Travel number: 131
Private Sri Lanka Trip in the Months of November to April
18 days Multi Active Cultural Tours
Number of participants: from 2 participants
Requirements: 4 von 10
Enjoy activities in the form of hikes and bike rides and enjoy being introduced to Sri Lankan culture with your own guide.
For the hikes to the Adams summit and in the Horton Plains you have to start 2 times in a row quite early. All activities are optional.
We have two great Sri Lanka trips in the program. Since Sri Lanka is under the influence of the two monsoons Yala (southwest monsoon) and Maha Northeast Monsoon), Sri Lanka can be traveled all year round – only in certain regions. If it is rainy on the west coast through the southwest monsoon, the east coast has a dry climate. Therefore, we have two multi-active Sri Lanka trips in the program. One for the summer months from May to October and this one for the winter months from November to April.
These trips are designed as private trips (but can also be organized as group trips) in which you can explore the island in the vehicle and with your own driver/guide. We have incorporated as many active elements as possible such as sightseeing bike tours, hikes, windsurfing, safaris and also a cooking class.
The Tours are a harmonious mixture of culture, nature, recreation and movement.
The trips are, of course, flexible program suggestions that can be adapted to your wishes.
We offer you the trip in three different hotel categories.
Here a small Article about Sri Lanka written by Sarah
|1||Arrival – Negombo
Approx Distance : 08 km Approx time : 20 mins
Welcome upon arrival by our Representative at the Bandaranayke International Airport & transfer to the hotel in Negombo, the modest city by the beach frequented by locals and tourists alike! Today the city is lovingly known as the “Little Rome” owing to the high population of Catholics in the city.
Check in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Negombo.
Authentic Sri Lankan Experience: Negombo is where you could find the freshest, yummiest seafood in Sri Lanka. Maybe, you would want to try some out.
Check in to the hotel and relax
|2||Negombo – Anuradhapura
Sightseeing Tour by Bike
Approx Distance : 170 km Approx time : 3 Hrs 30 mins
After finishing your enjoyable breakfast and drive to visit Anuradhapura Sacred boo tree and make the rest of your city tour in Anuradhapura by bicycle.
Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is a rare treasure trove with stories untold and histories to unfold. Become the daring explorer, the adventurous youngster or the curious archeologist as you tour around our city of glory!
Branded as a sacred city among the devoted Buddhists, the city is one of the most evocative sights in South East Asia. It is speckled with high rising white dagobas and stupas, all proud creations of the great monarchs that used to rule the land. Among the many fascinating ancient ruins are huge b fell-shaped stupas built of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces, and ancient drinking-water reservoirs. Statues of Lord Buddha stand as evidence of the country’s religious affiliations since the past. Each monument carries its own significant tale, a story worth knowing and remembering The frequent religious ceremonies that draw in throngs of devotees give Anuradhapura a vibrancy which makes the onlookers nostalgic of the days gone by. There are countless sights to see at Anuradhapura out of which Ruwanweliseya , the Brazen Palace , Sri Maha Bodhiya , Mirisevetiya , Abhyagiriya , Jethavanaramaya , Thuparamaya and Isurumuniya come at the top of the list Walk under the shade of the Sri Maha Bodhiya, the sacred tree that grew to be one of the oldest tress in the world. It is recorded in history that the sapling for the tree was brought from the very tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
|3||Anuradhapura – Sigiriya
Climbing Sigiriya Rock
Approx Distance : 75km Approx time : 01 Hrs 30 mins
After breakfast leave to Sigiriya, and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Rightly called a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the unofficial 8th world wonder, Sigiriya is a monument that provides one of the most dramatic sceneries in all of Sri Lanka overlooking acres of green jungles. The giant lion paws at the summit leads to the top of the cairn, a palace in the sky. As you step between the lion paws, imagine yourself entering the wide open mouth of a lion, the carving hewn out of the face of Sigiriya, no more to be seen after so many centuries. The palace soon became a courtly paradise of elegant pavilions set amid gardens and pools. To this day the most advanced technological apparatus and scientists are left baffled of the mechanics behind the hydraulic systems of the ponds at the water gardens still functioning perfectly. Could it be a valve through the interior of the rock or an act of God? The mystery still remains.
