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Adventurous Sri Lanka

Price From :
$ 1687.64 per person
Duration :
13 Nights
Holiday Type :
Family
Hotel Style :
Eco/Mid-range
When to go :
Nov - April & July - Sept
Price Guide :
Adventurous Sri Lanka

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Introduction

Adventurous Sri Lanka is an exciting journey through Sri Lanka’s wonderful landscapes and will satisfy those wanting something more than just a beach holiday. Trek through mountainous villages, camp in the wilderness, climb a sacred mountain at night, raft down the white water rapids of the Kelani River, and challenge the waves of the Indian Ocean. Along the way, you will step into Sri Lanka’s ancient historical past; experience present day rural villages where life remains unhurried and people lead a balanced existence; and set sail into the deep seas in search of whales and dolphins. Adventurous Sri Lanka is also ideal for families with older children who will enjoy all the fun-filled activities. As always, Red Dot is happy to tinker with this itinerary to suit your needs.

Highlights

  • Climb the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take a train journey to the scenic hill country scattered with tea covered hills and gushing waterfalls
  • Take in the awe-inspiring sunrise from the summit of Adam’s Peak
  • Go white water rafting in the Kelani River
  • Enjoy the sunkissed beaches of Mirissa Bay
  • Take a boat ride into the deep seas in search of dolphins and the mighty blue whales
  • Explore Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort
  • Stay in characterful plantation bungalows and guesthouses set amidst spectacular scenery
  • Day 1 & 2

    Arrive at Colombo’s international airport and transfer directly to the fishing village of Alankuda in the North West where you will stay two nights at Dolphin Beach - perfect for relaxing after your long flight. Take in the sun and surf. Go Kitesurfing, scuba diving or snorkelling. The Bar Reef located about a kilometre into the deep sea off Kandalukutiya offers much to see for marine enthusiasts including an array of exotic reef fish, stingrays and several species of Marine turtles. During the season from December to April, hundreds of Dolphins can be spotted off the coast of Kalpitiya. Explore the fishing village of Kalpitiya and the Dutch period church – St. Anne’s in Thalawilla. Wilpattu National Park, located only an hour away, is a great wildlife excursion where the elusive leopard, sloth bear, deer, jackal and numerous species of birds can be spotted.

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    Dolphin Beach
    Dolphin Beach is a welcoming holiday retreat in the remote fishing village of Alankuda on the North West. This is an ideal holiday escape for those seeking laidback, barefoot living in natural surroundings. The town of Kalpitiya is 12 kms north from here and Wilpattu National Park is about one hour away. The journey from Colombo’s international airport can take upto 2.5 hours. ...(More)
    Dolphin Beach
  • Day 3 & 4

    Journey to the Cultural Triangle where you will stay the next two nights at Chaaya Village in Habarana. Explore Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the most dramatic and inspiring historical locations in the world. The climb to its summit on metal staircases attached to the rock face is one of Sri Lanka’s most loved experiences. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting. It was built in 5th century AD by king, Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. Worthy of its reputation as the “eighth wonder of the world”, Sigiriya will astonish with its outstanding views across the plains, staggering engineering and wonderful atmosphere. Go on an elephant safari at Habarana where you’ll be taken on elephant back through a jungle trek and across shallow waters. You might also consider soaring high above the cultural triangle in a hot air balloon which flies over Dambulla, Sigiriya, and the untouched wilderness where wild elephants roam free. The balloon ride begins at dawn when you can experience the spectacular sunrise.

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    Chaaya Village
    Chaaya Village is a four-star hotel perched at the edge of a tranquil lake in the village of Habarana in the Cultural Triangle. Habarana is in close proximity to the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, and Sigiriya. Habarana is a four-hour drive from Colombo and a three-hour drive to/from Kandy. ...(More)
    Chaaya Village
  • Day 5 & 6

    Leave early morning and travel via Matale to the Knuckles Mountains where you will spend two nights at Sir John’s bungalow - a welcoming guesthouse situated about 1,000 metres above sea level. Located within the district of Kandy and Matale in central Sri Lanka, the Knuckles Mountain Range consists of several mountain peaks and a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna. Declared a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, the Knuckles Conservation Range is a storehouse of rich biodiversity. Trek through dense forests, along rivers and waterfalls, past tea plantations and terraced paddy fields and visit some of the small rural village communities. Go mountain biking downhill or uphill from the Bungalow to some of the remote villages within the Knuckles.

