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Sri Lanka Solo Travel Tours

Sri Lanka is abundant in culture, ancient history, white sandy beaches, lush leafy tea plantations, and the warm hospitality of the Sri Lankan people. And for many, the major highlight is the proliferation of the elephant population in the National Parks of Sri Lanka.

A tropical island, shaped liked a tear drop, off the south east coast of India, makes Sri Lanka an easy to reach destination from Australia and makes for the ideal two week trip.

Solo Sri Lanka Tours From Australia

Arriving to the country’s capital, Colombo, there’s a relaxed overnight in the nearby coastal town of Negombo. We then head to the cultural triangle, including a visit to Mineriya National Park by safari jeeps to witness Wild Elephants and the incredible Sigiriya ancient rock fortress.  From the ancient culture, it’s on to the old capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy and taking in the scenic views of the ‘tea country’ with a train ride from Kandy to the hill country of Sri Lanka’s Central Province. There’s an overnight stay in the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, reminding many visitors of a ‘little England’.

From the hills, we make our way down to Udawalawe National Park, including a safari to see the elephant population and a visit to the elephant transit home. On our final leg of our discovery, we have a south coast visit of the old fort city of Galle, enjoying a relaxing two night stay before a final night in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

During your Solo Sri Lankan encounter you’ll enjoy the country’s unique cuisine plus there’s time to enjoy some unique Ayurveda spa treatments.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    13 Days
  • Status:
    ON HOLD
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    Sri Lanka
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD $4190 with your own room
  • Transport:
    Coach, Minivan, Bus, Train, Boat, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16 travellers
REVIEWS

'My holiday to Sri Lanka exceeded all expectations. Accommodation was excellent, itinerary comprehensive and guides extremely helpful and knowledgeable.'

Lyn, 63 years, Sydney, NSW

'I found Sri Lanka to be a surprisingly diverse and beautiful country. The accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. The highlight on this trip however was the people, who are so friendly and gentle. If you've never holidayed in an Asian country, then Sri Lanka is the perfect place to start.'

Judy, 56 years, Sydney, New South Wales
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 12 nights deluxe hotel (4-5 star) stays
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • bottled water while travelling (2 bottles per day) 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English speaking Sri Lankan national group tour leader ^
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • 1 scenic train journey, during the day
  • Elephant jeep safaris
  • Local canoe trip
  • River boat ride
  • Driver and transportation by air-conditioned minivan tourist vehicle^ 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • Government taxes
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

    ~ tipping fund USD100 payable on arrival
    # airport transfer day 1 and final day of tour, or if you book an extension as part of your package
    ^ if group size falls below 7 travellers, a driver-guide is provided

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included:  

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porter service at airports
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 

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AUD210

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 * Transfer note: if you extend your stay by your own arrangement we can’t offer an airport transfer service.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS - DISCOVER SRI LANKA

  • Relaxed arrival stay at Negombo Beach
  • Visit Mineriya National Park by safari jeeps to witness Wild Elephants.
  • A local village visit by jeep with lunch, Dambulla
  • Cooking demonstration by local villagers
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress visit
  • Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  • A tea factory visit & tea tasting
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy
  • The Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
  • An evening Kandyan Dance Performance
  • A train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya
  • Udawalawe National Park entrance and jeep safari
  • Visit The Elephant Transit Home
  • Relax with a 2 night stay in historic Galle
  • A Madu River boat ride
  • A Turtle hatchery visit
  • The Gangarama Temple, Colombo
  • Deluxe 4-5 star hotels

PRE TOUR STAY
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 01

Arrive To Colombo Sri Lanka

Welcome to Sri Lanka. It’s arrival day and travellers will arrive on various flights, and some flights arrive late at night. Settle into your hotel. Tomorrow your adventure begins.

