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Discover Sri Lanka - Exodus Travels
Discover Sri Lanka - Exodus Travels
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189 reviews
Starts
Colombo
Destinations
+15
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.

189 Reviews

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  • SN
    Written on May 5, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I loved the whole trip but my favourite experiences were Climbing Sigiriya Rock, seeing elephants on a game drive in Kaudulla National Park, cycling through villages in Giritale and having lunch with a local family and white water rafting in Kitulgala.
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  • BG
    Written on April 23, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was excellent, the tour guide Ruwan was brilliant and couldn’t fault him. The itinerary was great and hotels excellent. The bus was very spacious and driver excellent also. The only negative I have is that the hotels tended to be in non tourist areas so we were unable to go out in the evenings and ate in the hotels.
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  • K
    Written on April 23, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    I have to agree with Bettina's review of Discover Sri Lanka tour. Missed activities, poor quality hotels, very bustling experiences, no successful attempts to avoid overtly crowded activities and sites. In my case our guide had insufficient knowledge or English to explain any of the sites visited, did not plan our activities in advance with the consequence that several key aspects of the trip were unavailable. There were several occasions where we were dropped at hotels at lunch time with limited lunch and dinner options. Exodus said they would answer my complaint to them within 4 weeks but 8 weeks later have not. From the extremely positive reviews of other tours it seems obvious to me that Discover Sri Lanka was a below par experience. As a first timer with Exodus it would be difficult to trust them again given their total lack of response. I emulated the premium tour on a private basis (as it was full) so the cost was considerable but as I say, extremely disappointing.
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  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 4
    Written on April 22, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Amazing country! Well organised itinerary, I picked this because it included Yala National Park and Adam's Peak - both unforgettable experiences. Great guide, driver and assistant, fully packed days (not a holiday for lounging around!), and wonderful fellow travellers.
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  • ZH
    Written on April 2, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Very nice managed tour.everything was on time.the hotels except one,great and their behavoirs very professional and nice.something was very important for me.they had prepared everything so when I arrived there after having a juice they gave us the key and then delivered our luggage in the room.
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  • Discover Sri Lanka reviewer 6
    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 7
    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 9
    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 10
    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  

Itinerary

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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; transfer to Colombo.
  14. Day 15: End Colombo.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • April 23, 2018

      What is the star rating of the hotels?

      The accommodation used on this tour is based on a 3-star rating, all of the hotels used are of a good standard with their facilities & all room have en-suite bathrooms.

    • May 1, 2017

      Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • November 1, 2016

      Does the tour price includes airfare?

      TourRadar specialise in giving you the best tours from around the world, however the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking your flights to meet with the group at the starting city. We do not recommend booking airfare before confirming your tour.

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    • Elvio18th May 2018
      When our chosen tour date was full other dates were suggested. The staff was patient in guiding us with regards to our many questions related to dietary needs and other information related to the trip. The staff was friendly and respectful on every phone call.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    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
    Start and end in Colombo.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Exodus Travels to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Exodus Travels booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 July 2018 the full payment of $2,165 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    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 $2165 for Discover Sri Lanka, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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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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