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Introduction 

14 days Sri Lanka individual round trip on unusual routes: discover the tropical island off the beaten track with accommodation, private drivers, and insider tips. V elected natural wonders, mysterious cultural treasures and ancient traditions await you!  

Get to know the unadulterated life in Sri Lanka: Enjoy the breathtaking nature where it is otherwise reserved for the locals. Get to know the traditional customs and the authentic life of the people. And experience Sri Lanka’s nature from unknown perspectives. 

Go in search of traces of extraterrestrial life, save turtles, swim with elephants, and travel back in time by tricycle! 

 

Why this travel package? 

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14 days Sri Lanka individual round trip for adventurers who are looking for unusual challenges

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Discover unknown cultural sites and mysterious natural wonders

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Get to know the traditions and culture of the local population

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Transport in a safe vehicle with a licensed private driver & guide

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First-class & quality-tested accommodations with breakfast

Itinerary 14 days of secret Sri Lanka 

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Duration: 14 days

(With breakfast) 

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3 visits to the village

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Excursions: 26

(2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites) 

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10 natural highlights

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National Park safari: 2

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep) 

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5 historical-cultural treasures

Day 1: Airport - Arankele - Habarana

Welcome to Paradise! 

Highlights 

  • Reception at the BIA 
  • Arankele Forest Monastery 
  • Drive to Habarana 

Your private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Today you immerse yourself in the unknown, spiritual world of Sri Lanka. 

The Arankele Forest Monastery was a cave hermitage from the 6th century and the home of a group of ascetic Pansukulika monks who led a secluded life in the deep jungle. Pansukulika means “rag robes” and refers to the monks’ vow to wear robes made exclusively from rags. 

In the hermitage, which is romantically enclosed by the jungle, you can see the remains of ancient monk cells, an infirmary, and several water basins, which are believed to have once cooled the buildings. The paths on which the monks wandered immersed in deep meditation are still there. 

Today Arankele is an important archaeological site and an oasis of calm and peace, in which hardly any visitor gets lost. Buddhist monks still live in seclusion in the small monastery at the rear of the complex. 

In the afternoon you will arrive at your accommodation in a cabana at the Hingurakgoda Farm. The farm produces high-quality seeds in extensive rice fields. The highland area of ​​the farm is used to produce crops, vegetables, and livestock. 

You can look around the beautiful grounds of the 1,300-hectare farm and enjoy the sunset at the picturesque reservoir. Bicycles will be made available to you for this purpose. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana

JETWING VIL UYANA

Day 2: Hingurakgoda - Medirigiya - Minneriya - Polonnaruwa

Village life & pachyderms – go on a country tour and meet wild elephants! 

Highlights 

  • Hingurakgoda Farm Tour 
  • Medirigiya Vatadageya 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

After breakfast, you will get to know all areas of the modern farm. Tropical fruits such as mangoes and bananas are grown on the site, seeds for rice are produced and buffalo are kept for milk production, among other things. Exotic vegetables are grown in the home garden and seedlings for various crops such as oranges and guavas thrive in the nursery. 

On the tour, you will be shown all production areas and the cultivation methods explained. The herb garden with all sorts of unknown medicinal plants is particularly interesting. 

Now it’s time to travel back in time: the history of the well-preserved ruins of the ancient pilgrimage site Medirigiya Vatadageya can be traced back to pre-Christian times. Rediscovered in 1897, the statue houses, a stone tub for herbal baths, a hospital building, a relic house, and a medicine boat are easily recognizable as places for Ayurvedic treatments in ancient times. Medirigiya is rarely visited and is surrounded by a magical atmosphere. 

A special kind of Meet & Greet awaits you in the afternoon in the Minneriya National Park: groups of up to 400 pachyderms gather in the afternoon to swim and drink at the reservoir. In the jeep, you get closer to the animals and see their companions up close: birds, monkeys, buffalo, crocodiles, and other wild animals. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana

Day 3: Dhanigala - Polonnaruwa

Aliens & Asian Beak – On the trail of extraterrestrial life! 

Highlights 

  • Dhanigala Raja Maha Viharaya / Alien Rock Mountain 
  • Lunch in a village house with a rice farmer 
  • Canoe trip to Kok Doowa (Bird Island) in Polonnaruwa 

Today you go in search of traces of extraterrestrial life: After an entertaining hike through the dense jungle with some tricky climbing passages, you will reach the plateau of Alien Rock with its unique view. It is said that UFOs landed on the summit a few decades ago and kidnapped young monks. Eyewitnesses report bright lights, and the traces of the landing can still be seen today … 

Hidden treasures are also spoken of, and other mysterious stories are spun around this mysterious place. Buddhist monks have lived in the approximately 70 caves of the Dananjaya Raja Maha Vihara temple at the foot of the mountain from the 2nd century until today. 

