Our Sri Lanka travel video

Our Sri Lanka travel video

Our Sri Lanka travel video includes our favourite memories as we ate our way through this tropical pearl shaped island.

The video was made using the video editor “MAGIX Movie Edit pro 2013”. The music used in the video is “Mal Madahasa” by Randhir featuring Bathiya, Umara.

Sri Lanka travel recommendations

Transportation: first, there is no need to stress about getting taxis around the capital. Uber is heavily used in Colombo Airport and in Colombo. If you've never used it before, we give you your 1st ride for free using this link. To get to Kandy, Nuwara Elya or Ella, we highly recommend you take the train because the landscapes are stunning, tickets are cheap and it is an amazing adventure.

Travel insurance: whether you go on a safari in Yala National Park, scuba diving in Unawatuna, hiking at Ella Rock or just lay on the beach all day long in Hikkaduwa, you need travel insurance. We use World Nomads because they offer considerable coverage especially for adventure travellers. They also make it easy to make a claim as it’s all done online.

Flights: flying domestically in Sri Lanka doesn't make much sense because the train has more comprehensive coverage across the country and is far cheaper. For international flights, flying to Sri Lanka can be expensive. We recommend Google flights to search for the cheapest fares, and Momondo for booking airfares. In addition, flights from Sri Lanka and India to The Maldives are very affordable, so don't miss out on the opportunity!

Hotels: Sri Lanka has a huge diversity of accommodation options. Make sure you check out our Sri Lanka content for hotel recommendations first. TripAdvisor is also a good place to start researching places to stay and find the best activities to do. Going to the hotel in person and negotiating the price face to face will most of the time result in a cheaper price compared to what you find online. But if like us, you're a bit of a control freak and like planning ahead, we recommend using Booking.com to find the best deals and book your accommodation online.

15 Comments

  1. Guys thank you for the wonderful output of your journey . Really enjoyed . Really a inspiring one for the people who have Sri Lanka on their Bucket.

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    • Thanks Henry. When are you thinking of visiting?

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  2. Great blog, thanks for all the info you guys share with the world.
    We are going to Sri Lanka in May and are hoping to do the train ride that you did (TRAIN FROM NUWARA ELIYA TO ELLA, A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUDS).
    However, when I emailed the hotel we plan to stay at they had no idea. A friend of a friend tried to go last year and it was fully booked. So I have snippets of information from various sources but not sure how to get tickets and book on this incredibly journey. Any idea? Thanks, Lyndsey

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    • Thanks for your message Lyndsey. We just turned up last minute and booked. We were told best is to go the day before or a few days before during busy times, but when we went, we were told it’s best just to go on the day a few hours before and we were absolutely fine.

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      • Thanks Stefan, so I just ask a driver to take us to Nuwara Eliya train station? Trying to figure out the exact location so we know where to go when we arrive, thanks

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        • Yeah something like that. Our tuk tuk driver took us from our guesthouse in Nuwara Eliya to the train station and we bought our (3rd class) tickets there. The 1st class ones are limited and sell out quickly so maybe worth going a few days before for those. But the experience in 3rd class is more real. We just sat by the door with our legs dangling out for the entire journey.

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          • Thanks, this really helps. We are getting very excited for our trip to Sri Lanka, your blog is very inspiring.

  3. really great page and loely video. Did you do a cookery course and if so where was it. I am planning our itinerary for August. thanks

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    • Awww thanks M. We stayed at Beauty Mount Inn where they do cooking classes each evening – definitely recommend a stay there:
      http://www.beautymountella.com/

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  4. Wow, your trip looks amazing. We were planning a trip to Sri Lanka in March but we have only 6 days and your blog has been so handy !!! what would you recommend?and what can be given a skip? We are keen on all the above except Negombo. However, to fit it all in 6 days seems like a herculean task

    Please help 🙂 thanks

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    • Thanks Zahra! Totally agree Negombo is very skippable but makes an excellent base for those awkward flights at Colombo airport (Negombo is cheaper to stay in then Colombo and closer to the airport).

      We totally skipped the cultural triangle as it’s very expensive for foreigners (travelling on a budget) and not something we’re really interested in anyway. Kandy we didn’t like very much – it’s great if you’re really into Buddhism but otherwise very skippable.

      We loved the train rides from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and then through to Ella. Ella was a massive highlight – the views from Ella Rock are stunning.

      If you’re into wildlife then definitely try to do a safari at Yala or Udawalawe and a whale watching safari at Mirissa (but check it’s the correct season for it).

      As far as beaches go, you will be extremely disappointed as we found Sri Lanka lacks this unfortunately – mainly because the water is too rough. It’s very cheap to fly to the Maldives from Colombo however – which is great for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you’re into surfing though (which we are not), you’ll love beaches like Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna. We never made it to Galle unfortunately and would definitely recommend a visit based on what other travellers told us.

      Hope that helps 🙂

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      • Thanks a lot guys !! We have finally figured out our itinerary and tried to fit in most of it. Very insightful and interesting. Love your blog 🙂 xoxo
        Will send a postcard from Sri Lanka 😉

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        • Thanks Zahra 🙂

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  5. Beautiful video guys – so many amazing animals, so much nature and so many smiling faces 🙂

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    • Thanks Amy 🙂

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