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Sri Lankan Highlights

Sri Lankan Highlights - Exodus Travels
Sri Lankan Highlights - Exodus Travels
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24 reviews
Starts
Colombo
Destinations
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Ends
Wattala
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Highlights

  • See elephants in their natural habitat
  • Visit temples, palaces and Buddhist sculptures
  • Discover the tea plantation and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Be free to explore Kandy
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Adventure
Start in Colombo and end in Wattala! With the adventure tour Sri Lankan Highlights, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Colombo, Sri Lanka and 8 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Highlights is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 1
    Written on September 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The knowledge, humour, care, and honesty or our tour leader, Sujee and our driver was exemplary.We felt very secure and enriched by their whole hearted attention to detail, and to highlighting the wonderful and enlightening  experience of their beloved country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?From beginning to end , the whole trip was interesting and exciting. Cycling in the forests, riding on elephants, exploring the tea plantations , experiencing the Buddist tradition and eating with the local Sri Lankan people,who seem to be the most contented, happy and friendly people one could ever wish to meet.Lovely well chosen hotels with swimming pools, comfortable beds and good food.  All in all an excellent experience. What did you think of your group leader?Our leader Sujee was exemplary in every way. Nothing was overlooked . Our comfort and security was paramount  to both him and our driver;  and he was extremely knowledgeable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Enjoy every experience.We found it safe, inexpensive, clean and very friendly.Is there anything else you would like to add?Highly recommend-- just enough of everything!

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 2
    Written on August 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful, jam-packed week, I enjoyed every moment.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Riding an elephant has to be top on my list, but the variety of things we did involving the local people really gave me a feel of the real Sri Lanka, visiting their homes and villages and seeing their way of life was so enjoyable and eye-opening. It's difficult to choose one particular inspiring momentas there were so many!What did you think of your group leader?Kingsley the tour leader was very friendly and full of knowledge about his country, anything we asked about he knew the answer. He was also happy to change plans to suit our requests and was always very relaxed and approachable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure to bring insect repellent!Is there anything else you would like to add?The trip overall was fantastic, and on top of all the sights we saw there was also amazing wildlife, we saw exotic birds and animals everyday, perfect for photo opportunities.

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 3
    Written on July 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip of a life time. I did not think possible to fit so much in such a short time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Although the trip was very comfortable (the hotels were fantastic) I enjoyed being able to meet the local people as well and share bits of their routine. We were invited on people's proprieties and they shared with us their food and showed us their skills such as going up coconut trees and cutting them open. What did you think of your group leader?Our tour guide Kingsley was also fantastic and was able to give us some insight of true Sri Lankan lifestyle. He was also incredibly flexible and very attentive to our needs. We had very informative and interesting conversations with him. I could not think of a better guide!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?All the information needed is in the trip notes. Perhaps, I would not have taken walking boots which would have saved up some space. Trainers and flip flops were more than enough for the activities on this trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip has exceeded by far my expectations. I met some great people and had a fantastic time. We managed to make the most of this week around Sri Lanka and have taken some truly amazing photos. I would truly recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you Exodus!

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 4
    Written on January 11, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Sri Lanka is a small country and it's possible to enjoy a variety of experiences and environments in a short time, weather and poor road conditions permitting. Our group was only 12 and everyone got along very well, so that made for an excellent fun Christmas holiday.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing Sigiriya Rock- a 2000 step challenge which is rewarded with spectacular views and a feeling of being on top of the world- at least in Sri Lanka.What did you think of your group leader?Kingsley was was willing to go the extra mile to meet all needs. He kept us busy and well-informed and he had a good knowledge of the flora and birdlife in particular.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take wet weather gear if you go in Dec/Jan and plenty of mosquito repellant. In some hotels security boxes are not available or don't work so take care of your valuables. Enjoy as much of the local food as possible. Be aware when you take photos that it's a Buddhist country. Make time to travel down to Galle if possible either before or after the trip as it's a fascinating place to chill out in.Is there anything else you would like to add?Due to road conditions, journeys on a bus do take some time and make for some long days. Take advantage of as many walking and cycling opportunities as possible, because you can get a feel for the real Sri Lanka. It would be good to eat more evening meals outside the hotels as the local food is delicious.

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 5
    Written on January 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Exodus planned an outstanding school trip for us. They tailored it to our needs, looked after us really well, with the pplanning before we went and while we were there.  We would strongly recommend them for your trip (whatever or wherever it is). What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There wasnt just one moment.    The favourites for our group were Elephant trekking and the safari, walking in Knuckles Mountains and the hike up Lion Rock.What did you think of your group leader?Our excellent guide Sujan catered for all our needs, made visits and activities really interesting, the kids loved him and essentially made our trip very special.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Definitely use and  trust Exodus for your trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?We are already looking for our next school tirp with Exodus.  Can't wait.

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 6
    Written on January 3, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    A good mix of exercise and sightseeing. When I arrived in the hotel in Colombo I did not get any advice on how to pass the new year's eve, so I just said happy new year to the hotel personnel, see the fireworks  and go to bed. After I understood that actually the new year party was already paid by exodus but the receptionists did not tell me anything.Good for birdwatching too. I liked very much the sigiryia rock climbingWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I liked paricularly the bike riding to the Dambalawewa lake. It was a good way to discover the people day life and the natureWhat did you think of your group leader?He was knowledgeableDo you have any advice for potential travellers?do it if you have only one week to discover srilanka but if you have some more time explore also the south. I have been there for a day trip and it was amazing.Is there anything else you would like to add?Thank you Exodus for giving me the opportunity to discover safely another country!

