There are few feelings as exhilarating as getting right off the beaten track, out into wild, wide open spaces, and taking in lungful’s of fresh, clean air on walking holidays that could take you to some of the most spectacular locations in the world. Whether it’s exploring magical coastal cliffs, rugged mountainous interiors, or idyllic riverside rambles, the most essential feeling is that of escaping the crowds, finding hidden trails thanks to your local guides, and simply soaking up the landscape.

Our walking holidays in Sri Lanka get you in touch with the beautiful landscape on this gem of an island. Explore once-in-a-lifetime routes through the incredible Central Province, or head to the characterful hills and stunning coastlines near Galle, discovering offbeat experiences and locally known trails along the way.

Hiking adventures in Sri Lanka

Walking and hiking are an absolutely essential way of getting truly in touch with a landscape, and the only real way to get yourself truly off the beaten track, and far from the crowds. It’s a wonderful way to really experience a destination, and this is as true in Sri Lanka as it is anywhere.

And walking holidays in Sri Lanka are about so much more than hills of tea plantations and beautiful coasts, even if you do have them in abundance. Whether you’re venturing on a hike to the secret waterfalls cascading from the lush forest of Nuwara Eliya, or exploring the stunning interior on a hill country hike in Central Province, there are always unique experiences to be found along the way.

Hiking in Sri Lanka represents a chance to see the things that most tourists don’t, remote villages on trails known only to the locals, stunning waterfalls far from other tourist traps, climbs to the top of hidden peaks that offer stunning panoramic views over green fringed mountain ranges.

A walking or hiking holiday in Sri Lanka is about finding these hidden gems, these off the beaten track locations, and with a local guide, passionate about their home and the trails that wind through the hills, you’ll be sure to find the very best locations and the most thrilling walks.

You can relax and soak up the scenery, let go of worrying about directions or places to stay, and simply drink in the experience of exploration.

Where to experience walking holidays in Sri Lanka

Head to the incredible Central Province and the famed Knuckles Range, a region of lush, thick forest draped over dramatic rolling hillsides and mud tracks snaking up to incredible peaks, with fascinating wildlife and unique cultures in the shape of isolated mountain villages.

Alternatively, go on a walking experience that takes you through the forests to Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall, discovering hidden gems and cool lagoons of freshwater along the way.

Wherever you head for your walking holiday in Sri Lanka, one thing is guaranteed, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.

Who are our Sri Lankan walking holiday guests?

Experienced hikers, people looking for a way to get in touch with the landscape, and those who just fancy getting out into the fresh air; absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome on our Sri Lankan walking holidays.

Your guides will be experts in judging the lengths and difficulties of each hike, and the experience will be totally tailored to you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the feeling of getting your legs pumping, filling your lungs with fresh, clean air, and discovering the hidden gems far from the tourist trail.

All you need to bring is lots of energy, a willingness to discover new things and a love for the outdoors. Sound like you?

Why choose Not In the Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across Sri Lanka, from the idyllic coastlines of Galle in the south, all the way to the pristine forests and stunning hills of the Central Province. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Sri Lanka means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.