An unbelievable oasis all it's own

Immerse yourself in paradise. The serenity of nature’s unspoiled beauty combines with rich history to create one of the world’s best kept secrets. While on safari, we’ll search for leopards, elephants and monkeys in their natural settings. Discover incredible temples built on boulders, and get to know the locals. This moving adventure will leave a mark on your heart.

Highlights

  • Guided walk to top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress

  • Elephant Jeep safari in Minneriya

  • Farm lunch in a chena cultivation area

  • Tea plucking with locals followed by High Tea at the Grand Hotel

  • Search for leopards in Wilpattu National Park

Itinerary for Sri Lanka

Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! After arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Colombo. We will meet our
group and Local Leader this afternoon to discuss the adventure ahead. Tonight, relax, explore the Colombo nightlife or experience the local street food.

  • Transfers are based on group arrival times. You’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Colombo: Fairway Colombo

Day 2: Colombo > Udawalawe

Choose how to see Colombo: by foot or by tuk tuk! Later, from our safari jeep at Udawalawe National Park, you’ll search for tree-lounging leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears. (b, d)

  • Travel time from Colombo to Udawalwe is approximately 3 hours
  • Our safari will be 3 hours in an open air vehicle driven by a ranger guide
  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Our hotel in Udawalwe: Centauria Wild

DAY 3:  Udawalawe > Nuwara Eliya
Our adventure continues in Nuwara Eliya. Perched on a mountain ridge overlooking lush green countryside, this is a photographer’s paradise. A lesson from the locals on how to properly pluck tea leaves is part of our Ceylon Tea tour, which includes a tasting of the famous tea. Tonight, enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake, explore the city or relax at our beautiful hotel. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Our hotel in Nuwara Eliya: Jetwing St. Andrews

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya

A morning hike in Horton Plains National Park is a perfect way to start our day. Take in the
views of this protected highland that is rich in biodiversity and various species. This afternoon, it’s another Sri Lankan experience: high tea at the Grand Hotel. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Our hotel in Nuwara Eliya: Jetwing St. Andrews

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya > Kandy

Venturing to Kandy, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the most
important shrine in the country. It is said that a relic of Buddha’s tooth is housed here. Following an afternoon city tour, we’ll enjoy an evening cultural show featuring Kandyan dance. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Kandy: Amaya Hills

Day 6: Kandy > Sigiriya

En route to Sigiriya, our destination for the next two nights, we’ll visit Dambulla Cave Temple to explore this magnificent complex — a pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. Later, uncover age-old
traditions at a nearby chena cultivation area, one of the oldest forms of agriculture known to man. We’ll feast on tropical vegetables, curry and local fried fish for lunch. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Lunch is will be a Sri Lankan buffet at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Sigiriya: Aliya Resort and Spa
  • Spa treatments can be purchased upon arrival at Aliya

Day 7: Sigiriya

An early morning allows us to arrive before the heat and crowds at the awe-inspiring palace
of Sigiriya (Lion Rock). This dramatic rocky outcrop rises from the surrounding plains and is topped by the ruins of a palace. We’ll take our time climbing to the Lion Paw, viewing water gardens and frescos. Relax at the hotel before heading to Minneriya to enjoy a jeep safari,
where the elephant herds gather daily at the local watering hole. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Our hotel in Sigiriya: Aliya Resort and Spa
  • The trek to Sigiriya is approx. 3.5 hours round trip

Day 8: Sigiriya > Anuradhapura

At the Sacred City of Anuradhapura — one of the main shrines to Buddhism — enjoy a leisurely cycling tour of the grounds as you pass monuments and the famous sacred fig tree, Jaya
Sri Maha Bodhi. This afternoon is unscripted for you to write your own adventure. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Our hotel in Anuradapura: Rajarata Hotel

Day 9: Anuradhapura > Wilpattu National Park

We’re off to Wilpattu National Park today on the northeast coast, well-known for its unique “Willus” (or natural lakes). Our safari takes us up-close to leopards and elephants, who are drawn to the natural, sand-rimmed water basins filled with rainwater. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel
  • Dinner tonight is at our hotel
  • Our camp in Wilpattu: Big Game Camp

Day 10: Wilpattu National Park > Negombo

Discover Sri Lanka’s famous beaches when we travel to our seaside resort in Negombo. An evening city tour includes the Negombo Market. Later, we’ll celebrate the moments from our adventure with a farewell dinner at a beachside restaurant. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is a limited menu at the campsite
  • Our lodge in Negombo: Jetwing Beach

Day 11: Negombo

Our Sri Lanka journey ends today, but the stories of this adventure will last a lifetime. (b)

  • Departure transfers are on a group basis. Departure time will be determined by your local leader.
  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet.

Things to know before traveling to Sri Lanka

Though its equatorial position means fairly constant year-round temperatures, the summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot with short, sharp monsoons in the south-west of the country. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.

The visit to Lion Rock takes around 3.5 hrs. We will climb as a group to Lion Paw and then those who wish to continue can climb the staircase to the top, a journey that take roughly 30 minutes.

Sri Lanka has a good selection of vegetarian food from veg curry and rice (a Sri Lankan staple) to hoppers, veg rotty and an amazing array of fruit.  For those who eat fish, seafood is in abundance around coastal areas. ‘Rice and curry’ is the national dish of Sri Lanka and is found on almost every menu. This dish (changing from one restaurant to the next) is a array of small, spiced dishes made from vegetables, meat (commonly chicken) or fish, and served with pappadoms, chutneys and sambol.

Beaches in Sri Lanka may be unpatrolled, please seek local advice on where to swim safely.

The official currency of Sri Lanka is the Rupee (LKR).

If you have issues with heights, you may wish to sit out the climb of Lion Rock at Sigiriya. there are lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Sri Lanka

Pre-Night Add-ons

COLOMBO
Double: $135 per room
Single: $135


Post-Night Add-ons

NEGOMBO
Double: $225 per room
Single: $190


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