Sri Lanka Uncovered

Price
11 days Tour from
£ 3519 pp
Highlights
  • Spend the night in an all-natural mud house.
  • Climb the massive stone staircase to the Yapahuwa citadel.
  • Track big-eyed loris on an optional night time nature walk.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
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Overview

Tucked away at the foot of the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka is often overlooked by travelers drawn to the bustle of the mainland. They don’t know what they’re missing; dazzling beaches, serene Buddhist sanctuaries, exotic wildlife and more await the curious explorer who knows where to look. Come along on this Explorers Club journey and uncover the wonders of this hidden island gem.

Unspoiled nature is one of Sri Lanka’s hallmarks, as you’ll discover in Anamaduwa at the Mud House, an exclusive eco-lodge built in the shadow of a mountaintop Buddhist temple. Surrounded by lakes and dense forest teeming with birdlife, it’s the perfect introduction to a country that seamlessly blends the organic with the designed.

Later, climb the massive stone staircase to the top of a 300-foot-boulder to visit Yapahuwa, a 13th-century granite citadel built to guard holy relics, pause for reflection beneath a sacred fig tree that once shaded Buddha himself, and possibly cross paths with a procession of silent monks near the Kaludiya Pokuna archaeological site. The next day, explore the stunning rock fortress of Sigiriya, home to a fifth-century palace perched atop a 660-foot-tall rock column, and wander the nearby ruins of Ritigala, a former monastery hidden deep in the jungle crisscrossed by winding paths. Venture into the forest that night in search of the elusive loris on an optional nature walk (complete with infrared headlamps).

From there, it’s north toward Jaffna by train across the barren landscapes of Vavuniya to a delicious home-cooked lunch in this gorgeous seaside city taking in the sights via a privately guided cycling tour. This historic port is quickly emerging as a must-visit destination for travelers, and you’ll quickly discover why as you take a guided tour of the Nallur temple, stroll across Casuarina Beach’s white sands, and later visit Neduntheevu (Delft Island), home to abandoned Dutch forts and herds of wild horses.

The next stop is Matale and a chance to slow things down a little. Your home and sanctuary is Jim’s Farm, a traditional Sri Lankan villa where you’ll learn about the cultivation of crops like coconuts, mangoes, and bananas in between bouts of relaxation beneath the farm’s shady palms.

Rich with natural and historical treasures, Sri Lanka is a small island home to huge adventures. South Asia’s best-kept secret won’t stay hush-hush for long. Explore it before word gets around.

The Explorers Club Collection by Kensington Tours is an exclusive suite of travel experiences inspired by the expeditions of the world’s foremost society of scientists and adventurers. Each tailor-made Explorers Club trip connects you to the world’s most fascinating people, places, and experiences with expert local guides and award-winning 24/7 service support. On-trip experts and experiences are subject to change depending on availability. 

Itinerary

- Airport Meet & Greet
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Transfer - Colombo - Anamaduwa [Airport - The Mud House, 2.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
- Daily Activities at The Mud House
- The Mud House: Early Morning Bird Watching
- The Mud House: Afternoon Kayaking
- Private Tour - Yapahuwa Rock Fortress Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Tour - Anuradhapura City Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
- Private Tour - Kaludiya Pokuna Archeological Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
- Private Transfer - Anamaduwa - Sigiriya [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
- Private Transfer - Anuradhapura - Jaffna [4 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
- Private Transfer - Sigiriya - Anuradhapura [2 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Tour - Sigiriya Rock Fortress Experience (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
- Private Tour - Ritigala Monastery & Mountain Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
- Loris Watch/Night Trail (Not Included)
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Train - Anuradhapura - Jaffna by Queen of Jaffna Express Train
- Private Tour - Lunch at Local Jaffna Home
- Private Tour - Cycling Through Jaffna
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Tour - Jaffna Culture Tour
- Private Tour - Jaffna Beaches & Traditional Lunch
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Tour - Neduntheevu (Delft Island) Excursion
- Private Transfer - Jaffna - Matale [6 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Transfer - Matale - Kotugoda [3.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
- Optional: Cook that Curry! (Not Included)
- English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
- Private Transfer - Kotugoda - Colombo [Airport (0.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide

Price Includes

  • A fully customised itinerary based on your interests and schedule
  • 24/7 in-destination support from our local office
  • All accommodation stays, tours and transfers for scheduled activities are covered, unless otherwise listed in the itinerary
  • A private driver for tours and transfers (in some countries our local private guides also act as your driver – your Destination Expert will discuss with you if applicable)
  • Local private guides or shared tours that take you through your itinerary highlights and experiences, your final itinerary will confirm the type of tour
  • A greeting at the airport or at your accommodation from one of our representatives – your expert will confirm your meet and greet location with you
  • Breakfast each morning at your hotel, plus any meals indicated in the itinerary
  • One suitcase and one carry-on per person for trip transfers

Price Excludes

  • Your international airfare – please do let your expert know if you’d like to receive pricing from our Air Team
  • Travel insurance, which we offer and can be purchased after you’ve booked your tour
  • Visas (unless noted)
  • Tips for services and experiences
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), unless specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges, and where applicable, baggage not included in your fare
  • Personal charges such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service
  • Early check-in or late check-out from hotels (unless otherwise specified)
  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary
  • Optional enhancements like room or flight upgrades, or local camera or video fees
  • Passport fees, immunisation costs, and local departure taxes (when applicable)

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