Adventure Tour of Sri Lanka - 8 Nights


From £1956 £1246 /pp

“Fantastic views.”
by Susie

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A journey of adventure in Sri Lanka that includes a unique mix of nature lodges, heritage hotels, tented camps and superior guesthouses.

Relax upon arrival at the beach resort of Negombo – a favourite with independent travellers. The adventure begins the next day at Kithulgala where you visit lush rainforests with a local guide and a program of White Water Rafting or Canyoning down crystal clear streams. Kithulgala is one of the best locations in the world for rafting as the rapids are easy to navigate and are suitable for complete beginners. Between December – April a trek to the summit of Adam’s Peak is included. Assuming you are reasonably fit, the sacred mountain can be easily climbed in 4 hours for an awe inspiring, mystical sunrise that is one of the world’s great ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.

A breathtaking journey through the Hill Country to Ella is one of the ‘Great Railway Journeys Of The World’. Stay overnight at the Ella Gap and wake up to the prettiest view in the whole of Sri Lanka!

The jungles of Yala National Park contain Sri Lanka’s famous Leopards, Sloth Bears and Crocodiles, and is one of Asia’s premier game reserves. Joes Bungalow is located in the forest near the entrance and gives you a truly authentic safari experience.

You can easily add a beach stay in the Deep South of Sri Lanka to make this a very special 2 week holiday adventure in the island.

Recommended For: Those who wish to stay in unique accommodation with a mix of adventure and sightseeing.

This is a private tour with your own vehicle and driver-guide.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary


The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.


5 Miles Approx 15 Minutes

Relax On Arrival At Negombo
Negombo is a beach resort that is just 15 minutes from Colombo Airport, so is a great option for a quick stopover option in Sri Lanka. It is the island’s largest resort with a large number of guesthouses, bars and restaurants lining the wide sandy beach to the north of the town.


First Class Hotels :
Jetwing Beach , Negombo

Special Choice :
Villa Hundira , Negombo


80 Miles Approx 4 Hours

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. Set in a pretty riverside location, this is home to about 70 Elephants- the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world! Most have been found injured or abandoned in the wild. Baby calves, some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A tour highlight for many visitors to Sri Lanka.

Bathing And Riding With Elephants At The Millennium Elephant Foundation
A charitable foundation next to the elephant orphanage that looks after the welfare of domesticated elephants in Sri Lanka. There are around 7 elephants here. You have a chance to try an Elephant Ride and even bathe with one of their elephants!


First Class Hotels :
Aliya Resort and Spa , Habarana

Special Choice :
Thilanka Resort And Spa , Dambulla


82 Miles Approx 4 Hours

Kithulgala is a very pretty location with tropical rainforest and luxuriant vegetation in the valley of the Kelani River. This is where Sir David Lean’s classic wartime film ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai was filmed.

A Walk Through The Kithulgala Rainforest At Borderlands
Take a canoe across the Kelani River to explore lush tropical rainforests. Paths through the forest connect remote villages amidst splendid scenery. Most of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species can be spotted at the Kithulgala Rainforest.


White Water Rafting And Canyoning At Borderlands
If you are ‘up for it’ you may try some exhilarating White Water Rafting on the gushing rapids of the Kelani River. There are 5 rapids that are suitable for beginners, so no previous experience is necessary. The run is 6.5 K long and takes about 1.5 Hours to complete. The rafting can be followed by a canyoning program where you literally jump into plunge pools and make your way downstream through waterslides.


First Class Hotels :
Forest Edge , Kitulgala

Special Choice :
Borderlands Tented Camp , Kithulgala

Day 6 - HATTON

26 Miles Approx 1.5 Hours

Ascent Of Adams Peak
You need to start the ascent at about 2 am in the morning for an overnight trek to the summit of Adams Peak (7415ft) to reach the top in time for sunrise. During the ‘season’ the path to the summit is well lit and large crowds of people make their way to the summit, especially during weekends and Full Moon days. Stalls sell refreshments along the way.

This is probably the most magnificent experience anyone can have in the whole of Sri Lanka. You feel an almost spiritual, ‘On Top Of The World’ feeling with amazing sights of swirling clouds rising from the valleys below as the first rays of sunlight hit the peak around 6 am.

Special Choice :
Mandira Bungalows

Day 7 - ELLA

A Train Journey Of Approx 4 Hours

By Train Through The Hill Country
The Highland Queen travels on a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range.

We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo or Rajadhani Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

Luxury Hotels :
98 Acres , Ella

Special Choice :
Waterfalls Homestay , Ella

Day 8 - YALA

44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours

Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala
The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.

Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.

Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.


Luxury Hotels :
Jetwing Yala

Special Choice :
Joes Bungalow , Yala



The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala
A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.

The Old World Town Of Galle
Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance.

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
See turtle hatchlings prepared for release back in to the sea. If you are lucky you may be allowed to release some yourself.

Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts
A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.



Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

More Information:

First Class - Room and Breakfast (Breakfast)
Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)
Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room
*Price Excludes Beach Stay

Terms and Conditions


• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.
• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks.
• Train Tickets.
• Meal plan as stated.


• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.
• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.


• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!
• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.
• Discounts available for families and larger groups.


• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.

All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.

There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 6 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.

You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require.

Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour for Winter Season (October-May) enquiries, and an anti-clockwise version of the tour for Summer Season (June – September) enquiries as the occurance of fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling and watersports depends very much on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

Need Assistance?

We can prepare custom tours to fit your budget. Contact us to discuss your travel requirements, and we can advise you on how best we can assist you.

Need Assistance?

We can prepare custom tours to fit your budget. Contact us to discuss your travel requirements, and we can advise you on how best we can assist you.

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