Tours

Excursions and Day Tours

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve adds magic and beauty to the lush island of Sri Lanka. The diverse flora and fauna scattered throughout the flourishing landscape boast about 60% of rare endemic species. Standing proudly as one of the last intact rainforests of the world, the Sinharaja is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO. This biodiversity hotspot holds 26 species of endemic birds in Sri Lanka, where 20 out of them dwell and call it home. The denser zone of the forest brims with wildlife, including leopards and elephants. The natural wonder of Sinharaja has effortlessly made it a favorite eco-tour site for tourists and locals.

Activities at Sinharaja

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

We at Gurubeula take the pleasure of arranging a tour in this invaluable biodiverse treasure trove, Sinharaja, to you. Be ready for a day of swimming in pristine pools and long hikes along nature’s beautiful trails. As you enjoy, please take precautions to protect yourself from rain and leeches.

The following is included in the fee:

  • Check-in at the hotel in the morning for breakfast (Sri Lankan / Western)
  • Check-in time 8.00 am
  • Morning Session after breakfast, travel to Sinharaja or Gongala to spend the day.
  • Packed Lunch - Western style
  • Come back for late afternoon tea/coffee with snacks
  • Stay over at "Sithsuwa Gimanhala"
  • Dinner - Ala Carte Menu (Western/Eastern)
  • Stay over the night
  • Day tour in the Gurubeula estate the next day
  • - the vicinity of the eco-farm mushroom project
    - free-range poultry
    - witnessing biodiversity on forest tree and commercial crops
    - bird watching
    - visit the yogurt factory
  • Mid-day break at the natural pool
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and snacks
  • Check out 6.00 pm
  • 7500/- per head
  • Cost of transport 8000/- for five adults

The Gatabaruwa temple was built by King Walagamba in 79 BC. There he protected the sacred tooth relic so that it would not fall into enemy hands. Only a few kilometres from the Gurubeula Estate, this is an ideal site to explore traditional Buddhist religious customs and temple architecture.

You can also visit the Maduwanwela Walauwa, an ancient Sri Lankan Mansion which belonged to a Sinhalese King’s-man who stood against the tyranny of the British invaders. Here, many traditional architectural features can be observed which cannot be seen anywhere else in the Island.

Explore to your hearts content the quaint, serene surroundings of the Morwaka Mountain and the nearby Morawaka Village. You can enjoy renowned Southern Hospitality always served with a smile by the friendly villagers.

Activities at the Morawaka Mountain and Village

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

The tours and excursions will be arranged by us while lunch can be taken while proceeding with your exploration. As always, please take necessary precautions to avoid leeches and rainfall.

The following are added to the fee

  • One day tour of the Village and Morawaka Mountain area
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide’s fee
  • Travel expenses

At a maximum height of 1358m, Gongala Kanda (mountain) is situated in the Rakwana mountain range which connects to the Morawaka kanda and Sinharaja mountain ranges. Like Sinharaja, this is an ideal location to sate your exploration and research needs. If you simply want a hike up a mountain and observe local flora and fauna, this is the place. From the mountain top, one can observe the Sinharaja rainforest canopy to the west flanked by the mountains. To the North-East in the distance on a clear day, one can observe the distant Udawalawa wildlife reserve and the forest. To the South you can observe in the distance the sea-side town of Matara and the sea itself. The drive itself is simply incredible with the green view to either side.

Activities at Gongala Kanda

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

The tours and excursions will be arranged by us while lunch can be taken while proceeding with your exploration. As always, please take necessary precautions to avoid leeches and rainfall.

The following are added to the fee

  • One day tour of the Gongala Kanda and surroundings
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide’s fee
  • Travel expenses

Duli Ella is a waterfall that belongs the 19 waterfalls of Sinharaja Rainforest. At just 1 metre wide and 17 meters high, it is not an impressive waterfall as far as height is concerned. However, the beauty of the falls lie in the atmosphere created by the waterfall itself. “Duli” or “Duwili” means dust, and is used in naming a waterfall to indicate the misty atmosphere caused by water hitting the rocks at the bottom. Located in Kosmulla en route to Lankagama along the Neluwa road, this is a destination frequented by travellers wanting a nature trail hike or to use the site to create beautiful camera stills. Being part of the Sinharaja Rainforest, the surrounding area and the waterfall along with the pools at the bottom is home to a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna.

Activities at the Duli Ella

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

The tours and excursions will be arranged by us while lunch can be taken while proceeding with your exploration. As always, please take necessary precautions to avoid leeches and rainfall.

The following are added to the fee

  • One day tour of the Neluwa Duli Ella and surrounding area
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide’s fee
  • Travel expenses

At 45 metres high and 10 metres wide, this is the highest waterfall in the Ginganga River. It’s origins are the Deniyaya - Gongala Mountain range and after the falls, the stream culminates at the Ginganga river at Pallegama. The Falls itself is divided into 7 segments which earned its’ name “Hathmale”. Just 8km from the Deniyaya town, Hathmale waterfall is an ideal place to enjoy being around nature’s beauty and take photographs to your heart’s content.

Activities at the Hathmale Ella

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

The tours and excursions will be arranged by us while lunch can be taken while proceeding with your exploration. As always, please take necessary precautions to avoid leeches and rainfall.

The following are added to the fee

  • One day tour of the Hathmale Ella and surrounding area
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide’s fee
  • Travel expenses

Located in Deniyaya, Patna of Wiharahena road of Deniyaya is a low angle waterfall over a large rock base where tourists and fun-seekers go to have a splashing fun time. From the upper rock, one can slide along the rock to the bottom safely reaching the water pool area. It is advisable to stay safe as one can easily slide the wrong way and get hurt on rocky outcrops.

Activities at the Sliding Rock, Deniyaya

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

The tours and excursions will be arranged by us while lunch can be taken while proceeding with your exploration. As always, please take necessary precautions to avoid leeches and rainfall.

The following are added to the fee

  • One day tour of the Sliding Rock and surrounding area
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide’s fee
  • Travel expenses

With a height of 17 metres and fed by the Hariyawa brook, the Brahmana Ella waterfall is placed along the border of the Sinharaja Rainforest. There is a hydro-power plant placed below the dam which blocks both branches of the Hariyawa Brook.

Sri Lankan folklore tells a story of a Brahmin who fell to his death over the falls while fleeing from King Walagamaba’s army as he had stolen a golden melon from the king’s court. This is how the waterfall gets its name. There are different folkloric stories about the origins of the name as well. It is possible to access the falls through both Galle-Neluwa and Deniyaya.

Activities at the Brahmana Ella Waterfall

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Observation of endemic fish, and dragonflies
  • Observation of various mammals, lizards, amphibians, insects and snails
  • Observation of endemic flora, trees, fungi and lichen
  • Observational tours of waterfalls
  • Traditional lifestyle study

The tours and excursions will be arranged by us while lunch can be taken while proceeding with your exploration. As always, please take necessary precautions to avoid leeches and rainfall.

The following are added to the fee

  • One day tour of the Brahmana Ella and surrounding area
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide’s fee
  • Travel expenses