WATER SPORTS – BENTOTA

While exciting among the top spots for water activities, the most desired subjects may be found in one of the world’s famous tourist destinations Bentota. The Bentota River offers a variety of exciting sporting opportunities. Many sports centers in Bentota rent jet skis, water skis, surf boards, and speed boats. Beginners can be trained under the guidance of professional water sports trainees. And experience the nature in mangroves.

WHITE WATER RAFTING – KITULGALA

Kitulgala is the movie location of where David Lean’s 1957 epic, Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. A calm stretch in the River Kelani between two rocky outcrops on either side is the movie location where the railway bridge for the movie was constructed. Kitulgala White Water Rafting takes about a 90-minute run each for 6.5 km with five rapids graded 2 and 3. The Rapids with their own distinctive characters are aptly named: Head Chopper, Virgin’s Breast, Butter Crunch, Killer Fall and the Rib Cage. Riding modern rafts equipped with safety gear, White Water Rafting at Kitulgala is safe for even kids over 10 years in age.

TRAIN JOURNEY

Train travel removes the stress from travelling to multiple locations while on vacation.  Starting from Colombo Fort, one of the key railway stations in the Sri Lanka.  There are many tourist destinations where you can travel by train from Colombo. It provides you with a great method of travelling because you get a clear picture of the country (Specially the beauty of the Tea Estates in Sri Lanka) which is not the case when you travel via the road, probably also in fear of your life. To discover the beauty of the countryside, travelling by train could be the best option even though this might be tedious as the trains are bit slow at some points. we always make sure you get the seats as in you are reserving a flight ticket before you travel.

MADU RIVER

The Madu Ganga is a minor watercourse which originates near Uragasmanhandiya in the Galle District of Sri Lanka, before widening into the Madu Ganga Lake at Balapitiya. The river then flows for a further a 4.4 km (2.7 mi) before draining into the Indian Ocean. The Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya sect had its first upasampada (higher ordination ceremony) on a fleet of boats anchored upon it in 1803. The Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on an isolated island in the lake. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. In has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to approximately 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. The inhabitants of its islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil.

WHALE WATCHING

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do during your holiday in Sri Lanka. Often spotted blue whales are the biggest animals in the world and Mirissa is the best place for whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. The best time to go whale watching in Mirissa is from November to April. Ocean is calm and whales migrate from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. From May to October is off-season: ocean is rough, and it is not worth to go. The chances of spotting whales during November – April are 98%. Keep in your mind that you are going to see wildlife so spotting of whales is not 100% guaranteed. Blue whales are most often seen. You can see also sperm whales, fin whales, Bryde’s whales, short, finned whales, dolphins and rarely killer whales and whale shark. Sometimes we pass turtles and flying fish. Whale watching trip in Mirissa takes usually 3-5 hours, the average duration is 4h.

Our tours start before 7 am in Mirissa harbor. You should be there at 6:00-6.30 am. We serve morning tea before taking off and we serve also breakfast package and snack during the tour.

VILLAGE TOUR

Immersing yourself with the locals many times means getting out of the flashing city lights and exploring small’s towns that are not known to receive hordes of tourists. The tour begins with a beautiful trek to a manmade reservoir. The boats are typically used for cruising between villages, a water taxi of sorts. But it’s more than just a practical mode of transportation, it’s also a peaceful ride through the waters covered with green lily pads. After a boat ride, hop into a bullock cart alongside paddy fields and rural vegetable plantations to a traditional village house, where you will enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch. After an hour or so for lunch, board the Safari Jeep for the return trip to your hotel.

CEYLON TEA FACTORY VISIT

Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. It employs, directly or indirectly, over 1 million people, and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. In addition, tea planting by smallholders is the source of employment for thousands whilst it is also the main form of livelihoods for tens of thousands of families. In 1824 a tea plant was brought (smuggled) to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. Sir James Taylor marked the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon by starting a tea plantation in the Loolecondera estate in Kandy in 1867. He was only 17 when he came to Loolkandura. In 1872 Taylor began operating a fully equipped tea factory on the grounds of the Loolkandura estate and that year the first sale of Loolecondra tea (Loolkandura) was made in Kandy. In 1873, the first shipment of Ceylon tea, a consignment of some 23 lb (10 kg), arrived in London.

HALPEWATTE TEA FACTORY VISIT

Built in 1940,during the British rule,the factory is perched 1,230 meters above sea level in the cool climes of the Uva region,located 200 Kms from Colombo and 6 Kms from Ella, a picturesque little hamlet in the Uva province. The tea factory was acquired by Mr A.P.D Abeyrathne,Chairman of U.H.E Group,in 1970 as a small-scale factory producing only 20,000 kg per month back in the day. In 2008 the factory was named the largest tea producer in Sri Lanka’s Uva region. Within just three and a half decades, it has grown rapidly;from humble beginning with a production capacity of 20,000 kg a month, powered by 15 workers and 2 lorries, to the current impressive turnout of 150,000 kg per month with over 40 lorries collecting tea per day with a man power of over 300 workers. Located 1,230 meters above sea level,Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory is within a short distance from the Halpé Temple and is en-route to Badulla. We pride ourselves of being one of the best tea manufacturers in Sri Lankan and awarded for being one of the largest producers of Ceylon tea.

Surrounded by lush green tea fields, the factory offers a number of activities,from trekking through lush green tea gardens,tea picking,learning tea manufacturing process to finally savoring your own cup to complete the tea journey.

UPPER DIYALUMA FALLS HIKE

Diyaluma Falls is 220 m high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world. Located off the beaten track in the Sri Lankan highlands (about an hour from Ella), Diyaluma falls is home to epic views and some of the best natural infinity pools in the world. hiking downhill through long, dry grass for around 30mins before getting your first glimpse of the upper Diyaluma falls. A short hike further and you are there, standing on what seemed like the edge of the world, watching the cascading water drop 220m to the valley below.

