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North Sri Lanka Revealed tour
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North Sri Lanka Revealed

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
18 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • The unexplored north, including the Hindu temples of Jaffna
  • Game drives in Wilpattu and Udawalawe National Parks
  • Discover the ancient capital of Anuradhapura
  • Climb the rock fortress at Sigirya for breathtaking views
  • The beautiful lakeside town of Kandy

Short Description

Sri Lanka is a small county but it offers a range of sights and experiences that few destinations can match. This is the most comprehensive itinerary of the island that Exodus runs as it includes the undiscovered Northern provinces, an area where few tourists are yet to travel. From the ornate Hindu temples of Jaffna in the north and the secluded beaches of the east, to the wildlife of Udawalawe National Park in the south and the popular highlights of Sigirya and Kandy in-between; this is a trip that explores everything that Sri Lanka has to offer.A comprehensive journey discovering this inspiring island focusing on the undiscovered northern regions

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Wattala
End City Colombo

Destinations

Sri Lanka

Cities & Attractions

Colombo

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

The group flight usually departs in the evening from London Heathrow. **

Day 2 Arrive Colombo; to Watalla.

The group flight arrives at Colombo's Bandaranaike Airport and we transfer to our hotel at Watalla on the coast just north of Colombo. Those not flying with the group will meet us at the hotel. *Covanro Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Head north to Anuradhapura via Wilpattu N.P.

We depart after breakfast for the drive to Anuradhapura (approx. 4-5 hours) including a game drive in Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu, Sri Lanka's largest national park, is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sand. The biggest draws in Wilpattu are leopards and Sloth bears. Alongside these, it is possible to see Asian elephants, Spotted deer, Barking deer, Wild boar, Asiatic buffalo and Mugger crocodiles. Leaving the park, we drive to nearby Anuradhapura where we spend the next two nights. *The Lakeside at Nuwarawewa or similar*

Day 4 Sightseeing in Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

Today we start in the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Now picturesque ruins, it was once a major centre of Sri Lankan civilisation. There is a lot to see including huge bell-shaped stupas, the sacred Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments. Later in the day we travel the short distance to the mountain peak of Mihintale, believed to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. *The Lakeside at Nuwarawewa or similar*

Day 5 To Jaffna via Tantirimalai.

We have a full day's journey north today to Jaffna (approx. 6 hours). After an hour we will stop at Tantirimale monastery, which is set in a vast panoramic area amongst sprawling boulders, in the midst of thick forest. The climb and the walk around the caves and restored ruins is a pleasant experience. Reaching the top of the rock we arrive at the Bodhi tree, one of the first eight off shoots of the original Bo-sapling brought to Sri Lanka during the time of King Devanampiyatissa in the third Century BC. After our visit here we will continue our journey to Jaffna. *Fox Resort Jaffna or similar*

Day 6 Visit the islands of Nayinativu and Delft.

Leaving Jaffna early in the morning we drive across causeways to Punkudutivu (approx. 1 hour) where we will take a ferry over to Delft (Neduntheevu). This is the largest island in the Palk Strait and is Sri Lanka's furthest inhabited point. The island has a small population but a rich history and is home to a variety of small archaeological and cultural sites, as well as wild ponies. Very few tourists venture here and with little infrastructure it is an adventurous journey. We also visit Nainativu and Nagapooshani Amman, an impressive Hindu temple, as well as the Buddhist shrine of Nagadeepa Vihare. Please note that today's inclusions are weather dependent, if it is not possible to travel to Delft then your leader will organise alternative sightseeing. *Fox Resort Jaffna or similar*

Day 7 Jaffna sightseeing including the Hindu temple at Keerimale and Dambakola Patuna.

A slightly more relaxing day, but we still keep busy visiting a number of sites in and around Jaffna. In the morning we will head out of the main city to visit the Hindu temple at Keerimale, one of the oldest shrines of the region and the northernmost shrine on the island. Its adjacent water tank, the Keerimalai Springs, is believed to have curative properties. We will also visit Dambakola Patuna where the sacred Buddhist Bo Sapling first arrived in Sri Lanka. Returning to Jaffna city there will be time for lunch before visiting Jaffna Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1618, as well as Jaffna Public Library, a buliding known for its elegant neo-Mughal design. *Fox Resort Jaffna or similar*

Day 8 To Nilaveli, near Trincomalee; visit Kanniyai Wells en route.

