The Backpackers Budget Package

Holiday Highlight: Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions

Colombo - Commercial hub and capital of Sri Lanka.

Kandy - The last capital of the ancient kings' era.

Dambulla – A UNESCO world heritage site.

Nuwera Eliya – Misty Hills called Little England of Sri Lanka.

Yala – Spectacular Wildlife and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world.

Galle - An exquisite city filled with colonial Dutch and Portuguese history and architecture and once a major port.

Additionals: Visit to Turtle Hatchery.

Day 1 – Arrival Bandaranaiyake International Airport to Colombo

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Upon arrival at the Colombo International Airport – you will be greeted by a Life is a Trip representative and taken to a guest house in Colombo for a good days/night’s rest.

Overnight stay at a guest house in Colombo - Meal Plan :B & B

Day 2 – Colombo - The City Buzz

Colombo - Situated in the western province of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the island's capital. Diverse and vibrant, the city is the administrative and economic center of the country. It is said that the name Colombo was first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505 and is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name 'Kolon thota' (port on the river Kelani) or 'Kola-amba-thota' (harbor with leafy mango trees). The history of the city itself dates to the 5th century. Due to its prime location on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo grew as a seaport for trade between Asia and the West. It was used by the Moors, Romans, Arabs, Persians, and Chinese ships for the island's much sought after cinnamon and gems. The city offers historical monuments, colonial architecture, beaches, and fine dining and shopping.

Your Itinerary in Colombo – This morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will take you around Colombo on a journey to visit the Colombo Museum (approx. 1 hour), do some shopping (approx. 1 hour), lunch is at a Restaurant which is Colombo’s best kept secrets and meet up with Colombo City Walks in the evening for a foot trip and a picturesque look at Colombo city.  Your transport will be either by a Metered tuk, tuk/ Bus inside the city. Our lovely guide will know the best mode of transport around this city. For lunch let us sample Sri Lankan Seafood Kothu Rotti at a local small café.  Later on in the day we would recommend dropping by at the Checkerboard pub at the Galle Face Hotel for drinks while watching a picturesque sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Overnight at budget price guest house - Meal Plan: B & B

Day 3 – Colombo to Kandy – Home to the Relic Tooth of Buddha

Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka's hill capital is sometimes acclaimed as the most beautiful city in the island. It is surrounded by a range of mountains and enjoys a cooler climate than most cities in Sri Lanka.  The city's history dates back to the 5th cent. B.C. Kandy was temporarily occupied by the Portuguese (16th century) and the Dutch (18th century) but as a stronghold, it remained free until 1815, when the British captured it and exiled the last king to India. The main part of the city overlooks a scenic artificial lake built by the last king of Kandy in 1806. Near the lake is the Temple of the Tooth, said to house one of Buddha's teeth. The relic, has made Kandy a pilgrimage and tourist attraction.

Your itinerary in Kandy - We leave to Kandy this morning, travelling by train.  The fast-moving Intercity Express is a two and a half hour journey from Colombo to Kandy is one of the most spectacular train rides ever taken. In Kandy we visit the Dalada Maligawa, visiting Gem museum, Batik factory, Kandyan art and craft center, Silk showroom, upper lake view of Kandy temple, have lunch at a restaurant in town and take a stroll in the Botanical Gardens Peradeniya. In the evening we take you to watch a spectacular cultural dance. Transport around Kandy will be in a tuk tuk/bus. For lunch we will go to a  popular eatery called White House in Kandy town. Here you can eat a delicious Lumprais – This is a Sri Lankan Dutch Burgher delicacy that is very popular with the Sri Lankans. It consists of rice baked in Banana Leaves which includes a variety of mixture of vegetable curries, chicken and a boiled egg. A must try.

Overnight at a guest house in Kandy - Meal Plan: B & B

Day 4 – Kandy to Dambula – Well preserved Buddhist Murals of the 18th Century

This morning, we proceed to Dambulla, which is the centre of the cultural Triangle and is in close proximity to all cultural archaeological cities in the island. It is a city which has a great and glamorous value not only towards the history and the heritage of Sri Lanka but for Sri Lanka‘s tourist industry. Dambulla is famous among tourists for its wonderful cave temple complex of 2nd century BC. Dambulla is a part of the Sri Lanka tourism Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO. Major tourist attractions of the Dambulla include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka.

Your itinerary in Dambulla: After breakfast at the hotel/villa, we take a bus from the Kandy Bus terminal to Dambulla – the bus stops for a café break one and a half hours from Dambulla.  A note about the Bus Ride: In order to give you a real public transport experience, we are going to board a normal bus in typical Asian fashion -Bus travel in Sri Lanka does make an interesting experience, one that will last a lifetime.. We reach Dambulla we take a tuk tuk to visit the Golden and Cave Temples. After visiting the Temples –We can have a delicious lunch of rice and curry Sri Lankan style  in one of the many small but clean restaurants around Dambulla Town and proceed back to Kandy to spend the rest of the day in Kandy at leisure.

