Are you interested in the culture and history of the island and would like to visit ancient monuments? Or do you prefer adrenaline sports such as surfing, diving or white-water rafting? Do you love being surrounded by unspoilt nature and going on challenging hikes with incredible views? Are you short of time and want to see as much as possible, or just relax in one place? Alternatively, are you looking to meet new people and party the night away? Whatever your preferences are, the island has it all.
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If you have only have limited time, then skip Anaradhapura. In Polonnaruwa the ancient ruins are better preserved and situated across a relatively small area; individual sites are easily accessible by bike. Then visit the famous „fort in the sky“ in Sigiriya and the religious capital with marvellous temples in Kandy. If you have even less time, then skip the first two and head straight to Sigiriyia and Kandy.
You can also track through tea plantations around Bandarawella and Haputale. For example, you can hike to Lipton Seat or do a Bambarakanda Track. These are 6-18 km long breath-taking paths through tea plantations and remote villages.
You can also go by car or bus via Labukallee Tea Factory with beautiful views of the tea plantations just before Nuwara Eliya, a colonial town in the hills also know as „Little England“ due to it’s colonial charm. We highly recommend getting off the beaten track by heading towards the untouched nature in the Knuckles Range, or exploring World’s End, where you can roam the amazing „cloud forest“. You can also trek through tea plantations around Bandarawella and Haputale. For example, you can hike to Lipton Seat or do the Bambarakanda Trek. These 6-18 km long breath-taking paths wind through the through tea plantations and remote villages. Accommodation options in this area include private bungalows on a tea plantation.
It would be a shame to visit Sri Lanka without seeing elephants in the wild. One of the best spots to see these magnificent animal sis the national park in Minneriyia, not far from Sigiriya.Especially during the dry season (May-August), the elephants are attracted to the park’s water holes, and at times you can spot over 100 beasts grazing near the water.
Due to the increasing number of jeeps in this park, the likelihood of spotting the famous Sri Lankan leopard are unfortunately decreasing. However, you may have more luck seeing one of these majestic cats if you stay the night in the park. If you want a cheaper alternative then Yala, contact us to find out more about accommodation on the borders of the Uda Walawe National Park.
Sri Lanka’s only remaining virgin rainforest, which we highly recommend, if you have some time to spare. You can only enter the rainforest with an experienced guide who will teach you about the endemic flora and fauna.
The largest national park in Sri Lanka. We recommend a visit combined with a beach stay in Kalpitiya and a boat ride to go whale and dolphin spotting.
Looking beyond the typical tourist attractions, there are a lot more fascinating sights and areas to discover: the Jaffna Peninsula, also referred to as „little India, Kalpitiya and the nearby lagoon, where attraction include kite-surfing, and whale and dolphin watching. The Knuckles Range – discover the unspoiled nature and hike through scenic mountains. Trekking tours for 2-4 days can be arranged. Ambuluwawa – Ambuluwawa is a rock mountain, which is famous for its biodiversity. The summit of the mountain is also a center for religious diversity: you will find a Buddhist dagoba, an Hindu kovil, a mosque and a church. You can even climb the winding staircase to the top of the dagoba, giving you an impression that you are climbing to the sky. This symbol of religious harmony is surrounded by landscaped gardens with twin ponds, and is an ideal place to enjoy a feeling of complete serenity.
Beautiful UNESCO heritage site, with well-maintained fort from the Dutch colonial period. Take your time and wander through the streets that breathe history. Sit in one of the small cafes, collect some art or antiques from the many galleries and boutiques, or watch the cliff divers perform their hair-raising jumps into the sea below.
A bustling coastal town, with many fishermen selling their daily catch. Stop here for a few hours if you want to catch a glimpse of a less touristy town. This is an ideal place to combine with a visit to the beaches of Mirissa or Weligama.
Colombo is a big, loud and hectic city, which has its hidden charms. It is an ideal place for last-minute souvenir shopping, fine-dining, and beauty and spa treatments. Some of the sights we recommend are the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital (former hospital, converted into arcade with numerous shops and restaurants – the Ministry of Crab restaurant has the best crab dishes in the country). Independence Square holds a small history museum, and is within walking distance of the upmarket shops and restaurants located in the stunning Independence Arcade. The main Buddhist temple in Colombo is the Gangaramaya Temple.Further sights include the floating market and a number of buildings designed by Geoffrey Bawa, the architect of the new parliament buildings and the highly popular Paradise RoadGallery Cafe.
Where to go for souvenirs in Colombo: House of Fashion, Odel, Kelly Felder, Paradise Road, Barefoot Gallery, Dutch Hospital, Independence Arcade. If you are willing to have a go at bargaining you can also visit the large Pettah Market, located around Colombo’s main train station Where to go to for drinks: Manchester Pub, 5°Degrees North at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Sky Bar at The Kingsbury Hotel, Sopranos, QBaa, 41 Sugar, Floor by O. Where to go to club: RnB, Silk, Kama, 41 Sugar, Clique.
Colombo is interwoven with a network of buses, but not all goes to the center. Rather buses that drive for example. Parliament from the main bus stop Pettah, or between Pettah and Maharagama (main bus stop on the highway bus to Galle, Galle Road Pettah). To visit the central part of Colombo as such. Beira Lake, Galle Face promenade, we recommend walking because it is a very short distance. To visit all these sites and we recommend buying or renting Tuk tuk for the day. We recommend our summers verified tuktuk driver Sandun, if its use, please contact us by telephone or email. Sandun is our longtime friend and very glad to take you round Colombo for Rs 3,000for the entire day.
it is well Arrivals and Departures destinations. It lies just 10 km from the airport and Negombo Beach area, where all tourist accommodation, you are less than 20 min. In the event that you are looking for accommodation on the first and last night, do not hesitate to contact us. In Negombo have our little guesthouse. We offer flexible storage for luggage and winter clothing for the whole duration of your stay in Sri Lanka, only for Czech bread:-) Contact us at email@example.com
Where to eat: We highly recommend the restaurant and bar Rodeo, Louise Place, serving homemade Italian cuisine, homemade noodles a totally unique seafood. Or the classic local street restaurants that offer endless variety of local rice and curry. Fine dining: Jetwing Blue, the main restaurant, pool or restaurant newly opened sushi.
Where the bar: Rodeo Bar, or come to our house for one good beer and chat.
Do you prefer ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS? Are you an adrenalin junkie or a fan of experiencing the real wilderness? We have can create a tailor-made program with exactly what you seek. How about hot air ballooning near Sigiriya, white-water rafting in Kithulgala or a camping in the wilderness?
Go to Arugam Bay in the summer season. Trincomalee (Pigeon Island) can have some good waves during the summer season too. Visit Mirissa and Weligama and Unawatuna on the Southern Coast during the winter season, which are also great at that time for diving and snorkelling. Hikkaduwa and Kalpitiya on the Western Coast are also good surf spots during the winter months.
Contact us to find out more about where to do these sports. We can organise thehire of the equipment for you. Kithulgala – 2-hour white-water rafting session across 5 rapids, rock-pool jumping. Rafting day trips, or 4-day family trips, can also be organised on the Mahaweli River (recommended in combination with an overnight stay in the Wasgamuwa National Park.
Certified kite-surfing schools in Kalpitiya, where you can also hire all the necessary equipment.
Adams Peak, Knuckles Range, Haputale. Whether you are seeking easy or challenging hikes, orwhether you prefer trekking for one day or a whole week, we are able to suggest the ideal route for you. Contact us to find out more about our hiking offers.