• 12 days/11 nights
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Discover Sri Lanka on this Asia adventure!

Sri Lanka packs a lot of punch for such a small island! Savor the alluring scents of cinnamon, lemon grass, and cardamom as you explore a kaleidoscope of exquisite beaches, ancient ruins, and wildlife-rich tropical jungles on this exclusive, small group journey through one of Asia’s best kept secrets. Our expert guides get you up-close-and-personal with this fascinating culture, wondrous landscape, and remarkable wildlife. During this all-inclusive Sri Lanka vacation package, watch for leopard, sloth bear, and water buffalo on a jungle safari. Dine beneath the stars on a white-sand beach, where a personal chef serves up a delectable meal of grilled local seafood. Explore the palace ruins of Polonnaruwa by torch light and enjoy a traditional dance performance. Take a boat safari, watching as wild elephants swim between islands and forage along the shore. Soak up a sunrise from 7,360-foot Adam’s Peak, and raft the wild waters of the Kelani Ganga. All the while, enjoy the best in regional lodging and cuisine as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and fall in love with scintillating Sri Lanka.

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Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

Get swept away in beautiful Sri Lanka on this 12-day, exclusive itinerary that takes you from jungles to white-sand beaches and jaw-dropping gorges. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites by day and check out the nightlife at a wildlife sanctuary under the moonlight. Surprises abound on this carefully-crafted, wonderfully-vivid journey through one of the world's most curious, awe-inspiring destinations. Prepare for the trip of a lifetime!

  •  Watch for leopard, sloth bear, and water buffalo on a jungle safari in Wilpattu National Park, the "land of the lakes"
  • Dine beneath the stars on the white sand beach of Trincomalee, where a personal chef will serve up a delectable meal of grilled local seafood
  • Explore the palace ruins of Polonnaruwa by torch light
  • Enjoy a traditional dance performance honoring the deity Kohomba in Kandy
  • Take a boat safari in Gal Oya National Park, watching as wild elephants swim between islands and forage along the shore
  • Soak up a sunrise from 7,360-foot Adam's Peak, and raft the wild waters of the Kelani Ganga
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Tour Itinerary

12 days/11 nights

Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB)

Day 1: Artrival in Negombo
Artrival in Negombo
Overnight: Jetwing Lagoon

You will be met on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by our Khiri Travel representative who will assist you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle so you can transfer to Negombo. Negombo's beach is very wide in places and also the heartland of Christian Sri Lanka, as borne out by the enormous churches and florid wayside Catholic shrines scattered about the town and its environs. The Dutch made the town an important commercial center, building a canal, on which spices, particularly cinnamon, which grew profusely in the surrounding areas-where transported from the interior to the coast prior to being shipped abroad.

About Jetwing Lagoon
Experience the perfect respite at Jetwing Lagoon, a spa resort with a difference. Located next to the tranquil Negombo Lagoon and facing the Indian Ocean with recently developed beach access, it is an elegant and chic hotel which has the distinct privilege of being a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The 14 Deluxe Rooms are spacious while the 22 Bawa Rooms are remarkable. 14 Family rooms ensure a home away from home atmosphere, while the Suites are simply sumptuous and the Honeymoon Suite is a little bit of heaven on earth. En-suite bathrooms, a well-stocked mini bar and Cable TV are some of the standard facilities.

Day 2: Jungles of Wilpattu
Jungles of Wilpattu
Meals Included:  B,L,D

You will be met on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by our Khiri Travel representative who will assist you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle so you can transfer to Negombo. Negombo's beach is very wide in places and also the heartland of Christian Sri Lanka, as borne out by the enormous churches and florid wayside Catholic shrines scattered about the town and its environs. The Dutch made the town an important commercial center, building a canal, on which spices, particularly cinnamon, which grew profusely in the surrounding areas-where transported from the interiorProceed to Wilpattu. Situated 176 km. north of Colombo, Wilpattu is approximately 1,908 sq.km in extent. It has a dense jungle cover, which makes it an exciting park where animals have to be tracked. There are numerous delightful little lakes - known as villus - and the leopard and sloth bear are the main animals to be spotted. Proceed to the campsite by in a 4WD safari jeep and enjoy a luxurious lunch. In the evening you can partake in a jeep safari in the National Park. An advantage of going in the evening is that you'll have a chance of seeing nocturnal animals starting to stir. Return to the Camp. You will be mesmerized by the site of campsite by dusk. The campsite is lit with torches. Relax under a canopy of a million stars, and enjoy a BBQ dinner around the campfire. to the coast prior to being shipped abroad.

