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(Sri Lanka Tour – Colombo, Kandy, Watagoda, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kitugala)

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Sri Lanka- Mountains, forest gardens, virgin rainforest, paddy fields, and waterfalls, home-cooked curries and tropical fruits, river bathing, boat safaris, yoga and meditation, Buddhist and Hindu temples, backstreets and bazaars, elephant rides, and more…

Sri Lanka Tour Day one and two

SIGIRIYA
SIGIRIYA

The first day we arrived in Colombo. From the airport, we went directly to the hotel we had already booked, the hotel was located within the Coconut Estate and was located less than an hour away from the airport. Built-in 1920, this hotel was the first mansion that has since been converted into a hotel.

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Overnight: We stay 2 nights here and Explore the local area.

Day three of Sri Lanka Tour

Train Journey
Train Journey

We’ll take the spectacular train journey to Kandy in the hill country – passing through forests, waterfalls and paddy fields. You’ll have the chance to explore the back streets of the city – options include the market, backstreet shops, temples, and botanical gardens, etc.

By late afternoon we’ll start preparations for an evening feast, cooked at uncle Ragu’s house. With aunty and uncle’s expert guidance, we’ll get the chance to cook and sample the best of Sri Lankan cuisine – string hoppers, coconut sambal – as well as an amazing array of locally harvested fruit.

Overnight: (1 night), Hotel Swisse. The hotel dates back to the 1840s – secluded, quiet, swimming pool, fine garden.

we take the spectacular train journey to Kandy in the hill country – passing through forests, waterfalls and paddy fields. You’ll have the chance to explore the back streets of the city – options include the market, backstreet shops, temples, and botanical gardens, etc.

By late afternoon we start preparations for an evening feast, cooked at a local person’s house. We called him “chacha”. With aunty and uncle’s expert guidance, we’ll get the chance to cook and sample the best of Sri Lankan cuisine – string hoppers, coconut sambal – as well as an amazing array of locally harvested fruit.

Overnight: We stay this night in a hotel at Kandy- It Has a secluded, quiet, swimming pool, fine garden.

Sri Lanka Tour Day four to seven

God Statue
God Statue

From Kandy, we board the morning train to Watagoda – then a car to the ecolodge. The eco-lodge is in a 65-acre forest garden, surrounded by paddy fields and mountains. The setting is both simple and luxurious – forest, open plains, and waterfalls. The food is organic and fair-trade – much of it grown on the estate.

Over the next couple of days in our Sri Lanka tour, a local guide takes us around the area. We visit the Pusulpitya temple and take lunch in a villager’s house. After lunch, we visit a nearby tea estate school and join the line pickers for a cup of tea. bathing in spout baths and waterfalls, visiting temples, hiking and taking a picnic lunch.

There is a traditional Ayurveda treatment available in the nearby town (Pundaloya). We also take a day trip to Horton Plains (an undulating plateau more than 2000m high – “beautiful, silent, strange”). We also take an evening walks around the village through the paddy fields, and across the hanging bridges.

Overnight: We stay 4 nights there and enjoyed ourselves a lot.

Sri Lanka Tour Day eight to ten

Sri Lanka Tour
Sri Lanka Tour

We make our way to Sigiriya and spend the next three days visiting Sri Lanka’s ancient cities and a national park. Sigiriya rock fortress that rises magnificently from the jungle.

Built-in AD43, the fortress is actually more like a palace built on top of a 200m-high rock (377m above sea level), adorned with a moated island, water gardens, cave, frescoes, and rock paintings. Then we go to visit the temples at Dambulla.

The caves’ history is thought to date to around the 1st century BC when King Valagambahu, driven out of Anuradhapura, took refuge here for 14 years.

When he regained his throne, he had interiors of caves carved into magnificent rock temples. The five caves became shrines. Together, they have about 150 Buddha paintings.

Overnight: We stay 3 nights at Agro Eco Lodge – government-owned estate surrounded by paddy fields.

Sri Lanka Tour Day eleven to twelve

Bodh Temple
Bodh Temple

The next day we make our way to the Rafter’s Retreat at Kitugala. If you are feeling adventurous, you can hire out mountain bikes to explore the hills, plantations and river banks and go for white water rafting, we take a dugout canoe ferry over the water and then go for walking and trekking around the plantations and ancient caves. Then we take a rest and spent some time to dabble our feet in the river.

Overnight: Stay 1 night in a small and traditional hotel- comfortable and simple accommodation.

Note:- You can take tree-houses above the Kelani River. You can also do the Camping there.

Day thirteen of Sri Lanka Tour

Colombo
Colombo

On the 13th day, we make our way back to Colombo – colorful and bustling.

we take our off-the-beaten-track tour of Colombo with its whirl of sights, smells, and tastes. Much under-stated by the conventional tourist crowd here, the Sri Lanka tour will take us to the city’s more intriguing neighborhoods.

We saw the colorful bazaars and back streets of Pettah and visit the city’s hauntingly beautiful temples and churches.

Overnight: Stay last night Hotel in another hotel. Inside the four-story colonial building, the sweeping staircase and the dab red carpet bear witness to a glorious past.

Day fourteen/ Last Day of Sri Lanka Tour

After a farewell meal, we take off to the airport for our flight home.

This Sri Lanka Tour makes us more energetic and full of enthusiasm. Again I came here soon to visit the rest places which we leave on this trip.