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14 Days | Discover Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

4.9 out of 5 based on 95 reviews submitted.
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Encounter a country that radiates warmth – from its glorious sunshine to its scorching cuisine and incredibly kind people. This 14-day Premium adventure through Sri Lanka will take you straight to the heart of the country’s wealth of cultural riches. Explore the ancient ruins of past civilizations, search for rare and beautiful animals, relax on palm-fringed beaches and receive a welcoming embrace from the locals. A shining gem in the Indian ocean, the teardrop isle will bring nothing but smiles.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Sri Lanka In Depth including Sri Lanka
Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Sri Lanka
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HPPS
This trip generates 30 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.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn about the country’s colonial past first-hand during your Feature Stay at the gorgeous Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya – first established in 1891, this historic hotel has a modern outlook on sustainable practices.
  • Discover the breadth of Sri Lanka’s food scene during Exclusive Experiences, including a cooking class in Galle, a tea plantation tour and a sophisticated high tea in Nuwara Eliya, and barbecue dinner in Dambulla.
  • Search for crocodiles, elephants, monkeys and the ever-elusive leopards under the cover of darkness on an evening safari through the wild grasslands of Yala National Park.
  • Uncover ancient treasures in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle as you explore the temples, ruins and stupas of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy with the expert guidance of your local leader.
  • Enjoy Exclusive Experiences in Kandy – dine at the Hela Bojun restaurant which is focused on empowering and employing local women, and enjoy a private cultural dance performance.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Zero Plastic. Donations help them educate Sri Lankan communities about the impact of plastic on the environment and reduce plastic pollution in the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Rock Fortress – or Lion Rock – of Sigiriya is spectacular. However, those with a fear of (or even an aversion to) heights may wish to sit the excursion out. Scaling the rock involves walking up lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways.
  • There are a couple of long travel days on this trip. Journeys may take up to five hours, but are a great opportunity to get to know locals, fellow travellers and the diverse scenery.
  • Tourism in Sri Lanka is booming, resulting in a huge increase in visitors to Yala National Park. Overtourism and lack of sustainable management practices are of major concern to Intrepid, so in order to reduce our impact on wildlife and the environment we are trialling visits in a less-touristed section of the park known as Block 5 or Veheragala. If we determine that Block 5 is also too crowded to visit responsibly, we will change our itinerary to visit Udawalawe National Park and Bundala National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards. Bundala is home to crocodiles and birds.This is the same itinerary we follow from September to mid-October when Yala National Park is closed annually for infrastructure development and rejuvenation.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Hotels (11 nights), Feature Stay (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Negombo - Welcome Dinner
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Negombo - Fish market
  • Dambulla - Local BBQ dinner
  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura - Isurumuniya Temple
  • Anuradhapura - Ruwanweliseya Stupa
  • Anuradhapura - Jetawanaramaya Stupa
  • Polonnaruwa ancient ruins
  • Polonnaruwa - Statue of Parakramabahu I
  • Polonnaruwa - Rankot Vihara
  • Polonnaruwa - Quadrangle
  • Polonnaruwa - Lankatilaka
  • Polonnaruwa - Gal Vihara
  • Matale - Spice Garden
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Kandy - Botanical Gardens
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy - Lunch at Hela Bojun
  • Kandy - Gem museum & lapidary workshop visit
  • Kandy - Private Cultural Dance Performance
  • Nuwara Eliya - High Tea
  • Kandy - Scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya
  • Nuwara Eliya - Visit to Tea State & Tea Factory
  • Nuwara Eliya - Single Tree Hill hiking
  • Nuwara Eliya - Lunch at Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
  • Ella - Ella Gap view point
  • Yala/Bundala National Park - Wildlife safari
  • Galle - Galle Fort Walking tour
  • Galle - Farmer's market and home cooking class
  • Galle - Traditional Sri Lankan Wood Carving - demonstration and participation
  • Colombo - City walking 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. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. Tourism in Sri Lanka is booming, and with it has come a huge increase in visitors to Yala National Park. In order to reduce our impact on wildlife and the environment we are trialling visiting a less touristed section of Yala. Should we determine that tourist numbers here also make it difficult to visit responsibly, we will change our itinerary to visit Udawalawe National Park.
4. Yala National Park is closed in September and October for infrastructure development and rejuvenation. During these months we visit Udawalawe National Park.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Twin bedded rooms at the hotel in Galle will be adjacent. If you prefer more space, you may request a rollaway bed when booking.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 95 reviews submitted.
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Steve · Traveled January 2024
Review submitted 03 Feb 2024

Liz · Traveled January 2024
Our Premium In Depth Tour of Sri Lanka was exactly as described in the title of the tour. We were taken to through the cultural triangle with its temples and each area was well described in depth by our guide. We then went onto the Hill Country and had a fascinating trip through the Tea Plantations - who knew producing our simple cup of tea was so laborious ! The Safari trips were so enjoyable, seeing all sorts of the many birds of Sri Lanka along with other wildlife although sadly we didn’t get to see any leopards. The last but one stop in Galle was a further delight and joining a cookery class in a local family home was yet another highlight. Excellent from beginning to end and would definitely recommend this trip to all.
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Steve · Traveled January 2024
We were so lucky or blessed that great leader, great companions and great holiday 👍
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

RICHARD · Traveled January 2024
The itinerary was very well thought out, with a great mix of cultural, environmental and nature activities. The pace was just right for our needs and fully met our expectations. This was our first experience of a small group tour and it was beautiful, made all the more so by the Intrepid staff on the ground, namely AV our guide, the vehicle driver Ruwan and his assistant Ramesh, who were all faultless throughout.
Review submitted 28 Jan 2024

Beverley · Traveled January 2024
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and Intrepid has an amazing guide, Uthpala (AV) who made this an unforgettable experience. Activities, food, accommodations and culture all outstanding. I will return to Sri Lanka because of AV. Thank you for sharing and teaching us all so much.
Review submitted 28 Jan 2024
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