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14 Days | Discover the riches of Sri Lanka, the 'Teardrop of India'

4.9 out of 5 based on 123 reviews submitted.
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Discover a country that radiates warmth – from its glorious sunshine and scorching cuisine to the incredibly kind people, this is Sri Lanka. This 14-day Premium adventure through ‘the Teardrop of India’ will take you straight to the heart of the country. Explore the ancient ruins of past civilisations, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya, search for rare and beautiful animals like elephants and leopards, relax on palm-fringed beaches and soak up the hospitable welcome from the locals. From the spicy food scene to the Exclusive cooking class and high tea, this adventure sees all the best bits or Sri Lanka in style.

Trip overview

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 66.9 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn about Sri Lanka’s past first-hand during your Feature Stay at the gorgeous Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya – first established in 1891, this historic hotel has a modern outlook on sustainable practices.
  • Discover the breadth of Sri Lanka’s food scene during Exclusive Experiences, including a cooking class in Galle, a tea plantation tour, a high tea in Nuwara Eliya and a barbecue dinner in Dambulla.
  • Search for crocodiles, elephants, monkeys and the ever-elusive leopards under the cover of darkness on an evening safari through the wild grasslands of Yala National Park.
  • Uncover ancient treasures in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle as you explore the temples, ruins and stupas of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy with the expert guidance of your local leader.
  • Enjoy Exclusive Experiences in Kandy – dine at the Hela Bojun restaurant, which is focused on empowering and employing local women, and enjoy a private cultural dance performance.
  • 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.
  • Tourism in Sri Lanka is booming, resulting in a huge increase in visitors to Yala National Park. Overtourism and lack of sustainable management practices are of major concern to Intrepid, so in order to reduce our impact on wildlife and the environment we are trialling visits in a less-touristed section of the park known as Block 5 or Veheragala. If we determine that Block 5 is also too crowded to visit responsibly, we will change our itinerary to visit Udawalawe National Park and Bundala National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards. Bundala is home to crocodiles and birds. This is the same itinerary we follow from September to mid-October when Yala National Park is closed annually for infrastructure development and rejuvenation.


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13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners


Private vehicle, Train


Hotels (11 nights), Feature Stay (2 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 Arrival Transfer
  • Negombo - Welcome Dinner
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Negombo - Fish market
  • Dambulla - Local BBQ dinner
  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura - Isurumuniya Temple
  • Anuradhapura - Ruwanweliseya Stupa
  • Anuradhapura - Jetawanaramaya Stupa
  • Polonnaruwa ancient ruins
  • Polonnaruwa - Statue of Parakramabahu I
  • Polonnaruwa - Rankot Vihara
  • Polonnaruwa - Quadrangle
  • Polonnaruwa - Lankatilaka
  • Polonnaruwa - Gal Vihara
  • Matale - Spice Garden
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Kandy - Botanical Gardens
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy - Lunch at Hela Bojun
  • Kandy - Gem museum & lapidary workshop visit
  • Kandy - Private Cultural Dance Performance
  • Nuwara Eliya - High Tea
  • Kandy - Scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya
  • Nuwara Eliya - Visit to Tea State & Tea Factory
  • Nuwara Eliya - Single Tree Hill hiking
  • Nuwara Eliya - Lunch at Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
  • Ella - Ella Gap view point
  • Yala/Bundala National Park - Wildlife safari
  • Galle - Galle Fort Walking tour
  • Galle - Traditional Sri Lankan Wood Carving - demonstration and participation
  • Galle - Farmer's market and home cooking class
  • Colombo - City walking tour

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Important notes

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Tourism in Sri Lanka is booming, and with it has come a huge increase in visitors to Yala National Park. In order to reduce our impact on wildlife and the environment we are trialling visiting a less touristed section of Yala. Should we determine that tourist numbers here also make it difficult to visit responsibly, we will change our itinerary to visit Udawalawe National Park.
4. Yala National Park is closed in September and October for infrastructure development and rejuvenation. During these months we visit Udawalawe National Park.
5. Train tickets are in very high demand. We always try our best to secure tickets, but on the rare occasion that we cannot book them, you will continue your journey by private vehicle.
6. 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.
7. Twin bedded rooms at the hotel in Galle will be adjacent. If you prefer more space, you may request a rollaway bed when booking.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 123 reviews submitted.
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Jacqueline · Traveled April 2024
I knew nothing about Sri Lanka when I embarked upon this trip. Our guide, Ajith, was a wealth of information, and his pride in Sri Lanka’s history, culture and flora and fauna were infectious. The accommodations were beautiful, and the itinerary varied. The trip starts out with a bang, and the first week is jam-packed, easing off in the second week with more leisure time built in. Highly recommend.
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Katarzyna · Traveled April 2024
This was truly one of the best trips I have ever taken. Ajith, our guide, was kind, knowledgeable and funny. The hotels were beautiful and inclusions meant you didn't have to fork out lots of cash everyday. Definitely recommend!
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Jacqueline · Traveled April 2024
Sri Lanka has absolutely everything to offer a traveller. It now also has my heart. Intrepid for the absolutely incredible 14 day trip. The Tour Guide Ajith and his assistants were outstanding. Outstanding in their care, knowledge, organisational skills and in ensuring each and every one of us had the best Sri Lankan experience possible. This tour could not be achieved easily as a solo traveller. Intrepid provided a wonderful in depth insight into Sr Lanka. I would not hesitate in recommending them or in doing future Intrepid trips.
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Holly · Traveled April 2024
I had the most amazing time on this trip with a great group of travellers and a fantastic, knowledgable and organised tour leader, Ajith, who went above and beyond to make it an absolutely unforgettable trip! Metthi and Saman were also an outstanding driver/helper team! I was so glad to do it as a tour as we managed to pack in so many incredible experiences in such a short span of time with perfect pacing. Having it as a tour made everything so easy including transport and all the logistics. The hotels, inclusions and tours were all incredible and I learned so much about this beautiful country from our tour leader and local guides! My favourite things were the cultural triangle, the cultural dance performance and the Kandy temple visit. I also found all of the food, animals and nature to be amazing! 10/10 recommend!
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Linda · Traveled April 2024
This is a fantastic itinerary with a great mix of culture, nature and food. If Ajith is your guide you have won the travel lottery! He goes out of his way to find hidden places and experiences. If you get the chance to do the optional elephant safari, go for it, a great experience. Great meals and market experiences really make this trip outstanding.
Review submitted 03 May 2024
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