About Leopard Trails Tented Camp
"Old World Hospitality with a Contemporary Flair"- Leopard Trails bespoke tented safaris redefine the original tented safari with convenient modern-day amenities, all the while staying true to the romantic ambience of a by-gone British colonial era filled with adventure. Mobile camping is the most authentic form of safari, a true immersion into the sights and sounds of the wilderness.

Day 3: National Park Excursion
Meals Included:  B,L,D

Early morning safari game drive. The morning safari commences as early as 6:00 a.m., so that you are able to gain the best sightings that the National Park can offer. On your return to the campsite after a three hour safari, you will be treated to breakfast. With our chef on board, the breakfast features a sumptuous spread. During the late morning hours until your evening safari commences, you can enjoy Mother Nature's true essence. You may indulge yourself in a peaceful rest in the hammock alongside the campsite. Perhaps you are just a nature lover who delights in the chirping of the birds, the silence of the forest or the langurs swaying from one branch to the other on top of the great Kumbuk trees.

Day 4: Explore Trincomalee
Explore Trincomalee
Meals Included:  B,D
Overnight: Jungle Beach Hotel

After breakfast proceed to Trincomalee and check in at your hotel. Explore the city of Trincomalee. Little visited in recent years, the atmospheric city of Trincomalee is set amongst miles of golden-sand beaches, where visitors are few and a warm welcome is assured. Located on one of the world's best natural harbors, the city was disputed by Dutch, Portuguese and British powers, and was a headquarters for the Allied forces in World War II. Now it is one of Sri Lanka's most pristine tourist destinations, with Buddhist and Hindu Temples set alongside churches and mosques. In the agricultural hinterland rice is the major crop while around the coast undeveloped, palm-fringed beaches are perfect for swimming and scuba diving from May to October. Your dinner tonight will be simply incredible and very memorable. Set on a private beach your butler will stand to the side and barbecue fresh seafood, including lobster, crabs, and tuna, as a bonfire casts a golden glow over your table. This four course meal is truly a treat.

About Jungle Beach Resort
Offering the best of land and sea, this luxury Sri Lanka beach resort has artfully incorporated existing trees and natural plant life into the hotel's design, making you feel like you're in a luxurious tree house. Three choices of rooms are available at our truly unique Trincomalee hotel, facing the beach, the lagoon or fully immersed in the jungle, where you can still hear the lapping of the waves mixed with the songs of birds. Follow teak walkways and stepping stones to find your way to the rustic dining area open to the sea breezes. Cross the bridge over the lotus pond to the bar, and then onto the floating platform for lounge chairs by the pool, where the waterfall heightens the sense that you have escaped into a tropical jungle oasis.

Day 5: Sri Lanka Ruins
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: The Lake House

Proceed to Polonnaruwa. Check in at the Lake House, which is where the Queen of England would reside during her visits. Relax until the evening when you will visit the slow lories at the Primate Research Center. On returning to the hotel you'll be treated to a special nocturnal viewing of the ancient palace ruins next to your hotel. Two gentlemen will light fire torches with you and lead you to the ruins. As you approach the site you hear the sound of drums. Entering the ruins a conch shell is blown indicating the arrival of an important guest. Explore this site with your guide who explains the fascinating ancient history behind these ruins. If you're lucky, you might spot a wild elephant walking through the ruins, but make sure to keep your distance from these mighty pachyderms.

About The Lake House
Built in 1870 as a circuit bungalow for British Government Agents, the Old Polonnaruwa Rest House and once the Queen of England's holiday destination in the 1950s, has been restored and now named The Lake House Polonnaruwa. The Lake House overlooks the panoramic Sea of Parakrama and offers a magnificent view of the historic center of Polonnaruwa's UNESCO World Heritage site. This deluxe boutique hotel has 14 rooms, a cafe and a restaurant and bar.

Day 6: Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya Rock
Meals Included:  B

Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a UNESCO world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495). The spectacular citadel of Sigiriya rises sheer and impregnable out of the plains of the dry zone. It is the country's most iconic single attraction, a remarkable archaeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting. The rock was the innermost stronghold of a 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world- renowned frescoes of the ''Heavenly Maidens'' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. As you ascend, you'll stop for a stylish rest in two shaded locations where your porter will have laid out cushions and various tasty Sri Lankan delicacies! Proceed to Kandy. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city is about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains and is known locally as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Peradeniya University campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper Lake Drive.

