Sri Lanka Guided Walking Holiday

Vibrant cultures, stunning landscapes and a rich history with colonial echoes


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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

Download Sri Lanka 2019 Trip Notes

Discover the jewels of this beautiful island, from the grand, ancient city of Anuradhapura and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy – the last home of the Sri Lankan kings – to the rich biodiversity of the grassland and cloud forests of Horton Plains National Park.

Holiday highlights

  • Great variety in a relatively small area
  • Explore the peaceful ruins of ancient cities dating back over 2,000 years
  • Walk in beautiful hill country, through tea estates with amazing views
  • Visit Kandy, the lively lakeside city in the hills with its sacred Buddha tooth relic
  • Receive a warm and friendly welcome from a very hospitable culture
  • Stay in excellent hill stations, beach resorts and colonial style guesthouses

Price includes

  • 13 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full holiday programme led by local guides and HF Holidays’ leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan or train
  • Tips

In pictures...


We stay at a selection of mountain and beach resorts and colonial-style guesthouses with great character.


Hotel OZO, Colombo

On arrival stay at the 4 star OZO Colombo located in the centre of the city, and with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Approx 45 mins transfer from the airport, and the perfect location from where we can explore the sights of Colombo.


The Anantaya hotel in Sri Lanka

Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw

Tucked away in the charming coastal town of Chilaw, the Anantaya Resort & Spa offers you a secluded sanctuary. The resort features a gym, pool and wellness spa centre.

Aliya Resort & Spa

Aliya Resort & Spa

Aliya Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Sri Lanka's 'Cultural Triangle'. Nestled in lush greenery and entrenched in the simple rural lifestyle of surrounding villages. In the distance a verdant thicket where elephants roam free coupled with panoramic and breathtaking views of Sigiriya the ‘Lion Rock’ and Pidurangala Rock Temple. Each of the rooms is en-suite and offer spacious, comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting. There is also a large outdoor view.


Hotel OZO, Kandy

We stay again at one of the 4 star OZO hotels. This property is located in the historically rich setting of Kandy and offers views over the mist-covered mountains. Only minutes away from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic it is a fantastic location from which to explore the surrounding area.

Grand-Hotel in Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

A 4 star former colonial residence, this beautiful hotel is surrounded by lush green scenery. It provides us with the perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside and its tea trails. 


Hotel Amari,Galle near Colombo

Overlooking the Indian Ocean the Amari Galle is a new (opened late 2016), 5 star hotel which features a private beach area, outdoor pool and spa. Each room has air conditioning and a private bathroom, and some feature a terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy the sunset. Three nights here provide the perfect finale to your holiday.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.


Guided Walking & Sightseeing in Sri Lanka

Download Sri Lanka 2019 Trip Notes

Walks are mostly part day, walking in the cooler mornings and afternoons, exploring ancient ruins on foot, and walking on undulating paths through the hill country. Distances are between 2-7 miles (3.25-11.25km) on clear paths.

Days 1-2: Outward flight & Colombo

Flight to Colombo and transfer to your accommodation (1 night).

Day 3: Chilaw

After breakfast, we travel to Chilaw. En route, we stop to visit a RAMSAR wetlands reserve – Annewiluudhawa – near the town, where we’ll enjoy a short walk to explore the wetlands


Days 4-6: Anuradhapura, Aukana and Sigiriya

Buddha statue at AnuradhapuraTravel to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Walking tour of the central area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We walk to the Aukana Buddha and Bund Reservoir. After lunch we continue to explore the local area and take a short boat/canoe journey. There is also the opportunity for a jeep safari to Minneriya Wildlife Park (payable locally).

Visit the impressive Sigiriya rock fortress and see the beautifully preserved frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya'.

Days 7-9: Dambulla and Kandy

Sigiriya Rock

We head towards the hill country with stops en route at the Dambulla rock temple and a spice garden. In the evening we'll visit the Temple of the Tooth.

Pay a visit to the lovely Peradeniya Botanical Gardens before a city tour of Kandy.

Walk to explore the Embekke and Lankathilake temples.


Days 10-11: Around Nuwara Eliya

WaterfallTake the train through the hills to Hatton and continue by bus to picturesque Nuwara Eliya. This small hill town is a well preserved example of colonial style from the era of the British tea plantations. Our walks here include tea trails along Gregory's Lake, walks searching for wildlife on the mist-shrouded Horton Plains, and a visit to the impressive Bakers Falls. 

Days 12-14: Galle

Beach with palm treesA long journey to the coast at Galle with a stop en route at Kitulgala on day 11. We enjoy short walks for views of waterfalls and a full day touring Galle, the capital of the southern province, on day 12. Our final day offers the chance to enjoy an optional river cruise and visit to a turtle hatchery or to relax at your leisure.

Day 15: Colombo & return flight

Transfer to Colombo for our return flight home.

Essential Information

Passports To enter Sri Lanka, passports should have one blank page and be valid for no less than six months from date of arrival.

Visas All passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka must obtain ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), prior to their arrival through the Sri Lanka ETA website The Visa required is a Double-Entry Tourists Visa applicable for 30 days from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka and costs US $35.

Important: All passengers traveling to Sri Lanka from 1 January 2012 are required to submit the following at the port of entry to Sri Lanka:        

a) Valid passport (not less than 6 months)        

b) A copy of the ETA approval notice        

c) Return air ticket        

d) Sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Sri Lanka

Health advice Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:  

Your doctor may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or typhoid if you haven't received one previously for travel. Routine immunisations, such as those that prevent tetanus / diphtheria, should be reviewed and updated as needed. Malaria is not a high threat in the areas that the holiday visits, although as the situation is ever-changing it is strongly advised that you consult a medical professional for up to date information. Cases of Dengue Fever have been reported in Sri Lanka, please take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.

Climate Sri Lanka is warm and sunny year-round with average temperatures of 27°C (80°F) on the coast and around 20°C (68°F) in the hills. It can rain at any time of the year, but the driest season in the west, south and central highlands is October to March.

Money The currency is the Sri Lanka Rupee (Rs). Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and larger stores, but usually a charge will be added. Often the most convenient and economical way to obtain money is to use a credit or debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM machine. Visa cards are the most widely accepted by ATMs. The tourist board urges caution when paying by credit card due to the potential for fraud. It is recommended to bring cash in Pounds Sterling or Sri Lankan Rupees as the most convenient method of payment, particularly as much of the holiday is spent outside towns and cities. Traveler’s cheques are not advised.

Tipping Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.


Angela Passells

Angela is pleased to be returning to Sri Lanka having led the HF tour in February 2018 and is keen to share her previous in country experiences with you: the incredible feats of ancient engineering, the colourful birdlife, wild elephants and the friendly Sri Lankan people.

Angela has been leading for HF Holidays since 1992 in the UK, Europe and has led our Worldwide holidays to northern India, Bhutan, Nepal, Japan, Cuba, Morocco and New Zealand. She has also travelled independently throughout the Indian subcontinent.

When not leading for HF Holidays, Angela enjoys exploring the UK and Europe with her husband in their camper van, the natural world and looking after their grandchildren.

Together with the local guide, Angela looks forward to helping make your trip both enjoyable and memorable. Angela is leading the February 2019 holiday.


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Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 13 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full holiday programme led by local guides and HF Holidays’ leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan or train
  • Tips

Other important information

  • Single room: £599
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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