The climb to the top could be weary but the sight it offers is worth the sweat. Acres and acres of greenery and the clear blue sky above you will be breath taking! If you wish not to climb to the very top, the gardens and ponds at the summit of the rocky boulder would offer a satisfying sight as well.
Check in to the hotel at cultural Triangle to relax and the overnight stay.
|4||Sigiriya – Habarana
Approx Distance : 15km Approx time : 20 mins
After breakfast Go all local as you enter the village of Habarana, as a galore of live-it local experiences are yours to try! Make a village tour in a bullock cart, one of the oldest modes of transport which is still prevalent in certain parts of the island. Step off the cart to start a hike across the village through the paddy fields and through home gardens. At each step of your way you will be met with a genuine smile of the unpretentious villagers. Walk along the banks of the lake until you meet your next mode of transportation; a Canoe ride. Paddle through the lake on the home made Canoe as you watch small exotic birds hopping from one aquatic plant to another. You will be invited to a cup of tea. Here you have the opportunity to experience the local cooking guided by a lady. Let yourself learn the traditional ways of cooking a delicious and an equally enticing Sri Lankan meal in clay pots over an open hearth. Enjoy Sri Lankan village lunch.
Evening at Leisure or Make a leisurely walk in the village in the evening and meet more friendly locals.
Enjoy your evening with a Ayurvedic Massage
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
|5||Habarana – Polonnaruwa
Sightseeing Tour by Bike
Approx. Distance :60 km Approx. time : 01 Hrs
After a leisurely breakfast visit Polonnaruwa and the village by bicycle, the next majestic city in 11th Century BC, after Anuradhapura. The glories of the past heyday is still visible in the archaeological treasures unearthed and resurrected. From the tall statue assumed to be of the Great King Parakramabahu to the famed Parakrama Samudraya which is as extensive as an ocean, Polonnaruwa has it all in a compact core. The glories of the past heyday is still visible in the archaeological treasures unearthed and resurrected. From the tall statue assumed to be of the Great King Parakramabahu to the famed Parakrama Samudraya which is as extensive as an ocean, Polonnaruwa has it all in a compact core.
Evening at leisure & overnight stay and dinner in Habarana.
|6||Habarana – Dambulla – Matale – Knuckles
Spice Garden Visit
Approx Distance : 160 km Approx time : 4 Hrs 30 mins
After breakfast, Start your trip towards Knuckles. On your way, visit the Dambulla’s famed Royal Cave Temple. Iconic Sri Lankan image with its spectacular Buddha-filled interior– one with which you will be familiar long before setting foot in Sri Lanka. The caves which were a safe haven to King Walagamba in time of his exile away from his own kingdom due to the South Indian invasion, was converted to a rock cave temple to show his gratefulness. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry and the splendid statues along with the colorful paintings are safeguarded from the environmental adversaries. Uncover a magical treasure box of Buddhist sculptures and paintings at Dambulla, the biggest and oldest rock cave temple of Lanka, showcasing the aesthetic mastery of our ancestors. The golden statues of the Buddha are evidence of the reverence the Buddhists had since the bygone era. The paintings on the walls will unfold many stories from the past and the life of Buddha.
Afterwards visit a Traditional Spice Garden in Matale and continue your journey to Knuckles. In Spice garden, you will be able to learn more about the typical spices of the island and their use in Sri Lanka kitchens. There you will learn about the production of Vanilla, Chocolate, Pepper, Cinnamon, etc.
Overnight stay and dinner in Knuckles
After breakfast, visit to the Knuckles Mountain Range in form of a full day hike. The mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka in the Districts of Matale and Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. Whilst this name was assigned by early British surveyors, the Sinhalese residents have traditionally referred to the area as Dumbara Kanduvetiya meaning Mist-laden Mountain Range (Cooray, 1984).
