Sri Lanka Adventure

Sri Lanka Adventure

14 Days From



Sri Lanka Adventure

14 Days Starting in Negombo and ending in

Visiting: Sri Lanka

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Introductory to Moderate

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Tour Overview

Sri Lanka is ideally suited to the adventurous of spirit. A land of misty highlands and tea plantations, dense jungles and National Parks that are perfect for trekking and day walks. We also appreciate the multitude of handicrafts, Buddhist monuments and colonial heritage that forms the country's rich cultural history. Our journey leads deep into the rainforest of central Sri Lanka where monks conduct prayers in harmony with the forest before continuing to the ancient Buddhist capital of Anuradhapura and the world heritage site of Polonnaruwa. We wander the renowned tea plantations and botanical gardens of Kandy before an ascent of the famous pilgrimage site, Adam's Peak, a hike through the splendid Horton's Plains, and a wildlife safari in the elephant prolific Uda Walawe National Park. This adventure concludes with a relaxing evening in the delightful port town of Galle, a highlight of any journey to Sri Lanka, followed by your return to Colombo in readyness for your onward journey.


  • Climb to the top of Adam's Peak, raft the River Kalani and hike the spectacular Horton's Plains

  • A relaxed pace with time to immerse yourself in the culture

  • Jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park in search for wild elephants, water buffalo, deer and other species.

  • Time spent in the hill capital of Kandy

  • Explore ancient capitals and Buddhist monuments

  • Experience remote regions of Sri Lanka


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Day 1 : Join Colombo, Transfer To Negombo

Upon arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will be met and transferred to the group hotel in Negombo. In the afternoon we take a boat ride in the Muthurajawela Nature Reserve, a unique tropical wetland located between Colombo and Negombo. This reserve covers an area of 7000 hectares and includes wetland marshes and mangrove forests. During the boat trip relax and enjoy the birdlife including herons, storks, waders and brilliantly coloured kingfishers.
Overnight: Earls Regent Hotel or similar.

Day 2 : Drive To Salgala Buddhist Monastery

Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast we visit the Salgala monastic complex, a haven for monks who have renounced worldly pleasures to lead a life of austerity and meditation. This evening we cross the river and hike through coconut estates, rubber plantations, rice fields, and remote villages. Today we have approx. 2 hours driving and 2 hours walking.
Overnight: Kandyan Reach Hotel or similar.

Day 3 : Drive To The Ancient Capital Of Anuradhapura

Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast we journey by road to Anuradhapura - the 1st capital dating back to the 5th Century BC. On the way we visit the ancient Buddhist library building in Padeniya Temple. Discover Yapahuwa with its beautiful ornamental stairway that climbs to a natural terrace and magnificent views. We then contunue to Anuradhapura. Today we have approx. 3.5 hours driving and 2.5 hours walking.
Overnight: The Lake Forest Hotel or similar.

Day 4 : Visit Buddhist Monuments En Route To Habarana

Meals Included: B, D

It is an early start this morning at 7.00am as we visit the historical and cultural sights of Anuradhapura. This will include the Sacred Bo Tree – the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world grown from the sapling of the Bo Tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Also, Ruwanweliseya Dagaba; Thuparama - the first Dagaba built enshrining the Collar Bone of the Lord Buddha, Isurumuniya Rock Temple - famous forts sculpture of lovers; Jethawanarama- which is said to have been higher than the great Pyramid at Giza in its original form and which is now a World Heritage Site; Samadhi Statue sculpture depicting the meditation posture of the Lord Buddha; Royal Pleasure Garden; Moonstone and the Twin Ponds. Here we stop to relax and enjoy lunch before making our way to Mihintale. Our vehicle will drop us three quarters of the way up the climb, leaving 300 steps to reach the sacred location of Mihintale, after which we continue traveling to Habarana. En-route we stop at the famous Avukana Buddha image. Today we have approx. 1.5 hours walking.
Overnight: Elephas Hotel or similar.

Day Trip To Sigiriya Via Polonnaruwa

Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast we visit the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa - the medieval Capital of Sri Lanka - 11th Century AD. Polonnaruwa rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. We will visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, Royal Pavilion, and the Vatadage Relic House lavished with moonstones, guardstones and sculptured railing. Plus, we will see Kiri Vehera the best preserved of all Sri Lanka’s un-restored stupa’s and visit Gal Vihare the colossal Buddha carved on the face of a granite boulder. The recumbent Buddha measures 14 metres and the standing figure is 7 metres in height. In the afternoon as the sun goes down, we make our way to the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, which consists of over 1200 steps. In the afternoon as the sun goes down we make our way to the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, which consists of over 1200 steps. Today we have approx. 2.5 hours driving and 4 hours walking.
Overnight: Elephas Hotel or similar

