Atypique Lanka est composé d'une équipe, jeune et dynamique qui possède une connaissance du pays qui permettra de vous façonner un séjour à votre image. Notre talent est de vous dénicher les petites merveilles et raretés que peu de voyageurs ont l’occasion de connaître au fil de leur séjour au Sri Lanka. Atypique Lanka s’adresse aux voyageurs en quête d’authenticité.
We can offer you 2*,3* and 4* regular hotels but we also have a collection of uncommon accommodations, from the treehouse to the luxury boutique hotels. Here is an idea of some of the uncommon accommodations that we can offer
in Gampola, close to Kandy, is a traditional colonial house steeped in the personal history of a fascinating family. This mansion has a history of over 175 years and is currently owned by the fourth generation of the Panabokke family. In a unique setting, away from the hustle and bustle of Kandy, you will enjoy a trip through time.
is an ecolodge created by a French couple in Baddegama, a countryside village on the island west coast. Stay in one of the five treehouses surrounded by paddy fields and just enjoy the real connection with nature.
is an elegant hotel surrounded by tea plantations situated in a calm, romantic, and peaceful setting in Ella. Each chalet opens up to scenic views of the misty mountains and the restaurant 98 is truly unique for dining experience overlooking breathtaking sceneries. From the hotel you can explore hiking adventure, Little Adam’s Peak, tea gardens & factories, nine arch bridge, waterfalls, ancient temples and historic artefacts that offers to keep you fascinated during a few nights’ stay.
is located 5 minutes’ drive from Sigriya and is paradise for those who love nature. Situated in a secluded forest the retreat has been built without cutting a single tree. By staying in one of their cottages or in the tree house you will enjoy a very special experience while being in the heart of the cultural triangle.
in Deniyaya is a unique experience to get to know the life of local people living in Sri Lanka. You will visit the market and buy fruits and vegetables and then prepare a delicious traditional dish with the help of the people in the house.
With varying climates and geography packed into a small island Sri Lanka offers a range of adventures from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans.
Swimming or snorkeling are very popular but scuba diving and surfing are good additions to the potential activities to be done on Sri Lanka’s beaches. The sea around Sri Lanka is also one of the most challenging marine game fishing locations while white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing are some of the relatively new water sports practiced in the country.
Trekking and Hiking
Highlands of Sri Lanka with virgin rain forests, sacred mountains, lush tea gardens and plains filled with rare birds and insects coupled with mild temperatures and welcoming smiles of the villagers provide the ideal setting to an unforgettable walking experience. With multitude of roads winding through expanding mountains, lush green forests, paddy fields, parks and sleepy villages, Sri Lanka also offers many opportunities to keen hikers and trekkers. Climbing Adam’s Peak is a one in a lifetime memory.
Rafting / Canoeing
Kitulgala is a renowned place in Sri Lanka to practice adventure sports such as rafting. After coming off the slopes of Adam’s Peak, the clear waters of the Kelani River wind their way through the Hill Country of inland Sri Lanka before emptying into the Indian Ocean. With the Kelani’s special “Killer Fall” and “Butter Crunch” rapids, rafters are guaranteed a challenge, but are also offered a chance to relax, with small calm stretches allowing a refreshing swim in the river to unwind. Ideal times are from May to December. Canyoning is also possible in Kithulagala with plunge pools to jump in, “potholes” to wade across… and shoot down a few slides.
Diving / Snorkeling / Sailing
Sri Lanka offers world-class diving and snorkeling expeditions. Tropical fishes, magnificently colourful coral reefs and fascinating ship wrecks can be explored at several locations off the south coast of Sri Lanka. Bentota, Beruwela, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Welligama, Polhena or Kirinda offers interesting diving and/or snorkeling spots on the southern coast of the island whereas Pigeon Island , off Nilaveli is a paradise of turquoise-coloured waters and abundant fish and coral life. Due to the monsoon seasons, west/south coast diving and snorkelling is generally best from November to April whilst the east coast waters are at their best from April to September.
Among the new activities in Sri Lanka you can also have an unforgettable sailing adventure on a catamaran and get the opportunity to snorkel, canoe, play with a stand-up-paddle board or swim around the boat while anchored in a breathtaking location. Sailing happens on west coast (Bentota and Mirissa) from October to March and in east coast (Trincomalee and Passikudah) from April to September.
Whale Watching / Turtle Watching
The ocean around Sri Lanka is the home to the gentle giants and the performers of the ocean. Dolphins and whales parade their presence at various locations around Sri Lanka during the months of December, January, February, March and April. Altogether 26 species of cetaceans rule the waters surrounding the country, making it one of the best locations for whale and dolphin watching. The whale watching can be done on the entire perimeter of the island, but the privileged places are Kalpitiya northwest and south Mirissa.
