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Nature Bike Trails to the Fallen Kingdom
On this beautiful tours, you will ride from Nature Hostel by Bambare (waligalla) to Gadaladeniya, Embekka, Lankathilake Vihara and Hidden cave temples along the most beautiful areas of paddy-fields, spice gardens, charming villages and surrounded with refreshing landscapes. This tour combines visits to lovely historic towns and Temples. You ride along quiet country lanes, cycle and forest paths, or river embankments. You can taste excellent Sri Lankan food in a small but outstanding village-type restaurant or Home Cooked Meal while exploring Ayurveda (herbal) garden with spices in a lovely atmosphere. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient Kingdom. Other things to note - Bike routes have uphills and downhills - If Guests want to visit the temple they have to buy entrance tickets for some temples (Rs. 300). Can Provide Backup Vehicle with a Driver for additional Rs. 5000
Experience Kandy with a local by TukTuk
I’d be honored to be your guide showing you my hometown Kandy from a local’s point of view. I will take you on a spectacular drive through the Sacred City of Kandy, now a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s explore some amazing sights together as you get to know my hometown: We will visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth, situated in the Royal Palace Complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, I’ll drive you to the Queen's Bathing Pavilion, the National Museum of Kandy, the Buddhist Temple on the top oft he hill and a breathtaking view! On the way to a tea plantation we will come across one of my favorite spots - the banks of the river Mahawali. We will definitely see some monkeys on our day together - with some luck we might even spot a jaguar in the distance along the river. I suggest we grab some food at a local restaurant - at your own expense. Please make sure to bring drinking water, as tourists often don’t take our tap water well. I’ve got these favorite spots but of course if you have any preferences or places you’d like to see that aren’t mentioned above - just let me know and I’ll make sure to incorporate them into our day together. I’m happy to meet you at the railway station or even pick you up at your hotel. If you want to make this a full day tour, just let me know! I‘m looking forward to meeting you. :) Yours, Dinesh
Photo memories & walking experienc Kandy
Welcome to Kandy, srilanaka This is a perfect experience for solo-travelers, families, couples & groups of friends. As a local I'll take you to the best photography spots (near temple) to capture the most unforgettable memories. All you have to do is be yourself and enjoy the moment. I will take care of capturing you in beautiful, natural and spontaneous ways. I can help guide you through poses throughout the entire session so you can relax and enjoy the experience. I’mcapturing your random shop visiting, talking with locals, walking moments too. While walking i will tell you about the history too So remove that selfie sticks from your packing list and lets go. We'll meet at the TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH MAIN ENTRANCE and together have a walk in the beautiful streets and going trough the city visiting walking distance places as - Kandy Lakeside - temple walking path - Streets - Old buildings - Local picturesque - Your suggestions ** tips ** - If you cant see available dates to book please message me - Bring different clothes so you will have more diversity in your photos At the end of the walk we'll sit for a tea and you get a first look of the pictures. then you can let me know your favorites and , if needed, I can send you 5 pics in few minutes via airdrop, email. You will have all unedited and total 20(PP) professional edited photos in 3days Other things to note Try to find 2 hours to take pictures and good time for shooting. ( between 7am to 7pm) ware a proper dress to take pictures and bring 1 or 2 extra dresses if you can. ( we can make a variation for the shoot) come to take pictures with a good mood and big smile. but no worries i can make you smile.
Day Trips from Kandy to Sigiriya with Village Experiences
Enjoy a relaxing, and comfortable private transfer, both professional English guiding & safe driving by Buddhika Highlights • Visit Sigiriya rock fortress with king palace, a UNESCO world heritage site • Village tour with lunch • Explore the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka You are picked up at 6.00 a.m. from your residence in Kandy and drives straight away to the lion rock. You will visit the eight wonder of the world, which contains huge walls, water canals, security guard rooms, natural stoned arches, mirror stone and world famous Sigiri paintings. It is an isolated rock, Kingdom more than 200m in height. You have to spend more than two and half hours. Then your second destination is village tour to experience ancient village life with their day today activities including catamaran rides, bullock carriage ride, walk towards paddy fields, cookery demonstration on traditional Sri Lankan foods and enjoy a traditional meal. Final stop is Dambulla cave temple, which is the largest and the best preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. The caves were converted in to a temple complex by king Walagamba during the 1st century. There are about 153 Buddha status and murals, which covers 2100 square meters. You have to spend around one and half hours to cover entire temple complex. You are dropped back to your hotel in Kandy by the evening.
