Sri Lanka Mixed Activity

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Enjoy kayaking, cyling and whitewater rafting on an action-packed adventure around Sri Lanka

With its shores lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, an interior made up of mountains and hill country and an incredible variety of wildlife; Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for activities and adventure. Over 10 action-packed days we climb the famous pilgrimage site of Adam’s Peak, enjoy white water rafting and kayaking on the lakes and rivers of the interior, cycle through ancient Buddhist cities and search for elephants and leopard in Wilpattu National Park. Our adventure ends on the beautiful white sand beaches of this tropical island paradise where we have the option of enjoying further activities, or simply just having a well-earned rest in the sun.


  • Whitewater rafting, biking and kayaking
  • Snorkelling in the Indian Ocean
  • Sunrise from the summit of Adam’s Peak
  • Climb the rock fortress at Sigiriya for breathtaking views
  • Search for elephants and leopard in Wilpattu National Park

Key information

  • 8 nights hotels and 1 nights full-service camping
  • Travel by private bus and jeep
  • Maldives extension available

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner is included
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Day 1

    Start Veyangoda.

    The group flight arrives at Colombo's Bandaranaike Airport and we transfer to our hotel approximately 40 minutes away. Those not flying with the group will meet us at the hotel.
    The Covanro Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Whitewater rafting at Kitulgala.

    After breakfast we depart for the drive to Kitulgala (approx. 2 hours) where we will enjoy our first activity of the holiday, whitewater rafting. The rafting lasts a maximum of 1.5 hours and there is a choice of gentle or wild water (UK Grade III rapids) depending on your preference. We will then continue our journey to Belihul-Oya (approx. 4 hours drive), where we camp for the night.

    Kinchigune Camp (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Kayaking in Belihul-Oya; trek to Adam’s Peak (Dec-Apr).

    This morning we have a go at kayaking to explore the calm waters of the Samanalawewa reservoir. Today’s excursion on the water will be a more relaxed affair as we look out for wildlife and take in the beautiful mountain scenery. After lunch we transfer (approx. 3 hour drive) to the town of Dickoya in Nuwara Eliya province. On our journey we pass through many tea plantations typical of Sri Lanka's hill country. We'll make a stop at one of the tea factories to learn the process from growing and picking the tea leaves right through to tasting the final product. Once in Dickoya we stay in a colonial tea planters bungalow with a wonderful view of the Castlereagh Reservoir and an outline of Adam's Peak in the distance.  

    For departures running between the full moon of December and the full moon of May, we climb Adam’s Peak this evening. Leaving Dickoya at around 11pm, we transfer to the base of Adam’s Peak and then begin a strenuous 4 hour trek to the top in time to watch the sunrise from this important pilgrimage site.

    Upper Glencairn (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Trek to Adam’s Peak (Oct-Nov); free time in Kandy.

    For departures running before the full moon in December, we take a transfer (approx. 1 h 30 mins drive) and climb Adam’s Peak this morning after breakfast. The remainder of today is primarily a rest day to recuperate after climbing Adam’s Peak (although the schedule will be different, depending on which season you do this). After a spectacular drive through the countryside (approx. 3 h 30 mins), the remainder of the day is free to relax in Kandy. This beautiful lakeside town was the last royal capital in Sri Lanka and is a wonderful place to discover.

    Thilanka Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Kandy city tour; climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya.

    This morning we visit Kandy, discovering the historic Temple of the Tooth which is located in the heart of this important heritage city and houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic. The Tooth of Buddha was taken from the funeral pyre in 543 BC and only found its way to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD.

    After this we transfer to Sigiriya (approx. 3 hours), which is arguably the most iconic sight in Sri Lanka. This evening we climb the imposing 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya which rises 600 feet from the surrounding plains and gives far‐reaching views. Used as a safe haven from invaders, the route to the top goes via a series of steep steps and gangways. From the base, where a moat surrounds impressive water gardens, we 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 extensive remains of the King's Summer Palace.

    Sigiriya Village (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Short bike ride and visit Polonnaruwa; optional game drive.

    After breakfast we proceed to Hingurakgoda where we have a short bike ride (approx 30-45 minutes) through backroads towards the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Our tour of Polonnaruwa continues mostly by foot, but we use our bikes to travel the short distances between different areas of the temple complex, getting to discover the many relics and ruins of this ancient city. We also have to time to explore the massive Parakrama Samudra lake that borders Polonnaruwa.

    During the afternoon there is a chance to enjoy an optional game drive in either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park or the Hurulu Eco Park to see elephants in their natural habitat. For those who don't want to take part, there is time to relax at the hotel.

    Deer Park Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Game drive at Wilpattu National Park, transfer to Kalpitiya.

