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Discover Sri Lanka - Exodus Travels
Discover Sri Lanka - Exodus Travels
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184 reviews
Starts
Colombo
Destinations
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Ends
Colombo
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Highlights

  • Giant stone Buddhas in Polonnaruwa ruins
  • See elephants in their natural habitat
  • Visit temples, palaces and Buddhist sculptures
  • Bicycle tour through Anuradhapura
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Colombo! With the discovery tour Discover Sri Lanka, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Colombo, Sri Lanka and 15 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Discover Sri Lanka includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 1
    Written on January 20, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    It was my least enjoyable Exodus trips. It was all about the tea and tourism. Everywhere was really busy ,several activities were cancelled. The lines for 'highlights' were long. I have always had good experiences with Exodus as they managed to get away from the crowds, not this time. There was a descrepency with the quality of hotels. The hotel we had on the trip notes was not available so we were placed in anternative. It was obvious that it was not of similar value and on investigation there was a significant difference in price. Therefore it would have financially bennifited the company which does not lead to good reviews. Sri Lanka is known for its food but we were given very few alternatives to the usual Hotel Banquet which after a few days became monotonous. I would suggest it was a bad time to travel. I would not recommend this trip with Exodus, although I can see the potential for Sri Lanka.
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  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 2
    Written on November 26, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Good trip overall. The guide was approachable, helpful and knowledgeable. The sights were interesting and the itinerary generally good. The hotels were a bit of a mixed bag, some more style over substance. Would have preferred more local rather than hotel meals.
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  • ER
    Written on March 7, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Absolutely wonderful, one of the best trips I have ever taken, and certainly the best organised one.
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  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 4
    Written on October 22, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A wonderful country with wonderful people. A varied trip with many hidden delightsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The walk on Horton Plains, and the view from Worlds End. Simply sensational views and a lovely walk.  The walk up Lions Rock and the Elephant orphange was always great  What did you think of your group leader?Roshan was fantastic, passionate about his country but always balanced with his views. He blended well with the group and was very open about answering questionsDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Decent insect repellant, sunblock, patience, and if you are taking the optional whale watching trip make sure you get information about the sea conditions !! Qulaity of hotel and food can vary but if you bear this in mind you will have a wonderful holidayIs there anything else you would like to add?Be prepared for some long travel days but this will be worth it, take a decent book and/or IPOD to pass the time.

  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 5
    Written on October 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Such a fantastic and diverse holiday, encompassing many of the highlights of the country and smiley faces wherever we went. Made all the better by a great group who really got on well and an exceptional leader in RoshanWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The time, effort and kind-heartedness that Roshan has invested in trying to help some of the people effected by the tsunami and the poverty (caused by years of war) is truly inspirational stuff and a lesson to us all. His informative morning talks really gave us a different perspective on the struggles of his people and being able to meet many locals on the trip felt very special.What did you think of your group leader?Roshan is a truly exceptional group leader and deservedly won the Exodus leader of the year in 2010. The fact that he has done this trip 195 times now and still has the boundless enthusiasm, passion and humour of a newby is quite incredible. He also plays a mean game of cricket which (as a cricketer myself) I really appreciated.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't have any pre-conceived ideas on what you do or don't want to do before you leave, or how much money you are willing to spend. The options are all worth doing for different reasons - but worth deciding how you feel on the day and after they are explained fully. Don't necessarily expect to see leopards or whales and you won't get too disappointed if you don't end up seeing any (as happeend for our group). And regarding the money - it's very easy to be persuaded into buying gifts and souvenirs - most of us came back with gems of some description. But that ensures that money does end up trickling down to the people who need it. Sri Lanka is still suffering from the years of war and political mismangement and the people need all the help they can get from tourism.Is there anything else you would like to add?Personal highlights for me:Hotel and walk up Lion rock - spectacular!Spending time in Kandy - check out the cricket ground, one of the prettiest settings in the worldHighlands incl Hill Club stay, Horton Plains and thrilling train journey  

  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 6
    Written on October 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Such a fantastic and diverse holiday, encompassing many of the highlights of the country and smiley faces wherever we went. Made all the better by a great group who really got on well and an exceptional leader in RoshanWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The time, effort and kind-heartedness that Roshan has invested in trying to help some of the people effected by the tsunami and the poverty (caused by years of war) is truly inspirational stuff and a lesson to us all. His informative morning talks really gave us a different perspective on the struggles of his people and being able to meet many locals on the trip felt very special.What did you think of your group leader?Roshan is a truly exceptional group leader and deservedly won the Exodus leader of the year in 2010. The fact that he has done this trip 195 times now and still has the boundless enthusiasm, passion and humour of a newby is quite incredible. He also plays a mean game of cricket which (as a cricketer myself) I really appreciated.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't have any pre-conceived ideas on what you do or don't want to do before you leave, or how much money you are willing to spend. The options are all worth doing for different reasons - but worth deciding how you feel on the day and after they are explained fully. Don't necessarily expect to see leopards or whales and you won't get too disappointed if you don't end up seeing any (as happeend for our group). And regarding the money - it's very easy to be persuaded into buying gifts and souvenirs - most of us came back with gems of some description. But that ensures that money does end up trickling down to the people who need it. Sri Lanka is still suffering from the years of war and political mismangement and the people need all the help they can get from tourism.Is there anything else you would like to add?Personal highlights for me:Hotel and walk up Lion rock - spectacular!Spending time in Kandy - check out the cricket ground, one of the prettiest settings in the worldHighlands incl Hill Club stay, Horton Plains and thrilling train journey  

