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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive colombo

Seema Malaka Temple in ColomboSeema Malaka Temple in Colombo

You will be met on arrival at Colombo International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Negombo (about 45 minute drive), where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure (check-in time is 2:00 pm - early check-ins will be charged additional).

Negombo is a major commercial hub known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Your lovely seaside accommodations is located right on the beach, ideal for relaxing after a long flight. For those who prefer to do some exploring instead, the hotel is located close to the local Fish Market (opens at 6:00 am), a great place to watch the large fishing boats return with their catch for the day. St. Mary's Church is located in the town center and features artwork by the famous local artist, Godamanna. Consider hiring a bicycle and riding along the canal-side paths through picturesque villages of the Hamilton (Dutch) Canal. Or, visit the ruins of the old Dutch Fort, located near the seafront at the mouth of the lagoon.

Consider arriving a day or two earlier to spend more time relaxing, exploring, or walking along the beaches.

Meals
None
Lodging
Heritance Negombo or similar

Day 2: sigiriya

Spectacular view of the Sigiriya Lion rock surrounded by green rich vegetation. Picture taken from Pidurangala mountain in Dambula, Sri LankaSpectacular view of the Sigiriya Lion rock surrounded by green rich vegetation. Picture taken from Pidurangala mountain in Dambula, Sri Lanka

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the spectacular fifth century rock fortress of Sigiriya (4-5 hour drive), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Sri Lanka’s most significant attractions. Built by King Kasyapa (477-495 AD), the “Lion Rock,” as it’s known, is a citadel of unusual beauty rising more than 650 feet above the jungle in a sheer and mysterious manner. The rock was initially the innermost stronghold of a large (175+ acre) fortified town that later became a monastic refuge in the 16th-17th centuries. It then fell into disrepair and was only rediscovered during 19th century British colonial rule. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including beautiful water gardens with royal bathing pools, moated islands, and pavilions, ring the base of the rock. While at the site, you’ll also visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered rock niche approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster and, despite being only 22 of what were some 500 frescoes originally, are in remarkable condition, with colors still glowing brightly.

Afterwards, continue on to your beautiful hotel in Kandalama for your overnight. Your eco hotel is covered in foliage to blend in with its natural surroundings. You'll be entertained by the monkeys swinging from the balconies and be in awe of the incredible views.

Note: Access to most of Sigirya Rock is by stone steps. The final ascent to the top is via a series of metal staircases attached to the walls.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Heritance Kandalama or similar

Day 3: drive to kandy via a spice garden

Visit the Temple of the Tooth in KandyVisit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

In the morning, set out on a drive to Kandy (approx. 3 hrs), via a spice garden, where you will learn about different spices, including how they are grown and processed. Also, observe a demonstration to learn how the spices are used in traditional medicine of Sri Lankan dishes.

Afterward, continue on to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive around the scenic Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasingha, in 1807. Explore the town including its bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum, and a lapidary as time permits. In the evening attend the Kandy Cultural show, a one hour show featuring traditional dances fire walking over hot coals. This is followed by a sunset ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth, a holy Buddhist temple that houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. You'll see white-robed pilgrims making offerings to the relic in procession through the temple.

Overnight in Kandy at one of the best available hotels.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Viyana Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 4: nuwara eliya & train to ella

Enjoy a scenic train ride to EllaEnjoy a scenic train ride to Ella

Depart for Nuwara Eliya, an old British village known for its location in the heart of tea-growing country, its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, and its quaint hilltop resort atmosphere.  Along the way, stop at at Ramboda Waterfalls and a working tea plantation and tea factory, where it is said the best tea in the world is produced. In Nuwara Eliya (Little England), known for its picturesque landscape and temperate climate, you'll learn more about the country's tea industry.  Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala (about 8,300 feet) overlooks the town. From here, transfer to the train station for a scenic ride to Ella. The railway system in Sri Lanka was built mostly to transport tea and coffee from the hills to the cities during the 19th century, but after the introduction of roads, there was a heavy decline in the use of trains. To preserve the system, the Sri Lankan government had the trains renovated and started offering these scenic rides through tea plantations and mountains and past local villages. Though the distance from the station at Nanu Oya to Ella is only about 40 miles, the train ride is about 3-4 hours long due to crossing of many mountain ranges.

