An island so small, yet so diverse that it almost defies logic. Sandeep travels to Sri Lanka with his wife to find an abundance of adventure, culture and natural beauty. Their 4 night/5 day trip to Sri Lanka cost them a total of INR 39,000 which included their transfers, accommodation, sightseeing, and meals.
We chose Sri Lanka as our holiday destination because we wanted to experience a bit of everything from the hot beaches, cool hill stations, art and culture, nature, tradition, shopping, to the nightlife. We received a surprise everyday on our trip to Sri Lanka, thanks to the perfectly organized trip by TravelTriangle.
Their concept of customized itinerary is very lucrative, hence I preferred to book a package. Riyaz from TravelTriangle guided me through the booking process and provided me with multiple quotes from various agents. I selected the package given to me by ‘Travco Adventures’.
Our vacation date was set, all that was left was to pack our bags and dream on for our adventure in Sri Lanka. After a long wait, I got an opportunity to go for an international vacation that will be serene and thrilling at the same time.
Day 1: Diverse and happening art scene of Kandy
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We took our flight from Bangalore, and arrived at the Colombo airport in the early hours of 23rd November. We were driven to Kandy and then checked into the cozy and comfortable Traveller’s Nest Hotel. After a short nap, we woke up to the sound of chirping birds in Kandy. After an amazing breakfast, we headed out for sightseeing in Kandy where we found a lot of incredible places to visit in Kandy.
We started by visiting the Temple of the Tooth. A majestic Buddhist temple that gives out energy and vibes of positivity. Sri Lanka is famous not only for its tourism but also for its handicrafts.
Being ardent art lovers, it was a beautiful experience to visit a Batik factory, a gems factory, and a wood carving factory which was duly followed by some crazy shopping in the town. Post that, we retired for the day as we had to wake up early on the 24th to start our drive to Nuwara Eliya.
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Day 2: Discovering gems on our way to Nuwara Eliya
We woke up early morning and checked out of the hotel to head out for Nuwara Eliya. On our way, we stopped over at a tea factory, followed by a short stop at the beautiful Ramboda Waterfalls, and finally indulged in a silent prayer at the peaceful premises of The Chinmaya Mission, Sri Lanka.
One of the memorable parts of this trip to Sri Lanka was our visit to “Seetha Eliya” which happens to be the place where Lord Hanuman met Devi Sita, who was eventually held captive at Ashok Vatika by Ravana, a place of utmost importance in Hindu Mythology. Discovering tis part of the Ramayana trail was fascinating.
We arrived in Nuwara Eliya late evening and were greeted with dense fog everywhere. Not a thing around us was visible and we wondered what could this place have in store for us as we checked into the ‘The Blossoms Bungalow’.
Day 3: Scenic beauty in Little England
The next morning we couldn’t believe our eyes when we woke up to the picturesque view from our sunny balcony in “Little England” (another name for Nuwara Eliya). True to its name, the place was filled with cute little cottages, green plains and a whiff of colonial air.
We checked out of Nuwara Eliya in the afternoon and spent the rest of the day admiring beautiful tourist spots such as Devon falls on our way to Bentota. As we passed by the vast expanse of plateaus covered with tea bushes and misty mountains, we found an artist painting the scenery at the Devon falls. We bought a painting from him which was the most treasured souvenir of our trip to Sri Lanka.
On reaching Bentota, we directly headed to try out some light water sports on the beach. This was followed by a sumptuous feast in the evening that was prepared, at Araliya Riverside Hotel– the hotel of our overnight stay.
Day 4: Sightseeing in graceful Colombo
We woke up early morning on the fourth day of our trip to Sri Lanka and headed off to the backwaters. We had a nice little boat ride along the meandering backwaters which opened up to the beautiful harmony of the chirping of birds, the mad cacophony of bats, and confusion of the mangroves as we made our way through.After breakfast we visited a beautiful Buddha Temple and then started off for our last destination- Colombo.
I found Colombo to be a bustling and attractive city. After checking in, we had a great time doing a city tour and seeing important places like the World Trade Center, Old Port, Old Parliament etc. We topped the day with some shopping at ODEL- a leading chain of stores in Sri Lanka. Later on, we returned to the hotel and called it a night.
Day 5: Farewell Sri Lanka
The final day of our trip to Sri Lanka was upon us. After checking out, we visited the Galle Face and did some last minute shopping before being driven off to the airport for our flight to Bengaluru.
All good things come to an end and so did our beautiful trip to Sri Lanka. We had an amazing experience discovering the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka. The people of Sri Lanka were very peaceful, helpful and friendly. We had been treated with utmost warmth and respect at all the places that we stayed.
A special mention to our guide Mr.Nulan from Travco who was not only friendly but did his best to make the most out of the 4 days that we stayed in Sri Lanka.
- The scenery in Nuwara Eliya completely blew our mind.
- Visiting the Batik Factory was a great experience.
- We had a miserable experience at The Ceylon City Hotel in Colombo
Tips to travelers:
- Don’t forget to visit interesting temples on the Ramayana trail.
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