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Sri Lankan Trails

With sandy, palm-fringed beaches, jewelled cultural treasures, high mountains and chance encounters with all manner of wildlife, Sri Lanka oozes culture, history and some excellent walking.

  • Sri Lanka

  • 15 nights
  • Half board plus two lunches
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Culture

    Landscape

    Wildlife & Nature

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 3

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which mixes active sightseeing with short countryside walks. Some of the walks in the central highlands are more challenging, notably World's End and Mini Adams Peak. Please see the Itinerary section for more information on these walks.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Observe herds of elephants away from the crowds at Minneriya National Park
  • Explore Galle with lunch included
  • Travel by train through some of Sri Lanka’s most striking scenery
  • Stroll around colonial Colombo
  • Unwind on the beach at the end of your holiday.
  • Sri Lankan guide and RW leader for support and information.

You fly to Colombo and stroll through its colonial streets. Next, head down to Galle for a guided tour and lunch. At Rajarata you have the chance to see Sri Lankan gem mines. This is lo-tech mining in the extreme. There is a mine 5 minutes' walk from our hotel, owned by the hotel. The manager will be delighted to show you around.

The highlands are where the best walking can be found: Lipton’s Seat, Little Adams Peak and the Horton Plains. Horton Plains are more reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands than tropical Sri Lanka. Of course this is tea country so you stop for a brew and see how it’s all processed. High grown tea is lighter on the palate and favoured by west Europeans, low grown tea is darker and stronger in flavour. It suits the Russian palate better.

In Kandy you are immersed in culture; the Temple of the Tooth is one of Buddhism’s most important shrines. From Habarana, highlights include Sigiriya, the Lion Rock, a spectacular rock fortress. You'll walk through a typical rural Sri Lankan landscape stopping at a farm to get an insight into rural lives. You'll also spend an afternoon exploring Minneriya National Park, looking for herds of elephant on open grassy plains. Our final night is spent by the beach relaxing at Negombo just north of Colombo.


  • Return flights from London to Colombo
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation plus two lunches
  • English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned
  • All transport to complete your itinerary.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

47300

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

You depart the UK for the overnight flight to Sri Lanka.

Transfer Time = c.1hr

Day 2

Colombo

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You arrive early afternoon into Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to the hotel in Colombo. After some time to unpack our afternoon city tour begins with a short transfer by coach to start a walk through parks and tree shaded streets. We return to the hotel for dinner and well-earned rest.

Day 3

Ratnapura

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

After breakfast you leave Colombo for Galle. It takes about two hours to reach Galle by the new road. We will have a guided tour around Galle fort. Lunch is included today. After lunch we proceed to Ratnapura which is the traditional centre of Sri Lankan Gem mining. You visit a gem mine prior to check in at the hotel. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 4

Ratnapura

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After an early breakfast, we drive to the Sinharaja Rain Forest, the last remaining virgin rainforest in Sri Lanka. The primeval Sinharaja covers 8900 hectares of breathtakingly beautiful, continuous forest. Beautiful streams, rare valuable trees, shrubs and medicinal herbs, more than 30 species of endemic birds, several mammal species, dragon flies, butterflies and moths are all found within its green canopy. A walk along the forest trails will provide nature enthusiasts a never to be forgotten experience of sights and sounds. Due to its high bio-diversity and ecological importance, it has been declared an International Man and Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your visit here you return to hotel early afternoon for some free time. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 5

Bandarawela

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/400m

You leave Ratnapura to drive to Bandarawela, the journey takes about 3 hrs with stops. In the early afternoon, we drive to Haputale to walk to Lipton's Seat from where Sir Thomas Lipton would gaze over vistas of Ceylon tea fields. This is a lovely walk across undulating agricultural land to Lipton’s Seat at 1950m and then a longer descent back to meet our coach. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight. Our plan, weather permitting, is to have dinner in the hotel garden tonight.

Day 6

Bandarawela

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Ella for the lovely walk to Little Adams Peak. The climb is 300m up the peak and offers panoramic views across the countryside. We retrace our steps to return. The whole walk takes about 2hrs but there are options for those who prefer something slightly longer. Thereafter we proceed to visit a great example of Colonial era Architecture, the brick built 'Nine Arches Bridge’. This takes the local railway over a gorge. We can also have a look at the local station which could easily be taken directly from 1930’s Britain. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 7

Nuwara Eliya

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

You start early and take a boxed breakfast for a short journey by local train. Please note Sri Lankan trains can suffer reliability issues (like British ones) so we cannot guarantee anything. We continue for a half-day walking excursion out to Horton Plains to explore the grasslands and forests leading to the escarpments and spectacular views. Having spent the day in tropical forest just previously, the moorland up here, reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, is a bizarre contrast. The views are often best enjoyed in the morning as clouds can come in in the afternoon. It can be hot and humid and the paths slippery underfoot so our pace will be steady. You will hopefully be rewarded by the view of the spectacular 'World's End', a 1000m cliff face and Bakers Falls, a local waterfall. From Horton Plains we descend north to Nuwara Eliya. Reportedly the highest town in Sri Lanka, it maintains a very colonial feel. If time allows we will have a look around.

