Explore ruins, relax on stunning beaches, and discover secrets and hidden beauty 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 to the lesser explored north, the secrets and hidden places of Jaffna, and on to the beautiful coastline of Trincomalee. Discover the spiritual heart of the country in the 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 of your own to tell.
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
Considered to be off-limits for years due to the civil war, the gates to culture filled Jaffna are open to adventurers once more. Discover Tamil culture in this colourful city
Open skies, swaying palm trees and glittering waters – Trincomalee beach is a postcard-perfect landscape for relaxation. Kick back in the sun on this bright and sandy shoreline
Witness ritual and devotion in the spiritual heart of the country during an evening puja at Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth
Jaffna has opened 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 yet quite 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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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip and is applicable for all nights on tour.
2. This trip begins with a welcome meeting at 5:30pm on Day 1.
3. The Esala Perahera is a 10 day period of evening processions to honour the Sacred Tooth, which is enshrined at Kandy's Temple of the Tooth. In 2018 Esala Perahera will take place from 16th - 26th August. Each night features thousands of dancers and drummers, and a parade of more than 50 decorated elephants. Due to Intrepid's stance on animal protection we do not visit the Perahera and cannot purchase tickets on your behalf.
Our Sri Lanka Explorer trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
Our trip to Sri Lanka was brilliant . I had never travelled with intrepid before but was very impressed with all aspects of it . The itinery was just what had been sent to us .The guide was incredible and we had a very safe driver of the minibus and a lovely guy who provided us with a beautifully clean bus and a flower to greet us everyday .They also took our luggage to and from the hotels and we never had to worry about it or carry it which was a huge help .The hotels we stayed in were first class and all had lovely swimming pools .A really great trip I would definitely recommend it especially as we went off the beaten track a bit travelling to the north of Sri Lanka
Review submitted 04 Jun 2018
This was my third journey with Intrepid and each one has been well organised from airport pickup to return journey home. I really like the small groups and have made some great friends along the way. I enjoy the different modes of transport from bus, train, bicycle, car, local bus and camel. We have stayed in some amazing accommodation, castles and glamping in India, beautiful tiled hotels in Morocco and balconys overlooking the mountains in Sri Lanka. I also relate to the ethics of looking after the planet. Look forward to my next adventure and am sure that wherever that will be it will be as fantastic as the rest. Thanks Intrepid
Review submitted 23 May 2018