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Location: Budapest Airport

Day 1 - 18 Feb 2019

Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport, Budapest Airport

Content: We took a flight from Budapest to Colombo with Turkish Airlines, with 1 stopover in Istanbul. The cost for 1 way/person was $300/person. Duration around 13 hours with stopover included.

Location: Colombo

Day 2 - 19 Feb 2019

Town Hall

Colombo, Town Hall

Content: We didn't wanted to spend too much time in Colombo, so we decided to stay only for 1 day to rest after the long flight. We took a tuk-tuk tour for the day to see the main attractions of the city. The driver took us to the town hall, some temples and parks. It was a nice tour that cost $23 for 2 persons. We also purchased our train tickets to our next destination, Anuradhapura.

Location: Colombo

Day 3 - 20 Feb 2019

Fort Railway Colombo

Colombo, Fort Railway Colombo

Content: We travelled to Anuradhapura by train, from the Fort Station in Colombo. Tickets cost $5 for 2 persons and last around 5 hours.

Location: Anuradhapura

Day 3 - 20 Feb 2019

Sanasuma Tourist Rest

Anuradhapura, Sanasuma Tourist Rest

Content: We have arrived to Sanasuma Tourist Rest lodging arounf 12 PM, after a 5 hour bumpy train ride. From the railway station to your accommodation you can take a tuk-tuk, there are many drivers who are offering their transfer services there. Sanasuma is a tipical Srilankan family owened lodging, with friendly hosts that made us feel like home.

Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya

Anuradhapura, Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya
Anuradhapura, Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya

Content: We took a tuk-tuk from our accomodation to visit Mihintale, which is around 20 minutes from Anuradhapura. On the way to Mihintale we stopped to Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya, where you can find a stunning tree, legend says it has healing powers.

Location: Mihintale

Day 3 - 20 Feb 2019

Temple

Mihintale, Temple
Mihintale, Temple
Mihintale, Temple

Content: After visiting the miracle tree we headed to the temple in Mihintale, where people believe to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. This place is absolutely amazing, we highly recommend visiting it.

Location: Anuradhapura

Day 4 - 21 Feb 2019

Temple

Anuradhapura, Temple
Anuradhapura, Temple
Anuradhapura, Temple
Anuradhapura, Temple

Content: For this day we planned to visit the ancient temples in Anuradhapura by bicycles. We rented 2 bikes for $6 for the day and visited the ancient temple complex. The entrance tickets cost $50 for 2 persons. Important tip! It is considered an offence and sign of disrespect in Sri Lanka to take pictures with your back towards the Buddha Statues. So be aware of this if you want to take a selfie 🤳.

Location: Habarana

Day 5 - 22 Feb 2019

Habarana

Habarana, Habarana

Content: From Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa we took a taxi 🚕 for $43. On the way we stopped to a spice garden called Isiresa Spice Garden. We do not recommend stopping there. It is a tourist trap! Expensive and doesn't worth it.

Location: Polonnaruwa

Day 5 - 22 Feb 2019

Seyara Holiday Resort

Polonnaruwa, Seyara Holiday Resort

Content: We where so lucky to see an elephant on the road to Polonnaruwa. We stayed at Seyara Holiday Resort for 3 nights.

Location: Polonnaruwa

Day 6 - 23 Feb 2019

Lankatilaka Viharaya

Polonnaruwa, Lankatilaka Viharaya
Polonnaruwa, Lankatilaka Viharaya
Polonnaruwa, Lankatilaka Viharaya
Polonnaruwa, Lankatilaka Viharaya
Polonnaruwa, Lankatilaka Viharaya
Polonnaruwa, Lankatilaka Viharaya

Content: We have visited the temple complex in Polonnaruwa, an amazing ancient place that won't disappoint. We admired the giant statue of Buddha and the Lankathilaka temple. Entrance $50 for 2 persons. We rented bycicles from our accommodation for the day to visit the temples. We ride 15 km in total. Tip! If you don't have enough time to do both ancient sites - Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, I woul recommend to choose Polonnaruwa. It is more beautiful!

Location: Sigiriya

Day 7 - 24 Feb 2019

Airbnb

Sigiriya, Airbnb

Content: From Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya we took a public bus till the Habarana junction and from there we took a tuk-tuk to our accommodation, Green Garden Home Stay.

Pidurangala

Sigiriya, Pidurangala

Content: First attraction visited was Pidurangala Rock, at sunset. The climb is not hard, about 30 minutes. From the top you can see the beautiful view of Lion Rock. Amazing view! 📸 Photography tip: everyone recommends climbing on Pidurangala at sunset, but we believe that the light is better at sunrise.

