Sri Lanka: Immersive Adventure Country and Coast

Highlights

  • Spot leopards, elephants and buffalo on stunning safari
  • Hike to remote villages and experience the local side to Sri Lankan culture
  • Visit tea plantations and drink in beautiful scenery on magical train journeys
  • Relax on one of the wildest beaches in Sri Lanka as your adventure comes to an end
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What you'll do

Overview

See the very best of Sri Lanka on this incredible immersive trip that combines the cultural triangle, hill country, tea country and an unforgettable train ride. From the moment you land in Negombo to when you finish relaxing on a beautiful white sand beach, you will experience the very best of Sri Lanka from start to finish.

Summary

Day 1 Negombo

Day 2-4 Habarana ( Cultural Triangle)

Day 5 Gammaduwa

Day 6 & 7  Riverstone/Knuckles Conservation Range

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Arrive in Sri Lanka

On your arrival you will be met at the airport by your local host who will take you to your hotel a short drive from the airport to settle in, refresh, and get ready for your Sri Lankan adventure!

Perhaps go for a swim in the pool or the sea, or take a leisurely stroll around the old Dutch canals close by the hotel.

Accommodation

Jetwing Hotel or similar

Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Cultural Triangle

Today you’ll head North to Anuradhapura, the UNESCO world heritage site which was the  capital of Sri Lanka from the 5th century BC to the 10th century AD. The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling city contains an abundant collection of ancient buildings and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas ( stupas), Buddhist bathing  pools and the ruins of temples dating back to Anuradhapura’s thousand year of rule over Sri Lanka. Several site...Read All

Cycling and Monkeys

Today you’ll visit another World Heritage Site, the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th–13th Centuries, Polonnaruwa.

The city contains splendid and spectacular statues and the medieval capital was fortified with inner & outer moats and walls.

Explore royal palaces, audience halls and other spectacular examples of ancient Sri Lankan architecture by bike, the best way to see as much of possible of the city.

In the afternoon, head out on a guided walk of the ruins wit...Read All

Lion Rock

Today you’ll head south to Sigiriya and Dambulla. Though you may have see many pictures of ‘Lion Rock’, nothing can quite prepare you for the real thing.

Sigiriya, the 5th century “Fortress in the Sky” is perhaps the most jaw-dropping single wonder on the island. It’s known as Lion Rock because it was said there was a huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace, on the summit of the 600-foot high rock.

The walk to the summit leads you o...Read All

Hiking in Hill Country

Today you will you’ll take the short drive to Andawala, where you will begin your guided hike to the remote village of Gammaduwa, a spot where you’ll get a taste of true Sri Lankan culture.

You suitcases will be transported to your hotel and you will take the rest of the journey on foot.

Your hike starts on tiny village paths and then leads you across small paddy farms, you will walk along narrow irrigation streams for the first 2kms before turning off into the fores...Read All

Hiking from Gammaduwa to Riverstone

Today your hike starts from the remote Gammaduwa village, winding along trails to an extremely remote village named Kargastene. Getting properly off the beaten track, you’ll then hike with a local guide across wide open grassland, before heading back into the jungle.

Stop at Puwakpitiya, a village with beautiful waterfall in the jungle, where you can swim and help to prepare a lunch of delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine using fresh local ingredients. Your afternoon trek take...Read All

Hiking to Manigala Rock

Today from your base at Riverstone you’ll head to the famed Manigala Rock. Start of on the village road before turning off onto smaller village back roads, passing through bright green paddy fields with great views in all directions.

Awe at the paddy terraces that use “step farming” or “Helmalu”, necessary in hilly areas where flat land is in short supply. Your climb then takes you through the forests criss-crossed with numerous silver streams, before you begin yo...Read All

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya

Over the next two days you will explore the tea capital of the country, and the stunning areas within it, in a way most tourists won’t, as you head to  The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya. Set against beautiful backdrop of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is one of the coolest places on the Island, with temperatures similar to an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the...Read All

Adams Peak and the Train to Ella

Today you will leave Nuwara Eliya and take the famous blue train to Ella where you will stay overnight at the Waterfall Homestay. The train ride is one of the most iconic in the world, crossing deep valleys and skirting along vibrant green mountain sides, and is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your trip.

