Best of Sri Lanka -Ultimate Experience
We've said this once, twice, thrice, and will probably say it a hundredtimes more, but Sri Lanka is an amazing place (once you get out into the countryside at least). With its wide vistas, sweeping mountains, tea estates, paddy fields, waterfalls, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets (need we say more?), an avid hiker is spoilt for choice. 
If you've always wanted to go on that great big adventure but didn't know how to begin or where to go, here are a few headers. Just pick a friend — or anyone basically — who's up for anything and who doesn't fuss much, and latch onto a bus or train. If you have a vehicle, all the better because that just makes things a lot more convenient. Don't forget to take your travel essentials along! 

Straightforward Hikes
Not much into knee-busting climbs or have a phobia of tripping over rocks and spraining an ankle in the middle of nowhere? These places are quite easy-peasy and involve straight walks coupled with great views. 
 
Idalgashinna - Ohiya Railway Hike 
Considered one of the most beautiful treks in the country, you just need to follow the railtrack from one station to the other to complete this journey. You've got nothing to watch out for but eucalyptus and pine forests, a few thorns, all the tunnels you'll walk through (13 in total), and the trains that pass through it. Keep a keen eye and ear out for the latter and you'll be safe enough. 
The rail hike is an 8km walk between the Idalgashinna Railway Station and the Ohiya Railway Station. The weather is continually cool and nippy given the villages' elevation, and the walk is refreshing. 
 
Demodara Rail Hike and Nine Arches 
Just a few kilometres long (about 2-3kms), the walk from the Demodara Railway Station to the Nine Arches Bridge will take you only one and a half hours: with multiple stops for photos along the way. You wouldn't break a sweat, and it's like a mini version of the Idalgashinna Rail trek. 
You reach the famous Nine Arches Bridge towards the end of the hike. Climb one of the hills surrounding the bridge, find the cafes tucked in the nooks, and stretch your legs out as you enjoy the view and wait for a train to rumble out. 
 
Riverston, Knuckles 
Misty, chilly, and windy, the knuckles mountain range has a number of hiking options to choose from. Check out Riverston, a steady uphill climb but through well maintained paths (actually a gravel road in most cases) or drive a short way from the Riverston carpark down to where Mini World's End is. 
You walk across flat land basically, until you reach the edge of a cliff and risk being buffeted off by the strong winds if you're underweight. 
 
Slightly Arduous Hikes 
These have a bit of climbing to do, but won't leave you panting for breath. 
 
Diyaluma 
The second highest waterfall in the country, the hike to the top of the fall head takes you across fragrant fields of wild lemongrass and trees laden with local gooseberries. 
It's a lovely walk, but will take you a couple of hours. 
 
Horton Plains 
Leading to multiple other sights including Baker's Falls, Kirigalpottha, and World's End, Horton Plains is a vast landmass filled with shrubs and semi-tame sambhurs. If you're lucky, you might even spot the elusive fishing cat. 
 
Little Adam's Peak 
This has a bit of a vertical climb. There are two (or possibly more) ways to get there, one taking you through bush and the other having a series of steep stairs. Both will leave you slightly breathless, especially when you're puffing your way up at the crack of dawn (which is the time you should be climbing up there, so you'd catch sunrise from the peak). 
 
Yaapahuwa 
Yapahuwa is one of the lesser-visited historical sites in the Cultural Triangle, inexplicably so since it's really easy to access (you can drive right up). 
If you're wondering about views, worry not because the view from the summit is breathtaking. The plains of the dry zone scattered with rocky outcrops is visible in all its glory. 
 
Pidurangala 
Pidurangala is the smaller, less well known neighbour of the tourist draw that is Sigiriya, from which you have stunning views of the rock fortress itself. 
The top surface of Pidurangala is large rolling field of stone, beyond which the fields and mountains spread out in a crazy perfect circle. It’s huge and undulating rolling landscape to be blown about and from every side thudded with stunning scenery. 
 
Namunukula 
Situated in the Badulla District and quite close to Ella, Namunukula is for serious campers. Whether this is tough or not actually depends on the season, with it being manageably easy during February to July, but with rough and cold winds during September. Questions about this place are best directed at Buddhika, our resident hardcore backpacker. 
 