Kandy Cultural Walk at Night
Kandy is the last capital of Sri Lankan Monarchy System . Kandy became Our Capital from 16th Century to 19th Century . Kandy was Captured by British in Early 19th Century and it marked whole Sri Lankan Colonization to British . Therefore Kandy is rich in valuable and wonderful archeological sites and buildings which belongs to Pre Colonial , Colonial and Post Colonial Era . We can start our walk in front of Joy Boat Service which situated close to Kandy lake . We can move forward with Introduction and with the details of Kandy Lake and Queen's Hotel . Then we can enter to the religious site of Kandy city . I will give complete introduction to Temple of Tooth and other monuments which situated in Surrounding Area . But we are not entering to the Temple of Tooth . After this area we can reach Hindu Temple area . This part of walk is filled with the knowledge of Buddhism and Rituals , Hinduism , Blend of Two Religions and more . We can conclude our walk infront of the St.Paul's Church . I invite you to Join this walk to grab Real Knowledge of Kandy and Sri Lanka .

All activities near Kandy

Sunrise hike to Ella Rock
This is an opportunity to tick few wishes from your bucket list. It's not just about enjoy the peaceful sunrise from the top of Ella rock and I'm not here just to show you the directions. We will start this hiking from Ella town at 3:30 in the morning. We will walk along a railway for 2km and will start hiking from that point on. Sunrise will happen around 6am and the plan is to get there before the down. Hike doesn't take 2:30h, We will be having a peaceful walk sharing stories about the country and culture rather than rushing it to the top. If it's not near to the full moon, then I know the darkest spots in town for stargazing. Once we reach to the top you can enjoy it peacefully because the spot we are going to will be less crowded than little Adams or any other peak in Ella town. Day time is all about flora and fauna. I come from a family where one of my grand father is a Sinhala doctor for snack bites and the other is a hunter. I grow up with them in a village near to the largest rain forest in SEA. So I'm a natural when it comes to spotting birds and explaining plants. We have access to a tiny tree house with the view of Kithalella waterfall . Plan is to be back in town by 9:30-10. Depend on my availability for the rest of the day secret waterfalls, underground caves with ponds in them and visit to other attractions in town is possible. Those will be for an added cost. Other things to note Will provide a free pickup by tuk tuk if you stay close to downtown (2km range from the meeting point) Usually it doesn't rain in the morning. You doesn't need to be adventures to try this & there are no leaches. If its not available for your preferred date contact me.
Experience Kandy with a local by TukTuk
I’d be honored to be your guide showing you my hometown Kandy from a local’s point of view. I will take you on a spectacular drive through the Sacred City of Kandy, now a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s explore some amazing sights together as you get to know my hometown: We will visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth, situated in the Royal Palace Complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, I’ll drive you to the Queen's Bathing Pavilion, the National Museum of Kandy, the Buddhist Temple on the top oft he hill and a breathtaking view! On the way to a tea plantation we will come across one of my favorite spots - the banks of the river Mahawali. We will definitely see some monkeys on our day together - with some luck we might even spot a jaguar in the distance along the river. I suggest we grab some food at a local restaurant - at your own expense. Please make sure to bring drinking water, as tourists often don’t take our tap water well. I’ve got these favorite spots but of course if you have any preferences or places you’d like to see that aren’t mentioned above - just let me know and I’ll make sure to incorporate them into our day together. I’m happy to meet you at the railway station or even pick you up at your hotel. If you want to make this a full day tour, just let me know! I‘m looking forward to meeting you. :) Yours, Dinesh
Explore ella in deep- a full day tour
Summary - sunrise at Little Adam's Peak , Tea plantation visit, Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara Railway loop , Ravana Falls, Secret waterfall +great experiences in off the beaten track. This tour covers the top must do activities at Ella, Sri Lanka. Meeting point for the tour is Ella railway station. First we will hike to see the sunrise at little Adams peak mountain.its the best and most convenient place to see the sunrise at Ella. You can experience the changes of nature with the sunrise, specially the clouds and the continuing plane towards coast of Sri Lanka. This is more than a hike and you will learn much on flora and fauna, history and folkore of Sri Lanka and Ella too Afterwards, i will stop for your breakfast and then start walk to the nine arches bridge . Its a colonial era viaduct and considered as most beautiful railway bridge in Sri Lanka. we can see the train passing the bridge and it is worthy to have that experience. Then we will visit famous Demodara Railway station . at there you can see the spiral railway loop. During this drive, we will stop in a beautiful tea field(not a factory) and you will learn much about tea and history of ceylon tea. After these key sights, we will bring you to experience authentic Village life at a farming village closer to Ella as well as to a secret waterfall. This would be a golden memmory in your travel.
