One of the main reasons I travel with Intrepid is the small group size, as well as not having to pay for a single supplement. While I also travel as an FIT, it is great to have accommodation/transport etc organised, as well as a guide – just makes life a bit easier.
Circle Sri Lanka is an amazing trip – a well thought out and well balanced itinerary that allows you to see all aspects of Sri Lanka. Our tour leader Cham was amazing – made our trip so enjoyable – knowledgeable, thoughtful, funny! Would highly recommend this trip.
this trip was wonderful for me. our leader had to deal with one rather obnoxious guest who really put whole group wishing she was someplace else ??
A fantastic trip for foodies, you have no idea of the variety of curry and rice there is available until you learn to cook them Lovely way to see the country and get a feel for the real Sri Lanka
This was an excellent tour. The food, cooking and accommodation were amazingly good. The tour leader was brilliant in his organisation, in his demeanor, and the way he introduced us to the culture and people of Sri Lanka. I can’t recommend this tour enough. Memories for a lifetime.
Go with open mind and respect for other cultures, pack light, wash and wear clothes,plus one nice for dinners,and enjoy the differences of your fellow travellers.
The Circle Sri Lanka trip was a wonderful experience for us. It combined visiting ancient archaeological wonders, interaction with the local people, travel on local forms of transport, seeing wild animals, trekking in tea plantations, relaxing on the beach and visiting areas of more recent European history.
Great jam packed trip that covers the main sights, regions and cultures of Sri Lanka in the comfort of private air-conditioned transport and really nice hotels. Trip includes several authentic, traditional meals in various local family’s homes, which is an amazing unique and delicious experience that regular tourists would not find! Highly Recommended
This trip is a fantastic balance of culture, staying active, good food, history and beach. We had an amazing tour guide who kept everyone smiling the full 15 days, thanks Indie!
The description of the real food tour was consistent and accurate to our tour
This trip was excellent. we are not group or tour people generally. our leader made it what it was. If we looked for improvement , more luggage than advised would have been good.
I love the Intrepid style of travel. Good leadership, small groups, and the chance to get close to the locals.
Definitely avoid doing this tour in May. Pay the little bit extra & do it during peak season.
Fantastic trip, covering many of the main sites in Sri Lanka. Definitely recommend this trip!
I had the best time on the Sri Lanka explorer trip – my first intrepid trip! Enjoyed seeing the beautiful country, eating the food and met some amazing people in my group. Make sure you pack lots of long skirts for the temples as we visited quite a few of these!
Intrepid are simply the best! If you want a great flavour of the local culture and want to experience everything there is to offer within a country without the stress of all the organising and planning, then i would highly recommend a tour with Intrepid. Their tour leaders are brilliant and are incredibly insightful, helpful and friendly. Doing tours like these mean you don’t only get to experience a whole new country (or a few!) which for wanderlusters like me is reward itself, but you’re also given the opportunity to make amazing new friends and share those all important travel experiences together. It’s a very special dynamic and you’ll come back with heaps of memories to treasure!
An excellent introduction to Sri Lanka. While the trip covers a lot of ground and many locations and appears pretty “full-on” it was surprisingly relaxed and we never felt rushed. There are several very early starts but this wasn’t a problem as we tended to go to bed fairly early after very full days of activity. The logistics and itinerary have been well thought out. Mathisha, our tour leader, was outstanding.
Circle Sri Lanka is such a culturally rich tour. Organisation and guide direction are second to none,especially if you have Mattisha! The accomodation is a good standard, too. Such exellent value for money. You’ll come away wanting to return to a country that is rich in history and cuisine. The only criticism I would make is that we needed less time in Mirissa and more time in Galle.
Amazing trip ! A little of everyting in Sri Lanka, and a lot of food to try.
Circle Sri Lanka provided a wonderfully varied experience, involving wildlife, culture, history, fantastic food and lovely beaches. We would recommend it for anyone wanting to experience a little of all that beautiful Sri Lanka offers.
