Jetwing Eco Holidays
46/26 Navam Mawatha
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DAY 01 Arrival in Sri Lanka and transfer to Club Hotel Dolphin, Waikkala for two nights. Afternoon leisure.
DAY 02 After breakfast visit the Coconut Research Institute, Marawila . The Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka (CRISL) was initially established as the Coconut Research Scheme in 1928, and was later developed into a fully fledged national research organization and a centre of excellence in coconut research and development in
Asia and the Pacific Region. It is the first ever Research Institute established in the world devoted for coconut.
DAY 03 After breakfast, drive to Anuradhapura, ancient capital. You would be visiting the Sri Maha Bodhi, (Sacred Bo-tree), Abayagiri Dagaba, and the tallest stupa in the world. You will also visit the Aukana Statue.
Anuradhapura is also known as area where paddy crops are cultivated as a wetland crop. The total land devoted for paddy is estimated to be about 708,000 Hectares at present in the island. There are two cultivation seasons namely; Maha and Yala which are synonymous with two monsoons. Maha Season falls during “North-east monsoon” from September to March in the following year. Yala season is effective during the period from May to end of August. When the crop is sown and harvested during above periods, the particular season is defined. However, the whole area devoted for paddy is not being cultivated due to number of reasons such as shortage of water during the seasons, prevailing unsettle conditions on the ground, etc. Overnight at Palm GardenVillage, Anuradhapura for one night.
DAY 04 After the breakfast leave for Windsor Park, Hingurakgoda, for three nights. Walk around the farm. It shows how successful village home gardens were with Agri base culture. There are few kinds of crops such as vegetables, fruits, yams, medicinal plants and spices in the dry zone home garden.
Fruit plants such as Mango, guava, orange, lime are produced in the plant nursery to supply quality planting materials to farmers.
A programme is carried out to produce high quality compost using bio mass available in the farm and buffalo dung. A part of the compost produced is sold in the market
The farm has the best buffalo herd in the country with high yielding breeds that include Murrah and Nili Ravi for the purpose of milk production as well as breeding. We produce Sri lanka’s best quality curd which is made under very hygienic conditions. The farm is equipped with a laboratory and milk processing center and the milking is fully mechanized. Twenty acres of high yielding quality grass and fodder is grown under sprinkler irrigation to feed the buffalo herd.
Fifty acres of banana has been cultivated under high technology and modern agricultural methods for exports. Special sprinkler irrigation systems have been introduced for irrigation and fertigation.
DAY 05 Breakfast at the hotel. Continue to research the farm. Seed production farm is the biggest seed production farm in Sri Lanka. The total extent of the farm is around 1300 acres out of which 700 acres are under paddy. The national requirement of seed paddy is approximately 650000 bushels per annum and our contribution to the national seed paddy production is 20%. The CIC Combine harvester has the capacity to harvest, thresh and clean ten acres of paddy per day. As for threshing, the CIC combine thresher has the capacity of threshing 10 acres of paddy per 8 hrs shift. Seed paddy produced in the farm is cleaned using state of the art seed processing machines that has a capacity of 200 bushels per hour. A network of the out growers in the area is utilized to produce high quality seed paddy by providing technical know how using the farm as a nucleus.
DAY 06 One more day extension in the farm. Dry zone vegetables are grown under modern technology and that includes the farm fresh vegetables that are supplied. The Hingurakgoda mango plantation is the most important germ plasma collections of Sri Lanka. The first plants of a few varieties which were planted in Sri lanka is in the Hingurakgoda farm especially Willard, karthacolomban, vellei kolomban,ambalavi and neelum. The Hingurakgoda Willard is one of the most popular varieties and was discovered at this farm. A fully equipped machinery division is in operation at the farm. This machinery unit, while providing the service to the farm maintains modern agricultural machines like combine harvesters and combine threshers. Besides functioning as a testing location for newly introduced agri machinery it designs new inventions like chopper harvester, compost grader, straw cutter etc.
DAY 07 After the breakfast leave for Vil Uyana, Sigiriya for two nights.Walk around the paddy fields. Part of the land extend is used to cultivate paddy. Vil Uyana demonstrates how the process goes with traditional harvesting methods, providing a new and exciting feature, dwellings within the paddy field.
DAY 08 Morning visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which was the pleasure capital of a single king called Kashyapa in the 5th centuries A.D. Afternoon visit MinneriyaNational Park, for Elephants. During September and October over 300 elephants gather on the receding shores of the Minneriya Tank. ‘The gathering’ of Elephants at Minneriya is one of those awesome spectacles which should rank alongside better-known wildlife spectacles such as the migration of wildebeest in Africa.
DAY 09 Morning leave for Randoli Hotel, Kandy for one night. En route visit the Paddy ResearchCenter in Bathalegoda, Kurunegala. 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 recognised 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%. Visit Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, which is an object of veneration to Buddhists and the most important sacred relic in the country. View a cultural dance.
DAY 10 After the breakfast leave for St Andrew's Hotel, Nuwara Eliya for two nights. Afternoon visit the Ambewela Dairy Farm. Situated in the lush green hills of Nuwara Eliya, Ambewela Farms are made up of two farms, Ambewela Farm and New Zealand Farm. Blessed with the cool climes and pristine environment of the hill country, Ambewela Farm boasts superior breeds of cattle, modern technology and top-quality pastures where cattle graze freely. The result is an organisation of international standards in a local setting, producing the best quality milk and milk products.
DAY 11 Today we spend the time at Tea Research Center in Talawakele. The Tea Research Center (TRI) was founded in 1925 in accordance with the provisions of an ordinance passed in the Legislative Council of Ceylon. The institute is presently managed by Tea Research Board. Its functions are to engage in, and to encourage, foster and facilitate research into, and investigations of, all problems and matters affecting the production manufacturing of tea, including research into the economic viability and future economic trends in the industry. The TRI is financed entirely by the tea industry through contributions from the cess levied on the quantity of tea that is exported from
DAY 12 Proceed to Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara for three nights.
DAY 13 Morning leave for Rubber ResearchCenter in Agalawatte.
The institute specializes in rubber research, both in the biology of the crop and the chemistry of the natural rubber and technology of the product. Further, the institute is committed towards technology transfer activities and training of extension officers and stakeholders. Accordingly, it has six biological research departments: i.e. Plant Science, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Soils & Plant Nutrition, Biochemistry & Plant Physiology and Advisory Services and four chemistry departments i.e. Raw Rubber Process Development & Chemical Engineering, Raw Rubber & Chemical Analysis, Polymer Chemistry and Raw Rubber Technology & Development together with units for Adaptive Research, Biometry, Agricultural Economics and Audio Visual Production..
DAY 14 Leisure
DAY 15 Transfer to the International Airport.