rapids. These rapids are where your adventure truly begins, as you will embark on a white-water rafting experience that is on par with any in the world. You will cover 5km, with 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. If you have never done this before or are not a strong swimmer, you need not worry, as you will be given a comprehensive safety briefing before you even strap on a life-jacket or get in the water. You may also choose to do kayaking in the river if you feel up to it. Whichever adventure you choose here, be prepared to get very wet!

You will stay overnight in your hotel in the nearby city of Ratnapura. Dinner will be provided.

In the wee hours of the morning, you will be taken to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, where a truly magical wildlife experience awaits you. An early morning nature trail is the best option to observe the beauty of this virgin rainforest that is the habitat for a wide variety of species. It is considered a biodiversity hotspot not just in Sri Lanka, but in the entire world. It is considered a Biosphere Reserve for this very reason. It is also famous for the Sinharaja Bird Wave, a phenomenon that includes several species of birds and other animals that start a wave of high activity that keeps going for a few hours at times, which is unusual, as bird waves elsewhere are made up of only one or two species and last several minutes. 

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve’s significance is enhanced by the fact that it contains most of the endemic species of flora and fauna in the country. It is reported that it is the only forested area from which all endemic bird species have been reported. A walk through Sinharaja feels like a walk through another world at times and true nature lovers will feel a sense of euphoria at times. This 18,889 hectare rainforest consists of a series of ridges and valleys, and the forest reserve is surrounded by two rivers: the Koskulana Ganga in the north and the Gin Ganga in the south.

You will stay overnight in Ratnapura, where dinner will be provided.

After breakfast at your hotel in Ratnapura, you will see the reason Ratnapura is named “the City of Gems” and “the Gem Capital of the World”. You will be visiting a traditional gem mine, where miners still use traditional methods to extract precious and semi-precious gems from the ground. Among the types of gem found in the area are Blue Sapphires, Yellow Sapphires, Rubies, Garnets, Topaz, Amethyst, Tourmalines, and Cats Eye Chrysoberyl. You will get to see the efficiency with which miners work to unearth gems, and how they are filtered out from the rubble. The gems then get transferred to a lapidary where they will be cut and polished to be sold in the open market. You will get a chance to see this process first-hand.

After the mine visit, you will transfer to Udawalawe National Park, the sixth-largest national park in the country, and home to the largest population of elephants in a single national park in the country. The Udawalawe National Park is said to have approximately 500 elephants, and you might see them roam in herds of up to 100. It is said that the Udawalawe National Park is the only place in the country where you are guaranteed to see an elephant in the wild. Udawalawe is also home to several other species of mammal including water buffalo, wild boar, axis deer, Sambur deer, jackals, black-naped hares, mongooses, bandicoots, the endemic toque macaques, and grey langurs. The Udawalawe National Park is also home to a wide variety of bird species. 

Your Udawalawe Experience will be a game drive in a 4WD Safari Jeep with an experienced trekker and driver. You will be able to get within a short distance of wild elephants and observe their behaviour up close.

You will stay overnight at Udawalawe, where dinner will be provided.

After breakfast at Udawalawe, you will visit the Elephant Transit Camp that is run by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department. The camp has within it approximately 22 young elephants, some of which are calves orphaned or abandoned due to some reason. The ultimate goal is to care for these pachyderms with a view to re-introduce them into the wild. The rehabilitation process is long and these elephants need a lot of attention and care. You might even be able to see the baby elephants be bottle-fed milk early morning.

