Are you looking for a great Sri Lanka tour packages from Kochi (India)? If it’s your first time to the island, you might be confused as to what exactly you can do during your stay. Here to help – our quick guide to Sri Lanka will outline the top 5 places you must visit, from mountains of tea or beaches of golden sands and everything in between.
Cochin to Sri Lanka tour package begins from the capital of Ceylon tea, Nuwara Eliya has been dubbed ‘Little England’ following the invasion of the British colonists. Tea plantations eventually began to flourish in and around Nuwara Eliya. As you stroll through the misty town, you’ll find a number of buildings including the post office that resembles the architecture of its colonists. When in Nuwara Eliya, be sure to visit Horton Plains, admire the views from World’s End, stroll along the pathway bordering Lake Gregory and enjoy a sunset over mountain silhouettes.
Kandy (Must in Sri Lanka Tour Packages from Cochin)
The sacred city of Kandy and the Sri Dalada Maligawa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is believed to be the holiest on the island as it holds a sacred tooth relic of the Buddha within its chambers; protected in a golden casket. Religious devotees and travellers from around the world make their way to get a glimpse of this relic and stand in awe at the beauty of the temple. Before visiting the temple, always ensure you are dressed modestly, covering your knees and shoulders, and remember to remove your footwear before entering the holy premises. Located next to the temple is the Royal Palace, the last home of the royals in Sri Lanka.
It was said that only those who was fit to rule the land was deemed fit to look after the sacred tooth relic, thereafter, whichever king was ruling the island, was bestowed the relic for safekeeping and protection, making Kandy it’s final resting place. In Kandy, you’ll also find Udawatte Kele, a forest sanctuary located right above the temple and royal palace grounds, the manmade lake adjacent to temple that was built by one of the kings and the nearby Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens; the largest of its kind in Sri Lanka.
The old town of Galle is a famed destination in the south coast of Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort was first built during the Portuguese occupation of the land and later fortified when the Dutch and British invaded the land. Enjoy a walk around the fort ramparts and you’ll find the towering lighthouse and clocktower; each with a special history of its own. Within the old buildings and cobblestoned alleys, you’ll find a number of quaint, chic restaurants and retail outlets. Galle beaches are some of the more pristine and stunning around the island.
Roughly an hour away from Galle is the beautiful town of Mirissa. Popularly known for its surf friendly beaches and waters that are thriving with marine life, Mirissa is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting the island; especially if you want to spot the largest animal in the world! The tropical waters around the island are home to the Blue Whale and a number of other whale and dolphin species, making a whale-watching and dolphin excursion one of the best things to do when on holiday. Those interested in surfing can try their hand at the stunning beaches in Mirissa or if you’re new to the surf scene, head over to the beginner-friendly Weligama Bay beach for a lesson or two. There are a number of surfing schools dotted along the bay offering board rentals and surf lessons for those eager to surf the gentle waves.
On your last leg of the Sri Lanka Tour Packages from Cochin, head over to Colombo, the bustling, commercial hub of the island. Here you’ll find a myriad of things to do, visit temples, stroll through the ever-changing Galle Face Green and admire the rapidly evolving coastline with its latest development, sample street food as you enjoy the fresh ocean breeze, shop for souvenirs or grab a cocktail at one of the many rooftop bars in the city, offering mesmerizing views of the ocean and the city’s glittering skyline. Once the sun sets, the city changes to a hub of activity and lights, bars spring to life and the residents head to the most popular spots for an entertaining night ahead. From malls to bars and restaurants, there’s a number of things you can do in Colombo before heading back to the airport.