The best of the best in four days:
Yala National Park, Pinnawala elephant orphanage and a beautiful train journey through the highlands.
The round trip starts at 08:00 from “At Ease Beach Hotel” in Hikkaduwa. Today you will drive all the way to the east of Sri Lanka, Tissamaharana, and check inn to “Kithala Resort”. Get yourself and your camera ready for an evening safari in Yala National Park! Where you have the chance to spot the leopard, elephants and a variety of wild life.
Distance from Hikkaduwa to Yala: apx 4-5 hours.
After breakfast you will start the journey uphill to the beautiful highland of Sri Lanka. Arriving in Ella where you stay at “Ella Mount Heaven”. The hotel offers a distinctive charm and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Spend the afternoon to hike to the top of “little Adams Peak”. Starting on an easy path among tea-plantations, before a steep top at the end. The view from the top is spectacular!
Distance from Yala to Ella: apx 2 hours.
Today, the driver takes you to the train station and you will get tickets (with reserved seats) to join a picturesque journey amongst mountains and tea plantations. At the train station Nano Oya you will be greeted by our driver again. It is possible to have lunch at a restaurant, overlooking the famous lake in Nuwara Eliya. The city is often called “Little England”, due to the rich colonial history, the architecture, the climate and the location of the highlands. After lunch, visit a tea factory, before arriving in Kandy. The driver takes you on a visit to the “tooth temple”. The country’s Buddhist consider this as the most sacred temples in the region. Stay the night in “Thilanka Hotel”.
Duration of the train ride: apx 2,5 hours in slow speed
Distance from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy: apx 3 hours
From Kandy you will travel to Pinnawala. This is a place for injured and orphan elephants, and tourists get a chance to get up, close and personal with these gorgeous animals. You can watch them getting fed and bathed. After this you will be taken to the airport in time for your departure flight (or alternatively to Negombo or back to Hikkaduwa). Thank you for traveling with Norlanka Travels!
Distance from Kandy to Pinnawala: apx 1 hour
Distance from Pinnawala to Negombo/Airport: apx 3 hours
Distance from Negombo to Hikkaduwa: apx 2,5 hours