Day 6 : Drive To The Cultural Centre Of Kandy

Meals Included: B, D

This morning after breakfast we drive to the nearby village of Hiriwaduna, to see the farmers Chena cultivation - wading the waters of the Habrana Tank in a farmers canoe exploring the rice fields. We enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan sweet served with Belli mal or fresh Sri Lankan King coconut, within the farmers humble homes. After this we make our way to Kandy, stopping en-route to explore the Dambulla Caves Temple, to witness some of the most spectacular caves of Buddhist art and sculpture, dating back to the 1st century. We will also stop at Matale to learn about Sri Lankan spices and herbs and indigenous medicines. Here we will also be served a simple traditional farmers lunch of boiled green gram with grated coconut and onion sambal. Today we have approx. 3 hours driving time and spend approx 3.5 hours exploring Hiriwaduna and Dambulla Caves involves 350 steps)
Overnight: Royal Kandyan Hotel or similar.

Day 7 : Explore Kandy

Meals Included: B, D

The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the
legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. The Kandy Lake built
by the last King Sri Wickramarajasinghe in 1806 adds colour to the city. It is a city
for arts and crafts as well as culture and history. Today we visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, where we explore this historic location of significant Buddhist influence. We will also make our way to Upper Lake Drive (for a great view of the city), the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, (one of the finest of its kind in Asia with more than 4000 species of flora, and once the headquarters of Lord Mountbatten) and a Gem Museum. In the evening we will enjoy a cultural performance of traditional Kandyan dancers and drummers, including devotional fire walking rituals. Today we have approx. 2 hours walking.
Overnight: Royal Kandyan Hotel or similar.

Day 8 : Train Journey & Rafting The River Kalani Then To Adams Peak

Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast we leave for the Peradeniya Railway Station, where we travel to Nawalapitiya. We then travel by private vehicle from the train station of Nawalapitiya towards the region of Kithulagala, where a spectacular white water Rafting Experience awaits us on the River Kalani. Following this, we make our way towards Nallathanniya to the base of Adam’s Peak – the Holy Mountain, where our climb commences not later than 0.130am in expectation of seeing the sunrise at around 05.45am. Adam’s Peak (2224m ASL), has attracted pilgrims for more than 1000 years, due to the legend that it was here that Adam first stepped onto the earth after being expelled from Heaven. Whilst pilgrims climb to the top to view the enormous ‘footprint’, claimed by various groups to bethat of Adam’s, Buddha’s and even Lord Shiva, the view at the top at dawn is spectacular, making it well worth the effort. As the weather can be quite cold before the sunrise, it is advisable to bring warm, windproof clothing.
White water rafting for duration of 90 minutes. Adams Peak Climb involves 5600 steps
Overnight: Punsisi Inn or similar.

Day 9 : Adam's Peak Climb, To Nuwara Eliya

Meals Included: B, D

After the climb we descend by 09.00am and sit down for a late breakfast before driving through the regions of NuwaraEliya, where we will take a break to explore a working Tea Factory, to educate one’s self on all aspects of the production of Ceylon Tea. A detailed city tour also visiting the municipal Markets, the regions of Lake Gregory and the famous Bale Bazaar will be enjoyed as well. This evening, should one have energy after the Climb of Adams Peak, join your guide in a comfortable stroll at a very easy and relaxed pace around the Race Course of Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight: Glendower Hotel or similar

Day 10 : Hortons Plains Hike, Then To Ella

Meals Included: B, D

This morning we have an early start with a wake up call at 5:00am, as we board our vehicle with a packed breakfast in hand no later than 5:30am. We will drive to the Horton Plains where by 7:00am, we will commence our nature walk within the spectacular game reserve which covers a distance of over 9.5kms, we take in the marvelous view points and beautiful Bakers Falls, there are more waterfalls within this region of unique climate and flora and fauna. Ella is a town set at 1100ms and the landscape falls dramatically to the plains 1000ms below, offering spectacular views. After this we make our way back to our vehicle and drive to our hotel to enjoy lunch and some time to relax. This afternoon we will explore the nearby Nine Arches Bridge. Today we have approx. 2 hours driving and 4 hours walking within Horton Plains
Overnight: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel or similar

Day 11 : Drive To Udawalawe National Park

Meals Included: B, D

After a relaxed breakfast we venture out on a two hour nature walk through the tea plantations to the fantastic view point of Mini Adams Peak. After this we make our way to our hotel for a simple comfort stop and to refresh before setting out the Udawalawe in time for lunch and undertaking a jeep safari in the Udawalawe National Park. This park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent and lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts. It acts as the catchment to the Udawaalawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry Zone. This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal and Birds are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park. Today we have approx. 2 hours driving and 2 hours walking.
Overnight: Athgira Riverside Camp or Elephant Trails Hotel or similar.

