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Sri Lanka 'on a Shoestring'

absorb both Hindu and Buddhist cultures on the Emerald isle! - Trip for singles

Book From   € 799,-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 14 DAYS

Sri Lanka 'on a Shoestring'

During your trip, it is possible to participate in 'single' excursions offered locally by the tour leader. These excursions are optional. To allow you to plan a budget for your trip we have provided you with an idea of the cost of these excursions. The price can change due to currency fluctuations. The amounts are therefore only meant to give you an indication of the cost. Entrance fees will often change and therefore are excluded from the prices displayed (unless explicitly stated). We display the prices in Euros/GB Pounds/US Dollars. When you are in your destination, it is possible to pay for the excursions in local currency.

Single excursions

Below is a list of locally offered excursions. The prices are based on the participation of a minimum of 4 participants. Entry fees are exclusive (unless explicitly stated).
€ 16

Bandarawela - "Village Trek"

A local guide will accompany you on a stroll through the beautiful rice fields, visit a typical Sri Lankan village and have lunch with "Rice & Curry" in one of the village homes.

Tour schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
The transfer to the start of the walk is 4 km (about 15 minutes). You walk for about 3 hours (depending on what you find along the way). After lunch you will be returned to your hotel.

Included: transfers, walk, "Rice & Curry 'lunch
Not included: gratuity, drinks

€ 17

Marawila - Dutch channels and sightseeing

This excursion lasts for approximately 2 and a half hours (1.5 hrs on the boat and about 1 hour on the road travelling) and can be done during the morning or evening. You will float down the Dutch channel gaining a different perspective on village community life. The Dutch channel used to be a supply route to the old Dutch administration, churches and the fishing villagers.

You'll also have a trip to Negombo where you can see the Dutch influences in the baroque churches and the fort. You'll see the Karava fishermen who live in Negombo. Their catamarans are equipped with square sails flanked by big floats on either side. Its some sight to see them all set off to sea in their hundreds! The trip through Negombo lasts about an hour.

Included: transportation, boat trip and sightseeing

Excluded: meals/drinks, tips, entrance fees

€ 38

Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains

Early morning departure by jeep or minibus to the Horton Plains, where you can walk to the various attractions of the national park. Horton Plains National Park is a beautiful nature reserve at over 2000 meters in height, consisting of undulating grassland, rippling trout streams, clumps of woodland and some misty mountain peaks. A highlight of the park is World's End, here the plain, and suddenly you are facing a deep abyss. Bakers Falls is a beautiful waterfall. The variety of flora and fauna is truely remarkable (birds, butterflies, monkeys, deer, squirrels, wild boar and even a few, seldom seen leopards). The walk takes 3 hours.

Tour schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
The transfer to the start of the walk is 36 km (approx. 75 minutes). You walk for about 3 hours (depending on what you find along the way).

Included: transfers, tour, entrance fee
Not included: gratuity, drinks

€ 15

Polonnaruwa - Parakrama Samudra

At sunset you will go with the local fishermen in a simple catamaran on the Parakrama Samudra, an artificial lake in Polonnaruwa. King Parakrama Bahu took Polonnaruwa to new heights, he built huge buildings, beautiful gardens and put the jewel in the crown with the 2500 ha lake. The lake borders a nature reserve. This is a relaxing trip where you can enjoy the many waterbirds and the special sunset. With any luck you will also spot elephants from the reserve as they quench their thirst at the lake!

Note: This tour is weather permitting for safety reasons.

Tour schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
On the shore of the lake you climb aboard simple boats. You'll travel for about 2 hours (depending on what you find along the way and the water level). After, you return to your hotel.

Included: transfers, boat trip
Not included: tip

€ 52

Tissamaharama - Udawalawe National Park

This is a 4x4 open jeep visit to the Udawalawe National Park, known for the 400 elephants that live here. During a visit, it is possible to see a whole herd of them playing in the water, washing and eating. Also, water buffalo, monkeys, sambar deer and even leopards can be seen here.

Tour schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
The safari will take about 2 ½ hours to complete and is conducted at the end of the afternoon. At sunset you will have a good chance to see much wildlife.

Included: transfers, entrance fees, local park guide, safari by jeep
Not included: tips

Note: when Yala is closed, usually from 1 September to mid-October, you can make this optional safari in Udawalawe reserve instead.
€ 57

Tissamaharama - Yala National Park

Sri Lankas' most well known park, Yala is popular for seeing Elephants, Leopard, Bears and Crocodiles. This safari will take about 2-3 hours and is best to go either early in the morning or in the evening hours to spot the animals.

It is about 25 mins drive from Tissamaharama to the parks' entrance.

Included: transfers, entrance fees, 4x4 jeep hire, guide.

Excluded: meals (hotel reception could organise something to take with you if you ask them) ,tips.

Note: when Yala is closed, usually from 1 September to mid-October, you can make this optional safari in Udawalawe reserve instead.
€ 49

Wilpattu National Park

You can take part in a safari by 4x4 jeep through the Wilpattu National Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is not often visited (yet) so you'll probably notice few other tourists, the experience of nature here is at its best! The park with its forests and savannah was formerly the place to spot leopards in the wild but of course you need to be very lucky. Other animals that live in the park are elephants, deer, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, monitor lizards and wild boars. There are also more than 200 species of birds, such as kingfishers, eagles, peacocks and bee-eaters.

Tour schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
The safari will take about 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Included: entrance fees, local park guide, safari by jeep
Not included: tips
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