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Hiriwadunna

Hiriwadunna is just 02 Km (05 minutes - drive from Habarana, The trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan Typical village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a ‘Wewa’ or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning or an evening activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake.

Activity 01

Bullock Cart Ride – 45 Minutes

Bullock cart (Double Ox Cart) which will transport through the next phase of the adventure. The journey continues through dense shrub forests, Paddy lands and other home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephants. Sightseeing of the rural village life is possible while on the cart ride. Lie back and enjoy the flashes of blue sky through the cover of the trees as the carter expertly guides his animals.

Activity 02

Catamaran Safari with bonus ‘Chena Visit’ - 01 Hour

Catamaran safari at the scenic lake & Wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on a Catamaran!! At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut/Aromatic ginger tea or some other seasonal fruits. Chance of experiencing bird watching while on the Catamaran such like Peacocks, green pigeons, cormorants, green bitters, variety of King fishers, Eagles and many more birds also land monitors even water monitors as well.

Activity 03

Traditional Village Lunch at a local House – 01 Hour

Catamaran safari at the scenic lake & Wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on a Catamaran!! At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut/Aromatic ginger tea or some other seasonal fruits. Chance of experiencing bird watching while on the Catamaran such like Peacocks, green pigeons, cormorants, green bitters, variety of King fishers, Eagles and many more birds also land monitors even water monitors as well.

Finally after experiencing the Cart ride and the Catamaran safari the next is the Traditional Lunch at a local house prepared by the village women. This is arranged on a typical & traditional Buffet style (Clay pots – buffet) served on a Lotus leaf and a cane thatched flat holder.

  • The lunch: Rice with 06 authentic curries, papadam, fried lake fish and a green salad
  • Desert: Seasonal fruits / Curd with trickle or honey / Mineral water bottle
  • Includes a free Cooking Demonstration
  • Guest partaking on Preparation of a curry
  • Witnessing the traditional meal preparation methods by the local women
  • A relaxing walk back to the main road by the lake bund after this unique experience…
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