Sri Lanka Discovery
12 days from £701 (was £779)
- Experience the best of Sri Lanka in 12 days
- Take a tour of Kandy’s famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth
- Relax on the white sands of Hikkaduwa or choose to head out on a dolphin spotting trip!
- Visit a tea plantation and hike the trails of Little Adam's Peak
- Sample delicious local meals and learn about Sri Lanka's fascinating culture and traditions
- Visit a traditional spice garden and learn more about their uses and medicinal properties
Spend twelve days exploring Sri Lanka and experiencing the very best of what this stunning country has to offer; from trekking through serene and tranquil countryside, lazing on idyllic palm lined beaches and exploring spiritual towns, to sharing meals with local communities and learning more about fascinating Sinhala cultures and tradition - this trip truly has something for everyone! You’ll begin your incredible journey on the west coast in the city of Negombo before travelling north to Anuradhapura to take in the culture and history of the region.Then, heading south through the heart of Sri Lanka, we’ll travel to the remarkably scenic city of Kandy to experience the spiritual nature of this naturally beautiful region as well as getting to learn about the medicinal properties of local herbs and spices. Heading further south, we’ll get to trek through the rocky terrain of Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya and take a trip to a local tea plantation before making our way to the peaceful town of Ella, and finally ending our journey on the gorgeous sands of the coastal town of Hikkaduwa.
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Day 1: Welcome to Sri Lanka! Arrive in Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Make your own way to your accommodation in Negombo, get settled in and head out into the city centre to explore. In the evening you’ll get to meet your tour guide and the rest of the group at a welcome meeting, followed by food and drinks.
Day 2: Negombo to Anuradhapura
We’ll be making our way north of Negombo to our next destination, the beautiful city of Anuradhapura. On our way we’ll stop off at a small village to share a meal with the local community. On our arrival, we’ll have some free time to take a look around this fascinating place at our own leisure.
Day 3: Anuradhapura
You might want to chill out and relax today, or you could take a day to tour the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress and walk through the ancient landscaped gardens and fortress festooned with centuries-old paintings. Or you could visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa to walk among the 12th-century statues, pillars and monuments.
Day 4: Anuradhapura to Kandy
Waving goodbye to Anuradhapura today, we’ll make our way south to the green, serene landscape of Kandy, in the heart of Sri Lanka. Just before arriving at the city, we’ll visit a herbal centre to find out about the traditional medicinal properties of different spices. On arrival to Kandy, take some time to look around the city, or enjoy a Kandyan cultural show.
Day 5: Kandy
You’ll have another day to yourself on day 5 to really get to know this fabulous city. Kick things off with a tour of the city’s famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth or, if you’re looking for more outdoorsy pursuits, you could opt to roam the beautiful Botanical Gardens, or climb the hill and steps to the Big Buddha for views across the city.
Day 6: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
We’ll spend the morning travelling to leafy Nuwara Eliya, stopping at the Sthree Craft Shop and Café to enjoy a delicious local breakfast prepared by women and young people supported by the Women’s Development Centre. On arrival to Nuwara Eliya, we’ll visit a local tea plantation and factory to learn how the local tea is produced.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya to Ella
This morning you’ll have the opportunity to head out to Horton Plains National Park to hike the trails and admire the gorgeous scenery. The hike is roughly 6 miles long and will take you across the rough terrain and rocky tracks up through the clouds for breathtaking views. Enjoy a free evening to spend as you please or opt to go on a traditional cookery class.
Day 8: Ella
Spend the morning trekking along the trails and paths to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak and take in the stunning views. In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time to yourself to relax after your hike or, if you still have plenty of energy left, why not go on another trekking adventure through Ella’s surrounding valleys and rubber tree forests to Ella Rock?
Day 9: Ella to Hikkaduwa
We’re making our way to Sri Lanka’s southern coast today, but before we get there we’ll stop off at Galle Fort for a walking tour of the 16th-century structure. Once you’ve had your fill of the local history, we’ll continue our journey to the coastal town of Hikkaduwa. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to have a look around and make your way to the beach.
Day 10-11: Hikkaduwa
We’ll be spending the next couple of days in this tropical beachside idyll, so if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get the swimming kit out, this is it! If you’re not much of a sun worshipper, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in town or, you could go on a dolphin boat tour.
Day 12: Farewell
You’re free to head back to Colombo to catch your flight home whenever you like. Airport transfers aren’t included, but your tour guide can help you arrange transport by private taxi or bus. Please allow plenty of time for check in and the journey if you are flying out of Colombo on this day, as the journey from Hikkaduwa to Colombo International Airport takes 3 - 4 hours depending on traffic
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
The above itinerary is valid for all departures before 30th June 2018. Departures from 1st July 2018 will follow a different itinerary between days 2 and 3, where you will travel to Sigiriya instead of Anuradhapura and then onto Digana on day 4, for a homestay experience within the local community. Contact us for more information.
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- 11 nights’ accommodation
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Lunch at a local village on route to Anuradhapura
- Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
- Spice garden visit
- Tea plantation tour
- Little Adam's Peak tour
- Galle Fort tour
- 24/7 emergency support
What's Not Included
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
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Accommodation & Meals
You’ll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation throughout your trip, each having been selected with location, comfort, and safety in mind. The majority of the places you stay in will be based on two to four people in the group sharing a room – you will always share with travellers of the same sex, but if you’re travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book so we can make sure you’re in a room together.
Meals aren’t included on this trip, other than breakfast at the Sthree Craft Shop and Café in Kandy and lunch with a local community at a village on the way to Anuradhapura. It’s a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Sri Lanka’s delicious food and you won’t be short of places to choose from. Your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat if you’re unsure. Do still let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book, just so we’re aware, and let your tour guide know if there’s anything specific you can’t eat while you’re in Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka flights
You’ll need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) on your programme start date (day 1 of your itinerary) in time for the welcome meeting that takes place at around 6pm on this day. The trip finishes in Hikkaduwa on your programme end date (day 12 of the itinerary), no activities are planned for this day so you can depart at any time, however if you plan to fly home on this day please keep in mind that the journey from Hikkaduwa to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport takes 3-4 hours depending on traffic so it is important to allow plenty of time for the journey and check in.
Airport transfers are not included but an arrival transfer can be arranged for an additional cost, please contact us for more details.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
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Eligibility & FAQ's
The minimum age for this trip is 18, the maximum age of 39 years. .
You will need a tourist visa to enter Sri Lanka, which you can apply for online as a 30-day tourist visa (ETA).
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