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'
See a different side of Sri Lanka as well as all of its iconic sights on our special Walkers' Paradise Island holiday
- A tropical paradise walking holiday
- Sunrise at the summit of Adam`s Peak
- Off the beaten track in the formerly restricted Eastern zone
- Spectacular views in the Knuckles and at World`s End
- Aurugam Bay and the leopards of Yala National Park
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. This Sri Lanka walking holiday features a 2-day traverse of the spectacular Knuckles 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 Horton Plains and a climb to the summit of sacred Adam's Peak (2243m) to catch the sunrise. The holiday also includes many historical, cultural and archaeological highlights, such as 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 sacred tooth. We also have some recreation time at 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 sightseeing tour, this walking holiday offers a real insight into Sri Lankan culture and rural life away from the beaten track.
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 which Sri Lanka 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.