Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Beyond The Ordinary 13 days

Our Sri Lanka: Beyond the Ordinary holiday will take you off the well-travelled path to a lesser-known side of this multifaceted country. Experience Colombo’s food scene with the locals, get back to nature at the Mudhouse eco-retreat, search for wildlife in Wilpattu National Park and wander along unspoilt beaches on the remote Kalpitiya peninsula.

At a glance

  • Savour Sri Lanka’s fragrant spices on a culinary tour of Colombo
  • Relax in sustainable simplicity at the Mudhouse
  • Stray far off the tourist trail on Jaffna’s historic streets
  • Walk along the pristine sands of Chaddy beach to secluded sacred sites
  • Explore Jaffna's sparsely populated off-lying islands by catamaran.
  • Watch dolphins play offshore on the Kalpitiya Peninsula
  • Track leopards through Wilpattu National Park

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides

You'll typically have your own private guides throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.

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£1,854£1,532£1,417

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£2,312£1,990£1,889

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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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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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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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

  • 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.

Make it yours! Call a Sri Lanka specialist on 01273 670 001

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We're

Ed - Selective Asia consultant

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

Ed - Sri Lanka tailor-made specialist

Nick - Selective Asia consultant

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Sri Lanka: Beyond The Ordinary