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Circle Sri Lanka - Intrepid Travel
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Jake "Such an amazing experience!! This tour had a really good mix of food, culture, scenery and the balance of physical activities was perfect. I was nervous about the train rides but I'm so glad I did them now as the scenery is stunning, likewise the walk through the tea plantations was beautiful and not as physically demanding as I thought it would be. The accommodation was a nice mix of local proper..."
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41 reviews
Starts
Negombo
Destinations
+8
Ends
Colombo
Map

Highlights

  • Cycle through Anuradhapura
  • Visit sacred ruins in Polonnaruwa
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration in Bandarawela
  • Relax on the beach in Mirissa
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Lodge, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
12
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Local Transport
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start in Negombo and end in Colombo! With the in-depth cultural tour Circle Sri Lanka, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Negombo to Colombo and through Negombo, Sri Lanka and 9 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Circle Sri Lanka is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

41 Reviews

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  • SM
    Written on August 31, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The Circle tour included the gems of beautiful Sri Lanka, it was well paced and featured the highlights of the country whilst providing some fantastic local experiences. Our guide Indy made the tour with his interesting stories and perspectives on the country, he is professional, knowledgeable, patient, has a great sense of humour and always greeted us with a genuine smile. I loved the different modes of transport and felt quite safe in the hands of our very capable driver and his assistant. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and the food local and good.
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  • W
    Written on August 6, 2018
    1.0 - Bad

    I booked this tour with Intrepid Travel to travel with my friend to Sri Lanka in March 2018. Two days before we were to leave, Sri Lanka declared a State of Emergency. That same day my elderly mother was taken by ambulance to the hospital (where she remained for 3 weeks) so I cancelled my trip. The airline we were travelling on, China Eastern, fully refunded my flight due to the State of Emergency being instated without batting an eye. Intrepid Travel would not refund my tour nor would they give me a credit for a future trip for either my mother suddenly being admitted to hospital or the State of Emergency ostensibly because they had "already paid for accommodation for a double". However, my friend that still went on the trip was put in single accommodation , not as nice rooms as other people on the trip, and until she complained was "upgraded" to double rooms but she should have been in nicer double rooms the whole trip as they took my tour fee and didn't refund or credit me for a future tour. I would not travel with Intrepid Travel in the future as my mother suddenly going in hospital was out of my control and on top of that there was a State of Emergency on a small island. I am Canadian and Intrepid is a Canadian company so we wanted to deal with them as we thought they would be better to deal with. I was very disappointed in how they handled the situation and now that my mother is finally back on her feet I wanted to write this review so other travellers would be warned of their unethical practice. Not refunding or crediting my trip is one thing and yes, i should have bought cancellation insurance but putting my friend in single accommodation until she complained while keeping my whole tour fee is unacceptable. And, I felt it would have been compassionate to credit me for a future tour, and I would have written a much different review of this company.
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  • BS
    Written on April 8, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I went to Sri Lanka on December 23rd for a 15 day trip. It was wonderful. Asanga Bandara was a terrific guide and knew so much. It was a group of 14 and everyone got along great. A couple of the hotels were not the best, but we did not pay for first class hotels. We all loved the variety of activities.
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  • RG
    Written on March 7, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was excellent. A great introduction to Sri Lanka - the country, the food, the people.
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  • GF
    Written on March 5, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Our Circle Sri Lanka trip with intrepid was fantastic. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country mostly unspoilt by mass tourism but the history, wonder and magic of this wonderful island is phenomenal. What made this trip particularly special was Kasun Maduwage (our brilliant guide who lead us through the adventure). His knowledge and guidance throughout the tour was astounding. From the history he imparted on us, his commentary on religion and culture as well as the best eating spots, flora and fauna and ability to organise a large group of very different travellers Kasun was amazing. I feel honoured to have met such an amazing man and to have been guided around Sri Lanka by a true professional. Our tour departed on 19 February and Natalie and I met Kasun in Negombo. We were introduced to the rest of our tour and had our introductory meeting where we were briefed extensively about the tour and what to expect from the next two weeks. It was fantastic to meet everyone and even though there was a mistake at head office with the room allocations, Kasun swiftly resolved this and we went out for a group dinner where we really got to know each other. This was followed by two weeks of amazing experiences from exploring the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, to the majestic Siguria and Dambulla Caves, trekking through the tea fields, visiting a tea plantation, going on an Elephant safari and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Mirissa amongst many other unforgettable experiences Throughout the tour Kasun was patient in addressing extensive questions, resolving issues quickly and efficiently and maintained a fun and inclusive group environment. He gave us a guide through Sri Lankan Cuisine, the infamous Kothu (chop chop), hoppers, egg hoppers, string hoppers and rice and curry and we feel we have come away not only with a fantastic experience but a true friend. Just a few comments for head office for the next tour (not comments against Kasun) - can you introduce a section on the booking form where you tick private room or sharing (we booked together and were initially allocated rooms with different people so this would eliminate that issue), I would have preferred to stay in Ella rather than Barandawele since the hotel was not very pleasant and was a tourist trap, also I felt that the spice garden can potentially be skipped - the food was nice but it felt that it was a sales pitch rather than an enjoyable experience. Also the elephant safari was amazing and we would recommend making this part of the programme. Hopefully these suggestions help for the next tour. Sri Lanka has been a pleasure and thanks to Kasun for showcasing your country. George (London, UK)
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  • BS
    Written on January 8, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The guide, Asanga, was wonderful. He made the trip fun and exciting. Some of the hotels were not that nice, but adequate.
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  • J
    Written on November 3, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Highly recommend this tour because I have been in Sri Lanka for 10 days in the month of Oct with my Family, the truth is a country that I recommend to visit, food, culture, and most importantly for the people, few people have found in my travels as that I found there. I hope to return some day, a significant part of the trip but are adventurous it is a good guide-driver, hire the services of Daniel and I recommend it 100% made me a great price, He will worry us at all times during the trip take us to the best places to eat quality / price ratio and is a great person. Drives very well and look good economic hotels 3 and 4 stars. He speaks English perfectly.. So I highly recommend Daniel. You can contact him by mail; srilankadaniel@gmail.com Mob: +94 777173862 He will give you quick answer with clear bass with included & excluded, We paid for Transport by minivan 50$ for my family include driver/guide + fuel All The Best for your trip!!
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  • J
    Written on October 5, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Such an amazing experience!! This tour had a really good mix of food, culture, scenery and the balance of physical activities was perfect. I was nervous about the train rides but I'm so glad I did them now as the scenery is stunning, likewise the walk through the tea plantations was beautiful and not as physically demanding as I thought it would be. The accommodation was a nice mix of local properties and I was very happy that most of them had a swimming pool.
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  • E
    Written on May 3, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved this trip. It had a bit of everything. Food, culture, sights , ocal and authentic experiences. we ha d a very knowledgeable and personable local guides.
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  • GL
    Written on April 18, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    A very well executed tour of a very beautiful country of lovely people and exceptional sights. My preference, however, would be for way fewer beds in way fewer destinations, cut back ancient sights to the two best, a quieter beach location and a whole lot more chilled/down time.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Negombo
  2. Day 2: Anuradhapura
  3. Day 3: Anuradhapura
  4. Day 4: Polonnaruwa
  5. Day 5: Dambulla
  6. Day 6: Sigiriya - Kandy
  7. Day 7: Kandy
  8. Day 8: Bandarawela
  9. Day 9: Haputale
  10. Day 10: Haputale - Bandarawela
  11. Day 11: Mirissa
  12. Day 12: Mirissa
  13. Day 13: Galle
  14. Day 14: Colombo
  15. Day 15: Colombo