    We drive to Wilpattu National Park (approx. 3 hours), which is the largest and oldest of the 22 national parks declared in Sri Lanka and benefits from being less visited than Yala or Udawalawe. In the park it is possible to spot elephants, sloth bear, leopard and water buffalo as well as many bird species. After our game drive, we continue to our hotel (approx. 1 h 30 mins drive) in Kalpitiya and have the evening to relax.

    Ruwala Resort (or similar) 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Snorkelling at the Kalpitiya Peninsula; free time to relax.

    This morning we have the chance to go snorkelling at Bar Reef, a system of coral just off the shore of Kalpitiya (approx. one hour away from our accommodation). This area was designated as a marine sanctuary in 1992 and covers around 306 square kilometres. It is an area of ecological and biological significance with a large diversity of coral and fish species recorded. After our snorkelling excursion we return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free to relax.  

    Ruwala Resort (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Kayaking and cycle ride; transfer to Negombo.

    This morning we try kayaking on the Kalpitiya Lagoon which is a lovely spot studded by mangroves and water birds. This activity usually lasts around 1.5 hours (please note that kayaking depends on the tide schedule and wind so may be rescheduled for the afternoon of Day 8 depending on the weather conditions).

    After a short bus transfer (1.5 hours) we begin our cycling excursion through countryside and small villages between Mahawewa and Negombo. This ride lasts around 2.5 hours and will mostly follow the coastal belt of Sri Lanka, passing fishing villages, local markets and churches. We stop for lunch along the way before continuing to our hotel in Negombo. This evening we have the opportunity to enjoy a final meal together as a group.

    Lakwin Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    End Negombo.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home (approx. 30 mins drive).

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Post-trip Extensions


If you are keen to end your holiday on a very relaxed note we can arrange a visit to the Maldives for you.

The flight from Colombo is around 1 hour and upon arrival you will be transferred by speedboat (approximately 20mins) to the Paradise Island 4* resort. Paradise Island is a beautiful coral island with a total land area of 178,900 square metres, covered with lush tropical vegetation, numerous palm trees, surrounded by a wide sandy beach and the crystal clear waters of an azure lagoon.

 You can choose to add on as many extra nights to your trip as you wish; your time on the island will be at leisure for you to do as you wish. The accommodation used has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, room service and all rooms are air‐conditioned and have en suite facilities. As well as the modern amenities of the resort there is also access to scuba diving and snorkelling or for the less active the chance to swim in these wonderful, calm waters. Either way it is a veritable paradise and a memorable end to the trip.

 If you choose to take advantage of this opportunity then we can arrange flights for you to Malé as well as booking the hotel and speedboat transfer to the island.

Essential Info


Sri Lanka

A visa (Electronic Travel Authorisation) is required if you are British and for most other nationalities. If you do not hold a British passport, please check the visa requirements with your local Sri Lankan Embassy or the ETA website Passengers should also be aware of local laws and customs in Sri Lanka ( The mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is an offence; please note that people have been refused entry to Sri Lanka because of visible tattoos of Buddha.


Sri Lanka

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner is included.

We suggest allowing about £15-£17 (approx. US$24 - US$27.50) per day for all other meals. Sri Lankan cuisine is a fascinating reflection of the island’s heritage; there is a unique fusion of fresh local produce with spices brought to the island over the centuries by Malays, Arabs, Indians as well as the Dutch, Portuguese and English. Despite (or perhaps because of) these influences, Sri Lankan cuisine is often referred to as simply ‘Rice and Curry’. This is the staple dish in most restaurants and is usually a serving of rice accompanied by assorted meat and vegetable curries as well as various pickles, ‘sambols,’ and a handful of tiny poppadum’s – all using the contrasting flavours of coconut, chilli, curry leaves, cinnamon and garlic.

Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Sri Lanka the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free. Please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home. Spicier food can be avoided easily and lots of the hotels will serve Western options alongside traditional food.


Generally, you should expect rain at some time but with plenty of sunshine. On the plains, day and night time temperatures are warm to hot with Colombo having an average daytime temperature of 30ºC. The temperatures drop as we go higher into the hills and especially at Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains where daytime temperatures are between 10º - 15º C and night time temperatures will be chilly (about 8º C minimum) and a warmish jacket will be needed.

Is this trip for you?

This is a Mixed Activity trip with an activity level grading of 3 (Moderate). The itinerary includes trekking, cycling, white water rafting, kayaking and snorkelling. Previous experience isn’t necessary for these activities (although you need to be able to swim and ride a bike) but a reasonable level of fitness is important. You should be comfortable in water for some of the activities. The rafting is on Grade III rapids but when the water level is low, this can fall to Grade I.

