- Horse riding tour in Sri Lanka
Horse riding tour in Sri Lanka
We have a specially designed 8-day Horse riding tour, which will take you through some of the country’s most fascinating tourist sites including the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya rock fortress and the fort of Galle. You will also catch a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s amazing wildlife as you take a break to hop on a jeep safari to the Udawalawe National Park. You will ride on a strong and enduring Indian Marwari horse. The entire journey is guaranteed to be complete with a blend of vibrant town life, busy fishing villages, serene tea estates and quiet Buddhist temples and of course the smiles of the warm and friendly local people.Customize and order this tour
- Private transport in A/C vehicle with English speaking chauffeur-guide
- Lunch at horse riding days
- Parking; highways and petrol; accommodation & meals for the Chauffeur-Guide
- Half board (Breakfast & dinner at hotels)
- Jeep safari in Udawalawe
- Overnight stays in 4 star hotels
- Entrance fees to attractions
- International air tickets
- Visa fee
- Visits and activities not mentioned in “included”
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Peak season supplements
- Lunch & dinner except mentioned in "included"
Arrival and pick-up at Bandaranaike International Airport. Our experienced travel representative will be waiting there for you to give you that much needed warm welcome and to hand over your travel documents. Transfer to your hotel at Negombo beach, 20 minutes’ drive away from the airport. Unwind under the sun, enjoy a nice swim and stroll along one of Sri Lanka’s largest and most beautiful beaches. Return to your hotel for dinner and relax.
Drive towards the North of Sri Lanka to Kalpitiya. Check in at your hotel and get set for the big rendezvous with the horses that will be your closest companion from now on. In the afternoon enjoy your first ride, galloping through fishing villages, sand dunes and along the beach. On the way you will visit the Saint Anne’s Church, a famous pilgrimage site for Catholics. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Wake up for an early breakfast and take a short drive to meet the horses and the staff near the beach. You will then ride to the extreme north of Kalpitiya called the Dutch Bay. While you ride along the coast, you will encounter small yet busy fishing villages comprising a large number of huts. Watch the fishermen cast their big nets while singing songs which they believe evoke the type of fish they want to catch. Relish a delicious local lunch of rice and curry in a local restaurant surrounded by nature. Spend the rest of the afternoon in your hotel. You can either enjoy a soothing dip in the pool or walk along the lagoon or simply take the pleasure in doing both!
Drive to Sri Lanka’s first capital city Anuradhapura, a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Kalpitiya. The ancient city of Anuradhapura was once a major point of Sri Lankan civilization. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting an immeasurable number of ruins including stupas, sculptures, palaces and reservoirs. The Jetavanarama Dagoba, Sri Maha Bodhi and the archeological museum are some of the most prominent attractions you will explore. This ancient city which spreads over 50 square kilometers of lush nature is also home to some fascinating flora and fauna. You are guaranteed to come across a monkey while you discover the treasures of this fantastic city. In the afternoon, visit the sacred, 3rd century Dambulla Cave Temple that features ancient Buddhist mural paintings and excavated caves with shrines. With 5 caves, containing more than 150 Buddha statues, this temple has been designated a World Heritage Site. Transfer to your hotel, check-in and enjoy your dinner.
Get back on your horse and enjoy a refreshing morning ride in Kandalama, home to one of the most scenic natural horse riding trails in Sri Lanka. Ride along the lake and continue across the jungle to reach Kaldiya Pokuna, an ancient meditation site for Buddhist monks. Enjoy the surrounding verdant nature and stay alert as you ride, because you may catch a glimpse of some intriguing birds and animals like monkeys, peacocks, buffalos and even crocodiles on your way. After lunch, make use of your free time with a quiet walk in the surrounding area or hop on to a boat for a ride on the lake.
Your guide will take you to a morning ride across the villages, through vegetable fields, banana plantations and tall grass areas, eventually leading to the surroundings of Sigiriya. Enjoy a picnic lunch, rest and start exploring Sigiriya, the 5th century rock fortress built by an ancient Sri Lankan King. Currently, the most visited tourist site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is an unusual castle built on top of a rock, rising 200 meters from a dense jungle in Dambulla. This World Heritage Site is also popularly known as the 8th wonder of the world due to its architectural attributes and ancient frescos. Reach the top of the rock and get a bird’s eye view of the picturesque, lush green surroundings of Dambulla. Later, return to the hotel, rest and enjoy your dinner.
