Agricultural Highlights

10 NIGHTS/ 11 DAYS

DAY 01- Route (Start - End): Airport / Waikkala - Negombo

You will be met on arrival at the Colombo International Airport by our Acrus Travels representative who will assist you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle where your personal chauffeur guide / guide await. Transfer to the hotel on the way visit Negombo fish market and fishing village.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Club Hotel Dolphin

Approx drive time – ½ Hrs

DAY 02- Route (Start - End): Waikkala / Lunuwila / Waikkala

After breakfast you will be taken to the Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila. The Coconut Research Institute (CRI) is a National Institute founded in 1929 as the Coconut Research Scheme under the Coconut Research Ordinance No. 24 of 1928. The scheme established its headquarters at Bandirippuwa Estate, Lunuwila (North Western Province) and began its research activities with three Technical Divisions namely, Genetics, Chemistry and Soil Chemistry for assisting coconut growers with technical information on coconut cultivation. Following the enactment of the coconut Research Act No. 37 in 1950, it was renamed as the CRI of Ceylon. Since its establishment all scientific research on coconut in Sri Lanka were centered in it and gained national as well as international reputation for coconut research. Under the Coconut Development Act No. 46 promulgated in 1971, the Coconut Research Board was set up in 1972 to function as the Board of Management of the CRI. The CRI is a semi-autonomous research institution coming under the purview of Ministry of Plantation Industries.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Club Hotel Dolphin

Approx drive time – 20 Mints

DAY 03- Route (Start - End): Waikkala / Kurunegala / Sigiriya

After having breakfast driven up to Sigiriya en route visit an Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala which started back in 1975 the elephant orphanage houses the abandoned and the wounded elephants. We recommend timing your visit for when the elephants are being fed or as they all march to the river close by to be bathed. After you could visit Paddy Research Center in Bathalegoda. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) functions under the Ministry of Agriculture and the DOA is one of the largest government departments with a high profile community of agricultural scientists and a network of institutions covering different agro ecological regions island wide. Rice Research and Development Institute at Bathalagoda was started in 1952. It had been upgraded to become the premier rice research institute in the country and was now recognized internationally for its excellent performance in research over the past several years. The institute had developed varieties of rice suited to different regions of the country and also developed technologies to enhance yield. These improved varieties had been introduced to the farmers, who had adopted them with an acceptance level of over 95%. Transfer to the hotel in Sigiriya.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana

Approx drive time – 4 Hrs

DAY 04- Route (Start - End): Sigiriya / Habarana / Sigiriya

Early breakfast leave to climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress which means Lion’s rock, is an ancient fortress made of rock in the Matale district of Sri Lanka. The fortress is surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens and other structures. The place is part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and is preserved due to its significance in illustrating architecture and culture of the civilization during the time it was built
After having visited above place driven up to Habarana to get an experience of Village tour and take a ride on the Elephant’s back Village tour is an interesting excursion available in Habarana, in the form of a traditional bullock cart ride. This maximum three hour program is designed for you to experience the real traditional Sri Lankan rural village style, where you will travel in a Bullock cart to a rural village through lush green paddy fields where you will be served tea and “juggery” or king coconut along with lunch made to authentic Sri Lankan style. Traditional cooking methods, and a visit to a paddy field to see how the local farmers protect their crops from the wild animals, will be demonstrated. The finale of this excursion will be a traditional canoe ride in a lake in Habarana. After you will be taken by tuk tuk to the highly recommended as a “must do” activity when you are in Habarana to get feel the real Sri Lanka. And Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. This Elephant Back Safari not only make it possible to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps more importantly, provide the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant. Habarana, the most popular area for Elephant Back Safari Habarana located 210km north east from Colombo is the transit point of the large herds of wild elephants at the National Parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla. Habarana is a popular location among the wildlife enthusiasts and nature tourists.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana

DAY 05- Route (Start - End): Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

After breakfast leave to Windsor Park Higurakgoda for 2 nights which is a novel concept for the 1st time in Sri Lanka. Situated in a 1380 acre, agriculture farm where the city dweller can experience the serenity and can educate himself on agriculture, beauty of the place and enjoy the surroundings. Seven air-conditioned Cabanas (including two family apartments) are available.
The farm receives irrigation water from the Minneriya reservoir to produce high quality seed paddy. The highland area of the farm is utilized for production of perennial crops, vegetables, Agri eco-tourism and livestock

Dinner & Overnight stay at Windsor Park

Approx drive time – 2 Hrs

These are few cultivations mentioned below. There are many more

Mango Cultivation
The first plants of a few varieties (especially Willard, Karthcolomban, Vellei Kolomban, Ambalavi and Neelum) which were planted in Sri Lanka, is in the Hingurakgoda farm. Hingurakgoda Willard, which is one of the popular mango varieties, was discovered at the Hingurakgoda Farm

Paddy Cultivation
The CIC Farm is the largest seed production farm in Sri Lanka. The total extent of the paddy area is 750 acres. The full extent is used for seed paddy production. Our annual production is 130,000 bushels. The contribution to the national seed paddy production is 20%. We cultivate 10 popular varieties and they are categorized as the long, short and small grain. The two colors of the rice are red rice and white rice. Our average yield is 130 bushels per acre. The cultivation period is 3.5 months a year.

