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Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples & Tea Trails

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-5 miles daily

Sri Lanka Walking Tour Map

In ancient Serendip, the stuff of happy accidents and unimaginable discoveries has inspired fables and folklore for centuries. Today’s Sri Lanka remains a seductive land of serendipity. In a beguiling destination few Westerners have experienced, walk among some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth, from sylvan forests dotted with terraced fields and lotus ponds to misty undulating hills carpeted with hand-harvested tea bushes. Marvel at Buddhist and Hindu monuments carved into cave-strewn hillsides, and a monolithic fort rising from dry plains. Stroll among the haunting ruins of some of history’s most vibrant and thriving ancient societies. And follow cobbled lanes into a rich past where spice was king, luring European traders whose legacies live on in grand colonial cities. You explore the most mesmerizing corners of Old Ceylon—Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Ceylon Tea Country, and Galle—by historic train, float plane, and by well-worn paths still traversed by saffron-robed monks and patient tea pickers.


Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the ancient walled city of Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage site, with an expert anthropologist, learning about its ancient temples and dagobas (bell-shaped stupas) as you go.
  • Soak up views of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress from your jungle resort, relaxing by its oversized pool.
  • Explore the terraced tea fields of a working plantation with a local expert, stopping to chat with workers along the way.
Flight + Tour Combo

11 days, 10 nights

FROM $6,598 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Yala National Park
3 nights $1,648

Tour Only

8 days, 7 nights

FROM $5,498 USD

per person, double occupancy



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  • Trust our expertise with 38+ years in active travel.
  • Immersive experiences with our local guides.
  • Virtually everything is included, even beer and wine with dinner.
  • Your departure is always guaranteed.
  • We take care of our solo travelers.
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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Cultural Triangle, Dambulla Cave Temples

Your guide will meet you at the Galle Face Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby and will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for light walking.

From Colombo, drive to the Cultural Triangle, where the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura, Kandy, and Polonnaruwa meet. Pause to explore the Dambulla Cave Temples, exquisitely painted chambers dating to the 1st century BC.

Accommodation: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya

Set in a lush oasis of rolling fields and ancient trees with stunning views of Sigiriya “Lion Temple,” this unique hotel offers spacious, deluxe chalets (each with four bedrooms) adorned with creative artwork inspired by the Aliya, or elephant.  An indulgent, oversized swimming pool and expansive decks invite relaxation.

Day 2

Pidurangala Rock and the Ancient City of Anuradhapura

Hike to the top of Pidurangala, a massive rock emerging from the jungle, for sweeping views. Or take a more leisurely walk at the mountain’s base. Later, explore the ancient walled city of Anuradhapura with an anthropologist.

Accommodation: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya

Set in a lush oasis of rolling fields and ancient trees with stunning views of Sigiriya “Lion Temple,” this unique hotel offers spacious, deluxe chalets (each with four bedrooms) adorned with creative artwork inspired by the Aliya, or elephant.  An indulgent, oversized swimming pool and expansive decks invite relaxation.

Day 3

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Kandy

Rise before dawn for an early visit to the monolithic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. If you wish, climb the 1,200 steps to the top, where magnificent palace ruins await. Or enjoy a relaxed stroll in the rainforest and Royal Gardens.

Accommodation: Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy

Tucked away in the hills above the city of Kandy, the Earl’s Regency Hotel provides a relaxed tropical setting. Its beautifully manicured swimming pool was shaped to fit the natural rock contours that surround it. Your spacious deluxe room features a private balcony that overlooks lush green environsand a unique local character. If you wish, indulge yourself in a treatment at Ayu Spa, perhaps a soothing massage, facial, or body scrub.

Day 4

Temple of the Tooth

Explore the villages surrounding Kandy by foot, stopping to admire the work of local artisans. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth, pilgrimage site to devout Buddhists eager to worship over one of Buddha’s teeth.

Accommodation: Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy

Tucked away in the hills above the city of Kandy, the Earl’s Regency Hotel provides a relaxed tropical setting. Its beautifully manicured swimming pool was shaped to fit the natural rock contours that surround it. Your spacious deluxe room features a private balcony that overlooks lush green environsand a unique local character. If you wish, indulge yourself in a treatment at Ayu Spa, perhaps a soothing massage, facial, or body scrub.

Day 5

Tea Country

Take a scenic train journey into the hillsides of tea country, a world of terraced fields and soaring peaks. Enjoy a stunning walk along tea trails, pausing to see tea pickers at work.

