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9 Days | Discover Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
AUD $3,415
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Encounter a country that radiates warmth – from its glorious sunshine to its spice-laden cuisine and incredibly kind people. This 9-day Premium adventure through Sri Lanka will introduce you to the country’s wealth of cultural riches. Explore the ancient ruins of past civilisations, spot rare and beautiful creatures in their natural habitats, relax among swathes of green tea fields at a hilltop retreat and receive a warm welcome from the locals. A shining gem in the Indian ocean, the teardrop isle will bring you nothing but smiles.

Trip overview

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn about the country’s past during your Feature Stay at the gorgeous Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya – established in 1891, this colonial-era hotel has a modern outlook on sustainable practices.
  • Discover the beauty and mastery of Sri Lanka’s craft traditions and try them for yourself – from brass making and pottery to woodwork and ancient palm leaf writing.
  • Get an exclusive and immersive look at rural life in Ambagasthenna, where you’ll walk through tea plantations and paddy fields and learn about sustainable farming with a local guide.
  • Spot elephants, monkeys and tropical birds on a safari through the wild grasslands of Minneriya National Park.
  • Uncover ancient treasures in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle as you explore the temples, ruins and stupas of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Kandy with the expert guidance of your local leader.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Zero Plastic. Donations help them educate Sri Lankan communities about the impact of plastic on the environment and reduce plastic pollution in the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Rock Fortress – or Lion Rock – of Sigiriya is spectacular. However, those with a fear of (or even an aversion to) heights may wish to sit the excursion out. Scaling the rock involves walking up lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways.
  • There are a couple of long travel days on this trip. Journeys may take up to five hours but are a great opportunity to get to know locals, fellow travellers and the diverse scenery.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle, scenic train


Hotels (7 nights), Feature Stay (1 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Negombo - Welcome Dinner
  • Ridigama - Ridi Viharaya shrine visit and cultural experience
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Ritigala - Monastery Tour and Blessing
  • Muriya Kadawala Village - Pottery Making Experience
  • Minneriya National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Polonnaruwa - Bicycle Tour
  • Polonnaruwa - Cooking demo and lunch
  • Kandy - City Tour with Pillaiyar Kovil and the Temple of the Tooth
  • Matale – Spice Garden Visit.
  • Ambagasthenna - Tea Plantation and Sustainable Farm Tour
  • Ambagasthenna - Village and Temple Tour
  • Ambagasthenna - Sunset Viewing with Drinks
  • Pilimatalawa - Specks Workshop
  • Nuwara Eliya - High Tea
  • Nanu Oya - Scenic Train Ride
  • Nuwara Eliya - Orientation Tour
  • Nuwara Eliya - Pedro Tea Factory Visit
  • Colombo - Farewell Dinner
  • Colombo - Orientation Tour
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Cultural Dance Show - USD7
  • Kithulgala - Zip Line - USD15

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
4. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

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5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Tracey · Traveled October 2023
WOW! Sri Lanka is a hidden gem, this tour is a fabulous taste of the beauty of its people, culture, history and did I mention the elephants! The accommodation is superb and while the itinerary is action packed there is the right amount of relaxation. Our guide Dodan is a beautiful human being and made the trip magical!
Review submitted 31 Oct 2023

Leanne · Traveled October 2023
I loved my trip to Sri Lanka! It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Our tour leader Dodan made every day interesting and fun with his big smile, enthusiasm and stories about his country. I have done many trips with Intrepid and I would highly recommend this one!
Review submitted 31 Oct 2023

Ella · Traveled October 2023
This is a great trip for a first time visit to Sri Lanka with lots of highlights! What a beautiful country :-)
Review submitted 09 Oct 2023

Joanne · Traveled October 2023
We could not if asked for a better holiday. Best tour guide ever,
Review submitted 19 Oct 2023

Robert (Bob) · Traveled October 2023
The tour leader is right man for job
Review submitted 19 Oct 2023
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