The island is also a sanctuary for sea turtles. Guests may have the chance to admire the different species of turtles: green, leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and olive ridley. Unfortunately, these are endangered species. Kosgoda and rekawa, south of Sri Lanka, are homes for turtles.
With a history expanding over 3000years, Sri Lanka holds some of world’s ancient cities. Most of the cultural heritage of the island are situated in the Cultural Triangle. If Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya are the most famous there are also very nice unknown places.
Of all the ancient cities of the island, the most famed and most exquisite is the Kingdom of Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka’s third and the longest serving capital is also one of the most sacred cities of World Buddhists. It was the capital of Sri Lanka from the Fourth Century BC to the eleventh Century AD and was one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. Anuradhapura is a World Heritage site since 1982. Sigiriya, a fifth century AD fortress and a water garden displays some of the most futuristic elements of landscaping and some of the oldest murals recorded in the country. View from the top is amazing with coconut trees, paddy fields surrounding the village. Sigiriya is a World Heritage site since 1982. Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient kingdom of the country started to decline in the 13th century and disappeared in the jungle. It’s only in the beginning of the 20th century that British rediscovered the ancient city. Polonnaruwa is a World Heritage site since 1982.
Despite its small size Sri Lanka is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Ninety-one species of mammals live in Sri Lanka and the ocean around is home to large families of cetaceans including blue whales, sperm whales and lively dolphins.
Birds are also the glory of Sri Lanka’s wildlife with nearly 433 bird species, mainly found in Sinharaja rainforest and in Bundala national park. Although less celebrated, the island has one of the richest diversity of amphibians in the world with over 106 species. The country has long claimed to have the highest amphibian species density in the world with a high concentration in the Sinharaja rainforest.
Here are some of the most famous wildlife spots in Sri Lanka :
There are 13 national parks and nearly a hundred protected areas in Sri Lanka. Udawalawe and Yala, in the South-East, are the most famous national parks for safari. In Yala you will encounter many species of animals including deer, crocodiles, wild boars, elephants, buffaloes and even a leopard or a bear for the lucky ones but also many tourists while Udawalawe is home to hundreds of elephants and less visited. National parks in the East (Minneriya, Eco Park, Kaudulla) are mainly homes to herds of elephants while bird lovers should head to Bundala National Park.
Tea Plantations and Waterfalls
Tea originated in China 5,000 years ago but it was Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, which made tea famous in the 19th and 20th centuries. Scotsman James Taylor is attributed to planting the first tea estate in Sri Lanka in 1867. Ceylon tea became famous and much loved for its unmatched quality and variety. The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known then, presented the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea.
Sri Lanka also has the largest number of waterfalls in the world. The geographical formation of the island with the central highland sloping down to the coastal plains has resulted in several rivers and streams starting from the central region flowing down the hilly slopes creating beautiful waterfalls in several places in the hill country.
The central highlands of the island with Nuwara Eliya, Hatton and Ella offer amazing walks with stunning views of stirring mountains carpeted with lush green tea gardens. You will also discover roaring waterfalls such as Bambarankada Falls (241m) and Diyaluma Falls (171m) which are among the highest or Ramboda Falls (116m), Dunhinda Falls (63m) or Baker Falls (22m) which are the most popular.
Sinharaja Rain Forest
The Sinharaja rainforest is a world heritage site and a significant ecotourism destination in Sri Lanka. This rainforest is home to nineteen of Sri Lanka’s twenty species of endemic birds and eight of Sri Lanka’s twelve endemic mammal species. Ceylon Blue Magpie, giant squirrel, dusky-stripped jungle squirrel, badger mongoose and endemic purple-faced leaf monkey and torque macaque are frequently seen. The reserve is also home to a large number of reptiles and amphibia.
The conservation value of Sinharaja is important as it holds a large number of endemic species of plants and animals and it is the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rain forest.
Horton Plains was designated as a National Park in 1988. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. The Park is home to a wide variety of flora and twenty-four species of mammal such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare and porcupine. For bird enthusiasts, there are eighty-seven species, including many migratory birds. It also features many interesting attractions such as Bakers Falls, Chimney Pool and the famous World’s End, a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline.
Visitors to the park can follow a 10km loop that incorporates all of the spectacular features. The best time to visit is early in the morning as this is when the air is likely to be clearest so that you can enjoy the best of the views. In the afternoons, clouds tend to descend and the area becomes submerged in mist.
Horton Plains National Park, along with the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and Knuckles Mountain Range comprises the Central Highlands World Heritage Site.