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- Water Sports- Including paragliding, snorkeling and parasailing
- Pristine Beaches
- Cinnamon Trade
- Cycling Trails
Bentota Neighbouring Areas:
- Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
How to Reach Bentota
You can reach there by taking the Southern Expressway in around 2 hours. And, in case you are arriving from Galle, it shouldn’t take more than 1.5 hours to get there.
Where to Stay in Bentota
The Best Time To Visit Bentota
Bentota – Top Things to Do and See
1. Bentota Beach – Surf, Swim & Relax
2. Sea Turtle Hatchery
3. Madu Ganga River Safari
4. Brief Garden
7. Visit Ambalangoda in neighbouring Galle
Days Required to Explore Bentota:
Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo is popular for its long fabulous beaches and age-old fish trade. The city lies just about an hour’s drive from the capital Colombo, and serves a perfect getaway to soak in some sun and spend quality time with friends and family.
- Long Sandy Beaches
- Negombo Fish market
- Lagoon Boat Ride
- The Dutch Fort
- Ancient Sacred Places
Negombo Neighbouring Areas
- Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
How to Reach Negombo
Where to Stay in Negombo
The Best Time To Visit Negombo
How to Get Around Negombo
Negombo – Top Things to Do and See
1. Negombo Beach
2. Walk along Porutota Road
2. Negombo Fish Market
3. The Dutch Fort
4. Negombo Lagoon Boat Ride
5. St. Mary’s Church
6. Angurukaramulla Temple
Days Required to Explore Negombo:
Located in the Badulla district of Uva province, Ella is a beautiful hill city in the south of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by lush tea plantations and hills that are often covered with clouds, it is no wonder that Ella is one of the top tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.
Ella Travel Guide
Sri Lanka’s hilly countryside – Ella, is popular for its:
- Hiking Trails
- Zip-Line activity
- Lush Tea Gardens &
- Panoramic views of the surrounding hills
Ella Neighbouring Areas:
How to Reach Ella
Ella is located around 225 km from Colombo and can be easily accessed both by road and by rail.
Ella by Road: The town lies on the Colombo-Badulla road and from Colombo, it can take anywhere between 5-7 hours to get there. And, incase you are coming form Dambola, it should not take you more than 4 hours to reach.
Ella by Train: The train journey from Ella to Colombo is one of the most scenic journeys in the country that takes you through lush forests and greens hills. It can take anywhere from 5-6 hours to reach the hill city from Colombo and incase you wish to take a take a train from Kandy, and you’ll reach in around 4 hours.
Where to Stay in Ella
Ella Luxury Hotels
Ella serves as a perfect weekend getaway and has a variety of stay options ranging from cozy homestays to luxurious resorts surrounded by trees and hills. If you are a backpacker, you can also choose to stay at one of the camps in the city. Many reasonable hotels are also available and you can choose the one that fits your budget and style. However, if you wish to experience local hospitality along with a total immersive experience, we recommend opting for a homestay.
The Best Time To Visit Ella
Given its elevation, Ella has a cooler temperature than its surrounding lowlands and this makes it suitable to visit all the year round. However, summer months from March to June and winter months from December to February remain the busiest. It also means that the city will experience a heavy footfall during these months and will be comparatively a little more expensive.
How to Get Around Ella
A good way to enjoy Ella is to rent a bike or a scooter. In case if you are a family with kids, you can also rent a taxi. Alternatively, you can also enjoy a ride in the local Tuk-tuk to go from one tourist spot to another.
Ella – Top Things to Do and See
Ella is one place where you can spend your time hiking to beautiful cascading waterfalls, admiring the breathtaking architecture of the city and visiting some ancient heritage sites. So, if you are looking for a list of top things to do and see in Ella, Sri Lanka keep reading.
1. Mini Adam’s Peak
Mini Adams Peak, Ella – Sri Lanka
One of the most popular treks in Ella, a hike to the Little Adam’s Peak can take anywhere between 2-3 hours. The trail takes you through lush tea plantations where you’ll also get a chance to see tea pickers. So, make sure to take in all the amazing views and click enough pictures on the way. The peak stands tall at 2,243 m and offers panoramic views, making the hike worthwhile.
2. Ella Rock
Ella Rock Sri Lanka
To get to the famous Ella Rock, you’ll have to get to Ella railway station and then walk south along the railway lines. The trail is well marked and it is best to stick to these marking and not fall prey to local touts who might mislead the tourists to make quick money. The path is well laid-out right till the peak and offers stunning views from the top. Also, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and avoid sandals or flip-flops for a comfy journey.
3. Ravana Cave
Ravana Cave, Ella – Sri Lanka
Located just 5 km from the Ravana waterfalls and around 2 km from the Ella Town is the famous Ravana cave. At 1370m, one needs to climb around 650 steps to reach the cave. Although the cave is not as big, measuring just about 50 feet in width, 150 feet in length and 60 feet in height, it is definitely significant according to the Hindu mythology, as it is believed that Ravana hid Sita in the same cave. While a gratifying experience for those who enjoy a hike, those with mobility issues might want to omit hiking to this particular site.
