Sri Lanka on Horseback
From £ 2088 per person
The beautiful tear-drop shaped island of Sri Lanka is full of surprises. This bewitching country offers breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable encounters. White sandy beaches, thriving jungles, lush tea plantations... you can discover these wonders with Shanti Travel on horseback!
Prepare yourself for an exceptional 14-day trip that you will share with your Marwari, Sindhi or Kathiawari horse, breeds originating in Rajasthan known for their strength, intelligence and agility.
On this unique journey of horse riding in Sri Lanka, you will learn about the local people, visit ancient cities, Buddhist temples, beaches of Kalpitiya, the fort of Sigiriya, and the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya. Indulge in tropical wilderness on horseback!
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Day 1: Arrival at Colombo International Airport - Kalpitiya [about 3/4h drive - 130 Km]
Welcome to the international airport and then take the road towards the north, along the coast at times. The peninsula separates the Puttalam lagoon from the Indian Ocean to make this area a marine sanctuary with a diversity of flora and fauna: reefs, flat coastal plains, mangroves, marshes, and sand dunes. You will then meet your Marwari horse and go for your first rhythmic ride on the golden beaches on your majestic horses. Along the way, you will also discover the lives of fishermen in the region. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kalpitiya [horseback riding]
After an early breakfast, you will embark on your second horse ride on the beach. With the Indian Ocean on the left and the bay on your right, you will go to the end of this strip of land to reach an ancient Dutch fort that you can see from the beach. You can also board a cruise to watch dolphins and whales (November to April). Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Kalpitiya - Sigiriya (Via Anuradharpura) [about 5/6h drive - 220km]
You take the road to Sigiriya. Along the way you visit the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, which houses the sacred tree - the Bodhi Tree - worshiped continuously for 2300 years. The city was the capital of Sri Lanka for centuries, and conceals monuments older than 2300 years and some Dagobas that are higher than the pyramids of Egypt! Arrive in Sigiriya, and spend night at the hotel.
Day 4: Sigiriya - Habarana - Sigiriya [horseback riding]
In the morning, you go for a ride around Lake Kaludiya Pokuna surrounded by the jungle housing a wide variety of birds and butterflies. You can also discover the archaeological remains. In the afternoon, you go visit the fortress of Sigiriya, situated on an impressive rock with magnificent views. Sigiriya is also known for its frescoes depicting young women. Afternoon is free, so take the opportunity to rent bicycles and explore the surrounding area! Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Sigiriya - Kandy [about 2/3H drive - 110km]
During the ride in the morning, as you cross you are charmed by the quaint villages and colorful banana plantations and vegetables. You then take the road to the south to Kandy. En route you stop to visit the caves of Dambulla, sheltering temples dating from the 2nd century BC. You also visit the "spice gardens" of Matale. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Kandy and surrounding areas [about 2 hours drive - 100km]
In the morning, discover the beautiful Peradeniva, well-known for its spectacular botanical garden trees. In the afternoon, you go by train or car to visit the amazing Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which houses injured and abandoned elephants. End of day in Kandy.
Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya [about 2 hours drive - 80km]
In the morning you go towards Nuwara Eliya, lost in the middle of tea plantations. Accommodation at the hotel. In the afternoon, you walk around in random paths that lead you through the surrounding tea plantations. You can also visit a tea factory. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya [horseback riding]
On your last day on horseback, you will discover the Mahagastota circuit at Blackpool. You will go through many villages, tea plantations, wildlife and beautiful scenery! Your afternoon will be free to explore Nuwara Eliya, its botanical garden and its temples. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya - Uda Walawe National Park [about 4/5h drive - 180km]
You will drive to the south to get to the Uda Walawe National Park. You will go on a safari during the afternoon to enjoy the flora and fauna of this region. Overnight at the hotel or camp.
Day 10: Udawalawe National Park - Mirissa [3H about road - 180km]
Head on towards Sri Lanka’s coast in Mirissa where you will find a small, pristine beach to relax. The water clarity is ideal for diving, especially around the two rocks at the ends of the beach. Enjoy this afternoon while resting at the edge of the sea. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Mirissa [about 5H drive - 220km]
After breakfast, head on to the fishing port of Mirissa. You will embark on a four-hour cruise to see the whales off the south coast! Lunch on board. Back on land you are transferred to your hotel. You will then enjoy some free time to stroll through the city or relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Mirissa
Lazy day: relaxing, swimming, diving and resting at the edge of the water.
Day 13: Mirissa - Negombo (via Galle) [about 6H drive - 300 Km]
In the morning, you will go in the direction of Negombo. You will step in to Galle for lunch to discover this erstwhile Dutch coastal city. The architecture of the city is amazing with its old colonial houses and churches that are eerily reminiscent of old European cities. Arrival at the hotel, relax and spend the night.
Day 14: Negombo - Colombo Airport [15-30 min. - 10KM]
Transfer to Colombo international airport according to your flight schedule. End of our services.