National Geographic Journeys: Discover Sri Lanka (ASING)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts, take in a lecture on Ayurvedic medicine by a local practitioner, search out leopards at Wilpattu National Park, enjoy "high tea" at the historic Grand Hotel, help a farming family prepare lunch with local ingredients and flavours
Be enchanted by Sri Lanka on an unforgettable 11-day journey. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and refresh your spirit at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Come away with a deep understanding of why early Arab traders called this island country "Serendib," a name that gave English speakers the word "serendipity."
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 11 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Colombo||Day 1 Colombo|
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: Arrive at any time and enjoy your day. Please meet your CEO in the hotel lobby at 6:15PM for the welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
|Day 2||Nuwara Eliya||Day 2 Colombo/Nuwara Eliya (1B)|
Discover Colombo on a city tour including the Fort and Pettah areas. Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping in Kitulgala en route. Opt for a rafting excursion on the Kelani River. Included Activities: City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
|Day 3||Nuwara Eliya||Day 3 Nuwara Eliya (1B)|
Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike in Horton Plains National Park. Head back to Nuwara Eliya and indulge in high tea at the historic Grand Hotel. This evening, embark on a tuk-tuk ride and visit the town centre and market. Included Activities: Horton Plains Trek High Tea at the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Tuk-tuk Tour Transport: There is a 1 hour drive each way to Horton Plains. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Digana||Day 4 Nuwara Eliya/Digana (1B, 1D)|
Travel to Kandy, stopping at a Ceylon tea plantation en route to learn about the production process. Enjoy a tour around the city and lake, with a guided visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Visit Kandy Orientation Walk Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 25km)
|Day 5||Digana||Day 5 Digana (1B, 1D)|
Set out for a hiking excursion in the Knuckles mountain range, following trails through lush forest past villages and tea plantations. Later, take in a lecture and demonstration on Ayurveda by an expert local practitioner. Enjoy another night at the lodge. Additional Notes: If you are not interested in hiking, feel free to stay at the hotel and relax this morning. Included Activities: Knuckles Mountain Range Trek Understanding Ayurveda
|Day 6||Dambulla||Day 6 Elkaduwa/Dambulla (1B)|
Pay a morning visit to a spice garden in Matale before arriving at the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige - home to a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and imagery. Continue on to the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues. Included Activities: Spice Garden Excursion Nalanda Gedige Visit Dambulla Cave Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 85km)
|Day 7||Dambulla||Day 7 Dambulla (1B, 1L)|
Visit the CIC Hingurakgoda farm and learn how this "seed-to-shelf" business is bringing together modern and traditional agricultural practices. Purchase local ingredients and head to a small farmhouse for lunch. Get to know the family and help prepare the meal, while getting an inside look at traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. After lunch, head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views. Included Activities: Farm Visit and Local Lunch Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 8||Anuradhapura||Day 8 Dambulla/Anuradhapura (1B)|
Travel north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park by jeep and meet with a knowledgeable forest ranger to learn about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. Continue to Anuradhapura for the night. Included Activities: Wilpattu Safari and Conservation Talk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
|Day 9||Wattala||Day 9 Anuradhapura/Wattala (1B, 1D)|
Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura - a UNESCO World Heritage site - and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries. Later, travel south to coastal Wattala. Included Activities: Anuradhapura Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Wattala||Day 10 Wattala (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.
|Day 11||Wattala||Day 11 Wattala (1B)|
Hotel check out is at 12:00pm. Your CEO can assist you with arranging an easy transfer to Colombo or the International airport. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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