In the morning, commence your drive to Kandy, the second largest city and the country’s last royal kingdom. On your way, stop by and visit a spice garden and delve in to the interesting facts of spice production in Sri Lanka. You can then proceed to discover the impressive town of Kandy by foot, starting from the world renowned Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a relaxing walk around the Kandy Lake, visit the town center, the arts and crafts center and the vibrant bazaar. In the afternoon, check-in at your hotel and relax. Later in the afternoon, visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens located just 5 kilometers from the Kandy City center. Sri Lanka’s largest botanical garden boasts 150 acres of land dedicated entirely to the country’s amazing flora, especially orchids. There are more than 100 endemic plants, and collections of bamboo and palm trees here. The orchid house and the medicinal herbs garden is a treat to watch. In the evening, take time out to witness the interesting cultural show. Transfer back to your hotel and enjoy your dinner.
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka which resembles the charm of an old English town. On the way, don’t miss the fabulous picture opportunity at Ramboda Falls, Sri Lanka’s 11th highest waterfall. Transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your lunch, relax and head to the Golf Course where you will meet your friends – the horses. Explore the area as you ride through narrow winding routes of the spectacular tea estates. The landscape is akin to a dexterous painting that blends a range of lush green colors. You will then cross the vegetable plantations and ride down the slopes of tea plantations. Your trail will run by the Gregories Lake and the Nuwara Eliya Race Course, ending up at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. Transfer to hotel and enjoy your dinner.
Give your day a kick start with an early morning horseback ride and gradually lead towards the Mahagastota and Pattipola villages that are abundant with vast tea estates. Don’t be surprised by a sudden change of weather. Fog and rain is common in this area due to the high elevation. Arrive at the Golf Course Restaurant for lunch. The visit to the tea factory in the afternoon will help you discover the fascinating process of producing tea. You will catch a glimpse of the production process starting from plucking leaves, withering, drying to packing and conclude by tasting a fine, freshly made Sri Lankan cup of tea. Return to Nuwara Eliya, enjoy a walk in the town as well as in the Victoria Park.
Embark on a long yet picturesque drive across the hill country towards the South where you will reach the Udawalawe National Park. Check in and relax in your hotel before you proceed on an afternoon jeep safari. The Udawalawe National Park is a unique eco-tourism hotspot famed predominantly for its vast elephant population that can be spotted either on the banks of a lake or in the dense jungle. Deers, buffalos, and a good variety of birds can also be seen here. Transfer to your hotel, relax and enjoy your dinner.
Start early with a drive to the South East region to reach Tissamaharama and meet up with your horses. Enjoy a ride in the area, complete with pristine landscapes ranging between plain to coastal. Gallop along the beach or head to the jungle, the choice is yours. Transfer to your hotel, check-in and enjoy your dinner. During these 2 days you will stay near the stables, adjoining your chalets, giving you the opportunity to spend more time with the horses.
A morning ride will take you across banana plantations and villages as well as a visit to the Tissamaharama Lake and an exhilarating gallop along its edge. Proceed to Lunugamvehera, a region that features breathtaking landscapes. You can gallop along the historic reservoir. This region boasts abundant wildlife and you are sure to witness exotic endemic and migratory birds along the route. Enjoy lunch at the hotel. Pack up for the long afternoon drive back to Colombo. On the way, you will visit the historic fort of Galle, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and stroll through the lanes flanked by shops, designer boutiques and jewelry stores. Check-in at your hotel in Colombo and enjoy your dinner.
After breakfast, discover Colombo, the economic capital of the country. Witness the magnificent colonial remains such as the Portuguese Fort and the British colonial houses. Enjoy a shopping spree before leaving. Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Continue exploring the city. Transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport. This is where your journey ends but it is where your memories begin.
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