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Location: Colombo

Day 1 - 8 Dec 2019

Bandaranaike International Airport

Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport

Content: Took Qatar Airways from New York to Colombo via Doha. Had descent journey with helpful staff. But aweful service on the airport. Took lot time clearing security check.

Location: Negombo

Day 1 - 8 Dec 2019

Paradise Beach Hotel

Negombo , Paradise Beach Hotel
Negombo , Paradise Beach Hotel
Negombo , Paradise Beach Hotel

Content: We left for our first destination that was Negombo, 45 mins drive from Colombo. Super fine 3* hotel to stay with. Very clean and comfortable the staff are always smiling and very helpful.

Paradise Beach Hotel

Negombo , Paradise Beach Hotel
Negombo , Paradise Beach Hotel
Negombo , Paradise Beach Hotel

Content: Visited Grill Bar in Hotel for dinner was really disappointed. Our food was not up to a standard that you would expect .

Location: Negombo

Day 2 - 9 Dec 2019

Angurukaramulla Temple

Negombo , Angurukaramulla Temple
Negombo , Angurukaramulla Temple
Negombo , Angurukaramulla Temple
Negombo , Angurukaramulla Temple

Content: Beautiful temple and very friendly staff unlike what other reviews say. The entrance is so beautiful and unique. If you are in the area of Negombo its well worth a stop.

Guruge Park

Negombo , Guruge Park
Negombo , Guruge Park
Negombo , Guruge Park

Content: Nice place for a day out with family. There are so many educational stuff, animals and also can have a fun with rides. Don't forget to take your camera. This is a good place for foreign visitors to visit, as they can learn a lot about ancient Sri Lanka.

Brown Beach

Negombo , Brown Beach
Negombo , Brown Beach
Negombo , Brown Beach
Negombo , Brown Beach

Content: Nice sandy beach. At evening can see a beautiful view of sun set. On Saturday and Sunday it’s too crowd but other days it’s okay.

Greek Grill

Negombo , Greek Grill
Negombo , Greek Grill
Negombo , Greek Grill

Content: Very tasty and good quality food. Took some time to get the food out but worth the wait. The owner and staff was very friendly and service was very good. Got free desserts, coconut with chocolate.

Location: Dambulla

Day 3 - 10 Dec 2019

Dambulla Cave Temple

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

Content: Left early morning from Negomba and reached directly to Dambulla Cave Temple it was 3 hours drive. Beautiful temple with amazing carvings. Be mindful of the clothing restrictions. The ticket counter is at the bottom of climb make sure to buy them before you start for the top. The golden temple is huge and breath taking.

Jathika Namal Uyana

Dambulla, Jathika Namal Uyana
Dambulla, Jathika Namal Uyana
Dambulla, Jathika Namal Uyana
Dambulla, Jathika Namal Uyana

Content: One of the most beautiful places in Dambulla where the gorgeous views, nature walks and quaint vibe will grip you. The Jathika Namal Uyana is a rare attraction on earth and one of the most unique with its pink quartz mountain range topping the list.

Location: Sigiriya

Day 3 - 10 Dec 2019

The Elephant Corridor

Sigiriya, The Elephant Corridor
Sigiriya, The Elephant Corridor
Sigiriya, The Elephant Corridor

Content: The huts are modern and huge with enourmous full wall windows overlooking the natural landscape. If u want Serenity and tranquility this is the place. As located at a forest, there is a very good chance you see elephants or other animals.

The Elephant Corridor

Sigiriya, The Elephant Corridor
Sigiriya, The Elephant Corridor
Sigiriya, The Elephant Corridor

Content: After a long day travelling it was rest time and we ordered food in room. Exceptional service, incredible and tasty food it was.

Location: Sigiriya

Day 4 - 11 Dec 2019

Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock

Content: It’s a very busy tourist destination. You can see lot of monkeys and please be careful with your belongings. There also some honey bees around there. Don’t disturb them if you like to visit again.

Pidurangala Rock

Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock

Content: The climb is energetic and suited to those with a minimum of good fitness and agility climbing steps. We loved it. Footwear with good grip are the best for safety. We wore hiking boots as we packed them.

Elephant rides

Sigiriya, Elephant rides
Sigiriya, Elephant rides

Content: The elephant rides at Sigiriya usually begin at the same site or Habarana, a city located about 20 minutes away from Sigiriya. The rides occur at Sigiriya Wewa, a lake near the rock fortress. One can enjoy the scenic surroundings, stunning views of the majestic fort and the opportunity to be up close with these gentle giants.

Lion's Paw

Sigiriya, Lion's Paw
Sigiriya, Lion's Paw

Content: The most iconic structure of the Sigiriya fortress, Lion’s Paws is situated just before the summit of Sigiriya Rock. As the name suggests, the structure is composed of two gigantic paws, flanking a staircase that leads to the royal palace.