After the hike, you will have lunch in the house of a rice farmer in the middle of the rice fields. 

Thousands of water birds nest on the island of Kok Dowa in the ancient, extensive water reservoir Parakrama Samudraya. In the afternoon, take a paddleboat across to the island. About 30 species of birds live on the idyllic spot, including the “Asian beak”. A paradise for bird lovers, who are expertly informed here by natural scientists! 

The island is also an insider tip for a relaxing afternoon with a picnic, swimming in the lake, and a BBQ at the spectacular sunset. When bathing, please pay attention to the right of way for the swimming elephants! 

Overnight and breakfast in Polonnaruwa   

EKHO LAKE HOUSE

Day 4: Polonnaruwa - Riverston

Picnic & panoramic view – a day at the end of the world! 

Highlights 

  • Knuckles Mountain Range 
  • Riverston Tower 
  • Punchi Lokanthaya Pitawala Panthana 
  • Mini World`s End 
  • Kalabokka 360 Upper Division Viewpoint 

Off-the-beaten-track, the journey today goes through the undeveloped hinterland and the beautiful landscape at Wasgamuwa National Park down to the abandoned Knuckles Mountain Range. In the small towns and villages along the way, you can experience the unadulterated everyday life of the population. 

Stop in between to see abandoned temples and hidden waterfalls and enjoy the expansive views. Indulge in a conversation with the locals by the roadside. Visitors are rare and very welcome here! 

Kumara Ella Archeological Site is believed to have originally been a bath for a group of monks in the 2nd or 3rd century. The site is abandoned and freely accessible next to the road as if tossed. A good place to briefly stretch your feet! 

Today, hike where the locals love to spend their weekends outdoors! The journey up into the deserted mountain landscape leads through a picturesque lake landscape, a green carpet of lovely rice and tea plantations, and through the characteristic, bewitchingly fragrant fields of cloves. 

The name Knuckles Mountain Range is derived from the knuckle shape, which is formed by the five highest peaks between 1,500 and 2,000 m altitude. Riverston is one of the peaks in the Knuckles Mountains that rise above 1,000 m. An ideal place for a picnic! 

A simple nature trail of about 0.75 km leads to the spectacular Mini World`s End, a steep slope that falls abruptly 300 m down on the Pitawala Pathana. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings. 

The Kalabokka 360 Upper Division Viewpoint offers wide views over Kandy and Matale as well as the Knuckles Mountain range and the Sembuwatte lake, and some very nice hiking trails through the pristine nature. The somewhat remote area is rarely visited by travelers. Whoever stands up here after a short hike can feel like the only person on earth. 

Overnight and breakfast in Riverston     

MADULKELLE TEA AND ECO LODGE

                       

                

Day 5: Riverston – Heeloya- Kandy

Hairpin turns & holy ceremonies – through the mountainous region into the cultural triangle! 

Highlights 

  • Visit the mountain village of Heeloya 
  • Walks through the village, tea plantations, and rice fields 
  • Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage) for the evening ceremony 

After driving through the beautiful mountain landscape with tea plantations and rushing waterfalls, through some sensational hairpin bends, and through fields of colorful paragliders, the path goes on foot to the remote mountain village of Heeloya. 

Here you can experience the original rural life in Sri Lanka. Water buffalo plow through the pale green rice fields, small tea plantations nestle against the rolling hills, residents wash their clothes in the river, and fruit and organic vegetables grow in colorful gardens. Everything is produced in-house here. 

The village community lives and works traditionally out of conviction and practices the local customs and rules. You are cordially invited to help with the work, to visit the residents in their homes, and thus to come into casual contact with one another. The tour through the sleepy village and the surrounding area is rounded off by a sociable lunch prepared together in the Chena. 

In the evening you will witness a sacred ceremony: the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy is the holiest site for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and at the same time the most beautiful Buddhist temple in the country. A Buddha’s canine tooth is kept in the main temple. According to tradition, the owner of the relic has the right to rule over Sri Lanka. The room with the shrine in which the tooth is kept is opened three times a day for pilgrims and visitors in a puja ceremony. Here you can place flowers and light an oil lamp. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 6: Kandy - Hatton

Temples & tea plantations – through the highlands on two wheels! 

Highlights 

  • Stroll through the old town of Kandy 
  • Train from Kandy by Hatton (1st class) 
  • Bike tour through the tea plantations around the Castlereagh Reservoir 

The lively old town of Kandy invites you to stroll with its colonial buildings and the hustle and bustle on the streets. A rich selection of cafés and restaurants offers the opportunity to watch life in the alleys with a good cup of Ceylon tea. 

