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Paddle down rapids, spot elephants and go waterfall abseiling on this thrilling tropical escape
Starts AtColombo
Ends AtKosgoda
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 14
Physical Rating
Starts AtColombo
Ends AtKosgoda
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 14
Physical Rating
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email:
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email:
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About Your Trip

Immerse yourself in authentic Sri Lanka on this 12-day adventure. 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. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Nissanka Malla Palace, Polonnaruwa
Rafting at the Kelani Kanga river with White Water Rafting adventure in Sri Lanka
Galle Fort
Fruit and Vegetable Traders
Minneriya National Park
Kosgoda Beach
Batik Factory
Sigiriya, Lion's Gate
Kandy District Tuk Tuk

Trip Highlights

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

Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • One night eco-lodge accommodation
  • Four nights boutique resort accommodation
  • Six nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Colombo city tour
  • Dodgy bar experience
  • 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

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination


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        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email:
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: