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Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak

10 Days | From seaside to mountaintop, get active in Sri Lanka

4.9 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
Multi-Active Adventures
ZAR  26,186
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Ride through tea plantations, kayak down rivers and hike to ancient fortresses on an active adventure from Negombo to Colombo. Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s most exciting destinations and it’s not hard to see why. With pristine coastline, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and wildlife-filled national parks, it’s a dream for travellers who like to get outdoors. Explore the country’s premier sites while wandering through the wilds on this Sri Lankan experience.

Trip overview

Map of Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Sri Lanka
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Multi-Active Adventures
Sri Lanka
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 34.89 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
  • Kayak down the sparking Gin River, taking in Sri Lanka’s ever-changing landscape. Float past forests, sandbanks and plantations while keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
  • Encounter Sri Lanka's amazing scenery and biodiversity while hiking through the Knuckles Mountain Range and on to the ‘Mini World’s End’.
  • Cycle a mostly downhill route through the green heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country in ‘the Golden Valley of Ceylon
  • Slip down a few gears in the laidback coastal town of Weligama, where inviting sandy beaches offer a welcome break for sore muscles, and fantastic waves give you the chance to stay active.
  • Come face to face with one of Sri Lanka’s most storied sites as you hike to the ancient carved rock fortress of Sigiriya, rising dramatically from the surrounding plains.
  • Get to know the layered history of Galle during a cycle and walking tour, uncovering the city’s maze of streets, colonial buildings and famous 17th-century fort.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip requires a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy the physical activities included.
  • While the activities are diverse, they are all run at a relaxed pace and do not require a high level of expertise/experience to participate in. All travellers will need to be competent swimmers to take part in the kayaking section of this trip.
  • The weather in this region varies seasonally. Be prepared to get sweaty, and for the occasional rainstorm which may require a change of plans. Drink plenty of water and remember a good quality hat and sun block.


Map of Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Sri Lanka



9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle, Jeep, Taxi, Kayak, Mountain Bike


Hotel (7 nights), Camping with basic facilities (2 nights)

  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Knuckles Mountain Range - Village Walk
  • Knuckles Mountain Range guided trek
  • Knuckles Mini World's End Guided Trek
  • Hatton Tea Country Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Kandy - Scenic train ride from Kandy to Hatton
  • Golden Valley of Ceylon Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Galle - Galle Fort Walking tour
  • Gin River Kayaking
  • Galle Guided Cycling Tour
  • Colombo - City walking tour
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth - USD7
  • Adam's Peak Trek - per group - USD20

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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 excludes Days 3 & 4 (Camping). Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in the included outdoor activities, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary.
3. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping mat. Your luggage will transported by vehicle and will meet you at the camp site.
4. 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.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Graham · Traveled October 2023
My three trips with Intrepid Travel over 20 years have always given me experiences that have enriched my life. Quality abounds - whether it be the quality of staff (particularly guides) or the quality of trip planning.
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Elizabeth · Traveled September 2023
Sri Lanka is a beautiful and fascinating destination and it’s the people you meet along the way that make it even more special. Huge thanks to our excellent guides Sam & Ramli for making it a truly memorable trip.
Review submitted 29 Sep 2023

Richard · Traveled September 2023
If you like your trips immersive and active then this tour is for you. Got to see and experience so much in a short time. Highly recommended.
Review submitted 29 Sep 2023

Sarah · Traveled September 2023
There was nothing about Sri Lanka or this trip that disappoints! Sam was an amazing guide and host and our support crew was outstanding! I can’t recommend this trip enough to the avid active and outdoorsy traveller.
Review submitted 28 Sep 2023

Marcello · Traveled August 2023
I would highly recommend this tour if you love the outdoors with full and challenging days of activities. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country where the culture, the friendliness of the people and the food are amazing.
Review submitted 05 Sep 2023
Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak
ZAR  26,186