The train routes is Sri Lanka are some of the most beautiful in the world. The eastern route takes you from Kandy to Nanu Oya, through Sri Lankan tea country. The views on both side of the rail are breathtaking and the scenery changes throughout the trip.
Explore the countryside around Galle and pass lush green paddy fields, electric blue kingfishers, big black buffalo, inland lakes, tea hills, cinnamon fields and the ever smiling and vibrant local village life. Or visit the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura by bike.
Embark on a boat trip down the lovely Madu river, a wetland estatuary. The Madu River is very rich in biodivesity. It’s a wonderful way to take a closer look at the complex ecosystem, one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a mangrove forest.
This prominent rock offers amazing views of Sigiriya Lion Rock. It's a 20-minute hike tot the top past several temples and a reclining Buddha. Pidurangala is a much more adventurous climb over the Lions Rock but with only a quarter of the steps and without the crowds. The best time to climb Pidurangala Rock is either sunrise or sunset.
Hiking in Horton Plains
The ‘plains’ form a plateau of rises and fall over 2000m high, covered by wild grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, waterfalls and lakes. The park is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. The plateau’s sudden end is famously known as ‘World’s End’
The enigmatic remains of the Ritigala Monastery are tucked away on a mountain in the middle of a strict nature reserve. Difficult to reach and largely skipped by tourists, the archaeological site has 70 rock caves spread through the dense growth and it is believed that monks had been living secluded in this monastery since the first century BC.