The higher montain area is often robed in thick layers of cloud. In addition to its aesthetic value, the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic microcosm of the rest of Sri Lanka as the conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited in the massif At higher elevations there is a series of isolated cloud forests, harbouring a variety of flora and fauna. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island’s total area, it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity. The isolated Knuckles range harbours several relict, endemic flora and fauna that are distinct from central massif. More than 34 percent of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees, shrubs, and herbs are only found in these forests. Return to hotel and Overnight Stay, and dinner at Knuckles.
|8||Knuckles – Kandy
Approx Distance : 40 km Approx time : 02 Hrs
After Leisurely Breakfast, leave for Kandy. At Kandy make a city tour and Visit the Temple of the tooth relic. The delicate hill country breeze will kiss you as you begin your walk up to the Temple of the Tooth joining many more devotees clad in white, eagerly waiting their turn to hail the holy paragon. Legend says that the tooth relic was brought into the Kandy during the Portuguese era, hidden within the hair of Princess Hemamala accompanied by Prince Dantha. Since that day the holy tooth relic has been guarded as one of the most sacred objects of Buddhists in the country.
Enjoy the truly unwise and ambiance of Kandy, and its sublime climate.
Overnight stay and dinner in Kandy
|9||Kandy – Kithulgala – Adam’s Peak
Approx Distance : 110 km Approx time : 04 Hrs
Breakfast at the hotel & leave to Kithulgala. Kithulgala is where the Oscar winning movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed. For those who love adventure like you, white water rafting could be arranged at Kithulgala, down river Kelani, Sri Lanka’s second largest river. White Water Rafting in Kithulgala, the best and only location for White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka.
Afterwards drive to Adam’s Peak and relax in the hotel and Dinner.
|10||Adam’s Peak – Nuwara Eliya
Climbing Adam’s Peak
Approx Distance : 75 km Approx time : 02 Hrs 30 mints
This tall conical mountain in central Sri Lanka is tightly wrapped in legends and lore as much as it is wrapped in white mist! The ascent to heaven begins in the dark with strings of light illuminating the path to the top. The strong, the young, the old and the weak assisted by their loved ones all make their way up the 5500 stairs devoutly to be among the many to worship the legendary foot print that has drawn so much attention.
Religious devotion aside, the alp offers the most glorious view of the sunrise to the gathered. Each pilgrim and visitor plans their scale in order to be at the top by the time the sun’s first light rays peak behind the clouds serenading a brand new day. Its view does not fail to send a quiver of anticipation and longing through most of the people giving you an unforgettable moment in life to cherish forever. The 4 major rivers in the island Mahaweli, the longest river, Kalu, Kelani and Walawe rivers all begin their long journeys from the top of the Adam’s peak. Here is a wonder that should not be missed and should be at the top of your holiday bucket list!
Climb the Mountain at very early Moring to Capture a Mind Blowing Moment belongs to the nature at Sunrise.
Afterwards continue your journey to Nuwara Eliya. Travel to the heart of the country at the highest elevation to reach the rolling clouds above you. Nicknamed “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya harbors many British colonial buildings and architectural wonders to be christened so.
Visit a tea plantation & tea factory to see how the authentic Ceylon tea is grown and processed.
Evening at leisure in the hotel and stay overnight with Dinner in Nuwara Eliya.
|11||Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Ella
Hike, Train Ride
Approx Distance : 78 km Approx time : 03 Hrs
Set off to Horton Plains. For the naturalist at heart, the plains offer a diverse selection of fauna and flora. From the random red flower blooming in a corner behind a rock to the frequent sambar deer, the plain teems with biodiversity. Besides the often talked about sambar deer, there are elusive leopards that rarely leave their secret hiding spots and endemic purple-faced langur. This plateau is suitable for passionate bird watching, giving home to some rare endemic species.
