Sri Lanka Off the Beaten Track
16 Days / 15 Nights
A true off-the-beaten-path tour of Sri Lanka. Start your trip a 5 hour drive away from Colombo at a local home stay, where you will pick your own vegetables at a farm and cook your Sri Lankan meal with the locals.
Go canoeing and fishing, and experience wild crocodiles and elephants. Surf the waves of the Indian Ocean. Explore ancient monasteries, cook a BBQ dinner at the beach, trek through some of the most scenic mountains of Sri Lanka, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and cycle through remote villages.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
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Day 1. Arrive Colombo - Negombo (-/-/D)
Ayubowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka!
On arrival to Colombo, clear immigration and customs. Proceed to the arrival area where you will be met by your private chauffeur guide and transferred to Negombo to your hotel. Check in, dinner and overnight.
Day 2. Negombo - Thanamalwila - Rural Experience (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Thanamalwila (approx. 5 hours' drive). Check in to your rural farm for your stay for the next few nights. Lunch at the farm. Walk around the farm and pick your own vegetables for a cook with our team, an ideal experience to learn to cook a traditional Sri Lankan meal. Overnight at the farm.
Day 3. Canoe Trip - Safari (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the farm. Learn how to make a curd, a traditional Sri Lankan dessert made out of Buffalo milk. Embark on a canoe trip in the lake and try yourseld at fishing in the traditional way. Bath in the river and enjoy the lunch. In the afternoon continue with a safari searching for crocodiles and elephants.
Dinner and overnight at the farm.
Day 4. Weheragala National Park (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the farm. In the morning you will be taken to the Weheragala National Park to witness leopards and elephants in the wild. Have lunch back at the farm, then in the afternoon enjoy an authentic ayuverdic massage.
BBQ dinner and overnight at the farm.
Day 5. Arugam Bay - Kumana National Park - Arugam Bay (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the farm. Transfer to Arugam Bay (approx 3 hours' drive). During the months of late July and early August you will be able to witness the century old Pilgrimage of “Pada Yathra” inside Kumana National park. If your trips falls during these months we could include a trip to Kuda Kebalitta Hindu Temple to witness this one of a kind ritual in a an afternoon followed by a safari game drive in Kumana National Park. (Optional)
Day 6-7. Arugam Bay (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the hotel then relax by the beach or surf the Indian Ocean Waves.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Arugam Bay.
Day 8. Kudumbigala Monastery - Okanda Murugan Kovil (B/-/D)
Early morning at 4.30 am a villager will take you for a Jeep ride to Kudumbigala ancient monastery which is still to date inhabited by Buddhist monks who meditate inside the rock caves.
On top of the monastery is a an ancient ruined pagoda where you can witness a stunning sunrise. The Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks who wanted to get away from the busy Cities. Archaeologists had recovered over 200 rock caves belonging to this forgotten monastery. We then go to the ancient Okanda Murugan Kovil which is a very revered
temple of Hinduism followed by visit to Crocodile canal and enjoy a home cooked breakfast at a home stay. This excursions ends in Arugam Bay by 12.30 pm.
Afternoon at leisure, dinner and Overnight stay at Arugam Bay.
Day 9. Off the Beaten Track Temple Tour (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is free to relax by the beach. In the afternoon join a villager in his jeep for a cultural exploration trip to historical sites and temples of Muhudu Maha Viharaya, Magul Maha Viharaya, Neelagiri Buddha Statue and Tharulengala Cave followed by a private seafood BBQ dinner in Panama Beach.
Overnight in Arugam Bay.
Day 10. Arugam Bay - Beragala (B/-/D)
After breakfast transfer to Beragala (approx. 4 hours' drive).
Dinner and overnight in Beragala.
Day 11. Rainforest Trek (B/L/D)
After breakfast, start trekking through some of the most scenic mountains and valleys of Sri Lanka in the areas of Ohiya, Haputale, Idalgasinna and Thangamalay, walk through rainforests through scenic and very remote tea estates, rail roads, rail road tunnels, remote train stations and a rain forest patch. Picnic meals will be provided.
Dinner and overnight stay at Ohiya remote Trekker’s Lodge.
Day 12. Horton Plains National Park - Kandy (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the lodge. Take a nature trail in Horton Plains National Park to see the World’s end point and Baker’s waterfall. Horton plains once was the hunting playground of the British Colonial settlers and planters. Trout fish were introduced by the British in the lakes of Horton Plains to fish them for recreation and trout fish inhabit these lakes to date. Picnic lunch will be provided during the trek.
Later transfer to Ohiya railway station to get on board the train to Kandy.
Dinner and Overnight stay in Kandy at Kandyan Manour Home Stay.
Day 13. Kandy - Sigiriya (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the homestay. Transfer to Sigiriya (approx. 2 hours' drive).
Afternoon free to relax. Dinner and Overnight stay in Sigiriya at Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge in a Tree House.
Day 14. Village Cycling Trip - Pidurangala Monastery (B/-/D)
Take a cycle trip in an authentic village in Sigiriya during its busy hours in the morning to witness the village life where you could see children going to school, vendors coming on their bikes to sell fish and vegetables, visit a Brick stone manufacturer in the village, walk in the paddy fields and lake bunts with a visit to Pidurangala Monastery.
Cycle to Ritigala Hermitage/monastery through the countryside. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to the 1st century BC.
Dinner and Overnight stay in Sigiriya at Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge in a Tree House.
Day 15. Sigiriya Rock Fortress (B/-/D)
After breakfast explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a citadel built by King Kasshyapa. A UNESCO World heritage site built in the 5th century. In the afternoon transfer to Colombo (approx. 4 hours' drive). Dinner and Overnight stay in Colombo at Cinnamon Red Hotel.
Day 16. Colombo - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to Colombo's International Airport for your flight to your onward destination.
16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS FROM £2,145 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing accommodation in boutique hotels and homestays such as:
Meals as stated in the programme
Transfers and tours with local English-speaking Chauffeur guide in private air-conditioned vehicle
All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
Meals as mentioned in the program without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Colombo. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Visa fee for Sri Lanka.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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