Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - See Blue Whales

Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka

A Tour, Sri Lanka   (Holiday ref: AH130104)
12 nights / 13 days, from £1,100 for two people

Enjoy some of the friendliest accommodations possible, whilst experiencing the beauty, nature, history, culture and adventure of this amazing country!

This very special Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka will introduce you to intriguing ancient cities, beautiful golden beaches and tropical forests whilst all the time being accommodated in a comfortable and homely manner. This truly is a wonderful holiday where you really feel at home whilst you are traveling!

All of the Guest Houses where you will be staying have been handpicked and chosen carefully so that you can as you can relax and have ample privacy whilst enjoying the best in facilities and service that delivers. Each and every one of these properties are charming and are blessed with magnificent scenic views.

On this tour of Sri Lanka you will learn of the fascinating history of this beautiful country, relax on its wonderful beaches, see its unique wildlife and flora, as well as enjoying an unforgettable train journey which is considered by many to be one of the very best in the world.

Some of the highlights of this Tour of Sri Lanka include:

  • A stay in Negombo with its rich Dutch & Portuguese colonial presence
  • A visit to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO protected site, built in the 5th century by the king Kassapa
  • Enjoy a fantastic trip to the Dambulla Cave Temple and see the large Buddha statues there
  • In the Habarana National Park you can opt to climb the highest mountain in Sri Lanka or take an elephant back ride safari
  • Spend time in Kandy, a holy city for Buddhists where the scared ‘Tooth Relic’ of the Buddha resides
  • Take a trip on one of the world's best train journeys
  • Go trekking on the sacred mountain ‘Adam’s Peak’
  • Cycle to the Ravana Caves and Ravana Falls and explore more of ‘Little England’
  • Visit Brandarawela or Haputale by bike and see the ‘Dunhinda’ and ‘Diyaluma’ waterfalls
  • Stop at ‘Buduruwagala’ to visit a gigantic Buddha statue
  • See the ancient city of Kataragama and its ‘Kiri-Vehera’ (pagoda) and Hindu-shrine
  • Experience a safari at the fabulous Yala National Park and see leopards, water buffalo, bears, deer, crocodiles and other creatures
  • Wander around Galle and visit the historical ‘Dutch Fort’
  • Spot the elusive Blue Whale in the waters around Galle

On this tour of Sri Lanka you will enjoy wonderful and friendly accommodation, visit sites of great historical and cultural importance, and see incredible nature and unique wildlife. This truly is a very special Sri Lankan Tour that you will remember forever!

Dates and Prices

Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka Dates

These fantastic 13 day Guest House Hopper Tours of Sri Lanka run all year around.

Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka Prices

Prices begin at £1,100 – This includes transport in Sri Lanka and accommodation for two in one double bedroom on a bed & breakfast basis (12 nights / 13 days).

We have handpicked for you the very best Guest Houses in Sri Lanka for your accommodation. Please see the itinerary tab above for more details.

Single supplements may apply. For further details and prices please use the enquire now button above to request more information.

Price includes: Air conditioned comfortable car transfers (in new model vehicles) and friendly English speaking professional chauffeur guides.

Price does not include: Flights to Bandaranaika International Airport, Sri Lanka.

Location

Stunning Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka is a country island of approximately 20 million people in the Indian Ocean. It was known as Ceylon until 1972, and Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.

Sri Lanka has a well documented history that spans over 3000 years, and its location and deep harbours made it of strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. It is a diverse country that is home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island. Even today almost 99% of Sri Lakans claim that religion is an important part of their daily lives.

Geography

The island consists mostly of flat-to-rolling coastal plains, with mountains rising only in the south-central part. The climate is tropical and warm, and average yearly temperature ranges from 28 °C to 31 °C during the day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C to 18 °C.

There are 103 rivers in Sri Lanka, and these waterways give rise to 51 natural waterfalls of 10 meters or more. Sri Lanka’s stunning coastline is 1,585 km long and the coastline and adjacent waters support marine ecosystems such as fringing coral reefs and estuarine seagrasses. Sri Lanka also contains 45 estuaries and 40 lagoons too. The island is rich with minerals and the existence of Petroleum in the Gulf of Mannar has also been confirmed and extraction attempts are underway.

