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Roads run north through the spectacular Ella Gap to the Hill Country, south to Tissamaharama and the coast, east to the coast and west to Colombo.


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colombo to Hikkaduwa by car

Etymology[edit] The name Hikkaduwa is thought to have been derived from the two words Ship Kaduwa, with Ship being the shorter version of Shilpaya which refers to knowledge in Sinhalese and Kaduwa which means sword. It is believed therefore that the name Hikkaduwa means sword of knowledge. Transport[edit] Hikkaduwa is located on the Coastal or Southern Rail Line (connecting Colombo through to Matara). It is also located on the A2 highway, connecting Colombo to Wellawaya, which runs mostly parallel to the shore, through the town. Economy[edit] Hikkaduwa's beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing. The town was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's television show No Reservations.Hikkaduwa was affected by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake along with nearby villages Telwatta, Paraliya (Queen of the Sea rail disaster), Dodanduwa, Kahawa and Rathgama. In the aftermath of the tsunami, many of the families who had lost everything were given sewing machines as part of the relief operations. As a result, the town has a multitude of tailors who will custom make shirts, pants, and shorts. Attractions[edit] • Hikkaduwa beach - reputed as the second best surfing spot in Sri Lanka. • Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary - located a few hundred metres offshore. The sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi-coloured corals.

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Wellawaya Sri Lanka

• Early in the morning (approx 7.30 am) visit secret waterfall and spend couple of hours relaxing and enjoying amazing nature Ella Wall Fall is a small waterfall located in Wellawaya. Trek through a thick jungle, approximately 5 km away from the main town and you’ll find yourself face to face with this cascading beauty. With a natural pool at the base, it’s the ideal place for a refreshingly, cold bath right after your walk. • Rural chena experience, organic farm, cooking demostration and traditional Sri Lankan lunch Chena is the oldest form of cultivation on the island, with a history dating back 5000 years. This traditional practice was most commonly used by ancient Sri Lankans who cultivated land while ensure the environment was unharmed. The rain-fed lands that grew their crops of vegetables, grains, cereals and greens were known as Chena. A traditional lunch made in the remote village will give you the most authentic experience of Sri Lankan cuisine. Indulge in the rich spices and tantalizing flavours and you savour the delights of a local meal. • Buduruwagala Temple visit Most famous for having the tallest statue of Lord Buddha, the Buduruwagala Temple is a historic site that dates back to the 10th century. The statue towers approximately 51 feet in height. In addition, there are seven other statues located here, and hence its name translates to the ‘rock of Buddhist Sculptures’.  • Elephants at Hapanagala Tank Wildlife lovers will seek great joy in visiting the Handapanagala Tank. Located roughly 16 km from the main town, the tank is fed by the Kirindi Oya and attracts plenty of wildlife during the drought season, especially wild elephants! Visit early evening for a chance to spot these gentle giants frolic and enjoy the true beauty of nature. • Bird watching  Sri Lanka is blessed with a wide range of colorful birds; both migratory and endemic to the island. Grab your binoculars and get read to embark on a bird watching expedition.  • Night walk A quiet stroll in the night will introduce you to a different side of the island. From croaking frogs to chattering crickets, there’s a lot that goes bump in the night here! • Village walk Enjoy rural village walk in the morning and visit local houses of lovely smiling local people, see how they live and their traditional livelihood. It would be really nice and memorable in your journey to rustic Sri Lanka. Overnight stay at Jetwing Kaduruketha, bed & breakfast basis

$55 Outdoor Activities

Ella

. • 7.00 am – Pick up from the hotel near Ella, Wellawaya, Haputale and Bandarawela. • 8.00 am – Start the hike to Ella rock. En-route enjoy refreshments snacks and either king coconut or Ceylon tea. The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must! • 11.30 am – depart for Demodara 9 arch bridge. The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the  island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high.  • 1.00 pm – lunch • Start the hike for Little Adam’s peak. You will have refreshments on top of mountain while enjoying endless green views across south coast and sunset. Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening,  • 5.30 pm – Drop off to the hotel

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Best Things To Do In Ella - 3 Icon Trekking Tour

• 7.00 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella, Wellawaya, Haputale and Bandarawela. • 8.00 am – Start the hike to Ella rock. En-route enjoy refreshments snacks and either king coconut or Ceylon tea. The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must! • 11.30 am – depart for Demodara 9 arch bridge. The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the  island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high. • 1.00 pm – lunch • start the hike for Little Adam’s peak. You will have refreshments on top of mountain while enjoying endless green views across south coast and sunset. Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening, • 5.30 pm – Drop off to the hotel

