What you get
New Year in Sri Lanka. The best of the island
- 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
The price of the trip 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).
Day 1 - 2
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...
Day 3 - 5
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!
Day 6 - 7
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.
Day 8 - 9
Morning train to Hatton. For four hours we will be admiring the views of tea plantations, jungles, and rivers directly from the open windows of the car, traveling on one of the most beautiful railways in the world. Feel the wind in your hair and enjoy the amazing feeling of freedom! This trip is probably one of the best highlights of the country.
In Hatton we will live in a guesthouse with a view of the mountains. Early in the morning we walk up the Sri Pada mountain to meet an unforgettable dawn at an altitude of more than 2000 meters above sea level (4 hours walk)... We walk down for breakfast and some rest and then walk along the picturesque trail through tea plantations, past small villages to the lake and waterfalls.
We take a minibus to the sacred city of Kandy (approximately 5-6 hours on the way). In the 16th century, when the Portuguese conquered almost all the coasts of the country, Kandy remained the capital of the last independent kingdom. We will check into a hotel in the center next to the lake and visit the Temple of the Tooth of the Buddha, where the main relic of the country is kept. Sri Lankans believe that when the body of Buddha Shakyamuni was cremated and the sacred ashes were distributed among disciples and rulers, a small piece of it - the tooth was obtained by the ruler of Sri Lanka. The temple in which the tooth is now kept was built in the 16th century. The Royal Palace is just a stone`s throw away. The last ruler who lived here - Sri Vikram Rajasing was deposed by the British colonists in 1815. Another part of the royal history of Kandy is a botanical garden, with its history dating back 1371. We will see a huge collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants.
Early in the morning we leave for Dambulla (5 hours on the way), known for the Golden Temple, consisting of 5 large caves. More than 2 thousand years ago, in the 1st century BC there was a monastery. Hundreds of statues and amazing murals remain since that time. Surprisingly, the brightness of the colors is preserved so well like the murals were made yesterday. A few more hours on the road - and we see a surreal view. A huge lonely mountain in the middle of a flat, like a table, land. This is Sigiriya. It is not surprising that in the 5th century, King Kassapa built a fortress here, which was surrounded by moats and water. We walk near the ruins of the time long gone. Night in the hotel in Sigiriya.
In the morning we leave for Negombo (6-7 hours on the way). On the way we visit the elephant nursery to learn more about the habits of these elegant wild animals. We will observe how elephant parents pour water on their funny babies during the morning bathing in the river. Elephants have extraordinarily strong family bonds. We will check into a hotel Negombo and enjoy our last sunset on the island of Ceylon ... Now you know that this country is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet! Late in the evening we go to the airport and fly back home.
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter Sri Lanka.
We provide free visa consulting for our clients.
Accommodation in single room in Sri Lanka
Price: + $250
Accommodation in single rooms during the entire trip
Local sim card with 3G internet
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