Arrive in Ella and transfer to your hotel for the night. Your lovely accommodations are situated in the middle of a tea plantation, surrounded by stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery. From your room, you'll enjoy the views of the Ella Gap and Ella Mountain range.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
98 Acres Resort and Spa or similar

Day 5: ella & yala national park

If you're lucky, you'll spot leopards at Yala N.P.If you're lucky, you'll spot leopards at Yala N.P.

This morning, you'll enjoy some leisure time in Ella to enjoy the natural surroundings and amazing views. You'll then spend some time exploring the area and visiting the dramatic Ravanna waterfalls, one of the widest falls in the country. This 80 foot high fall cascades from an oval shaped rocky outcrop and during the wet season, is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. During the dry season, the flow is reduced dramatically. Nearby is the Ravana Ella Cave, said to have been used by King Ravana to hide the Princess Sita. There is evidence of human habitation that dates back to 25,000 years has been found. If you like, you can spend some time trekking to Lipton's Seat (moderate/2.5 hrs), Ella Rock (difficult/4 hrs), Nine Arches Bridge (easy/45 min) or Little Adam's Peak (moderate/1.5 hrs).

In the afternoon, make the estimated three hour drive to your lodge in the Tissamaharama Lake district near the Yala Park game reserve. You'll have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. You may even see some wildlife such as elephants and wild boars pass by your "rustic luxury" jungle chalet! This is the perfect location to take in the nature and wildlife.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Cinnamon Wild Hotel or similar

Day 6: yala n.p. wildlife safari & galle

See the stilt fishermenSee the stilt fishermen

In the morning, head to Yala National Park in search of wildlife. Yala N.P., at 378 square miles, is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala's ecosystem includes wet and dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, grasslands, marine wetlands, and beaches, providing an excellent environment for a variety of wildlife. In 1938 it became one of the first National Parks and still plays an important role for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, and aquatic birds. It has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Other wildlife that make the park their home are wild boars, wild water buffaloes, Sri Lankan slot bear, macaques, golden palm civets, and a variety of deer species. You may also see reptiles such as a variety of lizards, snakes, crocodiles, and sea turtles including the endangered leatherback, olive, and loggerhead. Yala is also an important area for bird life including the Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka junglefowl, blue-tailed bee-eater, brown-capped babbler, lesser whistling ducks, cormorants, grey heron, Eurasian spoonbill, painted stork, pelicans, flamingos, and Oriental darter.

After your morning safari, depart for Galle (approx. 4 hr drive) via the towns of Tangalle, Mirissa, and Unawatuna. Tangalle is an important fishing port located in one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka that is protected from the ocean by an enclosed reef. The Dutch Fort sits on a slope above the bay and was converted into a prison by the British during the 19th century that is still in use today. Mirissa is a small town and the largest fishing port on the south coast. It is also one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations. Unawatuna is a coastal town known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reef. From Rumassala Hill, you'll enjoy beautiful views of the southern coast of Galle. There is also a Japanese Pagoda that was gifted to Sri Lanka by Japanese monk, Nichidatsu Fuhi, founder of the Nippozan-Myohoji sect of Buddhism in Japan. You'll also stop at Koggala Beach to see the famous Stilt Fishermen. Stilt fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods in the world. You'll see fishermen skillfully balanced on branched poles waiting patiently for their catch using a fishing pole and hook.

Arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was named by the British), and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was and is still well known for its hand-made lace. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, either for relaxing at your hotel or exploring on your own.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Galle Fort Hotel or similar

Day 7: sea turtles and folk art

Watch the newly hatched turtles at the turtle hatcheryWatch the newly hatched turtles at the turtle hatchery

Sri Lanka is home to a number of endemic sea turtle species that aren't found anywhere else in the world. Today, at the Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery in Habaraduwa, you'll get up close and personal with some of these majestic creatures. The turtle farm breeds, releases, and rehabilitates sea turtles of all ages. Tour the sanctuary with one of their knowledgeable guides, who will teach you about the turtles. You may also even have the opportunity to hold and, with some luck, release the turtles into the ocean!

