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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.
Traditional Gems and Jewelry Workshop
I welcome all ages, individuals, families, couples and groups to come and create a lasting memory with me.This workshop demonstrates you how to make a custom piece of jewelry using precious metals such as Gold or Silver. Your "experience" is to actively participate and get your hands on Melting precious metals/Gauging/ Soldering/Designing/Hammering/ Embedding gems/Smoothing and Polishing involves in jewelry making. You will become familiar with all Traditional equipment and techniques that are involved. Apart from that you have the opportunity to:- * Touch and examine Rough and Polished (precious, semi- precious) gems from local mines. * Learn how to Identify real gems from fakes. * Learn how to recognize whether a piece of jewelry is made from the same precious metal content or not. * Get Free "Rough/polished gems" at the end of the experience. ~~~ This is a working demonstration class which demonstrates you how to make a piece of jewelry in traditional way ,so If you wish to take what you make with you , then you will have to pay for the Metal and Gems involved in the piece.( very reasonable Non touristic price) But you don`t have to Buy anything unless you want to as we give chance for you to practice with a custom piece ~~ ~You can bring your own ideal jewelry designs to be handmade by yourself. ~ possible to buy Gems and custom made jewelries. Other things to note I host daily from "9 a.m to 11 p.m" Free rough gems are given to you at the end of the experience. On request, I can provide a valid course completion certificate to be known as an artisan.
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.
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 small but outstanding village type restaurant or Home Cooked Meal, while exploring Ayurveda (herbal) garden with spices in lovely atmosphere. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient Kingdom. Other things to note If Guest want to visit inside of the temple they have to buy entrace tickets for sometemples (Rs. 300). Can Provide Backup Vehicle with Driver for aditional Rs. 2500
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.

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Mtb journey through the submerged city
We will meet at my place at respective time. Will brief you about the trail and the bikes. The best way to get to my place is taking a Tuk Tuk which will cost around LKR 500 from Kandy town. We will get on the saddle and ride through rice fields, vegetable cultivations, villages and some forest covers. The ride is very technical and only the mountain bikers can enjoy this ride. For an example we will be doing small steam crossings, rot sections, step descends gravel and rocky down hills. At the end we will be visiting a Sri Lankan traditional food center to regain the energy. We will loop back to the same place and conclude the ride Other things to note They must have a proper cross country biking experience to enjoy this ride
Kandy mountain biking adventure
The host will meet clients at their respective hotel around Kandy. Pick them up and drive to the starting point of the tour. This is an exclusive mountain bike ride which has some gravel, rocky, root sections and low grade technical downhills. The trails are very unique, and they will mostly be through tea plantations. You will get a good insight in to how people live, what they do and their cultural behaviors. Some times we will be riding through small forest covers and bare lands. The total elevation gain will be around 600m with distance of 25 - 30 Km. During the ride we will taste some street food and do not forget to taste a king coconut to refresh. The riders will be given frequent breaks for refreshments and hydration. And not forgetting to taste a king coconut on our way. The ride is Just for cyclists who have a cross country mountain biking experience. They will be provided with Scott hard tail bikes with hydraulic disc brakes. We try our best to provide the maximum riding comfort to the clients and the experience as a whole. Other things to note This is a mountain bike ride. Those who have MTB experience can only enjoy this tour at it's maximum.
Cycle down to Hatton. Train ride back.
We'll meet at Nuwara Eliya City Center and first get familiar with the bikes and some safety points. We then start cycling out of town up to Nanu Oya, from where we get of the main road and start winding our way down to Hatton. The route is through the tea fields, so you can say what the life of a tea picker looks like. We come out back on the main road at Talawalkelle and enjoy the gentle downhill roads to Hatton. At Hatton we get on the train and enjoy the scenic ride back up to Nanu Oya. Other things to note You will need to organise your own transport from Nanu Oya Railway station to your hotel. I can help you with the tuk drivers. Please send me a message with your height for bike sizing.
Learn surfing in Weligama with us
We will meet at the surf school on the beach, we will chat about your previous surfing experience (if any) and talk about your goals. - For beginners >Because safety is sexy, we will show you how to be safe in the water, and practice the technique on the beach for about 15 min. We will then head into the water to start practicing, for about 1h-1h15. - For intermediates > If you already know to catch whites waves by yourself, we will give you lineup lessons for you to catch green waves We have maximum 2 students (of the same level) for one instructor, to ensure personalized and best learning experience. It's all about having fun, learning and sharing! Once your lesson is over, you are welcome to stay with us and chill on our sunbeds, or go practice surfing by yourself with one of our board. Notes: - We provide rash shirts and boards Other things to note We are fairly flexible about time, so please contact us so we can schedule something that works best for you!