Banana Cultivation
50 acres of banana plantation has been cultivated under high technology and modern agricultural methods, for export purpose. Special, modern sprinkler irrigation system has been introduced for irrigation and fustigation.
Plant Nursery
We maintain a plant nursery to supply quality planting materials to farmers. We produce fruit plants like mango, orange, guava.

Home Garden
People have developed their home gardens with the ancient village developed agro based culture. There are a few crops that can be grown in the home garden such as, medicinal plants, spices, vegetables, fruits, yams.

Livestock Production
The high yielding Murrah & Nili Ravi breeds of buffalo herd is maintained at the farm for milk production as well as breeding purposes. Currently, the Hingurakgoda farm has the best buffalo herd in the country. We produce Sri Lanka s best quality curd which is made under very hygienic conditions and sold in all reputed supermarkets. The farm is equipped with a milk processing center and a laboratory. The milking is fully mechanized.

Compost Production
We have a compost production program in the farm and we produce high quality compost, using bio mass and buffalo dung that is available in the farm. We supply packed compost to the market while the majority of what we produce is used in the farm to improve the soil.

DAY 06- Route (Start - End): Polonnaruwa

Dinner & Overnight stay at Windsor Park

DAY 07- Route (Start - End): Polonnaruwa / Kandy

In the morning after having breakfast will be driven to Sri Lanka’s hill capital lake side city Kandy on the way visit Spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and the farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand. Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste a herbal brew and some venues, enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on the natural products from the garden. Having visited to Kandy visit temple of tooth relic and after evening make a short city tour to look Upper Lake, Kandy Lake and Kandy bazaar and you will also see an arts & crafts shop, Gem museum

Dinner & Overnight stay at Cinnamon Citadel

Approx drive time – 3 Hrs

DAY 08- Route (Start - End): Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Following day after breakfast, visit the wonderful flora at the botanical gardens of Peradeniya initially a royal park in 1821 under British rules it became a botanical garden. Here exotic crops, such as coffee. Tea, Nutmeg, Rubber and Cinchona (quinine) – an all of which were to become important to the country’s economy were first tested. The botanical gardens are fantastic with an excellent Orchid House, and a wide variety of plant species from all over the world. For keen gardeners, at least a morning is recommended to visit garden, possibly longer.
After leave to Nuwara Eliya. Once reach to Nuwara Eliya you will be taken to Ambewela. There is a two farms at Ambewela and those are called New Zealand farm and Ambewela farms. New Zealand farm is at 1km from Ambewela and Ambewela farm is at before Ambewela. Rabbits, Cattles, Cows, Pigs, Goats and grass lands, vegetable farm, seed potatoes producing center and nice reservoir is available on Ambewela farm. No special permission needed to enter Ambewela Farms. In 12:30 PM of every day demonstrates the get cow milk in electronic machine. Cheese factory, Goat yard and thousands of animals can be seen in Ambewela farms. Largest grass lands of Sri Lanka also a part of Ambewela farms.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing St. Andrews

Approx drive time – 2 Hrs

DAY 09- Route (Start - End): Nuwara Eliya

Today After breakfast spend the time at Tea Research Centre in Talawakele. TRI was first established in 1925 as an arm of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon, in order to enrich the tea industry through professional research findings. The institute had its early beginnings in Nuwara Eliya town with a representative nucleus of staff undertaking research in make-shift laboratories with very modest equipment and then transferred to the present location, the St. Coombs Estate in Talawakelle, in December 1929. Gradually TRI spreads into all tea growing areas of the country by establishing regional centres in Passara (Uva region), Kandy (Mid country region), Ratnapura (Low country region), Galle (Galle District), Deniyaya (Matara and Hambantota Districts) and Kaluthara (Kaluthara District). The two estates, St. Coombs in Talawakelle and St. Joachim in Ratnapura, which are operated under TRI, provide facilities to undertake research in cultivation and processing while making some earnings to the institute.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing St. Andrews

DAY 10- Route (Start – End): Nuwara Eliya / Colombo

Today you will be driven to the final destination of your tour, Colombo. COLOMBO is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Galle Face Hotel (Classic Wings)

Approx drive time – 5 Hrs

DAY 11- Route (Start – End): Colombo - Airport

As all good things must come to an end, your chauffeur guide will take you back to the international airport for a safe journey home.

Drive Time: 1 ½ hours

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