Explore Sri Lanka Expedition

Known as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka is a beautiful biodiversity hotspot. Over the course of this 8 day expedition, you’ll get to immerse yourself in all Sri Lanka has to offer. With the opportunity to experience white water rafting and spending time helping out at the Turtle conservation sanctuary , this will be the trip of a lifetime.

  • Location Sri Lanka, Asia
  • Duration 8 days
  • 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 8 day expedition. You’ll get to visit Kandy, famous for its natural beauty and landscapes and also a UNESCO Heritage site, take part in a range of adventure activities from cycling, hiking to white water rafting. Learn more about elephant behaviours and about the protection and conservation of sea turtles at a conservation centre.


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.

  • International flights
  • Expedition Leader
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • All meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers mentioned are in private vehicles
  • Local Expedition Guides
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

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 at 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 visit to Kandy 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 the UNESCO Heritage site of Kandy, where you will stay for the evening.
Day 3 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 ending your evening at the sacred temple of the tooth and enjoying a cultural show of traditional dancing and fire eating acts.
Day 4 Forest Reserve Hike and White Water Rafting This morning you will travel to Kithulgala. Once there you will hike through the Kithulgala Rainforest Reserve. After lunch you will get to experience the thrill of white water rafting in the Kelani river. After an action-packed day of activities, you’ll have the chance to rest on the bus as you are transferred to your hotel in Udawalawe.
Day 5 Village Walk, Cooking Demonstration and Elephant Observation After breakfast, explore the sugar cane fields on a 2 hour village walk where you will meet the rural village community and get an insight into the local culture, how humans and elephant cohabitate and get an interesting perspective into human-elephant conflict. Enjoy either a game of volleyball or cricket with the local school children before being treated to a cooking demonstration. After lunch you will visit the Udawalawe National Park to observe wild elephants, birds and crocodiles and learn about animal behaviour.
Day 6 Tour or Galle Dutch Fort and Hikkaduwa After breakfast, you will head to Hikkaduwa stopping enroute to embark on a cultural tour of Galle Fort, a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, fortified by the Dutch during the 17th Century. Here you’ll learn more about Sri Lanka’s past and its multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. End your day at the beach or pool at the beautiful town of Hikkaduwa, known for its pristine beaches and elegant sunsets.
Day 7 Turtle Conservation Today you will head to Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Center and participate in a series of activities for the conservation of Turtles, including collecting sea algae and feeding the turtles. You will be able to watch the turtles been released in the early evening.
Day 8 Departure Day As your journey comes to an end, proceed to the airport for your flight home with fond memories of Sri Lanka.

Camps has done an incredible job inspiring students at my school to make a difference. They have been given unique opportunities to visit incredible places and, while there, make a genuine difference to communities. The students have developed independence, a moral compass, leadership skills and self-confidence. I cannot recommend Camps highly enough.

Matthew, travelling teacher 2019

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.

Having worked with Camps International for over five years, I love seeing the change in our travellers when they come back from an expedition with us. It is amazing to see how they grow in self-confidence, empathy and have a greater understanding of the world around them and the adventures it holds for them.

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