The 9.4 km hike could be long and exhilarating and best suits those with strong endurance. For those who do complete the trek a glorious sight awaits at the ‘World’s end’. This is a 4000 feet straight vertical drop! On a clear day the ranges of mountains shrouded with mist surrounds the visitor. Far away below lie the cities and its people, unaware that trekkers are looking at them from above – though neither people nor their houses would be visible from that altitude.
The trek across the vast expanse would be the longest and could leave you exhausted but you will equally be exhilarated at having achieved your destination and the beauty surrounding you would only compliment your achievement adding more memories for you to cherish your life.
After visiting Hortan Plains make a short distance scenic train ride among the lush green tea covered mountains from Nuwara Eliya to Ella.
This part of Sri Lanka has become a must visit place for a relaxing stay amongst foreigners and locals alike because of the charm that is found within the small city. Ella is a paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. This sleepy mountain village, with a view, is the perfect base for relaxing, whilst also offering lots of fantastic walks through tea plantations to temples and waterfalls. Ella with its perfect climate soothes your mind and makes your day to day anxieties feel a world away.
Check in to Hotel at Ella and Relax and have Dinner.
|12||Ella – Yala
Approx Distance : 88 km Approx time : 02 Hrs
After breakfast Continue your trip Towards Yala. In afternoon make a jeep safari in Yala. It is Home to the largest population of leopards in the world, Yala National Park is a UNESCO endorsed world heritage site. An on excursion in the wild abode a jeep cruising through the varied terrains you will spot leopards, elephants, grey languor, sloth bears, golden jackals and so much more terrestrial inhabitants while white bellied sea eagles, grey headed fishing eagles, crested serpent eagles along with countless other birds dot the sky and the tree tops.
Your local guide has hawk eyes to predict and locate where the elusive leopard might be. “there, there!’ he’ll point in one direction to show you the leopard having an afternoon siesta perched on boughs of a tree or basking in the sun sprawled over a rocky boulder.
Check in to the hotel and relax and have Dinner.
|13||Yala – Mirissa
Approx Distance : 140 km Approx time : 03 Hrs
After breakfast at the hotel, make a jeep safari in the Morning and drive to Mirissa
Check in to the hotel and relax and have Dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel hotel and Make an early morning excursion for whale watching in the deep sea. Leave the docks in the wee hours of the morning to beat the sun and behold a magnificent sight of these creatures awaiting your arrival. Snap, snap, snap many pictures freezing this magical moment in time adding it to your memories in the beautiful island.
Overnight stay and dinner in Mirissa
|Mirissa – Galle – Beach Hotel
Approx Distance : 112 km Approx time : 02 Hrs 30 mins
After breakfast, visit Galle. Home to the most coveted, largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers, Galle is the administrative center of the Southern province. The coastal city is one of the main attractions because of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO Heritage site. Galle was a buzzing focal point for traders since kings’ times. It was here the Portuguese first stepped on our island and worked their way towards colonialization of our country. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. There are more wonders to behold in Galle.
Away from the city stands proudly Sri Lanka’s oldest light station dating back to 1848. The lighthouse was originally built by the British to guide the sailors back home Its brightly burning yellow light was a beacon towards safety for the mariners on board longing to return to their family and loved ones. Basking on the coast of Sri Lanka in the bay of Galle, the Fort was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 before being extensively fortified by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. The garrison is to date the best preserved fortification with architectural influence from 3 major nations; Portuguese that originally built it, Dutch under whose period it reached its zenith and the British that renovated it. When it comes to fortified towns, nothing can compare to the Galle Dutch Fort.
And drive to your beach resort.
Overnight and Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel and enjoy safe swimming within marked flagged areas; the waves kick up farther out, making good surfing conditions.
Visit turtle hatchery and mask factory.
Overnight stay in your beach resort with Dinner.
Relax by the beach
Overnight stay and dinner in Beruwala
|18||Beach – Airport
Approx Distance : 100 km Approx time : 01 Hrs 30 mins
Breakfast at the Hotel. Afterwards be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight home or continue your beach stays.