There are a few long drives, some on bumpy and twisty mountain roads, but the vehicles that we use are comfortable and air-conditioned. Temperatures can vary between the tropical heat of the coast to the cool of the mountains.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels & Camping

You will stay 8 nights in hotels all of which have en suite facilities. There will also be 1 night of full service camping. The tents have two camp beds with bedding. There is a toilet tent with sit down toilet and a shower tent. A cook team will prepare meals which are usually served outside.

Single supplements are available on request.

Please  note paying the  single supplement may not mean that you receive a double or twin room for sole use. The room you are allocated may differ from hotel to hotel and on some nights a  smaller room for ‘one person’ may be allocated.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed April 2018
    edward sheftel


    Overall - a good trip Great group of people and Ruwan was one of the best leaders I have had - and I have been on alot of adventure trips with various companies - over 25 !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Really like the hike up to Sigiriya. Like the paintings the exercise the stories Ruwan told about the kingdom. I also really like the last day of cycling - but think it should be at least twice as long

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ruwan was one of the best leaders I have ever had - and I have been on alot of adventure trips with various companies worldwide - over 25 !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good trip - there is alot of driving time - don't think enough exercise. The kayaking was "weak" The equipment old, the paddles ancient - The coral reefs - dead ....few fish However - the guide was fantastic, Sigiriya was awesome, the tea plantation lovely, the temple in Kandy - quite interesting

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would suggest a revamping of the trip -change snorkeling locations -change kayaking locations -arrange for newer equipment -design longer biking option for last day (when the breezes make it pleasant to cycle) -Increase the time spent on tea plantation -suggest changing the last 2 "resorts" with a possible upgrade on the last night to one of the nicer ones on the beach (I would gladly pay more) -Suggest possible whale watching / stay in Marissa - i stayed at a lovely cinnamon plantation there -suggest a visit to Gallle - my favorite place which I traveled to on my own
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Jayne Tucker

    Sri Lanka Mixed Activity Holiday

    Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with great food and lovely people. We had a busy ten day itinerary with Exodus, with 8 different places to stay over 9 nights. We enjoyed the cycling and walking, the walk to the top of Adam's Peak was challenging. The scenery when white water rafting was beautiful and the visit to a working Tea Plantation gave a fascinating insight to one of the biggest industries of the country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sun rise from the top of Adam's Peak and watching about 250 elephants gather at dusk at the National Park

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ruwan was an excellent guide and made the trip extra special for us all, anticipating our needs and ensuring that our holiday was memorable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is about 3 hours travelling from place to place each day, but this is interspersed with breaks. We were fortunate that there was plenty of room on our bus to spread out and used this time to relax.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A rest day in the middle of the trip may be helpful as there is a lot of travelling involved, and an early start most days to take advantage of the cooler weather first thing.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Jeremy Storr

    A work in progress

    Sri Lanka is a fantastic country, the people are lovely, the place is beautiful and the food is great. We had some fantastic experiences and got to stay in some lovely hotels, much higher standard than ones from previous Exodus holidays. We were the first group for this new Exodus holiday. This meant that we had a little bit of a mixed experience when it came to the activities. The snorkelling and kayaking were new activities organised by the local tour operator and it showed I am afraid. I got the impression that they had never visited the suppliers or thought through alternative options. There was also a lot of time spent on the bus which was really not clear on the trip notes. But these are things that can be fixed relatively easily and I hope for the next groups they are. It was a lovely holiday and I would not want to put anyone of it. They just need to sort out the activities and it will be a fab trip. Maybe extending the trip by a couple of days just to reduce the amount of travelling every day will also help.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a herd of over a hundred elephants, climbing Adams peak and watching the sunrise were truly magical.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was fantastic. He was positive and knowledgeable about his country, he was really open and great fun. He had been dumped a little in it running this new holiday and dealt with the issues really well and with good humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a slightly bigger rucksack than suggested, just to get a change of clothes in. Rash vest is useful for snorkelling and I would have taken a pair of board shorts as well with hindsight. Be prepared to move every night for the first week, we used packing cubes in our bags which made life a lot easier.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The guide was brilliant. Any issues were with the local supplier who had clearly not scoped out some of the activities properly or really considered the amount of time travelling. I would love to go back to Sri Lanka and see some more of it, if you have been and liked some of the India tours I suspect you will love Sri Lanka.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Maldives Extension

If you are keen to end your holiday on a very relaxed note we can arrange a visit to the Maldives, just 1 hour flying time from Colombo

For more details on this particular extension please go to page 4 of the Trip Notes. Alternatively, you can call one of our Sales team, who will be happy to assist you.

Private Adventures 

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