Overnight at the guest house in Kandy - Meal Plan: B &B

Day 5 – Kandy to Nuwera Eliya – Little England and Tea Country

Today we visit the Hill Country of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor half-timbering.  Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo.

Your itinerary for Nuwera Eliya: Start off the day with breakfast and we leave to the railway station in time to take the train (train reaches at 11 a.m. so if you need to do some last minute shopping in Kandy town, your welcome to do so: our guide can take you to points of interests to shop and we can then head to Peradeniya in time for the train).

We take the Podi Menike train, which starts from Colombo but goes via Peradeniya to Nanu Oya.  The Train from Peradeniya takes three hours to complete its journey to Nanu Oya as it winds its way cautiously along the single track passing pretty hillsides carpeted with neat regimental rows of tea bushes. The train trip between Kandy and  Nanu Oya will give you the opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful landscape. Make sure you do pack plenty of warm clothes as well as normal cloths because due to its elevation, Nuwera Eliya’s temperature is considerably low compared to the rest of the country and by night can become quite chilly.

When we reach Nanu Oya we take a tuk tuk to Nuwera Eliya where we trek around Nuwera Eliya town visiting the Bail Bazaar, briefly walk past the Nuwera Eliya Golf Club, have a look at the Racecourse which has the oldest racetrack in the country which goes as far back as the British period and have a strawberry treat at Adma Agro Restaurant. This restaurant, located close to Lake Gregory, has an exclusive menu based on strawberries.

After lunch, we proceed to take a look at a Tea Factory - The closest tea factory from the Holiday Resort of Nuwera Eliya is at Pedro Estate. It is only a ten minute drive from NE on the Kandapola Road. Pedro Estate is also home for Sri Lanka’s tallest peak, Mount Pedro. Pedro Estate has a beautiful Tea Center and fittingly named as ‘The Lovers’ Leap.’ During the Nuwara Eliya Tourist Season (April-May) this place is fully crowded with visitors both local and foreign.  Interestingly, Lovers’ Leap is the first and only tea garden owned by James Taylor, the Pioneer of Tea Industry in Sri Lanka.

We return to Nuwera Eliya and the rest of the day is spent at leisure in Nuwera Eliya.

Overnight at a guest house in Nuwera Eliya - Meal Plan: B&B

Day 6 – Nuwera Eliya - A visit to Worlds End Nuwera Eliya and proceed to Sri Lankas buzzing capital city Colombo

This morning, we leave very early after breakfast to view Hortain Plains ( ideally 7.30 a.m.), we drive Twenty miles south of Nuwara Elyia, approx. a half an hour’s drive by tuk tuk/take a bus, to the Horton Plains National Park, which is well-known for its amazing viewpoint called The World’s End. Baker’s Falls will be the first stop during our three-hour trek around Horton Plains. Fed by the Belihul Oya river, this wide waterfall drops about 20 meters. A bit further up the path, you will arrive at the World’s End, one of the most famous sights in all of Sri Lanka. The highlands come to an abrupt end here, as though God suddenly ran out of “mountain”. The land plummets straight down for nearly a kilometer, and standing on the cliff looking down on the land below, one would feel like they were in an airplane.

After viewing at the Worlds End we proceed to Colombo by train – we spend the evening at leisure in Colombo.

Overnight stay at a guest house in Colombo - Meal Plan – B & B

Day 7 – Colombo to Galle – Portuguese and Dutch History

Today we visit Galle. Galle is an exquisite city filled with colonial Dutch and Portuguese history and architecture and once a major port. The imposing Fort is a tourist's treasure; it houses the national Maritime Museum, the National museum and the more recent (1938) lighthouse. The Fort overlooks the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and it is easy to get lost in its atmosphere, rich with memories of a bygone era. Galle, famous for its lace, is filled with priceless crafts and antique treasures like jewellery, ceramics, and Dutch period furniture and brass work. The little city of Galle is a fascinating stop, not just for historians, but for anyone interested in learning more about Sri Lanka's historical experience.

In Galle we will visit the following:

  • Dutch Museum: The Dutch Museum which is housed in a restored Dutch mansion of the time contains paintings, prints, documents, furniture and ceramics from the Dutch colonial era.
  • Dutch Reformed Church: Built by a Dutch Army officer at the site of a previous Portuguese church and completed in 1754 the church is situated close to the new entrance to the fort. The church contains record of marriages since 1748 and baptism
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk through the cobbled stone pathways of the massive Dutch influenced fort, which also is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After visiting Galle, we proceed to A Turtle Hatchery and we take a tuk tuk to reach there - Turtle hatcheries are operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka.

They were established to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Nine hatcheries are found in the district of Galle.  We head back to Galle for our overnight stay.

Overnight stay at a guest house in Galle - Meal Plan: B & B

Day 8 – To the Airport from Galle via Southern Highway and bid farewell to paradise

After Breakfast, your Transport will arrive to take you to the airport via the newly constructed highway, and we bid adieu to YOU - our Royal guests - it was a pleasure - we hope you carry back pleasant memories of a land filled with helpful and smiling people and a culture rich with history and diversity! Ayubowan!

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