Cultural Sri Lanka
For most travellers, Sri Lanka has been off the map for too long. Well, it's back. Discover the vibrant colours, diverse cultures, and swaying palm trees of this tropical jewel on a 14-day trip designed to please. You'll explore tea plantations and rock fortresses, and be moved at an elephant sanctuary. This trip is about more than just beaches and stunning views; it's about the inspiring people you'll meet along the way.
Explore the Sigriya rock fortress, Enjoy a Sri Lankan cooking demo for dinner, gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation, relax on pristine beaches, Embark on a safari through Yala National Park, Overnight at Tamarind Gardens
Private van, boat, scenic local train.
Hotels (13 nts), homestay (1 nt).
G Adventures for Good: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Cafa©, Kandy G Adventures for Good: Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana. Colombo orientation walk. Fishing village walking tour (Negombo). Dutch canal boat ride. Dambulla Cave Temple visit (Sigiriya). Sigiriya Rock Fortress tour. Village tour with local lunch. Spice plantation visit. Temple of the Tooth guided tour (Kandy). Tamarind Garden experience. Tea factory visit. Trek to Ella Rock. Yala National Park safari. Galle Fort and city tour. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Colombo
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Colombo/Negombo (1B)
Enjoy a guided city tour of Colombo before heading to Negombo. With evening free time, explore the stunning Portuguese and Dutch architecture.
Day 3 Negombo/Sigiriya (1B)
Begin the day visiting the seaside and observe fisherman sorting through their haul ashore. Board a boat to glide along the Dutch canal and get a closer look at the lives of the locals. Travel to the Dambulla province and visit the cave temple before watching the sun set over the lake.
Day 4 Sigiriya (1B, 1L)
Guided tour of the rock fortress of Sigiriya - a World Heritage site. Meet locals and share a meal in a nearby village.
Day 5 Sigiriya/Kandy (1B, 1L)
Drive through the Knuckles Mountain Range and visit a spice plantation en route to Kandy. Stop for lunch at G Adventures supported-Sthree Craft Shop and Cafe. Take a guided visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth.
Day 6 Kandy/Digana (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free morning in Kandy then travel to a G Adventures-supported homestay in Digana. Arrive at Tamarind Gardens Farm for lunch before embarking on a guided village walk. Stop at the home of a jewellery maker who handcrafts delicate Kandyan jewellery and the cottage of a local woman making incense. Learn to make Sri Lankan bread or sweets while helping out with dinner.
Day 7 Digana/Nuwara Eliya (1B)
Enjoy a free morning of exploration before transferring to Nuwara Eliya. Opt for an early wake up call to lend a hand in feeding the farm animals. In the afternoon, explore a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands. Gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya/Ella (1B)
Spend a free morning hiking in the Horton Plains Nature Reserve or strolling local markets. Later, hop on the local train and take the scenic route to Ella.
Day 9 Nuwara Eliya/Udawalawe (1B, 1D)
Drive via Ella to Udawalawe Reserve. Overnight in a comfortable tented camp located on the border of the reserve.
Day 10 Udawalawe/Ahungalla (1B)
Enjoy a morning nature trail near the Udawalawe reserve before travelling to your beautiful hotel in Ahungalla designed by Sri Lanka's foremost architect, Geoffrey Bawa.
Day 11 Yala National Park to Mirissa (1B)
Enjoy one last morning visiting Yala NP then bid farewell and travel south to idyllic Mirissa Beach.
Day 12 Ahungalla (1B)
Enjoy a free day and opt for a mangrove cruise, or a day trip to Hikkaduwa or Bentota beach.
Day 13 Ahungalla/Colombo (1B)
Travel to the capital, Colombo. Enjoy an orientation walk of the fort area.
Day 14 Mirissa (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 9 Ella (1B)
Trek to the peak of Ella Rock and take in the views. With free time in the afternoon, opt to explore the surrounding landscape or relax in town.
Day 10 Ella/Yala National Park (1B)
Opt to hike Little Adam's Peak with a free morning. In the afternoon, travel to Yala National Park and enjoy a safari.
Day 12 Galle (1B)
Take a day trip to Galle and tour the colonial city and historic fort before returning to Mirissa.
Day 13 Mirissa (1B)
Enjoy a free day in peaceful Mirissa. Opt to relax on the beach or take a surfing lesson.