Sri Lanka Tracks and Trails
Sri Lanka, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,955 (land only) - from $2,260 (land only)
Off the beaten trail in the 'Land Like No Other'
As well as visiting all Sri Lanka's iconic sights, we'll also discover rarely visited parts of this paradise island as we take to the trails and explore on foot.
- See the real Sri Lanka on this tropical paradise walking holiday
- Watch the sunrise from the summit of Adam`s Peak
- Get off the beaten track in the formerly restricted Eastern zone
- Spectacular views in the Knuckles mountains and at World`s End
- Check out the surf in Aurugam Bay & go leopard spotting in Yala
With its 2500 metre peaks, emerald-green tea plantations, vast forest reserves and tropical coastline, few places can rival the geographical variety of this teardrop-shaped island at the southern tip of India. Our two week walking holiday takes us 'off the beaten track' to discover relatively unvisited and secluded parts of this tiny paradise island. We've included a 2-day traverse of the spectacular Knuckles mountain range and 2 days trekking in the Namunukula range, which until recently was off limits to visitors, as well as day hikes in the Thangamale Reserve, on the famous Horton Plains and a climb to the summit of the sacred Adam's Peak (2243m) to catch the sunrise. Sri Lanka is bursting with unmissable historical, cultural and archaeological highlights, so visits to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the natural rock fortress of Sigiriya, the cave temples of Dambulla and the former capital of Kandy, home to the 'Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic' are also a shoo-in! After all that, we've still time to relax (or hit the surf) in the surfers' paradise of Aurugam Bay and a jeep safari in the Yala National Park (noted for its abundant leopard population). Much more than a walking tour, this holiday offers a real insight into Sri Lankan culture, both historic and modern, and takes you to the heart of this spectacular island nation.
Is this holiday for you?
This is not a long or sustained trekking holiday. The intention is to see the 'real' Sri Lanka and enjoy the best of the varied hiking the island has to offer. The altitudes attained are never sufficiently high to cause problems with acclimatisation and the underfoot conditions are generally good, on tracks and trails through tea plantations and forest and between villages. We may encounter some slippery conditions on forest trails. There are 6 days when we do a significant amount of walking, averaging 5 to 6 hours on each of these days. The ascent of Adam's Peak involves 4 hours up and 2 hours down on an unrelenting series of more than 3000 steps! In order to catch the sunrise most of this ascent is made at night. During the Pilgrim season (December to May) the entire trail is lit with electric lights. Outside of this season we will make the ascent by the light of our head-torches.