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Ultimate Sri Lanka Off the Beaten Track

From £3584 per person

Sri Lanka

14 nights / 15 days

Private Group

Ultimate Sri Lanka Off the Beaten Track

From £3584 per person

What You'll Do

This adventure is perfect for couples or families with older children who want to explore Sri Lanka in a truly authentic way. The itinerary showcases the variety of Sri Lanka’s nature and wildlife, packed with experiences and cultural highlights that are not to be missed!

From the moment you touch down on your Sri Lankan adventure, you can relax and soak up the incredible sights, flavours, and culture of this gem of an island, thanks to your team of guides, drivers and hosts, who will ensure everything you could wish for is taken care of.

When you land in Negombo, you will be met at the airport and whisked straight to your tranquil hotel, situated on the edge of a gorgeous lagoon where you can relax, refresh, and get over any jetlag ready for your adventure of a lifetime in Sri Lanka.

Your next stop is a villa set in the heart of a 50-acre eco-farm, nestled in the countryside under lush forests and rolling hillsides where elephants roam freely. Here, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in authentic Sri Lankan rural culture, as you can learn about day-to-day life on an eco-farm.

Whilst here, visit the renowned ‘cultural triangle’, and join a guide who will lead you to jaw-dropping fortresses atop 200m rocks, as well ancient fortresses and temples hidden deep in the jungle.

From there, it’s time to start your days of trekking, setting off from the small village of Andawala and following your guide along trails only the locals know, passing by magnificent mountain views and sleepy villages far off the beaten track.

At the end of your trek, you’ll reach a little relic of Sri Lanka’s colonial past, a little hillside bungalow nestled in tea country, where you’ll rest and stay for the next couple of nights. During your time here you can go out and discover what life in the tea plantations is like, go swimming under cascading waterfalls, or make the most of the brilliant local hiking or mountain biking trails.

After leaving Gammaduwa, you’ll head to Gal Oya National Park, and stay in an incredible wildlife lodge in the very heart of the park. Spend your time here heading out on game drives to spot wildlife, enjoying boat trips on Sri Lanka’s largest lake where you can see elephants bathing, and drinking in the wild, off the beaten track setting of the lodge.

Eventually you’ll leave this wonderful wildlife haven and head for a truly unique place to stay, an agro eco-retreat where you’ll be able to experience authentic agricultural Sri Lankan life, such an important part of shaping the country, whilst simultaneously enjoying complete luxury.

Finish your Sri Lankan adventure with three days relaxing on stunning white sand beaches, spending your days however you want, and reflecting on a travel experience that will stay with you forever.

 

Experience
Highlights

Stunning must-see cultural highlights at Sigiriya and Dambulla

Beautiful hikes through jungles, farms and forests

Spectacular wildlife at remote Gal Oya National Park

Authentic experiences with a local guide

Amazing boutique eco hotels

Picturesque Sri Lankan beaches

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

Arrival in Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be picked up from the airport and we will transfer you to the hotel. Spend the day acclimatising to the country, getting over any jetlag, and refresh ready for your whirlwind Sir Lankan adventure.

Relax by the pool or swim in the sea, or get to know the history of the area as you take a walk around the hotel and explore the old Dutch Canals.

 

 

Accommodation:

Villa Hundira (or similar)

Located just half an hour away from the airport but situated beside a tranquil lagoon lined with palm trees, Villa Hundira is the perfect place to discover your own quiet slice of paradise in Sri Lanka.

double room in a hotel in sri lanka

Transfer to Pallepola

After a delicious breakfast, you will be taken to Pallepola (3hrs).

The property has a 50 acre organic farm with stunning mountain views. Today you’ll explore the organic farm, learning about the day to day life on the farm, seeing the banana trees, coconut palms, papaya trees and more – it is an amazing place to walk around.

Take a walk through the farm, learning about the organic methods of cultivating coconuts, bananas and other crops on the farm, including black pepper, mangoes, papaya, cinnamon, coffee and cocoa.

You’ll also learn about the impact the Villas have on the local environment and community, as they provide fresh fruit and vegetables to help boost the economy of the local village, and exploit almost entirely renewable energy to keep the site running.

Accommodation:

Jim’s Farm Villa (or similar)

Jim’s Farm Villa is a luxury boutique hotel and yoga retreat with an Ayurvedic spa, set on a 50-acre eco-farm between Kandy and Dambulla.

hotel room in villas in sri lanka

Cultural highlights at Sigiriya and Dambulla

Today you will explore the cultural triangle, starting with Sigiriya in the early morning to avoid the crowds.

Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the Northern Matale District. It’s a site of historical and archaeological significance and is dominated by an immense column of rock nearly 200m high. Spend 3 hours climbing the famous Sigiriya Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as ‘Lion Rock’ because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit.

Lunch is at your leisure at the hotel before we head to Dambulla Cave Complex. This is one of the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in Sri Lanka – there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the cave complex, and its many statues and paintings. Don’t forget to check out the hotel’s Ayurvedic massage facilities!

Accommodation

Jim’s Farm Villa (or similar)

swimming pool at a villa in sri lanka

Hike to Gammaduwa

After breakfast, take a short transfer (30mins) to the small village of Andawala, where your hiking trail for the day begins.

Your hike starts along tiny village paths before you travel across small paddy farms. Walk along irrigation streams for the first 2kms before turning off into the forest.

Then you will continue your journey through areas of forest interspersed with pepper farms until you reach the village of Hanguranketa. Here, take a short break and refill your bottles before the next stretch. The remaining hike is on rugged jeep paths until you reach the forest bungalow.