Day 7: Explore the Knuckles Range
Meals Included:  B, D

During today's activity you'll explore the Knuckles Range. It covers a rugged and still largely untouched area of great natural beauty and biodiversity. The steeply shelved mountain terrain, reaching 1863m at its highest point, includes stands of rare dwarf cloud forest, and is home to Leopard, various species of deer, monkeys and giant squirrels. The areas of range above 1000 m have been recently declared a World Heritage conservation Area. This evening you'll enjoy an incredible private performance by Kandy's dance crew. According to a legend, the origins of the dance lie in an exorcism ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which was originally performed by Indian shamans who came to the Island. Today, the elaborate costumes, particularly the headgear, is considered sacred and is believed to belong to the deity Kohomba.

Day 8: Gal Oya National Park
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Gal Oya Lodge

Proceed to Gal Oya and check in at the hotel. Gal Oya National Park is the most untouched of all of Sri Lanka's National Parks. It encompasses the country's largest inland body of water, the Senanayake Samudraya Lake, with many small islands providing one of the best places in the world to see the Asian elephant in its natural habitat. Gal Oya is the only place in Sri Lanka where safaris can be conducted by boat, giving a unique and special perspective whilst watching animals as they come to the water's edge to drink and forage along the shore. The highlights are seeing wild elephants swim from island to island, as well as experiencing the thousands of birds.

Day 9: Jungle Walk & Indigenous Tribes
Jungle Walk & Indigenous Tribes
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Gal Oya Lodge

Today you will be taken for a walk in the jungle with the Chief of Sri Lanka's indigenous Veddha tribe to witness his ancestral traditions. Enjoy nature as he brings the forest alive by explaining his tribe's uses of medicinal plants, ancient hunting grounds and cave dwellings. After lunch, experience a Boat Safari on Gal Oya Lake, which is the biggest in Sri Lanka. A great opportunity to observe the wildlife from the stunning Gal Oya Lake: including crocodiles, deer, elephants and many rare and endemic species of birds. This experience is the only one in Sri Lanka that enables you to spot wildlife from the water and to truly immerse yourself in the animals' habitats.

Day 10: Adam's Peak
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Grand Hotel

Proceed to Adam's Peak. Check-in at the hotel, which will serve as the base for your late night climb up Adam's Peak standing at 7,360 ft. high. This is the country's holiest mountain. Its name derives from a claim by the early Muslims that it is the place where Adam first set foot on earth, thus indirectly claiming that Sri Lanka is the original Garden of Eden. However, the more popular name is ''Sripada'' or the sacred foot print, in the belief that Buddha's foot print is found at the summit. The ideal climb should be at night so as to reach the top early morning and see the almost supernatural spectacle of the magnified triangular shadow of the peak, superimposed on the countryside at dawn.

About the Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel is an excellent architectural structure of the Elizabethan era and is also the former mansion of Sir Edward Barnes who was the Governor of Sri Lanka during 1830-1850. With luxury settings and an ambience of ancient times where royalty roamed, this hotel offers a range of facilities to make your holiday in the hill country a perfect one.

Day 11: White Water Rafting
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Casa Colombo

Witness the sunrise from the fourth highest peak in Sri Lanka and return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon leave for Kitulgala to partake in an exciting day of white water rafting. The village of Kitulgala is set about halfway along the spectacular road which descends from Hatton down to the lowlands to the Avissawella. The scenery is particularly dramatic here, with sheer-sided, forest-covered hills plunging down to the wild waters of the Kelani Ganga. The stretch of the river around Kitulgala provides the site for the best "white-water rafting" in Sri Lanka, with grade three rapids some 5km upriver from the village. Kitulgala's other claim is to fame is that it provided the location for David Lean's classic 1957 film, "Bridge on the river Kwai." After an exhilarating afternoon, proceed to Colombo and check in to your luxury hotel.

Day 12: Departure
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast, depart to the airport.

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  • 12 days/11 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $6,798 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

  • Your trip begins with your arrival in Bangkok where you'll be greeted by a representative of Khiri Travel. Your trip ends with a drop-off back at Bangkok International Airport.
  • Hiking  Easy to moderately strenuous hikes.
  • Biking  Equipment provided, prior bike experience necessary.

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Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy, air-conditioned suite with panoramic windows and private bath.
  • All meals while on board the Aqua Mekong.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • All excursions.
  • Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic).
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Guide & crew gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Boutique purchases and personal expenses.

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  • 1. The spices: Sri Lanka is the home of cinnamon, one of the country's greatest exports back in their trading heyday.
  • 2. The tradition: A climb to the summit of Adam's Peak is a pilgrimage for Buddhists, who believe this site to host the footsteps of Buddha.
  • 3. The nuances: Don't be confused by the locals way of agreeing, which involves a little bobble of the head.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like Casa Colombo, explore the wonders of Sri Lanka by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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