It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about.
Dambulla – Habarana
After breakfast, set on a sightseeing tour of the ancient city of Anuradhapura, this remarkable city is Sri Lanka’s most sacred town and has some of the most extensive ruins in the world. This city is served as a great monastic centre. It remained residence and royal capital for over 100 successive Sinhalese Kings for around 1500 years from the 4th century BC to the 8th century AD, after which it.
was abandoned and the capital moved to Polonnaruwa Thereafter proceed to Habarana/Dambulla Enjoy an elephant back ride through the village in Habarana. Check into hotel In the Afternoon, set on an exclusive private jeep safari at Minneriya National Park (During June to September) or Kaudulla National park (During October to may) Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After an early breakfast, visit the Udawattakele Sanctuary.This is the only reserve in the whole of Sri Lanka to be situated in the suburbs of a city. The Udawattakele Sanctuary rests on the northern edge of the Kandy city just above the Temple of the Tooth.
The forests are a haven for birds and some of the birds sighted here include the layard’s parakeet, Sri Lanka hanging parrot, yellow-fronted, crimson-fronted and brown-headed barbets; golden-fronted; stork-billed, common and oriental dwarf kingfishers. Leave for Sinharaja Check into hotel and relax Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
You won’t find any elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The commonest larger mammal is the endemic purple faced langur. An unusual and fascinating spectacle is when birds from many different species move together in mixed feeding flocks in search of food. As the flock approaches you’ll see and hear the noisy calls of orange-billed babblers and a greater racket-tailed drongo. As the birds pass, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the quieter, more inconspicuous, members of the flock.
Some of the fascinating birds found in Sri Lanka you can find right here at Sinharaja include the Sri Lanka spurfowl, Sri Lanka junglefowl, green-billed coucal, red-faced malkoha, blue magpie, spot-winged thrush, scaly thrush, white-faced starling, chestnut-backed owlet, black-throated munia and the Sri Lanka myna. Sinharaja is an absolute treasure trove of endemic species. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare.
Mirissa – Tangalle
Leave for Kandy via Dambulla. See the Golden Rock, a cave temple which dates back to the 1 st Century.BC. From Dambulla drive to Matale to visit a spice garden. In Kandy , visit the Temple of the Tooth. View a cultural dance.
Dinner and overnight at Kandy.