Sri Lanka Discovery
12 days from $1,349 (was $1,687)
- Tour the historic World Heritage Sites in Sigiriya and stay with a local family in Digana
- Visit a herbal centre to find out about the medicinal properties of different spices
- Take a tour of Kandy’s famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth
- Eat breakfast at a local project supported by the Women’s Development Centre and find out more about the great work taking place there
- Hike the trails through beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya
- Relax on the white sands and go on a dolphin boat tour in Hikkaduwa
Spend twelve days travelling around the serene countryside and spiritual towns and cities of Sri Lanka. You’ll begin your tour on the west coast in the city of Negombo before travelling north to Sigiriya to take in the area's culture and history and then head across to Digana to stay with a local family and learn about the community and their traditions. Then, heading to the heart of Sri Lanka, we’ll travel to the remarkably scenic city of Kandy to experience the spiritual nature of this naturally beautiful region. Heading further south, we’ll get to trek through the rocky terrain of Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya and take a trip to a local tea plantation before making our way to the peaceful town of Ella, and finally ending our journey on the gorgeous sands of the coastal town of Hikkaduwa.
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Day 1: Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Make your own way to your accommodation in Negombo, get settled in and head out into the city centre to explore. In the evening you’ll get to meet your tour guide and the rest of the group at a welcome meeting, followed by food and drinks.
Day 2: Negombo to Sigiriya
We’ll be making our way north of Negombo to our next destination, the beautiful city of Sigiriya. On our way we’ll stop off at a small village to share a meal with the local community. On our arrival, we’ll have some free time to take a look around this fascinating place at our own leisure.
Day 3: Sigiriya
You might want to chill out and relax today, or you could take a day to tour the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress and walk through the ancient landscaped gardens and fortress festooned with centuries-old paintings. Or you could visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa to walk among the 12th-century statues, pillars and monuments.
Day 4: Sigiriya to Digana
We'll make the short journey to Digana today, visiting a spice garden on the way to find out about the traditional medicinal properties of different spices. On our arrival to Tamarind Gardens in Digana, we'll enjoy a guided tour before meeting our local hosts for the evening. Learn about the community and try making your own incense with a local craftswoman. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 5: Digana to Kandy
After an included breakfast, we’ll make our way south through the green, serene landscape in the heart of Sri Lanka today. On arrival to Kandy, take some time to look around the city, enjoy a Kandyan cultural show, or take a tour of the city’s famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth. For more outdoorsy pursuits, you could opt to roam the Botanical Gardens, or climb the steps to the Big Buddha for views across the city.
Day 6: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
We’ll spend the morning travelling to leafy Nuwara Eliya, stopping at the Sthree Craft Shop and Café to enjoy a delicious local breakfast prepared by women and young people supported by the Women’s Development Centre. On arrival to Nuwara Eliya, we’ll visit a local tea plantation and factory to learn how the local tea is produced.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya to Ella
This morning you’ll have the opportunity to head out to Horton Plains National Park to hike the trails and admire the gorgeous scenery. The hike is roughly 6 miles long and will take you across the rough terrain and rocky tracks up through the clouds for breathtaking views. Enjoy a free evening to spend as you please or opt to go on a traditional cookery class.
Day 8: Ella
Spend the morning trekking along the trails and paths to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak and take in the stunning views. In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time to yourself to relax after your hike or, if you still have plenty of energy left, why not go on another trekking adventure through Ella’s surrounding valleys and rubber tree forests to Ella Rock?
Day 9: Ella to Hikkaduwa
We’re making our way to Sri Lanka’s southern coast today, but before we get there we’ll stop off at Galle Fort for a walking tour of the 16th-century structure. Once you’ve had your fill of the local history, we’ll continue our journey to the coastal town of Hikkaduwa. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to have a look around and make your way to the beach.
Day 10-11: Hikkaduwa
We’ll be spending the next couple of days in this tropical beachside idyll, so if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get the swimming kit out, this is it! If you’re not much of a sun worshipper, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in town or, you could go on a dolphin boat tour.
Day 12: Farewell
You’re free to head back to Colombo to catch your flight home whenever you like. Airport transfers aren’t included, but your tour guide can help you arrange transport by private taxi or bus.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 11 nights’ accommodation
- Services of a trip leader throughout
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Spice garden visit
- Homestay and village tour of Digana
- Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
- Tea plantation tour
- Little Adam's Peak tour
- Galle Fort tour
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- 24/7 emergency support
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
You’ll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation throughout your trip, each having been selected with location, comfort, and safety in mind. The majority of the places you stay in will be based on two to four people in the group sharing a room – you will always share with travellers of the same sex, but if you’re travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book so we can make sure you’re in a room together. In Digana, you'll stay with a local family in very basic but homely accommodation.
2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included on this trip. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Sri Lanka’s delicious food and you won’t be short of places to choose from. Your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat if you’re unsure. Do still let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book, just so we’re aware, and let your tour guide know if there’s anything specific you can’t eat while you’re in Sri Lanka.We recommend a budget of USD160-210 for meals not included.
You’ll need to arrange your flights to arrive in Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) for the first day of your itinerary. You can arrive at any time on the first day but bear in mind you’ll need to travel around 30km by taxi to Negombo and will need to arrive in time to make your welcome meeting at 6pm. The tour finishes in Hikkaduwa on day 12, and as there are no activities planned for your last day you’re free to depart at any time. Colombo is approximately 115km from Hikkaduwa, so please allow ample time for travel to the airport. Airport transfers are not included in the cost of this package.
Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.
You will need to get a visa before arrival for Sri Lanka with a UK passport. You can apply for a Electronic Travel Authorization visa online (ETA) through the offical Sri Lankan ETA website.
We recommend you check the latest visa regulations with the Sri Lanka Embassy.
You should also ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information
How Many People Will There Be In My Group?
Group numbers vary depending on the time of year, but the tour is capped at 18 people. On average, you’ll be one of 12.
How Much Should I Budget For Meals Not Included?
We recommend USD160-210 for meals not included.
Do I Need To Wear Specific Clothing In Sri Lanka?
We always recommend wearing cool, cotton clothing in warm climates for your own comfort and a sturdy pair of trainers are always good to have on you if you don’t want to miss out on the treks. Some regions you visit during this tour are more conservative than others, so we ask that you respect this and cover up tattoos, try to cover up chest, shoulders, and knees where appropriate, and always, always, always remove your shoes and leave them outside when visiting temples and other holy sites.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.