Location: Sigiriya

Day 8 - 25 Feb 2019

Sigiriya Lion Rock

Sigiriya, Sigiriya Lion Rock
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Lion Rock
Sigiriya, Sigiriya Lion Rock

Content: We started our climb up on the Lion Rock early in the morning in order to beat the heat and the crowds. Be aware, there are around 1200 steps to climb, but the view well worth it! 😉

Location: Habarana

Day 8 - 25 Feb 2019

Hurulu Eco Safari

Habarana, Hurulu Eco Safari
Habarana, Hurulu Eco Safari

Content: We definetely recommend taling this tour in Hurulu Eco Park. The tour lasted around 5 hours by jeep and we had the chanse to see many elephants in their natural habitat. It was an amazing experience! ❤️

Location: Avukana

Day 9 - 26 Feb 2019

Avukana Buddha Statue

Avukana, Avukana Buddha Statue

Content: From Sigiriya we continued our trip to Kandy. We have booked a taxi with AGS Kandy Taxi at the cost of $55 per car. On the road, our first stop was at Avukana Buddha Statue, an impressive statue that amazed us. It's located around 54 km from Sigiriya and has a height of 11.36 meters.

Location: Dambulla

Day 9 - 26 Feb 2019

Dambulla

Dambulla, Dambulla
Dambulla, Dambulla

Content: Dambulla is located around 38km from Avukana and the Golden Temple of Dambulla is famous for it's murals.

Location: Kandy

Day 9 - 26 Feb 2019

24 by Suyaama

Kandy, 24 by Suyaama

Content: Stay away from this accommodation! Price was good but the cleanliness was disappointing.

Location: Kandy

Day 10 - 27 Feb 2019

Cafe Secret Alley

Kandy, Cafe Secret Alley
Kandy, Cafe Secret Alley
Kandy, Cafe Secret Alley

Content: Start your day with a delicious breakfast and coffee at Secret Alley Cafe.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Content: After breakfast head to the famous Bhudist temple - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Tip: the entrance was pricey - $15 for person, so we decided to visit only the outside.

Kandy Lake

Kandy, Kandy Lake
Kandy, Kandy Lake

Content: After the temple, take a peaceful walk around the Kandy Lake.

Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Kandy, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Content: 2 km away from the Sacred Tooth Relic lies the impressive Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue representing Buddha in the Nirvana position. The statue is 27 meters high and can be spoted almoust from ever corner of the city.

Buono

Kandy, Buono
Kandy, Buono

Content: Head for lunch to Buono Bistro, a place with free WiFi and good priced food. This place support also a good cause - Child Action Lanka - of the kids of the streets.

Location: Kandy

Day 11 - 28 Feb 2019

Royal Botanic Gardens

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

Content: Spend the day at the Royal Boranic Gardens, a place with more than 4000 species of plants, and it has around 59 hectares. It is renowned for its orchids collection!

Location: Kandy

Day 12 - 1 Mar 2019

Kandy Cooking Class by AGS

Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS
Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS
Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS
Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS
Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS
Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS
Kandy, Kandy Cooking Class by AGS

Content: We strongly recommend to take a cooking class in Kandy. We spent 5 hours learning to cook delicious Sri Lankan recipes. The guy from AGS picked us up from the hotel and took us to the market to buy some fresh ingredients for the class. At the end we eat what we cooked, it was an awesome experience.

Location: Maskeliya

Day 13 - 2 Mar 2019

Subash hotel Adams peak

Maskeliya , Subash hotel Adams peak
Maskeliya , Subash hotel Adams peak

Content: After Kandy we booked a taxi to Adam's Peak, choosing to stay at Subash Hotel Adams Peak in Maskeliya. Only 100 m from the hotel there was a tea plantation and the beautiful Maskeliya Lake. Loved this place!

Location: Ratnapura

Day 14 - 3 Mar 2019

Sri Pada / Adam's Peak

Ratnapura, Sri Pada / Adam's Peak
Ratnapura, Sri Pada / Adam's Peak

Content: Adam's Peak or Sri Pada is an important religious site in Sri Lanka. We took a tuk-tuk from the hotel to the site and started our ascent around 1 AM in order to be sure we are arriving at sunrise. Bare in mind that there are 5400 stairs till the peak and it's extremely hard 😪, but the view is amazing and rewarding.

Location: Hatton

Day 15 - 4 Mar 2019

Hatton

Hatton, Hatton

Content: From Adam's Peak we were heading to Ella, one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. We took a bus from Subash Hotel to Hatton train station with destination Ella. Sri Lanka train rides are very famous and picturesque, but unfortunately our experience was very disappointing. The train was fully packed with people, and we had to stay on our feet for 5 hours till we reached Ella. Not very scenic in our eyes.

Location: Ella

Day 15 - 4 Mar 2019

Ella Rohamton

Ella, Ella Rohamton

Content: We stayed 3 nights at Ella Rohamton for the price of $77 for 2 people, with breakfast included.