  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 7
    Written on September 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic holiday, extremely well organised tour, loads of interesting places to visit and exciting activities.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through the countryside, seeing how people really live and sharing a home-cooked meal in banana plantation.  Kandy August festival was a unique experience, extremely colourful and skilful.  Huge number of elephants dressed in their regalia being paraded accompanied by the beat of drums,  dancers dressed in wonderful costumes all lit up by flares (no health and safety measures!) must not be missed.What did you think of your group leader?Very knowledgeable, good sense of humour, always helpful and professional.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I was told that meals were not included because there was a huge choice of restaurants to chose from and that people liked that freedom.  This information was incorrect.  All the hotels were set in magic settings but there were on a limb and the only place to eat was in the hotels which provided good food, buffet or a la carte at reasonable prices by our standard.  I think that in all fairness this needs to be pointed out.  A shame that we could not go out and experiment a bit with authentic non hotel food.Is there anything else you would like to add?An alternative activity needs to be found for those who do not go rafting.  Only a third of the group opted for that activity and there was little to do for the others except hang around.  There was no pool at that particular hotel by the river.  Also 'jungle walk' was a very brief walk merely lasting one hour.  It was very interesting but needs to be extended.  Everyone would have been happy to carry on for a while to soak in the atmosphere and see more birds. 

  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 8
    Written on September 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic holiday, extremely well organised tour, loads of interesting places to visit and exciting activities.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through the countryside, seeing how people really live and sharing a home-cooked meal in banana plantation.  Kandy August festival was a unique experience, extremely colourful and skilful.  Huge number of elephants dressed in their regalia being paraded accompanied by the beat of drums,  dancers dressed in wonderful costumes all lit up by flares (no health and safety measures!) must not be missed.What did you think of your group leader?Very knowledgeable, good sense of humour, always helpful and professional.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I was told that meals were not included because there was a huge choice of restaurants to chose from and that people liked that freedom.  This information was incorrect.  All the hotels were set in magic settings but there were on a limb and the only place to eat was in the hotels which provided good food, buffet or a la carte at reasonable prices by our standard.  I think that in all fairness this needs to be pointed out.  A shame that we could not go out and experiment a bit with authentic non hotel food.Is there anything else you would like to add?An alternative activity needs to be found for those who do not go rafting.  Only a third of the group opted for that activity and there was little to do for the others except hang around.  There was no pool at that particular hotel by the river.  Also 'jungle walk' was a very brief walk merely lasting one hour.  It was very interesting but needs to be extended.  Everyone would have been happy to carry on for a while to soak in the atmosphere and see more birds. 

  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 9
    Written on July 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I absolutely loved this trip and the whole experience surpassed my expectations. I have never previously travelled with Exodus but certainly will again in the future. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are so many inspirational moments of the trip; climbing Lion Rock, the bike ride through villages (having not been on a bike since I was a child, this was a personal achievement), the walk through a forest and eating fruit that seconds earlier we had seen being picked from a tree are just a few that come to mind.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Sujan, was exceptional. His knowledge, passion and fun shone through and I have him to thank for making the trip so enjoyable.

  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 10
    Written on July 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I absolutely loved this trip and the whole experience surpassed my expectations. I have never previously travelled with Exodus but certainly will again in the future. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are so many inspirational moments of the trip; climbing Lion Rock, the bike ride through villages (having not been on a bike since I was a child, this was a personal achievement), the walk through a forest and eating fruit that seconds earlier we had seen being picked from a tree are just a few that come to mind.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Sujan, was exceptional. His knowledge, passion and fun shone through and I have him to thank for making the trip so enjoyable.

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  1. Day 1: Start Veyangoda.
  2. Day 2: Visit cave temples at Dambulla; to Sigiriya.
  3. Day 3: Morning climb to the rock fortress; optional afternoon game drive.
  4. Day 4: To Giritale; bike ride through country villages.
  5. Day 5: Visit ancient capital of Polonnaruwa; drive to Kandy via spice garden.
  6. Day 6-7: Free time in Kandy to explore or relax.
  7. Day 8: To Nuwara Eliya via Kitulgala; optional Adams Peak climb (Dec-Apr only).
  8. Day 9: Free morning in old colonial hillstation of Nuwara Eliya. Visit tea factory in afternoon.
  9. Day 10: Early morning to Horton Plains; walk to World's End viewpoint; to Bandarawela by train.
  10. Day 11: Scenic drive through Ella Gap to Kataragama; game drive in Yala N.P.
  11. Day 12: Drive to Tangalle and walk through rice paddies; coastal drive to Ahangama; optional lunch at Tsunami house.
  12. Day 13: Free day to relax on the beach or optional activities including whale watching (Nov to April).
  13. Day 14: To Galle; visit old fort and turtle hatchery; transfer to Colombo.
  14. Day 15: End Colombo.

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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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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 722 km.
    • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    • 3 km
    • Wattala (Sri Lanka)
    • 129 km
    • Dambulla (Sri Lanka)
    • 15 km
    • Sigiriya (Sri Lanka)
    • 20 km
    • Giritale (Sri Lanka)
    • 12 km
    • Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka)
    • 83 km
    • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
    • 40 km
    • Kitulgala (Sri Lanka)
    • 39 km
    • Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka)
    • 18 km
    • Horton Plains National Park (Sri Lanka)
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