Sri Lanka Explorer

06/01/2022 through 12/21/2023
06/01/2022 through 12/24/2023
Intrepid Travel

Sri Lanka Explorer

Drive along the road in Sri Lanka and you can pass Hindu temples, Buddhist shrines, churches and mosques all on the same stretch. This fusion – found in the history, the culture, the Arabian, Indian and European-inspired food – makes Sri Lanka a delicious melting pot to explore. From laid-back Negombo venture through ancient Anuradhapura to the lesser explored north, the secrets and hidden places of Jaffna, and on to the beautiful coastline of Trincomalee. Discover the spiritual heart of the country in the temples of Kandy, and enjoy the natural world too, in a country that overflows with plants and wildlife. Spend time with locals keen to share their homes, food, and stories on an adventure that will leave you with many of your own to tell.

Activities

  • Anuradhapura – Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura – World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura – Bike tour
  • Jaffna – Jaffna Peninsula tour
  • Jaffna – Nagadeepa Temple
  • Jaffna – Cooking class & family visit
  • Jaffna – Jaffna Library
  • Dambulla – Cave Temples
  • Sigiriya – Lion Rock
  • Minneriya National Park – Wildlife Safari
  • Kandy – Spice garden visit
  • Kandy – Private cultural dance performance
  • Kandy – Temple of the Tooth with pooja ceremony
  • Kandy – Tea factory visit
  • Colombo – City Tour

Highlights

  • Considered to be off-limits for years due to the civil war, the gates to culture filled Jaffna are open to adventurers once more. Discover Tamil culture in this colourful city.
  • Open skies, swaying palm trees and glittering waters – Trincomalee beach is a postcard-perfect landscape for relaxation. Kick back in the sun on this bright and sandy shoreline.
  • Witness ritual and devotion in the spiritual heart of the country during a visit to Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth and stop by a local village to join the community in making a traditional Tamil meal.
  • Observe wild elephants from basic ‘tree houses’ and hopefully catch an outstanding sunset in Wasgamuwa National Park, one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Sri Lanka.

Itinerary

Day 1 Negombo
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Day 2 Anuradhapura
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Day 3 Jaffna
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Day 4 Jaffna
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Day 5 Trincomalee
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Day 6 Trincomalee
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Day 7 Habarana - Dambulla
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Day 8 Dambulla
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Day 9 Kandy
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Day 10 Kandy
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Day 11 Colombo
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Day 12 Colombo
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