Accommodation: Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Set high above Nuwara Eliya and nestled in terraced tea plantations, the Heritance Hotel offers dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.  This unique hotel was once a tea factory and has been lovingly restored into a deluxe hotel earning a UNESCO Merit Award for its restoration.  Entering the hotel is like stepping back in time, many of the building’s original features remain including the large bedroom windows once used to control the temperature of the drying tea leaves but now offering sweeping views of the surrounding valley.

Day 6

Horton National Park

Today, the hiking trails of Horton National Park lead you to stunning vistas, magnificent wildlife and cascading waterfalls. Later, visit the charming colonial town of Nuwara Eliya.

Accommodation: Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Set high above Nuwara Eliya and nestled in terraced tea plantations, the Heritance Hotel offers dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.  This unique hotel was once a tea factory and has been lovingly restored into a deluxe hotel earning a UNESCO Merit Award for its restoration.  Entering the hotel is like stepping back in time, many of the building’s original features remain including the large bedroom windows once used to control the temperature of the drying tea leaves but now offering sweeping views of the surrounding valley.

Day 7

The Fortress town of Galle

Board a seaplane for a thrilling flight to Galle, South Asia’s best preserved fortress town. Here, ride a tuk-tuk to lunch and explore this historic city with a local guide.

Accommodation: Fort Bazaar Hotel, Galle

Once occupied by spice, tea, and gem traders, this beautiful colonial mansion has been renovated to its former glory.  Now Galle’s newest and hippest boutique hotel, this property offers both convenience in the heart of historic Galle and tranquility. The private courtyard and beautifully designed bedrooms with high ceilings, local art, and verandah’s invite relaxation.

Day 8

Your Country Walkers Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples and Tea Trails tour concludes

Rise early to join a pre-breakfast walk to watch the city awake. After breakfast, return to Negombo.

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Flight

Fly from USA to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive at Colombo’s Negombo International Airport. Depending on your arrival time at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, explore on your own the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, a fascinating blend of colonial architecture and local tradition.

Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Set beautifully on the Indian Ocean, the Galle Face Hotel exudes an air of 19th-century luxury. With timeless elegance, it overlooks the city’s celebrated Galle Face Green, a mile-long promenade fronting the ocean. The Travelers’ Bar overlooks the ocean from an open-air porch with colonial stylings. The beachside Checkerboard terrace is the ideal spot to savor a cup of Ceylon tea.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples & Tea Trails tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guide will meet you at the Galle Face Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby and will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for light walking.

From Colombo, drive to the Cultural Triangle, where the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura, Kandy, and Polonnaruwa meet. Pause to explore the Dambulla Cave Temples, exquisitely painted chambers dating to the 1st century BC.

Accommodation: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya

Set in a lush oasis of rolling fields and ancient trees with stunning views of Sigiriya “Lion Temple,” this unique hotel offers spacious, deluxe chalets (each with four bedrooms) adorned with creative artwork inspired by the Aliya, or elephant.  An indulgent, oversized swimming pool and expansive decks invite relaxation.

Day 2

Pidurangala Rock and the Ancient City of Anuradhapura

Hike to the top of Pidurangala, a massive rock emerging from the jungle, for sweeping views. Or take a more leisurely walk at the mountain’s base. Later, explore the ancient walled city of Anuradhapura with an anthropologist.

Accommodation: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya

Set in a lush oasis of rolling fields and ancient trees with stunning views of Sigiriya “Lion Temple,” this unique hotel offers spacious, deluxe chalets (each with four bedrooms) adorned with creative artwork inspired by the Aliya, or elephant.  An indulgent, oversized swimming pool and expansive decks invite relaxation.

Day 3

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Kandy

Rise before dawn for an early visit to the monolithic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. If you wish, climb the 1,200 steps to the top, where magnificent palace ruins await. Or enjoy a relaxed stroll in the rainforest and Royal Gardens.

Accommodation: Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy

Tucked away in the hills above the city of Kandy, the Earl’s Regency Hotel provides a relaxed tropical setting. Its beautifully manicured swimming pool was shaped to fit the natural rock contours that surround it. Your spacious deluxe room features a private balcony that overlooks lush green environsand a unique local character. If you wish, indulge yourself in a treatment at Ayu Spa, perhaps a soothing massage, facial, or body scrub.

Day 4

Temple of the Tooth

Explore the villages surrounding Kandy by foot, stopping to admire the work of local artisans. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth, pilgrimage site to devout Buddhists eager to worship over one of Buddha’s teeth.

Accommodation: Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy

Tucked away in the hills above the city of Kandy, the Earl’s Regency Hotel provides a relaxed tropical setting. Its beautifully manicured swimming pool was shaped to fit the natural rock contours that surround it. Your spacious deluxe room features a private balcony that overlooks lush green environsand a unique local character. If you wish, indulge yourself in a treatment at Ayu Spa, perhaps a soothing massage, facial, or body scrub.

