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
Code
HPSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
343kg 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
  • Witness elephants bathing in the river in Kandy
  • 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

Arrive in Negombo where the Circle Sri Lanka tour gets underway. Find a comfortable perch to watch the fishing boats heading out to sea. Stroll along the beach to see the daily catch drying in the sun and perhaps settle in to enjoy a fresh seafood feast.
Take a guided cycle tour around the ruins of Anuradhapura city, an important ancient site, and visit the sacred Bo Tree, a symbol of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Enjoy a bicycle ride through the well-preserved, ancient Polonnaruwa ruins. Visit the famous reclining granite Buddha.
The tour continues to the celebrated Dambulla Caves and then on to Sigiriya rock, an impressive fortress built as a royal citadel atop a 200m-high rock. Hike to the summit and be rewarded with magnificent views.
Sniff out fragrant herb gardens en route to Kandy. Join pilgrims as they visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Be entertained by a traditional dance performance and visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see these gentle giants bathing in the river.
Head to the cool, green climes of the Bandarawela highlands. Learn the secrets of local cuisine and enjoy relaxing walks through lush tea plantations.
Soak up the sun, relax on the beach and take a dip in the calm, clear waters of Mirissa. Perhaps hire a bike and ride to nearby fishing villages.
Explore the colonial city of Galle and watch the sunset from the ramparts of the town's fort.
Say goodbye to the lovely south coast and travel to Colombo. Catch up on some last minute shopping before bidding farewell to magical Sri Lanka.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Bicycle, Bus, Private Bus, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (9 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activities
  • Anuradhapura - ancient site guided bicycle tour
  • Bandarawela - Cooking demonstration
  • Bike tour
  • Dambulla - Cave temples guided visit
  • Haputale - Tea factory tour
  • Hill-country - 2 days guided trek
  • Kandy - Cultural dance performance
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Polonnaruwa - ancient site guided bicycle tour
  • Sigiriya - Rock Fortress guided visit
  • Uda Walawe - Elephant Orphanage

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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.

Trip notes

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Circle Sri Lanka , August 2015

Circle Sri Lanka , August 2015