11 Day Sri Lanka Uncovered
11 Day Sri Lanka Uncovered
Tucked away at the foot of the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka is often overlooked by travelers drawn to the bustle of the mainland. They don’t know what they’re missing; dazzling beaches, serene Buddhist sanctuaries, exotic wildlife and more await the curious explorer who knows where to look. Come along on this Explorers Club journey and uncover the wonders of this hidden island gem.
Unspoiled nature is one of Sri Lanka’s hallmarks, as you’ll discover in Anamaduwa at the Mud House, an exclusive eco-lodge built in the shadow of a mountaintop Buddhist temple. Surrounded by lakes and dense forest teeming with birdlife, it’s the perfect introduction to a country that seamlessly blends the organic with the designed.
Later, climb the massive stone staircase to the top of a 300-foot-boulder to visit Yapahuwa, a 13th-century granite citadel built to guard holy relics, pause for reflection beneath a sacred fig tree that once shaded Buddha himself, and possibly cross paths with a procession of silent monks near the Kaludiya Pokuna archaeological site. The next day, explore the stunning rock fortress of Sigiriya, home to a fifth-century palace perched atop a 660-foot-tall rock column, and wander the nearby ruins of Ritigala, a former monastery hidden deep in the jungle crisscrossed by winding paths. Venture into the forest that night in search of the elusive loris on an optional nature walk (complete with infrared headlamps).
From there, it’s north toward Jaffna by train across the barren landscapes of Vavuniya to a delicious home-cooked lunch in this gorgeous seaside city taking in the sights via a privately guided cycling tour. This historic port is quickly emerging as a must-visit destination for travelers, and you’ll quickly discover why as you take a guided tour of the Nallur temple, stroll across Casuarina Beach’s white sands, and later visit Neduntheevu (Delft Island), home to abandoned Dutch forts and herds of wild horses.
The next stop is Matale and a chance to slow things down a little. Your home and sanctuary is Jim’s Farm, a traditional Sri Lankan villa where you’ll learn about the cultivation of crops like coconuts, mangoes, and bananas in between bouts of relaxation beneath the farm’s shady palms.
Rich with natural and historical treasures, Sri Lanka is a small island home to huge adventures. South Asia’s best-kept secret won’t stay hush-hush for long. Explore it before word gets around.
The Explorers Club Collection by Kensington Tours is an exclusive suite of travel experiences inspired by the expeditions of the world’s foremost society of scientists and adventurers. Each tailor-made Explorers Club trip connects you to the world’s most fascinating people, places, and experiences with expert local guides and award-winning 24/7 service support. On-trip experts and experiences are subject to change depending on availability.
Colombo To Anamaduwa
Anamaduwa To Sigiriya
Sigiriya To Anuradhapura
Jaffna To Sri Lanka To Anuradhapura
Jaffna To Matale
Matale To Kotugoda