Meals: n/a

DAY 02 

Negombo

The morning is at your leisure, including breakfast at your beach side hotel and time for lunch. Early afternoon, meet up with your fellow group members and tour director for a welcome drink and briefing at the hotel. Then we leave Negombo to travel to the cultural triangle for our next three nights of stay in Dambulla. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at our beautiful hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Free morning
  • 1PM group meets for tour briefing
  • Negombo to Dambulla, approximately 3.5 hours travel time
  • Hotel welcome dinner 

DAY 03

Negombo / Dambulla

Enjoy this lovely resort with a laid back morning and energise for this afternoon’s adventure.

HIGHLIGHT EXCURSION
Later in the day, we visit Mineriya National Park by safari jeeps to witness Wild Elephants. This park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank built in the 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Free morning
  • Easy drive Dambulla to Mineriya National Park, 45-60 minutes travel time
  • Afternoon highlight Jeep Safari for Wild Elephants
  • Hotel dinner

DAY 04

Dambulla - Sigiriya - Village Visit

Today is a full day and we have an early start to make our way to Sigiriya, a 5th century rock fortress. Setting out early avoids the hotter part of the day.   Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.  Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.  These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. There’s time at the rock to make the climb to the top and enjoy the bountiful views in all directions.

LOCAL EXPERIENCE
Afterwards, we take a jeep ride though the village paths up to the lake, then cross the lake by canoe. We take part in a cooking demonstration by the local women of the village and enjoy a locally prepared lunch. After lunch, a jeep or tuk tuk returns through the village paths to bring us back to our van and we make our way back to our hotel.

Tonight, there’s a group dinner at our hotel restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Highlight Sigiriya Rock Fortress visit
  • Jeep and canoe ride to a local village
  • Cooking demonstration by local village women
  • Hotel dinner

DAY 05

Sigiriya - Matale - Kandy

Today we depart for Kandy with an en-route visit to the Dambulla Rock Temple where you will take a guided tour of these impressive cave temples.

Our first stop is a visit to the Dambulla Rock Temple. We climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 square metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

From Dambulla we drive to a spice garden in Matale, to see the different spices, for which Sri Lanka is famous. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed and take lunch at the Spice Garden.  From here, we continue to Kandy and check into our hotel. There’s the option to visit Kandy town this afternoon, always enjoyed with leisurely strolls discovering on foot at leisure. Town’s not far from our lovely hotel, just around 10 minutes on foot, but tuk tuks are always available if you want to return earlier to the hotel, before the group heads back. Dinner in house at our hotel, enjoying the beautiful setting.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Dambulla Rock (Cave) Temple World Heritage site
  • Visit a spice garden
  • Travel Dambulla to Kandy, the final destination for the day, about 2.5 hours travel time
  • Hotel dinner 

DAY 06

Kandy

After breakfast, there’s a walking orientation tour of Kandy, including a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. After our orientation tour, your afternoon is free to make your own excursion or otherwise enjoy the hotel facilities.  

This evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and afterwards, witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.  We then return to our hotel for a group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Walking orientation tour of Kandy
  • Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Cultural show of Sri Lankan dancing
  • Hotel dinner 

DAY 07

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast is at our hotel and then we travel to Kandy Railway Station to board a train for a scenic journey through tea plantations and waterfalls up to Nanu Oya. On arrival into Nanu Oya railway station, we will be transferred to a tea estate. The train’s not luxurious but it’s a train journey sought out for it’s picturesque scenery.

There’s time for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a tea factory and tea estate tour in a four wheel drive vehicle. The tour will take you through the process of turning the tender green tea leaf buds to dark brown finished tea products. You also have the opportunity to have a freshly brewed cup of tea right from the factory.

Later today, we check into our hotel in Nuwara Eliya.  In the evening, there’s the option to enjoy a short walk around the colonial town of Nuwara Eliya, and experience many types of street food, tasting a little bit of everything (food cost to be paid directly by each traveller). The variety of street food also has a twist of flavour of the Tamil culture.

Meal: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Scenic train journey, Kandy to Nanu Oya
  • Local restaurant lunch
  • 4WD tea plantation tour
  • Walking tour of Nuwara Eliya town with street food tastings available 

DAY 08

Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe

After breakfast, we travel to Udawalawe via Elle and Wellawaya.

