Encounter ancient cave temples, tea plantations and idyllic beaches on this laid-back adventure through Sri Lanka.
Set adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is jam-packed with ancient sites, fascinating culture, beautiful wilderness and idyllic beaches. Go as fast or as slow as you like on this adventure through south and central Sri Lanka. Pick for treasures through the frenzied markets of Colombo, wander throught the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, climb Lion Rock at Sigiriya, and explore the monkey-filled mangrove forests of Unawatuna, or simply bliss-out on the beaches in Galle with ginger iced tea in hand.
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Wander through the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, which houses one of Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relics – a tooth of the Buddha
Explore the palm-tree beaches and streets of Unawatuna, perhaps even stopping for a massage along the way
Walk around the perimeter of the grassy Galle Fort, check out the snake charmers and grab an icy ginger drink at a cafe in town
Take a guided tour through cosmopolitan Colombo, including a stop at bustling Petta bazaar
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.
Beaches in Sri Lanka may be unpatrolled, please seek local advice on where to swim safely.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Simply 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 on tour.
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.
Our Simply Sri Lanka trips score an average of 4.25 out of 5 based on 20 reviews in the last year.
Our guide Achi was great and helped us understand more about Sri Lankan culture. She ensured we had chance to try out local foods so we never went hungry on long bus or train trips! The tour was great and we went to some interesting places, but as it was only 8 days it did feel a bit rushed sometimes - there is so much to see and not much time to see it. Some of the places we went to I would have loved to have spent more time just walking around and sightseeing - Nuwara Eliya especially. We arrived at night and left in the early morning. Overall though, this tour is a great way to see a large part of a really beautiful country and meet some lovely people along the way.
Review submitted 05 Jan 2018