NINE ARCH BRIDE – DEMODARA

It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level. This 99.6ft high bridge is called (Sinhala: Arukku Namaye Palama,) also called the Bridge in the Sky, is a viaduct bridge in Sri Lanka. The surrounding area has seen a steady increase of tourism due to the bridge’s architectural ingenuity and the profuse greenery in the nearby hillsides. Popular rumors suggest that when construction work commenced on the bridge, the Great War began between the empires of Europe and the steel assigned for this site was reallocated to Britain’s War related projects at the battlefront. As a result, the work came to a standstill, leading the locals to build the bridge with stone bricks and cement, but without steel. The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers.

According to one of his grandsons, P.K. Appuhami was born in 1870 and has been a popular drummer and a devil dancer. One day he has lost a drumming competition to another drummer during a “thovil” ceremony and has returned home in the traditional devil costume. At that time the railway was being constructed and the Britisher who saw him in the costume got frightened seeing him near Ohiya Railway Station. But later a relationship was built up between them and Appuhami helped the construction of the railway by supplying labor to the Britisher.

DIVING IN SRI LANKA

Bathed in warm Indian Ocean currents, and with 1600 km of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination. The waters of Sri Lanka are home to an incredible range of marine creatures from massive blue whales all the way through to tiny nudibranch. Sri Lanka has an abundance of great sites to discover including wrecks scattered off the coast – local divers are still discovering new ones. Many of the wrecks are covered in marine life, soft corals, macro critters and large aggregations of schooling fish. October-May is high season for diving the west and south-west coast, and May-October is the best time to dive the north-east coast. With incredible diving, friendly locals, amazing food and top side treasures, Sri Lanka truly offers it all.

VEDDA VILLAGE

The Vedda or Wanniyalaeto, are a minority indigenous group of people in Sri Lanka who, among other sub-communities such as Coast Veddas, Anuradhapura Veddas and Bintenne Veddas, are accorded indigenous status. The Vedda minority in Sri Lanka may become completely assimilated. Most speak Sinhala instead of their indigenous languages, which are nearing extinction. It has been hypothesized that the Vedda were probably the earliest inhabitants of Sri Lanka and have lived on the island since before the arrival of other ethnic groups in India. Veddas are also mentioned in Robert Knox’s history of his captivity by the King of Kandy in the 17th century. Knox described them as “wild men”, but also said there was a “tamer sort”, and that the latter sometimes served in the king’s army.

JUNGLE TREKKING IN HABARANA

Habarana is one of Wildlife hotspots in Sri Lanka are immersed in a colorful historic past. Be accompanied by an expert naturalist who will carefully explain and show you, many wonders of nature around habarana. Habarana is famous for its jungle which is home to many wild Elephants and many other wild life animals. This is an authentic walk you must do. Be accompanied by an expert naturalist who will carefully explain and show you some amazing natural wonders hidden in the depths of this wildlife treasure trove. The lake with its placid waters is a big attraction so be ready to see plenty of birds both endemic and migratory, crocodile basking in the sun, wild Buffalo roaming around and the occasional Elephant, sometimes in herds, with the baby jumbos tagging along.

TREKKING IN KNUCKLES

Knuckles range also called Dumbara mountain range is located off Kandy, in the northern end of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. To the south and east of the mountain range is Mahaweli river basin while to the west are Matale plains. The Knuckles range is one of the loveliest nature attractions of Sri Lanka. The changing terrain of grasslands, rugged mountain peaks interspersed with streams and cascading waterfalls make Knuckles Mountain range that covers an area of 18512 hectares the trekker’s paradise. Knuckles mountain range, a World heritage Conservation Area that affords intriguing trekking possibilities, is still to a greater extent untouched zone of significant natural beauty and biodiversity. The serious trekkers and biodiversity enthusiasts would even take up a three-day hike of 40 plus km trek with a guide.

Popular hiking trails are Mini world’s end from Deanston; Trail to Dothalugala from Deanston; Trail to Nitro Caves from Corbtt’s Gap; Trail to Augallena cave via Thangappuwa from Corbett’s Gap; Trail to Kalupahana from “Meemure” village.

STREET FOOD COLOMBO

Sri Lankan meals have gained global popularity with their blend of fiery spices, creamy curries, rich flavors and unique textures. The scrumptious dishes of Sri Lankan cuisine provide the country’s visitors with exotic eating experiences. Walk down any street, it’s not hard to find a shop or tiny kiosk churning out snacks or Sri Lankan rice and curry. Famous Sri Lankan Kottu can be found in any of the street shops in Colombo.

FLYING RAVANA

Flying Ravana Adventure Park is one-of-a-kind experience available in Sri Lanka, located amidst the luscious green estates of Ella. The two-wire zip-line stretches for more than half a kilometer, slides at a maximum speed of 80kmph, and offers a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful hills of the island. Get on board at Mini Adam’s Peak and fly over iconic tea estates and lush greenery overlooking the famous Ella Gap. Ziplines and our instructors are certified by European Rope Course Association (ERCA) for maximum passenger safety. The adventure park is exclusively designed for adventure enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies who prefer a not-so-ordinary hillside experience, offering ATV/quad bike rides, Abseiling, Archery, and Air rifling for a gripping outdoor experience.


TUK TUK RIDE

Tuk tuks are readily available for quick transfers from point A to B while many of the locals are seen making use of this generous little auto mobile. However, as of late, tourists too have embraced this method of transportation due to its convenience and availability. At first, the entire experience might seem a little daunting but once you get over all your doubts, you will surely feel at ease.