Sri Lanka is really an insider tip and is rightly called the wonder of Asia. The country offers real extremes: from great hot spots on the coast to the highlands in the middle of the country. An ideal destination for backpackers who want to discover this great country by bus and train.


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Stops

Stop # 1

Wellness/Relaxing
Perfect location for the first days in Sri Lanka after a long flight. Quietly located, beautiful garden with pool.
Dutch Canal
Fresh Coconut Liqueur

The Dutch canal in Negombo, also called the Cinnamon Canal, is surrounded by coconut trees and a lovely area. Besides the fun of a boat trip, a stop at a farmer on the canal is a great opportunity to taste a local speciality: fresh coconut liqueur. It is obtained in the treetop of the coconuts and can be tasted directly after the live harvest.

Dutch Canal
Dutch Canal

Constructed by the British in 18th century and among others used for the transport of Cinnamon, the canal offers a good start to explore the variety of nature in Sri Lanka. It’s easy to organize a boat trip, just ask one of the many guides in the area of the canal.

Stop # 2

Explore
Largest city in the center of the country with many sights. Definitely a hot spot for tourists.
Kandy
Kandy Lake

Kandy is an integral part of every Sri Lanka trip. Its central location allows to reach all beauties of Sri Lanka from there. Besides the dancers of Kandy and the tooth temple, the lake of Kandy is particularly popular. A walk in the late afternoon or a boat tour is a nice possibility to get a picture of Kandy from a different perspective.

Station Road
Travelling the Sri Lankan Way

The main mode of transportation in Sri Lanka is the bus. The connection network is well developed and you can reach your destination by bus from any large town. A bus ride is a real experience for foreigners. Long distances can be covered for a few cents, but the roads and the handle definitely need getting used to. But the bus ride offers the possibility to get in contact with locals and to learn a lot about their way of life and culture.

Stop # 3

Explore
One of the most cordial stays on our trip. The host is a cook and has prepared great country-style food for us.
Sigiriya
Climbing the Monolith

It‘s impressive to see such a big monolith in the middle of a flat environment. Prepare your trip by taking enough water and sun protection with you. You‘ll appreciate it!

Stop # 4

Explore
Beautifully located in the hills, surrounded by tea plantations.
World's End
The World‘s End

The whole area around this amazing point is definitely suitable for a hike. It is best to be there for sunrise and enjoy this view with a breakfast package and afterwards start the hike trip.

Kinigama
Beautiful Train Trip to Ella

By train through the highlands of Sri Lanka is the absolute highlight of every trip. The old trains run at a very comfortable speed, so you can relax and enjoy this unbelievable landscape with it hills and tea plantations. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or directly at the station.

Stop # 5

Explore
Beautiful city in the highlands, best reached by train. Take your time and enjoy the view.

Stop # 6

Wellness/Relaxing
Our longest stay in Sri Lanka. Beautiful hotel with great rooms, garden and pool.
Tangalle
A Walk Through Tangalle

Tangalle offers relaxation on the beach, surfing and shopping. Many small retailers offer local fabrics, vegetables and spices. It's a good option to combine sports activity with exploring a bustling city.

Stop # 7

Wellness/Relaxing
Relax on the beach.
Mirissa Beach
Mirissa Beach

The beach of Mirissa is very wide, consists of fine sand and offers big waves for surfing. Along the beach there are many restaurants offering freshly caught fish. The location of the beach allows you to enjoy beautiful sunsets while having good food and cool drinks.

Stop # 8

Sightseeing
The Fort of Galle is really impressive. Optimal stopover for culture and shopping.
Galle Lighthouse
Fort Galle

Originally built by the Dutch, the fort in Galle offers an insight into a multicultural past. Museums and the historical center allow visitors to immerse themselves into the flair of ancient cononial times. The World Heritage-listed fort has many restaurants, handicraft shops and accommodation. Especially beautiful are all spots at the seaside of the fort like the lighthouse, which allow a great view of the sea and the fort.

Galle Dutch Fort
Enjoying the sunset

The fort wall offers a great opportunity to enjoy the sunset. There are plenty of opportunities to sit on the wall and enjoy the surge and sunset from the historic stones.

Stop # 9

Wellness/Relaxing
Good place for the last stop before the return flight. Well located and with plenty of food and attractions nearby.