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Sri Lanka: Ancient Temples & Tea Trails

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-5 miles daily

Sri Lanka Tea Trails walking tour

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, Ritigala, Kandy,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 rarely visited Ritigala Jungle Monastery with an expert anthropologist, learning about the monks who once lived here as you go.
  • Soak up views of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage site, from your jungle resort, relaxing by its oversized pool.
  • Explore the terraced tea fields of a working plantation, 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
Colombo**
2 nights $248*
Yala National Park (2019 only)
3 nights $1,348-1,498*

Tour Only

8 days, 7 nights

FROM $5,498 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre- and post-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

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

Transfer to the Cultural Triangle (approximate 5-hour drive). Dambulla Cave Temples; 1 mile, easy to moderate

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

Ritigala Jungle Monastery

2.5 miles, moderate

Explore a rarely visited Jungle Monastery on the slopes of Ritigala Mountain with an anthropologist. Follow the former monks’ spiritual path high into the dense forest that still envelops much of the archaeological site.

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

1 mile, easy or 2 miles, moderate to challenging (with 1,200 steps). Transfer to Kandy (4 hours). Udawattakele Royal Forest; 3 miles, easy (time permitting)

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

Three Temples Walk. Temple of the Tooth

4 miles, easy to moderate

Stroll through rice fields and a small village nestled in the jungle outside Kandy, stopping to chat with local villagers. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth, a 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

Train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tea Country Trek; 2-3 miles, easy to moderate

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

World’s End and Bakers Falls; 6 miles, easy to moderate with 500 ft elevation gain. Free time in Nuwara Eliya

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

Float Plane to Galle. City tour; 1.5 miles, easy. Free time

Board a seaplane for a thrilling flight to Galle, South Asia’s best preserved fortress town. Here, enjoy lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean and explore this historic city on foot.

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

Optional stroll along the fort’s walls and to the Fish Market; 2-3 miles, easy. Transfer to Negombo

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

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

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Day 1

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

Transfer to the Cultural Triangle (approximate 5-hour drive). Dambulla Cave Temples; 1 mile, easy to moderate

Your guide will meet you at the Wallawwa 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

Ritigala Jungle Monastery

2.5 miles, moderate

Explore a rarely visited Jungle Monastery on the slopes of Ritigala Mountain with an anthropologist. Follow the former monks’ spiritual path high into the dense forest that still envelops much of the archaeological site.

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

1 mile, easy or 2 miles, moderate to challenging (with 1,200 steps). Transfer to Kandy (4 hours). Udawattakele Royal Forest; 3 miles, easy (time permitting)

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

Three Temples Walk. Temple of the Tooth

4 miles, easy to moderate

Stroll through rice fields and a small village nestled in the jungle outside Kandy, stopping to chat with local villagers. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth, a 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

Train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tea Country Trek; 2-3 miles, easy to moderate

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

World’s End and Bakers Falls; 6 miles, easy to moderate with 500 ft elevation gain. Free time in Nuwara Eliya

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

Float Plane to Galle. City tour; 1.5 miles, easy. Free time

Board a seaplane for a thrilling flight to Galle, South Asia’s best preserved fortress town. Here, enjoy lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean and explore this historic city on foot.

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

Optional stroll along the fort’s walls and to the Fish Market; 2-3 miles, easy. Transfer to Negombo

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

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

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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

Ritigala Jungle Monastery

2.5 miles, moderate

Explore a rarely visited Jungle Monastery on the slopes of Ritigala Mountain with an anthropologist. Follow the former monks’ spiritual path high into the dense forest that still envelops much of the archaeological site.

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

1 mile, easy or 2 miles, moderate to challenging (with 1,200 steps). Transfer to Kandy (4 hours). Udawattakele Royal Forest; 3 miles, easy (time permitting)

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

Three Temples Walk. Temple of the Tooth

4 miles, easy to moderate

Stroll through rice fields and a small village nestled in the jungle outside Kandy, stopping to chat with local villagers. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth, a 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

Train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tea Country Trek; 2-3 miles, easy to moderate

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

World’s End and Bakers Falls; 6 miles, easy to moderate with 500 ft elevation gain. Free time in Nuwara Eliya

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

Float Plane to Galle. City tour; 1.5 miles, easy. Free time

Board a seaplane for a thrilling flight to Galle, South Asia’s best preserved fortress town. Here, enjoy lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean and explore this historic city on foot.

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, 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 of approximately one-hour 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: Colombo**

2 nights for only $248*

  • One night at the 5-star Wallawwa Boutique Hotel, Negombo
  • One breakfast
  • Airport transfers

For guests reserving a Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to begin your journey in Sri Lanka with an additional night in Colombo. Spend the day recharging by using some of your five-star hotel’s amenities. Stretch out by the landscaped pool, strike a pose in the yoga garden, or order some traditional rice and curry from the restaurant at your own expense. Take some time to settle in and relax before your tour officially begins.

Single Supplement: $248*

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.
**For 2018 departures, the Pre-Tour Extension is to Yala National Park, 3 nights from only $1,648.

Post-Tour Extension: Yala National Park (**2019 only)

3 nights for only $1,348-1,498*

  • Two nights at the Cinnamon Wild Hotel adjacent to Yala National Park
  • One night at the 5-star Wallawwa Boutique Hotel, Negombo
  • Land transfer from Galle to Cinnamon Wild Hotel
  • Flight from Kogalla on the Southern Coast to Negombo
  • Three breakfasts
  • Two 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 culmination to your Sri Lanka adventure!