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

    • When and where does the tour end?

      The tour concludes in Colombo on the morning of Day 15. There are no activities planned for today, and after checkout you're free to depart at any time. It's time to say farewell to your newfound travel friends and continue on your travels. Please be aware that the departure point is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      Your tour begins on Day 1, when you arrive in the beach town of Negombo. There are no activities planned for this day, so you're free to settle in at your hotel and explore the area. At 5.30 pm a welcome meeting will be held, where you can meet your guides and get to know your fellow travellers and future friends! Please be aware that the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Of course we can! We are more than happy to assist in arranging your airport transfers, however this is not included in the tour price and will be charged at the standard local rate. Please contact our customer service team for more information once you have a confirmed booking.

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    • Leslie3rd September 2018
      It is too bad there is no 6 or 8 star rating available. 5 isn't really good enough for TourRadar. This enterprise surpasses even the most stringent, high-bar criteria for excellence of customer service. These people are consistently, constantly, on top of your tour itinerary, where you are are in the process, your current status and your situation, they answer the phone on the 2nd or 3rd ring, I'M NOT KIDDING, nd when they pick up they already know who you are, what your tour and status is, and they instantly produce precise answers and solutions to your questions or problems in a matter of seconds. I don't know who the competition is for this outfit but my advice to them is, give up. Go find another line of business. You will never catch up with the platinum customer service these people provide.

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    About the countries

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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    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
    Negombo is the starting point and Colombo is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 November 2018 the full payment of $1,849 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 $1849 for Circle Sri Lanka, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 661 km.
    • Negombo (Sri Lanka)
    • 139 km
    • Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka)
    • 78 km
    • Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka)
    • 41 km
    • Dambulla (Sri Lanka)
    • 15 km
    • Sigiriya (Sri Lanka)
    • 75 km
    • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
    • 64 km
    • Bandarawela (Sri Lanka)
    • 112 km
    • Mirissa (Sri Lanka)
    • 29 km
    • Galle (Sri Lanka)
    • 109 km
    • Colombo (Sri Lanka)

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