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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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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 4.88 out of 5 based on 26 reviews in the last year.
Incredible trip, we loved our Sri Lankan adventure. Prabarth was our tour guide, and was literally the best guide Wen have ever had, filled us with a huge amount of insight.
Review submitted 15 Sep 2018
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country of smiling people, stunning landscapes, lots of wildlife to see, a delight to the taste buds, with a history and culture that is fascinating. You have to go!
Review submitted 06 Sep 2018