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    Sir Johns Bungalow
    Sir John’s bungalow is a century old colonial period planter’s bungalow that has been refurbished and converted into a welcoming guesthouse set in the remote village of Riverston within the Knuckles Conservation Range in Matale. Located about 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by picturesque mountains and untouched wilderness, Sir John’s offers simple but comfortable accommodation in this remote area where there are no other accommodation options. Sir John’s is located about two hours ...(More)
    Sir Johns Bungalow
  • Day 7 & 8

    Much adventure awaits you this morning as you head off to the central highlands to climb the sacred Adam’s Peak. We recommend that you hop on aboard a train from Kandy and head to the tea-growing highlands through a romantic landscape that stirs the senses. The highlands are a land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Hop off the train at Dickoya and check-in to Mandira Strathdon, a colonial period planter’s bungalow set on an extensive tea plantation. Take a walk through the tea estate and visit the tea factory to learn of Sri Lanka’s famous crop. Rest and prepare for the night time climb up Adam’s Peak. Visited by thousands of pilgrims from many faiths, Adam’s Peak is an enriching experience. The hike upto the peak will take approximately 2.5 hours. The climb is possible from December to April and best attempted at night where you reach the mountaintop to see the sunrise and the breath taking views. The surrounding Adam’s Peak forest reserve is home to numerous species of birds and butterflies.

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    Mandira Strathdon Bungalow
    Mandira Strathdon is a colonial-style bungalow in the outskirts of Watawala just minutes from Dickoya in the south-west highlands. Set over 4,000 ft above sea level, the bungalow is on a large tea plantation that covers over a thousand acres. Watawala can be accessed via Kitulagala and Ratnapura or via Nuwara Eliya which will take up about two hours. ...(More)
    Mandira Strathdon Bungalow
  • Day 9 & 10

    Today you journey to the western foothills of the central highlands for your two night’s stay at the Borderlands Riverside Camp in Kitulgala. This is an area with tropical rainforests, winding rivers and an undulating terrain. Kitulgala owes its popularity to the Kelani River which offers exciting Grade 3 rapids for rafting. Rise to the sound of bird call and the gushing waters of the mighty Kelani; go white water rafting, canyoning or hiking.

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    Borderlands
    Borderlands camping is based in Kitulgala, a riverside village in the western foothills, sandwiched between the west coast and the central highlands. Kitulgala offers Sri Lanka’s best white-water rafting experience and is located 90 kms from Colombo. Kitulgala can also be accessed from Kandy (2.5 hours) and Nuwara Eliya in the hill country (2.5 hours). The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about three hours. ...(More)
    Borderlands
  • Day 11, 12 & 13

    Head south to the coastal village of Mirissa for your final three nights stay at Paradise Beach Club, a laidback and welcoming beachside hotel set on the crescent shaped Mirissa bay. Mirissa has some of the best beaches and surf spots in the area. Based at Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa Water Sports offers exciting water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, sea kayaking, snorkelling and boating. The south of Sri Lanka beyond Dondra is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. Whale watching excursions into the deep seas is organised by Mirissa Water Sports during the season from December to April when the seas are calm. We also recommend a visit to Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use, sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the lighthouse, and a growing collection of art galleries, shops, restaurants and several boutique hotels and cafes.

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    Paradise Beach Club
    Paradise Beach Club is one of Sri Lanka’s most enduringly popular beach hotels. It has a wonderful beach frontage facing the spectacular Mirissa Bay, a crescent-shaped strip of golden sand and shimmering sea which is good for swimming, snorkelling and surfing most of the year. Mirissa is about 40 muinutes south of Galle, just over three hours from Colombo’s international airport. ...(More)
    Paradise Beach Club

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