- Complete transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Own English-language guide/driver
- All mentioned accommodations with half board in a double room
- Entrance fees and activities:
- Anuradhapura Bicycle Sightseeing
- Sigiriya Rock Fort
- Dambulla Temple Caves
- Village Visit and Cooking Class in Habarana
- Polonnaruwa City Tour and Village Tour by bike with Lunch
- Full-day hike in Knuckles with guide and lunch
- 2 Jeep Safaries at Yala NP
- Dance show
- Tooth relict temple in Kandy
- Rafting in Kithulgala
- Horton Plains National Park Hike
- Train ride Horton Plains to Ella
- Whale Observation
- Surfing in Beruwala
- Masks Factory
- Turtle breeding station
Not included services
- Early Check In/Late Check Out
- Lunch, Snacks, Drinks
- personal expenses
- Safari in Habarana or other unmentioned activities
- International flight
- Visa (apply here easily)
This trip is possible as a private trip from November to April in three different categories.
Of course, the trip can also be shortened and extended and adapted to your wishes. Please contact us.
Hotel list (or similar)
|Day||Standard accommodation (also homestays and inns)||3 Star Hotels||4 Star Hotels Hotels|
|Day 01||Paradise Holiday Village||Paradise Beach||Club Palm Bay|
|Day 02||Thilaka City Hotel||Miridiya Lake||Palm Garden Village|
|Day 03||Lario Resort||Saunter paradise||The Paradise Resort|
|Day 04||Lario Resort||Saunter paradise||The Paradise Resort|
|Day 05||Lario Resort||Saunter paradise||The Paradise Resort|
|Day 06||Walikanda Villa||Walikanda Villa||Walikanda Villa|
|Day 07||Walikanda Villa||Walikanda Villa||Walikanda Villa|
|Day 08||Travelers Nest||Randholee Resort 4*||Randholee Resort|
|Day 09||Wathsala Inn||Wathsala Inn||Wathsala Inn|
|Day 10||Heaven Seven Hotel 3*||Heaven Seven Hotel||Galway Heights|
|Day 11||Ella Mount Heaven||Ella Mount Heaven||Morning Dew|
|Day 12||Wills Safari Hotel||Rice of Life by Tissa Inn||Mandara Rosen|
|Day 13||Jaga Bay||Paradise Beach club||Mandara Resort|
|Day 14||Jaga Bay||Paradise Beach club||Mandara Resort|
|Day 15||Ypsylon Tourist Resort||Joes Bentota||The Palms|
|Day 16||Ypsylon Tourist Resort||Joes Bentota||The Palms|
|Day 17||Ypsylon Tourist Resort||Joes Bentota||The Palms|
|Price per person in Euro:|
|2- 3 participants||4 – 7 participants||8 – 14 participants||High season supplement from 15 Dec to 15 Jan|
|Standard accommodations||1605||1410||1380||10 €/night|
|3 Star Hotels||1790||1595||1560||15 €/night|
|4 Star Hotels||1925||1730||1710||20 €/night|
|Single room||270||370||485||In addition, extra costs apply for Christmas and New Year’s Eve|
We welcome you on a beautiful island in Sri Lanka. The proud history of the island of over 2500 years and the breathtaking variety of landscapes will conquer your heart and soul like no other destination. May the time you spend on the island be filled with exciting experiences.
What will impress you most about Sri Lanka is the amazing variety of landscapes. It is possible to explore bright green rice fields, sun-tanned beaches, destroyed towns, small lively villages, near desert regions, wildlife reserves in tropical jungles and tea plantations in the hills literally within a few hours.
Ancient Sanskrit literature refers to Sri Lanka as “Singhalesian” – island of The Sinhalese. The people with this name have inhabited this island since the earliest history. Traditions recorded in Sri Lanka’s historical chronicles go back to the exiled North Indian prince Vijay and his entourage, who settled on the island in the 6th century. The Sinhalese kingdom was founded.