From Udawalawe, you will be transferred to Yala National Park, the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The Yala National Park, also known as the Ruhunu National Park, is the second largest national park in the country, and is situated in the south east of Sri Lanka. It is one of the few national parks in Sri Lanka with a coastline and a beach. Yala provides some incredible experiences for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Nowhere else will you be able to get up close and personal with wildlife as you would here. It is said that Yala is home to 44 species of mammals and over 215 species of birds, some of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Although elephants, sloth bears, wild boar, Sambur deer, axis deer, jackals, peacocks, and crocodiles are found in abundance within the park, its star attraction is its high density of leopards. A late afternoon or dusk game drive will be the perfect opportunity to see the nocturnal animals, of which there are plenty, come out of their resting or hiding places to look for food or mates. The Yala National Park is best visited in a 4WD safari Jeep, and you will get this opportunity on this day. The trekkers, drivers, guides, and naturalists that you will engage with will be highly knowledgeable on the behaviour of animals at given times, and you will have the best safari experience of your lifetime at Yala.

You will stay overnight in Yala, where dinner will be provided.

After breakfast at Yala, you will be transferred to the southern city of Galle. The largest city in Sri Lanka’s south, Galle’s main attraction stares down at you when you reach the city. The impressive Dutch Fort, built and completed in the 17th Century, stands sentry to the city as it has done over the centuries. The fort itself is inhabited, and close to 1,000 people live within its walls. The streets are lined with shops, restaurants, bars, boutiques selling souvenirs, lacework, and an eclectic collection of goods. The ramparts are a great place to have a stroll in the evening hours and watch the golden sunset. 

Within the fort, you will see several attractions, including a 17th century Dutch Reformed Church, the Maritime Museum, and several other museums. The roads within are made of granite cobblestones, which give the fort’s inner city a classical and rustic look. The Dutch Fort has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical and cultural value.

Outside the fort, the city of Galle buzzes with excitement, from the busy bus terminal to the fish market just outside the fort. The city is well worth spending a few hours just exploring.

You will stay overnight in Galle.

After an early breakfast in Galle, you will leave for Mirissa, where you will get a boat at 7:00 am to go out to see to watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Sri Lanka’s waters are known to have a very high concentration of different species of whales and dolphins, which are protected species. Among the species of whales that can be observed are sperm whales, Bryde’s whales, fin whales, and the occasional killer whale (also known as Orcas), but the main attraction is the majestic blue whale, the largest animal ever to have lived. Common dolphins, Spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and striped dolphins are all species that may be seen on this tour. Dolphins are generally friendly and playful, and provide lots of entertainment, while whales give you a sense of awe as to their great size and grace despite it. Whales and dolphins may be the main attraction, but you may even see the occasional turtle and shoals of fish, including Bluefin tuna and flying fish. A whale watching tour may be 3 to 5 hours long, depending on whale spotting and customer needs, and are unsuitable for the afternoon hours as the ocean waves are too rough at that time.

In the afternoon, you will take a ride in another boat, this time in fresh water. The Madu Ganga (River), located near Balapitiya, 35 km from Galle, provides a great opportunity to see a vast mangrove-lined wetland that is awe-inspiring. The Madu Ganga has a total of 64 small islands within it, some of which are used by humans. During this 2½ to 3 hour trip, the boat will go through a mangrove tunnel, and you will be able to visit a cinnamon plantation on one of the islands, and observe cinnamon being processed. Keen bird watchers will see a variety of water birds and waders that congregate in the area for feeding and nesting purposes. The mangrove forest also makes for a great environment for hundreds of species of fish and crustaceans. 

In the evening, after a long day on two boats, you will be back on terra firma as you visit a mask factory in Ambalangoda. Traditional masks have been made in this town for several centuries, with the art form surviving through bloodlines. You will get a chance to see how masks are carved, painted, and finished, and you will even get a chance to see a collection of masks that would be for sale. Typically, masks depict characters from local folklore, or demons that were thought to bring with them ailments of the mind and body. Some of these masks are used for theatre, while some for traditional healing rituals.

You will go back to Galle where you will stay overnight.

From Galle, you may choose to depart to the airport or you next destination, or you may decide to stay back and lie on a golden sandy beach until it is time for you to leave the paradise isle with memories of great adventures from the six previous days.

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