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Sri Lanka Walking, Culture & Foodie Holiday
Sri Lanka Walking, Culture & Foodie Holiday  (WS 01)
Region : Srilanka
8
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 1525

Based on a minimum of 2 people travelling

Tour Overview

This focused walking holiday is designed to showcase the urban areas, nature and colonial history of Sri Lanka. The modern Sri Lanka can be seen in Colombo. Bustling markets, dense suburbs, tucked away parks and temples, tall buildings – all mixed together. We then contrast this by heading into countryside, with farms and small villages. Get a glimpse of village life and enjoy Sri Lanka’s nature and wildlife. Lastly, we head to Galle to see the Colonial impact in Sri Lanka. A mix of cultures co-existing and influencing each other. A lot of tourists but we shall try and show you the local life away from the normal touristy areas.



Sri Lanka Walking, Culture & Foodie Holiday

Day 1: Colombo
 On arrival, we will meet you at the airport and drive to Colombo (1hr). Spend some time to relax after your flight. Around 5PM we set out on a food walk through the historical “Fort” district. Heavily influenced by the Colonial powers who occupied Sri Lanka from 1600s onwards, there are Portuguese, Dutch and British influences in the architecture. The food is a similar eclectic mix, of Indian, Malaysian, Muslim and Sri Lankan. Walk through the bustling market streets, grab a G&T at the port before heading for dinner at local roadside restaurant.
Day 2: Colombo
We spend today walking off the previous nights’ indulgence. We walk through Colombo to get a glimpse of life in the Capital. We will walk through the cities memorials, suburbs, parks, financial district, temples and lakes. Sit on a bench and people watch or grab a refreshing King Coconut in the shade. There’s no better way to experience a city than on foot. A few transfers by car will be done to cover the most area.
Day 3: Ratnapura
We now head away from the bustle of urban areas and head inland to the district of Ratnapura. Low land tea, rubber estates, paddy and spices fill the surroundings. We spend the next 3 days in a hidden little hotel by a lake. Spend the evening walking the hotel grounds and exploring the organic garden. 
Day 4: Singharaja
Today we head to the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. The reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We will go on a guided walk with a local naturalist inside the forest. 
Day 5: Ratnapura Countryside
Today we explore the surrounding greenery and farming life. Go on a walk through the rubber plantations and small villages. A contrast from the urban settings of Colombo. 
Day 6: Galle
Today we head to beautiful Galle. The 17th century Dutch Fort town is a UNESCO heritage site. Galle is an interesting mix religion, cultures and ethnicities. Once settled in we can spend the evening exploring the fort and catching the sunset from the ramparts. 
Day 7: Galle
A leisurely day, lounge around in the morning. For lunch meet up with a local resident who will take you shopping in the local market. Learn to prepare a delicious meal with a Galle based host whose expertise in cooking has brought her much fame in the area. Whether it’s a Biryani, a seafood feast or hot hoppers with accompaniments, she will take you through an unforgettable culinary journey.
Day 8: Departure
Your holiday ends today. We will transfer you to the airport.

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