Proceed to Udawalawe National Park for Jeep Safari (Evening Safari Optional)
Lunch at local restaurant
PM – Leisure
Dinner & Overnight stay in Udawalawe
Day 02 –
Proceed to Pokunuthenna Village after breakfast
Visit Damwel Odaya Village Temple
Commence Land Master (Hand Tractor) ride from Damwel Odaya Temple to
Pokunuthenna Eco center (40 mins)
Welcome & Briefing about Pokunuthenna
Bird Watching & Lake Fishing (Optional)
Commence Site seeing & Village tour
Visit a local family & Cultivations (Including Rice fields)
Refreshments (King Coconut/Tea) at a local family’s residence
Cookery Demonstration (after purchasing Vegetables from local family)
Rural Village style Lunch
Relax at the Pokunuthenna Eco center
Proceed back to hotel
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe lies south of the central hills of the island, and it surround the man made reservoir of Udawalawe, which is part of the park. It is a mixture of abandoned teak plantation, scrub jungle & grassland. The dry season is best to watch many herds of elephant that roam the park; which is usually between May & September. Almost the entire park is covered with tall, reedy Pohon grass, which grows all year round. Udawalawe is a superb place to watch elephants. An estimated 450 elephants live here.
Pokunuthenna is a beautiful rural village bordering the forest and the Pokunuthenna Tank. Which is the outback of the Udawalawe National Park. It’s 6 km away from the Hambegamuwa and Weli Oya villages. Approximately 36 families live making a living from their main income source through cultivating & farming rice fields & various vegetables & fruits. There are many species of Birds, Butterflies, Insects & small mammals are found specifically around the pokunuthenna area. It’s rich
with lush green paddy fields, Lakes & thick jungle areas where you could get a once in a life time
experience with picturesque landscapes overlooking the Kura gala hills.
Pokunuthenna Community Based Tourism Project by H.O.T Tourism
As this beautiful village is been preserved with its culture& fauna, through an Eco tourism concept / Community based tourism project every currency been valuated from the tourist visiting the Pokunuthenna village a percentage from the income is been donated towards the well-being and the development of the village by H.O.T Tourism.
TIPS FOR TRIPS
Should be dressed properly (No mini shorts / skirts, sleeve less t-shirts) when visiting the village area.
Preferably need to wear earthly (light) colors to blend in with surroundings & nature.
Necessary steps needs to be taken preventing sun burns (Use Sun screen Creams/Wear Long sleeves)
Transportation in an A/C vehicle
Service of an English or German speaking professional guide