Wijesiri Family Restaurant

Sigiriya, Wijesiri Family Restaurant

Content: The vegetable rice curry is delicious as well as the vegetable soup and vegetable noodles. A bit more expensive than other restaurants but quality was great. Staff was friendly.

Location: Sigiriya

Day 5 - 12 Dec 2019

Polonnaruwa

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa
Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa
Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa

Content: Be prepared all entrance fees are expected to be paid in Sri Lankan Rupees 4550 pp or US $25.00. Credit card was not accepted. The ruins are spread over several areas and we were glad we had hired tuktuk. This is one of the areas where an audio tour would have been helpful for tourists to understand the significance of each section as the signage on the ruins did not match up with the map/key provided at the first call in the Museum/office. It was fun filled half day trip.

Pizza Brothers

Sigiriya, Pizza Brothers

Content: Good place if you want change from traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. A very small pizzeria in Sigiriya which does excellent pizzas made in front of you and baked in a proper pizza oven.

Location: Kandy

Day 6 - 13 Dec 2019

Randholee Resorts & Spa

Kandy, Randholee Resorts & Spa
Kandy, Randholee Resorts & Spa
Kandy, Randholee Resorts & Spa

Content: After breakfast we left for Kandy, it was 3 hours drive. Good hotel to relax, but the staffs are not that friendly.

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: It's a nice place to see the Buddhist culture and architecture of the Kandy Kingdom. Have to follow the dress code. Do not carry plastic bags inside. Should prefer to visit in the morning on regular days as it is very crowded.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Kandy, Royal Botanic Gardens
Kandy, Royal Botanic Gardens
Kandy, Royal Botanic Gardens
Kandy, Royal Botanic Gardens

Content: Lots of places to sit and relax or eat (the food you brought). I loved the educational section with all the plants with name boards and the Orchid section. A beautiful tranquil setting amongst amazing trees and plants. Great for a peaceful picnic lunch. You can easily spend the day here.

Kandy Lake

Kandy, Kandy Lake
Kandy, Kandy Lake
Kandy, Kandy Lake
Kandy, Kandy Lake

Content: You can spot different bird species resting on low tree branches. There may be locals offering tickets to the Kandy cultural dance which begins at 5pm. The lake is very big, takes about an hour to cover

Randholee Resorts & Spa

Kandy, Randholee Resorts & Spa
Kandy, Randholee Resorts & Spa
Kandy, Randholee Resorts & Spa

Content: Resorts signature dinning experience was superb. Enjoyed all international cuisine and moreover we were amazed by the service.

Location: Ella

Day 7 - 14 Dec 2019

Ella station

Ella, Ella station
Ella, Ella station
Ella, Ella station

Content: Train travel in Sri Lanka is a beautiful and affordable way to see the country. No trip is more scenic than the train from Kandy to Ella! You will see beautiful green hills covered with tea plantations, mountains, lovely old bridges, waterfalls, small villages, and you are greeted by lots of local kids running along the train tracks. At each train station on the way, the train cabins get filled with sellers hustling treats like freshly cut pineapple and mango with cinnamon, corn with salty butter, freshly made rice and curry, chili fritters, and crispy papadums.

EKHO Ella Hotel

Ella, EKHO Ella Hotel
Ella, EKHO Ella Hotel
Ella, EKHO Ella Hotel

Content: Beautiful views and extremely comfortable hotel. Staff were amazing. Highly recommend staying here. We had our dinner at hotel's restaurant which was delicious and set menu was of great value.

Location: Ella

Day 8 - 15 Dec 2019

Ella rock

Ella, Ella rock
Ella, Ella rock
Ella, Ella rock

Content: The hike takes around 2 hours round trip, but remember to pack enough water and snacks to power your journey. The route can be a little complicated, follow the clearly marked paths and ignore the touts.

Diyaluma Falls

Ella, Diyaluma Falls
Ella, Diyaluma Falls
Ella, Diyaluma Falls

Content: Diyaluma may be a little off the beaten track, but the epic views and natural infinity pools make the 1.5-2-hour journey more than worth the effort. We took a tuk tuk from the town of Koslanda and hike up to Diyaluma falls.

Ravana Falls

Ella, Ravana Falls
Ella, Ravana Falls
Ella, Ravana Falls
Ella, Ravana Falls

Content: Due to the sheer volume of water this hike should only be completed during the dry months, and with the assistance of a local guide. We recommend visiting early morning or late afternoon, as the area can get pretty busy during the day. Also, be sure to grab a King Coconut or boiled corn at one of the street vendors before heading back to Ella.

Cafe Chill

Ella, Cafe Chill
Ella, Cafe Chill
Ella, Cafe Chill

Content: Cafe Chill is located right in the centre of town. Serving delicious western-style food, cocktails and a decent soundtrack. We highly recommend the vegetarian burger, which was our western-style treat during a week of eating rice and curry.

