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Location: Kolkata

Day 1 - 8 Feb 2022

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport

Kolkata, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
Kolkata, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport

Content: We started our journey from Kolkata to Delhi to Colombo. Couldn’t find any direct flight hence the connecting flight

Location: Bentota

Day 1 - 8 Feb 2022

EKHO Surf Bentota

Bentota, EKHO Surf Bentota
Bentota, EKHO Surf Bentota
Bentota, EKHO Surf Bentota

Content: Checked in at Ekho Surf. The hotel is reasonably priced and also well maintained and clean. Per night it charged us 90$ for sea facing room on the ground floor(excluding taxes).

Location: Bentota

Day 2 - 9 Feb 2022

Bentota Beach

Bentota, Bentota Beach
Bentota, Bentota Beach
Bentota, Bentota Beach
Bentota, Bentota Beach
Bentota, Bentota Beach

Content: We started our journey from Bentota which is 1.5 hours from Colombo. We came here the previous night and enjoyed the location for 3 days.

Rana Seafood Restaurant

Bentota, Rana Seafood Restaurant
Bentota, Rana Seafood Restaurant
Bentota, Rana Seafood Restaurant

Content: After a well spent afternoon at the beach, we went ahead with the seafood delicacies of Sri Lanka at one of the popular locations. Rana seafood restaurant, which is very close to where we were staying.

Location: Unknown

Day 2 - 9 Feb 2022

Ventura Beach

Unknown, Ventura Beach

Content: Turtle hatcheries are one of the places to visit in Bentota. Definitely go there before evening, and you can be lucky enough to see the turtles being released into the ocean.

Location: Unknown

Day 2 - 9 Feb 2022

Ventura Beach

Unknown, Ventura Beach
Unknown, Ventura Beach
Unknown, Ventura Beach
Unknown, Ventura Beach
Unknown, Ventura Beach

Content: And on our way back, we stopped for sometime to enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Ventura beach. What an amazing location !

Location: Hikkaduwa

Day 3 - 10 Feb 2022

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach

Content: Hikkaduwa was all about snorkeling! Loved the entire experience and my parents were more than thrilled to see underwater life. The corals in Hikkaduwa were dead a couple of years ago, but there is active work going on to save the coral life, and we could see some during our 1.5 hour snorkeling experience

Location: Galle

Day 4 - 11 Feb 2022

Galle

Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle

Content: After 3 days in Bentota, we left for Mirissa. On the way there is this beautiful standing Buddha which was built after the Tsunami happened in Sri Lanka in 2004.

Galle

Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle

Content: So this little paradise is definitely a must visit and falls on the way from Bentota to Mirissa, which was going to be our next stop. It’s iconic light house is in every Sri Lanka guide book, and the fort is good place to spend some quality time. We spent around 3 hours going around the little town, and finally headed towards Mirissa.

Location: Mirissa

Day 4 - 11 Feb 2022

Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach

Mirissa, Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Flora and Fauna Mirissa Beach

Content: We checked into Flora and Fauna in Mirissa. I think the hotel was really good, except there are no breakfast options, and it’s absolutely NOT fit for people who can’t climb stairs. Not so handicapped friendly. No lifts and not so good lunch options.

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, Mirissa Beach

Content: We reached Mirissa beach after completing our Galle trip. This beach was just so amazing! The swim was fun due to the waves, and it’s so ideal for surfers! At dinner time, they sell fresh fish outside the restaurants and you can select your wish and ask them to cook accordingly. Also, an amazing place for cocktails! But I would highly recommend to check multiple restaurants before you finally select what to eat.

Location: Mirissa

Day 5 - 12 Feb 2022

Whale Watching Mirissa

Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa, Whale Watching Mirissa

Content: This is a long but adventurous activity which you can do with your entire family! Whale watching happens only early mornings and if you are lucky, you will spot one! We were at a time when killer whales were migrating, so we spotted one. And saw dolphins on our way back. It can take up to 6-8 hours to spot one. So make sure you have a lot of time in your hand. During the 6 hours, the boats also provide you with food, water, and they also have washroom facilities. This costed us around 6000 LKR per person.

Location: Tissamaharama

Day 5 - 12 Feb 2022

Tara Watergate Hotel

Tissamaharama, Tara Watergate Hotel
Tissamaharama, Tara Watergate Hotel
Tissamaharama, Tara Watergate Hotel
Tissamaharama, Tara Watergate Hotel
Tissamaharama, Tara Watergate Hotel

Content: We bid good bye to Mirissa and headed towards Yala. We chilled for the day and waited for the next morning’s safari experience.

Location: Kataragama

Day 6 - 13 Feb 2022

Yala National Park Sri Lanka

Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Kataragama, Yala National Park Sri Lanka

Content: One of the must do activities is Safari at Yala National Park. If you are lucky you get to see a leopard, but otherwise there are several other kinds of wildlife you don’t see everyday, and it does give you the feeling of being close to nature. I would recommend booking ahead in time directly at Yala National Park , and either get the full day safari or the half day safari. https://www.yalawildsafaris.com/ Hi

Location: Ella

Day 6 - 13 Feb 2022

Rawana Falls

Ella, Rawana Falls

Content: On our way to Ella, we stopped at the Ravana falls. Worth it for a quick 30 minute break.

Green Hill

Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill
Ella, Green Hill

Content: From Yala we left for Ella, a 4 hour drive. And reached the hotel Green Hill. The place is a find! Especially because of its view. But inside, it’s pretty much nothing. Except for the newer rooms, everything else is bad and dirty. The hotel doesn’t have any restaurant, and there is no handicapped accessibility. The road to the hotel is also very risky, our car struggled and at 1 time smoke came out of the engine. So keep all these in mind. There are many other options, but this does have the best view of all hotels. We called it a night after reaching here.