Tough Stuff 
If you're super fit (or fitter than most of us), this won't be a problem for you. 
 
Kirigalpottha 
Kirigalpottha is the highest accessible mountain in Sri Lanka (you need permission from the SLAF to climb Piduruthalaagala). You ascend the peak after climbing over a few flat and steep rocks with sheer drops on either side. The view is stunning once you get through, though. 
 
Meemure — Diya Karalla 
The Meemure-residents will suggest the Diya Karalla to you: the name they use for a waterfall located right at the summit of a 3km vertical hike. You have a few rocks and waterways to hop over, a bit of climbing to do, and a couple of hours to walk through. There are a few vantage spots to stop and rest up, and given that you're almost following the river upstream, you can fill in your waterbottles along the way. 
 
Ella Rock 
I'm yet to meet someone who hasn't gotten lost a bit on their way up. Unless you go with a guide maybe, but why take a guide when you can carve your own path? Not like you'll lose track of civilization forever, just make sure you have a bit of victuals with you so you wouldn't starve. There are approximately 16 paths to the summit, and the last half is quite a bit of a climb (unless you have pretty good lungs). I've been here twice and I found it harder than Kirigalpottha both times, which is weird because many people find the mountain much tougher. 

Things to Keep in Mind 
 
Your plans won't always go as expected, so keep an open mind and adapt. If you're the type to have a melt-down every time your well-thought-out itinerary doesn't go according to plan, you're going to have a pretty unpleasant time, overall. Also remember that unlike a party or a dinner or any other social situation, you're not going to be around people who have their fun demeanor on at all times. You'll get to learn about the best and worst of your companions (and yourself), so make each hike a learning experience. 
 
Be well prepared but do not overpack. It's incredibly difficult to lug along heavy packs, so unless you have a place to stash your bags make sure that you just have the bear necessities. Keeping hyrdrated is important, so have at least a bottle of water each. 
 
Dress comfortably and hardily. Wear sturdy, reliable shoes or slippers if you're more comfortable with the latter. I find wearing long clothes easier than shorts and shortsleeved ones because it protects you from thorns and bugs. 
 
We hope you found this helpful. If we've missed anything out or if there's anything else you need to know about, just hit us up in the comments and let us know! 

Turtle Hatchery
The sea turtles project is one of the turtle hatcheries located along the southern coast, this hatchery is located 3 Km south of the Bentota bridge. These turtle hatcheries were constructed to rescue and protect turtle eggs because of the rapidly declining numbers of marine turtle in Sri Lankan shores. Marine turtle eggs are purchased from the fisherman and re-buried along the beach and left there for 48 days allowing the eggs ample time to hatch. Thereafter the baby turtles are collected from the beach and kept in tanks for 2-3 days, and released into the ocean to fend off for themselves. The few female turtles that survive will return to their natal shores after ten years to lay their own eggs. 
Beruwela 
Beruwala is a small resort town in the south western coastal belt of Sri Lanka. The name Beruwala is derived from the Sinhalese word Beruwala (the place where the sail is lowered). It marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island, established by Arab traders around the 8th century AD. A large population of Sri Lankan Moors, many of them is gem merchants, still live in the town-- particularly in the "China Fort". Msjid-ul-Abrar, a landmark of Beruwala and Sri Lanka's oldest mosque, was built by Arab traders on a rocky peninsula overlooking the town. 
Yala National Park 
It lies on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, and spans a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the Park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The Park is world renowned for the wide variety of its wildlife, most notably it’s large population of Asian elephants and it’s fine and healthy coastline, home to pristine many reefs. Yala National Park has the highest density of wild leopards in the world, with the Block 1 area of the Park having one leopard per square kilometer. It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well-developed.For bird enthusiasts, the birdlife in Yala National Park is superb. Not only does Sri Lanka’s tallest bird, the critically endangered Black-necked Stork reside in the Park, but often observed is the country’s largest bird, the instantly recognizable and ungainly looking Lesser Adjutant. 
Negombo 
Negombo is located approximately 37 km north of commercial capital Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major attractions of Negombo and it is perfectly located within the 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. 
Udawalawe National Park 
It is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city and is a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka . The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4°C.It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts. 
Muthurajawella bird sanctuary 
Muthurajawela is a marshy land situated in Sri Lanka around 30 km North of Colombo in the Negombo lagoon. This is one of the main tourist attractions in Sri lanka. There are many variates of flora and fauna which are inter-dependant in this coastal ecosystem. Muthurajawela bears staggering species of flora and fauna. Numerically 192 flora and 209 fauna, excluding 102 species of birds have been discovered. Some indigenous floras and faunas have also been found in Muthurajawela marsh. Visitors may see water birds such as herons, egrets in abundance in the lagoon and the marsh. It is also a residence for 40 different species of fish, of which 15 falls under the category of indigenous fauna 
 


