Sri Lanka budget holiday in the winter
Do you want to go on holiday to Sri Lanka this winter but having a limited budget? Then this holiday is yours! You stay in nice hotels and visit the highlights of Sri Lanka. If you want the convenience of including dinners and entrees, you can book the package for this seperately. You are then insured that you have little local costs. If you want optimal freedom then you only book the Sri Lanka budget tour without additions. With the Sri Lankan budget holiday, you are go to Sri Lanka profitably and stay in nice hotels specially selected by us.
Day 1 Departure to Sri Lanka
Your Sri Lanka holiday begins with the flight to Sri Lanka. You come to Sri Lanka most of the time the next day. Most of our guests leave from their home airport. We would like to offer you a cheap airline ticket, but you can also buy it online yourself.
Day 2 Warm welcome in the airport and thereafter a short transfer to Negombo
In the reception hall the driver will be waiting for you, you can not miss him. The driver has a name plate with your name on it. Negombo is about half an hour away from the airport and is right on the seafront. Stay here for 2 nights in a small-scale hotel with a swimming pool. This is where you can relax after the long journey. The rest of the day can be completed in your own way.
Day 3 Sightseeing Negombo on bike and discover the undiscovered beach of Kalpitiya
After breakfast you will explore the Negombo area with a local guide. During this cycling tour, visit the city center, a Buddhist temple, the fish market and the fruit and vegetable market. The tasting of the different kinds of tropical fruits is also included here. After cycling, we drive to the little known Kalpitiya Peninsula. It is separated from the mainland by a huge lagoon. It is still wonderfully quiet without bustle in this peninsula..
Day 4 Spot the Dolphins in Kalpitiya
During the winter months there are huge amounts of dolphins on the coast of Kalpitiya. You're up early today to see them in the sea on a boat. With a little luck you will even encounter the blue whale! You are also acquainted with Hindu culture today through visiting a Shiva temple.
Day 5 Kalpitiya -Sigiriya
You leave Kalpitiya and in about 3 hours we will drive you to your hotel near Dambulla. On the way you will visit the Aukana Buddha statue. You are now at the center of what is called the cultural triangle in Sri Lanka. This is an area with many beautiful old temples and ruins. You probably have seen monkeys today along the way! Be careful not to leave anything on your balcony, they are fond of these belongings.
Day 6 Climb the Sigiriya lion rock and sightseeing Polonnaruwa on a bike
We already said that you are close to some beautiful old places. Today, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya are on the program. In the morning you climb the lion rocks in Sigiriya while it is not yet warm. During your climb you can admire beautiful frescoes and after all the view from the top is spectacular. Later in the day we continue to the old royal city of Polonnaruwa. Here you will find centuries old beautiful temples and Buddhist images cut out of the rocks. To make some extra fun, we visit this old royal city also by bike.
Day 7 Sigiriya-Kandy
On our way to Kandy we will visit the rock temple in Dambulla. It's just a climb but the view of the jungle is spectacular from the temple grounds. In this rock cave temple there are huge amounts of Buddha statues and special rock paintings. You will find more than 150 murals in the caves. During the day you come to Kandy. Kandy is considered as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
Day 8 You witness a ceremony in the temple of the tooth in Kandy
In the morning, the driver will take you to the Temple of the Tooth. According to the stories, a tooth of Buddha is preserved here and it is Sri Lanka's main religious temple. We will be here for the morning ceremony. You can fill in the rest of the day yourself. Maybe another visit to the botanical garden or the indoor market? You will also stay in Kandy tonight.
Day 9 You stay today in Colonial Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast we drive into the mountains to the colonial Nuwara Eliya. On the way you visit a tea plantation and a existing tea factory. Here you get an explanation of the different types and the whole process of making tea. Did you know that tea in Sri Lanka is once a replacement for coffee. After a devastating disease in the coffee plants, a replacement was sought. It became tea! Taste a cup of tea during the visit to the tea factory is also included.
Day 10 We go today early morning for a nice hike on Horton Plains. Then by train to Ella
Early today! You visit the Horton Plains plain. On this pristine plain the landscape is different than in the rest of the country. You take a beautiful walk along World's End and Bakers Falls. On early departure, you have the most chance to have an unobstructed view from World's End and if lucky, to see animals. In the afternoon, take the train to Ella. There you will arrive here in the beginning of the evening.
Day 11 Today you can plan your own program in Ella
Today is of your choice! Relax with a book or explore the area. It is very green here with different mountains and tea plantations. Visit Ella Rock, Ravanna Caves or take a nice walk to the Little Adams Peak.
Day 12 Ella - Udawalawe
We leave Ella and drive down the mountains to the hilly Udawalawe. Abandoning the mountains is quite abrupt, because you find yourself suddenly in a flat landscape with many rice fields. In Udawalawe you will be picked up by a ranger in the afternoon. Together with him you go to safari in the Udawalawe park. This is the wildlife park where you are most likely to spot elephants.
Day 13 Towards the South coast for relaxing a few days on the beach
We continue to the south coast where you stay on the South coast of Sri Lanka during the last nights. On your way to the beach hotel you will visit Galle. In Galle you find one of the most beautifully preserved Dutch forts. The atmosphere within the fort is special. The Dutch Reformed Church gives you a good picture of the Europeans who lived here.
Day 14 Enjoy the tropical bay and sand of Unawatuna
A relaxing beach stay in Unawatuna.
Day 15 Beach day in Unawatuna.
The second beach day in Unawatuna.
Day 16 Transfer to the airport for your return flight
Unfortunately your Sri Lanka holiday is over and today you ride back towards the airport. If you are having a later fight in the evening, then it is possible also to visit Colombo.
The Special supplements in December
Between 15 December en 15 January a number of hotels apply special extras supplement because of the high season. Also there are additional fees for the Christmas dinner and New Year's Eve dinners. The various supplements for the Christmas period will be further described in our travel proposal.
You can also book this special winter offer staying in in middle class and or otherwise luxury hotels.