Intrepid is well organised and takes the hassle out of travel
This was my third journey with Intrepid and each one has been well organised from airport pickup to return journey home. I really like the small groups and have made some great friends along the way. I enjoy the different modes of transport from bus, train, bicycle, car, local bus and camel. We have stayed in some amazing accommodation, castles and glamping in India, beautiful tiled hotels in Morocco and balconys overlooking the mountains in Sri Lanka. I also relate to the ethics of looking after the planet. Look forward to my next adventure and am sure that wherever that will be it will be as fantastic as the rest. Thanks Intrepid
All in all a great trip! A really nice blend between physical activity and seeing some of the amazing country side and some interesting cultural experiences. The knuckles mountain ranges are stunning. The food – particularly for the camping elements was exactly what I came for: amazing local food. One of my highlights was an impromtu cricket match with some Tamil friends as we cycled through a tea plantation. Overall I give it a SIX! (in the cricketing sense)
Once we left the city, the Sri Lankan countryside was wonderful. The historical sites are amazing. The food adventure lived up to its reputation by providing the group with genuine cooking experiences and authentic food. The hotel accommodation was good with an awesome beachside hotel.
A food lovers adventure in a culture filled country that is brimming with sights, smells and scenery everywhere you look!
Sri Lanka food tour was as stated. Lots of curries as expected, and delicious as well. Plenty of sightseeing also. Our Leader did an excellent job, so we had nothing to worry about except enjoy ourselves.
If you are fit Circle of Sri Lanka is a great trip and a must to do. We had perfect weather thought there would be rain every day but only one day and that was only half an hour before we reached our lodge in the mountains with a lovely hot shower. Tip for ladies make sure you take your own hair conditioning not a lot year old who had a great time
Avoid intrepid. Massive money grabbers. One girl paid for a private transfer with them which was 10 times more than the taxi but then was forced to share??! I had a bereavement and was told I had to go on the trip or lose everything. I needed to book a new flight and the office could not tell me whether I was allowed to join the tour late or not – I was calling an international number for 30 mins and got no answer!!! They forced us to tourist traps not on the itinerary with the sole intention of selling us stuff. Totally boring. The local offices speak very very poor English so if anything goes wrong youre alone. I go away 7 times a year as a teacher and wouldnt dream of using intrepid again. Go look into g adventures.
Circle Sri Lanka provides a brilliant, and I think realistic, overview of Sri Lanka: its history, culture, religions, nature, animals, crops (e.g. tea and spices), transport, food, and people. You’re always on the move, but that allows you to see so much, and there are ample opportunities to delve deeper.
If you are looking for a trip that delivers great diversity in culture, physical activities and you want to experience the real Sri Lanka (not just the beaches) the Circle Trip is the way to go.
Intrepid always delivers. For a small group tour they have interesting itineraries,great tour leaders, good quality accommodation and you will get an authentic travel experience of the intrepid variety
The Sri Lanka trip was fantastic. Lots of interesting things to see and do. Our tour guide in particular was fabulous. The bike riding through Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa were highlights.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful place with friendly people. Visits to local families homes was a great experience to learn how Sri Lankan food is really made. Cave temple was the highlight of my trip, train ride had the best views. While in Kandy shop in the markets, best place to get souvenirs. While in Yala National park was able to see elephants, a bear, 2 leopards, variety of deer, water buffalo, crocodile & lots of birds, take your binoculars! Paradise beach in Marissa was my favorite location because the beach was fabulous. Trip was beyond expectations, a once in a lifetime experience, book!
Surprising Sri Lanka – the tour exceeded all our expectations! We now appreciate what a diverse country Sri Lanka is with many attractions for visitors. The size of the country enabled us to visit the most important areas. The guide and staff, as well as a dedicated bus, contributed to the success of the trip.
Loved this trip for the variety it offered. From the fantastic food we enjoyed (often in private houses), to the wildlife safaris and amazing historical sites we visited this was a fantastic trip.
Use Deet as insect repellent works well, hats and sunglasses an absolute must, try to eat the local fare. Good quantity overall but spicy – which I like
Go for it . Perfect tour we loved it
The trip was a great insight into the real Sri Lanka, especially the wonderful tastes and smells of the food. We had truly authentic experiences with many families in their homes, something we’ll never forget. A wonderful experience lead by a great host.
Loved the Variety of the Intrepid Tour of Sri Lanka over 16 days, this included, Trekking,Cycling,Cooking,Local Tourist attractions as well as travelling on local Trains and buses. I felt safe the whole time while in the tour-single traveller. Active tour, mainly for the trekking and climbing of lion Rock, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. I did need my wet weather gear and hiking shoes while on the trek, it was slippery in some places. Hotels were 3 star, basic, but very clean
Circle Sri Lanka gave a great insight to this beautiful country with a good mixture of temples, wildlife and scenery. Definitely do the optional elephant safari. Dont have a massage at the place where you stay after the first hike, wait until you get to the beach and go to the Badora Spa. The hikes were good but accommodation not so great and too much free time in places with nothing to do but then longer in Galle would have been nice. I think Intrepid need to look at this part of the trip, perhaps going straight to the beach after the second hike or staying in Ella. However a lovely country.