Flora and fauna

Although the country is relatively small in size, it has the highest biodiversity density in Asia. Sri Lanka has declared 24 wildlife reserves, which are home to a wide range of native species such as Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, the unique small loris, a variety of deer, the purple-faced langur, the endangered wild boar, porcupines and anteaters.

Flowering acacias grow in abundance on the dry Jaffna Peninsula. Among the trees of the dry-land forests are valuable species such as satinwood, ebony, ironwood, mahogany and teak. The wet zone is a tropical evergreen forest with tall trees, broad foliage, and a dense undergrowth of vines and creepers. Subtropical evergreen forests resembling those of temperate climates flourish in the higher altitudes.

The Yala National Park in the southeast protects herds of elephant, deer, and peacocks whilst The Wilpattu National Park in the northwest preserves the habitats of many water birds, such as storks, pelicans, ibis, and spoonbills. The Minneriya National park is an important source of water for numerous elephants inhabiting the surrounding forests. The Park also encompasses a range of micro-habitats which, include classic dry zone tropical monsoonal evergreen forest, thick stands of giant bamboo, hilly pastures and grasslands.

Sri Lanka is also home to over 250 types of resident birds and it has declared several bird sanctuaries.

Please see the itinerary tab above to learn more about all the places you will visit on your Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka.

Accommodation

All the accommodations on this Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka have been handpicked to ensure that they all possess high quality levels of service and comfort.

View the itinerary tab above for more information about your guest house accommodation. Full details will be given to you upon your enquiry. Please use the enquire now button above to ask for further details.

Other Information

Arrival

You will arrive at Bandaranaika International Airport in the suburbs of Colombo. Central Colombo is about 1 hours drive but the upcoming express highway will take you there in less than 20 minutes. The Airport is also located perfect for tourists transferring to Negombo where it is less than 30 minutes drive away.

Electricity & Adapters

Electricity – 220 Volts/50 Hz Ac. Sri Lanka has various sockets thus it is advisable to have full range of travel adaptors. Adaptors are widely available in many hotels and shops too.

Laundry

Most hotels have quality laundry services with one day delivery and prices will vary at each hotel. You can also find laundry establishments outside of hotels but the quality may vary.

Money & Security

Although Sri Lanka is known as one of the safest tourist destinations in the world, it is advisable to keep your belongings safe at all times. US Dollars, Sterling and Euros are widely accepted but the rates may vary at different cities.

Tipping

It is custom to tip taxi drivers, guides and hotel staff (room service and restaurant/bar ) if the service you receive is satisfactory. 10% is the usual for tour guides, restaurant staff and 100 rupees on average for housekeeping. These tips are completely at your discretion.

Responsible and Eco friendly travel

This is a request more than a fact or advice. Sri Lanka is a very beautiful and natural place. Because of this we request that all tourists be responsible when using facilities.

Water is one of the most essential resources in Sri Lanka as it is used widely for farming and producing electricity. As a part of our water conservation request you could consider the following while you are enjoying your holiday.

  • Consider quick baths.
  • Refrain leaving the tap open while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Refrain throwing away drinking water

Use your waste considering the environment and we recommend using re-usable bags for shopping. Electricity, since it is produced by water, is also important not to waste. Please do not leave on lights or TV/radio while you are out and keep the Air Conditioning running only while you are in the room.

Wildlife conservation is a priority, especially the most endangered species. Please consider this when you go shopping and refrain from buying anything made out of an endangered species. Please also consider the sustainability and refrain from buying anything that is seemingly made in an unsustainable manner.

We advise that you strongly refrain from purchasing ancient artifacts. If you have any doubts please consult your guide.

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  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Enjoy a wonderful train journey
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - The Temple of Tooth in Kandy
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - The world famous Sigiriya
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Entrance of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Church at Negombo
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Murugan Temple entrance at night
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Leopards
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Traditional painting at Kandy
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Hibiscus Gardens at Tissamaharama
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Elephants
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - Traditonal boat
  • Guest House Hopper Tour of Sri Lanka - See Blue Whales

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