Ella One Day Tour by a Tuk-Tuk
Join me at Ella , amazing mountain village at Uva Province of SriLanka. Experience the one day Tuk-Tuk ride and create memories you cannot forget. It's not only site seen Tuk-Tuk Summary - Ella Little Adam's Peak, Nine Arches Bridge, Demodara Loop, Rawana Waterfall, Halpe Black Tea Factory. I will pick you from any hotel/villa you staying around Ella. First we will hike to Ella Little Adam's Peak (to see the best sun rice) Little Adams peak is the best place to see the Ella gap and the plain continues to the southern coast of Sri Lanka. This is more than a hike and you will learn much on flora and fauna, history and folkore of Sri Lanka and Ella too Then we will visit Nine Arches Bridge. is the most attractive colonial era viaduct in Sri Lanka. We will ride you to this unique bridge and show you the best spots to take your memorable photos. Afterwards, Demodara Railway Loop and Railway station, is a highlight of upcountry railway track. Also this is the only railway station in the world that has spiral railway track and a tunnel made just upon it. Then we drive to Rawana waterfall, is the most massive waterfall at Ella and we will drive you there during this tour Then we drive to Halpe Black Tea Factory, This remarks another highlight. you can explore the tea making process and taste the fresh tea During this tour i can stop as you request to get the meals & refe
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
Join me to discover lost city of Polonnaruwa one of the UNESCO world heritage site our Journy stars from Kandy and our first stop is matale Hindu temple very picturesque temple then we will visit another ancient temple Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone temple near Matale, Sri Lanka and its original site is considered the geographical centre of Sri Lanka. The building was constructed between the 8th and 10th centuries with Dravidian architecture in (Pallava style) and is believed to have been used by Buddhists. A pillar inscription of the 9-10th century A.DAfter seeing the gedige we will head towards our main site Polonnaruwa ancient city Then we go to the main site and fist visit Council chamber of king Nissankamalla ,the Palace of Nissankamalla, Mahameruwa (Hypothetical Mountain), The winter palace of Nissakamalla, The Royal Palace of Parakramabahu, The council chamber of Parakramabahu, Kumara Pakuna (The royal bath), Siva Devale, Dalada Maluwa (the terrace of the tooth relic) Vatadage (circular relic house), Thuparama (image house), Bodhigara, Nissanka latha mandapa (Nissanka Flower scroll hall), Gal vihara, the pot of plenty, Carving on stone pillars and many other places of this Ancient UNESCO heritage site And after seeing the culture we are going to visit the nature of this magnificent island we are getting in to jeep to visit Minneriya National Park
Cook & Eat The Sri Lankan Way
Join with me to understand the taste of Sri Lankan vegan food and we will teach you how you can make them when you return.we will teach you seven different authentic Sri Lankan vegan family recipes I have learnt from my grandmother and customised them to satisfy your taste. We will give you a detailed demonstration on the spices we use in our Cooking prior to the cooking lessons then you will join me in cooking all of them while writing the important tips on the cook book I give you to take home as a discussion piece. I do this for the past 12 years and we are the most reviewed and visited cooking class in Ella town.
Kandy cooking class with village family
Fun, Food & Learn Traditional Sri Lanka food is very enjoyable and world famous, but cooking it yourself adds yet another dimension to the experience. We pick up from hotel then travel to cooking lesson. We do cooking classes in Kandy at a house located in quiet residential areas just outside the city. Each day of the week there are different menus on training, reflecting the cultural and culinary traditions of Sri Lanka. Other things to note Lessons typically last 3-4 hours but can vary depending on how good you can cook! at the end you have to find transportation from yourself or we can provide it so you have to pay for it.
Trekking in the Knuckles Mountain Range - Sri Lanka
 Please contact me as soon as your booking is confirmed, and you will be advised to arrive at the pickup point at 6.00 a.m. Upon pick up, you will be driven to the starting point of your trek. Please wear loose fitting clothing i. e. hiking clothes.  We will provide you a few essential items that include rain protection attire, bottled water, packaged snacks and leech socks. II will guide you to see and experience whatever you wish to encounter during your trek.  During your adventure trail through the clouded forest, you will see some jaw dropping views, and I will lead you to a hidden waterfall that you may be able to bathe in crystal clear cool waters while enjoying the surroundings.  At the end of your trek, I will take you to a rural village where you will be warmly welcomed to a local villager’s home and brief you on village life. Having rested, you will have the unique opportunity to taste local beer & truly authentic Sir Lankan lunch prepared by locals, prior to being driven back to your pick-up point. The trek is 8km (~5 miles), however, it can be lengthened or shortened to suit your preferences.
