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Discover the beautiful island country of Sri Lanka, home to ancient treasures, timeless villages, and wildlife-rich jungles. Climb to the top of Sigiriya rock-fortress and venture into the extraordinary cave monastery of Dambulla. Walk through spice gardens and emerald green tea plantations; relax on golden beaches; and explore Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger, searching for elephants, leopards, and water buffaloes.
Explore four UNESCO World
Heritage sites: the Sigiriya rockfortress,
the Golden Temple of Dambulla, and the sacred cities of Kandy and Anuradhapura.
Walk through spice gardens and
tea plantations, and enjoy a
traditional farmhouse meal.
Venture into Wilpattu National Park
in search of elephants and leopards.
Itinerary - 11 Days
Day 1 — Colombo
Arrive at any time. Arrival
transfer is included.
Days 2 & 3 — Colombo/Nuwara Eliya
Discover the colonial and modern mix of
Colombo on a city tour. Then drive into the
heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country to Nuwara
Eliya, stopping amid rain forests to visit the
town of Kitulgala en route. The next day,
enjoy a picnic breakfast and a hike in Horton
Plains National Park, keeping an eye out for
macaques and wild boars. Enjoy high tea at the
historic Grand Hotel. Embark on an evening
tuk-tuk ride and visit the town center and
market. Opt for a rafting excursion on the
Kelani River. (2B)
Days 4 & 5 — Kandy/Madulkele
the former royal capital of Kandy, stopping
at a Ceylon tea plantation to learn about the
growing and harvesting of tea. Enjoy a tour
around the city and lake, with a guided visit to
the Temple of the Tooth, believed to house
a tooth of the Buddha. Then head to our
eco-lodge in Madulkele, which is located on
a tea estate. The next day, set out on a hiking
excursion in the Knuckles Mountain Range,
following lush forest trails past villages and tea
plantations. Later, enjoy a lecture and demonstration
on Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu art
of medicine, by a local practitioner. (2B, 2D)
Days 6 & 7 — Matale/Dambulla/Sigiriya Rock-Fortress
Visit a spice garden in
Matale before arriving at the archaeological
site of Nalanda Gedige. Our next destination
is the Golden Temple of Dambulla, which has drawn Buddhist pilgrims
for more than 22 centuries. Venture into
this extraordinary rock sanctuary to admire
ancient murals and statues. The next day, visit
the CIC Hingurakgoda farm and observe traditional
agricultural practices. Purchase fresh
ingredients before heading to a farmhouse to
prepare a traditional lunch with a local family.
Our next adventure takes us to the legendary
rock-fortress of Sigiriya. Climb steep staircases
to the top of the Lion Rock—which is
crowned by the ruins of a fifth-century royal
city—and take in stellar views at the summit.
Day 8 — Wilpattu National Park
Travel north to Wilpattu National Park, renowned for
its leopard population. Explore the park by jeep
and meet with a forest ranger to learn about
conservation efforts. Continue to Anuradhapura
for the night. (1B)
Days 9 & 10 — Anuradhapura/Marawila
Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura—a
World Heritage site—and discover ancient
Buddhist monasteries. Later, travel south to
coastal Marawila and spend the next day relaxing
at the beach. (2B, 2D)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $999
Arrival transfer, transport
between destinations and to/from included
activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
The optional rafting excursion on the Kelani River
is at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels and resorts that reflect the local character
Meals Included 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch,
4 dinners. Allow an additional $220–290 for
meals not included.
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.