Gem & Berries Ella - Sri Lanka

Ella, Gem & Berries Ella - Sri Lanka

Content: Good food and good coffee, right next to the hotel Ella Rohamton.

Location: Badulla

Day 16 - 5 Mar 2019

Nine Arches Bridge

Badulla, Nine Arches Bridge
Badulla, Nine Arches Bridge
Badulla, Nine Arches Bridge
Badulla, Nine Arches Bridge
Badulla, Nine Arches Bridge

Content: The most popular thing to do in Ella is the Nine Arches Bridge. We have walked here from our accommodation and visited it 2 times. Tip: make sure you check the train shedule, so you don't miss it. You can sip on a coconut purchased from the locals till you are waiting for the train to pass on the bridge.

Location: Badulla

Day 17 - 6 Mar 2019

Little Adam's Peak

Badulla, Little Adam's Peak

Content: Little Adam's Peak is a short and sweet climb with picturesque views. We walked here from our accommodation. From the main road you go right alongside the 98 Acres resort and you'll find your way to Little Adam's Peak.

Location: Ambagollapathana

Day 17 - 6 Mar 2019

Adam's Breeze Restaurant

Ambagollapathana, Adam's Breeze Restaurant

Content: On thw way back home we stopped at Adam's Breeze restaurant. Try the kotu and rotti, are delicious.

Location: Habaraduwa

Day 18 - 7 Mar 2019

Tabula Rasa Resort

Habaraduwa, Tabula Rasa Resort
Habaraduwa, Tabula Rasa Resort
Habaraduwa, Tabula Rasa Resort
Habaraduwa, Tabula Rasa Resort
Habaraduwa, Tabula Rasa Resort

Content: After Ella we headed to the Southern part of Sri Lanka. We took the first bus to Matara and from there a tuk-tuk to our accommodation, Tabula Rasa Resort. This resort is a true gem. Nestled in the lush jungle, you will have amazing views and a resfreshing pool for the hot afternoons. Monkey are roaming on the trees outside of your terrace. It is truly amazing!

Location: Unawatuna

Day 18 - 7 Mar 2019

Dalawella Beach

Unawatuna, Dalawella Beach
Unawatuna, Dalawella Beach
Unawatuna, Dalawella Beach
Unawatuna, Dalawella Beach

Content: We rented a scooter for our time spent on this part of the island as the accommodation is quite remote and you need a vehicle to move around. Spent the afternoon on the famous Dalawella Beach, located around 4.8 km from Tabula Rasa Resort. I felt like Jane on the palm swing and climbed the rock near Wijaya Beach restaurant at sunset.

Wijaya Beach

Unawatuna, Wijaya Beach

Content: Stop by Wijaya Beach Restaurant for food and cocktails.

Location: Unawatuna

Day 19 - 8 Mar 2019

Kingfisher Hotel

Unawatuna, Kingfisher Hotel
Unawatuna, Kingfisher Hotel

Content: Unawatuna Beach is perfect for sunbathing and relaxation. We chose to rent sunbeds at King Fisher Hotel, for the price of $6 for 2 persons and spent the whole day on the beach relaxing.

Location: Galle

Day 21 - 10 Mar 2019

Galle

Galle, Galle
Galle, Galle

Content: If you are in the area, than you must visit the charming city of Galle. It is located around 14km from Habaraduwa. Head to the lighthouse for Insta worthy pictures and if you have the time, stay till sunset.

Pilgrims Hostel & Restaurant

Galle, Pilgrims Hostel & Restaurant

Content: You can eat at Pilgrims, while you are waiting for the sunset.

Location: Kogalla Lake

Day 22 - 11 Mar 2019

Idle Bikes

Kogalla Lake, Idle Bikes
Kogalla Lake, Idle Bikes
Kogalla Lake, Idle Bikes

Content: We booked a guided bicycle tour around Kogalla Lake. The surrounding was so picturesque.

Location: Talpe

Day 22 - 11 Mar 2019

Sugar beach

Talpe, Sugar beach
Talpe, Sugar beach
Talpe, Sugar beach
Talpe, Sugar beach

Content: We have spent the afternoon at Sugar Beach Talpe relaxing. Grab some food and cocktails and enjoy the view.

Location: Unawatuna

Day 23 - 12 Mar 2019

Jungle Beach

Unawatuna , Jungle Beach
Unawatuna , Jungle Beach

Content: Jungle Beach is a beautiful beach in Unawatuna. You don't have to pay for sunbeds, it is enough to serve something from the bar located on the beach. This was our last day in Sri Lanka before we headed back to the airport in Colombo. Hope you guys liked our Sri Lanka itinerary.