Best of Sri Lanka

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  • COVID-19protected
  • CO2 neutral
  • Hiking
  • Bicycle tour
  • Active and outdoor
  • Art and architecture
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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • max group size 12
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  • Starts Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date prior to 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour You can select a new tour run by the same operator up to 30 days before departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Ride around the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura on a bike tour, cycling through the jungle to see the dagobas, palaces, and pools of a city abandoned over 1000 years ago.
  • Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya to the ancient ruins that lie atop the 200metrehigh summit and get panoramic views over the surrounding wilderness.
  • Explore the divine city of Kandy, mingling with pilgrims at the Temple of the Tooth, touring a tea factory, and taking in the views of this lush lakefront town.
  • Fall in love with Sri Lankan food and get to know locals during experiences like lunching with a Tamil tea worker and a homecooking demonstration.
  • Unwind on the sandy beaches of Mirissa, where the waters are clear and warm, and monkeys play in the swaying palms that line the shores.
Starting in Negombo and ending in Colombo, the "Best Of Sri Lanka" trip is a guided active and outdoor trip that takes 15 days. You will travel through Bandarawela, Galle, Kandy and 8 other destinations in Sri Lanka. "Best Of Sri Lanka" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This tour eliminates guess work and immerses you in the must-sees, must-tastes and must-meets of this beautiful country. In other words, the best stuff. Like summiting Lion Rock in Sigiriya, cycling through sprawling ancient city ruins in Anuradhapura and touring massive granite Buddha carvings in Polonnaruwa. But the best doesn’t just mean the biggest. The best is also having lunch with a Tamil tea worker in their home, relaxing with a cold beer and your feet in the sand in Mirissa and hiking between plantations and villages in Haputale. In fact, we think the best is doing all that and more in one 15-day tour.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 111 reviews
  • Tony
  • From UK
  • On Mar 27 2017
4 - Very Good
Tony's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Very Good”
  • Ago
  • From Estonia
  • On Feb 10 2020
4 - Very Good
Ago's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Very Good”
  • Milan
  • From Slovakia
  • On Jun 15 2019
4 - Very Good
Milan's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“The tour was very good. Overall organisation, local and international, as well. The host family were beautiful and helpful people. The food was very nice and the room simple but precisely what we paid for. Only the second day was a bit slow and not really exciting. But otherwise 4 out of 5.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1:Negombo
  • Day 2:Anuradhapura
  • Day 3:Anuradhapura
  • Day 4:Polonnaruwa
  • Day 5:Dambulla
  • Day 6:Sigiriya – Kandy
  • Day 7:Kandy
  • Day 8:Bandarawela
  • Day 9:Haputale
  • Day 10:Jungle Camp
  • Day 11:Mirissa
  • Day 12:Mirissa
  • Day 13:Galle
  • Day 14:Colombo
  • Day 15:Colombo
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Hotels (12 nights), Local Lodge (1 night), Permanent Tented Camp (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Transport
  • Private vehicle , Train , Bicycle
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - Bike tour
  • Polonnaruwa - Bike Tour
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth with pooja ceremony
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock
  • Kandy - Tea factory visit
  • Bandarawela - Cooking demonstration & local meal
  • Hill Country trek
  • Galle - Walking tour
  • Galle - Traditional Weaving Demonstration
  • Colombo - City tour by bus
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Negombo and from Colombo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Best of Sri Lanka tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Best of Sri Lanka tour. You can cancel the tour up to 30 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 29 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 18 February 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 February 2022, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 29 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Best of Sri Lanka tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Best of Sri Lanka tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • The summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot with short, sharp monsoons in the southwest of the country. Please consider your suitability to the time of year you wish to travel and be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
  • This trip includes hiking on Days 9 and 10, an awesome way to see the picturesque hill country and interact with the local Tamil people. The hike is over relatively flat ground and covers approximately 20 kilometres each day. We recommend a basic level of fitness as some have found the experience physically demanding. Parts of the trails are on rough ground which can be muddy and slippery if it’s been raining. If you feel you are not able to complete these walks, we can arrange vehicle transport for you.
  • The views from the top of Lion Rock in Sigiriya are spectacular, but getting there involves walking up uneven, narrow steps and navigating tight walkways. If you’ve got a fear of heights or conditions that affect mobility you may wish to sit this activity out.
  • The drive to Mirissa on Day 11 is downhill, windy and slow. Motion sickness has been an issue for some travellers in the past. If you believe you might be affected, speak with your GP before travelling about medication that can help.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated. Children aged 17 years and under must present either a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery or proof of full vaccination. Any customer who is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption. Customers must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. These new safety measures apply on all trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
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