Sri Lanka holiday, island explorer
(3-4*) & most meals as per itinerary.
(Visas & local tips not included.) Return flights from the UK from £675 & optional single room supplement £350 (Fully licensed, ATOL protected.)
Description of Sri Lanka holiday, island explorer
Our exciting and highly varied 2-week Sri Lanka tour, ‘Island of Serendipity’, takes in ancient cities, mountain, forest and coastal landscapes, national parks, fabulous temples and of course the everyday street-life and local markets with plenty of opportunities to meet the exceptionally friendly inhabitants and sample the fantastic Sri Lankan curries.
Destinations along the way include no less than 6 of the country’s UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites as well as plenty of the lesser-known sites as well. Among the tour’s varying activities are wildlife jeep safaris through Yala National Park, a hike to World’s End in Horton Plains National Park, exploring the jungle-clad ruined temples of Ritigala, a scenic local train ride through the plantations and forests of the Hill Country, checking out Sigiriya’s fabulous Maidens of the Clouds and relaxing in a tranquil coastal resort near the fishing port of Tangalle with, weather conditions permitting, a whale watching boat ride option.
Our tour allows you to discover the culture, landscapes, history, cuisine and flora and fauna of this wonderful island while ensuring a leisurely pace with plenty of time to relax, do your own thing and just kick back and enjoy the views. A perfect introduction to this delightful isle.
1. Late afternoon and early morning jeep safaris through famous Yala National Park
2. Visit the dramatic Sigiriya rock fortress - truly spectacular and another World Heritage Site
3. Tour the picturesque Hill Country - serene landscapes, waterfalls and of course tea plantations
4. Historic Galle - a walled port perched dramatically on a headland jutting into the Indian Ocean
5. Visit charming lakeside Kandy nestled in the mountains - home to the famous Temple of the Tooth
6. And last but not least, meet the friendly inhabitants and sample the superb local food
1. Spend a few days quality island time at a well-appointed Maldives eco-resort
2. Hidden Maldives - discover the local life, culture, food and unique island capital Malé, join a marine conservation project and explore its fabulous reefs and turquoise seas
Note groups sizes are 2 to maximum 12 persons with most meals (local-style) included and accommodation in 3 to 4* hotels.
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12 Reviews of Sri Lanka holiday, island explorer
Reviewed on 08 Mar 2020 by Roger FayleExcellent guide, lovely people and perfect blend of hotels. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020 by Sheridan DaltonVery good. Beautiful country, charming people, an interesting itinerary brought to life by Rumania, our guide Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020 by Maggie PriceExcellent. Varied activities and a good pace. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019 by Liz LodderThe richness of Sri Lanka's wildlife, natural environment and culture have been rightly praised by travellers to this lovely island... This was a very special holiday. A big thanks to the tour company for making it possible. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by Sheila NashOur tour leader was a superb birder which added value. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2019 by Dara MorefieldThis was the perfect holiday for us, comfortable, reasonable hotels, right balance between travelling time in the bus, visits to sights, free time Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Mar 2017 by Bryan EastGetting up early to climb Sigiriya and the visits to the national parks. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2017 by Phil WalkerToo many memorable moments to mention. Apart from all the amazing places we visited, we had some very interesting evening discussions with our tour leader which further enhanced our understanding of Sri Lanka and its people. Excellent. Very varied and well organised with a charismatic and informative tour leader. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2017 by Andrew FowlerThe most memorable was the people :-) Especially our fantastic tour guide Indika who went beyond the call of duty and made Sri Lanka come alive. The best run tour we have ever been on. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Feb 2015 by Amanda LawSri Lanka had everything we love in a holiday, Culture, Wildlife, lush contryside and beautiful beaches. The forest lodge in Habarana was excellent off the beaten track with wonderful hosts. Seeing the baby turtles hatching at Rekawa and the leopard at Yala was also an exciting experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Mar 2014 by Barbara EssamMost memorable was the variety of landscape in Sri Lanka, the cave temple at Damballa, the train journey from Kandy, the views from Ella, the night stay in the tree house camp in Yala national park and seeing leopards, elephants and beautiful birds on safari in the park. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2013 by jude parsonsWe thoroughly enjoyed our time in Sri Lanka and the tour aspect was well organised. We particularly enjoyed the variety of activities and accommodation. Best bits were the trip to the rock fortress and Yala where we saw leopards and a big black bear which apparently was very rare. Read full review
PlanetOverall, the intention is to combine the well-known tourist sites with off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited, destinations so spreading tourist revenue and contact into areas not usually benefiting, as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited. Group sizes are deliberately kept small in order to limit impact on site and communities as much as possible. (Groups of less than 12) Small numbers also permit us to use local cafes plus street and market stalls for drinks, meals and shopping.
We include Horton Plains, Kalametiya and Udawalawa national parks on this tour as well as Ritigala Nature Reserve where entrance fees help park authorities finance upkeep, maintenance and conservation projects as well as providing employment and revenue for local residents as drivers, guides, park rangers and staff etc.
Projects we support include the Elephant Transit Camp rehabilitation centre.
They also make visitors aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and explain how to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions as well as having a respect for the ecology of areas visited.
By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.
Group Sizes: By limiting groups to a maximum of 12 persons we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus offering a greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allowing us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators on a personal and friendly basis rather than dealing with establishments primarily equipped for larger groups.
PeopleHotels are, as much as possible, small and independently owned with proven responsible travel policies and our emphasis is on eating and drinking in local cafes and restaurants
All ground staff – drivers, guides and tour-leaders – are local and fully licensed. Leaders and guides provide suitable, relevant information for our customers to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning; genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes.