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Trekking the Treasures of Sri Lanka

Get ready for the hiking trip of a lifetime as you embark on 10 action-packed days in beautiful Sri Lanka. After acclimatizing in the country’s modern capital, you’ll be plunged into the natural beauty of the highlands, exploring the rolling tea terraces and hiking to famous viewpoints for stunning sunrise panoramas and unmissable photo opportunities. Visit ancient sites from the Temple of the Tooth relic in Kandy, home of the Sinhalese kings, to the rock fortress at Sigiriya. Finally, wrap up your adventure discovering the coastal wetlands around the beautiful beachside town of Negombo.

  • Climb Adam’s Peak in time for a spectacular sunrise
  • Trek up to soak in panoramic views from Lipton’s Seat
  • Hike over the five peaks of Knuckles Range
  • Discover the historic treasures of ancient Kandy
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Touch down in capital city Colombo where you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your comfortable city-center hotel. Check in and freshen up before your guided tour of all the city’s sights, including the Gangarama and Seema Malaka temples and the National Museum.

Day 2

After breakfast at your hotel, you’re bound for the pretty town of Kitulgala, the starting point of your jungle adventure. Choose to hike across the Kelani River and up the Seven Maidens mountains through picturesque tea country, or opt for a trek through the Makandawa rainforest, taking in the rare flora and fauna. Your final destination is a colonial bungalow on the Ceylon Tea estate, set amid lush green tea terraces.

Day 3

An early start has its rewards as you’ll discover today when you embark upon your trek up Adam’s Peak, just after midnight. The four-hour hike sees you arriving at the lofty summit, 7,400 feet above sea level, just in time for the stunning sunrise. After snapping some pictures, make your way back to your bungalow to spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 4

Wake up to a leisurely breakfast served in your room, in preparation for your drive to Haputale in the misty green mountains. From there, take a walk to Lipton’s Seat, a favorite vantage point of tea pioneer, Sir Thomas Lipton. Gaze over the lush valleys and rolling tea terraces before driving to Nuwara Eliya and checking into the elegant Grand Hotel.

Day 5

Up bright and early for a drive out to Horton Plains, today you can enjoy a picnic breakfast surrounded by nature and the stunning views from World’s End. Look out for monkeys and deer before heading back to Nuwara Eliya. In the afternoon, hike up Single Tree Hill to visit the quaint village of Shantipura.

Day 6

Hop aboard a train for a beautiful scenic ride to Kandy. From the historic capital, you’ll be able to visit Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, a botanical paradise packed with exotic plants and animals. In the afternoon, explore the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Day 7

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in preparation for your trek from Knuckles Range, a collection of five peaks that resemble a closed fist, to Deanston Park. On the way, you’ll pass through Corbet's Gap, home to all the distinct eco-systems of the country. Later, catch your ride to Kandalama, where you’ll check into the Heritance Kandalama Hotel with its beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.

Day 8

A morning drive takes you to the rock fortress at Sigiriya, once home to a great palace on its peak. Climb the steps to the Lion Gate, exploring the water gardens and marveling at the frescoes that remain. Back at Kandalama in the afternoon, discover some great trails in the surrounding forests before a well-earned night’s rest back at the Heritance.

Day 9

It’s off to the coast today for a boat trip around the rich wetlands of Muthurajawela, home to fantastic lizards, pythons and crocodiles. In the afternoon, relax at the Jetwing Hotel, your luxurious beachside resort in Negombo, or explore the town’s many bars and restaurants.

Day 10

Say goodbye to Sri Lanka today as you are transferred to the airport in Colombo to check in for your flight on to your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations



The dramatic and sultry Tintagel property is located in central Colombo, close to Colombo Town Hall, National Art Gallery and Sinhalese Sports Club. The hotel was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders, making it an important structure of national heritage. This unique and intimate hotel boasts ten high-ceilinged suites with timber floors, lavishly decorated with a unique blend of color, texture and atmosphere. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, bathtubs and large vanities. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, LCD TV screens with DVD/CD players, a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Egyptian cotton bedding. Selected suites come with a private courtyard or a balcony. There are a range of dining facilities including an alfresco restaurant, a chic indoor restaurant offering international cuisine, a private dining room and a bar with black leather lounges and bronze tables. Other facilities and services of the hotel include a spa with optional in-room service, swimming pool, gym, steam room, library and courtyard.

Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails

Sri Lanka, once known as Ceylon, is one of the world's historic centers of tea production, replete with rolling green hills and genteel plantation homes. Ceylon Tea Trails, run by the Dilmah Tea Company, has restored four classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. These historic houses offer guests the unique experience of life on a working tea estate in the highlands (elevation here is over 4,000 feet). The bungalows range in size from four to six rooms and two have their own pools. Summerville and Castlereagh are situated opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh Lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley about 15 minutes away by car and Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley. Maintained trails with beautiful views run between all the bungalows, and through the surrounding hillsides and plantations. Each house comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys; in-house massage appointments can be arranged. Meals and afternoon tea are prepared by your private chef using gourmet ingredients and produce grown right on the property, and can be served indoors or on the lawn.

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is a Tudor-style mansion set amidst boxwood and fir trees overlooking the calm waters of Lake Gregory. Hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls, infusing the property with the tranquility of times past. The hotel has 156 elegantly furnished rooms including three presidential suites and three deluxe suites that overlook the property's magnificent, award-winning gardens filled with beautifully laid out flower beds. Rooms in the new golf wing overlook the golf course and present a soothing view of the rolling greens, and junior suites are equipped with fireplaces and well-appointed bathrooms. The main restaurant, Barnes Hall, is located on the ground floor of the hotel and overlooks the gardens, and offers a wide choice in both Western and Eastern cuisines. There is also a coffee shop, an Indian restaurant, supper club and three bars on the grounds. Other amenities include three lounges, a small shopping arcade, fitness center and sauna, spa, wood-paneled bar and billiard room with three tables. There is no Internet access at the hotel.
Kandy House

Kandy House

This historic dwelling was once the ancestral home of a Kandyan family and was restored to its former splendor in 2005 by Channa Daswatte, Geoffrey Bawa’s protege. The two-story main house is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, which have avocado, jackwood, papaya, Sri Lankan orange and Kithul trees - the perfect setting for afternoon tea complete with Kandy House’s desserts made with treacle from Kithul blossoms. Each of the nine guest rooms is furnished with stunning Dutch antique furniture, many with a four-poster bed. The modern en-suite bathrooms provide a washed concrete-style double vanity area and shower area, and a stately Victorian bath. The Verandah rooms - Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke - are the hotel’s most spacious rooms which open onto a wide wrap-around verandah, dotted with cane chaises lounges, reading chairs and antiques. Although there is no Internet connection and cell phone service is patchy, guests will find plenty to do here with yoga classes, Ayurvedic treatments and hikes through Kandy’s flora and fauna. The restaurant serves Western and Sri Lankan fare, all prepared with seasonal produce fresh from the Kandy market, and homemade cakes and cookies are available at teatime.
Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama

Designed by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the unique Heritance Kandalama hotel is set into a cliff face among dense tropical forests, flanked by the Dambulla rock temple and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The hotel’s buildings were planned to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment and are covered with hanging vines and flowering plants. Each of the 152 rooms faces either Kandalama Lake or the forest – even the bathrooms were planned to showcase the view – and is decorated in an elegantly simple contemporary style. The Kandalama is the first Green Globe 21-certified hotel in Asia, and the first hotel in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building certification. There are three restaurants to choose from, including the Kanchana Café, which has won multiple awards. Among The Kandalama’s amenities are a pool, business center and fitness center, while the world-renowned Six Senses Spa has a location here that offers Asian, Swedish, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage.

Jetwing Beach Resort

Jetwing Beach Resort

In a haven of tranquility, hugging Sri Lanka’s immaculate western coast’s golden shoreline, lies Jetwing Beach, the winner of 2013 Certificate of Excellence and member to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This lavish beach resort is one of Negombo’s finest hotels, offering a relaxing holiday in sophisticated comfort. Designed by one of Sri Lanka’s top architects, Geoffrey Bawa, this exquisite resort enables you to wind in hours of recreational beach fun, revitalize in invigorating spa wellness treatments, indulge in mouthwatering Sri Lankan dishes and rich international cuisine in one of several dining venues, and take advantage of the gorgeous swimming pool. Your day will always end on a high note, as you watch the stunning sun drop off the edge of the horizon, illuminating the sky into warm shades of pink, yellow, orange and red.

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