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 Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya / Dambulla Day Tour

Sigiriya / Dambulla Day Tour

Departure from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa: 5:00 AM

Travel to Dambulla Temple:

  • Distance: Approximately 170 km
  • Estimated Travel Time: 3.5 – 4 hours

Arrival at Dambulla Temple: 9:30 AM

  • Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple.
  • The temple complex includes five caves under a vast overhanging rock, adorned with a stunning array of Buddha statues and intricate frescoes.

Lunch Break: 12:00 PM

  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near Dambulla. (Recommendation: Look for a restaurant serving traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.)

Travel to Sigiriya:

  • Distance: Approximately 20 km
  • Estimated Travel Time: 30 minutes

Arrival at Sigiriya: 1:00 PM

  • Begin the ascent of Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
  • Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its frescoes, gardens, and archaeological significance.

Explore Sigiriya:

  • Climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient fortress and marvel at the engineering marvels and historical remnants.

Departure from Sigiriya: 4:30 PM

Return Journey to Hikkaduwa:

  • Estimated Travel Time: 4 – 5 hours

Arrival at Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa: 9:30 – 10:30 PM (Approximately)

Feel free to adjust the timings based on your preferences and requirements. Ensure you have enough time to fully experience both Dambulla Temple and Sigiriya while allowing for travel and breaks. Enjoy your day trip!

Kandy Day Tour

Kandy Day Tour

Kandy Day Tour Itinerary:

7:00 AM – Departure from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa:

  • Your tour guide will pick you up from Weleges Place Hotel in Hikkaduwa. Ensure you have breakfast before departure.

9:00 AM – Arrival at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage:

  • Explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can witness the elephants bathing and interacting in their natural habitat.
  • Learn about the conservation efforts and the history of the orphanage.

11:30 AM – Departure for Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic):

  • Journey towards Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
  • Arrive at Dalada Maligawa, home to the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha.
  • Explore the temple grounds and learn about its significance in Sri Lankan Buddhism.

1:00 PM – Lunch Break:

  • Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a local restaurant in Kandy.
  • Taste authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and experience the local flavors.

2:00 PM – Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens:

  • Explore the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, renowned for its diverse plant species and scenic beauty.
  • Walk through the avenues of royal palms, admire the giant bamboo groves, and witness exotic orchids and flora.

4:00 PM – Explore a Tea Factory:

  • Visit a nearby tea factory to learn about the process of tea production in Sri Lanka.
  • Discover the art of tea making from the plucking of tea leaves to the final packaging.
  • Enjoy a tea tasting session and purchase some fresh Ceylon tea to take home.

6:00 PM – Return Journey to Hikkaduwa:

  • Depart from Kandy and head back to Weleges Place Hotel in Hikkaduwa.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive back and reminisce about the day’s experiences.

8:00 PM – Arrival at Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa:

  • Arrive back at the hotel, where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploration.
  • Reflect on the memories made during your Kandy Day Tour.
Sinharaja Rain forest

Sinharaja Rain forest

Departure from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa:

  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • The tour group will assemble at the lobby of Weleges Place Hotel for departure.

Travel to Sinharaja Rain Forest:

  • Mode of Transport: Air-conditioned minivan/coach.
  • Duration: Approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.
  • Enjoy scenic views along the route as we head towards Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Arrival at Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve:

  • Time: Around 10:00 AM
  • Upon arrival, meet with the assigned guide who will accompany the group throughout the exploration.

Guided Trekking Expedition:

  • Duration: 3-4 hours.
  • Explore the diverse flora and fauna of Sinharaja Rain Forest.
  • Learn about endemic species, medicinal plants, and the ecological significance of the rainforest.
  • Engage in wildlife spotting and birdwatching opportunities.

Picnic Lunch amidst Nature:

  • Enjoy a packed lunch amidst the serene surroundings of Sinharaja Rain Forest.
  • Savor local delicacies and refreshments provided by the tour organizers.

Discover Waterfalls and Natural Pools:

  • After lunch, proceed to discover nearby waterfalls and natural pools.
  • Swim or relax by the crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery (optional activity).

Return Journey to Hikkaduwa:

  • Departure Time: Approximately 2:30 PM
  • Bid farewell to Sinharaja Rain Forest and embark on the return journey to Hikkaduwa.

En Route Sightseeing:

  • Capture scenic vistas and make brief stops at viewpoints along the journey back.

Arrival at Weleges Place Hotel:

  • Time: Around 5:00 PM
  • Drop-off at the hotel, marking the end of the Sinharaja Rain Forest Morning Tour.
Udawalawe Safari

Udawalawe Safari

5:00 AM: Departure from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa.

8:30 AM: Arrival at Udawalawa National Park Visitor Center.

  • Welcome and Briefing:
    • Introduction to Udawalawa National Park, its flora, fauna, and conservation efforts.
    • Safety guidelines and rules during the safari.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Udawalawa National Park Morning Safari.

  • Guided Safari Experience:
    • Embark on a thrilling safari adventure through the wilderness of Udawalawa.
    • Explore diverse ecosystems, including grasslands, forests, and wetlands.
    • Encounter majestic wildlife, such as elephants, leopards, deer, water buffalo, and various bird species.
    • Opportunities for photography and wildlife observation.
    • Expert insights into animal behavior and habitat conservation.