Kandy Market & Food Walk
On this food walk you will get to try at least 10 different items. So don't eat before! We will meetup in front of the iconic Kandy City Center for a short briefing on what to expect and a little history about Kandy. We then head to the beautiful Kandy market. Here we will start by trying out some fruits. I'm sure there will be fruits that you haven't tried before. We then walk through the bustling vegetable market. We continue through the streets of Kandy, trying local snack, refreshing king coconuts. We visit a food stall run by a woman's co-operative. You'd have to know someone's grandmother to get to try some of the delicacies available here. We then walk a bit around the lake with some story telling about the Sinhalese Kings in Kandy. Our next stop is some hot fresh dosas and finally a settling bowl of curd and treacle. Other things to note Have a light breakfast. Probably won't need lunch after. Let me know if you have any allergies in advance. Where comfortable light cotton clothes.
Yoga and relax
I will be having expert yoga teachers who will be conducting this experience at my place..we will be conducting a conversation session including mindfulness, and philosophical teaching, the tea session after the yoga classes would allow guests to connect more with the spiritual aspect of life
Chintha's cooking lesson hikkaduwa
worm welcome to all our guests, explaining all herbs and spices &leaves , how to grinding fresh coconut and making coconut milk, there are all 10 curry made with coconut milk explains all curry one by one ,guests will prepared by them self , chintha will teach timings for all curry timings and flavors, finally guests will eat what they prepared in our kitchen.
Surf Weligama
Surf with one of the best on the region. We normally have surf lessons based on your level, like for an absolute beginner (level 1) or an experience surfer (level 3). Level 1 - Absolute Beginner At first our trainer will you a basic introduction and then will go into step by step guide to catch you in your first wave. Level 2 - Intermediate Surfer We'll teach you how to stand and paddle properly, when to stand, how to turn and other important techniques. Level 3 - Experienced Surfer We'll give you the board and you just can carry on. If needed any help we'll provide it. Each lesson is 2 hours as mentioned.
Enjoy Fishing in a Lake, Traditional Lunch and Historic Site
Hello Guys, Join with me for a Exceptional Lake Tour While Fishing and Safe Bathing in the Lake. I will pick you up (or you can get me to your vehicle) From the Buttala or Monaragala Where most close to you. First we will visit highest free standing Buddha Statue in Asia, Which is Maligavila Buddha Statue. Next, we will visit Dambegoda Bodhisathwa Statue and it is also free standing one. Both these statues have located in Archeologically Preserved Site. There you can feel natural cold and you can see huge trees with local monkeys. Next You can enjoy Sri Lankan Rice & Curry (with Lake Fish) as your lunch. After resting in the area, Let us Start our Lake Tour by a paddled boat. There you can Do fishing and you can engage with fisherman's Works. Life Jackets will be provided. You can bathe in a safe area and it totally depend of your willingness. In the Evening, You can enjoy the Fish you Caught. On the way back to your hotel, I will arrange you a free fresh Wood Apple Juice for each Person. Do not Miss this Rare Opportunity Out. Enjoy Your Sri Lanka Tour in a Unique Way.
Explained traditional Sri Lankan cooking demonstration
I have been an airbnb host since 2016,since then most of the guests who stayed at my place shared the experience of cooking and dining with me,the traditional Sri Lankan food...I have discovered the requirements of my guests and have uniquely mutated the spicy version of Sri Lankan food in a way that everyone can enjoy it,it would be a privilege to share this with you. We will be conducting the experience with our guests on how to process the food and starting with cutting the vegetables and they will be participating with the cooking process. The food which will be prepared will be served for the guests for lunch
Mountain biking in Colombo
This experience takes place 30Kms off Sri Lanka's commercial capital, Colombo. Which is a 1 hour drive in early morning. We pick up the guests from respective hotel in Colombo at 6am. It is preferable if they can bring a packed breakfast. Then we will be driving to Ingiriya where our exclusive mountain biking experience takes place. We will be doing a 27 Km loop which is gonna be on semi technical terrains through rubber plantations and some road sections and some tough but "friendly" climbs :)). The biking part of the tour ends up in a natural swimming pool which is a river. After having a refreshing dip in the water, go to a plantation bungalow to have our super delicious rice and curry meal probably with a Lion beer. Guests will be dropped off at their respective hotels in Colombo. Return drive is going to be 2hrs. Other things to note Guest must have mountain biking experience
A day in Knuckles in bikers way
This is a full day mountain biking experience specifically for mountain bikers and XC bikers. this is the plan we will meet you at the respective hotel you stay in kandy in the morning. Drive to the trail head, or the start point of the ride which will take around 1.5 hours. We will start the ride through a mix of gravel and broken tar mac roads with almost zero traffic. during the ride you will se a lot of Tea plantations, workers and their houses. we will also be visiting a natural pool or a water stream during the ride. Ride is 30 - 40 Km with total elevation gain of 800 - 1000 m. at the end of the ride we can have a delicious sri lankan rice and curry meal in a village house, in very sri lankan way. You will be transferred back to yur hotel at the end of the ride which is again 1 hour drive
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
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.
The Tea Tour
Welcome to Hatton, 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!