An optional post symposium tour has been arranged for Saturday 21st January 2017. The tour is a day visit with a morning tea break and a lunch along the way, returning to the university by approximately the evening.
Uva Halpe Tea Factory is perched on a mountain of 2 km in height, surrounded by nature at its very best. At this factory you will get to learn everything you need to know about Ceylon tea, while witnessing the step-by-step process of the manufacturing process, followed by a tea tasting session at its sky cafe; where you will get to experience the wonder of different flavours of tea, while gazing at the panoramic views from the factory. Tourists also have the opportunity to purchase factory-fresh teas during their visits.
Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views, you could find in Sri Lanka. Only 8 km from Bandarawela, this small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expedition to the surrounding countryside. A taste of the breathtaking scenery of Ella could be had, with the feeling of standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you seems to disappear at your feet. Visiting Ella may create dramatic cinematic like experience, on entry. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery.
The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Sri Lanka. This popular falls has its roots connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) has been named after the brawny daemon, Ravana. The picturesque Ravana Ella falls is about 30 foot high and can be observable from the main road. The beauty of the falls lies in the fact that it is located against the strikingly beautiful backdrop of mountains and valleys. The water gushes down over many stairs to create a breathtaking scenario. The place is a quiet and favored stop to rest for pilgrims.
A centre for rehabilitation and Re-integration of orphaned wild elephants has been established at Udawalawe National Park by the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka. Increase of the country’s population, large scale irrigation and agricultural projects have fragmented the former habitat of elephants resulting elephant mortality and decrease of population. Despite the mitigation measures to control human elephant conflict, considerable number of elephant claves was recorded as orphans. Visitor could enjoy the antics of these babies from a viewing platform at the center. The Elephant Transit Home in Uda Walawe is loved by many and is visited by many to see these calves being given milk as feed four times a day; at 9 am, 12 noon, 3 pm and 6 pm.
Uda Walawe, in Sri Lanka's south-central sector, is the area that most resembles an African game park. Wildlife reports say there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Leopards, buffalo, deer and sloth bears keep them company along with mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, water monitor lizards and crocodiles. With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, this Sri Lankan national park rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy. It’s one park in Sri Lanka not to miss.