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Location: Katunayaka North

Day 1 - 1 Jan 2022

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) (බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොල)

Katunayaka North, Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) (බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොල)
Katunayaka North, Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) (බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොල)

Content: Arrived in Colombo and met with our driver. We arranged our car and driver through Sigiritrip Tours. I had a great experience with them, communication was seamless and all services were excellent.

Location: Colombo

Day 1 - 1 Jan 2022

Jetwing Colombo Seven

Colombo, Jetwing Colombo Seven
Colombo, Jetwing Colombo Seven

Content: Overnight at the Jetwing Colombo Seven. A nice hotel with a great rooftop pool. We had room service which was ok but nothing memorable.

Location: Colombo

Day 2 - 2 Jan 2022

Jetwing Colombo Seven

Colombo, Jetwing Colombo Seven

Content: After breakfast we took a dip on the pool. Our driver picked us up at noon and we started the trip to Dambulla.

Location: Dambulla

Day 2 - 2 Jan 2022

Tropical Life Resort & Spa Dambulla

Dambulla, Tropical Life Resort & Spa Dambulla
Dambulla, Tropical Life Resort & Spa Dambulla

Content: The Tropical Life Resort and Spa was our home for the first three nights. It is a nice resort surrounded by nature. Rooms are lovely and clean and have balconies. Breakfast was good. We also had dinner at the hotel every night.

Location: Dambulla

Day 3 - 3 Jan 2022

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple

Content: After breakfast we visited the Dambulla Cave Temple. There are many steps leading up to the temple. A beautiful historical and spiritual place.

Location: Habarana

Day 3 - 3 Jan 2022

Hurulu Eco Park

Habarana, Hurulu Eco Park

Content: Next stop was a cultural village where we did an ox cart ride, a boat trip on a lake and then watched a cultural demonstration and had lunch.

Hiriwadunna Lake

Habarana, Hiriwadunna Lake
Habarana, Hiriwadunna Lake
Habarana, Hiriwadunna Lake

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Hurulu Eco Park

Habarana, Hurulu Eco Park
Habarana, Hurulu Eco Park

Content: The highlight of our day was a private keep safari at Huluru Eco Park to view wild elephants. It was fantastic.

Location: Sigiriya

Day 4 - 4 Jan 2022

Sigiriya Rock (සීගිරිය)

Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock (සීගිරිය)

Content: Climbed Sigiriya Rock in the morning. It’s a fantastic place.

Elephant Rock

Sigiriya, Elephant Rock
Sigiriya, Elephant Rock

Content: The climb is not long but very steep. Sure footedness is required.

Lion Staircase

Sigiriya, Lion Staircase

Content: People climbing up to the top of the rock.

Sigiryia Rock Fresco

Sigiriya, Sigiryia Rock Fresco

Content: There are amazing views from the top.

Location: Polonnaruwa

Day 4 - 4 Jan 2022

Thidas Arana

Polonnaruwa, Thidas Arana
Polonnaruwa, Thidas Arana

Content: Had lunch at this restaurant on our way to Polonnaruwa. Very good food.

Galpota (Stone Book)

Polonnaruwa, Galpota (Stone Book)

Content: We hired a private guide at Polonnaruwa because the area is very large. We drive in between the sights.

Atadage (Original Temple of the Tooth)

Polonnaruwa, Atadage (Original Temple of the Tooth)

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Location: Palapathwela

Day 5 - 5 Jan 2022

Old Village Spice & Herbal Garden

Palapathwela, Old Village Spice & Herbal Garden

Content: We stopped at this spice plantation and learnt a lot of interesting facts about different spices grown in Sri Lanka.

Location: Kandy

Day 5 - 5 Jan 2022

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව)

Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව)

Content: In Kandy we visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Location: Peradeniya

Day 5 - 5 Jan 2022

Royal Botanic Gardens

Peradeniya, Royal Botanic Gardens

Content: After lunch we walked around the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Location: Kandy

Day 5 - 5 Jan 2022

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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Swp Eco Lodge

Kandy, Swp Eco Lodge

Content: Our hotel was the SWP Eco Lodge. Beautiful views of Kandy. Dinner was excellent, and breakfast the next morning also.

Location: Ramboda

Day 6 - 6 Jan 2022

Ramboda Falls

Ramboda, Ramboda Falls

Content: In the morning we hiked to Ramboda Falls. The hike was very nice and not long.

Location: Unknown

Day 6 - 6 Jan 2022

Mackwood Tea Factory

Unknown, Mackwood Tea Factory

Content: We then visited a tea factory and learnt about growing and processing tea leaves.

Location: Nuwara Eliya

Day 6 - 6 Jan 2022

Victoria Park

Nuwara Eliya, Victoria Park

Content: After a scenic drive to Nuwara Eliya we mad a stop at Victoria Park.

Gregory Lake

Nuwara Eliya, Gregory Lake

Content: In the evening we strolled along Gregory Lake.

Location: Nuwara Eliya

Day 7 - 7 Jan 2022

Grand Hotel

Nuwara Eliya, Grand Hotel

Content: The Grand Hotel is definitely the place to stay in Nuwara Eliya. Queen Elizabeth II also stayed here.

