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Sri Lanka: Immersive Adventure Country and Coast

From £1688 per person

Sri Lanka

12 Nights / 13 Days

1-8 Private Holiday

Sri Lanka: Immersive Adventure Country and Coast

From £1688 per person

What You'll Do

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

Day 8 Nuwara Eliya

Day 9 Train to Ella

Day 10 Ella

Day 11

 

 

On arrival, you’ll be met by your local host and taken straight to your hotel accommodation close to the airport, so that you can relax and get ready for the start of your adventure.

Then, you’ll set off on a number of different adventures that we have combined to create a unique immersive tour. From the moment you land in beautiful Sri Lanka to when you’re relaxing on the stunning Tangalle beach at the end of your trip, you’ll discover the very best of Sri Lankan culture, cuisine, wildlife, and the very best of the island’s landscapes, all from the perspective of the locals.

You’ll start by exploring Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, to really get you under the skin of the country’s history and people and give you an understanding of how we reached modern Sri Lanka. From centuries-old ancient capitals to jaw-dropping fortresses in the sky, this is a deep dive into a colourful weave of history at some magical sites.

The second section of your adventure takes you to Tea Country and the lush, green hills of the interior. You’ll visit a tea plantation, sweep through dramatic valleys on an iconic  train journey, spot peacocks, elephants, monkeys and more at small traditional villages you won’t find in the guidebooks, and enjoy unusual experiences like a frog walk with a local naturalist.

From there it’s Hill Country, where you’ll be embarking on unforgettable hikes through dense jungles, small farms, and past waterfalls and, if you’re lucky, you may see elephants strolling through the undergrowth. You’ll also get the chance to spot leopards, buffalo, crocodiles and sloth bears on a safari in the renowned Wasgamuwa National Park.

Finally, your adventure will come to an end with a few days of perfect relaxation. At the town of Tangalle, you have the opportunity to do absolutely nothing but soak up the sunshine and unwind and reflect on your amazing adventure..

Along the way you’ll stay at unique hotels,  luxury colonial houses in the hills and a locally run homestay for a flavour of true Sri Lankan culture. You’ll get to try the delicious local dishes the locals eat, meet  people who live an authentic Sri Lankan lifestyle, and come away having not just just toured Sri Lanka taking in the sights, but having really got to know the country and the people that live there, made new friends and created memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Note: Prices are based on the hotels specified or similar. They will be confirmed on booking as they are subject to availability

*based on 2 adults and 2 children in a family room Nov – March

For £200 OFF per booking – enter code “srijan03″ into your cart.

Experience
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

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.

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Experience Itinerary

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

hotel accommodation in sri lanka

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 sites are still in use as holy places and temples where regular ceremonies and processions create  a vibrant atmosphere.

Explore the ancient brick dagobas, and walk in the footsteps of ancient people centuries ago.

The jewel in the crown of the city is the sacred Bo Tree, the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world, planted 2250 years ago. It is said that it grew from a branch of the tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment.

At the end of your day of exploring, you’ll head to your accommodation.

 

Accommodation:

Cinnamon Lodge

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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 with a local primatologist. You’ll learn about the different monkey species that make the ruins their homes, an atmospheric tour you’re sure to remember.

Accommodation

Cinnamon Lodge

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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 on paths and staircases through some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, past pools, statues, carvings and caves with ornate frescoes. There are plenty of stopping places on the ascent where you can admire the stunning panoramic views.

Once you reach the summit you can still find the foundations of the Royal Palace, which you will explore with your guide and learn the many fascinating stories about what took place in this incredible location.

 Lunch is at your leisure at the hotel before we head to Dambulla Cave Complex, the largest and best-preserved cave temples in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. We spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the cave complex, and its many statues and paintings before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

 

Accommodation

Cinnamon Lodge

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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 forest. The trek continues through patches of forest interspersed with pepper farms until you  reach the village of Hanguranketa. Here you will take a short break and refill your water bottles before the next stretch through this lush green landscape to reach the forest bungalow where you will spend the night.

You’ll stay at Gammaduwa Heritage Bungalow, a beautiful building on an old tea plantation, and a great base from which to start your journey to Riverstone.

 

 

Accommodation

Gammaduwa Bungalow

double room in a hotel in sri lanka

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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 takes you to Riverstone, through jungle where elephants are often seen freely roaming.

In the afternoon you will return to your hotel to shower and relax after your amazing day of wonderful jungle trekking.

 

Accommodation

Sir John’s Bungalow

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

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 your climb to the top of Manigala Rock.

From the top you can see the mighty Knuckles range. After spending some time on the peak, begin your hike down to enjoy a stunning safari at the world-renowned Wasgamuwa National Park.

Spot the elephants that roam freely as well as wild buffalo, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles and leopard, for an unforgettable afternoon of searching for wildlife.

Accommodation

Sir John’s Bungalow

veranda at a bungalow in sri lanka

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 British influence, houses like country cottages and Queen Ann style mansions.

Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also a good place for bird spotting as some rare bird species are found  in this Park. 

Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the Spring (march to May) and the Autumn (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk like to visit Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

You will take a guided tour  of a typical tea plantation in the afternoon, learning everything there is to know about this vital Sri Lankan drink, from its production to its place in culture, and come away having of course taste some incredible teas grown right there on the plantation.

In the evening, head out on a frog walk with a local naturalist, and get a quirky yet fascinating insight into the lives of these vibrant creatures.

Accommodation

Tranquil Villa

view from a balcony in a hotel in sri lanka

Meals Breakfast and Dinner

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 opportunity to experience authentic Sri Lankan culture, cuisine, comfort and hospitality.

 

Accommodation

Waterfall Homestay

eating area in homestay in sri lanka

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

homestay in ella sri lanka

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  ll the sights 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 time to yourself to try more great Sri Lankan food and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

On your final day, a transfer will be arranged to take you back to the airport.

Accommodation

Buckingham Place Hotel

Located right on the wild Rekawa Beach with a 33m infinity pool, pool side bar and restaurant as well as a spa, Buckingham Place is the ideal spot to relax at the end of your Sri Lankan adventure.

double room in a hotel in sri lanka

Meals: Breakfast

Location Information

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.

  • 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