This is a good trip to take when the southwest monsoon makes the southern cities very wet. It has a bit of everything – culture, countryside, beach, wildlife and history. For us there was a bit too much focus on temples and it would have been good to have a bit more nightlife. Thats probably Sri Lanka though. Generally recommended.
excellent trip! Highly recommended!
For anyone wishing a holiday with a difference -Intrepid is to be recommended – and especially for a solo traveller – always felt safe and in good hands
A great travel company for any holidays abroad, with well planned itineraries, vast experiences and local knowledge. Well worth investing in one of their group tours.
If you like dramatic scenery and amazing food and wildlife you will love this trip around this incredible country Sri Lanka. Great value and lovely people.
A fast paced tour that covers most of famous sights and still manages to get off the beaten track. Highlights were cycling around the Buddhist monuments at Anurahdnapura and Polonnaruwa; and hiking through the lush green hill country tea estates near Haputale. Wonderful local food so never go hungry. Always friendly hospitable people with huge smiles. A small group of like-minded people and an absolutely fantastic trip leader Dodang (Suminga Donangoda) made this trip so special.
What a great balance of all the best things on this magical island! Ancient history and colonial architecture, food and wildlife, exercise and relaxation, jungles and beaches and a beautiful hike through misty tea plantations. The busy itinerary packs a lot into the first 11 days, and then on the south coast you can wind down with massage and seafood dinners and a stroll through lovely Galle.
This tour of Sri Lanka was a fantastic introduction to the country. It’s quite intense as we were often on the move, so packing light is a very good option. We were well looked after and well informed every step of the way so were able to really get the best out of the time we had.
What a destination to visit! Sri Lanka has it all and to have cycled made it even more of an adventure. We cannot recommend this trip enough. Our leaders Sam, Kasun and the support crew were wonderful and had our best interests and safety in mind at all times. Although it was described as a cycling tour there was the added bonus of it seeming like a food tour as well. Slather on the sunscreen, drink lots of water and be prepared for all Sri Lanka has to offer, enjoy!!
A very quick tour of some of the highlights of Sri Lanka. Recommended if your looking for a quick break and want to go somewhere different, and at a low cost. Felt like much longer than a week. As always Intrepid do it very well.
This was my first bicycle trip and it did not disappoint me. I visited many ancient sites, saw elephants in the wild and dined with locals. I won’t forget how the children, and some parents as well, would run to the road to wave and smile at us. I had a mother actually thank me for waving to her child. People were very welcoming and our hotel hosts tried their very best to ensure that our stay was exceptional. Our guide Sampath was wonderful – so knowledgeable and always smiling. All this and some exercise on a bicycle as well. I will definitely travel with Intrepid again!!
Perfect balance of Riding and sightseeing, not all about riding its also a holiday to see the sights of Sri Lanka. The Food experiences during the trip were memorable. I was apart of a great travel group that made my trip very enjoyable and memorable. Country roads, take me home”
Sightseeing, a glimpse into Sri Lankan culture, and a lot of delicious homemade food. Tips if you are going in April like we did: wear clothes you can sweat in and bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Also, drinks always cost extra (unless it’s bottled water), but they can be worth it in the heat. The meals contain a lot of coconut and coconut milk, spices, and chilies, although the hotels generally also offered Western style breakfasts if you prefer that. Overall, I really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country. The landscape diverse, rich in history and culture. The food is delicious. The people warm, open and kind. We felt very safe here.
An amazing opportunity to enjoy the countryside, enjoy the food, meet the Sri Lankans and work on your biking skills. Absolutely wonderful privilege to get to enjoy so many neat experiences in this friendly, beautiful country.
We though we might be too old for this sort of trip but it proved not to be the case. It was such a different holiday but absolutely fascinating and contained a real variety of activities resulting in a great trip that I will never forget.
Sri Lanka is a really interesting country to visit. The tour had a good balance of activities – cultural and physical. It gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of local people who were very welcoming. Food was amazing. Rihas our guide and the other staff looking after us were wonderful. We really enjoyed this tour and would definitely recommend it.
This trip was amazing. Not only did we experience wonderful food , which included eating in private homes, but we saw World Heritage sights, temples, museums and did a safari. Our guide Rihas, was brilliant, easy to get on with, his knowledge limitless, and he and his team made our trip unforgettable. Thank you
Our trip to Sri Lanka exceeded expectations, Fabulous country, everyone friendly and delicious food. Intrepid took the hassle out of organising and provided a well balanced, informative experience. We had the pleasure of sharing this with a number of families and again that provided a great social group from the get go. The children of mixed ages all drew the group together. Fantastic all round.
