Places Covered : Negombo – Kalpitiya – Anamaduwa – Sigiriya -Kandy Hill Country (4hrs trekking) – Kitulgala – Colombo
* Beaches, mountains, rivers, jungle
* Amazing wildlife, national parks and underwater
* See dolphins and wild elephants
* Cultural attractions
Would not Sri Lanka be the ideal destination to turn your holidays into a real adventure? Plenty of beaches, mountains, rivers, jungle. this stunning island offers all that and even more. Not to mention an amazing wildlife, in national parks and underwater. Live unforgettable experiences such as a boat ride among dolphins or a jeep safari to observe wild elephants.
We have made a program full of activities for you, mixing cultural attractions with a sport activity in each area of the country. Professionals share their passion with you, enjoy Sri Lankan adventures such as trekking, rafting, cycling and snorkeling. A tour in Sri Lanka is so diverse that it is full of surprises. Our expertise enables us to adapt the program so that it fits to your needs and sports ability. When holidays mean adventure and sport: do not hesitate anymore, this trip is for you!
Arrival – Negombo
Arrive at Bandaranaike Airport, where our representative welcomes you. A short drive brings you to Negombo beach. Transfer to your hotel and relax. Optional activities are water sports or a boat ride on the lagoon.
Negombo – Kalpitiya
Drive to Kalpitiya, about 3hrs. North of Negombo. At your hotel, you are welcomed by the owner, Glen. Relax and have a swim in the pool. In the afternoon, various water sports are available, depending on your taste: sea kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing (weather permitting). Dinner under the moonlight.
Early morning, go on a boat ride to look for dolphins (from November to April, weather permitting). There are hundreds of dolphins, you just need to be lucky. Back to your hotel for breakfast. After some free time, proceed to the North of the lagoon, to Dutch Bay. Sail for a short distance between the islands and the lagoon before lunch. Drive back to the hotel. On the way, visit the locally famous St. Anne’s Catholic church. Barbeque dinner on the beach.
Kalpitiya – Anamaduwa
After breakfast, take a short drive to Mud House, a nature retreat surrounded by nature and wildlife. The huts are made of mud with coconut leaf roofs and open air bathrooms. There is no electricity on the property, and cars are not allowed, only bicycles. Lunch by a pond. Then cycling hike in the countryside. Visit a small buddhist temple situated at the top of a rock. Dinner and overnight.
In the morning, you can go kayaking on the pond, a perfect spot for birdwatching. Then excursion to Yapahuwa and Panduwasnuwara, two Sri Lanka’s former capitals, where you get to see ruins and statues. Transfer back to your accommodation and have dinner.
Anamaduwa – Sigiriya (130 km – 2h)
Drive towards the cultural triangle with a first stop at Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the gold temple which holds a majestic Buddha, then the buddhist caves ot the top of the hill. Discover stunning wall frescoes and statues of Buddha at this site of five caves. Enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. Transfer to your hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon go to Minneriya Park for a jeep safari through the reserves. Observe herds of elephants(approximately 400 elephants, for which Minneriya is famous), in their natural habitat. You will also see others wild animals such as crocodiles, buffaloes, water monitors, cormorants, and pelicans. Minneriya is also remarkable for its views, lakes and hills. The best season to visit is from May to November when the elephants are most abundant. Tranfer to your hotel and overnight.
Sigiriya – Kandy (100 km – 1h45)
Early morning, you proceed to Sigiriya, whose massive rock is called “Lions rock” and is 200 meters high. Your guide shows you the site: the gardens and caves on the bottom, the painted caves covered by ladies frescoes. Once you reach the top, you can also see the ruins of the ancient palace. This site owes its reputation to a megalomaniac king who built here its residence in the 10th century.
It is also ranked as UNESCO site and is the most visited cultural site in Sri Lanka. Then drive towards Kandy, the last royal capital of the island. Go for a city tour, starting with the Temple of the Tooth, a holy Buddhist temple. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Afterwards, small boat ride on the lake (optional). You will then discover the vegetables market close by the lake, very lively and sometimes full of pushy sellers, but the diversity of products and the atmosphere still worth the detour. Transfer to your hotel and relax.
Visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, covering over 150 acres along Mahaweli River. Must-sees: the royal palm trees path, cannonballs trees, the orchid collection and multicolored flowerbeds. A walk in this garden cannot be missed! In the afternoon, go to the Millennium Elephant Foundation and meet with elephants, the ultimate Sri Lankan animal. Visit their local museum and go on an elephant ride. This experience usually ends up in the river with the elephant and even an elephant shower if you desire! Transfer to the hotel and have dinner.
Kandy – Bandarawela (120 km – 2h)
You proceed towards the hill country. Enjoy the landscapes, tea plantations, lakes and mountains. Arrive in Haputale, famous for its stunning views of the valley below. Then visit a tea factory and go to Lipton’s seat, where the British Lord used to sit and contemplate his plantations. Transfer to your hotel.
Hill Country (6hrs trekking)
In the morning, meet with your hiking guide and hike across paddy fields and through villages. The path climbs slightly and gives you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful views. Arrive at your home-stay and have dinner.
Hill Country (5 to 6hrs trekking)
Second day of hiking. Walk through and explore various types of forests, not experienced by everyday tourists, such as a eucalyptus forest, rain forest, pine forest & natural forest. Walk through the tea plantations of this beautiful hill country and see Sri Lanka at its best. The weather can change quickly at this altitude so come prepared. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you reach the village where you spend the night.
Hill Country (4hrs trekking) – Kitulgala
Morning hike to reach the highest falls of Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda. Cool off and enjoy the water below the waterfall. Then drive the winding road towards Kitulgala. Check in at your camp and relax.
Kitulgala – Colombo
Go for 3hrs. rafting trip on Kelani River. This is not at a difficult level and you will have time to enjoy the hilly landscape surrounding you. Transfer to your camp or hotel and depart for a walk in the jungle. Have a picnic and return to the camp. Free time.
Colombo – Transfert to airport
Discover Colombo, the economic capital of the country, with its colonial remains such as the Portuguese fort area and the British colonial houses. Take the opportunity to enjoy shopping before leaving. Transfer to the international airport. This is the end of your trip to one of the most beautiful islands of the world. (cf Marco Polo).