In the afternoon we visit the Elephant Transit Home at the Udawalawe National Park. The elephant transit home was set up in 1995 as a pilot project by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to look after the abandoned baby elephants until they are able to take care of themselves and be returned to their natural habitats. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road, Nuwara Eliya to Udawalewe National Park
  • Afternoon visit of the Elephant Transit Home
  • Hotel dinner            

DAY 09

Udawalawe

An early start, breakfast first then out for our dawn Jeep Safari to visit the Udawalawe National Park.

Udawalawe National Park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Walawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone. With the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit. Not least of these is the large elephant population.  Udawalawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen. The open plains are covered in thick manna grass up to the borders of the large reservoir in the centre and the Walawe River. The park is also covered by some abandoned teak plantation and dense scrub jungle. This variety in habitat makes for a rich variety of wildlife and game. As well as elephants, leopards live in the park (though you will be very lucky to spot one), toque monkeys, grey langur, spotted deer, wild pig and sambar. There are numerous bird species of course and Udawalawe is particularly rich in raptor species, among them the white bellied sea eagle and the crested serpent eagle.

Dinner this evening is at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Jeep safari, Udawalawe National Park
  • Hotel dinner 

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Afternoon optional visit to return to Udawalawe National Park | USD45 

DAY 10

Udawalawe - Weligama - Galle

Breakfast is at our hotel and then we leave for Galle, on the south coast. En route we visit the Stilt Fishing at Weligama.  On arrival to Galle we check into our hotel and the rest of your day is at your leisure to relax and enjoy the resort facilities. 

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Drive to Weligama to see the ‘stilt fishing’
  • Depart Udawalawe for Galle, about 3.5 hours travel time 

DAY 11

Galle 

We have breakfast at our Galle hotel. This morning we take a sightseeing tour of the Galle Dutch fortress.  There will be time at leisure to explore the old fort city plus time for some shopping. At the end of the afternoon there’s the option to make your own way back to the hotel or meet the group transfer.

Shopping Tip: for gifts or personal shopping you may like to visit:  Barefoot. Look out for the Spa Ceylon range of personal care items including body lotions, perfumes and bathroom items.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Galle Dutch Fortress sightseeing tour
  • Free time to wander around Galle
  • Transfer option Galle Fort area back to the hotel

DAY 12

Galle - Balapitiya  - Colombo

We have breakfast at our Galle hotel before leaving for Colombo. En route to Balapitiya, we stop to enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madhu River, a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops. We cruise in a canopied, outboard motor powered boat; pausing to view a 200-year-old temple & to watch the locals cultivating cinnamon. All while passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves, appreciating the timeless natural rhythms of rural life. You may also see traditional fishing techniques in action & can view demonstrations of coir manufacture and rope making.

Today, we also visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda.  At the end of the day we check in to our hotel in Colombo. Tonight, come together for a highlight dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Depart Galle for Balapitiya, about 1 hour travel time
  • A scenic cruise along the Madu River
  • Depart Balapitiya for Kosgoda, about 30 minutes travel time
  • Visit the Turtle Hatchery,Kosgoda
  • Depart Kosgoda for Colombo, about 2 hours travel time
  • End of day check in at our Colombo city hotel 

DAY 13 

Departure Transfer From Sri Lanka

Breakfast is at our hotel. This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Colombo city. We drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. We drive past “Pettah”; a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples.  We continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall. We also visit Gangaramaya Temple.

After our sightseeing tour we return to the hotel for check out. There is the option to extend your hotel stay until 6PM for a fee.   The rest of the day is at your leisure until you need to transfer to the airport or make plans for an onward journey.

Meal: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning sightseeing tour, Colombo city 

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Negombo

Jetwing Beach  (4*)

1

Dambulla

Jetwing Lake  (5*)

3

Kandy

Cinnamon Citadel  (4*)

2

Nuwara Eliya

St Andrews Hotel  (4*)

1

Udawalawe

The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

2

Galle

Amari Galle  (5*)

2

Colombo

Jetwing Colombo Seven (5*)

1

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Jetwing Beach, Negombo

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

Terrace of Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

St. Andrew's Hotel, Nuwara

Amari Galle, Galle

SRI LANKA HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

JETWING BEACH, NEGOMBO

Located on the golden sands of Negombo, effortlessly combining beauty and luxury. Jetwing Beach is a landmark property of Jetwing Hotels. Designed by the internationally renowned Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, the hotel is a wonderful example of Sri Lankan design amidst a tropical paradise. A magnificent pool to swim in, a spa full of wellness treatments and elegant rooms. With five dining options to choose from, guests are assured of delectable cuisine, both local and international.

There are 75 well-appointed rooms, decorated in earthy tones creating a relaxing ambience and also are equipped with carefully picked furniture and luxurious modern bathrooms. Each room has a private terrace or balcony with a fantastic view.

JETWING LAKE, DAMBULLA

Jetwing Lake nimbly combines contemporary architecture with the solitude of the Siyambalaweva banks, and its placid ambience. Sprawled on an expansive area of 18 acres, the hotel is a languid retreat with easy access to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and its curiosities.

Besides an internationally inspired menu, and an in house Chinese Restaurant, for those preferring an experience of a true Sri Lanka flavour, Jetwing Lake also specialises in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, prepared from fresh produce grown locally in the area.

Dressed in contemporary elements that subtly blend in with the surrounding area, the rooms are designed to offer guests complete, unhindered rest in an ambience of luxury. These living spaces are generously proportioned, with plush bathrooms that afford sensuous soaking away in their luxury bathtubs.

CINNAMON CITADEL, KANDY

If being close to nature sounds ideal, a lovely river by the misty hills with a little forest area is waiting for you. And at night, the atmosphere gets a little more magical into the night with warm lights, the pool’s reflection on the white walls, and a band playing by the lounge.

When you stay in our Superior Room, relax by the garden area and enjoy a barbeque night with friends and family. Lose yourself to the beautiful views from your private balcony or terrace and find comfort in the room’s amenities and space.

ST ANDREWS HOTEL, NUWARA ELIYA

Old world charm ensconces the atmosphere within Jetwing St. Andrews. Situated in Nuwara Eliya, which was a favourite holiday destination for the Colonial rulers, this mock Tudor Country house is the ideal location to retreat to for those in search of cooler climates. 

The entire hotel has been styled tastefully and with authenticity. The deep colour themes, the comfortable furnishings and the overall ambiance contribute to making this colonial mansion a delightful place at which to stay. 

THE GRAND UDAWALAWE SAFARI RESORT, UDA-WALAWE

The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, offering 4-star facilities, is the only hotel of its’ class in the area and an environmental friendly hotel. Situated on 7 acres of land only 500 metres from the Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant Orphanage), and is only a five minutes drive from the Uda Walawe National Park. 

Rooms include air conditioning, 24 hours TV / DVD Players, free wi-fi, tea making facilities 24 hours room services, direct dialing telephone (including IDD) / 24 hours laundry service and a doctor on call. 

AMARI RESORT, GALLE

Enriched with lush natural greenery, bursts of spices in the air, stunning architecture and fascinating sculptures set against dramatic coastal scenery explore and unearth Galle’s unimaginable beauty.

Seaside inspired with influences of the local colonial heritage, all guestrooms at Amari Galle Sri Lanka have been designed with the stunning seascape centre stage. Flexible living spaces, light and airy, spacious yet still cosy, the hotel will offer you the choice of modern yet homely deluxe rooms to exquisite suite accommodation all designed within a theme of natural simplicity complete with modern technology.

JETWING COLOMBO SEVEN, COLOMBO

Looking over the upscale neighbourhood of Cinnamon Gardens, Jetwing Colombo Seven is perfectly positioned between the cosmopolitan city centre and upcoming luxuriant suburbs. Enjoy being in close proximity to a number of urban experiences - be it shopping, dining, or simply sightseeing. In every one of the deluxe rooms, this tropical modernism unravels in a combination of minimal elegance and legendary Sri Lankan hospitality for your unconditional pleasure.