Location: Udawalawe

Day 9 - 16 Dec 2019

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe, Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe, Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe, Udawalawe National Park

Content: Left from Ella early morning after breakfast for Udawalawe 2 hours drive. Fabulous day out, saw 2 herds of female elephants and a solo male. Keep an eye out for water buffalo, monkeys, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, and even the occasional leopard. There are also many indigenous bird species like hornbills, eagles, and the distinctive red-faced malkoha. Be prepared for a rocky ride as the road network is all dirt tracks.

The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Udawalawe, The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort
Udawalawe, The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort
Udawalawe, The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Content: Stayed only one night, rooms and hotel were very good. Had Spa facilities, but just didn't have the time to indulge. After day long at safari took rest for couple of hours and head to its restaurant for buffet dinner with a great choice of food both international and Sri Lankan.

Location: Mirissa

Day 10 - 17 Dec 2019

Somerset Mirissa

Mirissa, Somerset Mirissa
Mirissa, Somerset Mirissa
Mirissa, Somerset Mirissa

Content: Reached Somerset Mirissa after 2 hours drive. The staff is welcoming and location is walking from coconut hill and beach.

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa, Mirissa Beach

Content: We soon got fresh and walked towards mirissa beach which was 10 mins away. We had great time. Lots of restaurants, pubs, amazing food, great people and lots of activities. It wasn’t crowded.

Coconut Tree Hill

Mirissa, Coconut Tree Hill
Mirissa, Coconut Tree Hill
Mirissa, Coconut Tree Hill

Content: A top sunset spot in the area. Watching the golden glow filter through the tops of the palm trees was something pretty special. While the lighting and scenery was absolutely beautiful, it was extremely busy for sunset.

Somerset Mirissa

Mirissa, Somerset Mirissa
Mirissa, Somerset Mirissa
Mirissa, Somerset Mirissa

Content: Taste of food at Somerset today wasnt that great like it was yesterday, even staff did not cooperate for changing our dish which wasnt cooked properly.

Location: Galle

Day 11 - 18 Dec 2019

Galle Dutch Fort

Galle, Galle Dutch Fort
Galle, Galle Dutch Fort

Content: Today we have whole day excursion at Galle, we started of early to cover every part of it. The commanding bastions offer great vantage points, the entire fort walls will take an hour to stroll around. The older tiny Portuguese fort gives you a sense of History and the fort's resturant and cafes a place to hangout and avoid the heat. Best seen at Sunrise as very quite.

Galle Fort - Lighthouse

Galle, Galle Fort - Lighthouse
Galle, Galle Fort - Lighthouse
Galle, Galle Fort - Lighthouse

Content: One of the main attractions for coming to Galle but it’s more significant in terms of historical and cultural importance. This lighthouse is not very tall and you cannot enter inside. It's a beautiful place for a walk specially early morning when there are less people.

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda
Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda
Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda
Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda

Content: A great monument to see, do not need longer than 10-15 minutes to see the monument itself, there are little building next to it where the monks reside. Just make sure you cover to around you knees out of respect.

Jungle Beach

Galle, Jungle Beach
Galle, Jungle Beach
Galle, Jungle Beach
Galle, Jungle Beach

Content: Beautiful and small beach, but it's crowded and polluted. So we couldnt enjoy much and left in sometime only.

Location: Hikkaduwa

Day 11 - 18 Dec 2019

Haritha Villas & Spa

Hikkaduwa, Haritha Villas & Spa
Hikkaduwa, Haritha Villas & Spa
Hikkaduwa, Haritha Villas & Spa

Content: This was most luxury hotel i have visited in Sri Lanka, after rushing early morning for Galle side seeings we spend our day relaxing at this property. We spend evening swimming at private pool.

No. 1 Roti Restaurant

Hikkaduwa, No. 1 Roti Restaurant
Hikkaduwa, No. 1 Roti Restaurant

Content: They have a big menu with different rotis like chicken, bacon, prawns, avocado etc. It is very cheap as well and the service is fast. It was very different experience.

Location: Colombo

Day 12 - 19 Dec 2019

Gangaramaya Temple

Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple
Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple
Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple
Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple

Content: Left early morning from Hikkaduwa, 2 hours drive it was. Mostly Buddha statues are displayed. Some interesting are Buddha hair and a replica of Jade Buddha statue. When you have time in Colombo its worth to visit. At least you need an hour to go through it.

Viharamahadevi Park

Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park
Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park
Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park
Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park

Content: Rent bicycle for cheap and Ride on the cycling track.You can also walk along the pavement where artists are selling their artwork and paintings.A very beautiful green place to spend time with family.

Galle Face Green

Colombo, Galle Face Green
Colombo, Galle Face Green
Colombo, Galle Face Green
Colombo, Galle Face Green

Content: When you arrive you will be faced with dozens of kites which makes for a great visual. It's full of families with kids so had a great energy. There is also a bunch of restaurants and stalls to get a snack or curry.

Bandaranaike International Airport

Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo, Bandaranaike International Airport

Content: It was end to our memorable trip to Sri Lanka. Had wonderful 12 days with nature. Had flight for New York at 6:30 pm.