Sri Lanka - A complete package

Tripoto
1st Dec 2017

"One’s Destination is never a place, bit a new way of seeing things.-Henry Miller"

Sri Lanka was known from the beginning of British colonial rule as Ceylon. The country adopted its current name in 1972. It is in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal, between latitudes 5° and 10°N, and longitudes 79° and 82°E. Sri Lanka has 103 rivers. The longest of these is the Mahaweli River.

A country surrounded by the Indian Ocean. A complete package, you can find everything from the plain lands to hills, forest to the beautiful beaches, history and country which provides amazing tea. You will love to explore a country which provides different type of weather and architecture. Also Indian money is stronger than that of Sri lanka ,so you can enjoy more and be pocket friendly.

How to get Visa :

If you are travelling to Sri Lanka ,you will need e-Visa in order to entering the country. Getting the visa is not a difficult task at all. There are 3 mode of applying the visa.

Online visa : You can apply e-Visa online and this will be valid for 30 days. You can get it easily within few hours.

Visa via Agent : It could be little costly in comparison to online visa but they will arrange it.

Visa on Arrival : If you haven’t taken visa yet. Don’t worry, you can easily get visa on Colombo Airport . For this you have to pay 5$ extra.

So let me take you to Sri Lanka. We were travelling from Delhi (India). So we took a flight to Colombo airport.

How To Reach :

We began our trip with arrival on Delhi airport and took flight to Colombo. From there we pre booked a cab via online cab booking which is in trend these days. We were in Sri Lanka for the next six days.

Advice :

Climate of Sri Lanka is hot due to its moderating effects. We travelled Sri Lanka in the month of December when it is too cold in India. But here weather is too hot so before going out put lots of sunscreen, wear sunglasses, keep hydrated and wear cap.

Best Time To Visit :

Best time to visit Sri Lanka is March To December. While there may be different time in order to visit the different areas. Sri Lanka can be divided into 3 following parts :

North : Best time to visit is May to September

Centre : Best time to visit is January to April

South : Best time to visit is December to March

What To Eat:

You will find lots of variety in food including see foods. One can easily get street food to fine dining restaurants. If you are Indian you can find some good brands like Domino's, KFC, Punjabi Grills . So don’t worry if you are lover of Indian food.

Don’t miss to try these food :

Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry)

Kottu (also, kottu roti)

Kukul mas curry (chicken curry)

Polos (green jackfruit curry)

Gotu kola sambol (pennywort salad)

Wood apple

Our cab picked up from the airport and drop us to the hotel. We reached there at night so we have taken rest in the hotel.

Day 1

Hotel in Colombo :

Hotel was really good and budget friendly. We loved our stay there. But if you want to prefer the hotel on beach then this is not for you. If you are staying here then you have to walk at least 700-800 meter in order to access the beach. But Colombo beaches are not as good as other parts of Sri Lanka .There are some other places in Sri Lanka where you will find amazing beaches. That is the reason we have not taken Colombo hotel on beach. Cost of the hotel was 2500 -3000 rupees per day which is very budget friendly.

Our first destination was Galle Face Beach. This beach is really good to enjoy for the family and couples. You will find lots of street foods here, which are mostly sea foods. You can sit here for long time and enjoy the wind and see the waves going up and down.

Best Time To Visit : This place is too hot, so prefer to go in the evening and enjoy the sunset.

Entry Fee : No

Photo of Galle Face Beach, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Galle Face Beach, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Galle Face Beach, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Galle Face Beach is situated on the Galle Face Road so we decided to just walk through and saw some good malls and shopping hubs on the way. You can get nearly everything you need.

Photo of Galle Face Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Best Time To Visit : Evening.

Entry Fee : No

This is a Buddhist  temple situated in the Beira Lake. Here people come for meditation and rest rather than worship. This is the part of Gangaramaya Temple.

Best Time To Visit : Morning

Entry Fee : No

Photo of Seema Malaka, Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Seema Malaka, Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Seema Malaka, Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Dinner On The Beach :

Wow, This is what I always wanted, we searched for a good restaurant on the beach and had fine dinner on the beach side. When you are on the beaches this is the must to do. There are lots of restaurants on the beach, you can find any of your choice and try to be there at sunset only rather than going late night.

Day 2

Under water aquarium, you will find lots of different type of fishes and other sea animals and yes you will surely love it. Also you will get into the tunnel which is surrounded by the water tank filled with the beautiful and colorful fishes.

Best Time To Visit : Any Time

Entry Fee : 600 rs/person

Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Water World Lanka, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

A Beautiful beach with less crowd. This is situated in a bit outside but as this is very clean and beautiful so it is worth going here.

