Sri Lanka is an island of tea plantations, ancient temples, astonishing wildlife and postcard-like beaches; in other words, it has it all! Alice invites you to explore the hidden gems of this breathtaking country while it’s popularity grows; raft, bike, swim and hike through the amazing nature of this scenic island while lodging in some of the most beautiful boutique hotels and adventure lodges the country has to offer with our Sri Lanka trips!
Trip Mix: 30% History & Culture | 40% Activity & Sport | 30% Wildlife & Nature
Focus Themes: Nature, Water Sports, Local Culture
Physical Rating: Moderate
Accommodation: Authentic, upper scale boutique style hotels, adventurous lodges
Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by your local leader and transferred to Colombo (Approximately 1 hrs). Check in to the hotel, relax and join us for a welcome meeting. Have a stroll through the bustling city in the evening if you are not tired from the journey!
After breakfast, we head towards Kandy for a city tour in its delightful town centre. We explore fascinatingly old shops, restaurants and the bustling marketplace. For lunch, we get taught by a Sinhalese family how to cook delicious local specialties. Try your hand at crafting the perfect hopper (this is an art that takes some practice to master!) and taste a chicken curry made with spice-infused coconut milk. Finish the lunch with specialty sweets inspired by Dutch and Portuguese dessert traditions.
North of the city’s lake, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist artefact. Every day, this precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani. Expect an impressive evening ceremony..!
Be ready by early morning to explore the mysterious Knuckles Conservation Forest. The forest offers you one of Sri Lanka’s most hauntingly beautiful nature trail. It’s enriched with spectacular biodiversity and inhabited by some native tribes. It’s home to a plethora of endemic wildlife including some very rare species. We will trek across rice fields, tea plantations, spice plantations and local villages. There is even an opportunity to swim in a river with a mesmerising waterfall for the courageous ones. The entire trek is 12km, however, for the ones less fit, there is an option of doing only 7km.
In the morning, we take a scenic train journey from Kandy to Hatton (Approximately 3 hours) and have lunch at an old colonial restaurant. After the meal, we head to our adventurous nature lodge close to Kithulgala, a small town located in thick forest on Sri Lanka’s second-longest river, the Kelani. Kelani is welcoming you for a white water raft! The river, which is where ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed, is an ideal location for water-based activities.
However, tonight, we will get up around midnight and hike all the way up to Adam’s Peak for the sunrise. So in case you are less keen on white water rafting, you can relax in the lodge during the afternoon and prepare for the nightly climb!
Around midnight, we start the hike at the southwestern edge of the country to the soaring summit of Adam’s Peak. Adam’s Peak is one of Sri Lanka’s striking natural landmarks and a much celebrated place of pilgrimage. Whatever the beliefs, hiking up the crumbling stone steps in the middle of the night is going to be worthwhile and the sunrise is nothing short of spectacular.
We return to the lodge around noon and for the ones that are still adventurous, we have built in an option of Waterfall Abseiling / Canyoning!
Today, we explore Kithulgala by bike covering about 40 km through the leafy tea plantations and other scenic locations, towns and sleepy hamlets. This is a great way to experience the sceneries and the local village lifestyles. We enjoy packed lunch in the nature and arrive back early afternoon for a transfer to Udawalawe. We highly recommend the bike tour, however, there is always the possibility to relax at the lodge if you don’t feel fit enough for a 40km bike ride.
Sri Lanka is famous for its large Elephant population and the best and the easiest place to watch Elephants is Udawalawe. We get up early today to spot these magnificent animals in the wild!
Later today, we transfer to Mirissa Beach where we check in our Catamaran to sail into the stunning sunset over the Indian Ocean.
We will wake up on our sailing boat as the sun rises and get ready to spot the whales taking their morning swim close to Sri Lanka’s coast. Spot the whales leaping acrobatically in the sea! We will enjoy breakfast and lunch on the yacht and later transfer to the beach. Enjoy the last sunrays with a bottle of suncream and a cocktail at Mirissa Beach.
Our Sri Lanka trips comes to an end today with no activities planned concluding the adventure of the magical island Sri Lanka.
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