9 Days of Adventure in Sri Lanka

Katrina Smith on 14 February 2018
I am finding more and more lately that my clients want personalised itineraries. They don't want "off the shelf" trips. This is something I love to do - to get to the bottom of what and where my clients want to travel. One such itinerary is a nine-day adventure in Sri Lanka.

After arriving in Colombo, we take a private transfer to Negombo, which grew from a historic little town with many legacies of its Dutch and Portuguese settlers, into Sri Lanka’s first beach resort. You can explore the city by foot or in a trishaw.

The next day we head to the river lands of Kitulgala, home to medieval caves and forests located on the edges of the tea country. It is a really wet area and home to five major river rapids. White water rafting is very popular and will get the adrenalin pumping for sure. You can also do a bit of trekking or canyoning. It is a good idea to spend at least a couple of days here, before heading off for Ella.

The journey to Ella takes us through some of the most scenic areas of Sri Lanka, covered in one of the country's biggest exports, Ceylon tea. This area is shrouded in Hindu mythology, viewpoints and waterfalls as well as lots of walks and temples found between the tea plantations. Sri Lanka is the world's third largest tea producer.

Whilst in this area you might like to climb Little Adams Peak or Ella Rock. You can climb Little Adams Peak morning or afternoon, but for Ella Rock it is best to start really early before the mid-morning fog sets in! After spending a couple of days here it’s on to Yala.

Check out early from the hotel on Ella as you leave the hills behind to drive deep into the southern jungles of Sri Lanka. Arriving for your first Game Drive. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Yala has 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The park is teeming with wild boar, deer, leopards, elephants, bears, peacocks, flamingos, crocodiles and much more.

After two days at Yala we journey on to Tangalle. It is a perfect beach resort, as well as being an important fishing port located on one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka and protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef. Tangalle is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see up to five different species of turtle, great for snorkeling or just relaxing on a beach.

At the end of a perfect holiday it is back to Colombo for the flight back to the UK.

If you would like a tailor made itinerary for your trip to Sri Lanka, then please give me a call - 01403 887190