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Secrets of Sri Lanka

Paddle down rapids, spot elephants and go waterfall abseiling on this thrilling tropical escape
Starts AtColombo
Ends AtKosgoda
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 14
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtColombo
Ends AtKosgoda
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 14
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

Immerse yourself in authentic Sri Lanka on this 12-day adventure trip. You’ll avoid the usual tourist traps and get a glimpse of real Sri Lankan culture – from a local’s tour of Colombo to cycling around 1,000-year-old ruins. Foodies will love the hands-on cooking lesson, combined with a trip to the village market, while thrillseekers will get their fix white-water rafting and abseiling at Kitulgala. Explore a quieter, lesser-known side of Yala National Park, where you might spot wild elephants and leopards, before finishing on a tropical beach in Kosgoda. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Nissanka Malla Palace, Polonnaruwa
Rafting at the Kelani Kanga river with White Water Rafting adventure in Sri Lanka
Galle Fort
Fruit and Vegetable Traders
Minneriya National Park
Kosgoda Beach
Batik Factory
Sigiriya, Lion's Gate
Kandy District Tuk Tuk

Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Discover past and present Colombo with a guided tour
  • 2
    Climb the 1,144ft (349m) ancient fortress at Sigiriya
  • 3
    Tuck into lunch overlooking paddy fields and a private spice garden
  • 4
    Whip up a feast at a hands-on Sri Lankan cooking class
  • 5
    Plunge down white-water rapids on a river rafting trip
  • 6
    Experience the beautiful train journey from Nanuoya to Haputale
  • 7
    Explore two national parks, home to wild elephants and leopards
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • One night eco-lodge accommodation
  • Four nights boutique resort accommodation
  • Six nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Colombo city tour
  • Dodgy bar experience
  • Cycling tour of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Site
  • Game drive at Minneriya National Park and Yala National Park
  • Galle Fort and Sigiriya Fortress entry
  • Private spice garden visit
  • Private cooking lesson
  • White-water rafting
  • Abseiling at Sandun Ella
  • Scenic train journey
  • Tea factory visit and tasting
  • Guided hike around Ella
  • Buduruwagala Temple visit

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

        Accommodation

        Jetwing Colombo Seven

        You can’t leave this central Colombo hotel without a dip in the rooftop infinity pool with panoramic city views. Modern minimalist rooms provide respite from the busy streets below. Make the most of the onsite gym and spa.

        Jetwing Lake

        This modernist, lakeside hotel in the Dambulla hinterland runs on sustainable practices. Solar panels and an onsite farm complete with bee colonies fuel the hotel and rooms are dressed in earthen tones, complementing the surrounding greenery.

        Thilanka Hotel

        Set apart beside the Udawatta Rainforest, this Kandy hotel mixes elegant, traditional architecture with refined amenities. Savour city and lake views from your room or from the outdoor infinity pool and surrounding terrace.

        Borderlands Eco Lodge

        Rest your weary limbs at this rustic lodge in Kithulgala, primed for white-water river rafting. Expect riverfront cabins with thatched roofs and open walls, allowing the jungle sounds to serenade you at night.

        Melheim Resort and Spa

        Drink in mountainous views from this chic hotel in Haputale. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with natural light. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, surrounded by shady trees, to escape the midday heat.

        Chaarya Resort and Spa

        Just 30 minutes from the Yala National Park, Charya Resort is primed for relaxation after a day of wildlife spotting. Pamper yourself at the onsite spa or take a dip in the pool with a swim-up bar and jacuzzi amidst lush landscape gardens.

        The Habitat

        Steps from a long sweep of sandy beach, all the rooms in this contemporary hotel treat you to views of the Indian Ocean from a private balcony. Time spent by the large, central pool can be followed by more relaxation at the on-site spa.

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com