4. Ravana Waterfall
Ravana Waterfall, Ella – Sri Lanka
A trip to Ella is incomplete without visiting the gushing 3-tier cascading Ravana waterfalls. Surrounded by lush greenery, the falls drop into a cool pool of water, which makes for an ideal spot to take a refreshing dip. This is also one spot where you’ll find the maximum amount to tourists waiting to take pictures. It will truly be a rewarding experience to spend some time here with friends or family, just make sure not to climb the rocks surrounding the falls, as they tend to get quite slippery.
5. Nine Arch Bridge
Nine Arch Bridge, Ella – Sri Lanka
Located in Demodara, just 3 km from the Ella railway station, the Nine Arch Bridge is an absolute architectural wonder. Surrounded by verdant forest, it is also called the Bridge in the Sky, given its majestic size and shape. There are 3 different routes to get to the bridge and you’ll have to hike a bit to reach this spot. So again, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Also, don’t forget to click a few pictures sitting on the edge of the bridge while the train crosses.
6. Ella Tea Factory
Halpewatte Tea Factory, Ella – Sri Lanka
Because of its lush tea plantations, Ella has a couple of popular tea factories including Ceylon Tea Factory and Halpewatte Tea Factory. While the former is located around 2 km from the town, the latter lies at around 8 km from the city center. You can easily spend around 2-3 hours in any of these tea factories, observing the lovely process of tea making and thereafter, tasting some freshly brewed tea. The restaurant in Halpewatte Tea Factory overlooks the mountains and offers a memorable experience to its guest as they sip hot-flavorful tea in such a scenic setting.
7. Diyaluma Falls
Diyaluma falls , Ella – Sri Lanka
Located just 40 km south of Ella, the Diyaluma falls are the second highest falls (220m) in Sri Lanka, and offer jaw-dropping views of the town of Ella and the surrounding hills. In order to get there, you can hire a taxi and follow the road to the Ravana Falls and keep driving further, until you reach the falls.
8. Dhowa Rock Temple
Located in the small village of Dhowa, the Dhowa Rock Temple is a protected heritage site of Sri Lanka. In order to get there, you can drive on the main road of Badulla to Bandarawela. The temple is known for its magnificent unfinished image of Buddha, which is cut onto its rock face. The 2000-year-old temple offers a glimpse of the beautiful Mahayana sculpture and is a delight for those interested in learning about ancient architecture and history.
9. Ellawala Waterfalls
Though not as popular as the Ravana Falls, Ellawala Waterfalls deserve a visit, as these are still hidden from the prying tourist eye. The pristine falls can be easily reached from Ravana Falls by moving further down on the same route until you reach this spectacular cascading beauty. The pool at the bottom of the falls serves as an ideal spot to take a relaxing dip after a long hike. Definitely, a perfect getaway for those looking for some quiet moments in nature.
10. Ella Town
If you are wondering what to do at night while you are in Ella, we recommend exploring the main town. The town has a number of good bars, cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a refreshing drink as well as local cuisine after a long day of hike. You’ll not only get to enjoy a relaxed vibe but also get to meet fellow travellers in the town.
Days Required to Explore Ella:
Ella Town Sri Lanka
Ella definitely has a bunch of spectacular places to visit, so, we recommend planning your trip to Sri Lanka in such a way that you at least get to spend at least 3 days in the hill city. Also, since a lot of these places require a bit of hike or some amount of walking, we recommend carrying weather-appropriate, comfortable clothes and shoes to make the most of your trip. So, pack your bags and head to this breathtaking place in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya, located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, is one of the top tourist spots in the country. The beautiful landscape and countryside vibes of the region has a lot more to offer than the well-known Sigiriya Rock.
Sigiriya Travel Guide
Sigiriya, is popular for its:
- UNESCO World heritage sites
- Elephant Rides
- Rock Climbing &
- Panoramic views of the surrounding hills
Sigiriya Neighbouring Areas:
- Habarana Village
- Anuradhapura & a few more..
Accommodations in Sigiriya
Sigiriya is a great place to stay, with a plethora of options ranging from lavish hotels to cottages in the forest area, you can take up an accommodation as per your convenience. There are jungle hideaways that will give a forest life feel and experience where you will find yourself to be a part of it. Rural accommodations are also there which will take you to the local culture of this place. Furthermore if you can also avail the services of luxurious resorts and villas.
How to Get Around Sigiriya
The most appropriate way to move around in Sigiriya is by bikes or scooters, which are easily available at a low price. The average hire cost of the bike lies between LKR 300 – 1500. Tuk-tuk is also available on hire, which you can use to explore the off-beat places. You can also book a rented taxi.
Sigiriya – Top Things to Do and Sights
Sigiriya is the ideal base for exploring the neighbouring cities, the various temples and national parks. Here is a list of things one can do around Sigiriya.
1. Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
This is one of the iconic destinations of Sri Lanka. The extremely famous ancient rock fortress is considered as the UNESCO World Heritage site. The rock plateau is formed from magma of an extinct volcano and is popularly known as the Eighth Wonder of the World by the locals. It is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist spots in Sri Lanka.”
2. Sigiriya Museum
The Sigiriya Archeological Museum is in the same building as the Sigiriya Rock ticket office, and it is included in your entrance ticket. With little detour from the rock, you can add this museum to the list. It gives amazing details about the historical and geographical importance of this place. It is a good idea to visit the museum first and then the fortress as you will be filled with knowledge and information before you visit the site.
3. Pidurangala Rock
Just opposite to the Sigiriya fortress, a few kms away is the Pidurangala Rock – popular hiking tourist attraction of Sigiriya. If you are into hiking or rock-climbing you must not miss climbing this rock. Besides a thrilling experience you will be rewarded with the best views of the Sigiriya fortress from the peak.
4. Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple
A UNESCO world heritage situated in the heart of Sri Lanka is a must-visit cave temple. It is considered to be one of the oldest, dates back to 1st century BCE, and the largest preserved cave temple of Sri Lanka, having five sanctuaries. It is famous for its 157 statues and Buddhist mural painting. The temple represents a paramount shrine in the Buddhist religion, practiced in Sri Lanka. To reach the temple one has to go to a 160-meter-high hill, and make sure one gets his ticket before going as the ticket counter is at the bottom. It is not easy to reach the temple as the hard climbing, and the monkeys on the way are not easy to tackle. The caves are open for almost 12 hours, starting from 7 AM in the morning.
5. Habarana Village Tour & Elephant Ride
Habarana Village Elephant Ride
Habarana is located 210 km northeast from Colombo and just 17.7 km from Sigiriya. It has an amazing elephant safari experience that will surely make your trip a memorable one. The total safari is 4 hours, and it starts around 10 AM. This ride includes a journey through the pathways, villages, jungles, swamp, and river. Post this you can also enjoy the local village life and culture. After this you can hop on the boat and reach the river bank from there you can get transferred to the village house by a jeep for a delicious local village lunch. Your activity will end at 2 PM, and you will undoubtedly take a lot of memories home after the trip.
6. Minneriya Safari
Minneriya is a small area located in Sri Lanka. It is popular for its lake and national park. Minneriya national park is known for its large number and a wide variety of elephants. The other attraction of this park is its safari. It is a jeep safari, which gives a wonderful experience to be in the middle of wild animals with great freedom. May to October is considered the best time period to visit and enjoy the safari as many wild elephant herds gather. Safari starts at 6 AM in the morning, and the last one is at 3 in the afternoon. It takes you through the park to get you to enjoy and experience nature like never before. Many local companies like “Minneriya safari tours,” “Minneriya Jeep Safari,” provide safari service along with pick-up and drop service.
7. The Rice Terraces
Sigiriya is a beautiful location not only to experience a picturesque view of the rock but also the countryside. You can explore the place by bicycle, and it would take half a day to enjoy it here. If not bicycles the local transport is also available. The rice terraces and lakes in the countryside can make your morning sights a memorable one. Try not to ride in the dark as elephants roam in the area.
8. The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa was the capital city hundreds of years ago, and it consists of few historical ruins. Currently, there are no residents to this place, but it has temples and carvings all around. It is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Sigiriya that should not be missed. From Sigiriya, it’s about one hour’s drive, and a driver can be hired for a day.
Days Required to Explore Sigiriya:
Minimum 3 Days
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka is one of the most enthralling destinations to visit in the country. Regardless of whether you are visiting with your family, partner or friends, this place is the perfect pick for you. Get your bags packing and book your trip to Sigiriya today!
Since the attack faced by Sri Lanka on the fateful Easter morning in 2019, causing death of more than 260 people, the island nation is finally making headway. In an effort to increase tourism, Sri Lanka government is taking new steps while ensuring tourist safety.
Let’s check out the steps taken by the Sri Lankan Government:
A New Port City – The government has purchased 269 acres of land from the Indian Ocean, over which it plans to construct a port city in the capital, Colombo. As per an official from Sri Lanka, the new port city will have resorts, hotels, water parks, hospitals along with theme parks.
Reduced Airfares – To further encourage tourism Sri Lanka government has reduced the airfare.
No Visa Fee – The Sri Lankan government has also put off the mandatory visa fee for travellers for the next six months. Starting August 2019, 48 countries including India have been exempted from Sri Lanka visa fee of $35 (equivalent to INR 2500)
Safety Prime Concern –Sri Lanka government has also beefed up security everywhere within its boundary to make sure tourists feel safe and at ease during their stay.
Kudos to Sri Lanka government for taking these steps. Sri Lanka is a very beautiful country. With so many scenic attractions and wildlife adventures, the country will surely gain more tourists in the coming time. All The Best!