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 7
    Written on May 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Beautiful country. I did not expect it would be so beautiful: landscapes, fauna, flora, people, food. I recomend this trip for everybody as this country has everythng .What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Knuckles Range, it was hard but it was worth for the views from there and the ruins. The Elepahnt orphanage where you can admire these great animals and enjoy Dambalawewa lake and the views from the hotel and all the little villages that were around this lake. It was really fantastic to see the sunset, with the jungle around us. Kandy city, a misture of cultures and religions, food and coloursWhat did you think of your group leader?Sujan loves his country. He explained to us everything about his country with passion. He showed us even the smallest stone, animal or corner so we could learn and admire his country. He always kept the group together and attended everybody needsDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Enjoy, relax, eat everything you can, do not worry or feel shy, Sri Lankan people are friendly.Careful with the monkeys, they are little thiefs and they love women bags. At the cave temple I had to take care of my bag, and even having my back with me, the monkeys tried to take it and checked it. It was really funny!!!!During your stay at the hotels, in the night if you can, go outside (balcony or gardens) and try to see the glowworm. It is fantastic!!!Is there anything else you would like to add?It was curious that being a city person, it was difficult to sleep, no because I missed the city noised, because the frogs decided to sing all nights. The group said it was Kermitt the frog and his partners on tour around the country :-). So if you have the tour too, seat, grab a beer and enjoy!!!

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 8
    Written on February 10, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A very enjoyable week which enabled you to experience a variety of cultural and social aspects of Sri Lankan life.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing to the summit of the Lion Rock was exciting. The views from the top were amazing.The day of cycling was really good fun and helped you to get up close and personal to the landscape.What did you think of your group leader?Sampath was an excellent group leader and was always in tune with the feelings and needs of the group. He was able to share his passion for his country with us and gave a measured and balanced account of the political situation. He was able to answer the obscurest questions about fauna and flora. Personally, he sorted out some problems we encountered relating to individual arrangements we had made. He was very well organised and inspired confidence.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You need to be aware it is primarily a sight-seeing trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?We arrived prior to the main group and Exodus had booked the hotel for the previous night and arranged transport from the airport. However, there was no-one waiting for us at the airport and when we eventually arrived at the hotel they refused to accept the Exodus voucher and insisted we paid again for the room. At the end of the week our tour leader sorted it out and we got our money back.It's a shame that at least one night wasn't based in a hotel in Colombo.

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 9
    Written on February 10, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A very enjoyable week which enabled you to experience a variety of cultural and social aspects of Sri Lankan life.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing to the summit of the Lion Rock was exciting. The views from the top were amazing.The day of cycling was really good fun and helped you to get up close and personal to the landscape.What did you think of your group leader?Sampath was an excellent group leader and was always in tune with the feelings and needs of the group. He was able to share his passion for his country with us and gave a measured and balanced account of the political situation. He was able to answer the obscurest questions about fauna and flora. Personally, he sorted out some problems we encountered relating to individual arrangements we had made. He was very well organised and inspired confidence.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You need to be aware it is primarily a sight-seeing trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?We arrived prior to the main group and Exodus had booked the hotel for the previous night and arranged transport from the airport. However, there was no-one waiting for us at the airport and when we eventually arrived at the hotel they refused to accept the Exodus voucher and insisted we paid again for the room. At the end of the week our tour leader sorted it out and we got our money back.It's a shame that at least one night wasn't based in a hotel in Colombo.

  • Sri Lankan Highlights reviewer 10
    Written on January 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A short trip around central Sri Lanka which amazingly packs in the highlights without being too rushed.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Bike riding around local villages with a buffet lunch in the middle of knowhere!Elephant riding on Christmas day!What did you think of your group leader?The tour leader I feel really made this holiday. He was knowledgeable, passionate about his country, relaxed and flexible without compromising on anything. Nice little touches like stopping at the roadside to buy some fruit. local foods or just to show us something made this trip very memorable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a short trip but there is some down time if you want it, the journeys (contrary to some people'e reviews) are NOT long and there are always plenty of stops and breaks on the way. The flight back from Sri Lanka is 12 hours which is a long time so either extending a week's holiday in Sri lanka or stopping off in the Maldives would be really worth while.Is there anything else you would like to add?In summary, a really nice trip that actually exceeded my expectations. The tour leader really has got this trip down to a T and manages to make it fun, informative and relaxed.

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  1. Day 1: Start Wattala.
  2. Day 2: Game drive near Giritale to see elephants in their natural habitat.
  3. Day 3: Cycle trip to Dambalawewa Lake with a village lunch.
  4. Day 4: Visit ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa; to Sigiriya; evening visit to rock fortress.
  5. Day 5: To Kandy via the cave temples at Dambulla; visit Temple of the Tooth.
  6. Day 6: Free day to explore Kandy; optional day excursion to Knuckles Mountain Range.
  7. Day 7: To Wattala via Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and tea estate.
  8. Day 8: End Wattala.

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Typhoid
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Sri Lanka. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Colombo is the starting point and Wattala is the endpoint.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1475 for Sri Lankan Highlights, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 423 km.
  • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • 3 km
  • Wattala (Sri Lanka)
  • 161 km
  • Giritale (Sri Lanka)
  • 12 km
  • Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka)
  • 28 km
  • Sigiriya (Sri Lanka)
  • 15 km
  • Dambulla (Sri Lanka)
  • 64 km
  • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
  • 25 km
  • Knuckles Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka)
  • 25 km
  • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
  • 5 km
  • Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
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