General

Offering the perfect mix of culture and relaxation, Sri Lanka’s Secret Side explores not only historical cities but also the lesser visited east coast of Sri Lanka.

Still a little raw around the edges, the east coast is one of Sri Lanka’s upcoming areas with beautiful beaches and warm waters. It is only fair to dedicate some of your time to experiencing these caramel coloured sands, swaying palms and have the sea breeze in your hair as you watch the sun set behind the horizon.

Journey from Negombo to Anuradhapura and travel around the ancient citadel by bike to discover the ruins of its monastic complex all whilst learning about the lives of its inhabitants. Climb the famed Sigiriya Rock Fortress ahead of a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park which allows you to observe nature and its diversity from the comfort of your seat. As you head east to Trincomalee and Pasikuda, the days and nights are spent at leisure for you to take in the tranquil atmosphere and relax.

The beaches of Trincomalee – mainly Nilaveli and Marble Bay offer white soft sandy beaches that stretch for miles whilst Pasikuda is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. At select times its possible for people to walk at least half a kilometre into the sea at certain points due to the water being only a few inches deep, with the current relatively weak compared to the rest of Sri Lanka’s coastline.

Soak yourself in local culture as you visit Gal Oya, one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas – here a walk in the forest with the ‘Veddas’, the forest dwelling indigenous community of Gal Oya, offers an insight as to how they live off the land and be at one with nature. Travel inland to Kandy and discover sacred spaces and listen to intriguing tales of the city before heading to Colombo for your last night.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
BIKE RIDE IN ANURADHAPURA / SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS EXPLORATION / JEEP SAFARI / A WALK WITH AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY BOAT RIDE / KANDY CITY TOUR / CULTURAL COLOMBO TOUR

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Negombo / Anuradhapura / Trincomalee / Pasikuda / Gal Oya / Kandy / Colombo
Duration 15 Days / 14 Nights

Itinerary

This holiday is solely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own custom-made tour.


Day 1 Colombo - Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to your Negombo hotel.

Day 2 Negombo - Anuradhapura

Transfer to Anuradhapura and take part in a city tour by bicycle. Cycle around ruins of the island’s first kingdom on lesser-known trails.

Day 3 Anuradhapura

Today visit and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress followed by a visit to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari.

Day 4 Anuradhapura - Trincomalee

Transfer to Trincomalee and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5-6 Trincomalee

Spend the next two days at leisure.

Day 7 Trincomalee - Paskikuda

Transfer to Pasikuda and spend the evening at leisure.

Day 8-9 Paskikuda

Spend the next two days at leisure.

Day 10 Paskikuda - Gal Oya

Transfer to Gal Oya and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11 Gal Oya

Take part in a walk with the ‘Veddas’, the indigenous community of Gal Oya. You will also enjoy a boat ride today.

Day 12 Gal Oya - Kandy

Today transfer to Kandy and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13 Kandy

Enjoy a beguiling journey around Kandy. Your guide will walk you through the highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s most pivotal cities.

Day 14 Kandy - Colombo

Transfer to Colombo and en-route peek into a handful of the city’s sacred spaces illustrating Colombo’s diverse culture. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 14 Colombo

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

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