However, the oldest known civilization dates back to 380 BC, when Anuradhapura (205 km from Colombo) was founded as its first capital. After the advent of Buddhism in the 3rd century BC, a civilization rich in Indo-Aric culture developed. It produced the big cities with their “dagabas”, which compare the pyramids of the Egyptian palaces and amusement gardens, the rich art and architecture and the gigantic irrigation works, many of which are still in use today.
With the invasion from neighboring southern India, the power base shifted to Polonnaruwa (101 km southeast of Anuradhapura) and to other cities such as Dambadeniya, Kurunegala, Kotte and Kandy. In the 16th century, with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505, the island had its first known encounter with the merchants and colonial masters of the West. This was followed by a period of almost 500 years during which the island came under the control and influence of the colonial rulers Portuguese, Dutch and British. While the Portuguese and Dutch ruled the coastal regions for about 150 years, the British established complete control of the island with the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. They, too, ruled for 150 years before the country became independent again in 1948. The effects of many cultures over the centuries have led to the rich diversity of the country’s culture, of which many testimonies are present today. The island’s economy is traditionally based on agriculture with rice as its main food. Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg and pepper have been exported since time immemorial, as have precious stones and even peacocks and elephants. With Western commercial influence, Rice gave way to money harvesting until the British made tea the foundation of the economy. The new boost in the economy lies in exports to the export-oriented industry. Agriculture is now being revived. Non-traditional exports of clothing, seafood, foliage, cut flowers and tropical fish, as well as the value-adding agribusiness, have contributed to Sri Lanka’s economic progress in recent years.
The people of Sri Lanka have different races and religions. The majority are Sinhalese, who are Buddhists, while among the minorities the Tamils, mainly Hindus, are the largest, followed by the Moors who follow Islam and a sharply decreasing number of citizens descended from the Portuguese and Dutch, Christians are a considerable number of Christians among the Sinhalese and Tamils.
Although the country and its people are well on the way to modernization, they value most of their tradition and are proud of their rich culture. One aspect that continues to attract visitors from abroad is the beauty and diversity of the landscape as well as the warmth and hospitality of the people.
An island of approx. 65,610 km² Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of the Indian coast. It is located between 5 ° 55′ – 9 ° 55′ north of the equator and between the eastern longitudes 79 ° 42′ – 81 ° 52′.
Warm and beautiful all year round it is in Sri Lanka. Average temperatures are around 27 ° C in Colombo and decreases by about 10° towards the mountain region. The island has two rainy seasons: between May and July in the southwest and December / January in the northeast. Climatically, Sri Lanka does not have a low season. Brightly sunny warm days are the norm and are also common in the western season. Sea temperatures are usually 27 ° C.
Nearly 20.97 million (2015), 7.5 Sinhalese, 11.9 SL Tamils, 4.6 Ind. Tamils 8.3 Moors, 0.3 Malaysians, 0.2 citizens and 0.2 others. Literacy rate averages 90.01 – one of the highest in Asia. (2001).
Predominantly Buddhism, but also Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
Understanding is rarely a problem, as English is understood in all parts of the country. Place names and signs are in the local language and often in English. Official languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English. National language – Sinhala and Tamil.
Sri Lanka’s standard time is 5 1/2 hours before Greenwich.
Filtered water and mineral water as well as bottled drinking water are available. The yellow king coconut is a popular thirst quencher and the most welcome drink is of course a hot cup of tea.
- light and airy clothing covering the body, especially in women should be covered shoulders and legs
- Clothes to change due to the warm and humid climate
- Headgear as sun protection
- For the mountain regions a light jacket and a sweater
- Comfortable Yoga Clothes
- light hiking boots, short hiking pants, breathable t-shirts
- Sandals and/or flip-flops
- Pocket knife
- Travel pharmacy (water purification tablets, patches/dressing material, broad-spectrum antibiotic, anti-inflammatory cream, malaria profile axe, acute diarrhoea, medications for pain, fever and travel sickness)
- Insect repellent
- Mosquito net for Southern India
- Toilet paper/wet wipes (partly also available in India)
- Passport and visa copy
- Cash in Euro/ Traveller Checks