Destinations Destinations
Yala National Park, Polonnaruwa, Colombo, Knuckles Mountain Range, Galle, Gal Oya National Park
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Safari, Luxury, Beach, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Mild

Your Sri Lankan adventure begins in capital Colombo, which combines ancient temples and modern malls. Next, travel to the cultural triangle to see ancient temples at Polonnaruwa and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, before heading to the Knuckles Mountain Range for hiking trails and mountain views. Continue your Sri Lanka adventure with visits to two national parks: Gal Oya NP offers boat safaris to see elephants swimming and crocodiles hunting, while Yala NP is home to the elusive leopard. Head back to civilisation to explore the colonial mansions and quirky side streets of Galle, before ending your trip back in Colombo.

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Historic markets and modern malls in Colombo

Cosmopolitan Colombo is more than just the gateway to Sri Lanka. Here, you can learn about Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic history, with churches, mosques and temples all in a line, street food with influences from around the world, and shopping in a mix of ancient markets and huge malls in Pettah.

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

From Jaffna crab curry to breakfasts of hoppers (fermented rice crepes), Sri Lankan food has a distinct identity depending on where you visit.

Relax in the jungle

Head north to The Mudhouse, an enchanting jungle lodge surrounded by lakes and forest, and at the foot of the mysterious Paramakanda Rock Temple.

Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, a thriving centre of commerce and religion. Today, visitors can explore the site’s archaeological treasures, including the Sacred Quadrangle and a number of temples. Combine your trip with a visit to the nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Get lost in the caves of Dambulla

Get lost in the caves of Dambulla

Explore the five main caves of Dambulla stuffed with statues of Buddha and Hindu gods. The walk up offers great views of Sigiriya Rock.

Go hiking in the Knuckles Mountain Range

The Knuckles Mountain Range – also known as the Dumbara Mountain Range – is home to 34 peaks and offers plenty of treks for hikers to explore, with waterfalls, tiny villages and elusive mountain animals part of the experience.

Boat safari in Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya is the most untouched of all of Sri Lanka’s national parks and is the only one where you can take a boat safari. Take to the water on Watawanna Lake to see elephants swimming, crocodiles hunting and birdlife up close.

Go leopard spotting in Yala National Park

Southeast Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is the country’s most visited wilderness reserve. Home to leopards, elephants and crocodiles, the park’s trails can get crowded during the high season.

Take a walk through historic Galle

The historic fort town of Galle is best explored on foot, allowing you to take in its grandiose colonial buildings, ancient temples and mosques and many quirky side streets. Make sure to take a walk on the ramparts of the fort, with views out over the ocean.

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Enjoy a scenic boat ride down the Kapu Ela River, exploring rural villages and watching grey fish eagles soar through the air.

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