Afterwards, visit the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, which includes the house where respected Sinhalese author Martin Wickramasinghe (1890–1976) was born. Exhibits are well displayed, with information in English, and with a good section on dance (including costumes and instruments), puppets, kolam (masked dance-drama) masks, carriages, and Buddhist artifacts. This is a great way to learn about Sri Lankan folk culture and the life of Martin Wickramasinghe. The Hall of Life tells the story of Wickramasinghe's life through photographs, awards, and souvenirs.

Return to your hotel in Galle for your final night.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Galle Fort Hotel or similar

Day 8: depart sri lanka

One of the many Buddhist temples in Sri LankaOne of the many Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Colombo for your flight home (approx. 2.5 hrs), or perhaps onward for more adventures in this fascinating corner of the world. If your schedule permits, ask us for suggestions on extending your trip such as a few days of rest and relaxation on one of Sri Lanka's west coast beaches.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,200
2-3 people: $3100 4-5 people: $2500 6+ people: $2200
Single Supplement:
$1,050
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips and cannot be guaranteed, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Superior boutique hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Climbing Sigiriya & stair climbing
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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See the stilt fishers in Galle
See the stilt fishers in Galle
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One of the many Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka
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Spend some time exploring intriguing Galle
Take a scenic train ride to Ella
Take a scenic train ride to Ella
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Monkeys can be found all over the island
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Beautiful Negombo Beach
A wild boar bathing in a mud puddle
A wild boar bathing in a mud puddle
Leopards fighting at Yala N.P.
Leopards fighting at Yala N.P.

Sri Lanka in a Week

A wide-ranging exploration of Sri Lanka's cultural, natural, and historical sites

overview

Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is a small island nation located just off India's southeast coast. This beautiful tropical island offers a fantastic combination of forests, beaches, mountains, ancient ruins, tea plantations, and diverse wildlife. The country is also well-known for its production of tea, coffee, and spices.

This week-long adventure is perfect for those who only have the time for a quick visit to Sri Lanka or are adding it on to one of our other Asia destinations such as India. Your quick overview of the island begins with some time to relax on the beach before heading to the rock fortress of Sigiriya. Visit a spice garden on the way to Kandy, take a train to Ella, and spend some time at Galle.

This trip combines well with travels to other parts of South India. Contact us for more information on how to make the most of your time in this amazing corner of the world.

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overview

Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is a small island nation located just off India's southeast coast. This beautiful tropical island offers a fantastic combination of forests, beaches, mountains, ancient ruins, tea plantations, and diverse wildlife. The country is also well-known for its production of tea, coffee, and spices.

This week-long adventure is perfect for those who only have the time for a quick visit to Sri Lanka or are adding it on to one of our other Asia destinations such as India. Your quick overview of the island begins with some time to relax on the beach before heading to the rock fortress of Sigiriya. Visit a spice garden on the way to Kandy, take a train to Ella, and spend some time at Galle.

This trip combines well with travels to other parts of South India. Contact us for more information on how to make the most of your time in this amazing corner of the world.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive colombo
    Seema Malaka Temple in ColomboSeema Malaka Temple in Colombo

    You will be met on arrival at Colombo International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Negombo (about 45 minute drive), where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure (check-in time is 2:00 pm - early check-ins will be charged additional).

    Negombo is a major commercial hub known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Your lovely seaside accommodations is located right on the beach, ideal for relaxing after a long flight. For those who prefer to do some exploring instead, the hotel is located close to the local Fish Market (opens at 6:00 am), a great place to watch the large fishing boats return with their catch for the day. St. Mary's Church is located in the town center and features artwork by the famous local artist, Godamanna. Consider hiring a bicycle and riding along the canal-side paths through picturesque villages of the Hamilton (Dutch) Canal. Or, visit the ruins of the old Dutch Fort, located near the seafront at the mouth of the lagoon.