Location: Ella

Day 7 - 14 Feb 2022

Nine Arch Bridge

Ella, Nine Arch Bridge
Ella, Nine Arch Bridge
Ella, Nine Arch Bridge
Ella, Nine Arch Bridge
Ella, Nine Arch Bridge

Content: We started early on our Ella exploration, and we started with the 9 arch bridge. Also known as the “Bridge in the Sky” the 8 Arch bridge is a testament to the engineering and architectural brilliance of the early 20th century. It’s placed between Ella and Demodara stations. It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨? Located in Ella, it’s very well explained in terms of direction. There is a way to walk down, a moderately easy hike which anyone can do. But getting up can be difficult. So you can take a tuktuk back from the side of the tunnel where they wait in queue. However, there are Tuktuks which leave from Ella town and charge 1500 LKR on way to drop you to the front of the bridge tunnel.

Location: Badulla

Day 7 - 14 Feb 2022

Little Adam's Peak

Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak
Badulla, Little Adam's Peak

Content: Little Adam’s Peak is a hiker’s paradise! It’s not a difficult hike, so most people should be able to go. And the views of the surrounding peaks are breathtaking!

Location: Ella

Day 7 - 14 Feb 2022

Flying Ravana Mega Zipline

Ella, Flying Ravana Mega Zipline

Content: One of the adventure sports in Ella is Ziplining. If you haven’t done it before, this is amazing one to start with. With 500m height and flying over the tea gardens, you will feel very very good!

Ella Village Restaurant

Ella, Ella Village Restaurant

Content: This place is not to be missed for authentic srilankan cuisine. You will find many other options, but somehow the Ella Village restaurant impressed us a lot. Also tourists have made the town quite expensive, and while you will find other places expensive, this is pretty reasonable and not pocket pinching. 1 full thali (platter) costs 950 LKR.

Location: Nuwara Eliya

Day 8 - 15 Feb 2022

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya

Content: One of the best train rides in the world! A MUST when you are in Ella. Take a train ride to Nuwara Eliya from Ella, and enjoy the most breathtaking views of tea gardens. Point to note, take the earliest possible train, preferably at 6:39am from Ella station, and don’t take first class seats. These are usually with closed windows, so you will not be able to enjoy the fresh air from outside.

Labookellie Tea Lounge

Nuwara Eliya, Labookellie Tea Lounge
Nuwara Eliya, Labookellie Tea Lounge
Nuwara Eliya, Labookellie Tea Lounge
Nuwara Eliya, Labookellie Tea Lounge

Content: On our way to Kandy, we took a quick detour and went to experience the Damro Tea factory. They explain the different processes of tea plantations and also let you taste one of their fine products, all free 😁😁 Ofcourse the incentive is you will end up buying something. But it’s a nice 1 hour experience. And when in Sri Lanka, trying tea is a must!

Location: Kandy

Day 8 - 15 Feb 2022

The Grand Kandyan Hotel

Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel
Kandy, The Grand Kandyan Hotel

Content: Checked in for the day in Kandy at the Grand Kandyan Hotel. It’s a fantastic place to stay, with great food options and an even better breakfast spread. The view of the entire city from the balcony and the roof top is pretty spectacular!

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Content: Spent the evening around the Kandy last, visited the Sacred Tooth Temple and also saw a cultural program. The Tooth Relic temple is pretty religious, so remember to wear clothes which cover your full legs and arms. No sleeveless, no shorts! This is usually the case with all Buddha temples.

Location: Rambukkana

Day 9 - 16 Feb 2022

Elephant Orphanage

Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage
Rambukkana, Elephant Orphanage

Content: We left for Sigiriya, but took a detour from Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. It was nice to see the elephants being in their own. This place really takes care of them!

Location: Sigiriya

Day 9 - 16 Feb 2022

Sigiriya Village Hotel

Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Village Hotel

Content: We called it an evening after checking into this amazing forest resort. Definitely highly recommend it for its food , location and view.

Location: Sigiriya

Day 10 - 17 Feb 2022

Pidurangala

Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala
Sigiriya, Pidurangala

Content: Sigiriya rock opens at 8, so it’s difficult to see the sunrise from there. So we hiked to the top of Pidurangala rock at 5:39am to see the sunrise. It’s a more difficult hike compared to Sigiriya, as Sigiriya has 1200 steps, and here sometimes the hike gets difficult due to boulders. But here you not only see the same view from Sigiriya, but also the Sigiriya rock view. It’s a big one on my recommendation list if you can do difficult hikes.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya

Content: We went around Sigiriya rock to see different view points. There are nice excavations around, in case that interests you, which people claim as a part of Ravana’s ancient palace.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya, Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Sigiriya

Content: On your way from 1 place to another, you see plenty of coconut trees, but If you see coconut or yogurt shops by the road side, stop and taste them. It’s home made yogurt and topped with honey, and it’s just fantastic to taste!!!

Location: Colombo

Day 10 - 17 Feb 2022

Colombo

Colombo, Colombo
Colombo, Colombo
Colombo, Colombo
Colombo, Colombo
Colombo, Colombo
Colombo, Colombo
Colombo, Colombo

Content: Reached Colombo for our departure, and got to see some parts of the city. Like the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, and the Gangaramaya Temple.

Ministry of Crab

Colombo, Ministry of Crab
Colombo, Ministry of Crab
Colombo, Ministry of Crab
Colombo, Ministry of Crab
Colombo, Ministry of Crab

Content: The trio ended on a very high note with dinner at Ministry of Crabs. Definitely try their Garlic Crab. And the reservation has to be made weeks in advance, because the place is always full. So be mindful of that, and have a good time! And that’s it from the Sri Lanka trip.