Location: Nanu Oya

Day 7 - 7 Jan 2022

Tea Train

Nanu Oya, Tea Train

Content: We took the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. It is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world.

Location: Ella

Day 7 - 7 Jan 2022

Ella Railway Station

Ella, Ella Railway Station

Content: Ella is a little gem of a town with many restaurants and little shops. The area offers excellent hiking. I wish we could have stayed her a couple extra days.

Location: Unknown

Day 8 - 8 Jan 2022

Ella Heritage

Unknown, Ella Heritage

Content: The Ella Heritage is a lovely boutique hotel with beautiful views. Breakfast was so sumptuous we couldn’t finish it all. We had dinner the night before and that was excellent too.

Location: Demodara

Day 8 - 8 Jan 2022

9 Arch Bridge - Demodara

Demodara, 9 Arch Bridge - Demodara

Content: Scenic bridge in the jungle. Best to time visit with arrival of the train.

Location: Ella

Day 8 - 8 Jan 2022

Little Adam's Peak

Ella, Little Adam's Peak

Content: This was a great hike. Maybe 1.5-2 hours long, some steeper areas but not difficult overall. Stunning views of the surrounding hills.

Rawana Falls

Ella, Rawana Falls

Content: These falls are located by the road and because of the convenient location they are very touristy. The falls themselves are very nice but the area is quite busy. It’s still worth a stop.

Location: Wellawaya Division

Day 8 - 8 Jan 2022

Buduruwagala Temple

Wellawaya Division, Buduruwagala Temple

Content: This is a little known place of some huge stone Buddha statues. Very nice and quiet spot.

Location: Unknown

Day 8 - 8 Jan 2022

Shangri Lanka Village

Unknown, Shangri Lanka Village
Unknown, Shangri Lanka Village

Content: We loved this tiny hotel with three spacious bungalows and a nice pool. We had dinner at the lodge which was something out of a storybook setting. Food was ok but the ambience was amazing.

Location: Yala

Day 9 - 9 Jan 2022

Yala National Park

Yala, Yala National Park

Content: This safari was very crowded with lots of trucks driving up and down the dirt roads. We still managed to see a lot of wildlife but overall did not compare to the excellent elephant safari a few days before.

Location: Unknown

Day 9 - 9 Jan 2022

Yala National Park

Unknown, Yala National Park

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Location: Udawalawe

Day 9 - 9 Jan 2022

Elephant Transit Home and Information Centre

Udawalawe, Elephant Transit Home and Information Centre

Content: This place is a gem! They take in and raise orphaned baby elephants and when they are grown release them in the wild. We came to watch a feeding - such a special experience.

Location: Galle

Day 9 - 9 Jan 2022

The Bartizan

Galle, The Bartizan

Content: We stayed at the Bartizan for two nights. This is an excellent small boutique hotel with wonderful breakfast. There are no other meals served at the hotel. It is located in Galle Fort and in easy walking distance of many restaurants. Make sure to book one of the large upstairs rooms.

Galle Fort

Galle, Galle Fort

Content: Nice though touristy area of old colonial buildings. Lots of places to eat and shop.

Location: Galle

Day 10 - 10 Jan 2022

Stick Fishermen

Galle, Stick Fishermen

Content: We had so much fun here taking photos with the stilt fishermen. They let us climb up on the poles and try fishing.

Location: Unawatuna

Day 10 - 10 Jan 2022

The Palm Rope Swing

Unawatuna, The Palm Rope Swing

Content: Beautiful beach. We visited a couple of beaches in Galle and swam in the Indian Ocean.

Location: Galle Fort

Day 10 - 10 Jan 2022

The Bartizan Galle Fort

Galle Fort, The Bartizan Galle Fort

Content: Our room at the Bartizan. I especially liked the toiletries, made by a local company named Spa Ceylon.

Location: Galle

Day 10 - 10 Jan 2022

a minute by TUK TUK

Galle, a minute by TUK TUK

Content: We had dinner at this restaurant. Great food, great service, beautiful setting. Highly recommended.

Galle Lighthouse

Galle, Galle Lighthouse

Content: Walking around the ramparts of Galle fort.

Location: Galle

Day 11 - 11 Jan 2022

The Merchant

Galle, The Merchant

Content: Walked around the fort again and bought some souvenirs.

Turtle Hatchery

Galle, Turtle Hatchery
Galle, Turtle Hatchery
Galle, Turtle Hatchery

Content: This was a fun and educational stop. The is place rehabilitates injured sea turtles and also is a hatchery for eggs.

Location: Colombo

Day 11 - 11 Jan 2022

Gangaramaya

Colombo, Gangaramaya

Content: This was a Buddhist Temple complex.

Independence Square

Colombo, Independence Square

Content: A historic site in Colombo.

Location: Katunayake

Day 11 - 11 Jan 2022

GREEN OLIVE VILLA

Katunayake, GREEN OLIVE VILLA

Content: Excellent value bed and breakfast. Nice clean rooms. We had an early morning flight and they dropped us off at the airport.

Location: කටුනායක

Day 12 - 12 Jan 2022

Bandaranaike International Airport

කටුනායක, Bandaranaike International Airport

Content: Left Colombo to fly home to Zurich.