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Sri Lanka Off The Beaten Track

Diyaluma Falls Near Haputale

Ultimate Sri Lanka Adventure

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Sri Lanka Off The Beaten Track


Tour Schedule

9 Nights



Depart UK



Arrive Negombo

  • Relax On Arrival At Negombo
3 Dambulla
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • The Magnificent Sigiriya Fortress



  • Walk Through The Kithulgala Rainforest



  • White Water Rafting At Kithulgala



  • Ascent Of Adams Peak For Sunrise


Hill Country

  • By Train Through The Hill Country



  • Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala



  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required


Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport


This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide


Locations Visited On This Tour


A village surrounded by lush forests that is the hub of the island’s eco-activities such as White Water Rafting.


Adams Peak 

One of Sri Lanka’s great mind-blowing experiences is an overnight climb of this peak at 7359 ft above sea level.


The Hill Country By Train

Beautiful mountain ranges covered with tea plantations and amazing waterfalls that are best experienced by train.


Yala National Park 

One of the great national parks of Asia and the best location in the world to spot Leopards in the wild.



The ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort enclose a perfectly preserved town full of historic colonial buildings.



The ‘Season’ For Climbing Adam’s Peak Is Between Mid-December And The End Of April. This Is When The Paths Leading To The Summit Are Illuminated At Night And The Weather Is Clear. Large Crowd Ascend The Peak On Weekends And Poya Full Moon Holidays.



The Adams Peak ‘Off Season’ Is Between May And Mid-December. It Is Not Adviseable To Climb The Peak Duiring This Period As Clouds And Mist Obscure The Summit And The Lights To The Summit Are Turned Off. Very Few Travellers Climb At This Time So There Are Also Safety Issues To Be Considered.


During The ‘Off Season’ We Include An Extra Night At The Pretty Village Of Ella As An Alternative.

Why Do This Tour?

A journey of adventure in Sri Lanka that incudes a unique mix of nature lodges, heritage hotels, tented camps and superior guesthouses.


Relax upon arrival at the beach resort of Negombo – a favourite with independent travellers. The adventure begins the next day at Kithulgala where you visit lush rainforests with a local guide and a program of White Water Rafting or Canyoning down crystal clear streams. Kithulgala is one of the best locations in the world for rafting as the rapids are easy to navigate and are suitable for complete beginners. Between December – April a trek to the summit of Adam’s Peak is included. Assuming you are reasonably fit, the sacred mountain can be easily climbed in 4 hours for an awe inspiring, mystical sunrise that is one of the world’s great ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.


A breathtaking journey through the Hill Country to Ella is one of the ‘Great Railway Journeys Of The World’. Stay overnight at the Ella Gap and wake up to the prettiest view in the whole of Sri Lanka!


The jungles of Yala National Park contain Sri Lanka’s famous Leopards, Sloth Bears and Crocodiles, and is one of Asia’s premier game reserves. Joes Bungalow is located in the forest near the entrance and gives you a truly authentic safari experience.


You can easily add a beach stay in the Deep South of Sri Lanka to make this a very special 2 week holiday adventure in the island.


Recommended For: Those who wish to stay in unique accommodation with a mix of adventure and sightseeing.


When To Go?

This Tour Is Possible All Year Round



Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay



Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay


Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

Can I Miss Out Any Activities On This Tour?

Yes, you can opt out of White Water Rafting or Adams Peak and change the itinerary to completely suit your own requirements as you wish.


Can Families Go On This Tour?

Yes but for older children and teenagers only. Firstly, there is a minimum 11 year age limit for White Water Rafting at Kithulgala. Secondly, the ascent of Adams Peak requires a certain level of physical fitness. Small children may experience severe cramps and exhaustion when attempting to climb the peak – which is done through the night and takes about 4 hours. 


Can I Do This Tour At A Luxury Level?

Yes, this is possible except at Kithulgala where there are no ‘luxury’ hotels. Forest Edge is the only option – a small boutique hotel on a hill above Kithulgala that gets great reviews from our clients.

