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 Relicin 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 lodge. 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 Bandarawela 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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Circle Sri Lanka trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for all nights of tour with the exception of night 13.
2. In the wet season, we occasionally need to alter the length and itinerary of the Hill Country hike due to wet weather.
3. The 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 perfomers, including dancers, drummers, and a parade of more than 50 decorated elephants. Due to Intrepid's stance on elephant cruelty we do not visit the Perahera Festival and cannot purchase tickets on your behalf.
4. Train tickets from Kandy to Bandarawela are in very high demand and tickets for the train from Galle to Colombo cannot be pre-booked.We always try our best to secure tickets, though on the rare occasion that we cannot you will be provided with a private bus to take you to your next destination.
ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2019
In 2019 this trip will visit Kuda Oya on Day 10 instead of going back to Bandarawela. You will spend the evening glamping at Gangadhara eco-lodge, located by a river in the jungle. Swim, fish and enjoy an included barbecue dinner around a bonfire. Kuda Oya is not only beautiful, it is also closer to Marissa which will allow for more beach time on Day 11. The length of the trip and day of departure remains unchanged.
Our Circle Sri Lanka trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 496 reviews in the last year.
I loved the Circle Sri Lanka tour which provided such great variety including bus and train travel from the mountains to the sea. Archaeological sites and national parks were highlights. Viewing elephants in the wild and at the Elephant Transit Station was awe inspiring. The hikes in the mountains through tea plantations and villages were enjoyable and interesting, The coastline is beautiful as are the people who mainly dress traditionally, are quietly friendly and smile a lot! 'The land like no other' is well worth visiting especially with a tour leader like Asanga who was knowlegable, caring, enthusiastic and always highly organised - and has a great sense of humour. The like minded group of 12 travellers from 4 countries made it a wonderful trip too!!
Review submitted 24 Sep 2018
I travel with intrepid because I like the idea of getting the real life experiences of each country I have visited. Small group numbers , knowledge of the tour guide, where to eat, suggestions of other activities not included in tour. How they help the locals by using local home stays, cooking classes etc, using local accommodation.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2018