Sri Lanka small group holiday

Description of Sri Lanka small group holiday

Explore Sri Lanka on a soft adventure holiday with historic forts, wildlife including elephants, leopards and dolphins, nature, tea, learning about culture and local people & more.

We designed this special tour for people who want/need to travel with others, without being subjected to a mainstream 'cookie cutter tour' or 'roughing it', but are open minded to new experiences and other cultures.

There is no single supplement but unlike most small group adventure tours, this is not conditional on sharing a room with someone you don't know! It only has very occasional set departures so early booking is advised. Maximum group size is 12.

This same itinerary can be taken by a group of friends or family travelling together, contact us with numbers/breakdown for a custom quote.

Photos taken by travellers, G Baxter, M Socha, F Barrington.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Fly from London Heathrow on a direct flight with Sri Lankan airlines. If you are in Ireland, we are currently offering free connecting flights from Dublin and Cork with Aer Lingus. It is also possible to book this trip excluding flights.
Day 2:Arrival in Colombo. You'll be met at the airport and driven south to near Galle. Time to settle in and have a swim in the pool before a welcome dinner. Dinner included.
Day 3:Sightseeing with a local guide around the historic Dutch fort of Galle including a walk along the ramparts, amazing architecture and the maritime museum. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4:Time to pack up at leisure (or optional early morning whalewatching) and drive down along the coast in private minibus to an ancient capital of Sri Lanka, Tissamaharama and Yala National Park. Afternoon arrival at rustic resort and relax, enjoy the pool, or walk along the beach. Dinner at the resort. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 5:Early start for a full day in Yala national park, one of the best places in the world to spot leopard. Evening dinner at local restaurant we like to support. Breakfast, (packed) lunch and dinner included.
Day 6:Morning visit to Bundala wetlands national park. Afternoon at leisure. Evening visit to nearby town of Katagarama, a town which attracts people from all of Sri Lanka's faiths (Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim). Breakfast included.
Day 7:Time for a leisurely pack up. Then head into hill country, Sri Lanka's misty mountains, stopping at Rawana waterfalls and ending in Bandarawela, a colourful market town. Lunch at a local home before going onto a hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 8:Walk around the hidden part of Bandarawela, visit a tea estate meeting the workers and children, and then a train ride to pretty scenery to Ella and a walk up 'Little Adam's Peak'. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 9:Pack up and drive through the hill country to the ancient city of Kandy. Arrival at converted heritage home. Time to enjoy the pool before dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 10:Sightseeing around Kandy, home to the 'Temple of the Tooth' (a sacred Buddhist relic) including the atmospheric puja, the ancient royal forbidden gardens & botanical gardens (home to orchids and bats). Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 11:Day excursion to the UNESCO heritage site, Sigiriya ('Lion Rock') including the ancient gardens. Visit nearby reforestation project. Breakfast (local) included.
Day 12:Pack up and drive to the western coast. Onto a unique little island away from the tourist trail and arrival at beautiful boutique hotel. Idyllic with pristine nature, it really is away from it all. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 13:Boat trip for a chance to see dolphins and whales. The sight of hundreds of spinner dolphins is truly breathtaking. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 14:Day at leisure to relax by the pool, the beach or take a walk around the local area. Highlights include a small old church. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 15:Transfer to Colombo airport in time for Sri Lankan airlines flight. Fly back to the UK or Ireland, arriving back same day. (Or if booked excluding flights, make your own onward arrangements, or ask us for assistance). Breakfast included.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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04 Mar 2017
£ 2325
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£ 2175
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04 Nov 2017
£ 2225
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka small group holiday

Environment

We deliberately source and find accommodation which is low impact to the environment. We prefer converted old buildings (e.g. a historic family home converted to a boutique hotel) and where this is not possible, new buildings, built in an eco sensitive way and in a small way.
Though we use private transport rather than public transport, wherever possible we use LPG to power our vehicles. We include train rides and boat trips.

Whilst we have made sure there is air-conditioning and hot water so that you will be comfortable, we encourage thinking about energy and water use in the responsible travel tips we include, along with the cultural and travel guidelines, in our customer packs.

Community

We work with local guides. We mean actual local guides i.e. from the local area (not for example having one person from a big city escort you throughout). We also work with local wildlife rangers as well as our expert wildlife guides. We always pay any guides and drivers fair market rates or higher.

You will also meet ordinary people on an 'equal' basis, you won't just be meeting those involved in the tourist industry to ‘serve' you.

We work with people on an individual basis, no one size fits all approach, unlike many other companies. This takes a lot of work, but we feel it is worth it.

We support local projects wherever possible. We have also been working with Project Colombo in the UK, an initiative to help Sri Lankan school children with access to ICT. You can find out more on our own website or ask us for details.

Reviews of Sri Lanka small group holiday

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything. The mixture of styles and settings was 100% amazing. Each one fulfilling a different part of the Sri Lanka experience. Each one had novelty; each one was for me just right.
I could not and did not expect anything better on this style and type of tour.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't worry. Just relax and go with the flow. Everyone without exception that we met and who assisted us was magnificent.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We also benefited from more local insight than I would expect on an organised tour, and more than I would have had I arranged my own trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.
100% I had a happy and beneficial 2 weeks. I would love to be back there now. I would take this trip again and I would travel with this tour operator again.

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