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On the Trail: Hiking and cycling in Sri Lanka

On this eight-day excursion, you’ll have the chance to explore the most beautiful and secluded treasures buried deep in the heart of Sri Lanka. Trek through the lush rainforest and hike across plains densely populated with rich flora and fauna, including rare wild animals. Cycle through tea terraces and round mountain passes, stopping to swim in crystal clear mountain streams and waterfall pools. Spend your nights camped beneath the stars or tucked away in cozy lodges, deep in the rugged wilderness of this incredible island nation. 

  • Swim in mountain streams and waterfall lagoons
  • Hike across Horton’s Plain to World’s End
  • Cycle down Satan’s Steps Camp beneath the stars in a Sri Lankan rainforest
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Once firmly on Sri Lankan soil, you’ll be escorted to Rathtota to meet your driver and be whisked away to the beautiful camp at Riverston. Here, you’ll be greeted with refreshments and enjoy leisure time to explore the camp, take a dip in the mountain stream and get used to your surroundings. After lunch, plunge into the local wilderness to discover a cross-section of all the mini eco-systems of Sri Lanka, from dry brush to humid jungle to pygmy forest. Marvel at the abundance of this gorgeous countryside before heading back to camp to enjoy a hearty barbecue around a campfire and a good night’s rest.

Day 2

An early rise is well worth it for the stunning sunrise over the Manigala Mountain and the valley below. After breakfast you’ll make tracks, embarking upon the nearly four-hour hike through Pallegama to Narangamuwa. Walking through the tropical forest, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Lakegala Mountain rising above, and you’ll even have the chance to spot the wild elephants that roam the countryside nearby. In the late afternoon, make camp at Meemure, an isolated village tucked deep in the forest at the foot of the Knuckles range.

Day 3
Nuwara Eliya

Today your driver will meet you at camp and you’ll enjoy the leisurely drive to the pretty highland town of Nuwara Eliya. This picturesque spot is strewn with colonial tea estates and elegant architecture, surrounded by rolling green tea terraces as far as the eye can see. Tonight, indulge in a comfortable night in a cozy hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast, begin your trek across the beautiful Horton Plains, keeping a watchful eye out for the abundant wildlife that roam here, including wild boar, deer and many species of birds. Then, soak in the stunning views from your hike’s destination: World’s End, a sheer 3700-foot drop with a scenic valley view below. After a short hike back, enjoy your packed lunch at the entrance of Horton Plains before hopping on your bike to ride through green tea plantations and endeavor the steep hairpin bends of ‘Satans Steps’. Take a break at the towering Bambarakanda Waterfall and cool off in the lagoon before hitting the road once again, bound for Belihuloya. Here, you’ll spend the night at the charming River Garden Resort.

Day 5

After an early breakfast at your hotel, hop back on your bike bound for Udawalawe National Park. At the gates of the park, your 4x4 will meet you to transport you through the natural wonders of the park to your campsite. Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch and relax at camp in the afternoon as you prepare for your evening safari. Head out into the wild where you will be surrounded by towering mountain peaks, making sure to look out for wild elephant, deer, buffalo, leopards and exotic birds. Back at camp, enjoy a candlelit barbecue dinner beneath the stars.

Day 6
Martin's Lodge, Sinharaja

Enjoy breakfast at camp before hopping back in your jeep and making your way to the entrance to Sinharaja Forest. Here you’ll find Martin’s Lodge, the homestead dedicated to Martin Wijesinghe, a world-renowned protector of nature who lobbied to recognize the area as a World Heritage Site. Relax at the lodge and explore the visitor’s center in the afternoon.

Day 7

Rise bright and early, ready to plunge into the primeval rainforest of Sinharaja. Enjoy your picnic breakfast here in the jungle: named for the legendary lion king from whom Sri Lankans are supposedly descended, Sinharaja is a sacred natural area, shrouded in mystery and legend. Stop off for lunch at another scenic picnic spot before making your way back to the lodge for the evening.

Day 8

After breakfast at the lodge, it’s time to depart from your unforgettable tour of the natural treasures of Sri Lanka and head home or onwards to your next exciting destination.


Suggested Accommodations

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.
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

This environmentally-friendly four-star resort, covering seven acres of land, is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind resort in the north of Sri lanka. The resort offers 53 Deluxe and Superior rooms and four suites. With its magical flora and fauna that can be seen on- and off-site, it’s in a prime location, offering the perfect getaway for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Udawalawe National Park and Ath Athuru Sevana Elephant Orphanage are both within walking distance to make for exciting, action-packed days, while a picturesque swimming pool allows guest to relax in the warm sun, with excellent service at hand. Expect to dine in style at the hotel’s restaurant, which can can serve up to 250 guests at a time. The resort’s piece-de-resistance is its stunning free-form swimming pool, surrounded by loungers, and complete with adjoining bar. 

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