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Short Ramayana Tour

ItineraryDay 1: AIRPORT-NEGOMBOPass By: Negombo Beach, Negombo, Western ProvinceArrival in Sri Lanka. You will be met by our travel representative and transferred to Negombo. (Approximately 20 minutes)Negombo, a famous fishing village North of Colombo, with a Dutch built Canal running through. The canal itself is a hive of activity with fishermen traveling up and down in their gaily-painted boats. On the shores of the canal you will find many homes and many species of birds including the spectacular Kingfisher. From November to April, diving facilities are available in this quaint village. The streets on either side of the hotels are dotted with souvenir shops, popular restaurants etc. Rest of the day at leisure. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Catamaran Beach/similarDay 2: NEGOMBO -CHILAW -PINNAWELA-KANDYPass By: Kandy City Center, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast Negombo City tour. Proceed to Chilaw. (Approximately 90 minutes’ Drive)Muneswaram Temple, Chilaw is a well-known Hindu temple. Legend has it that after his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana”svimana (carriages). He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthidosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. A feeling of guilt engulfed him and as he was passing Munneswaram he felt that the vimana is vibrating and realized that the bramhaasthidosham is not following at this particulat point. He stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.Thereafter, proceed to Mannavari Temple. (Approximately 20 Minutes Drive)Manaweri Temple, is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called RamalingaShivan.Thereafter proceed to Kandy, en route visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. (Approximately 5 ½ Hrs Drive)Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (OPTIONAL) App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river nearby.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Swiss Residence/similarDay 3: KANDY -RAMBODA -NUWARA ELIYAPass By: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast proceed to NuwaraEliya,En route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple,Ramboda– (Approximately 1 ½ Hrs Drive)On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja”s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.Check in at the hotel. Evening visit the GayathriPedam in NuwaraEliya.GayathriPedam, is believed to be the place from where King Ravana’s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by Lord Shiva.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Ovenight at Qantara Hotel/similar Day 4: NUWARA ELIYA & AROUND Pass By: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast proceed to Bandarawela, en route visit Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya.. – (Approximately 20 Minutes’ Drive)The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at AshokaVatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river - some small and some large. Thereafter, proceed to Divurumpola situated in NuwaraEliyaWelimada road.Divurmpola (Approximately 1 Hrs Drive): Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. However, she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.Proceed back to NuwaraEliya. (Approximately 2Hrs Drive). Dinner.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Qanrata Hotel/similar Day 5: NUWARA ELIYA -ELLA -COLOMBOPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceAfter breakfast proceed to Ella to see Ravana Ella &Ravana Cave. (Approximately 40 Minutes Drive)Ravana Ella Falls, a breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls) close to the road from Ella to Wellawaya about 6 Km south from Ella. The stream, a tributary of KirindiOya plunges with a foaming spray over a series of ledges into the valley close to a bend in the road. The waters rise from Wewatenna highland above the rocks. In general the rocky underground of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka consists of hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.Ravana Cave, these tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. These served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. These tunnels networked all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations.Thereafter, proceed to Colombo. (Approximately 5 ½ Hrs. Drive). Check in at the hotel. Dinner.Overnight stay at Anarva / Similar Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sapphire Hotel/similarDay 6: COLOMBO -AIRPORTPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceAfter breakfast commence a tour of Colombo, which includes time to indulge in shopping.Colombo, a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.Proceed to PanchamugaAnjaneyar Temple. (Approximately ½ Hrs Drive)PanchamugaAnjaneyar Temple, a temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka.This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar. Thereafter, transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (Approximately 1 Hrs. Drive)Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: No accomodation

