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New Year in Sri Lanka. The best of the island

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Tour description

Celebrate New Year on the beautiful beach without crowds of tourists on the exotic island of Ceylon. Clear turquoise water, clean sand, sounds of silence and wildlife... All in the small friendly company of like-minded people! 

  • Learn about growing and production of the famous Ceylon tea
  • Discover the mystery of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
  • Meet the unforgettable sunrise on the top of the sacred mountain of Sri Pada
  • Look out the windows of a train traveling on the most beautiful railway route in the world
  • Enjoy the purest water and sand on Talalla Beach

Tour departures

The price of the tour includes

Accommodation in double/twin rooms during the entire trip; All transportation during the entire trip; Breakfasts in some hotels; Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included

Flight to Colombo and back home; Insurance (mandatory); Food ($ 15-25 per person per day); Entrance tickets to temples, museums, parks and other attractions along the route ($105 for everything); Additional excursions. For example, a trip on a boat to watch whales ($40), Yala National Park ($90).

Tour map

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Talalla Beach, Beaches of Negombo, Fish market

We arrive in Colombo, and go to the neighboring city of Negombo where we check into a hotel near the beach. Here you can see an interesting picture - hundreds of fishermen go to the ocean on traditional sailing catamarans. Later we follow their return to the shore with a catch and visit a local fish market - a paradise for lovers of seafood and colorful photos.

Early in the morning we leave to the south and after about 5-6 hours come to one of the most beautiful beaches of the country - Talalla beach. We will check into a hotel on the beach and enjoy the sea, bright colors of blue water and green palms, the purest sand. And now imagine watching the sunset in the midst of all this beauty, holding a glass of hot masala tea...

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Day 3-5

Cape Dondra, Yala National Park , Wewurukannala temple with a 50-meter tall statue of Buddha

We meet dawn on the beach, watching as the sun appears from the sea and leave for the town of Dikwella, which is located on the shore of a picturesque bay. Here we will discover one of the main temples of the country - Wewurukannala with a 50-meter tall statue of Buddha sitting in a lotus pose. This is the perfect place to learn more about Buddhism, because the walls are painted with scenes from the life of the founder of religion - Buddha Shakyamuni. There is also a very unusual part for Buddhist temples - with demons and frightening images of suffering, which will comprehend the coalesced from the true path. We go to Cape Dondra, which is the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. Look at the horizon - only 10 thousand kilometers of water up till the Antarctica! In this ocean, we can go out on a small ship to watch the whales. Or visit the Yala National Park with wild elephants and leopards. We celebrate New Year on the beach by swimming, tasting seafood and fruits and having fun in a great company!

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Day 6-7

16-meter tall Buddha statues, Ravanna waterfall , Tea factory, Hike to the top of Ella rock

In the morning we leave to the mountain town of Ella (5-6 hours). On the way we visit the sacred place - 16-meter tall Buddha statues, carved into the rock. Researchers attribute these statues to the 10th century, when a monastery was situated here. We also stop at the Ravanna waterfall - a place connected with the most famous Indian epic poem - Ramayana. According to this story, which can be told by every schoolchild in Asia, Ravanna demon hid kidnapped Princess Sita in the cave behind this waterfall. A long drama, of course, ends with the triumph of good. You will learn all details while walking near this 25 meters tall cascading waterfall. We arrive in Ella and check into a hotel.

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It consists of visiting cities and walking in parks and villages. We will spend a few hours walking up the Ella rock, which is 1,141 meters above sea level. Also, we will spend 4 hours walking up Sri Pada mount 2000 meters above sea level. Those who wish can replace this walk with another one or with a rest. We will be taking buses and trains for up to 6 hours, as well as use hired vehicles. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels and guesthouses, all will have hot water and wifi internet.

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