Sri Lanka summer budget holiday
Is your budget limited and you are searching for a cheap holiday offer to Sri Lanka? Then this is the exact offer that will attract you. You visit the cultural triangle and make a nice trek through the countryside. During this budget holiday you will stay in good, budget hotels. You also can extend this holiday up to 18 days with some extra beach days in Nilaveli in the East coast.
- Stay in simple,budget hotels.
- Adventorous countryside trek
- Jeep safari in the Yala national park
- Overnight at the Galle fort
- East coast beach extension (optional)
Day 1 Your Sri Lanka holiday starts with a flight to Sri Lanka
Your Sri Lanka holiday begins with a flight to Sri Lanka. You always arrive in Sri Lanka with a day difference. We arrange tickets from any airport you like. We make you a flight proposal but you can also yourself look up on special offers and directly book.
Day 2 After your flight it is merely 20 minutes ride to Negombo.
Your driver is waiting at the airport Bandaranaike, then he brings you to Negombo. Once you arrive and you've freshened up you go with the driver to Negombo and visit the bustling shopping streets in the center. You also take a boat trip on the lagoon behind Negombo. Your hotel is near the canal, made by the Dutch. The beach, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance.
Day 3 You visit the Dutch village and thereafter Sigiriya.
Through the special Dutch Village we drive inland to the cultural triangle. The Dutch village gives a look at the care of the elderly in Sri Lanka. You can see the lion Rock in Sigiriya from afar. It is quite a steep climb, but fortunately there is plenty to see on the way to the top. How about a cave with wall paintings from the 5th century and a staircase along the wall which starts between two lion paws?. Your cozy family hotel is located a short distance from the rock of Sigiriya.
Day 4 You make an excursion to the Royal city of Polonnaruwa
Today you will visit the royal city of Polonnaruwa. You can visit the museum here and the old town in a tuk tuk, tuk-tuk is a local three-wheel taxi. There are various temples and statues of the ancient city in a vast area. Polonnaruwa has been one of the capitals in Sri Lanka and dates from the 11th and 12th centuries. It is a world heritage site.
Day 5 On the way to the eco lodge in the village of Digana
The Dambulla rock temple has enormous Buddha statues and imposing rock paintings. The caves are a creation of King Walagamba. In the caves you can admire sculptures and murals. It is in close proximity to the largest fruit and vegetable market of Sri Lanka which you will visit. The lovely eco-resort where you stay the next two nights lies near Digana. Here you'll experience what life is like in a rural village. Obviously you should not miss the rice and curry as traditional Sri Lankan meal here.
Day 6 You make a trek in the countryside with a guide
You are going today with a guide and exploring the surroundings. Digana is located near the Knuckles mountain range, which is also called Misty Mountains. In this area you will find alternate rugged mountains, small villages and tea plantations. We walk during most of the day. We take care of the lunch today taken on the way! Often the guide takes a local bus back to the resort at the end of the day. You sit are then among the tea pluckers and schoolchildren who are also on their way home. Always good to see happy faces!
Day 7 Today you have your own day in Kandy
Digana is not far from Kandy .We get to Kandy on time, and you have today a large part of the day for yourself to explore the city. Within walking distance of your hotel you will find the Temple streets with acquainted shops. This is the place to buy some colorful flower umbrellas that you have already seen Sri Lankan women walking with. In the evening the chauffeur takes you to the Temple of the Tooth. We try to be there on time for the special evening ceremony.
Day 8 Sleeping in the tea plantations.
Your Sri Lanka holiday is not complete without a visit to the Botanical garden of Kandy. It's your first stop today. Then we drive to Nuwara Eliya where we arrive in the afternoon. Along the way there is enough to see. You will notice that the landscape has changed into one huge tea garden. On one of these plantations we visit a tea factory and learn all about the different types of tea and how they are produced. Nuwara Eliya has the English post office, race course, Victoria Park and the city are must see highlights. Your little guesthouse is within walking distance from the city.
Day 9 Waking up early in the day for a trekking
From early morning, you've got a busy day ahead! You will be taken to the plateau Horton Plains where you make a nice walk early in the day along World's End and Baker's Falls; a view point and a waterfall. We leave early so that you have a nice sunny view from World's end. From Nanu Oya leave on your train to Ella. It is a popular ride both for tourists and locals and it may be that you are standing between smiling people during the ride along tea plantations, waterfalls and rugged mountains. Your driver waits for you again in Ella station with your luggage.
Day 10 In search of Leopards in Yala
The Yala National Park is one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka. A big part of the park is mostly low grown. That increases the chance of spotting wildlife! You go with a jeep into the park and makes an extensive tour of Yala. It is one of the parks in Sri Lanka where we can spot leopards. Unfortunately, this is usually difficult. Recently our guests saw some leopards in the park.
Day 11 The ride to the Tangalle beach takes around 2 hours
Your nice beach resort is right on a bay a bit outside of Tangalla on the south coast. It's a nice place to stay and actually you have a private beach here !. You have the pristine beaches in Tangalle where sea turtles come to the beach to lay eggs. Did you know that they are always coming back to the beach where they were born? You will surely enjoy your stay at your resort which offers spacious rooms and has a nice pool..
Day 12 Beach stay in Tangalla
Leisure day in Tangalla.
Day 13 Tonight you sleep in the start fort of Galle!
We drive along the south coast to Galle where the old Dutch star fort lies right on the sea. We pass the fisherman on stilts in the sea, called stilt fishermen. The street names, a sign above the entrance and the old Dutch Reformed Church revive old colonial times and Dutch names. You literally walk past the Dutch history in the reformed church You have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere in Galle. You stay also at the fort. With any luck, there will be also a cricket match going on at the stadium just outside the walls of the fort, or did you just see such a beautiful sunset as we saw?
Day 14 On the way to Negombo for your last evening in Sri Lanka
Via the Telwatta tsunami Photo museum we return to Negombo. Also we visit a turtle care where eggs are hatched here and young turtles are put back into the sea. On the main coastal road you find the Tsunami museum. The small museum (actually no more than two wooden huts) gives an impressive picture of the event and shows the recovery on the basis of photographs of workers and drawings of village children. You stay in Negombo in the same hotel which you stayed your first night.
Day 15 Your Sri Lanka holiday is unfortunately finished
You get in to the car one more time to the airport. In the airport you say bye to your chauffeur guide and take the flight back home.
Extension East coast
This trip can be extended by a few days to stay on the East Coast. During the summer the sea is quiet and therefore you can snorkel around Pigeon Island and dive. Real adventurers go to sea on a small boat to spot the whales who are present here.
Day 5 -8 We ride to the East coast for few days on the beach (3 nights) and thereafter follow the program as above mentioned on day 5> In the cheapest Sri Lanka holiday you stay in budget hotels