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.
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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.
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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 nights 9 and 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.
Our Circle Sri Lanka trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 426 reviews in the last year.
Circle Sri Lanka is such a culturally rich tour. Organisation and guide direction are second to none,especially if you have Mattisha! The accomodation is a good standard, too. Such exellent value for money. You'll come away wanting to return to a country that is rich in history and cuisine. The only criticism I would make is that we needed less time in Mirissa and more time in Galle.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2018
An excellent introduction to Sri Lanka. While the trip covers a lot of ground and many locations and appears pretty "full-on" it was surprisingly relaxed and we never felt rushed. There are several very early starts but this wasn't a problem as we tended to go to bed fairly early after very full days of activity. The logistics and itinerary have been well thought out. Mathisha, our tour leader, was outstanding.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2018