In Ella, you’ll hike up mini Adam’s Peak with a local guide for a stunning view of the sunset, before heading to your homestay accommodation – another o...Read All

Village Experiences

Today you will embark on a truly unique experience, visiting the traditional village of Chena. The village is surrounded by a natural forest reserve with elephants and monkeys roaming freely, giving the entire place a magical atmosphere.

There’s also a beautiful lake in the midst of the village, which you will explore on a wonderful boat trip with a local guide.

Accommodation

Waterfall Homestay

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Unwind on the Beach

Finish off your incredible Sri Lankan adventure in the best possible way, by taking some time to make the most of the golden sand and  palm-fringed beaches the island is blessed with.

On your 10th day you’ll transfer from Ella to Tangalle, which will be your base for two days of relaxing and reflecting on the sight’s you’ve seen and things you’ve done during your immersive adventure in Sri Lanka.

You’ll stay right on the beach, and have plenty of t...Read All

Departure Day

Today you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight home.

 

What's included

Included

  • All transfers in an AC vehicle with a driver/guide
  • One night in Negombo on arrival Half Board
  • Three nights Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, Half Board
  • One night Gammaduwa Bungalow, Half Board
  • Two nights Sir Johns Bungalow, Half Board
  • One night Tranquil Villa, Half Board
  • Two nights Waterfalls Homestay, Half Board
  • Two nights Buckingham Place Boutique Hotel and Spa, Bed and Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Anuradhapura - the ancient capital of Sri Lanka
  • Cycling tour of Polonnaruwa - capital of Sri Lanka in 11th-13th centuries
  • Guided walk of the ruins of Polonnaruwa with a local primatologist
  • Tour of Sigiriya with a local guide
  • Hiking and activity guides
  • Guided hike from Andawala to Gammaduwa
  • Guided hike from Gammaduwa to Riverstone
  • Guided hike from Riverstone to Manigala Rock
  • Safari at Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Tour of an authentic tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
  • Evening frog walk with a local naturalist in Nuwara Eliya
  • Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella
  • Guided hike up to mini Adam's Peak
  • Visit to the authentic village of Chena and a boat trip on a lake
Your local host

Prateeque

Hi! My name is Prateeque, your host. I grew up in India, in Bangalore and after completing an engineering degree, I decided to not actually follow this path and chose to follow my passion of travel. I quickly got a job as an actual tour guide in the wonderful southern region of Kerala, India, for a few months and ended up staying for 2 years.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. ... Read All

Hi! My name is Prateeque, your host. I grew up in India, in Bangalore and after completing an engineering degree, I decided to not actually follow this path and chose to follow my passion of travel. I quickly got a job as an actual tour guide in the wonderful southern region of Kerala, India, for a few months and ended up staying for 2 years.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. I would go out on my bike and get lost and then try to find my way back. I grew up in an urban setting, so any chance I could get I was out exploring. The feeling of release you get from the outdoors, is completely different to anything you can feel.

The one thing that inspired me to work in travel and pursue it as a long term career, is the feeling of pure amazement when discovering something new or seeing something spectacular for the first time. It’s an indescribable feeling, but you’re just totally immersed in this place and you just forget about everything else for a while.

And seeing this look on people’s faces and being with them when they’re doing this, is something I found out very quickly when I was tour guide I absolutely loved and just had to pursue this further.

Another thing is, you always learn in travel, there’s always something new that comes up, whether it be an experience, untapped location, or new people, you’re always learning and this pushes me to find new things to do.

It’s fair to say that Sri Lanka is oversaturated, there are plenty of companies here offering the same tours to the same places. We however, like to go off the beaten track. It’s unbelievable how much there is to see in this wonderful country away from the main sights. For example, the busy national parks e.g. Udawalawe National Park can have up to 600 jeeps a day on it’s roads. But if you go just 2 hours away at Gal Oya national park, it’s much less busy and you can get much closer to the wildlife.

Location

Your Sri Lankan adventure begins  at Bandaranaike International Airport, where you will be met by your local host and taken straight to your first accommodation.

From there you’ll head inland and northwards towards the centre of the island, and the cultural triangle, where you’ll find the unforgettable Auradhapura, Polonnaruwa and  Sigiriya, then to Gammaduwa for some trekking through stunning scenery, Wildlife spotting in Wasgamuwa National Park. Here you’ll turn south towards Nurawa Ella, before  taking a train to the relaxed town of Ella, nestled in the lush green hills of Sri Lanka’s interior.

Finally, you’ll journey to Tangalle on the south coast, where you have the chance to spend time relaxing, before you are transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

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