Known as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka is a beautiful biodiversity hotspot. Over the course of this expedition, you’ll get to immerse yourself in all Sri Lanka has to offer. With the opportunity to experience how tea is made and the chance to learn more about elephant behaviours

  • Location Sri Lanka, Asia
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Expedition Type Adventures By Camps

Sri Lanka is home to an abundance of wildlife, many of which you may have the opportunity to spot during this exciting expedition. You’ll get to visit Kandy, famous for its natural beauty and landscapes and also a UNESCO World Heritage site, take part in a range of adventure activities from cycling and hiking to canyoning and kayaking.


A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Adventure challenge
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive Colombo Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our local in-country staff, before transferring to Negombo, a small fishing village. After checking into the hotel, there will be time to unpack, rest and freshen up before dinner at the hotel
Day 2 Cycling tour and adventure After an early breakfast, you will begin your cycling tour to get to know the local life and culture. You will be stopping at a Buddhist Temple, Vegetable Market, Catholic Church, Harbour, Fish Market, Dutch Fort, and Hindu Temple. After lunch you will drive through beautiful scenery on your way to Kitulgala where you will be camping for the evening. Enjoy Flat Water Kayaking – Paddle up stream from our camp, trying your hand at some wave surfing on a Grade 2 play-wave before heading downstream on a gentle journey through breath taking scenery and go Canyoning: The trip begins with a short jungle hike up to the canyons through rainforest. From here, we’ll cover a few ground rules in a safety briefing and then hop right in — literally. As we make our way down the canyons, we’ll have to jump into plunge pools and wade across small “potholes,” the best and only way to experience the stony canyons features carved by rushing water over many thousands of years! End the evening around the campfire with music and a BBQ.
Day 3 Kandy transfer After breakfast, transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kandy known for its natural beauty, landscapes and old-world charms.
Day 4 Kandy Tour, bird trail and tea plantation Today you will be taking a packed breakfast with as you head to Udawatta Kele, a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge to start your birdwatching trail. The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna but don’t forget to look out for reptiles and smaller mammals. Find out how black tea is made at a tea plantation before enjoying a drive around the Kandy Lake and bazaar before ending your evening at the sacred temple of the tooth and enjoying a cultural show of traditional dancing and fire eating acts.
Day 5 Tea Factory experience After breakfast head to Mandaramnuwara, where mist covered peaks provide shelter from the sun. Enjoy relaxing at your accommodation that was originally a tea factory built in the 1800s and spend your evening at leisure .
Day 6 Leaf to Cup experience After breakfast experience the artisanal journey of tea from ‘leaf to Cup’ at the hotel tea gardens. You will be given the opportunity of plucking, weighing, rolling, fermenting, withering, grading and packaging tea under the guidance of an expert. For contributing to the production, you will be given a sample of tea to take home as a souvenir. Enjoy both lunch and dinner at the hotel.
Day 7 Waterfalls After breakfast, head out on a hike to see the waterfalls.
Day 8 Community work After breakfast, engage in some community work in the nearby rural village and get to understand the people and their culture.
Day 9 Udawalawe Enjoy breakfast before heading off to Udawalawe for the night stopping off at Ella along the way. Settle into your accommodation for a good night’s rest before your exciting Udawalawe National Park tour the next day.
Day 10 Udawalawe National Park and elephants It will be another early start taking a packed breakfast with you to visit the Udawalawe National Park, an evergreen forest, that harbours one of Asia’s largest Elephant populations to observe wild elephants and learn about animal behaviour. The park is also home to animals like the jungle cat, sloth bear, porcupine, pangolin, macaque, langur, jackal, leopard, sambar deer, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, mongoose, bandicoot, flying squirrel, water buffalo, crocodile and water monitor lizard. You can also spot a variety of birds including the endemic Sri Lankan spur fowl and jungle fowl. In the afternoon you will check out and head to Weligama where you will enjoy dinner before settling in for a good night’s sleep.
Day 11 – 12 Community work Spend time working alongside the local community on some vital project work. All of the projects are based on the current needs of the community so you could be working on a variety of initiatives that will be confirmed closer to date of travel.
Day 13 Travel to Colombo Enjoy a city tour around Colombo, the executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon why not join in on a cricket match with the locals
Day 14 Departure As your journey comes to an end, proceed to the airport for your flight home with fond memories of Sri Lanka.

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

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