An adventurous Sri Lanka itinerary taking you off the beaten track to places few visitors get to see. Visit the peninsular of Mannar in the north-west and then enjoy some luxury on the east coast, with plenty in-between! Features a range of fabulous accommodation including remote lodges, homestays and hotels.
- For those who like their hotels rustic and down to earth.
- Discover a Sri Lanka itinerary with elements that very few get to see, away from any of the major sites and, for the most part, other tourists.
- Enjoy empty beaches and unhurried wildlife.
- Mix up the rustic accomodation with some good old fashioned luxury by the beach!
As every holiday is unique to you, prices vary. To give you an indication, two-week holidays range from roughly £2,500 to £8,000 per adult, with an average price of £3,300. We also offer substantial child and seasonal discounts.
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DAY 1 DEPART THE UK
Depart London Heathrow for Colombo, Sri Lanka.
DAYS 2 – 4 THE MUDHOUSE
You will be met at the airport and transferred to The Mudhouse. This little-visited but beautiful area of Sri Lanka is deeply rural and life moves at a tranquil pace. Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s “dry zone”, it is characterised by startling rock formations and scattered “tanks” – village reservoirs that have provided the water for local agriculture for thousands of years and continue to do so today. The warm and friendly hospitality of the staff complements the rustic charm of the Mudhouse design. You’ll have three days here to relax into Sri Lanka and enjoy the many excursions and activities offered.
DAYS 5 – 7 WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
From the Mudhouse you will be picked up by your chauffeur-guide and vehicle. From here you head north through Wilpattu National Park to the island of Mannar. Situated in the remote fishing village of Pesalai on the Mannar peninsula, Abode Hibernation provides visitors with a wonderful insight into the way of life and cultural heritage of this Christian Tamil part of northern Sri Lanka. You will be picked up by your expert guide who runs this homestay style project and will then explore this little-visited section of the north-west coast. You will spend time with the locals, have invigorating well showers and eat the freshest fish on a deserted stretch of beach. All transport is included in the price. Do be warned that the accommodation and facilities are basic, but the whole point of your stay here is to embrace and experience the local way of life with your charming and fascinating guide.
DAYS 8 – 11 TRINCOMALEE, THE EAST COAST
From Mannar we drive across the northern strip of the island to the eastern town of Trincomalee, stopping en route for an afternoon picnic on Pulmoddai Beach. The east coast of Sri Lanka is back on the tourist trail after many years and Jungle Beach is one of the best places to experience it. With large spacious rooms and a beautiful secluded beach, there are few coastal locations to rival it. Nearby Trincomalee town, with its mix of cultures and spectacular natural harbour, provides many an opportunity to explore. We include a half-day tour of Trincomalee fort, harbour and the spectacular cliff-top Hindu temple of Koneswaram.
DAYS 12 – 14 THE KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE
Heading south-west from Trincomalee you arrive just north of the Knuckles Mountain Range – so called as it resembles a clenched fist. The Knuckles remain one of the most inaccessible regions of Sri Lanka – there are almost no roads into the area and it is known for its biodiversity. Your base here is the truly unique and original Rangala House. It’s a lovely little hotel and a very comfortable place to end your visit to this region. Lovely walks or 4WD excursions into the surrounding area are available.
DAY 15 NEGOMBO
From the Knuckles, drive back to the west coast and the peaceful Horathapola for your final night. Your driver will drop you here and you will have a last chance to savour some superb Sri Lankan cuisine before you return home.
DAY 16 DEPART SRI LANKA
Private transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to London.
- International flights.
- All accommodation and meals as stated.
- Private vehicle with driver for the duration stated.
- Excursions, activities and safaris as detailed.
- Airport transfers
Please note that the price of flights in particular can be higher during the peak travel periods.
As with all our holidays, this can be tailor-made to suit. We’d be delighted to adapt this holiday or any of our others to suit your requirements.