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Sri Lanka Encompassed

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Discover Sri Lanka's natural wonders by foot, raft & bike

Trip Dates

  • 09.Jul. - 20.Jul.2017
  • 03.Sep. - 14.Sep.2017
  • 29.Oct. - 09.Nov.2017
  • 26.Nov. - 07.Dec.2017

Trip Dates

09.Jul. - 20.Jul.2017 closed
03.Sep. - 14.Sep.2017 available Book now
29.Oct. - 09.Nov.2017 available Book now
26.Nov. - 07.Dec.2017 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Ascend Adam's Peak during a sunrise trek
  • White water raft on the picturesque Kelani River
  • Trek through stunning Horton Plains
  • Enjoy Sri Lankan beach culture in Mirissa
  • Cycle through small villages to Bentota
  • Experience tradition and folklore in Kandy
  • Explore Polonnaruwa’s ancient history by bike
  • Visit Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Negombo

Day 2 - Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya

Day 3 - Dambulla and Minneriya National Park

Day 4 - Kandy

Day 5 - Ella

Day 6 - Horton Plains

Day 7 - Kitugala

Day 8 - Adam's Peak and Mirissa

Day 9 - Mirissa

Day 10 - Galle and Bentota

Day 11 - Colombo

Day 12 - Trip ends Colombo

Green Is Good

  • The business is operated using ‘best practice’ in terms of sustainable and responsible initiatives
  • There is a strong sense of promoting positive cultural interaction and philanthropy
  • Working with local operators supports the regional economy

Sweat Level

EASY TO MODERATE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy to Moderate’. Trips with this grading involve activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking for several hours in duration. Depending on the activity, you may have to carry a small daypack. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in aerobic exercises two or three times a week for three months prior to departure.

When To Go

Climatically, Sri Lanka has no off season. Bright, sunny, warm days are the rule and are common even during the height of the monsoon. The climate is typically tropical with an average temperature of 27°C. In the higher elevations it can be cool with temperatures reaching 15°C at altitudes of nearly 2000m.

The southwest monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the northeast monsoon rains occur in the northern and eastern regions in December and January.

Trip Inclusions

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 11 x breakfast
  • Transportation throughout as noted in itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Activities as noted in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Sacred Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy and Minneriya National Park

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Negombo

The adventure begins in Negombo, located just 10kms from the international airport and known for its long sandy coastline fringed by palm trees, restaurants and bars. An arrival group briefing will be held in the evening where you will learn more about the trip and get acquainted with your Yomads Travel group.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya

Polonnaruwa, a well preserved city of beautiful parks, ancient dagobas and statues, was once the medieval capital of Sri Lanka and is best explored by bike. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, the sheer scale of the site bears testament to the incredible work and planning that went into the city. Nowadays, the only inhabitants are playful toque macaque monkeys. In the afternoon, visit Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lanka's own 'lost city'. Built 15 centuries ago by King Kashyapa, the fortress lies hidden atop a rock that rises nearly 200m above the ground. Today, the terraced gardens, ponds and frescoes offer a glimpse of the glory of this once mighty city in the sky. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure, with the option to join an evening cooking course.

Meals: B

Day 3: Dambulla and Minneriya National Park

Begin the morning with a hike up Aligala, a historic rock formation shaped like an elephant and carved with ancient stone pillars and ruins. It's then on to Dambulla Rock Temple, a complex carved from a number of caves and adorned with amazing frescoes and statues. Here you will find more than 150 statues of Buddha as well as deities and ancient Sri Lankan kings. In the afternoon, transfer to Minneriya National Park to spot herds of wild elephants gathering in their natural habitat.

Meals: B

Day 4: Kandy

After breakfast we leave for Kandy, visiting spice gardens and lush green rice paddies on the way. Kandy, the last capital of the native kings before British conquered the island, holds a special place in the hearts of Sri Lankans. In the afternoon, you'll have time to take in the old town and bustling bazaar before visiting the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the holiest shrines for Sri Lankan Buddhists. Later, enjoy a cultural show featuring folk and traditional dancing, a ceremonial drum orchestra and fire walking before spending the evening at leisure. An optional trip to the stunning Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, located outside of Kandy, can be arranged after breakfast.

Meals: B

Day 5: Ella

Take the train from Kandy to Ella - a must do while in Sri Lanka. Located in Sri Lanka's hill country, Ella is famous for its panoramic views, ancient caves and the Ella Gap where on a clear day you can see between the green mountain sides and down nearly 1000m to the coastal plains that reach the Indian Ocean. The day is free for you to explore the handful of tea shops, food stalls, restaurants and bars at your own pace.

Meals: B

Day 6: Horton Plains

Today is reserved for hiking through breathtaking Horton Plains National Park where you will experience the rawness of Sri Lanka's natural beauty. The park, located on a windswept saddle over 2100m above sea level, offers varied scenery of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice cold rivulets. A highlight of the day is trekking to World's End, an escarpment that drops 1200m vertically providing stunning views of the land. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife throughout the park including samburs, monkeys and lizards, as well as dozens of endemic bird species including Sri Lankan whistling thrush, orange-billed babbler and yellow-eared bulbul.

Meals: B

Day 7: Kitugala

After breakfast, travel to Kitulgala, known for its appearance in the film 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. Here, we will white water raft down the picturesque Kelani River. In the afternoon, transfer to Dalhousie to prepare for Adam's Peak.

Meals: B

Day 8: Adam's Peak and Mirissa

In the early hours of morning we begin our ascent to the summit of Adam's Peak (2250m), arriving at the top in time for sunrise when the mystical shadow of the peak is displayed across the clouds. Joining with pilgrims from across Sri Lanka, this is a truly unique and memorable hike. Descend to the base for a late breakfast and transfer to the beach town of Mirissa for some rest and relaxation.

Meals: B

Day 9: Mirissa

Famous for its beachside location and whale watching, Mirissa is an ideal place to relax after climbing Adam's Peak. The day is free for you to spend at leisure, and an optional whale watching boat trip can be arranged.

Meals: B

Day 10: Galle and Bentota

Leaving Mirissa after breakfast we had for Galle. Visit Galle Fort, the heart of the city and an Old Dutch colonial area, sitting in a walled peninsula jutting out into the ocean. Here you will encounter reminders of Dutch control as you explore the labyrinth of tightly packed alleys and lanes of historic homes and buildings. The fortified sea wall stands guard against the ocean while the gabled facade of the Dutch Reformed Church and the magnificent Meera Mosque add a spiritual element to the once vital port. In the afternoon, begin cycling through rural villages to Bentota, our next coastal overnight.

Meals: B

Day 11: Colombo

Arriving to Colombo in the morning, enjoy a guided tour that takes in iconic spots including the National Museum, Gangaram Temple, Pettah Bazaar, Galle Face Green, Independence Square and Cinnamon Gardens. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Colombo's atmosphere on your own.

Meals: B

Day 12: Trip ends Colombo

The trip ends today after breakfast, leaving you free to continue the journey on your own. For those with flights today, transfers to the airport can be arranged.

Meals: B

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control.

The Sweat Level

  • Easy to Moderate
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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