We leave the very north of the country today and head to the beaches of the east coast (approx. 6-7 hours). En route we will stop at the hot springs of Kanniyai, where there are seven hot wells of varying temperatures, commonly referred to as 'the Seven Wonders of Sri Lanka'. *Anantamaa Hotel Trincomalee or similar*

Day 9 Free day to relax on the beach; optional trip to Pigeon Island.

Today is free for you to relax by the hotel pool or do some optional activities such as whale watching (March - August) or snorkelling. The tropical conditions of the Indian Ocean mean it is the habitat to hundreds of thousands of varied species. Your leader will give you further information, and costs, for the optional activities before you arrive in Nilaveli. *Anantamaa Hotel Trincomale or similar*

Day 10 To Sigiriya via Trincomalee; afternoon climb the rock fortress.

We set off early this morning to see some of the sites of Trincomalee before transferring to Sigiriya (approx. 3 hours). The main site we visit is Koneswaram temple, one of the three principal places of worship dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva; we will also see the outside of Fort Frederick, built by Portuguese colonials. After transfering to Sigiriya and having lunch we drive to the foot of the Lions Rock. The imposing 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya rises 600 feet from the plains overlooking the surrounding countryside giving far-reaching views. Used as a safe haven from invaders, the route to the top is up a series of steep steps and gangways. From the base, where a moat surrounds impressive water gardens, we ascend 200m, passing an overhanging rock under which superb portraits of native maidens holding flowers and temple offerings still adorn the rock wall. Crowning the flat-topped summit of the rock are extensive remains of the King's Summer Palace from where there are breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. The descent is much easier and you can cool off in the hotel pool at dusk. *Hotel Sigiriya or similar*

Day 11 Bike ride through country villages; optional jeep safari.

This morning we will take a gentle bike ride through the local villages and soak up the atmosphere. In the afternoon you can either relax by the hotel pool or take an optional game drive to see elephants in their natural habitat. We will visit either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park, or the Hurulu Eco Park. Which park we visit will depend on the time of year and where the majority of elephants are at the time. *Hotel Sigiriya or similar*

Day 12 Drive to Kandy via Dambulla and spice gardens.

Today we visit the magnificent Cave Temple at Dambulla, for some, the most impressive sight in Sri Lanka. There are colourful and very well preserved paintings and statues of the Buddha inside the caves, which date back to the 1st Century BC. After lunch we stop at a spice garden near Matale where you can see various spices and herbs growing. There is a chance to stock up on massage oils, spices and Ayurvedic medicines. After this we drive to Kandy. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 13 Visit Temple of the Tooth, the Botanical Gardens and a gem factory; optional cultural show.

Kandy is located on a small lake and we spend the day in and around the town. We visit the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic. The Tooth of Buddha was taken from the funeral pyre in 543 BC and only found its way to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD. There are literally hundreds of worshippers who visit the temple each day and in August the most spectacular ceremony takes place. Some of our trips in August should coincide with the Kandy festival, but the exact dates, decided by priests, are not known until 5 months prior to the event. After our visit we drive to a beautiful viewpoint over Kandy overlooked by a huge Buddha, and visit a gem museum where you can see the products of the traditional methods of gem extraction. Another highlight is the vast Peradeniya Botanical Garden with species of orchid, plants endemic to Sri Lanka. In the evening we may have the chance to attend a performance of local dancing and fire eating. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 14 Visit a tea plantation, transfer to Ella.

This morning we leave Kandy and head towards Ella; on the way we visit a tea factory to learn about tea production. We should also have time to stop in Bandarawella, a trading centre where exotic fruits from the east coast are traded for hill-country vegetables. We continue on to Ella Gap where we hopefully have spectacular views of the coastal plain nearly 1,000m below. Almost the whole of the southern part of the island is in view and on a particularly clear day the shimmering silver of the Indian Ocean is visible. *Hotel Heaven's Edge or similar*

Day 15 Udawalawe jeep safari, to south coast.

We have a chance for a relaxed breakfast before we head further south to Udawalawe National Park. With an area of 30,821 hectares, this park covers the catchment area of Udawalawe reservoir, and has a rich elephant population estimated at around 500. We view the wildlife of the park by jeep giving us the best chance to see elephants in their natural habitat. After our game drive we leave for the coast, with its beautiful palm fringed bays. *Insight Resort or similar*

Day 16 Free day.

Today's free day to relax on the beach or by the hotel pool. There are also numerous optional activities that you can take part in during the day including a boat ride through mangrove swamps to a cinnamon plantation. From November to April you can go whale watching off Dondra head, one of the best places in the world for seeing Blue and Sperm whales. Huge pods of dolphins are also often seen playing alongside the boats. *Insight Resort or similar*

Day 17 To Colombo via Galle.