Negombo Beach At Night

Negombo Beach At Night

Sri Lankas Beautiful Interior

Sri Lankas Beautiful Interior

Borderlands Camp At Kithulgala

Borderlands Camp At Kithulgala

White Water Rafting At Kithulgala

White Water Rafting At Kithulgala

Hump Nosed Lizard At Kithulgala

Hump Nosed Lizard At Kithulgala

Crossing The Kelani River To The Rainforest

Crossing The Kelani River To The Rainforest

Experience Sunrise From Here! - The Summit Of Adam’s Peak

Experience Sunrise From Here! - The Summit Of Adam’s Peak


Hill Country Train To Ella

Hill Country Train To Ella


Waterfalla Homestay At Ella

Waterfalla Homestay At Ella

Elephants At Yala National Park

Elephants At Yala National Park


Joe’s Bungalow At Yala

Joe’s Bungalow At Yala





The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.




5 Miles Approx 15 Minutes


Relax On Arrival At Negombo

Negombo is a beach resort that is just 15 minutes from Colombo Airport, so is a great option for a quick stopover option in Sri Lanka. It is the island’s largest resort with a large number of guesthouses, bars and restaurants lining the wide sandy beach to the north of the town.


First Class Hotels :

Jetwing Beach , Negombo

Special Choice :

Villa Hundira , Negombo



80 Miles Approx 4 Hours


Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. It is home to the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world!  Most of the 70 animals have been found injured or abandoned in the wild.


Depending on the time of day, you can watch the little baby calves some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A not to be missed experience.


Bathing And Riding With Elephants At The Millennium Elephant Foundation

A charitable foundation next to the elephant orphanage that looks after the welfare of domesticated elephants in Sri Lanka. There are around 7 elephants here. You have a chance to try an Elephant Ride and even bathe with one of their elephants!


First Class Hotels :

Aliya Resort and Spa , Habarana

Special Choice :

Thilanka Resort And Spa , Dambulla



82 Miles Approx 4 Hours 



Kithulgala is a very pretty location with tropical rainforest and luxuriant vegetation in the valley of the Kelani River. This is where Sir David Lean’s classic wartime film ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai was filmed.


A Walk Through The Kithulgala Rainforest At Borderlands

Take a canoe across the Kelani River to explore lush tropical rainforests. Paths through the forest connect remote villages amidst splendid scenery. Most of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species can be spotted at the Kithulgala Rainforest.




White Water Rafting And Canyoning At Borderlands

If you are ‘up for it’ you may try some exhilarating White Water Rafting on the gushing rapids of the Kelani River. There are 5 rapids that are suitable for beginners, so no previous experience is necessary. The run is 6.5 K long and takes about 1.5 Hours to complete. The rafting can be followed by a canyoning program where you literally jump into plunge pools and make your way downstream through waterslides.


First Class Hotels :

Forest Edge , Kitulgala

Special Choice :

Borderlands Tented Camp , Kithulgala

Day 6 - HATTON


26 Miles Approx 1.5 Hours 


Ascent Of Adams Peak


You need to start the ascent at about 2 am in the morning for an overnight trek to the summit of Adams Peak (7415ft) to reach the top in time for sunrise. During the ‘season’ the path to the summit is well lit and large crowds of people make their way to the summit, especially during weekends and Full Moon days. Stalls sell refreshments along the way.


This is probably the most magnificent experience anyone can have in the whole of Sri Lanka. You feel an almost spiritual, ‘On Top Of The World’ feeling with amazing sights of swirling clouds rising from the valleys below as the first rays of sunlight hit the peak around 6 am.


Special Choice :

Mandira Bungalows

Day 7 - ELLA


A Train Journey Of Approx 4 Hours


By Train Through The Hill Country

The Highland Queen travels on a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range.


We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.


Luxury Hotels :

98 Acres , Ella

Special Choice :

Waterfalls Homestay , Ella

Day 8 - YALA


44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours


Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.


Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.


Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.


Luxury Hotels :

Jetwing Yala

Special Choice :

Joes Bungalow , Yala



The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.


The Old World Town Of Galle

Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance.


Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

See turtle hatchlings prepared for release back in to the sea. If you are lucky you may be allowed to release some yourself.


Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts

A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.


Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

Ultimate Sri Lanka Adventure

Featured Hotels - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 31/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04


*Price Excludes Beach Stay 

*Special Choice - an eclectic choice of properties providing accommodation at affordable prices


Terms and Conditions


• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.

• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks. 