In the market, you can experience the haggling of the traders at their lush, colorful stalls with exotic fruits and vegetables, but also with high-quality handicrafts and antique jewelry. Have yourself dressed in a colorful sari at one of the stands and feel as elegant as a local! 

During the train ride from Kandy to Hatton, you will be enchanted by the natural backdrop of the green of the dense tea plantations. The section is one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world. 

Sri Lanka’s highlands offer the most delightful landscapes with dramatic mountain peaks and hills covered with tea plantations. Explore the beautiful mountain landscape in Dickoya by mountain bike. Experience the colorful villages of the tea pickers, neat Hindu temples, babbling brooks, and gushing waterfalls. Along the way, you will keep talking to the local population. 

The Warleigh Church, built by the British in 1878, takes its visitors on a romantic journey through time into Sri Lanka’s colonial past and is a very enchanting, quiet place with a wonderful view of the green plains. 

Bed and breakfast in Hatton 

CAMELLIA HILLS                 

 

Day 7: Hatton

Waterfalls & hikes – beautiful views! 

Highlights 

  • Hikes to waterfalls and idyllic natural oases 
  • Laksapana Falls 
  • Devon Falls 
  • St. Clairs Falls 
  • Tea picking & tour of a tea factory 

The Laksapana Falls in the Maskeliya area is almost 130 m high, making it one of the highest waterfalls in the country. Because of its majestic beam, it is also considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in the country. After a 45-minute hike, it appears in the dense forest. A path made up of more than 500 steps leads to the pool at the foot of the waterfall. The plateau with the spectacular view can also be reached via a footpath. Many endemic plants and huge trees grow here. 

According to a local belief, there is a hidden treasure in the basin below the Laksapana Falls. Legend has it that in times of severe drought, a golden vessel appears in the deep basin. As soon as the shell becomes visible, the gods send rain to protect the treasure again. Look closely! 

Devon and St. Clair’s Falls are right in the center of Sri Lanka’s largest tea-growing area, Dimbula. The Devon Falls are named after an English coffee grower. The nearby tea plantation Devon Tea Estate was originally a coffee plantation. St. Clair’s Falls is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly referred to as the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka”. 

The best tea in Sri Lanka grows in the area around Hatton: Maskeliya. The only teas to which this tea is added is real Ceylon tea! Tour a tea factory and tea plantation. Here you can follow the entire process of tea production, which is still as devout and quality-conscious today as it was 100 years ago, from planting to harvesting and processing to tasting. During the “High Tea” that follows you will find out how different the teas taste! 

Bed and breakfast in Hatton                                           

CAMELLIA HILLS   

Day 8: Hatton - Ulugalathenna - Belihuloya

Sustainable & close to nature – “Happiness is the greatest wealth” 

Highlights 

  • Visit the village in Ulugalathenna 
  • Stay at the Glenrock Resort 

In the farming village of Ulugalathenna, the residents live completely in harmony with nature. Buddha’s words “Happiness is the greatest wealth” are lived here and in this sense make the villagers rich. 

On the farms, visitors can see how vegetables and fruits are grown and how the palm blossom honey typical of this fertile area is made. The residents’ small “ecological footprint” is exemplary. 

The “Glenrock Resort” supports the villagers in their sustainable lifestyle and social development in all areas of life. Part of the proceeds from the resort goes to the projects for the development of the village and the resort is both an employer for the villagers and a buyer for the fresh products from the village. 

Overnight and breakfast in Belihuloya                                                

TREEHOUSE CHALETS      

       

Day 9: Belihuloya

Foot therapy & fish curry – enjoy an unusual treatment and learn to cook spicy! 

Highlights 

  • Walks around Belihuloya 
  • Cooking course “Spicy Rice & Curry” 

The area around Belihul Oya is ideal for adventurous hikes and bike tours in the fresh mountain air as well as extensive paddling tours on crystal clear rivers and lakes. The paths lead through tropical forests and lovely rice fields, past picturesque ponds, rushing waterfalls and bubbling streams and through colorful, small villages where time seems to have stood still.    

The Pahanthudawa Falls is hidden in the jungle and invites you to take an undisturbed swim in the natural pool after a short hike. The Belihuloya River offers relaxation for feet tired from hiking: Experience the natural acupuncture of the red Garra fish, which nibbles on your feet and removes dirt and impurities – the perfect way to relax tired feet after an adventurous day of hiking! 

So recovered, pick up the wooden spoon in the afternoon. Discover the diverse flavors of Sri Lanka and learn how to prepare a traditional Rice & Curry. You cook with exotic fruits, unknown vegetables, and oriental spices under the guidance of an experienced kitchen team. 