Wi-Fi: free

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Depart from: Colombo, Sri Lanka 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

ABOUT AIRFARES
On request we provide an airfare quote.  If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence. 

TRANSFERS
Airport Transfers are included on arrival and departure given that;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour and/or depart on the final day of the tour, or
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre or post tour group hotel with us as part of your package.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, in any case, we require your flight itinerary no later than 28 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This is a small group tour, with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single or solo travellers. It will depart with minimum of 4 travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a moderately paced, small group tour.  You should be reasonably fit to enjoy this tour. Some days will require early morning starts and much of the sightseeing is on foot.

The itinerary includes many ancient places such as temples and to make a full discovery of these places of visits, climbing stairs is required. If you have injuries or a fitness level that impedes walking, mobility and climbing stairs you should consider carefully if this tour is the right experience for you. Please talk to our staff before you book to assess your suitability.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The Local Cuisine
The lunch and dinner meals included with the itinerary are Sri Lankan cuisine.

We like to ensure that our travellers have dining experiences at local quality restaurants, and you won’t be limited to buffet style meals, but also enjoy A La Carte dining. There may be occasions where the group dines at the hotel, due to limited choice of restaurants in the area.

For days where lunch or dinner isn’t included, your guide will be on hand to offer recommendations. There may be one, or a few exceptions with western-style options. The hotel breakfasts will offer a variety including Sri Lankan breakfast and some western breakfast options. 

The traditional cuisine of Sri Lanka has been influenced by many nationalities over the years including the Dutch, English, Arabs, Malays, Moors, Indians and Portuguese. Food is colourful with many vegetarian options and by the coast seafood features.  The staple diet is rice and curry and the curry is usually offered as a variety of small dishes of curry including vegetarian, chicken, fish and some beef and mutton curries.  The curries are accompanied by other dishes including dhal and sambol (like a chutney). Coconut milk is widely used in the curries. And contrary to belief of some westerners, curries are not usually ‘hot’ in taste, but rather ‘spiced’ for flavour. Given Sri Lanka is a tropical island, tropical fruits are abundant. Be sure to sip on a King Coconut juice.

We advise travellers against street food and that you only dine at places that are recommended by your guide or guide/leader.  By following best advice it’s far less likely that you will become unwell with any stomach complaints.

About the Water in Sri Lanka
Due to poor quality of drinking water in Sri Lanka, you must only drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth. Most hotels have bottled water included in the room for the purpose of brushing teeth.

GROUP GUIDE
This is a private group tour with a driver and tour guide from Sri Lanka. Your tour guide is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. If the group size falls below 7 passengers, then a driver-guide will escort the group.

TRANSPORT
Touring is mostly by road. There is also a local train journey during the day, a short canoe trip, boat ride and a tuk tuk transfer for an excursion in the highlands. While in the National Park there is a jeep safari.

If the group size finalises between 4 to 6 passengers, a six seater van is used for the group touring with one driver-guide (not a driver and a guide). Where the group size finalises with 7 to 13 passengers a mini tourist van/coach with a driver and guide is included. If the group size finalises with 14-16 passengers a medium size coach is used for the group.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight: 20 kilograms
Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information: 7 kilograms/small bag

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'My holiday to Sri Lanka exceeded all expectations. Accommodation was excellent, itinerary comprehensive and guides extremely helpful and knowledgeable.'

Lyn, 63 years, Sydney, NSW

'I found Sri Lanka to be a surprisingly diverse and beautiful country. The accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. The highlight on this trip however was the people, who are so friendly and gentle. If you've never holidayed in an Asian country, then Sri Lanka is the perfect place to start.'

Judy, 56 years, Sydney, New South Wales

'The holiday was just what I needed with the right balance of activity and relaxation. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, well worth visiting.'

Sonia, 49 years, ACT
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Travel solo, not alone when you join one of our small group tours. Share your journey, without the drawbacks of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.
Age-Matched Tours
From our traveller feedback we know that our age-matched holidays are one of the main reasons that solo travellers choose to join us. All our 'Solos Only ' tours are age-matched, making for a better chance that you'll be travelling other like minded single travellers.