    Consider arriving a day or two earlier to spend more time relaxing, exploring, or walking along the beaches.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Heritance Negombo or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: sigiriya
    Spectacular view of the Sigiriya Lion rock surrounded by green rich vegetation. Picture taken from Pidurangala mountain in Dambula, Sri LankaSpectacular view of the Sigiriya Lion rock surrounded by green rich vegetation. Picture taken from Pidurangala mountain in Dambula, Sri Lanka

    After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the spectacular fifth century rock fortress of Sigiriya (4-5 hour drive), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Sri Lanka’s most significant attractions. Built by King Kasyapa (477-495 AD), the “Lion Rock,” as it’s known, is a citadel of unusual beauty rising more than 650 feet above the jungle in a sheer and mysterious manner. The rock was initially the innermost stronghold of a large (175+ acre) fortified town that later became a monastic refuge in the 16th-17th centuries. It then fell into disrepair and was only rediscovered during 19th century British colonial rule. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including beautiful water gardens with royal bathing pools, moated islands, and pavilions, ring the base of the rock. While at the site, you’ll also visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered rock niche approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster and, despite being only 22 of what were some 500 frescoes originally, are in remarkable condition, with colors still glowing brightly.

    Afterwards, continue on to your beautiful hotel in Kandalama for your overnight. Your eco hotel is covered in foliage to blend in with its natural surroundings. You'll be entertained by the monkeys swinging from the balconies and be in awe of the incredible views.

    Note: Access to most of Sigirya Rock is by stone steps. The final ascent to the top is via a series of metal staircases attached to the walls.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Heritance Kandalama or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: drive to kandy via a spice garden
    Visit the Temple of the Tooth in KandyVisit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

    In the morning, set out on a drive to Kandy (approx. 3 hrs), via a spice garden, where you will learn about different spices, including how they are grown and processed. Also, observe a demonstration to learn how the spices are used in traditional medicine of Sri Lankan dishes.

    Afterward, continue on to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive around the scenic Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasingha, in 1807. Explore the town including its bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum, and a lapidary as time permits. In the evening attend the Kandy Cultural show, a one hour show featuring traditional dances fire walking over hot coals. This is followed by a sunset ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth, a holy Buddhist temple that houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. You'll see white-robed pilgrims making offerings to the relic in procession through the temple.

    Overnight in Kandy at one of the best available hotels.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Viyana Boutique Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: nuwara eliya & train to ella
    Enjoy a scenic train ride to EllaEnjoy a scenic train ride to Ella

    Depart for Nuwara Eliya, an old British village known for its location in the heart of tea-growing country, its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, and its quaint hilltop resort atmosphere.  Along the way, stop at at Ramboda Waterfalls and a working tea plantation and tea factory, where it is said the best tea in the world is produced. In Nuwara Eliya (Little England), known for its picturesque landscape and temperate climate, you'll learn more about the country's tea industry.  Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala (about 8,300 feet) overlooks the town. From here, transfer to the train station for a scenic ride to Ella. The railway system in Sri Lanka was built mostly to transport tea and coffee from the hills to the cities during the 19th century, but after the introduction of roads, there was a heavy decline in the use of trains. To preserve the system, the Sri Lankan government had the trains renovated and started offering these scenic rides through tea plantations and mountains and past local villages. Though the distance from the station at Nanu Oya to Ella is only about 40 miles, the train ride is about 3-4 hours long due to crossing of many mountain ranges.

    Arrive in Ella and transfer to your hotel for the night. Your lovely accommodations are situated in the middle of a tea plantation, surrounded by stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery. From your room, you'll enjoy the views of the Ella Gap and Ella Mountain range.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    98 Acres Resort and Spa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: ella & yala national park
    If you're lucky, you'll spot leopards at Yala N.P.If you're lucky, you'll spot leopards at Yala N.P.

    This morning, you'll enjoy some leisure time in Ella to enjoy the natural surroundings and amazing views. You'll then spend some time exploring the area and visiting the dramatic Ravanna waterfalls, one of the widest falls in the country. This 80 foot high fall cascades from an oval shaped rocky outcrop and during the wet season, is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. During the dry season, the flow is reduced dramatically. Nearby is the Ravana Ella Cave, said to have been used by King Ravana to hide the Princess Sita. There is evidence of human habitation that dates back to 25,000 years has been found. If you like, you can spend some time trekking to Lipton's Seat (moderate/2.5 hrs), Ella Rock (difficult/4 hrs), Nine Arches Bridge (easy/45 min) or Little Adam's Peak (moderate/1.5 hrs).