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ItineraryDay 1: AIRPORT / PINNAWALA / DAMBULL AStop At: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala, Sabaragamuwa ProvinceWhere you will beSpending your first night in Sri Lanka. On your way toDambulla, you may stop by Pinnawala ElephantOrphanage. The fashioning opportunity to watchElephants bathing in the Maha Oya River makes it amust see place in Sri Lanka.YourDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceYour evening will be unscheduled, leaving you free to get some rest. Alternately, you may visit aUNESCO listed world heritage site, the Dambulla cave temple or enjoy an elephant back ride instead.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: DAMBULLA / POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA / DAMBULLAStop At: Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, Polonnaruwa, North Central ProvincePolonnaruwa ancient city is the second kingdom of SriLanka. It is a UNESCO listed world heritage site. You willbe able to see the ruins of King Parakrama Bahu’spalace, Audience hall, Watadage, the Galpotha (thelongest stone inscription of Sri Lanka), ParakramaSamudraya (Sea of Parakrama) Lake.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Minneriya National Park, Habarana, North Central ProvinceIn the evening, you may enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriyanational park. Minneriya is the home for toquemacaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles andleopards (very rarely seen). However, the biggestaracon of the park is its giant elephants. During theMay to September period, you will find hundreds ofelephants having a great time around the Minneriyalake.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: SIGIRIYA /KAND YStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast your guide will take you to a UNESCOlisted world heritage site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. TheFortress was the epicenter of King Kashyapa’s ki ngdomand dates back to AD 477. Sigiriya boasts ancient watergardens with sell fun coning water fountains, boatfulfrescos, impressive rock buildings, which make thefortress an architectural miracle.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceOn your way to Kandy you may stop by a spice garden toexplore the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine. Once arrivingat Kandy, you may visit the famous Temple of theTooth. It is world renowned as the palace complexwhich houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: KITULGALA / NUWARA ELIY AStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceAfter the breakfast your driver will take you out for a city tour in Kandy. (There is a possibility to arran gea visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden)Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Belilena Cave, Kitulgala, Sabaragamuwa ProvinceAfter the city to you will be taken to Nuwara Eliya viaKitulgala. In Kitulgala, you will be able to enjoy a white waterrafting tour in picturesque Kelaniya river. You will beprovided safety gear and proper training to prepare youfor this epic adventure.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / OHIYA / EL LAStop At: Horton Plains National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceRefreshing start for the day will be a visit to thepicturesque Horton Plains. It is truly a paradise forhikers. You will love every second on those trailsthrough grassy plains, waterfalls, thick forests andbeautiful waterfalls. Be sure to visit World’s End, whereyou will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the valleybelow. (6.00 am to 9.00 am is the ideal timeframe for avisit).Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Ella Rock, Ella, Uva ProvinceAfter hiking Horton Plains, it’s me to leave for yournext destination on, Ella. The train trip to Ella is praised for the stunningly beautiful landscapes. The trainpasses beautiful tea plantations and deep valleys.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: ELLA / BUDURUWAGALA / YALAStop At: Little Adam's Peak, Ella, Uva ProvinceIn the morning of day 6 you will be able to visit LittleAdam’s Peak and Ravana waterfall. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Buduruwagala Temple, Wellawaya, Uva ProvinceEn route to Yala is the Buduruwagala temple, whereyou may pause to visit the island’s largest stan dingstatue of Lord Buddha. The statues at Buduruwagalatemple reflects the influences of Mahayana Buddhism.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Yala National Park, Sri LankaIf you are a fan of camping, we can arrange a campingsite inside the Yala national park where you can beclose to the nature or lodge you in comfort in one of the many hotels nearby.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: YALA / HUMMANAYA / MIRISSAStop At: Yala National Park, Sri LankaWith the daybreak, the animal kingdom gets busy withits morning rituals. If you reach Yala national park earlyin the morning (ideal meframe 6.00 am to 9.00 am),you will see deer, crocodiles, boars, elephants, buffalosand plenty of different birds including colourfulpeacocks. If you are lucky enough, you will also seesloth bears and majestic leopards.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Blow Hole Hummanaya, Dikwella, Southern ProvinceAfter the safari, . Enroute to Mirissa, is amazing Hummanaya blowhole.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: MIRISSA / GALLE / BENTOTAStop At: Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Southern ProvinceEarly morning you will be escorted to the Mirissa harbor for the whale watching tour. If you have an history of moon sickness, prepare by taking your motion sickness pills one to two hoursbefore the boat's departure. If you do not have any, theboat crew should be able to supply them and take themas soon as you get to the boat. Bring your sun glasses, a hat or a cap, sun cream and ofcourse your camera.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Galle Fort, Galle, Galle District, Southern ProvinceAfter the whale watching tour, your driver will take youto Bentota. En route to Bentota, you may stop by theUNESCO listed world heritage site, Galle Fort.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 9: BENTOTA / AIRPORTStop At: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceAs all the good things come to an end, on the day 14 your driver will take you to the airport to catchyour return flight. On your way to the airport, you may stop by the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo for acity tour if permits.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.