Accommodation

Gammaduwa Bungalow (or similar)

The bungalow lies in 7 acres of tea estate land with glorious mountain views, hill country tea trail walks, and mountain bike adventures. We offer luxurious guest house accommodation with superb Sri Lankan food cooked in traditional ways within a tranquil rural village environment.

double room in a lodge in sri lanka

Exploring Gammaduwa

This wonderful Bungalow is located on its own tea estate, which you’re free to explore at your lesiure today. After breakfast, spend the day exploring the local walking or biking trails, go for a swim in a beautiful waterfall, or simply relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

You’ll also be able to spend time with your host, plucking tea and learning about how tea is made in their own small boutique tea factory – a real authentic experience not to be missed.

 

Accommodation

Gammaduwa Bungalow (or similar)

sunset over mountains in sri lanka

Gal Oya Lodge

Today, head to famous Gal Oya Lodge, located in the park of the same name.

On the way there break up the journey with a visit to a waterfall for a refreshing swim and a delicious lunch made with local produce from the nearby village.

The Gal Oya Lodge is a stunning eco wildlife resort and is the perfect base for the next 3 nights. The next days are wildlife-focused with game drives, boat drives, walks and more!

Spot elephants, cruise on Sri Lanka’s largest lake, or head out on a jeep safari with an expert guide to really make the most of this incredible, wild setting.

Accommodation

Gal Oya Lodge (or similar)

Gal Oya Lodge is a unique Sri Lanka ecolodge spread across 20 acres of private jungle. Take your time enjoying this natural paradise, and explore  on a walk with the Vedda neighbours, one of the last remaining communities of the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka.

double bed in a lodge in sri lanka

Wellawaya

You’ll now move from the wilderness to an eco-agro resort for the next 2 nights.

For centuries, agriculture has shaped the way of life for civilisations across Sri Lanka. Villages such as the one you are to visit were home to farmers who have inspired a the simple, wholesome life. Farmers are also held in high regard for their service to these traditional lands, once thriving with a culture that truly represents the heart of Sri Lankan hospitality.

You’ll stay at an icon of agro-tourism, which continues to embody this legacy within luxury accommodation in Wellawaya. Modeled after a traditional village home, your stay will be an authentic yet luxurious look into the life of the rural communities that have made their homes here for centuries, and is a truly unique place to stay. 

There is much to do here, from farming and visiting waterfalls to exploring historical sites, and your host will make recommendations as per your mood on the day.

Accommodation

Jetwing Kaduruketha

double room in a lodge in sri lanka

Relax and enjoy the wonderful Sri Lankan coast

Summer Option: 

Days 11-13 will be spent on another side of Sri Lanka, far east from the cacophony of Colombo. This sandy stretch of pristine coastline rests upon the Indian Ocean, where in the mornings you will wake to the serene sounds of crashing waves.

Here in Pottuvil, hotels and villas dot an unexplored shoreline flourishing with natural wonders. Nestled amidst a sprawling coastal estate of coconut trees, the villa is a plush hideaway neighbouring the world-famous surfing hotspot of Arugam Bay.

You can spend the next 3 nights surfing, swimming, exploring the wild jungles nearby, you can head into town for something to eat and drink, or just do nothing and lounge by the pool. This villa is perfect spot for either. 

Accommodation 

Kottukal Beach House (or similar)

double bed in a hotel room in sri lanka

On Day 14, you’ll leave the calm of the beach and slowly make your way back to the west coast for our departure. You’ll stay in the must-see iconic Galle Fort – the perfect spot to spend your last night in Sri Lanka. Walk around the ramparts, grab a drink in one of the trendy bars and enjoy a delicious meal before your departure the next day.

Accommodation

Fort Bazaar (or similar)

double room in a hotel in sri lanka

Winter Option:

If you’re travelling in the winter months, days 11-14 will be spent by the stunning beaches of Ahangama for your last four nights of complete relaxation.

Indulge in a treat to the senses as the gentle breeze enfolds you and the warm rays kiss your skin at one of Sri Lanka’s most breath-taking seaside villages!

Situated along the South coast in the outskirts of Ahangama, Mosvold Villa offers a peaceful getaway to the discerning traveller, amidst palm-lined golden shores and azure blue seas. The villa combines the luxuries of a star class hotel with the comfort and privacy of a home to give you an experience unlike any other. 

Accommodation

Mosvold Villa

aerial view of beach sea and hotel in sri lanka

Departure Day

After your final breakfast in Sri Lanka, we will arrange a transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

We hope you’ve had an unforgettable time in Sri Lanka and have made memories that will stay with you forever, and have you dreaming of returning to the island that you feel you’ve not just visited, but experienced like a local.

Location Information

Your host will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport, where you will be taken straight to your hotel near Negombo, on the south west coast of the country.

From there, you’ll head northwards and inland to your first stop, beautiful villas at an eco-farm near the village of Pallepola. You’ll then hike to your next stop, accommodation in an old colonial bungalow in Gammaduwa, before heading to your lodge in the midst of Gal Oya Valley National Park.

Your final stop before some time chilling on the beach comes at an eco agro-resort in Wellawaya, then it’s time to unwind. Depending on the time of year you’ll go to Pottuvil or Ahangama, before being transferred back to the airport for your homeward journey.

  • Accommodation for 14 nights
  • Breakfast for 15 days
  • 2 picnic lunches
  • All transfers
  • All entrance and activity fees for experiences listed in the itinerary
  • Water & refreshments during the activities
  • Organic farm tour with a local in Pallepola
  • Guided tour of Sigiriya
  • Exploration of Dambulla Cave Complex with a local
  • Guided hike from Andawala to Gammaduwa
  • Authentic tea plantation tour with a local
  • Game drives, boat trips and wildlife walks at Gal Oya Lodge
  • A unique stay at an agro-eco retreat in Wellawaya
  • A couple of days of free time to relax and explore Sri Lanka's coast