Soul of Sri Lanka
Group Travel | 14 Days
- Unusually comprehensive itinerary and luxurious lodgings
- Explore the little-visited north, including Jaffna
- UNESCO wonders of the Cultural Triangle, wildlife of Yala National Park, and Tea Country by train
- Insider experiences, including Hindu ceremonies, dance and martial arts performances, cooking demos, and private meditation
- Intimate group size (12 travelers max), experienced trip leader, and top-notch local guides
The sheer amount of history, culture, and biodiversity packed into Sri Lanka is absolutely incredible. From expansive tea plantations built under colonial rule and Buddha-filled caves that date back more than 2,000 years to national parks harboring Asian elephants and endangered crocodiles, this stunning island-nation offers something for everyone. More comprehensive than most itineraries, our trip ventures into the off-the-radar north, a land of Hindu temples and golden beaches more reminiscent of southern India. We also revel in Sri Lanka’s archaeological gems, wander breathtaking tea trails, spot wildlife on safari, meet insightful locals, and stroll captivating forts and seaside towns.
Arriving in Colombo, opt to attend festivities of Nawam Perahera, an annual Buddhist celebration that includes dancers, drummers, stilt walkers, and elephants.
2 – 3
We fly to Jaffna in the Northern Province, a compelling region that most travelers don't reach Visit sacred sites, colonial towns, local homes, and a community project Experience a puja ceremony at Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil temple.
4 – 8
The Cultural Triangle welcomes us with remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and the Dambulla Cave Temples We enjoy meditation with monks, Kandyan dancing, and elephant-watching in Minneriya National Park.
9 – 10
Tea Country is a breathtaking expanse of green hills, lush valleys, and rushing waterfalls After a scenic train ride, we walk the tea trails, witnessing local life and learning about tea production Opt for a midnight climb up 7360-foot Adam’s Peak, a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians.
11 – 12
We venture to Yala National Park, where tropical jungle and Indian Ocean beaches collide Watch for elephants, leopards, water buffalo, and a huge variety of birds amid diverse habitats, from forests to grasslands to lagoons.
13 – 14
In the colonial fort town of Galle, we visit Asia's best-preserved and largest surviving fort built by Europeans Back in fast-modernizing Colombo, we join researcher and photographer Mark Forbes to walk through charming alleyways, hidden corners, and history Depart Colombo.
Certain departures are 15 days, with an extra day in Kandy for the Esala Perahera Festival (Festival of the Tooth). The festival occurs on Day 9 and the rest of the trip shifts accordingly. Please see the full itinerary for details.
Dates & Prices
02/08/20 – 02/21/20 (14 days) – Limited space; please call
02/22/20 – 03/06/20 (14 days) – Limited space; please call
07/24/20 – 08/07/20 (15 days)
02/04/21 – 02/17/21 (14 days)
02/19/21 – 03/04/21 (14 days)
14-day Group Trips:
From $11,860 per person
15-day Group Trips:
From $12,875 per person
*15-day trips include an extra day in Kandy for the Festival of the Tooth
- Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
- Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
- Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
- All accommodations
- All gratuities
- All ground transportation and airport transfers
- Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
- Most meals
- Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
- Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance
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