Sri Lanka Explorer

  • Explore the exquisite, 2nd-century frescoes of Sigiriya’s ruined, mountain-top fortress
  • Explore the lush, rolling hills of Tea Country, home to the famous Ceylon tea
  • Commune with Asian elephants, gray langurs, and other wildlife
Sri Lanka with GeoEx
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Sri Lanka is one of the most entrancing places on the planet, an enthralling mix of cultures, languages, and religions (European explorers, Arab merchants, and Buddhist pilgrims have all left their mark). Jan Morris has praised its “overwhelmingly varied landscapes—landscapes seductive, grand, or intimate in turn, so intricately jammed together that in a morning’s journey you can pass from jungle to alp to classic tropical foreshore.”

Our exploration of the Isle of Serendip weighs in at just under two weeks, making it a fine trip on its own, or a tempting addition to any of our South Asia trips. We hit the highpoints of Dambulla and Sigiriya—one of the island’s eight World Heritage Sites, beloved for its exquisitely lively frescoes—and take in those magnificent jungle revelations, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, which Morris apotheosized as “wonders on a par with the pyramids or Machu Picchu.” 

Sri Lanka Explorer

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Colombo
  • Day 2: Colombo to Sigiriya
  • Day 3: excursion to Anuradhapura
  • Day 4: excursion to Polonnaruwa
  • Day 5: Sigiriya to Kandy via Dambulla
  • Day 6: Kandy
  • Day 7: Kandy to Tea Country
  • Day 8: exploring Tea Country
  • Day 9: Tea Country to Galle
  • Day 10: Galle
  • Day 11: Galle to Colombo
  • Day 12: depart Colombo.