Sri Lanka Beyond the Highways

Make a trip around Sri Lanka beyond the all-owners. Well-known highlights interspersed with places and experiences “off the beaten track”. See map of Sri Lanka on directoryaah.

In addition to exciting and relatively unexploited sites such as Kalpitiya, Kithulgala and Wilpattu National Park, well-known and fascinating highlights such as the Lion Rock in Sigirya, the historic city of Kandy and Polonnaruwa’s enigmatic moonstones and beautiful ruins are included on the trip. To raise your heart rate a bit, you cycle between some of the places and do a delicious rafting in Kithulgala.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia with arrival in Sri Lanka the next day.

Day 2: Arrival and transfer to Kithulgama

You land at the international airport in Sri Lanka, where you will be picked up and driven to the Kithulgala – beautiful for the many excursions and adventures offered there.

Day 3: Rafting

Today you get to pump up adrenaline – you do a “white water rafting” where adrenaline and frothy rapids are mixed together into a fascinating cocktail. When the water then flows still, there is time to just sit back and enjoy the beautiful landscape. You can also take a refreshing dip. ( F )

Day 4: By train to Kandy

After an early breakfast, take a tuk tuk ride to Colombo Train Station, where you hop on the train to Kandy. After checking in at your centrally located hotel, you can take a walk in the city and maybe shop a bit at the market. We can recommend the White House restaurant when it’s noon. ( F )

Day 4: On your own in Kandy

Today you have the opportunity to explore one of Sri Lanka’s most charming cities. Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. The “tooth temple” is well worth a visit and is said to house one of the Buddha’s teeth. Also, do not forget to take a walk in the botanical garden. ( F )

Day 5: Spice plantation, hiking and traditional Sri Lankan dinner

Today you have a transfer to the Habarana area. During the visit, you go to a spice plantation and learn a little about the use of spices in medicine, cosmetics and in cooking. Then a short walk is arranged past the rice fields and you come to a river where it is excellent to swim in the clear water. At the end of the hike, a Sri Lankan lunch is served. After arriving at the hotel, it’s time for dinner and the menu includes fried fish, delicious thin coconut pancakes and tasty “Sri Lanka toddy” with coconut flavor. ( F )

Day 6: Dambulla and Sigiriya by bike

Today you visit Dambulla’s cave temple, which is a World Heritage Site where you can see more than 150 Buddha statues carved straight from the mountainside. The largest of them is 14 meters high. The day continues with a bike ride past small villages before reaching Sigiriya – another world heritage site. The “Mountain of the Lion” has a fascinating history and is a sacred place that both locals and tourists make a pilgrimage to. You will also be rewarded with fantastic views from the top. ( F )

Day 7: Safari in Wilpathu National Park

The day offers a safari in Wilpathu, which is one of the largest and oldest parks on the island. With a little luck you get to see a leopard and otherwise you can watch crocodiles, elephants and colorful birds. ( F )

Day 8: Transfer by jeep and boat to Kalpitiya

You drive by jeep to the outskirts of Wilpathu and are picked up by boat that goes to the lagoon Kalpitiya. ( F )

Day 9-11: Relaxation at the hotel at Kalpitiya

The area is known as a really good surfing destination but you can also dive, swim, watch dolphins, or just relax. ( F )

Day 12: Return trip

After breakfast, transfer to the airport where your return journey begins.

Day 13: Arrival in Scandinavia

Overnight stays

Nine nights at a budget hotel
One night in a tent camp

Sri Lanka Beyond the Highways

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