Walking through Sri Lanka’s Cities and Jungles

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What you'll do

Overview

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This walking holiday is designed to showcase Sri Lanka: we visit urban areas, off the beaten track villages and farms and immerse ourselves in the colonial history of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is the modern Sri Lanka, an eclectic mix of bustling markets, skyscrapers, dense suburbs, tucked away parks and temples.

We will head away from the hustle and bustle into the relaxing calm of the rural hinterland. In this countryside of farms and small villages we will get a glimpse of local villa...Read All

Airport to Colombo

On arrival, we will meet you at the airport and drive to Colombo (1hr). Spend some time to relax after your flight. Around 5PM we set out on a food walk through the historical “Fort” district. Heavily influenced by the Colonial powers who occupied Sri Lanka from 1600s onwards, there are Portuguese, Dutch and British influences in the architecture. The food is a similar eclectic mix, of Indian, Malaysian, Muslim and Sri Lankan. Walk through the bustling market streets, grab a G&T at th...Read All

Exploring Colombo

With your bellies full, we will spend today putting your energy to good use! We’ll walk through Colombo to get a glimpse of life in the capital. We will walk through the cities memorials, suburbs, parks, financial district, temples and lakes. Sit on a bench and people watch or grab a refreshing King Coconut in the shade. There’s no better way to experience a city than on foot.  A few transfers by car will be done to cover the most area.

Accommodation:

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Colombo to Ratnapura

We now head away from the bustle of urban areas and head inland to the district of Ratnapura. Low land tea, rubber estates, paddy and spices fill the surroundings. We spend the next 3 days in a hidden little hotel by a lake. Spend the evening walking the hotel grounds and exploring the organic garden.

Accommodation:

Lake Serenity

Meal Plan:

Dinner and Breakfast

Day Trip to Sinharaja

Today we head to the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. The reserve is only 21 km  from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km  from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We will go on a guided walk with a local naturalist inside the forest.

Accommodation:

Lake Serenity

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Farms at Ratnapura

Today we explore the surrounding greenery and farming life. Go on a walk through the rubber plantations and small villages. A contrast from the urban settings of Colombo.

Accommodation:

Lake Serenity

Meal Plan:

Dinner and Breakfast

Ratnapura to Galle

Today we head to beautiful Galle. The 17th century Dutch Fort town is a UNESCO heritage site. Galle is an interesting mix religion, cultures and ethnicities. Once settled in we can spend the evening exploring the fort and catching the sunset from the ramparts.

Accommodation:

Fort Bliss Galle

Meal Plan:

Breakfast only

At Galle

Today is leisurely day, lounge around in the morning. For lunch meet up with a local resident who will take you shopping in the local market. Learn to prepare a delicious meal with a Galle based host, whose expertise in cooking has brought her much fame in the area. Whether it’s a Biryani, a seafood feast or hot hoppers with accompaniments, she will take you through an unforgettable culinary journey.

Accommodation:

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Departure Day

Sadly, you must say goodbye to Sri Lanka, as this is where the experience ends.  We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight.

What's included

Included

  • 7 Nights Accommodation on DBL sharing basis on meal plan listed above
  • All transfers in AC vehicle with an English speaking guide
  • Guided walk fees in Colombo, Sinharaja and Ratnapura
  • Sinharaja entrance fees
  • Experience cooking with a local in Galle
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 journey will begin in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo. Colombo is the beating heart of Sri Lanka, and you will be able to experience all the excitement of the city before heading into the beautiful countryside. The experience will end in Galle, a picturesque city with a rich history.

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