Nuwaraeliya journy to hill country waterfall and tea land
Join me to discover beauty of hill county our journey starts from Kandy hotel you stay at we will come to get you and drive up to the hill county main city Nuwara Eliya our drive is mostly parallel to Mahaweli river the longest river in Sri Lanka and most of the area covered with tea plantation our 1st stop is gerandi Ella and Ramboda Ella Waterfalls Ramboda waterfall is 109m (358ft) high 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th in the world After seeing the waterfalls next stop Labukele Tea factory in this place we can see how the finest tea pick from the tea plant and process to the finest cup of tea Refresh with the finest cup of tea our journey continues to Nuwara Eliya city, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate known as little England the city was built for tea planters many of the building retain features from the British colonial features such as town post office, grand hotel, hill club, golf club ... Nuwara Eliya city ends with beautiful lake call Gregory we will take some time for an evening walk around lake and head back to your stay
A Sri Lankan Cooking Experience
A cooking class / session to show how a typical Sri lankan meal is cooked. the experience would include: An Introduction to the curries cooked and how it is cooked. An introduction to all the ingredients & spices used. How the spices are prepared in a traditional way How the ingredients are prepared based on the required quantities Experience cooking & tips. Experience how the table is arranged in a traditional Sri Lankan way. Taste / Enjoy the meal prepared. Other things to note This is a cooking experience in a traditional Sri lankan house. You will be learning how a typical Sri lankan meal is cooked and enjoy the meal afterwards.
The Tea Tour
Welcome to Hatton,Sri lanka The Heart of Ceylon’s Tea region! Please join us on one of our special Tea Tours, where you will experience the full “plant to pot” process. • Walk amongst the tea in the tea fields • Meet the pluckers • Learn their technique • Try your hand at plucking • Visit the weighing stations • Go to the factory, to learn about the processing: o Withering o Rolling o Drying o Shifting o Testing o Packing • Drink freshly made and brewed tea!
Explore Kandy with Suraj
I would meet the travellers at the central market Kandy,guide them on an explained tour in the market,then take them on a walk around the Kandy Lake,which will be followed by the tour which shows them the many temples which is around the temple of the tooth,after that we will head towards the big buddha which is located on top of the bahirawakanda hill where you can see the whole city of Kandy from a birds eye point of view As a local from Kandy,I am well aware of the places of interest in Kandy,I would love to share the knowledge with the tourists who visit Kandy,show them around visit local restaurants, local products of the local community. We will meetup at my home,discuss about your likes,and we will explore the city,the historical places ,nature and the local market together
Kandy cooking class
enjoy the best cooking experience in Kandy you will meet Mr Ranesh in the meeting point and after you can collect fresh vegetables and fruits in Kandy central market. then ride with our place and experience step by step how-to cook Sri Lankan traditional cooking tips in your hands hope you guys with us.
Easy Sri Lankan Cooking Class in Kandy
Be a part of the Sri Lankan Culinary Culture and learn how to use herbs and spices which consist of Ayurvedic properties to make authentic Sri Lankan dishes. This experience is very special to my heart as the dishes are from my step grandmas recipes. They were taught to the chef by my grandma at a very young age before his culinary career took off. My step grandma is a buddhist nun at present. You will be guided by an internationally acclaimed chef with experience in Sri Lankan Cuisine. He will show you how to choose fresh local ingredients and cook delicious Sri Lankan food. You will be part of our beautiful home and meet my mom and our wonderful helping staff and enjoy the prepared food in our beautiful home. What does the culinary experience entail? -You will be greeted with herbal tea and jaggery. -The chef will help you choose fresh vegetables and herbs. -The chef will teach you how to cut the vegetables, meat and how to pick the herbs from its stem to enhance its flavour. -The chef will give you an introduction to spices. You will be able to taste and touch them. -You will grate coconut and learn how to make your own coconut milk -You will cook the dishes - Enjoy the amazing cooked food like you've never had before! (you can eat with your fingers for an authentic experience)
Water Fall & tea plantation Trekking
Sri Lanka Highest Waterfall Morning we take the trine to starting point This tour offers you the opportunity to hike on one of the most famous hiking in Sri Lanka the water fall trekking to babarakanda falls the highest fall in Sri Lanka through a path in the mountain with panoramic view in the tea plantation and tea plantation villages and we will meet the family’s live in the village , and we see the lady’s picking tea in the plantation and we can also join them for 10 or 15 minutes to pick some tea and experience the tea picking that we drink tea all our life A harsh 18 km trail from Ohiya to Bambarakanda Falls near the Horton Plains.After from a tea plantation village you will be going down to a forest and reach to a waterfall called “Lanka Falls” lankafall is one of the most beautiful waterfall in the hidden forest not many people visit this fall so most of the time the all waterfall just for you to enjoy, and where you would be able to swim and have a cold bath in the natural pool at the base of the waterfall. we continue our trek further down where you will come to see Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall “Bambarakanda” than we take our transport back to Haputale Other things to note very Special tour all about Tea, water falls, forests, train ride, very remote villages and You will be enjoying every bit of the journey with the mind-blowing beauty of the surroundings. Every day we Operate this program so you can book any best days for you
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