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Sri Lanka Land & Sea

We can’t blame you if you want to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer – the history, the beaches, the flavours, are all equally tempting. On this 14-day tour, search for wildlife on a safari, visit the historic city of Galle, and taste for yourself the exotic flavours at a spice plantation. Then, head over to the southern coast (with whales and dolphins as your travel buddies) for some well-earned time with snorkelling, surfing, and a beach barbecue.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ASVE/205156
  • Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Mirissa, Sri Lanka
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Kandy
  • Ella
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Unawatuna
  • Mirissa
  • Weligama Bay
  • Galle
  • Kudawella
  • Kalametiya
  • Talalla Beach

Itinerary

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Day 1: Negombo

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Negombo/Kandy

Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth.

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Day 3: Kandy

Explore Kandy with a free day.

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Day 4: Kandy/Ella

Travel by private vehicle to the historic town of Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a scenic lakeside lunch. Continue the journey to the rolling green valleys of the Ella area and spend 2 nights at the G Adventures-supported AMBA estate, an organic farm and guest house.
Livelihood opportunities in the valley of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka are limited for low income community members. Many rely on agricultural work, especially in the tea plantations, which can be arduous with little financial gain. Amba Estate came to the area with the purpose of promoting economic growth through their organic tea plantation, paying fair wages, sharing their profits with their workers, and creating opportunities for growth. Having established its place in the travel market, Amba is now ready to support community cooperatives as a means of better spreading the income of tourism throughout the valley.

Planeterra is working alongside Amba Estate by supporting the initial investment for the first community-led microenterprise that will work in partnership with Amba. Planeterra's catalyst grant covers the equipment, training and setup costs for a group of six women to formally become a chutney co-operative. The chutney will be sold back to Amba Estate for travellers to consume, as well as sold to guests and in markets throughout Sri Lanka. G Adventures travellers began visiting Amba in July 2018. They now have the opportunity to eat the delicious chutneys, meet the women and see how it's made!

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Day 5: Ella

In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet.

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Day 6: Ella/Udawalawe National Park

Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

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Day 7: Udawalawe National Park/Unawatuna

After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group.

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Day 8: Unawatuna/Mirissa

Spend a relaxing morning in Unawatuna, before transferring across to Mirissa, where you will meet your captain and crew.

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Day 9: Weligama Bay/Galle

Watch for whales and dolphins on the way to Galle, then spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring the city and Dutch Fort.

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Day 10: Galle/Kudawella

Cruise along the southern coast to Kudawella, enjoying the scenery and visiting isolated beaches to swim, stand up paddle board (SUP), or kayak. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales along the way.

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Day 11: Kudawella/Kalametiya

Spend the morning at Mawella Beach, before continuing up the coast to Kalametiya. In the afternoon, opt to visit the Kalametiya village and sanctuary, or soak up the sun on the beach.

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Day 12: Kalametiya/Talalla Beach

Visit the small surf beach of Hirikatiya for a surf or swim, then continue on Sri Lanka's southern coast to Talalla Beach. Keep a lookout for marine life along the way.

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Day 13: Talalla/Mirissa

Return to Weligama Bay, and enjoy a barbecue on the beach with your group.

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Day 14: Mirissa

Sail back to the Mirissa Harbour and disembark. Tour ends on arrival. Opt for a transfer to Colombo Airport.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy G Adventures for Good: AMBA Estate, Ella
    • Spice plantation visit
    • Kandyan cultural dance performance
    • Temple of the Tooth visit
    • Tea plantation visit and tasting (AMBA)
    • Cooking demonstration
    • BBQ and camp at Udawalawe NP
    • Elephant Transit Home visit
    • Nature walk
    • Galle City and Fort tour
    • Sailing Sri Lanka's south coast
    • Visits to Weligama Bay and Galle
    • Watching for whales and dolphins from the boat
    • Beach BBQ
    • Snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding equipment
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotel (7 nts), sailing catamaran (6nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, trains, 4x4, local bus, walking, 16m (53 ft) sailing catamaran
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), skipper/CEO, crew
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit a spice plantation to interact with Ayurveda students
  • Tour a tea plantation and chat with a local expert
  • Spot Sri Lankan elephants on a reserve safari
  • Explore Galle and the historic fort
  • Sail along the southern coast
  • Enjoy time on beautiful beaches