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Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Sri Lanka School Group Holiday
Transport - Chartered Bus
Accommodation - 7 nights hotel, 2 nights camping
Meals - Full Board Basis
Local Tour Leader throughout
1 free teacher place per 10 paying students
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Sri Lanka.
After your flight, you make the short transfer to your first night's accommodation at Katunayake.Time to relax at your hotel and recover from your long flight. Overnight: The Tamarind Tree Hotel (D)
NB: Although most Sri Lankan Airlines' flights arrive in the early afternoon, schedules sometimes dictate arrival in the very early hours. A hotel room and breakfast will be provided in these instances.
After breakfast we head towards the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, the area around Sigiriya. En route we’ll stop at a coconut processing plant to observe how the kernel is extracted from the nut and sent through a production process to be turned into desiccant coconut which is enjoyed in chocolate bars such as “Bounty”. We arrive mid afternoon and check into our hotel. After an orientation walk we will have dinner at the hotel. Overnight: The Kassapa Lions Rock (BLD)
This morning, you'll have the opportunity to climb to the summit of Sigiriya's famous Lion Rock using a series of steps and walkways which zig-zag their way up the seemingly impenetrable rock cliffs. The site was occupied long before the citadel was built at the end of the 5th century, and it later became a monastery before falling into disrepair. From the base, where a moat surrounds impressive water gardens, you'll ascend 200m, passing an overhanging rock under which superb portraits of native maidens holding flowers and temple offerings still adorn the rock wall. Crowning the flat-topped summit of the rock are the extensive remains of King Kasyapa's summer palace from where there are breathtaking views. This afternoon, you mount elephants for an exciting elephant-back ride! Sitting in a howdah - an open basket fitted with safety rails and padded cushions - you roll gently from side to side as your elephants ramble lazily through the bush. In the late afternoon you will return to your accommodation. Overnight: The Kassapa Lions Rock (BLD)
Primate Research Camp
Hands On Adventures This morning you visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and head to the Primate Research Camp of Dr. Dittus which is located in a densely forested area. Dr.Wolfgang Dittus is a research scientist who carries out detailed studies on the primate population in the area. The main focus of the study is the populations of Toque Macaques and Purple Faced and Grey Langurs. The monkeys are observed mainly inside the Polonnaruwa archaeological site and within the surrounding forests. We will stay at the camp for 1 night and learn about the work carried out at the camp. A team briefing and introduction to the programme will be soon after lunch. Late in the evening we set out to the forest for our first primate experience! We try to follow various family groups of monkeys. Interestingly, two very different species live and thrive in harmony in and around the ancient ruined city of Polonnaruwa. The Grey or Hanuman Langurs (named after Hanuman the monkey god of Asia) and Purple-Faced Langurs live in harmony with the smaller but more feisty Toque Macaques. The langurs are considered holy by some and exhibit a rather regal bearing. The Purple- Faced Langur is endangered, and Dr. Dittus and his colleagues actively promote wildlife awareness and conservation in the local community in an effort to save this species. Toque macaques are medium-sized, brightly coloured, and socially active monkeys. Dr. Wolfgang Dittus and his colleagues have been studying these monkeys in the Nature Sanctuary and Archaeological Reserve for the past 37 years, making it one of the world's longest-running primate behaviour studies. The research team knows the identities, birthdays, kinship's, and a whole detective's dossier of other details for every Torque Macaque born in Polonnaruwa since 1968. The research on the langurs is newer, but no less fascinating. Dr. Dittus's research is clarifying the relationships among the monkeys' ecology, behaviour, environment, heredity, social standing, and disease, in influencing individual survival and reproduction. In addition, Dittus is also examining the monkeys' responses to increasing tourism and human encroachment on their habitat. He has an active environmental conservation and education program in the area. Whilst here you'll also tour Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was the capital from the 10th - 12th centuries, following the decline of Anuradhapura. Here you can explore many monuments which pay great testimony to the city's important role in Sri Lanka's history, such as the Royal Palace complex and the Gal Vihare complex, with four impressive Buddha images cut from a single slab of granite. We return to camp and settle in for the night in the basic but comfortable accommodation.Overnight: Primate Research Camp (BLD)Rooms are non- A/C and have attached bath and mosquito netting
Knuckles Mountain Range
Leave after an early breakfast once again, to see the monkeys, one last time. After bidding farewell to the primate camp you stop off in Dambulla to learn all about its fascinating history. The Sinhalese King, Valagam Bahu, took refuge here when he was ousted from his capital. He transformed the five caves of this granite outcrop into a rock temple, decorated by statues of Buddha and frescoes, some of which are over 2000 years old. The steep 150m ascent to the top of the rock rewards you with more magnificent views. You then leave for our campsite in the pristine Knuckles Range of mountains. The camp is located high on a mountain slope overlooking the Knuckles Valley.To ensure very low impact in this pristine region we do not operate a permanent campsite and the facilities provided are very basic. Two person insect and waterproof tents and simple, but wholesome hot meals are provided by the camp crew (Sleeping mattresses, bed linnen and towels are provided) Common camp toilets and showers are available a short distance away from the tents. Note water can be very cold! The termerature in the Knuckles will vary between approximately 10 degrees in the night and early morning to approximately 12 – 15 degrees during the day. Overnight: Sphinx Eyrie Campsite, Knuckles (BLD)
Knuckles Mountain Range
The day’s trek will take you to a small village which is only accessible by foot. A trek of approximately 03 – 04 hours through scrub jungle and forests will bring you to the little farming village of Meemure, deep in the Knuckles Valley. The trek is on rough trails and a few streams need to be forded en route. Break at the little village shop for a cup of hot tea, sweetened with “juggery”, made of coconut sap. After a short break explore the village – See and appreciate the simplicity of life enjoyed by its people. The trek continues as you climb out of the valley from Meemure Village back to our campsite. Overnight: Sphinx Eyrie Campsite, Knuckles (BLD)
Break camp and drive past “Corbet’s Gap”, which is a vast split in the range of Kandyan hills, through which on a clear day an amazing view is possible. Leave for Kandy where you will be given a brief sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Temple of the much revered tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. In the evening enjoy a cultural dance performance. Overnight: The Suisse Hotel, Kandy (BLD)
After breakfast we visit the Royal Botanical Gardens – home to one of the best orchid collections in the world. Leaving Kandy you take a bus journey through the green ranks of tea bushes which cover the higher hillsides on your way to Kitulgala. Your journey takes around two and a half hours and you travel accompanied by exceptional all-round scenic views of the tea plantations as you head further into the hill country. You continue your drive through this beautiful landscape, descending to Kitulgala, to arrive around lunchtime.
Located amidst thick forest on Sri Lanka’s second-longest river, the Kelani; the river was the setting for the epic film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ . The surrounding forests with their wide variety of flora and fauna offer you a variety of spectacular walks, with some stunning views over the valley. This afternoon you will enjoy a dugout canoe ride across the Kelani River and a jungle walk in the forest reserve, where you may be able to spot various endemic bird species.Resthouse - 1 night (B) Overnight The Kitulgala Rest House (BLD)
Morning at leisure and then proceed to Colombo. In the afternoon explore Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, walking along the Galle Face Green which is located 5 minutes away from the hotel. This is a promenade used by locals every evening, the green comes alive at sunset when many vendors sell street food and locals come out to walk, fly kites or simply relax. Overnight: Ramada Hotel (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)