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Treasure Island: Ancient Temples & Wildlife Encounters in Sri LankaSet off from Colombo on an epic 12-day tour to experience the many sides of this tropical island.
Starts AtSri Lanka
Ends AtSri Lanka
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 14
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtSri Lanka
Ends AtSri Lanka
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 14
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Secure Payment
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COVID-19 Safety MeasuresBookings made by 30 October 2021 for travel before 28 February 2022 are covered by our Ultimate Covid Booking Booking Guarantee: if Covid-19 regulations change your plans, we'll rebook you for free. Find out more. Covid-19 safety measures are in place on all our trips. Read more details.

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.

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Trip Highlights

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

What's Included

  • 11 nights twin-share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Colombo city tour
  • Dodgy bar experience
  • Rural school visit
  • 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

Accommodation

Jetwing Colombo Seven, ColomboYou 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.
Arika Villa, DambullaAfter a day exploring the Cultural Triangle, take a dip in the courtyard pool of this nine-room boutique hotel. Set by a mellow stream within a forest, the landscaped garden here provides fresh produce for the onsite restaurant.
Fox Kandy, KandyThis elegant clifftop resort overlooks tea and pepper plantations in Kandy hill country. Admire the lush beauty from the garden-set pool or while tucking into breakfast in the glass-fronted restaurant.
Borderlands Eco Lodge, KitulgalaRest 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, HaputaleDrink 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, TissaJust 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, KosgodaSteps 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.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
  • If you intend to join the optional whale watching activity, please note that the whale watching season is from October to April in the southern coastal area you'll be visiting.

Additional Info

Secure Payment
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Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com