If you want to see Sri Lanka as it really is and meet the loveliest people in the world, and you are prepared to put some effort into cycling through the amazing countryside, then this is the trip for you! This is the best managed trip you could ever hope for!
Interesting, insightful and a totally enjoyable experience with an excellent mix of exercise and culture. The trip was very well organzed with an excellent team lead and support personnel. The Sri Lankan are a very friendly people who live on an island of beauty steeped in future and history.
Intrepid is a great organization to arrange all your favorite travel destinations.
Fantastic way to experience the wonderful nature/ wildlife – and immerse yourself in the diverse culture – of Sri Lanka. GO NOW while it is still relatively undeveloped. Read the trip notes carefully. Although you wiLL have an opportunity to pay a “guide” to assist with with climbs to Siguriya and the Golden Temple sites, you do need a reasonable level of fitness and be able to manage steep and at times uneven pathways to and from private homes independently.
Highlights were the cooking activities at the many houses we visited. It was great to learn about traditional ways of cooking and learning about local ingredients. I would have expected to be cooking ourselves more, but i guess some of us were also fine watching 😉 The train trip was another highlight: spending hours on the train watching the green hills pass by and buying tea and snacks from the vendors. I could have done with another train trip..! The hotels were very comfortable and clean. Some of hem even had a pool. Overall, i am very satisfied with the tour and i would book with Intrepid again in the future 🙂
The itinerary is designed with families in mind, any long journeys were broken up with regular stops to experience local life whether it be sampling red coconuts or tours of spice gardens. Very knowledgeable guides – a great trip for young and old alike! Would highly recommend as completely stress free, packed itinerary so you really experience the country.
The Sri Lanka cycle trip is quite frankly the best, and we have been on many similar trips. Sri Lanka is a beautiful with varied terrain and climates. This was the perfect way to see the country and its people by cycling, train, jeep, train and walking. The leader was amazing and the food and locations involved were outstanding. Great value for money.
Sri Lanka, wow! Beautiful country, wonderful friendly people, amazing food, great weather, fantastic temples and sites, very reasonable prices and in our case, a good group with the best Leader in Sam. We can’t fault any part of the trip and the cycling was overall flat apart from a couple of days in the mountains. Even in the blistering heat this was manageable with welcoming swimming pools in most hotels! What a wonderful way to see the country.
Amazing trip! Definitely the best intrepid tour I have had. Sam and the crew are fantastic and so helpful! They enjoy what they do and it definitely shows and brings a great energy to the group! The trip is very well planned and educational. It gives you good interaction with the locals and in turn exposure to the culture of sri lanka. Highly highly highly recommend!!!
Circle Sri Lanka is a perfect introduction into Sri Lanka, and is a great combination of sightseeing and relaxation. The trip starts out with a lot of sightseeing, and finishes well with a more relaxed approach along the south coast. Most of the major sites I wanted to visit were included in this trip, which made booking it a no-brainer!
The north of Sri Lanka is less touristy and a joy to travel. Take socks, shoes must be removed and the floor will be hot.
Bring 2 pairs ankle sock!
I loved seeing the change in country side this trip. The sun is hot in Sri Lanka, so it might be useful to pack some long sleeve loose tops for riding in rather than all singlet tops. Also pack shorts/pants/sarong that go over your knee, as you will visit a few sacred sites and will need to cover up – knees and shoulders covered. Pack lots of sunscreen, I was surprised at how much I used.
very nice trip with a fab foody travel group. We ate quite a lot and learnt at least a little about how to cook srilankan cuisine (more like show cooking, you’re not that involved). Unfortunately the tour leader was very bad but he helped us to bond strongly.
Sri Lanka is in the early stages of tourism. I believe I only saw one McDonalds in Colombo and none elsewhere, so now is the time to go. The people are extremely friendly and the country very safe. I really enjoyed experiencing the whole island. The temples are beautiful and the elephants, leopards, biking ruins like Anuradhapura and hiking Sigiriya Lion Rock make the trip unique. Intrepid trip # 11 for me and loved it.
Awesome trip, great experiences, fantastic food, beautiful country, wonderful people!!
I am not one who takes organised tours. With some trepidation I embarked on Intrepid’s Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure. And an incredible adventure it was! The tour was full of colour and flavours, cultural experiences, incredible food prepared by our host families and visits to wildlife parks. Yet there was still time for shopping, relaxation and chill-out time; the hotels were surprisingly good; our tour guide extraordinary!
