Sri Lanka Explorer

12 Days | Explore ruins, relax on stunning beaches, and discover secrets and hidden beauty of Sri Lanka

4.9 out of 5 based on 28 reviews submitted.
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NZD $2,684
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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.

Trip overview

Map of Sri Lanka Explorer including Sri Lanka
Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Sri Lanka
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HPSS
This trip generates 35.07 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • 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. Stop by a local village to join the community in making a traditional Tamil meal.
  • Witness ritual and devotion in the spiritual heart of the country during a visit to Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth 
  • Observe wild elephants from basic 'tree houses' and hopefully catch an outstanding sunset in Wasgamuwa National Park, one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Sri Lanka.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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.

Itinerary

Map of Sri Lanka Explorer including Sri Lanka

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights)

Activities
  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura - Bike tour
  • Jaffna - Jaffna Peninsula tour
  • Jaffna - Nagadeepa Temple
  • Jaffna - Cooking class & family visit
  • Jaffna - Jaffna Library
  • Trincomalee - Palmyrah Toddy and Food experience
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Minneriya National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Kandy - Spice garden visit
  • Kandy - Cultural Dance Performance
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy - Tea factory visit
  • Colombo - City 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 28 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Darren · Traveled July 2023
Don’t be a tourist, be a traveller. Have not just a trip, have an adventure. Go that extra place, do and experience that something else and have memories that come with getting up close and personal with the people, country, food, culture and environment like you may not have experienced before. Be Intrepid.
Review submitted 23 Jul 2023

Beth · Traveled July 2023
This is one of the BEST Intrepid trips I've taken! We experienced so many amazing places and people; I felt immersed in the culture. Prabarth is an exceptional guide--one of Intrepid' best! Sri Lanka, I will be back!
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023

Rebecca · Traveled July 2023
I’m normally one of those people who organises their own holiday and activities independently so this was my first Intrepid Travel experience. From the excellent booking experience with super friendly and responsive staff to the trip itself, it completely exceeded my expectations. Sri Lanka is breathtaking and our expert Group Leader Prabarth made our trip exceptional in every way. I can’t wait to book my next trip!
Review submitted 18 Jul 2023

Lucy · Traveled July 2023
The Sri Lanka trip was amazing - every day was packed with interesting activities and I fell in love with the country. Our tour leader was outstanding with his depth of knowledge of the country. I felt perfectly safe at all times and highly recommend the trip.
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023

Anna Lia · Traveled July 2023
Good trip with a mix of cities, rural areas and beach time. Some long travel days but nothing too extreme. A very good introduction to Sri Lanka, its people, its culture and its food (make sure you try some fresh buffalo curd!!)
Review submitted 18 Jul 2023
Sri Lanka Explorer
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NZD $2,684