    In the afternoon, make the estimated three hour drive to your lodge in the Tissamaharama Lake district near the Yala Park game reserve. You'll have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. You may even see some wildlife such as elephants and wild boars pass by your "rustic luxury" jungle chalet! This is the perfect location to take in the nature and wildlife.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Cinnamon Wild Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: yala n.p. wildlife safari & galle
    See the stilt fishermenSee the stilt fishermen

    In the morning, head to Yala National Park in search of wildlife. Yala N.P., at 378 square miles, is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala's ecosystem includes wet and dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, grasslands, marine wetlands, and beaches, providing an excellent environment for a variety of wildlife. In 1938 it became one of the first National Parks and still plays an important role for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, and aquatic birds. It has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Other wildlife that make the park their home are wild boars, wild water buffaloes, Sri Lankan slot bear, macaques, golden palm civets, and a variety of deer species. You may also see reptiles such as a variety of lizards, snakes, crocodiles, and sea turtles including the endangered leatherback, olive, and loggerhead. Yala is also an important area for bird life including the Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka junglefowl, blue-tailed bee-eater, brown-capped babbler, lesser whistling ducks, cormorants, grey heron, Eurasian spoonbill, painted stork, pelicans, flamingos, and Oriental darter.

    After your morning safari, depart for Galle (approx. 4 hr drive) via the towns of Tangalle, Mirissa, and Unawatuna. Tangalle is an important fishing port located in one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka that is protected from the ocean by an enclosed reef. The Dutch Fort sits on a slope above the bay and was converted into a prison by the British during the 19th century that is still in use today. Mirissa is a small town and the largest fishing port on the south coast. It is also one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations. Unawatuna is a coastal town known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reef. From Rumassala Hill, you'll enjoy beautiful views of the southern coast of Galle. There is also a Japanese Pagoda that was gifted to Sri Lanka by Japanese monk, Nichidatsu Fuhi, founder of the Nippozan-Myohoji sect of Buddhism in Japan. You'll also stop at Koggala Beach to see the famous Stilt Fishermen. Stilt fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods in the world. You'll see fishermen skillfully balanced on branched poles waiting patiently for their catch using a fishing pole and hook.

    Arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was named by the British), and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was and is still well known for its hand-made lace. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, either for relaxing at your hotel or exploring on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Galle Fort Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: sea turtles and folk art
    Watch the newly hatched turtles at the turtle hatcheryWatch the newly hatched turtles at the turtle hatchery

    Sri Lanka is home to a number of endemic sea turtle species that aren't found anywhere else in the world. Today, at the Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery in Habaraduwa, you'll get up close and personal with some of these majestic creatures. The turtle farm breeds, releases, and rehabilitates sea turtles of all ages. Tour the sanctuary with one of their knowledgeable guides, who will teach you about the turtles. You may also even have the opportunity to hold and, with some luck, release the turtles into the ocean!

    Afterwards, visit the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, which includes the house where respected Sinhalese author Martin Wickramasinghe (1890–1976) was born. Exhibits are well displayed, with information in English, and with a good section on dance (including costumes and instruments), puppets, kolam (masked dance-drama) masks, carriages, and Buddhist artifacts. This is a great way to learn about Sri Lankan folk culture and the life of Martin Wickramasinghe. The Hall of Life tells the story of Wickramasinghe's life through photographs, awards, and souvenirs.

    Return to your hotel in Galle for your final night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Galle Fort Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: depart sri lanka
    One of the many Buddhist temples in Sri LankaOne of the many Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Colombo for your flight home (approx. 2.5 hrs), or perhaps onward for more adventures in this fascinating corner of the world. If your schedule permits, ask us for suggestions on extending your trip such as a few days of rest and relaxation on one of Sri Lanka's west coast beaches.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,200
2-3 people: $3100 4-5 people: $2500 6+ people: $2200
Single Supplement:
$1,050
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips and cannot be guaranteed, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Superior boutique hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Climbing Sigiriya & stair climbing
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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