Classic Sri Lanka

8 Days | Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s history, cuisine and culture

4.8 out of 5 based on 29 reviews submitted.
ZAR  27,585
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The remnants of a spiritual past await your discovery in Sri Lanka, from the ancient cliff-built complex of Lion Rock in Sigiriya to the ruins of the Sinhalese capital in Anuradhapura. Explore wonders of nature and humanity – often both at once – on this 8-day adventure through the cities, jungles and caves of Sri Lanka. Beginning in Negombo, travel through verdant countryside, past tea plantations, into the wildlife-filled Minneriya National Park and to the thriving capital of Colombo. An immersive and cultural Sri Lankan escapade awaits – the only thing left to choose is when to go.

Trip overview

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 50 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
  • Head off on safari – Sri Lanka style! Look for elephants and leopards while you cruise the beautiful Minneriya National Park in a jeep with expert local guides.
  • See one of the world’s most revered relics at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, home to an earthly remain of the Lord Buddha, and discover the cave temple of Dambulla.
  • Travel through highlands so green they almost glow in Nuwara Eliya, and sample some of the acclaimed tea varieties that grow on the hillsides with your small group.
  • Learn about the varied cuisine and local customs of different regions around Sri Lanka and join local families to dine on traditional dishes like fragrant fish curry and rice.
  • Take a guided bike tour around Anuradhapura City, an impressive World-Heritage listed site, soaking up the splendour of the ruins which date back to the city’s heyday hundreds of years ago.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a busy trip, with lots of included and optional activities to make the most of your short time in the country.
  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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7 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private vehicle


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Kandy - Cultural Dance Performance
  • Kandy - Home-cooked lunch
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Nuwara Eliya - Tea factory tour
  • Kandy - Scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Matale - Spice Garden
  • Sigiriya - Home-cooked lunch
  • Minneriya - Jeep safari
  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - Sacred City bike tour
  • Colombo - City tour by bus
  • Colombo – Guided market visit
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Botanical Gardens - USD10

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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. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for entrance 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.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 29 reviews submitted.
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Alan · Traveled May 2024
The 7 ½ day tour was an excellent introduction to this fascinating country, with an intensive but well-planned itinerary and a superb tour leader who had an extraordinary level of historical & local knowledge, who looked after our needs caringly, and was flexible enough to cope with changes & weather
Review submitted 18 May 2024

Deborah · Traveled May 2024
Intrepid you’ve nailed it !! What an incredibly well organised tour with the best tour leader ever and 12 likeminded fellow travellers too, age group ranging from 30- 75 and all with a fun loving active approach to learning about Sri Lanka and each other ! Congratulations intrepid - best itinerary, care, comfort and value for money ever with a focus on local culture and care for the environment.
Review submitted 17 May 2024

Lesley · Traveled May 2024
We had wonderful experiences of Sri Lanka and its people. Charmodi is a passionate and knowledgeable leader who really went beyond to give everyone the best travel experience.
Review submitted 18 May 2024

Malak · Traveled May 2024
Our Sri Lanka holidays with Intrepid exceeded expectations! Loved the Classic Sri Lanka trip facilitated by our tour leader Chamodi who was very knowledgeable about all what Sri lanka can offer! With her attention to details, Chamodi made sure no itinerary was missed and has gone far and beyond to ensure every traveler on this tour is looked after. Highly recommended! Thank you for the memories x
Review submitted 18 May 2024

Mark · Traveled April 2024
I would highly recommend the classic Sri Lanka trip. Our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and obviously very proud of his home country. The activities were excellent and the food fantastic.
Review submitted 29 Apr 2024
Classic Sri Lanka
ZAR  27,585