Explore ruins, relax on stunning beaches, and find tranquillity in the temples of Sri Lanka
Drive along the road in Sri Lanka and you can pass Hindu temples, Buddhist shrines, churches and mosques all on the same stretch. This fusion – found in the history, the culture, the Arabian, Indian and European-inspired food – makes Sri Lanka a delicious melting pot to explore. From laid-back Negombo venture through ancient Anuradhapura city to the lesser explored surrounds of the north, the secrets and hidden places of Jaffna, and on to the beautiful coastlines of Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Discover the spiritual heart of the country in the dagobas of Mahiyangana and serene temples of Kandy, and enjoy the natural world too, in a country that overflows with plants and wildlife. Spend time with locals keen to share their homes, food, and stories on an adventure that will leave you with many to tell.
TRIP CHANGES 2018
In 2018 this trip will change to the HPSS - Sri Lanka Explorer 12 day ORIGINAL trip.
Please keep an eye on our website for the new trip from October.
The best way to rediscover the once lost city of Anuradhapura is by bicycle. Cycle around the stupas, citadel and monasteries of this ancient capital
Head into the newly reopened north of Sri Lanka and see a side of the country closed to tourists for 30 years
The beaches of Sri Lanka’s east coast are beautiful, secluded and perfect for unwinding
Witness ritual and devotion in the spiritual heart of the country during an evening puja at Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth
Jaffna is slowly opening up to tourism after being off-limits to visitors for the past 30 years, meaning it is quieter, less developed and services and accommodation are not up to the same standard as the rest of the country.
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.
This trip involves a trip on a local public bus from Jaffna to Trincomalee on Day 6 (approximately 5 hours). While conditions are basic, this is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals while enjoying the passing scenery.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Sensational Sri Lanka trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK CLOSURE
Please note effective 1 Aug, Wilpattu National Park has been closed by the Sri Lankan government due to drought conditions. We will not visit Wilpattu during this time.
A single supplement is available on this trip and is applicable for all nights on tour.. Please see under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
An arrival transfer is included on this trip. Please advise flight details at time of booking.
PERAHERA FESTIVAL - The 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 Sensational Sri Lanka trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 65 reviews in the last year.
It was a great itinerary, perfect group size and an exceptional tour leader.
Review submitted 05 Dec 2017
We become a very nice overview of Sri Lanka. Unfortunatly we did'nt see wild Elefants - that would be the south trip. We enjoyed the two days on the beach very much. This brake was necessarly. You live out he suitcase, but that was okay. After the trip we just stayed in a very nice Hotel by the beach. On this trip you travel and see a lot of temples. I learned a lot of buddism and hindi.
Review submitted 02 Dec 2017