Day 12 : Elephant Transit Home Then Drive To Galle

Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast we visit the nearby Elephant Transit Home for baby elephants. We'll witness the many elephants who have been placed destitute being bottle fed and provided for and protected. After this we continue towards Walasmulla Hakkmana to reach the main road to Galle, passing through the stilled fisherman of Waligama. We undertake a detailed city tour walking along the rampart walls, exploring the Dutch heritage and the 36 hectare Dutch Fortress, constructed in 1663. This evening we hope to see a wonderful sunset. Today we have approx. 2 hours driving.
Overnight: South Lake Resort or similar

Day 13 : Drive To Colombo

Meals Included: B, D

After a relaxed breakfast we commence our journey towards Colombo. On our way we stop in Blapitiya to explore the waters of the Madhu River, as we venture out on a unique boat safari, wading through the mangroves. Here there are prawn traps, monkeys, birds, monitor lizards and more. Continuing on we explore Colombo with a brief city tour and indulge in any last minute shopping before settling into our hotel. Today we have approx. 2 hours driving.
Overnight: The Fairview Hotel, Colombo or similar.

Day 14 : Trip Concludes

Meals Included: B

After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport for departure, where the trip concludes.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    13 nights hotels

  • 13 breakfasts, 12 dinners

  • Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis

  • Airport transfers (days 1 & 14 only)

  • Local English-speaking driver/guide

  • All internal transport by private air conditioned vehicle

  • Expert local sightseeing guides

  • All rafting equipment on day 8

  • Jeep hire and tracker services at the national parks

  • Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Aerated & alcoholic drinks

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.

  • Airport & departure taxes

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket or weather gear, water bottle and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.


These trips involve trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and should never be misinterpreted to mean they are easy trips. These trips do not spend time at altitudes above 4000m and are usually a week in duration. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week for three months prior to departure is recommended.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

F. Wheeler(NSW, Australia)  

Sri Lanka Adventure

Amazing value for money. The historic places of in

Amazing value for money. The historic places of interest were fantastic especially Anuradhapura and Sigiriya. Our driver Shan was excellent and the various guides were good with Chandra a stand out performer. The Bohdi Tree at night was exceptional.

Martin Delage(Montreal, Quebec Canada)  

Sri Lanka Adventure

Excellent voyage très bien ajusté pour tenir compt

Excellent voyage très bien ajusté pour tenir compte des décalages horaires, des repos après une activité intense, excellent guide.

M. Patch(Bondi Beach, NSW)  

Sri Lanka Adventure

Excellent value trip combining adventure travel an

Excellent value trip combining adventure travel and sightseeing. As with all World Expeditions trips we had a packed timetable, great tour leadership and great fun!

A. Shute(Macs Cove, VIC)  

Sri Lanka Adventure

Full on! You will not be bored on this trip. Two o

Full on! You will not be bored on this trip. Two or three interesting activities are planned for every day. The local company overseeing the trip, are terrific. They provided support and help when needed. Thank you Jeremy and your team! A great experience.

E. Breislin(Willoughby, NSW)  

Sri Lanka Adventure

The trip was jam-packed but in the best possible w

The trip was jam-packed but in the best possible way. We fit so much and more in our days in Sri Lanka. Shan, our guide was incredible and so were all the guides we had along the way. If you’re someone who gets restless thinking about simply lying by the pool on holidays, this is the trip for you. Hiking, kayaking, rafting, early mornings, amazing views and so many animals!

B. Bosma(Surrey Hills, VIC, Australia)  

Sri Lanka Adventure

Our Sri Lanka Adventure tour sure was an adventure

Our Sri Lanka Adventure tour sure was an adventure! The first half of the tour ran smoothly, with visits to a number of interesting historical sites and some great walks up steep rocks to reach Buddhist temples. Sigiriya was a real highlight - spectacular spot and a challenging walk, especially the last bit, which is basically a metal staircase bolted onto the rock face. But when we reached Kandy (the Botanical gardens of which was well worth visiting) it started to rain. And rain. Very, very heavily. For the next 36 hours. Landslides meant we couldn't reach the start of the Adam's Peak walk and the rivers became too dangerous for the white water rafting and canoeing parts of the tour. However, an alternative itinerary had us on a wonderful walk at Horton's Plain - beautiful spot - and then onto a safari at Hala National Park, where we saw numerous animals including a glimpse of a leopard and a sloth bear. We also went to Gall and visited the Dutch Fort area, which was excellent and also not on the original itinerary. Luckily we were still able to go to the Udawalawe National Park, where saw two elephants fighting and were then chased by another elephant. All in all, we think we did well even though the itinerary had to radically change. I'd only say Colombo didn't seem worth a visit - rather have ended the tour where we started, at Negombo, with a nice beach and beach cricket to watch every evening.

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