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Highlights
  • Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts
  • Taste local flavours at a village meal
  • Gain insight into colonial history at a tea plantation and partake in "high tea"
  • Search out elephants on safari in national parks
  • Stare in awe at the stilt fishermen in galle
  • Relax after busy days at comfortable hotels and resorts

When it comes to popular travel destinations, Sri Lanka has been off the map for far too long. We think we should change that. This two-week trip that showcases the country’s vibrant cities and beautiful beaches – with a huge helping of culture and history on the side – should convince you. You’ll go from exploring ancient ruins and UNESCO sites to spice gardens and tea plantations, and even take safari wildlife safari drives to see majestic elephants in their natural environment. And with an expert CEO showing you the ins and outs of the country, you’ll get to see Sri Lanka in a way that other travellers don’t.

Trip Description
Treasures of Sri Lanka
 
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Treasures of Sri Lanka

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Countries come alive as you are introduced to locals and their culture. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great tour with a wide variety of experiences. Beach, high country, jungle, safari's, high tea, archaeology, culture.

Operator G Adventures

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Good value for small group travel. March 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Great diversity of sights and activities in a small country. Everything from beaches, Unesco world heritage sights,wildlife viewing, villages and bustling city of Colombo. Wonderful group of fellow travellers to share our experiences with. Fascinating.
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Operator G Adventures

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We have generally enjoyed our various G-experiences to date. February 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very disappointed in the initial booking process as we were left hanging without answers from phone representatives. It was not what we had expected after out previous experiences with G. It was only due to our own efforts to reach a conclusion; and if there had not been other reasons to go in the direction we did, we would not have selected G due to the friction. Second, given the comfort level and small group size the bus tour meal locations were not appreciated. Furthermore the guide did not take the hint from the group and offer an alternative.
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Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

I have now been on four G Adventures trips and none of them have disappointed. They have all been fantastic value for money. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Notwithstanding my comments about the itinerary, I had a great time in Sri Lanka. The level of service provided by Chami and at the hotels we stayed in was second-to-none.

Operator G Adventures

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This trip was everything I had expected and much more. I learned so much about Sri Lanka and the history through a CEO that was very knowledgeable and had passion for what he does. He called us his family from day and it truly showed from day 1 to the very end. June 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Sri Lanka is a country full of amazing surprises. I am not sure the trip would have been as amazing as it was without Sumudu as our CEO. His knowledge and guidance and his ability to persuade everyone to get the most out of their trip was exceptional. He really made my trip to Sri Lanka the very best that it could have been.
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Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Negombo

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Negombo (1B, 1D)

Fishing is a main export of Sri Lanka and there is nothing better than to go to the seaside and watch the fishermen going about their daily work. Get a closer look at the lives of people living here; see toddy tapping, cultivations, and coconuts being collected by the locals. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Dutch Canal Boat Ride Fishing Village Walking Tour

Day 3 Negombo/Sigiriya (1B)

Travel through the countryside to Sigiriya in Dambulla, the central province of Sri Lanka. Included Activities: Yapahuwa Fortress Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Sigiriya (1B)

Take an excursion to the Sigiriya rock fortress, which dates back more than 5,000 thousand years to the Mesolithic period. Included Activities: Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Sigiriya (1B)

Visit the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital city. Its unbelievable beauty will take your breath away. In the afternoon, go on a walking tour of a Sri Lankan village and enjoy lunch prepared by the families of the community. Included Activities: Polonnaruwa Ancient Capital Visit Sri Lanka Village Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Sigiriya/Kandy (1B)

In the morning, visit the Dambulla cave complex - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - as well as the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige. Also visit a batik factory and a herbal centre for demonstrations. Included Activities: Dambulla Cave Temple Visit Nalanda Gedige Visit Spice Garden Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Kandy (1B)

In the morning, the CEO will take the group for a stroll around Kandy Lake. Also visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Museum, and take in a cultural performance. Included Activities: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour Royal Botanical Gardens Visit Kandy National Museum Visit Kandyan Cultural Dance Kandy Orientation Walk

Day 8 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Nuwara Eliya is a town founded by Sir Samuel Baker, a British officer who explored Lake Albert and the Nile. The town produces the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea and is inhabited mainly by tea planters and plantation workers. The town, also known as 'Little England', offers a lot of options such as nature trails, golfing, and horse riding. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Visit High Tea at the Grand Hotel Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Nuwara Eliya/Yala (1B, 1D)

Drive to Buduruwagala and visit this ancient Buddhist temple complex. Continue to Yala National Park and embark on a safari wildlife safari drive. Famed for its elephants, the park is also home to monkeys, deer, leopards, and wild boars. Included Activities: Buduruwagala Temple Visit Yala National Park Safari Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Yala (1B, 1D)

Take a second safari wildlife-drive in Udawalawe National Park to see more elephants as well as jackals and crocodiles. Included Activities: Udawalawe Reserve Safari

Day 11 Yala/Meda Wadduwa (1B)

Visit Weligama and learn about stilt fishing — a tradition founded and practiced in this area. Experience the cultural history of Sri Lanka's south coast at the colonial Galle Fort. Following the tour, head to the beach. Included Activities: Stilt Fishing Demonstration Galle Fort Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 12 Meda Wadduwa (1B)

Pristine beaches offer a perfect setting to relax and unwind. Opt to go windsurfing, snorkelling or get an Ayurvedic spa treatment.

Day 13 Meda Wadduwa/Colombo (1B)

Enjoy the morning at leisure then travel to the capital, Colombo where the CEO will provide an orientation walk of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar. Included Activities: Pettah Bazaar Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 14 Colombo (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,499

Price Per Day:

$ 179 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • Arrival transfer
  • Negombo city and fishing village tour
  • Dutch canal boat ride
  • Dambulla Cave Temple visit
  • Tour Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Yapahuwa fortress
  • and the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa
  • Nature walk and Village tour with local lunch
  • Visit Nalanda Gedige Temple ruins
  • Visit a spice garden and batik factory
  • Temple of the Tooth guided tour
  • Visit the Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens and the Kandy Museum
  • Cultural dance performance
  • Visit a tea plantation and have High Tea at the Grand Hotel
  • Visit Buduruwagala Temple complex
  • Safari wildlife safari drives in Uda Walawe and Yala National Parks
  • Galle Fort tour and stilt fishing demonstration
  • Colombo city tour
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate A/C van/minibus, boat, walking
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 16
Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Comfort Hotel/Resorts (13 nts).
Start City
Negombo
End City
Colombo
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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