Day 8

Kandy

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we head north to Kandy, en route taking in the picturesque tea plantations and lush greenery of Sri Lanka's hill country. You will visit a tea plantation and factory, where perhaps the best tea in the world is produced and watch the process of manufacturing from drying, cutting and rolling to fermenting and sifting. Learn how tea is graded and taste a cup of the factory brew. Here, you will also enjoy a walk around the tea plantations. After arriving in Kandy we can check in and unpack before a late afternoon visit to the Temple of the Tooth which reputedly has one of the Buddha's teeth. We will also enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing from different regions of the country. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 9

Kandy

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we proceed to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens for a 2-3 hour exploratory stroll through the manicured paths of the 147 acre garden with its amazing variety of flora. After enjoying the gardens we will take a City tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence and here to this day many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. We will visit the Bazaar and enjoy the hustle and bustle of walking through this colourful and noisy area. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 10

Habarana

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we proceed to the Matale area for a walk around a Spice Garden to see cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and many others growing in their natural habitat. We have the chance to learn about the use of some well-known and other rare spices in Sri Lankan cuisine. Continuing to Habarana, we visit the Cave Temples at Dambulla en route. The Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage, Site comprises a series of 5 caves with over 2000 sq. meters of natural pigment painted walls and ceilings and over 150 statues. The largest is a sleeping figure of the Lord Buddha carved out of rock. Later we continue to Habarana and our hotel. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 11

Habarana

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our day starts with a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa. This medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th - 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, known locally as tanks. The most famous of these is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. This afternoon we will visit Minneraiya National Park. We drive out in open backed jeeps initially through forest jungle but soon reach wide open grassy plains where we can expect to see herds of elephants. Also look out for water buffalo and all manner of bird life. Obviously, it is not possible to drive too close, so binoculars are useful here. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 12

Habarana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

After an early breakfast proceed to Hiriwaduna for a 2-3 hour walk through this archetypal Sri Lankan village. The walk begins along a bund of a Wewa or man-made reservoir passing through the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village which are a hive of early morning activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. The sense of adventure heightens when you need to reach a Chena Cultivation (jungle plot) on an obliging farmer’s Oruwa (Oruwa-a traditional catamaran). After reaching the cultivation, In the shade of a tree top watch hut of mud and thatched palm leaves stop for a cup of aromatic Ginger Tea and Jaggery. Lunch with a local village family who prepare a vegetarian meal for their guests. The journey of discovery continues through dense shrub forests, home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant. Later we return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight

Day 13

Habarana

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The highlight today and perhaps the entire holiday is Sigiriya Rock. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya's glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 14

Anuradhapura

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning we drive to Anuradhapura. The ancient city of Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka and undoubtedly its grandest ancient city. Many places of historical and archaeological interest will be visited, including the famous Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) which was thought to have grown from a cutting of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. It is over 2,200 years old making this the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

Day 15

Negombo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You have an easy day today. After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel we set out for the 3 ½ hrs drive to Negombo on west coast of Sri Lanka just north of Colombo. This is probably the longest drive we have on the holiday. We will stop en route. In Negombo we can take a quick look at the Dutch, British colonial town or relax on the beach as preferred. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 16

Final day

We drive the short distance back to Colombo Airport to catch our flight home.

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Sep 2024 - 3rd Oct 2024 (15 Nights)

22nd Jan 2025 - 6th Feb 2025 (15 Nights)

19th Feb 2025 - 6th Mar 2025 (15 Nights)

17th Sep 2025 - 2nd Oct 2025 (15 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Colombo
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Steuart by Citrus or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

In a British Colonial building that was formerly the headquarters of a well-known bank, the Steuart by Citrus is located on a cobblestone street 15 minutes on foot from Galle Face Green park along the Indian Ocean. The relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea & coffee making facilities. There's a low-key, Scottish-themed restaurant/pub that features live music on the weekends.

Ratnaloka Tour Inn or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Ratnaloka Tour Inn, the only star class hotel close to the city of gems, Ratnapura. It is located in the tranquil village of Kosgala 8 kms away from Ratnapura. The simply furnished rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. There is an outdoor swimming pool by the river in the hotel garden.

Bandarawela Hotel or similar

Bandarawela Hotel is a colonial style mountain resort. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with air conditioning, a TV, radio and hairdryer. Guests can enjoy recreation facilities such as tennis, badminton, billiards and a fitness room. A variety of eastern and western dishes are served at the hotel main restaurant, which offers views of the surrounding tea plantations. A bar and lounge offers drinks and live music.

Galway Heights Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The recently refurbished Galway Heights Hotel has rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and minibar. There's a low-key pub and restaurant, library and games room.

Earls Regent Hotel or similar

We will use this hotel or similar.

Overlooking the Hanthana Mountain Range, the Earls Regent Hotel is 6 km from the centre of Kandy. Rooms feature traditional hand-painted murals and come with free Wi-Fi, TV, minibar, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. Breakfast and dinner are buffet style with plenty of choice. There is a small swimming pool.

Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Habarana Village by Cinnamon is located a short walk from Habarana town. It has a long and impressive drive that leads up to the open plan reception. The restaurants offers a huge buffet for breakfast and dinner which caters for every taste. Rooms are located in blocks in front of the unusual triangular swimming pool and a large lake which offers plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, safe, hair dryer and tea & coffee making facilities. Alas the website requires patience to find out what you need. Keep a look out for troops of monkeys crossing the grounds and fruits bats flying out to eat around dusk.

Rajarata Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Set near the shores of Nuwara Wewa lake, the Rajarata Hotel is a short distance the temples of Anuradhapura and the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi sacred fig tree. Rooms feature balconies or patios, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea & coffee making facilities. Amenities include a casual restaurant, cocktail bar and tea lounge. There's also an outdoor pool, along with sun loungers.

Goldi Sands Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Set along Negombo Beach, the Goldi Sands Hotel is surrounded by palm trees The casual, bright rooms offer flat-screen TV, safe, minifridges, as well as tea & coffee making facilities. There's a casual bar and a restaurant with a terrace. Other amenities include direct beach access, outdoor pool and spa.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which mixes active sightseeing with short countryside walks. Some of the walks in the central highlands are more challenging, notably World's End and Mini Adams Peak. Please see the Itinerary section for more information on these walks.

Walks & Excursions

The holiday consists of a good mix of travelling, easy walking and sightseeing – it promises to be a great experience.  Many of the walks will be fairly short – usually between one and four hours on undulating ground, and taken as a part of a varied daily programme.  Much of the sightseeing in towns and at archaeological sites will also be on foot and on uneven surfaces.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Rupee.
Please note the Rupee is not available to purchase outside Sri Lanka. Most major banks will allow Visa and Mastercard cash withdrawals. There will be an opportunity to change money at the airport. There are ATMs in major towns and cities but not all of them accept international cards.
Sterling cash can be exchanged but make sure any notes you bring are in pristine condition. Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes are not exchangeable in Sri Lanka.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Colombo.

Travel in Sri Lanka is by road and rail. Please note that the road system in Sri Lanka is not maintained to the same standard found in Europe, and occasionally detours or delays may occur due to blockages or road works. Even travelling short distances is likely to take considerably longer than you might expect.

If you are joining or leaving the holiday abroad we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will meet the party at the first hotel and leave at the last hotel – please contact us before departure to confirm the hotel details! However, should you wish to join the holiday at Colombo airport or wish to make other alternative arrangements, please be sure to let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for Sri Lanka

Passports are required and should be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay. Visas are required for trips to Sri Lanka. All tourists travelling to Sri Lanka must now obtain an ETA before travelling. They cost US$ 50 per person, fees are subject to change without notice. To apply please visit www.eta.gov.lk 
First you will be asked to select your language. Select English.

This brings you to a page that explains about the ETA system. To apply for the ETA click the ‘Apply’ button in the middle of the page. This brings up a page requesting you to agree to the conditions of the Sri Lankan government. You must click 'Agree'. 

This brings you to a page asking you to select which type of visa you require. On the top left of the screen select Tourist ETA for an individual. You must make a separate application for each individual travelling. 

You will be asked for passport details, address in Sri Lanka and your home address. For the address in Sri Lanka use the first hotel listed on the accommodation list overleaf on this Holiday Information Sheet. 

Your flight number will be on your flight tickets received 10 days before departure. use the flight number of the flight that lands in Colombo. If you would like to apply for your visa further in advance please contact us for flight details. You should then submit your application printing a copy for your reference. You should keep a printed copy of your application for future reference.

The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration have introduced an online embarkation form which will replace the paper embarkation card. Foreign nationals can complete the online form three days prior to arrival in Sri Lanka. The service is free of charge. Please see the following website for details:

https://eservices.immigration.gov.lk/emb/eEmbarkation/'#/home-page


Meals


Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge and will be taken at the hotels.  Some breakfasts may be packed for early starts. Lunches, which are not included in the holiday apart from two days, will be at hotels, restaurants or hotel-prepared picnics.  Bottled water is widely available. There will be a supply on the coach.

Meals are usually buffet style with choice of Western or Sri Lankan food and vegetarian options.   Sri Lankan food can be hot & spicy. However, there will always be plenty of options which are not spiced. Make sure you walk around a buffet in Sri Lanka with the local guide who can explain to you some of the unfamiliar names of the food on offer. There will always be plenty of choice to suit every diet and lifestyle choice. 

Local Lion Beer is reasonably inexpensive, wine is expensive although no more than one would pay in the UK. Perhaps avoid the cheaper local wine as it is not of the highest quality! Most rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and a bottle of water is often provided.


Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Sri Lanka

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Sri Lanka. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisation is recommended. You might also like to consider immunisations against Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B. There is a low to no risk of Malaria in Sri Lanka. Dengue fever exists in Sri Lanka; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Sri Lanka

  • Capital

    Colombo

  • Currency

    Sri Lankan Rupee

  • Language

    Sinhala; Tamil

  • Time Difference

    UTC +05:30

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • March

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 88mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 155mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 180mm

  • June

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 101mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 133mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 265mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 288mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 212mm

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