• Meal plan as stated. 



• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.



• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!

• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.

• Discounts available for families and groups.



• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.



All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.



There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the View All Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 5 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.


You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require - otherwise a 6 night beach stay is featured.



Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour, even for Summer Season enquiries, as the beach resorts on the South West and Deep South remain very popular at all times of the year. The East Coast is still regarded as a rather ‘adventurous’ destination.


If you request guaranteed fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling or watersports, we will feature beach hotels located on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

Get a Quote for "Ultimate Sri Lanka Adventure"

To get more information about this tour, please contact us using the form below.

Alternatively, Call Us On: 0207 100 2323

▪ Substantial Discounts May Apply

▪ If Flights Are Not Required Write - No Flights


▪ We also offer a mix of hotels called Special Choice.

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Feedback From Our Clients

  • Canyoning was great !

    Canyoning was great + a real surprise. Meeting elephants on the roads while driving added to our experience. Overall had a great tour. The communication from Elephant Island when booking the holiday was great + very easy to deal with (Samanthie). Our driver Herman, was a careful driver + made our journeys very comfortable. He had an extensive knowledge of Sri Lanka + told us alot of interesting facts about the places we visited. Would like to come again to see more of the cultural highlights.

    Sarah & T. Parsons - 19/Oct/2013


  • Jetwing Beach

    Jetwing Beach

    The flagship property of the Jetwing hotel chain. A stylish and contemporary hotel, each of the rooms opens up into a large private terrace, which looks out over the Indian Ocean. A state of the art Spa, watersports and great child-care facilities are on offer.

  • Aliya Resort and Spa

    Aliya Resort and Spa

    A modern, luxury nature-themed resort with lots of elephant (aliya) references. Chic interior design and a brilliantly thought out combination of a traditional village with upmarket features such as a huge swimming pool and a choice of fine dining restaurants.

  • Forest Edge

    Forest Edge

    Hidden away in a lush tropical plantation bordering forests and beautiful mountains of the Hill Country, Forest Edge offers comfortable accommodation in a peaceful and rustic environment with easy access to the White Water Rafting sites at Kithulgala.

  • Mandira Bungalows

    Mandira Bungalows

    Set deep in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country are a series of beautiful old colonial tea estate bungalows that once belonged to British planters of old Ceylon, These are now luxurious retreats for those who wish to relive the past on an authentic journey to days gone by.

  • 98 Acres

    98 Acres

    A luxury nature resort on a tea estate near the pretty village of Ella with an unbelievable view stretching down through the Ella Gap towards the lowlands in the far distance. Cottages are scattered among tea gardens and reached by electric buggies.

  • Jetwing Yala

    Jetwing Yala

    A luxury resort hotel in the intermediate zone of Yala National Park, positioned in a jungle near the beach. Lovely minimalist design with top-notch facilities. Now gaining a fine and deserved reputation as the best hotel in the vicinity.


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"We have returned from an excellent holiday in Sri Lanka.

Elephant Island Tours is a truly customer focused organisation.Our first connect was with Justin in the London Office. He listened carefully to understand our particular needs and apparitions. We were most impressed by his speed of reply, helpful suggestions and advice. The tour fulfilled all our needs. You cannot overestimate the importance of the first contact - Thank you Justin.

The shop window of your organisation was our driver guide Mahendra. He proved to be very knowledgeable and a brilliant driver. He quickly became our friend. He was so helpful in all ways He never let us down. The car was more than adequate for our needs and always clean - Thank you Mahendra."

BY: Tony Powell

"I have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka where I booked a 6 day overland tour through Elephant Island.

Absolutely faultless. The detailed itinerary put together by Amanda at EI incorporated absolutely everything we wanted to do and gave us a fantastic overview of Sri Lanka, its culture, its wildlife and its history.

Our driver Rohan was exceptional. He drove us with care, explained everything in detail and offered us numerous additional stops for activities such as elephant rides, a look around Kandy market and a trip to Nuwara Eliya. I would make sure, next time I go to Sri Lanka, that I had Rohan driving me around.

If you're going to Sri Lanka you MUST book through EI! The whole process was so smooth and ensured that I had the most amazing time in what is surely one of the world's most beautiful countries."

Feedback Posted On Facebook, July 2014.

BY: William Tite

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