Single Supplement: $648*

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.
**The Post-Tour Extension to Yala National Park is only available for 2019 departures.

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 5-star boutique hotel and one post-tour night (or day room depending on the time of your departure flight) at a grand seafront 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 Extensions Available

Colombo**
2 nights from only $248*

Yala National Park (2019 only)
3 nights from only $1,348-1,498*

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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 and transfer just 15 minutes to the lovely Wallawwa Boutique Hotel. Relax by the swimming pool or on one of the many verandah’s overlooking the tranquil gardens.

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.

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 Wallawwa Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby and will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for light walking.

Your guide will meet you at the Wallawwa 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

Ritigala Jungle Monastery

2.5 miles, moderate

Explore a rarely visited Jungle Monastery on the slopes of Ritigala Mountain with an anthropologist. Follow the former monks’ spiritual path high into the dense forest that still envelops much of the archaeological site.

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

1 mile, easy or 2 miles, moderate to challenging (with 1,200 steps). Transfer to Kandy (4 hours). Udawattakele Royal Forest; 3 miles, easy (time permitting)

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

Three Temples Walk. Temple of the Tooth

4 miles, easy to moderate

Stroll through rice fields and a small village nestled in the jungle outside Kandy, stopping to chat with local villagers. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth, a 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

Train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tea Country Trek; 2-3 miles, easy to moderate

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

World’s End and Bakers Falls; 6 miles, easy to moderate with 500 ft elevation gain. Free time in Nuwara Eliya

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

Float Plane to Galle. City tour; 1.5 miles, easy. Free time

Board a seaplane for a thrilling flight to Galle, South Asia’s best preserved fortress town. Here, enjoy lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean and explore this historic city on foot.

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 Colombo, where we have reserved an overnight room or a day room for you (depending on your flight’s departure time) at the historic Galle Face Hotel.

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.

Departure

Late this evening (many flights leave at midnight) or early the next morning, a complimentary transfer of approximately one-hour 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: Colombo**

2 nights for only $248*

  • One night at the 5-star Wallawwa Boutique Hotel, Negombo
  • One breakfast
  • Airport transfers

For guests reserving a Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to begin your journey in Sri Lanka with an additional night in Colombo. Spend the day recharging by using some of your five-star hotel’s amenities. Stretch out by the landscaped pool, strike a pose in the yoga garden, or order some traditional rice and curry from the restaurant at your own expense. Take some time to settle in and relax before your tour officially begins.

Single Supplement: $248*

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.
**For 2018 departures, the Pre-Tour Extension is to Yala National Park, 3 nights from only $1,648.

Post-Tour Extension: Yala National Park (**2019 only)

3 nights for only $1,348-1,498*

  • Two nights at the Cinnamon Wild Hotel adjacent to Yala National Park
  • One night at the 5-star Wallawwa Boutique Hotel, Negombo
  • Land transfer from Galle to Cinnamon Wild Hotel
  • Flight from Kogalla on the Southern Coast to Negombo
  • Three breakfasts
  • Two 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 culmination to your Sri Lanka adventure!

Single Supplement: $648*

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.
**The Post-Tour Extension to Yala National Park is only available for 2019 departures.

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 5-star boutique hotel and one post-tour night (or day room depending on the time of your departure flight) at a grand seafront 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 Extensions Available

Colombo**
2 nights from only $248*

Yala National Park (2019 only)
3 nights from only $1,348-1,498*

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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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Single Supplement
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Nov 2 - Nov 12 $6,598
$1,448
Additional gateway cities available; please call for details. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Tour Only

2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Feb 18 - Feb 25 $5,698 $1,398
Nov 3 - Nov 10 $5,698 $1,398
Dec 1 - Dec 8 $5,698 $1,398

Flight + Tour Combo

2019 Dates LOS ANGELES Change Departure Airport
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Single Supplement
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Feb 16 - Feb 26 $6,998
$1,798
Nov 1 - Nov 11 $6,998 $1,798
Nov 29 - Dec 9 $6,998 $1,798
Additional gateway cities available; please call for details. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Sri Lanka Walking Tour Guide
Sugeeswara Dissanayake

Sugeeswara Dissanayake (Sugee) resides in the small town of Mahawewa and traveled for years throughout Europe and the USA before starting his guiding career. Even after twenty-five years as a professional guide, he retains a deep passion for sharing his vast knowledge of his beloved island nation, particularly with regard to gastronomy and nature. In addition, he’s a skilled wildlife photographer and spends his free time showcasing his Italian cooking skills to his friends and family.

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Ajith Fonseca

Ajith Fonseca—or “AJ,” as he is known by his friends—was born in Colombo, but spent years pursuing a business degree in England before returning to his beloved homeland to begin a guiding career. A licensed national guide with over ten years’ experience, he finds great joy in sharing his vast knowledge of Sri Lanka, particularly with regard to history and nature. Travelers find his love of Sri Lanka infectious—especially when he’s revealing hidden highlights of Sigiriya. In addition to guiding, AJ is a skilled cyclist and spends his free time trekking though the tea country, rediscovering Sri Lanka’s diversity and beauty for himself. Please note that on this particular tour, you will have one full-time Country Walkers guide with you throughout the tour joined by local guides in each region we visit in order to offer the deepest immersion and best local expertise.

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