Day 5

Tea Country

Take a scenic train journey into the hillsides of tea country, a world of terraced fields and soaring peaks. Enjoy a stunning walk along tea trails, pausing to see tea pickers at work.

Accommodation: Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Set high above Nuwara Eliya and nestled in terraced tea plantations, the Heritance Hotel offers dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.  This unique hotel was once a tea factory and has been lovingly restored into a deluxe hotel earning a UNESCO Merit Award for its restoration.  Entering the hotel is like stepping back in time, many of the building’s original features remain including the large bedroom windows once used to control the temperature of the drying tea leaves but now offering sweeping views of the surrounding valley.

Day 6

Horton National Park

Today, the hiking trails of Horton National Park lead you to stunning vistas, magnificent wildlife and cascading waterfalls. Later, visit the charming colonial town of Nuwara Eliya.

Accommodation: Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Set high above Nuwara Eliya and nestled in terraced tea plantations, the Heritance Hotel offers dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.  This unique hotel was once a tea factory and has been lovingly restored into a deluxe hotel earning a UNESCO Merit Award for its restoration.  Entering the hotel is like stepping back in time, many of the building’s original features remain including the large bedroom windows once used to control the temperature of the drying tea leaves but now offering sweeping views of the surrounding valley.

Day 7

The Fortress town of Galle

Board a seaplane for a thrilling flight to Galle, South Asia’s best preserved fortress town. Here, ride a tuk-tuk to lunch and explore this historic city with a local guide.

Accommodation: Fort Bazaar Hotel, Galle

Once occupied by spice, tea, and gem traders, this beautiful colonial mansion has been renovated to its former glory.  Now Galle’s newest and hippest boutique hotel, this property offers both convenience in the heart of historic Galle and tranquility. The private courtyard and beautifully designed bedrooms with high ceilings, local art, and verandah’s invite relaxation.

Day 8

Your Country Walkers Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples and Tea Trails tour concludes

Rise early to join a pre-breakfast walk to watch the city awake. After breakfast, return to Negombo.

Post-Tour Night

Your Country Walkers Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples and Tea Trails tour concludes

Rise early to join a pre-breakfast walk to watch the city awake. After breakfast, return to Negombo, where we have reserved an overnight room or a day room for you (depending on your flight’s departure time) at the lovely Wallawwa Boutique hotel.

Accommodation: Wallawwa Hotel, Negombo

Though the deluxe boutique Wallawwa Hotel is just minutes from the airport, it is a serene, five-acre oasis in the lush jungle amidst mature gardens. Colonial charms and exceptional service create a relaxed and carefree atmosphere among former Dutch warehouse buildings with wide-pillared verandas. Public areas include inviting courtyards and a landscaped pool. If you wish, indulge in a treatment at Z Spa, stretch in the yoga garden, and savor Asian fusion cuisine.

Departure

Late this evening (many flights leave at midnight) or early the next morning, a complimentary transfer is provided to the Colombo International Airport.  For those spending the night, breakfast is included.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Yala National Park

3 nights for only $1,648

  • Two nights at the Cinnamon Wild Hotel adjacent to Yala National Park
  • One night at the 5-star Wallawwa Boutique Hotel, Negombo
  • Round-trip flights from Colombo to the Southern Coast
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 Guided game drives in Yala National Park
  • Yala National Park entrance fees
  • Airport transfers

Enrich your Sri Lanka journey with a thrilling safari in Yala National Park, 378 square miles of lush beauty unfolding along the island-nation’s southern coast. Semi-arid forest, grassy plains, wetlands, lagoons, and coastal dunes host an astonishing menagerie of wildlife here; the park is home to the highest leopard concentration in the world. From your comfortable hotel along the Indian Ocean, jeep safaris take you into the wild in search of this spotted cat, as well as Asian elephants, golden-backed jackals, plentiful peacocks, gray langur monkeys, and more. It’s both a thrilling and relaxing prelude to your Sri Lanka adventure!

Single Supplement: $498

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One pre-tour night at a grand seafront hotel and one post-tour night (or day room depending on the time of your departure flight) at a 5-star boutique hotel
  • Two breakfasts (depending on the time of your departure flight)
  • 8 day, 7 night Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples & Tea Trails guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Yala National Park
3 nights from only $1,648

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Nov 4 - Nov 11 $5,498 $1,148

Flight + Tour Combo

2018 Dates LOS ANGELES Change Departure Airport
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Flight + Tour Combo
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Single Supplement
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Nov 2 - Nov 12 $6,598
$1,448
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