The excursion to the hanging bridge of Narampanawa will take you downhill passing greenery of varying types. You will pass breathtaking vistas of the knuckles mountain range, while walking past smaller tea plantations and paddy fields. From vanilla to cocoa, avocados to bananas, cloves to tamarind, the abundance of spices and fruits in the area will give you a glimpse into what Sri Lanka has to offer. The bridge itself is used by villagers to cross into nearby areas, and the rocks under the river is a great location to rest and absorb the nature around you..
This downhill quick trek is the perfect way to start off the morning. A 30-45 minute walk will take you down to Hulu Ganga, bordering Santani. The gushing of the river over the rocks, is a complete immersion into the surrounding natural environment, and is a great place for a morning meditation session. The area also features a large variety of birdlife, and on a lucky day, you may spot one of the few resident fishing owls who are located near the river.
Built over 250 years ago, the Bambaragala Cave Temple has a rich history and an even richer mythology. The cave temple has ancient drawings and markings possibly pre-dating the Kandyan era, and the climb
up to the top of the Bambaragala rock gives you stunning panoramic views of the Victoria Reservoir and
the entire region. While the temple is suitable for all ages, the hike is only recommended for agile, experienced hikers. The hike will take approximately 1 hour and the final stretch requires agility and balance.
This tour will provide you with a visit to the the last kingdom and the current cultural capital of Sri Lanka.A visit to the sacred temple of the tooth relic, a trip to the peradeniya botanical gardens, and a walk around the Kandy lake are some of the options that are on offer.
A quick hike across the river will lead you to a short, flat trail which takes you past two waterfalls that open up into small ponds of water. The waterfalls border the picturesque Kukul Oya region. During the hike you will be exposed to a variety of flora, with lush greenery bordering the trail.
Built in 1750 by the last king of Sri Lanka, the Galmaduwa Temple has a rich heritage. Local mythology states that this was first a hiding place for Elara, Sri Lanka’s greatest enemry. However, it is historically
noted that Sri Wickrama Rajasingha built this temple, which has a significant hindu influence, as Sri Wickrama Rajasinha himself hailed from this heritage. Due to protests by the locals, the building was never opened as a kovil, and instead was venerated as a buddhist temple, and stands as a perfect fusion of two cultures, and a representation of the social dynamics in play at that point in time..
This experience will showcase a village of craftsmen honing and practicing their skills, making copper and wooden handicrafts, as well as batik fabrics and much more. Here you will be exposed to local industries at the smallest level, and you will see families of artisans passing their craft from one generation to the next. The tour of the village will end up with a simple cup of Ceylon tea at the house of the village coppersmith.
The degaldoruwa temple features some of the oldest paintings recorded in the Kandyan Kingdom. The
temple, hidden away in a cave by a mountain outside of Kandy, was built by King Keerthi Sri Rajasinha.
The paintings are a marvel of storytelling and art, and features a number of depictions of ancient legends,myths and religious tales. The temple also features a serene mountain top, with a sacred Bo Tree, and a stunning stupa.
A quick drive will take you to Rangala Road, which is a road flanked by rolling tea estates, beautiful eucalyptus trees, and lush greenery. The route is one of the most scenic tea drives in the hill country, and a quick stop at a tea factory, will show you the manufacturing process of tea. A quick stop at one of the clearwater pools along the way is also an option.
The Dumbara region is resident to the weavers of Sri Lanka, who were tasked with creating these unique
designs by the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. This form of artisanry still exists in Dumbara, and these craftsmen supply their products to popular tourist stores across the country. You will be exposed to this ancient form of weaving in its most authentic form during this experience. As an added bonus, the road to Thalaguna is one of the most scenic routes in the country, with a small winding road, turning through lush green paddy fields, and surrounded by the rugged knuckles range.
This excursion will take you along the famous A-26, one of Sri Lanka’s most scenic drives. You will drive bordering the Victoria Wildlife Reserve, and pass the rugged terrain of the Knuckles Range as well. Each turn opens up to yet another stunning landscape, and the route also features the ‘Daha-ata Vanguwa’,which is an 18-turn engineering marvel designed to bring you to flat terrain in a 10km drive. The view from the top of the turns is absolutely breathtaking. Mahiyanganaya is also the first location Lord Buddha visited, and the stupa is Sri Lanka’s oldest temple, as per the Mahavamsa and is over 2500 years old. The stupa houses a sacred hair-relic of Lord Buddha as well as Lord Buddha’s sacred left Collar-bone relic.
The Knuckles Conservation Range is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a collection of peaks across the
central region of the country. The drive to the summit, goes along the Rangala road, which is a scenic route by itself, and the climb takes you through shrub jungle terrain. The region is also unique as it is the intersection of the dry zone and the wet zone, and thus creates an amazing blend of misty and clear skies. The rugged peaks of the Knuckles named by the British for their resemblance to the knuckles of a clenched fist. The steeply shelving mountain terrain reaches 1863 m at the summit of the main Knuckles peak itself and included rare dwarf cloud forest.
Victoria golf club, Sri Lanka’s most scenic golf course is an award winning Donald Steel designed masterpiece sprawled amongst the hills and bordering the Victoria reservoir. The course offers the most picturesque scenery and breath taking views of nature and the 73 Par, 6933-yard championship 18-hole golf course is maintained to international standards.