Overnight and breakfast in Belihuloya          

TREEHOUSE CHALETS            

Day 10: Belihuloya - Udawalawe

Adventure expedition & monkey hordes – climb into a cave and go on safari! 

Highlights 

  • Cave Exploration “Waulpane Limestone Cave” 
  • Jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park 

The 400-million-year-old Waulpane Cave invites you to take a special trip back in time. It is a legendary rock cave with archaeological evidence of many civilizations that go back to prehistoric times. 

The cave contains particularly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and is home to 500,000 sleeping bats as well as rare amphibians and reptiles. The 20 m high underground waterfall is particularly impressive. 

The Uda Walawe National Park, located on the southern edge of the Central Highlands, is less crowded than the Yala National Park and therefore a good alternative as a destination for a safari. Originally established as a refuge for wild animals, numerous species live here, but above all elephants. 

You will spend the night in a safari camp with a campfire and a real wildlife atmosphere! 

Overnight and breakfast in Udawalawe 

MAHOORA – UDAWALAWE BY ECO TEAM

 

Day 11: Udawalawe - Mulkirigala - Mirissa

Temple ruins & dream beach – time travel on foot and with your feet in the sand! 

Highlights 

  • Visit to the rock temple Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya 
  • The most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka: Hiriketiya Beach – Turtle Bay – Midigama Beach – Marakoliya Beach – Jungle Beach – Angel Beach – Kalametiya Beach 

On the western edge of the Hambantota district on the south coast, the 2,000-year-old Sinhalese rock monastery Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is located on a 200-meter-high, steep granite rock, as is typical for Sri Lanka. 

The seven mysterious natural caves are decorated with well-preserved cave paintings that are well worth seeing. Mulkirigala is probably the most important historical cave monastery in the southern part of the island but is rarely visited by travelers. 

In the area around Galle, the most beautiful beaches on the island are lined up like pearls. The dream setting of turquoise blue water, golden yellow beaches, and emerald, the green jungle is unique. On the way, a swim in the refreshing ocean or just the wonderful view beckon! 

Overnight and breakfast in Mirissa 

THREE GABLES BOUTIQUE VILLA 

 

Day 12: Mirissa - Bentota

Coconut palms & cliff divers – with the tricycle into the colonial era! 

Highlights 

  • Tuk Tuk tour through the old town of Galle (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Tuk Tuk driving lesson 
  • Drive to Bentota 

Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, Galle was the island’s main port and reached the height of its development in the 18th century during the Dutch colonial era. Magnificent buildings and the fortress around the old town bear witness to the eventful history of the historic port city. 

In an airy tuk tuk, you can conquer the alleys of the well-preserved fortress and the partly renovated old town with its beautiful shops and cafes. After one lesson you can drive yourself! Experience the unmistakable colonial flair. On the promenade in front of the lighthouse, snake charmers and cliff divers provide easy thrills! 

The area around Bentota is well developed for tourism and is known as a center for Ayurveda treatments. The cheerful place awaits sun-seekers with palm-fringed dream beaches and paradisiacal bays as well as numerous water sports on the Bentota River. 

Near Bentota, there are beaches in Aluthgama, Beruwela, and Bentota. Aluthgama is an insider tip because bathers can relax largely undisturbed on the deserted beach here on the peninsula between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. The beaches of the neighboring towns of Beruwela and Bentota combine to form a kilometer-long, snow-white dream beach with shallow water. 

We wish you a good rest! 

Overnight and breakfast in Bentota

SAMAN VILLAS

Day 13: Bentota

Rainforest & Reptiles – By boat into the mysterious world of the mangroves! 

Highlights 

  • Boat trip into the mangroves on the Bentota River 
  • Stay on the beach 

In the seclusion of the mangroves with their lush vegetation and their exotic fauna, a closed, mysterious world has developed. The mangrove forest is home to a wide variety of birds including sea eagles, kingfishers, and pelicans. Macaque monkeys frolic in the trees and crocodiles, lizards, freshwater snakes and a variety of fish and shrimp lurk in the water. Monitor lizards, crocodiles, and snakes are suddenly within your grasp! 

Round off this last day with a sundowner! 

Overnight and breakfast in Bentota 

SAMAN VILLAS

Day 14: Bentota - Airport

Transfer to the airport/hotel 

This ends your journey to mysterious Sri Lanka. Hopefully, you will leave our beautiful island relaxed and with many unforgettable impressions! Come home safe! 

Ayubowan! 

End of the journey 

Services

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Accommodation in a double room with breakfast 

Transfers and round trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking private driver 

Transfer to the airport / extension hotel 

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