 
Avukana 
The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), has been carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction in the country. 
   
Anuradhapura 
The largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, Anuradhapura is a fitting climax to any tour of the Cultural Triangle. 
 
Dambulla 
This World Heritage Site is one of the foremost centers of Buddhist pilgrimage as well as one of the largest cave temple complexes in South Asia. It is a major attraction for tourists and locals, who flock to see the dazzling and numerous rocks and wall paintings of Lord Buddha. 
 
Peradeniya Botanical Garden 
This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. 
   
Kandy 
The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. 
Indulge in the rich culture and scenic beauty Kandy has to offer. Take a stroll through the Royal botanical gardens. 
Explore the ruins of the ancient cities in Polonnaruwa. Climb the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya and witness stunning frescos. 
Explore architectural wonders of the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura. Explore the beauty of the ancient cave temple in Dambulla 
Vehicle charges
Standard car rental 
$55.00 per day 
Only for 100 KM.  
Includes: 
●Standard car which can accommodate 3 adults with luggage. 
 
●English speaking chauffeur. The drives time allocation per day is 8 hours, generally between 6.00am and 8.00pm. however, this can be extended at the rate of USD 8.00 per hour. 
 
●Fuel for the allocated number of KMs based on the number of days you are booking for. Any excess milage to be billed at the rate of USD 0.30 per KM. 
 
●If the pickup/drop location is any other place than the airport/garage, the mileage from/to the pickup location is payable by you. 
 
Exclude: 
●Drive accommodation charge: if you or the hotel your staying in do not provide accommodation for the drive, overnight accommodation fee payable to drive is USD 25/= per night. Please hand over the money to the driver to arrange his accommodation.  
 

 
 
Van rental 
$64.00 per day 
Only for 100 KM.  
Includes: 
●Standard car which can accommodate 15 adults without luggage or 09 adults with Luggages. 
 
●English speaking chauffeur. The drives time allocation per day is 8 hours, generally between 6.00am and 6.00pm. however, this can be extended at the rate of USD 10.00 per hour. 
 
●Fuel for the allocated number of KMs based on the number of days you are booking for. Any excess mileage to be billed at the rate of USD 0.40 per KM. 
 
●If the pickup/drop location is any other place than the airport/garage, the mileage from/to the pickup location is payable by you. 
 
Exclude: 
●Drive accommodation charge: if you or the hotel your staying in do not provide accommodation for the drive, overnight accommodation fee payable to drive is USD 25/= per night. Please hand over the money to the driver to arrange his accommodation.  
 

 
 
Standard mini couch rental 
$95.00 per day 
Only for 100 KM.  
Includes: 
●Standard car which can accommodate 18 adults without luggage and 14 adults with lugages. 
 
●English speaking chauffeur. The drives time allocation per day is 8 hours, generally between 6.00am and 8.00pm. however, this can be extended at the rate of USD 12.00 per hour. 
 
●Fuel for the allocated number of KMs based on the number of days you are booking for. Any excess milage to be billed at the rate of USD 0.60 per KM. 
 
●If the pickup/drop location is any other place than the airport/garage, the mileage from/to the pickup location is payable by you. 
 
Exclude: 
●Drive accommodation charge: if you or the hotel your staying in do not provide accommodation for the drive, overnight accommodation fee payable to drive is USD 25/= per night. Please hand over the money to the driver to arrange his accommodation.  
 

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