Sri Lanka walking holiday
Optional single supplement from £360 - £370.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Sri Lanka walking holiday
Behind the dazzling beauty of Sri Lanka’s world famous beaches is an island of lush jungle, spice gardens, ancient Buddhist temples and abundant wildlife. Trekking here is a unique chance to explore this varied, beautiful landscape. Our adventure begins in Sigiriya with a visit to the stunning rock fortress. From here the trekking begins in earnest, through the unspoiled World Heritage conservation area of the Knuckles Mountain Range, past rice paddies, the emerald-green tea plantations of Dickoya and farms growing fragrant pepper and spices. After this we tackle the challenging Adam’s Peak (2,243m) and then enjoy the spectacular 1,000m cliff drop of World’s End.
In the final days of the trip we’ll take a game drive through Yala National Park, famous for elephants but also home to the highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre in the world. The two-week trip ends at the coast, with a free day to laze on the beach and a chance to explore the historic port of Galle.
You’ll stay in comfortable hotels and colonial tea planters’ bungalows, with one night fully serviced camping by the river. There are eight full and half days of walking with full porterage, on good paths at a moderate pace. A 15km trek is the most you’ll tackle in a day. In between walking, travel by bus, rickshaw and take a train from the highest station in the country, dropping down through the cloud forest into the tea plantations.
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3 Reviews of Sri Lanka walking holiday
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by Kate ConneryThe most memorable part of the holiday was the village walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2019 by Karen CarringtonSri Lanka is definitely a beautiful and friendly country. I thoroughly enjoyed all the walking I was able to do with the group. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2018 by Nicolò TassoniThe highlight was the Knuckles Ranges and train journey from Ella to Badulla. Read full review
This being a trekking trip, we have a very low impact on the environment. All of our vehicles used on this tour are subject to annual eco testing and we monitor this closely in order to reduce our carbon footprint. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts. We also leave a positive impression by visiting important National Parks, ruins and museums- our entrance fees to which contributes to their upkeep e.g. Yala N.P., Dambulla Caves, Lion Rock Fortress and Dickoya tea plantations.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities to engage with local culture on the several visits to towns, villages and historically important sites and events. During the summer months our visit to the Temple of the Tooth may coincide with the Buddhist Kandy festival, which is a long honoured celebration of a relic thought to be found on the island. We may be able to see a performance of traditional Kandian dancing and fire walking here too. In Ella, we also offer the authentic cultural experience of eating a home-cooked meal in a local house. Clients can learn to prepare the meal or lend a hand, purchase handicrafts and painted postcards here.
Accommodation and Meals:
All of the hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff and using freshly sourced produce wherever possible. This helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by. Where meals are not provided, we suggest that clients spread their commerce to small local businesses and try some authentic food. The local cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, with lots of rice. You can enjoy everything from traditional spicy curries to stalls selling tasty sweets and deserts.
We have financially co-sponsored a local Tsunami relief project, which has enabled 25 families to be rehoused and for two schools to be equipped with toilets, running water and outdoor swings. In collaboration with a German operator and the village temple, we have helped towards 10 large water tanks and an eye clinic in a remote village with a donation of 200 pairs of glasses. We also assisted a principal agent of Unicef in development of day care and education of school children of the estate sector labourers in the hill country.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.