We set off today and drive along the coastal road to the historic port of Galle, which dates back to the 17th century, and now a UNESCO world heritage site. On the way we stop at a small folk museum inspired by the local writer Martin Wickramasinghe. The museum is a typical house from the Koggala region and is set amongst beautiful gardens. We continue along the expressway to Colombo reaching our hotel in the late afternoon. *Hotel Mirage or similar*

Day 18 Depart Colombo; arrive London.

If you are travelling on the group flight we will have a morning transfer to the airport for the daytime flight to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group ends after check out. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Colombo; to Watalla.

The group flight arrives at Colombo's Bandaranaike Airport and we transfer to our hotel at Watalla on the coast just north of Colombo. Those not flying with the group will meet us at the hotel. *Covanro Hotel or similar*

Day 2 Head north to Anuradhapura via Wilpattu N.P.

We depart after breakfast for the drive to Anuradhapura (approx. 4-5 hours) including a game drive in Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu, Sri Lanka's largest national park, is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sand. The biggest draws in Wilpattu are leopards and Sloth bears. Alongside these, it is possible to see Asian elephants, Spotted deer, Barking deer, Wild boar, Asiatic buffalo and Mugger crocodiles. Leaving the park, we drive to nearby Anuradhapura where we spend the next two nights. *The Lakeside at Nuwarawewa or similar*

Day 3 Sightseeing in Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

Today we start in the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Now picturesque ruins, it was once a major centre of Sri Lankan civilisation. There is a lot to see including huge bell-shaped stupas, the sacred Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments. Later in the day we travel the short distance to the mountain peak of Mihintale, believed to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. *The Lakeside at Nuwarawewa or similar*

Day 4 To Jaffna via Tantirimalai.

We have a full day's journey north today to Jaffna (approx. 6 hours). After an hour we will stop at Tantirimale monastery, which is set in a vast panoramic area amongst sprawling boulders, in the midst of thick forest. The climb and the walk around the caves and restored ruins is a pleasant experience. Reaching the top of the rock we arrive at the Bodhi tree, one of the first eight off shoots of the original Bo-sapling brought to Sri Lanka during the time of King Devanampiyatissa in the third Century BC. After our visit here we will continue our journey to Jaffna. *Fox Resort Jaffna or similar*

Day 5 Visit the islands of Nayinativu and Delft.

Leaving Jaffna early in the morning we drive across causeways to Punkudutivu (approx. 1 hour) where we will take a ferry over to Delft (Neduntheevu). This is the largest island in the Palk Strait and is Sri Lanka's furthest inhabited point. The island has a small population but a rich history and is home to a variety of small archaeological and cultural sites, as well as wild ponies. Very few tourists venture here and with little infrastructure it is an adventurous journey. We also visit Nainativu and Nagapooshani Amman, an impressive Hindu temple, as well as the Buddhist shrine of Nagadeepa Vihare. Please note that today's inclusions are weather dependent, if it is not possible to travel to Delft then your leader will organise alternative sightseeing. *Fox Resort Jaffna or similar*

Day 6 Jaffna sightseeing including the Hindu temple at Keerimale and Dambakola Patuna.

A slightly more relaxing day, but we still keep busy visiting a number of sites in and around Jaffna. In the morning we will head out of the main city to visit the Hindu temple at Keerimale, one of the oldest shrines of the region and the northernmost shrine on the island. Its adjacent water tank, the Keerimalai Springs, is believed to have curative properties. We will also visit Dambakola Patuna where the sacred Buddhist Bo Sapling first arrived in Sri Lanka. Returning to Jaffna city there will be time for lunch before visiting Jaffna Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1618, as well as Jaffna Public Library, a buliding known for its elegant neo-Mughal design. *Fox Resort Jaffna or similar*

Day 7 To Nilaveli, near Trincomalee; visit Kanniyai Wells en route.

We leave the very north of the country today and head to the beaches of the east coast (approx. 6-7 hours). En route we will stop at the hot springs of Kanniyai, where there are seven hot wells of varying temperatures, commonly referred to as 'the Seven Wonders of Sri Lanka'. *Anantamaa Hotel Trincomalee or similar*

Day 8 Free day to relax on the beach; optional trip to Pigeon Island.

Today is free for you to relax by the hotel pool or do some optional activities such as whale watching (March - August) or snorkelling. The tropical conditions of the Indian Ocean mean it is the habitat to hundreds of thousands of varied species. Your leader will give you further information, and costs, for the optional activities before you arrive in Nilaveli. *Anantamaa Hotel Trincomale or similar*

Day 9 To Sigiriya via Trincomalee; afternoon climb the rock fortress.

We set off early this morning to see some of the sites of Trincomalee before transferring to Sigiriya (approx. 3 hours). The main site we visit is Koneswaram temple, one of the three principal places of worship dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva; we will also see the outside of Fort Frederick, built by Portuguese colonials. After transfering to Sigiriya and having lunch we drive to the foot of the Lions Rock. The imposing 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya rises 600 feet from the plains overlooking the surrounding countryside giving far-reaching views. Used as a safe haven from invaders, the route to the top is up a series of steep steps and gangways. From the base, where a moat surrounds impressive water gardens, we ascend 200m, passing an overhanging rock under which superb portraits of native maidens holding flowers and temple offerings still adorn the rock wall. Crowning the flat-topped summit of the rock are extensive remains of the King's Summer Palace from where there are breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. The descent is much easier and you can cool off in the hotel pool at dusk. *Hotel Sigiriya or similar*

Day 10 Bike ride through country villages; optional jeep safari.

This morning we will take a gentle bike ride through the local villages and soak up the atmosphere. In the afternoon you can either relax by the hotel pool or take an optional game drive to see elephants in their natural habitat. We will visit either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park, or the Hurulu Eco Park. Which park we visit will depend on the time of year and where the majority of elephants are at the time. *Hotel Sigiriya or similar*

Day 11 Drive to Kandy via Dambulla and spice gardens.

Today we visit the magnificent Cave Temple at Dambulla, for some, the most impressive sight in Sri Lanka. There are colourful and very well preserved paintings and statues of the Buddha inside the caves, which date back to the 1st Century BC. After lunch we stop at a spice garden near Matale where you can see various spices and herbs growing. There is a chance to stock up on massage oils, spices and Ayurvedic medicines. After this we drive to Kandy. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 12 Visit Temple of the Tooth, the Botanical Gardens and a gem factory; optional cultural show.

Kandy is located on a small lake and we spend the day in and around the town. We visit the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic. The Tooth of Buddha was taken from the funeral pyre in 543 BC and only found its way to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD. There are literally hundreds of worshippers who visit the temple each day and in August the most spectacular ceremony takes place. Some of our trips in August should coincide with the Kandy festival, but the exact dates, decided by priests, are not known until 5 months prior to the event. After our visit we drive to a beautiful viewpoint over Kandy overlooked by a huge Buddha, and visit a gem museum where you can see the products of the traditional methods of gem extraction. Another highlight is the vast Peradeniya Botanical Garden with species of orchid, plants endemic to Sri Lanka. In the evening we may have the chance to attend a performance of local dancing and fire eating. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 13 Visit a tea plantation, transfer to Ella.

This morning we leave Kandy and head towards Ella; on the way we visit a tea factory to learn about tea production. We should also have time to stop in Bandarawella, a trading centre where exotic fruits from the east coast are traded for hill-country vegetables. We continue on to Ella Gap where we hopefully have spectacular views of the coastal plain nearly 1,000m below. Almost the whole of the southern part of the island is in view and on a particularly clear day the shimmering silver of the Indian Ocean is visible. *Hotel Heaven's Edge or similar*

Day 14 Udawalawe jeep safari, to south coast.

We have a chance for a relaxed breakfast before we head further south to Udawalawe National Park. With an area of 30,821 hectares, this park covers the catchment area of Udawalawe reservoir, and has a rich elephant population estimated at around 500. We view the wildlife of the park by jeep giving us the best chance to see elephants in their natural habitat. After our game drive we leave for the coast, with its beautiful palm fringed bays. *Insight Resort or similar*

Day 15 Free day.

Today's free day to relax on the beach or by the hotel pool. There are also numerous optional activities that you can take part in during the day including a boat ride through mangrove swamps to a cinnamon plantation. From November to April you can go whale watching off Dondra head, one of the best places in the world for seeing Blue and Sperm whales. Huge pods of dolphins are also often seen playing alongside the boats. *Insight Resort or similar*

Day 16 To Colombo via Galle.

We set off today and drive along the coastal road to the historic port of Galle, which dates back to the 17th century, and now a UNESCO world heritage site. On the way we stop at a small folk museum inspired by the local writer Martin Wickramasinghe. The museum is a typical house from the Koggala region and is set amongst beautiful gardens. We continue along the expressway to Colombo reaching our hotel in the late afternoon. *Hotel Mirage or similar*

Day 17 End Colombo.

If you are travelling on the group flight we will have a morning transfer to the airport for the daytime flight to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group ends after check out. **

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Excellent tour

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This was our first visit to Sri Lanka and the itinery for this tour enabled
us to travel to many area of the island and to experience a diverse range of
cultures.
Our unexpected and unscheduled visit to Kandy to see the Perahera festival.


Our group leader, Dileepa, was friendly, approachable and extremely
knowledgeable with excellent spoken English.


Highly recommend Exodus


Exodus delivered a comprehensive tour at a very competitive cost.


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A good taster of Sir Lanka

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This tour takes in the north of the island that many other tour companies are
not yet doing. The countryside differs vastly from the north to the middle
to the south and there is something of interest at every turn. We would have
preferred a few less temples and a little more into the history of the war
with the Tamil Tigers and more on how it impacted the country. It is easy to
see why the Dutch loved the north - it is so flat!
The best of the Buddhist temples was The Cave Temple at Dambulla - quite
spectacular and not surprisingly a World Heritage Site.
Wildlife was good at every point of the tour, but the best sighting of
elephants was on an optional trip which I consider should be part of the
tour. I think it is named Angammedilla NP. We saw well over 150 elephants,
including babies only 2-3 weeks old. There was a crested sea eagle nest with
2 chicks being fed by one of the parents, plus a crested serpent eagle,
peacock displaying in all its glory and much more.
Sigiriya was great - the views from Lion Rock are worth the climb and its not
that bad! The cycling around the lanes the next morning was beautiful.
The optional boat trip to find blue whales from Marissa harbour was
disappointing - yes we did see one whale - hounded by so many boats
overloaded with tourists it was not nice. Our boat was for just three groups
of Exodus clients, and frankly some of their behaviour was not what we have
come to know. They jostled and barged about to try and get "the" photo, at
the expense of everyone else. However, the highlight was a pod of about 1000
Spinner dolphins fishing.
Galle fort was disappointing too. It is totally geared up for tourists with
little to easily see in a short time regarding its history. Over priced and
over-rated.
The wildlife without any doubt.


Nalaka was fabulous; he managed peoples expectations at all time. For
example, when we were en route to Jaffna, he told us about the little issues
with the staff. They don't greet you with a smile or hello, but is just
because it is new to them! On 3 or 4 occasions, the hotels we were scheduled
to stay in were overbooked and the last one near Marissa meant we got bumped
up to the 5* Marriott hotel. It was fab, but the prices weren't! Having
been paying between 1000- 2100Rps for a buffet evening meal, it was suddenly
4500Rps which we only found out by chance. Nalaka said he would arrange a
table for the group, and it ended up on the beach. The chef came out and
said he would organise one meat, one fish and one veg curry with rice plus a
couple of deserts. This cost us 2100Rps each which was perfect, but he had
got to know us over the two weeks and so taken this upon himself as he knew
it was what we would prefer. His knowledge of his island was first class, he
has a great sense of humour and he is the best tour leader we have had on one
of your trips.


There is a lot of travelling on this trip, but is broken down into manageable
chunks. In Feb/March it is hot and you need plenty on sun lotion, but whilst
there are not many mosquitoes, the ones that are around are large! If you
are susceptible to bites, take a good deet repellent and use it by day as
well as night as there are some that bite in the early morning and these may
carry Denghi fever. Always use sun lotion first and apply the deet about 30
mins later if possible.


We always find it is a good idea to spend a little time by the beach after
tours like these to unwind before coming home. We had 6 nights just south of
Bentota and so managed to miss the snow - perfect!


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North Sri Lanka revealed

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This is a beautiful country and we felt the trip gave us a comprehensive view
of its highlights. We were particularly impressed by the magnificent
settings of several temples and the wildlife we saw.
Seeing elephants in the wild for the first time. So many of them and we were
so close.
Close seconds are the stunning cave paintings at Dambulla and clambering up
to the rock peak at Mihintale.


Nalaka was very good. Knowledgeable, efficient, extremely patient, good
humoured and hard working


Temple visits-be sure you have 'temple' clothes and know you will be walking
barefoot (or in socks) over quite large areas outside as well as in. Head
uncovered too.


We were delighted that we saw the north of the country too. It was
fascinating and very different from the rest.
Visit to Jaffna Public Library could be excluded.


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North Sri Lanka revealed

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No problems worth the journey there. Easy trip not as difficult as
advertised.
The north seeing the effects of the war and getting a locals facts on the
troubles.


He was very caring and made sure all of the group were informed. He was also
trustworthy. New wildlife very well.


It’s not as difficult as the ligature indicates. The cycle ride was
leisurely and an option of following in a vehicle was an option. Two of our
group enjoyed the option.


Less temples.


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Sri Lanka experiaence

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A very well organised discovery trip of Sri Lanka that took us to Jaffna in the north down to Galle in the south visiting many wonderful sites.
watching the elephants watering in one of the National Parks we visited.

Our Group leader was excellent with a wonderful knowledge of his country and with great organising skills.

Go now but if you have trouble climbing steps you will have problems with some of the sites.

This is a great trip but don't expect to sit around sun bathing as it is a very busy trip with just a little time for relaxing.

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Sri Lanka Explored 2015

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This was the first Exodus trip to Sri Lanka to include the north - right up to Jaffna and across to Delft island and down the north East to Trincomalee. We covered the most enormous amount of ground in 16 days and the trip is charaterised by its variety: 3 safari drives in national parks, ancient archeological sites of former capitals and monasteries, numerous religious sites, both Buddhist and Hindu (including the mindblowing Dambulla cave temples and the Kandy Tooth Temple), a Hindu festival in Jaffna and the mind-blowing Esala Perahera pageant in Kandy, climbing up Sigirya, cycling around local villaages, boat trips across to islands off the north and on a lagoon near Kogalla, the beautiful architecture of Galle around the fort area, the wonders of the hills at Nuawara Eliya and Ella, tea plantations and spice gardens and witnessing the extraction of cinnamon from its tree bark, amazing food, fabulous hotels with pools, swimming in the ocean - this is probably the best Exodus trip I've ever been on and we all fell in love with Sri Lanka!!
Hard to say what was most inspirational moment - I loved Sigirya, was thoroughly moved by the cave temples at Dambulla and fell in love with Kandy as a city! The Esala Perahera was a real privilege to witness in Kandy; finally seeing Asian elephants in the wild (rather than as working/tame beasts of burden and entertainment) - and so many of them too!!! Oh and we saw a sloth bear in Wilpatta!

We were lucky to have the wonderful Sujan Weerakoon as our leader - fantastically knowledgeable (both Latin and English names for almost every tree in the Kandy Botanical gardens, the names of all the various birds we saw in the national parks, historical and political information, a clear love of and pride in his country, a great sense of humour and lots of patience (I think he needed it for our group of real characters!!) and he made it all go so smoothly we could just sit back and enjoy!!!

I think we all packed a fleece/warm jacket but frankly never even needed a thin cardigan. It might be different at other times of year but not needed in August!! The main advice I would give is to book this trip as soon as possible.

Sri Lankan food is lovely and spicy, but expect quite often to eat in hotels, because of locations, where it can be a bit generic and caters for tourists with Chinese style influences etc... Some hotels were disappointing in what they offered, but generally we ate fantastically well.
There is a lot of driving but it's worth it to get to all the different places which the trip covers. The optional activities are well worth doing.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

13 nights hotels, all en suite
Travel by private bus
Additional travel by boat, bicycle and jeep
Some long drives

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • Travel by private bus, boat, bicycle and jeep
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • 16 nights hotels, all en suite

Trip ID#:

exodus-AKS

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 4 lunches are included. We suggest allowing about £15-£17 (approx. US$24 - US$27.50) per day for all other meals. Sri Lankan cuisine is a fascinating reflection of the island’s heritage; there is a unique fusion of fresh local produce with spices brought to the island over the centuries by Malays, Arabs, Indians as well as the Dutch, Portuguese and English. Despite, or perhaps because of, these influences Sri Lankan cuisine is often referred to simply as ‘Rice and Curry’; this is the staple dish in most restaurants and is usually a serving of rice accompanied by assorted meat and vegetable curries as well as various pickles, ‘sambols,’ and a handful of tiny poppadum’s – all using the contrasting flavours of coconut, chilli, curry leaves, cinnamon and garlic. The variety is constant and this along with the abundance of fresh seafood and fish ensures the cuisine is a constant highlight of the trip. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Sri Lanka the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home. Spicier food can be avoided easily and lots of the hotels with serve Western options alongside traditional food.

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