Sri Lanka: Immersive Tour

Highlights

  • Experience true local Sri Lankan life and hospitality at authentic homestays
  • Spot elephants, buffalo, and if you're lucky leopards on incredible safari
  • Ride some of the most scenic train routes on earth through lush hillsides and tea country
  • Hike to remote villages and ancient temples in the jungle
£1597 per person
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What you'll do

Arrive Sri Lanka

On your first night, arrive and you will be met at the airport by your local host. They will take you to your hotel, situated close to the airport, to settle in, refresh, and get over any jetlag before your Sri Lankan adventure begins.

 

 

 

 

Accommodation

Jetwing Hotel

Cultural Triangle

Today you’ll head North to Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from the 5th century BC to the 10th century AD. Explore the ancient brick dagobas that are crumbling into the jungle, and walk in the footsteps ancient people did centuries ago.

The jewel in the crown of the city is the sacred Bo Tree, the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world, planted 2250 years ago. It is said that it grew from a branch of the tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment.Read All

Cycling and Monkeys

Today you’ll visit another World Heritage Site, the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th–13th Centuries, Polonnaruwa.

The city contains splendid and spectacular statues and the medieval capital was fortified with inner & outer moats and walls.

Explore royal palaces, audience halls and other spectacular examples of ancient Sri Lankan architecture by bike, the best way to see as much of possible of the city.

In the afternoon, head out on a guided walk of the ruins wit...Read All

Lion Rock

Today you’ll head south to Sigiriya and Dambulla. Though you may have see many pictures of ‘Lion Rock’, nothing can quite prepare you for the real thing.

Sigiriya, the 5th century “Fortress in the Sky” is perhaps the most jaw-dropping single wonder on the island. It’s known as Lion Rock because it was said there was a huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace, on the summit of the 600-foot high rock.

On its summit, you can still find ...Read All

Hiking in Hill Country

On day 5 you’ll transfer to Andawala, before you hike to the remote village of Gammaduwa, a spot where you’ll get a taste of true Sri Lankan culture.

You’ll stay at Gammaduwa Bungalow, a beautiful building on an old tea plantation, and a great base from which to start your journey to Riverstone.

 

 

Accommodation

Gammaduwa Bungalow

Hiking from Gammaduwa to Riverstone

On day 6 your hike starts from the remote Gammaduwa village, winding along trails to an extremely remote village named Kargastene. Getting properly off the beaten track, you’ll then hike with a local guide across wide open grassland, before heading back into the jungle.

Stop at Puwakpitiya, a village with beautiful waterfall in the jungle, where you can swim and help to prepare a lunch of delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. The afternoon trek takes you to Riverstone, through...Read All

Hiking to Manigala Rock

Today from your base at Riverstone you’ll head to the famed Manigala Rock. Start of on the village road before turning off onto smaller village back roads, passing through bright green paddy fields with great views in all directions.

Awe at the paddy terraces that use “step farming” or “Helmalu”, necessary in hilly areas where flat land is in short supply. Your climb then takes you through the forests criss-crossed with numerous silver streams, before you begin yo...Read All

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya

Over the next days, you’ll explore the tea capital of the country, and the stunning areas within it, in a way most tourists won’t. Today you’ll transfer to the city of Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of tea country.

Tour a typical tea plantation in the afternoon, learning everything there is to know about this vital Sri Lankan drink, from its production to its place in culture, and come away having of course taste some incredible teas grown right there on the plantation.Read All

Adams Peak and the Train to Ella

Take a stunning train ride to Ella where you will stay overnight at the Waterfall Homestay. The train ride is one of the most iconic in the world, crossing deep valleys and skirting along vibrant green mountainsides, and is sure to be one of the most memorable journeys on your trip.

In Ella, you’ll hike up mini Adam’s Peak with a local guide for a stunning view of the sunset, before heading to your homestay accommodation – another opportunity to experience real, authe...Read All

Village Experiences

Day 10 sees you embark on a truly unique experience of visiting the traditional village of Chena. The village is surrounded by a natural forest reserve with elephants and monkeys roaming freely, giving the entire place a magical atmosphere.

There’s also a beautiful lake in the midst of the village, which you will explore on a wonderful boat trip with a local guide.

 

 

Accommodation

Waterfall Homestay

Departure Day

Today, your Sri Lankan adventure will come to an end when your guide transfers you back to the airport, after a whirlwind trip packed with incredible activities from start to finish.

We hope you’ve had an unforgettable time in Sri Lanka, and head home feeling as though you haven’t just seen Sri Lanka, but experienced it like a local whilst supporting real, local communities.

What's included

Included

  • Half Board Meal Plan till Day 10. BB Basis for the beach stay.
  • All transfers in an AC vehicle with a driver/guide
  • 13 Experiences
  • Tour of Anuradhapura - the ancient capital of Sri Lanka
  • Cycling tour of Polonnaruwa - capital of Sri Lanka in 11th-13th centuries
  • Guided walk of the ruins of Polonnaruwa with a local primatologist
  • Tour of Sigiriya with a local guide
  • Guided hike from Andawala to Gammaduwa
  • Guided hike from Gammaduwa to Riverstone
  • Guided hike from Riverstone to Manigala Rock
  • Safari at Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Tour of an authentic tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
  • Evening frog walk with a local naturalist in Nuwara Eliya
  • Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella
  • Guided hike up to mini Adam's Peak
  • Visit to the authentic village of Chena and a boat trip on a lake
Your local host

Prateeque

Hi! My name is Prateeque, your host. I grew up in India, in Bangalore and after completing an engineering degree, I decided to not actually follow this path and chose to follow my passion of travel. I quickly got a job as an actual tour guide in the wonderful southern region of Kerala, India, for a few months and ended up staying for 2 years.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. ... Read All

Hi! My name is Prateeque, your host. I grew up in India, in Bangalore and after completing an engineering degree, I decided to not actually follow this path and chose to follow my passion of travel. I quickly got a job as an actual tour guide in the wonderful southern region of Kerala, India, for a few months and ended up staying for 2 years.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. I would go out on my bike and get lost and then try to find my way back. I grew up in an urban setting, so any chance I could get I was out exploring. The feeling of release you get from the outdoors, is completely different to anything you can feel.

The one thing that inspired me to work in travel and pursue it as a long term career, is the feeling of pure amazement when discovering something new or seeing something spectacular for the first time. It’s an indescribable feeling, but you’re just totally immersed in this place and you just forget about everything else for a while.

And seeing this look on people’s faces and being with them when they’re doing this, is something I found out very quickly when I was tour guide I absolutely loved and just had to pursue this further.

Another thing is, you always learn in travel, there’s always something new that comes up, whether it be an experience, untapped location, or new people, you’re always learning and this pushes me to find new things to do.

It’s fair to say that Sri Lanka is oversaturated, there are plenty of companies here offering the same tours to the same places. We however, like to go off the beaten track. It’s unbelievable how much there is to see in this wonderful country away from the main sights. For example, the busy national parks e.g. Udawalawe National Park can have up to 600 jeeps a day on it’s roads. But if you go just 2 hours away at Gal Oya national park, it’s much less busy and you can get much closer to the wildlife.

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