Sri Lanka Encompassed

Classic, Colombo to Mirissa
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Information from G Adventures

Tour description

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. Explore tea plantations and rock fortresses on this 14-day tour, which is designed to please. This tour is about more than just beaches and stunning views; it's about the inspiring people you'll meet along the way.

What's included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy Your G for Good Moment: Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Colombo orientation walk
  • Fishing village walking tour
  • Dutch canal boat ride
  • Dambulla Cave Temple visit
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress tour
  • Village tour with local lunch
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Temple of the Tooth guided tour
  • Tea factory visit
  • Yala National Park safari
  • Galle Fort and city tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Colombo/Negombo 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 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 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 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 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 Enjoy a free morning of exploration before transferring to Nuwara Eliya. 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 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: Ella Enjoy a free day in the charming town of Ella. Opt to tour the iconic Nine Arch Bridge, admire views of Ella Rock, or simply relax and wander around town.

Day 10: Ella/Yala National Park Opt to hike Little Adam's Peak with a free morning. In the afternoon, travel to Yala National Park and enjoy a safari.

Day 11: Yala National Park to Mirissa Enjoy one last morning visiting Yala NP then bid farewell and travel south to idyllic Mirissa Beach.

Day 12: Galle Take a day trip to Galle and tour the colonial city and historic fort before returning to Mirissa.

Day 13: Mirissa Enjoy a free day in peaceful Mirissa. Opt to relax on the beach or take a surfing lesson.

Day 14: Mirissa Depart at any time.