Summer on Sri Lanka’s East Coast

Extensive beaches, historic towns, elephants, friendly, people, cheap prices, unbeatable train journeys and wonderful food – these are just some of the experiences that await in Sri Lanka as featured on findjobdescriptions.

If you want to do something very special and special in summer life, Sri Lanka’s nature, rich wildlife and incredible beaches are very special. We have made a proposal for a tailor-made trip that with all the best Sri Lanka has to offer without having to stress around every day. There is also plenty of space for swimming, relaxation and a good book or maybe card games.

Day 1: Departure from ScandinaviaDay 2: Negombo

Already on arrival, Sri Lanka’s hospitality is noticeable when you are picked up and go to the hotel. It is a good idea to spend the rest of the day relaxing and a few swims in the sea.

Day 3: Relaxation in Negombo

The day is spent on your own, either exploring the city or relaxing by the pool. Negombo is one of Sri Lanka’s first resorts and is located about 35 kilometers north of Colombo. Long ago it was a significant trading town for Portuguese and Dutch, but today it is the beaches that attract guests here. Here you can take part in exciting city experiences, explore the genuine Sri Lanka, hang out on nice beaches or go on pleasant excursions. ( F )

Day 4: Galle and the east coast

After breakfast, head to Tissamaharama, located by Yala National Park. Yala is one of Sri Lanka’s largest nature reserves and extends over 979 kmĀ². Some parts are reminiscent of a dusty African savannah, while other places consist of dense and wild rainforest. During a jeep safari you can see elephants, leopards, crocodiles, water buffalo, bears, antelopes, deer, wild boar and monkeys. Maybe you also get to see elegant peacocks with magnificent plumage. They live in the wild only in India and Sri Lanka. Along the way we also visit Galle, which is Sri Lanka’s third largest city. It is a charming place with many imprints from the country’s 450 years as first Portuguese, then Dutch and finally British colony. The old town is located in the historic fortress and is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The oldest parts of the old building were built by the Portuguese. After the Dutch drove away the Portuguese, it was expanded and the fortifications strengthened. The English also left their mark on the city and the fort, not least by building a bell tower and a new, larger gate by the old fortress wall. In the evenings and weekends, you see families and love couples walking on the fortress wall, which is also visited by school classes and of course tourists. Within the walls, the city offers art galleries, antique shops and pleasant alleys with shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening you arrive at Tissa. (F )

Day 5: Yala

After breakfast, it is time to visit one of the country’s holiest sites, the temple in Kataragama, where Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike make pilgrimages. In the evening, you can look for animals on safari in Yala National Park. ( F )

Day 6-8: Beautiful Ella

After breakfast, head to one of Sri Lanka’s nicest mountain villages, Ella. Visit the mountain range at Little Adams Peak, which is a scenic area just outside the city, or take a walk and enjoy the atmosphere on the cozy main street. Ravana Falls is also a recommended excursion destination. ( F )

Day 9: By train to Kandy

After breakfast, transfer to Ella train station and from here you go on a memorable train journey to Kandy. Sit back and admire the picturesque tea plantations and beautiful mountains while having lunch and drinking tea. ( F )

Day 10: Kandy

Today you can soak up the atmosphere of the cultural capital Kandy. Kandy is a charming old kingdom that is beautifully situated by a lake, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and rainforest. Wander the idyllic streets, take a walk at the bazaar or visit the city’s craft center. Also do not miss the “Tooth Temple” which according to legend houses a very sacred relic – one of the Buddha’s teeth. In the evening you can go and see a colorful performance with entertainment, music and magnificent costumes. ( F )

Day 11-14: Lazy days at the beach

After breakfast, head north to the wonderful beaches of Trincomalee, where you can relax and enjoy the last days before heading home. ( F )

Day 15: Colombo

After breakfast, return to Colombo. It’s a long drive of about seven hours and if you want you can add a night in Negombo or Colombo before returning home. ( F )

Day 16: Arrival in Scandinavia

Overnight stays

Thirteen nights in a budget hotel

Summer on Sri Lanka's East Coast

About the author