Colombo is Sri Lanka's prime city. The official capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is also within the urban area of Colombo, so Colombo is often called the capital of Sri Lanka as well.
Ella is a small backpacker-hub on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country. It's situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.
Galle is a jewel and a Unesco World Heritage Site. This historic city is a delight to explore, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums.
It is nestling in a valley surrounded by verdant hills Kandy was the last capital stronghold of the Singhalese Kings.
Learn about the ingredients and create some delicious Sri Lankan food with super tasty flavors. Your experience starts with a short tour of the spice garden where you learn about local spices and ingredients.
Afterwards, you head inside for a lunchtime cooking experience, and you also get to eat what you make and take home a recipe book afterwards.
Enjoy a Sri Lankan village experience where a walk along the village path will bring us to a “Wewa” typical village lake. The village homes are totally different to build up urban areas of Sri Lanka. The small houses are surrounded by green woods on the edge of which their home gardens extend.
Diving gives a chance to see reefs and experience the beauty of the underwater sea (Indian Ocean) and get the fun and adventure. There are two diving centres along the main strip, with boats departing from the beach, and roughly 30 dive sites.
Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and a world heritage site.
Explore the World’s heritage site Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Mt Lavinia is one of Colombo’s more laidback suburbs filled with great seafood restaurants on the golden beach and is named after Lovinia, the gypsy dancing girl who had a secret romance with one of Sri Lanka’s governors. The beach is usually bustling with life. People sell swimsuits, inflatable balls, sour mango, and manioca chips if you need.
The number of water birds inhabiting the wetlands of Yala is around 90, and roughly half of them are migrants. These include waterfowls, Cormorants, large waterbirds, medium-sized waders and small waders. Black-necked Stork and Lesser Adjutant are some of the rare birds that can be seen in the park.
The Dutch had a love for canals, and the city of Negombo displays it with all pride. There are canals that extend all the way north to Puttalam and south to Colombo. Tourists can hire a cycle the ride the paths of the Hamilton Canal thereby enjoying the scenic views of the small villages along the way.
Ride, pet and play with an elephant! The local park allows tourists to ride on, pet and play with elephants. The animals are really friendly and if tourists jump into the water with them they spray them with water from the trunk. They also recycle elephant excreta to make paper and happen to be the only factory in the world that does this.
The Kandy to Ella train journey just so happens to be one of the best things to do in Ella, Sri Lanka. It is also the most famous train journey anywhere in the country.
The route takes you through vast open tea plantations and is the perfect way to take in the local landscape. It takes about 4 hours in total, and you can enjoy the journey in either direction.
Ella is a favourite among day hikers and more experienced trekkers alike. The two famous treks in the area are Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock, not to mention Ravana Falls and other famous waterfalls in the area. For overnight walkers and camping enthusiasts, Ella is a great starting point for the Meemure hike and longer waterfall explorations.
Sri Lanka is one of the highest producers of tea in the world and the tea estate allows a tour inside and tourists can see how tea is made with machines. Furthermore they can also purchase tea at the very same place.
The concentrated and manic commerce of Pettah is concentrated even further in its markets. Stretching along 5th Cross St, this don't-miss market is a hive of household goods interspersed with artful displays of fruit and vegetables such as towering pyramids of limes. Garish toys add colour.
Lipton’s Seat in Haputale is a great morning or afternoon trip from Ella. In the morning, take a short train ride to Haputale. Once you reach the station, get a tuk-tuk which takes you up to the top where, back in 1890, Mr. Lipton, planted the first seeds of what now is Sri Lanka’s biggest export product, Lipton Tea.
See the different types of flavours the island is famous for and how they are grown. Turmeric, Peppercorns, Cloves, Cardamom, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, and Aloe Vera are the main plantations that are the highlights of this place.
Each day, fishers take their oruvas (outrigger canoes) and go out in search of the fish for which Negombo is famous. They’re a fine sight as they sweep home into the lagoon after a fishing trip. Fish auctions on the beach and sales at the fish market near the fort are worth forgoing some pool time for. A visit to the fishing village is enlightening.
It is a three Hundred year old marketplace filled with local produce which is absolutely fresh, this marketplace offers tourists a chance to explore the local culture and meet the native residents of the place.
Go in search of whales on whale watching cruise from Galle. After early morning hotel pickup, don a life vest and cruise onto the Indian Ocean aboard a comfortable, 50-foot (15-meter) boat, with an expert skipper and crew. Savour a continental breakfast and tea or coffee as you sail to areas frequented by whales.
A trip to Yala revolves around the safari ride that takes you on an experience of a lifetime. Remember, this is no circus and animals are not on duty waiting for you. It’s that feeling of uncertainty and adventure that makes it a wildlife experience. To catch the inhabitants of the jungle you need to be there at the best time and thread patiently.
Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat of dancing from "Salupliya" depicting several demons, "Thelme" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo.
Go for an excursion to Weligama to witness the Stilt Fisherman, in chest- deep water on the beach, just few meters off-shore, are the stilt fishermen perched on a cross bar- one on one- of a single pole planted into the sea-bed. These fishermen, the poorest of the poor, spend hours with their lines cast out to the sea to catch small fish.
- Cruising on the Kerala Backwaters
- Visit Temples and Dance performance of Sri Lanka
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Spice Garden visit
- Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala
- Experience the bygone era of Bronze art work