Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Beyond The Ordinary 13 days

Designed to venture off the well-travelled tourist path, our Beyond The Ordinary itineraries are ideal for those wanting to discover a side to the country that most visitors haven't even heard about. We’ve thrown in a few key sites for good measure, as let’s face it they’re ‘key’ for a reason, but this isn’t a fly and flop holiday for the masses: it’s about exploring and experiencing real life.

You’ll experience Colombo’s food scene through the eyes of a local; get back to nature for a couple of nights at the 'Mudhouse' eco-retreat in Anamaduwa; and spot for wildlife both on land in Wilpattu National Park, and on the sea off the island’s west coast.

Four nights will be spent in Jaffna, the island’s northernmost region, only recently reopened to travellers after years of civil war and one of the oldest habitation sites in South Asia. Decades of war have deeply affected the region and its people, but there is now a sense of optimism in the air. And four nights of downtime is included on the unspoilt beaches of the Kalpitiya peninsula, which attract far fewer tourists than the beach resorts to the south.

As with all our holidays, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Selective Asia in Sri Lanka: Unlike many of the other destinations we operate in within Asia, your Selective Asia guide will also act as your driver, as this is standard practise in Sri Lanka. If you would rather have a separate guide and driver for your tours we will happily arrange this for you.

Highlights

  • Explore Sri Lanka’s far north: a region with dramatic recent history.
  • Get back to basics with an overnight stay in your very own traditional wattle & daub "mud" house.
  • Enjoy extended R&R time on the less-visited beaches of Kalpitiya.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
First Class$2,213$1,969$1,884

Lake Lodge

Tucked away in a quiet residential area in the heart of Colombo, Lake Lodge is a charming family-run guesthouse with a welcoming ambiance. Despite its central location...
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The Mudhouse

No electricity, outdoor showers, walls made of mud (literally), in the back of beyond, no air-con and miles away from civilisation as we know it…and we love it
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The Valampuri

Conveniently located next to Jaffna Railway Station and within walking distance of town, The Valampuri offers contemporary style accommodation complemented by northern Sri Lankan hospitality...
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Palagama Beach Resort

Set right alongside one of western Sri Lanka’s loveliest and most interesting beaches, the Palagama is a thoughtful, intimate resort, with just a handful of private cabanas and villas...
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Casa Heliconia

Casa Heliconia’s self-styled ‘jungle glam’ offers the best of both worlds: idyllic rural surroundings with convenient access to the area’s top attractions…
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Superior$2,424$2,179$2,095

Galle Face Hotel

One of Colombo’s Colonial masterpieces, the Galle Face Regency is unquestionably amongst the pick of city’s historical treasures. Built in 1864, the hotel is split into two wings...
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The Mudhouse

No electricity, outdoor showers, walls made of mud (literally), in the back of beyond, no air-con and miles away from civilisation as we know it…and we love it
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The Thinnai

A tranquil boutique hotel near central Jaffna, The Thinnai is within reasonable walking distance of many of Jaffna’s attractions, yet offers peaceful accommodation away from the bustle...
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Bar Reef Resort

Backing onto an idyllic beach on the Kalpitiya peninsula, the Bar Reef Resort serves up a no-frills experience which is perfect for a bit of uncomplicated r&r…
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Casa Heliconia

Casa Heliconia’s self-styled ‘jungle glam’ offers the best of both worlds: idyllic rural surroundings with convenient access to the area’s top attractions…
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Deluxe$2,477$2,244$2,147

Residence by Uga

Undoubtedly one of the Sri Lankan capital's hidden gems, the Residence by Uga is everything a city centre hotel isn’t supposed to be: personal, relaxed and informal. The result is simply wonderful...
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The Mudhouse

No electricity, outdoor showers, walls made of mud (literally), in the back of beyond, no air-con and miles away from civilisation as we know it…and we love it
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Jetwing Jaffna

The location of Jetwing Jaffna couldn’t be more convenient: close to the train station and within walking distance of many of Jaffna’s must-visit sites including the 17th Century Fort; the bustling market...
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Udekki

Ideal for family holidays, Udekki comprises a handful of comfortable, spacious villas overlooking one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches, Alankuda. Ideal for kayaking, sailing and snorkelling...
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Casa Heliconia

Casa Heliconia’s self-styled ‘jungle glam’ offers the best of both worlds: idyllic rural surroundings with convenient access to the area’s top attractions…
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • If you have a keen interest in Sri Lankan history, and can spare a couple of additional days, you may wish to spend some time in the Cultural Triangle and visit the ancient ruins at Polonnaruwa or the abandoned monastery at Ritigala.
  • Depending on the month of travel, you may wish to switch for an alternative beach resort to make the most of Sri Lanka's year round sunshine - your destination specialist will be happy to advise.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: Sri Lankan hotel contracts are extremely seasonal in comparison to most of their Asian counterparts and therefore you should expect surcharges at various times of the year, not just festive periods. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned saloon car / minivan (for small group). Please ask for vehicle upgrade supplement if required.
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Martin - Selective Asia consultant

'A great option for those wanting to see another side of this fascinating country. Go now, before the crowds arrive!'

Martin - Sri Lanka tailor-made specialist

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Sri Lanka: Beyond The Ordinary