12:30 PM: Lunch Break at a designated picnic spot within the park.

  • Enjoy a delicious packed lunch amidst the natural surroundings of Udawalawa National Park.

1:30 PM: Departure from Udawalawa National Park to the Elephant Orphanage.

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Visit to the Elephant Orphanage.

  • Educational Tour:
    • Learn about the conservation efforts to protect and rehabilitate orphaned and injured elephants.
    • Witness feeding sessions and interact with the gentle giants under the supervision of experienced caretakers.
    • Gain insights into the daily routines and challenges faced in elephant conservation.
    • Optional opportunities for elephant bathing and interaction (subject to availability and park regulations).

5:00 PM: Departure from the Elephant Orphanage back to Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa.

8:30 PM: Estimated arrival at Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa.


  • The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions, park regulations, and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes, and bring sunscreen, hats, and water bottles for the safari.
  • Camera equipment and binoculars are recommended for optimal wildlife viewing and photography.
  • Respect wildlife and follow the instructions of the tour guides and park authorities for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Yala Safari

Yala Safari

Departure Time: 10:00 AM from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa

Late Morning Departure:

  • Begin your journey from Weleges Place Hotel to Yala National Park around 10:00 AM.
  • The travel time from Hikkaduwa to Yala National Park is approximately 4-5 hours, accounting for breaks and road conditions.

En Route Experience:

  • Enjoy the scenic drive to Yala National Park, with opportunities to stop for refreshments and rest breaks along the way.
  • Use this time to relax, take in the countryside views, and prepare for the safari adventure ahead.

Arrival and Lunch:

  • Reach the entrance of Yala National Park by early afternoon, around 3:00 PM.
  • Complete entry procedures and have a leisurely lunch either at a nearby restaurant or with a packed meal provided by the hotel.

Afternoon Rest and Preparation:

  • Take some time to rest and prepare for the evening safari.
  • Ensure your cameras, binoculars, and other equipment are ready for optimal wildlife viewing and photography during the safari.

Evening Safari Exploration:

  • Begin your thrilling evening safari adventure in Yala National Park around 4:00 PM.
  • Explore the park’s diverse habitats and ecosystems as the sun begins to set, offering a unique perspective and lighting for wildlife sightings.
  • Keep a lookout for elusive leopards, majestic elephants, and other fascinating creatures that call Yala home.

Sunset Scenery and Wildlife Viewing:

  • As the day transitions into evening, experience the breathtaking beauty of the sunset against the backdrop of Yala’s wilderness.
  • Capture stunning photographs and cherish the serene moments amidst nature’s grandeur.

Return Journey:

  • Depart from Yala National Park by approximately 7:00 PM, concluding your evening safari adventure.
  • Reflect on the memorable wildlife encounters and scenic vistas as you journey back to Weleges Place Hotel in Hikkaduwa.

Arrival Back at Hotel:

  • Arrive back at Weleges Place Hotel by late evening, around 11:00 PM, marking the end of your enriching excursion to Yala National Park.


  • Evening safaris offer unique opportunities to observe nocturnal wildlife and experience the park’s ambiance during twilight hours.
  • Dress warmly for the evening safari, as temperatures may drop after sunset.
  • Confirm the availability of evening safari tours with the hotel or tour operator in advance, as schedules may vary depending on seasonal factors and park regulations.
Kanneliya Rain Forest

Kanneliya Rain Forest


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast at Weleges Place Hotel Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Weleges Place Hotel to energize for the day’s adventure.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Departure to Kanneliya Rainforest Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for departure to Kanneliya Rainforest. Transportation will be arranged, ensuring a comfortable journey to the forest reserve.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Exploration of Kanneliya Rainforest

  • Upon arrival, meet with our expert guide who will provide insights into the rainforest’s ecology, significance, and safety guidelines.
  • Begin your trek into the mesmerizing depths of Kanneliya Rainforest. Traverse through winding trails enveloped by towering trees, cascading streams, and vibrant foliage.
  • Encounter diverse flora and fauna unique to this tropical paradise. Keep an eye out for exotic bird species, colorful butterflies, and endemic plant varieties.
  • Pause at scenic viewpoints and pristine waterfalls to capture breathtaking moments amidst nature’s splendor.
  • Engage in interactive sessions with your guide to learn about the rainforest’s ecological importance, conservation efforts, and local traditions associated with the area.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Picnic Lunch Amidst Nature Relish a sumptuous picnic lunch amidst the tranquil ambiance of Kanneliya Rainforest. Savor traditional Sri Lankan delicacies prepared with fresh ingredients, complemented by refreshing beverages.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Continuing Exploration and Nature Walk

  • Resume your exploration of Kanneliya Rainforest, delving deeper into its hidden wonders and biodiversity hotspots.
  • Participate in a guided nature walk, where your expert guide will unveil fascinating insights about the rainforest’s intricate ecosystem, medicinal plants, and indigenous wildlife.
  • Immerse yourself in the serenity of the surroundings, allowing moments of introspection and connection with nature’s sublime beauty.

Late Afternoon:

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Departure from Kanneliya Rainforest Bid farewell to the enchanting realms of Kanneliya Rainforest as you prepare for departure. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Return to Weleges Place Hotel Travel back to Weleges Place Hotel, reflecting on the day’s memorable experiences and encounters with nature’s wonders.

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