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 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
This is a good trip to take when the southwest monsoon makes the southern cities very wet. It has a bit of everything - culture, countryside, beach, wildlife and history. For us there was a bit too much focus on temples and it would have been good to have a bit more nightlife. Thats probably Sri Lanka though. Generally recommended.
Review submitted 18 May 2018
Sri Lanka is in the early stages of tourism. I believe I only saw one McDonalds in Colombo and none elsewhere, so now is the time to go. The people are extremely friendly and the country very safe. I really enjoyed experiencing the whole island. The temples are beautiful and the elephants, leopards, biking ruins like Anuradhapura and hiking Sigiriya Lion Rock make the trip unique. Intrepid trip # 11 for me and loved it.
Review submitted 09 May 2018