Circle Sri Lanka encompasses all that is wonderful about Sri Lanka. The food, culture, scenery and people are all amazing. It’s a busy 15 days but absolutely embrace it and do this tour!
Perfect combination of cycling and sightseeing, it never gets boring! Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with incredibly friendly people and this is the best way to explore it. Beware of the dogs though! The cycling part is sweaty but doable for the average hobby cyclist
Sri Lanka is gold and white, it has hidden beauty and incredible food. If you think India is to intense, Sri Lanka is the answer. Its diverse without all the craziness of other Asian countries!
Beautiful country and people. Very friendly. Amazing food. Spell binding sites. Recommend arriving a couple of days prior to the tour to adjust to the heat and time zone – especially as I had come from my winter. Good cycling shorts, gloves and helmet will make the tour more comfortable, as will doing cycle training prior to the tour
A wonderful introduction to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka including natural wonders, culture and history. There was something for every member of the family including history, architecture, activities and even the change to relax by the pool. A highlight for our boys was the cricket game and kite flying on Galle Face Green, my favourite was the walk through the tea country. Our guide and driver were fantastic and made sure that we were informed, happy and safe at all times.
Sri Lanka is a fascinating destination, which is very safe and easy to travel around. There are many interesting things to explore including the history, culture, food, customs, animals, beaches and natural parks. The many smells and colours will mystify you.
Was an amazing trip with a fantastic guide. Sri Lanka totally blew me away. Total hidden gem.
Absolutely loved the warmth of the Sri Lankan people, the warmth of the weather and the warmth of the food!!
Once again we had a wonderful trip with Intrepid . Simply Sri Lanka was our third trip with Intrepid. Our tour leader went above and beyond when I became sick. He visited me in hospital before the tour even started and then organised special transport to take us to catch up with the group a day later. Thank you so much Thilantha Ray & Jodie
Excellent trip , good mixture of activities and a great group and tour leader. I personally would have liked longer in Ella and Galle and two beach days.
Our trip to Sri Lanka was as wonderful as we had hoped, we had an excellent balance of culture, adventure and relaxation. Travelling with other families worked really well, the kids all got on fantastically which made it much more relaxing for us
Sri Lanka is a very beautiful, colourful and peaceful country to visit. Its people and landscape have so much to offer from their ancient and recent history. The national parks abound with impressive wildlife and are easily accessible. Circle Sri Lanka gives a great overview of this wonderful country, its people, its wildlife and its landscape. Intrepid should run a nature tour of Sri Lanka alongside its historical sites. Id love to spend more time visiting the national parks and think their would be plenty of nature lovers out their that would think the same.
Our trip to Sri Lanka was brilliant . I had never travelled with intrepid before but was very impressed with all aspects of it . The itinery was just what had been sent to us .The guide was incredible and we had a very safe driver of the minibus and a lovely guy who provided us with a beautifully clean bus and a flower to greet us everyday .They also took our luggage to and from the hotels and we never had to worry about it or carry it which was a huge help .The hotels we stayed in were first class and all had lovely swimming pools .A really great trip I would definitely recommend it especially as we went off the beaten track a bit travelling to the north of Sri Lanka
Intrepid is a great way to travel. There are opportunities to meet with locals, and share your experiences with other travellers in a culturally sensitive and aware way. Also, lots of fun!
Sri Lanka is a wonderful, brave little country still coming to terms with tourists. The locals are so friendly, polite, modest and keen to hear about the rest of the world. They live a simple life, one of tea, curry and cricket! We enjoyed seeing a lot of the country in just 2 weeks, the diversity, culture, widlife and history. A real treat, affordable and well paced. We felt safe and relaxed and as usual with intrepid, our guide Ananda was fantastic.
Trips to China Bejing to Xian, Xian to Kummning, and Xian to Kasgar are fantastic trips getting involved with the culture seeing wonderful sights find Intrepid trips to China fantastic, Nepal and India are also great experiences
My trip with Intrepid was an enjoyable one, I got to know Sri Lanka in an interesting way, meeting people and getting to know their ways and food preferences at the same time. Intrepid gives you the opportunity to travel through a country while experiencing the local customs.
This food tour was a great experience and you gained experiences with local families you would struggle to have travelling independently. Our group leader was extremely knowledgable and had some great experiences to share. Overall this was an unforgettable experience and it was hard to leave my tour driver, assistant, leader, and other travellers behind.