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.
Explore the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa,
Wander throught the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Lion Rock at Sigiriya is an amazing ruined fort and one of the highlights of this fine country
Trek through lush tea plantations
Indulge in seafood feasts in quaint fishing villages
Dip your toes in the calm, clear waters off the beach at Mirissa
Though its equatorial position means fairly constant year-round temperatures, the summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot with short, sharp monsoons in the south-west of the country. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
The jungle hike is approximately 6.5 hours, accommodation is a comfortable local guesthouse in single sex multi share rooms. Its relatively flat but its around 12km each day hiking.
If you have issues with heights, you may wish to sit out the climb of Lion Rock at Sigiriya. there are lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways.
The drive from Haputale to Mirissa on day 11 is downhill, windy and slow. Motion sickness has been an issue for some travellers in the past.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for all nights of tour with the exception of nights 9 and 13.. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. In the wet season, we occasionally need to alter the length of the hike due to wet weather.
3. PERAHERA FESTIVAL: is a 10 day period of evening processions to honour the Sacred Tooth, which is enshrined at Kandy's Temple of the Tooth. Each night features thousands of dancers and drummers, and a parade of more than 50 decorated elephants. Due to Intrepid's stance on Elephant cruelty we do not visit the Perahera and cannot purchase tickets on your behalf. .
Our Circle Sri Lanka trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 300 reviews in the last year.
I think I have said enough! Time for sleeping now.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2017
Circle Sri Lanka will be an unforgettable trip. Itinerary was brilliant, the temples, monkeys, beaches, elephants, the safari is brilliant. We were a little family with Ajith minding us along the way. From beginning to end wit the group I did not have to think or worry and just enjoy myself. It was my birthday on the trip and Ajith organised a surprise party and a gorgeous gift for it and ensured that i would never forget it. Ajith promised an unforgettable trip and that it was. It was brilliant. The only warning I would give would be for single female travellers like myself; Sri Lankan men do not treat what single females well. I have never encountered physical and sexual harassment like I did in SL. Beware travelling alone, especially in Negombo and Bentota where I ran into bother. I have travelled the world alone and never encountered such unsavoury behaviour before to this extent. Do not start the trip early in Negombo, like I did. Not a reflection on Intrepid, just a massive cultural problem.
Review submitted 21 Oct 2017