Embark on a unique, fun, culture-rich tour of Sri Lanka

A jewel in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is jam-packed with ancient sites, fascinating culture, beautiful wilderness and idyllic beaches. From ancient Anuradhapura city and the well-preserved Polonnaruwa ruins, to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the impressive Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lankan culture spans more than 2,000 years and still remains vibrant and alive today. Trek through lush tea plantations, indulge in seafood feasts in quaint fishing villages and dip your toes in the calm, clear waters of Mirissa beach on this all-encompassing adventure for those seeking a unique travel experience.

Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Countries
Sri Lanka
Themes
Explorer, German Bilingual
Code
HPSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
224kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Bliss out beachside in Mirissa
  • Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine in Bandarawela
  • Shop up a storm in Colombo
  • Walk the ramparts of Galle
  • Visit the sacred Bo Tree in Anuradhapura
  • Feast on fresh seafood on Negombo beach
  • Work up a sweat trekking to Sigiriya rock
  • Cycle through the ancient Polonnaruwa ruins

Itinerary

Get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka in Negombo – a historic commercial centre surrounded by a fascinating network of canals teeming with rural life.
Journey to Sri Lanka’s most extensive and important ancient city and take a guided cycling tour of the sprawling ruins.
The 1000-year-old remains of Polonnaruwa feature beautiful palaces, temples, stupas and massive stone Buddhas.
Discover Dambulla’s beautifully preserved complex of cave temples, which contain paintings and ancient Buddha statues.
Rise early to climb to the top of Sigiriya for glorious views. Head to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s culture capital, stopping en route at an aromatic spice garden. Witness a performance of Kandyan dancers and fire-walkers and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Embark on a scenic train journey into the highlands. Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine in a cooking class, lace up your boots for a hike through tea plantations and small villages, and – on a clear day – enjoy views all the way to the coast.
Drop by a project that rehabilitates injured and orphaned elephants then continue on to the beautiful beach town of Mirissa for some serious R&R.
Used by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British during its colourful history, the port town of Galle features an impressive Dutch fort – take an evening stroll and watch sunset from the ramparts.
Take a guided tour through cosmopolitan Colombo, including a stop at bustling Petta bazaar. Why not finish the adventure with one last grand Sri Lankan feast.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Bicycle, Bus, Private Bus, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (10 nights)
Included activities
  • Anuradhapura - Cycling Tour
  • Bandarawela - Cooking demonstration & local meal
  • Colombo - Walking tour
  • Dambulla - Cave temples
  • Elephant Transit Home Visit - Udewalawa
  • Galle - Fort Walking Tour
  • Haputale - Tea factory tour
  • Haputale - Tea Plantations, Hill Country & Local Villages trek
  • Kandy - Tea Factory, Spice & Herb Garden visit
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Polonnaruwa - Cycling tour
  • Sigiriya - Rock Fortress

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. On selected departures the tour leader on this trip will speak German as well as English.

Trip notes

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Circle Sri Lanka , June 2015

Circle Sri Lanka , June 2015