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Discover Sri Lanka

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 11 Days | Colombo to Marawila
  • Group Size: Max 15

Trip Details


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.

Trip Highlights

    • 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

Travel to 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. (2B, 1L)

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)

Day 11 — Marawila

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Cost Details

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

What's Included

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.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels and resorts that reflect the local character (10 nights)

Meals Included
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $220–290 for meals not included.

Private air-conditioned van/ minibus, boat, tuk-tuk

Optional Experience

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.