Best Time To Visit : Sunrise and Sunset

Entry Fee : No

Photo of Mount Lavinia Beach, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Mount Lavinia Beach, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Mount Lavinia Beach, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Independence square is situated in the prestigious Cinnamon Garden district of Colombo. There is a memorial hall which shows the independence of Sri Lanka from British rule in 1948. Tourists must visit the place and walk over the architecture and take relax over the mango trees. This arcade is one of the most historical landmarks in the city.

Best Time To Visit : Morning and Evening

Entry Fee : None

Play with elephants:

When you are in Sri Lanka there are lots of places which offers you elephant ride. Also you can play with these elephants, they will not hurt you.

Best Time To Visit : Any Time

Entry Fee : We paid 100 rs, this is not entry fees but something which we gave to the owner of elephant.

Photo of Independence Square, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Turtles:

Yes, we have seen turtles of different size and variety. We hold the turtle and clicked some pictures.

Best Time To Visit : Any time

Entry Fee : Upto you

Photo of Sri Lanka - A complete package by Yasmin Mirza

Turtle Eg

Photo of Sri Lanka - A complete package by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Sri Lanka - A complete package by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Sri Lanka - A complete package by Yasmin Mirza
Day 3

Negombo Beach :

Nice beaches and good street food. Lots of sea foods and good accommodation near the area. But there are other beaches which will be recommend by me. This is quite crowded beach but on the other hand place is beautiful. This is totally upto you. If you have some extra time then visit the place otherwise visit the other beaches of Sri Lanka I have mentioned earlier.

Best Time To Visit : Sunrise and Sunset

Entry Fee : None

Photo of Negombo Beach Cottage, Negombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Negombo Beach Cottage, Negombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Mango House Negombo :

This is the place where you can do the different water activities. There was a option to book the private boat and travel through the seven small islands. We took this and went seven beautiful islands.

Best Time To Visit : Morning and Evening

Entry Fee : 600-1000 rs/person

Photo of Mango House Negombo, Negombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Mango House Negombo, Negombo, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Day 4

We left for Bentota which is famous for the amazing beaches and relaxing environment.

We have taken the hotel on the beach so that we can enjoy by walking on the beach and spend a relaxing day.

Photo of Bentota, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

We spent leisurely days by relaxing on the beaches. We spent our day in hotel only. Well managed hotel which offers great location. Direct access to the beach area makes it perfect to relax.

I will highly recommend this hotel which offers beautiful view of beaches in a pocket friendly budget.

Day 5

Mirissa : So we are very thankful to our cab driver (who was Sri Lankan). Our driver gave us advice to visit the Mirissa. Definitely this was not in our plan and I can say this is the most beautiful place which I have seen. Crystal clear beaches surrounded by palm trees makes the place more beautiful.

Mirissa Whale Watching Activity :

Yes, you heard right we have taken the tickets for ship which took us inside the Indian Ocean. After 3-4 hours sailing in the Indian ocean we got a chance to see the whale. Oh my god that was really amazing. I was not expecting that i will be lucky enough to see 4-5 whales. We have seen different type of fishes like dolphins, flying fish and some other.

Except this ,entire journey of ship was amazing.

Best Time To Visit : Morning and Evening

Entry Fee : 1500 rs/person for whale watching

Photo of Whale watching mirissa with Geeth, Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

This place is all about the relaxing at beaches with great food and restaurants. As I have already mentioned that I am totally in love with these beaches. There are people who are taking sun bath and rest. Golden sand and blue water was helping in getting relaxed. We spent a quality time there and recommend people to visit this amazing place.

Best Time To Visit : Sunrise and Sunset

Entry Fee : None

Photo of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

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Photo of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Fishing

Photo of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Back To Colombo :

Now this is the day when we had to leave.

Jet skiing : We found some time left in order to catch our flight. So, we went to the place, took amazing ride of jet skiing and enjoyed a lot.

Best Time To Visit : Any time

Entry Fee : 900 rs/person

Photo of Laluna Ayurveda Resort, Aluthgama, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Laluna Ayurveda Resort, Aluthgama, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza
Photo of Laluna Ayurveda Resort, Aluthgama, Sri Lanka by Yasmin Mirza

Transfer to the Colombo Airport :

We reached to the airport and by this way our journey to Sri Lanka end.

Approximate cost : 90000

Car hire - 25000

Hotels — 18000

Food — 16000

Entry fees & activities- 8000

Others - 5000

Total — 71000 except flight and other shoppings

This cost is for two people.

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