Sri Lanka
Horseriders, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Horse riding tour in Sri Lanka

The landscapes that Sri Lanka offers are unparalleled in diversity. This tour offers you 8 days of horseback riding in several environments: beach and seaside, jungle and lake, tea plantations. The diversity of the landscapes is unbelievable! These are medium level rides, about 3-4 hours each day, with horses that are familiar with the routes.
The horses are Marwaris from India, a breed known for its hardiness.
This program is also a cultural discovery of Sri Lanka, with visit to some of the most important sites, the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Dambulla and its Buddhist caves and Sigiriya lion rock. You will also get to see some local wildlife, with a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.
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Boat trip, Muthurajawela Marsh Nature Reserve, Sri Lanka
Welcome to Sri Lanka
Bandaranaike Airport To Negombo

You are greeted by your driver as soon as you arrive to this tropical land. Your first stop is Negombo, a small fishing town located twenty minutes from the airport. Depending on your time of arrival you can consider a boat trip in the lagoon. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 0.5 hours
Horses, beach, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Horseback riding on the beach
Negombo To Kalpitiya

Your driver will take you to Kalpitiya. Once arrived at the site, settle in your hotel, then go to meet your equestrian guide and the horses. Leave for an afternoon of horse riding on the long white sand beaches. Ride to the church of St. Anne, a place of pilgrimage for Christians, through small fishing villages. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 3 hours
Horses, beach, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Horseback riding around Kalpitiya

Wake up early to find the horses on the beach. Today, the ride is at the northern tip of Kalpitiya, in the direction of Dutch Bay. Enjoy an incredible landscape while galloping on a tongue of sand between ocean and lagoon. Once in Dutch Bay, have a picnic before heading back to your hotel. Dinner at your leisure.

Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka
Discovery of the Cultural Triangle
Kalpitiya To Sigiriya

Drive to Anuradhapura, the first capital of the country and one of its richest historical sites. Discover among others the huge dagoba "Jetavanaramaya", the sacred tree "Sri Maha Bodhi" and the archaeological museum. Leave for Dambulla in the afternoon, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the incredible Buddhist caves perched on top of the hill and enjoy the beautiful panorama of the surroundings. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Horse, lake, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Horseback riding around Sigiriya

This morning, go for a horseback ride in nature, near Kandalama. Walk along the lake and cross the forest to Kaldiya Pokuna, a place of meditation for Buddhist monks. The vegetation around you is lush and is home to rich wildlife. You may have the chance to see monkeys, peacocks, buffaloes or a crocodile. After lunch, leave for a boat trip on the lake and enjoy the hotel. Dinner at your leisure.

Horses, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Horseback riding through the villages and climb the Sigiriya Lion Rock

The morning begins with a horseback ride through the villages. Pass vegetable gardens, banana plantations, large areas of tall grasses, an elephant territory. You are approaching Sigiriya, which you will be able to see, a massive rock of more than 200 meters high. After a picnic break, visit Sigiriya, whose massive rock is nicknamed "lion rock" because of the lion body that was carved from the rock. Your guide will show you the different parts of the site: gardens, natural caves, frescoes of the Demoiselles and the ruins of the Kasyapa Palace at the top. Dinner at your leisure.

Botanical Garden, Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Visit Temple of the Tooth and Botanical Garden
Sigiriya To Kandy

Departure for Kandy, the last royal capital of the island, which preserves an aristocratic atmosphere. Discover the city center on foot, starting with the Temple of the Tooth. This sacred Buddhist temple is richly decorated and houses the relic of the Buddha's tooth. Afterwards take a walk around the lake (about 4km) and discover the vegetable market. This market, very busy and sometimes crowded with touts, is worth the detour for the diversity of its products and its atmosphere. In the afternoon, visit the 60-hectare Peradeniya Botanical Garden on the banks of the Mahaweli River. You will discover cannonball trees, the beautiful royal palm alley, a collection of magnificent orchids and colorful flower beds. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Horses, Tea plantations, Sri Lanka
Horseback ride in the tea plantations
Kandy To Nuwara Eliya

Leave for Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's highest city known for being the country's vegetable garden. On the way, you can stop to admire Ramboda Waterfalls and the lookout which offers a beautiful view of the valley and Kothmale reservoir. Nuwara Eliya, which enjoys very mild temperatures, is a former English holiday resort now very popular with Sri Lankans in the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year period in April. You will find your horses at the racetrack and go horseback riding in the tea plantations. Your route takes you to Gregory Lake through pretty, sometimes narrow trails. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Visit a tea factory
Nuwara Eliya

Today continue your journey in the tea plantations, towards Pattipola. Go down to Nuwara Eliya for lunch and visit a tea factory. Discover the secrets of making this famous beverage and then enjoy some free time in the city. Take a walk in Victoria Park and discover the indoor market. Dinner at your leisure.

Safari, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka
Safari in Udawalawe
Nuwara Eliya To Udawalawe

Today, you will leave the mountainous region and head south. Reach Udawalawe National Park and go on a jeep safari. This savannah-themed park is home to herds of elephants, buffaloes, monkeys, deer, deer, crocodiles and many birds. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Horses, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
Horseback riding around Tissamaharama
Udawalawe To Tissamaharama

Early in the morning, leave Udawalawe for Tissamaharama. As soon as you arrive, go for an equestrian hike in this region with wild landscapes. Then settle at your eco-cottage. You will spend the night close to the horses, your room being right next to the paddocks. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 1.5 hours
Galle, Sri Lanka
Horseback ride along a lake and visit Galle Fort
Tissamaharama To Colombo

Leave for a last morning on horseback at Lunugamvehera reservoir. Pass through banana crops and villages to arrive near the artificial lake. This setting is also perfect for watching birds. Return to your accommodations for lunch before taking the road to Colombo. Along the way you can take a break and visit the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner at your leisure.

Travel duration - 6 hours
Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo to Bandaranaike Airport
Colombo To Bandaranaike Airport

After breakfast at the hotel, discover the economic capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, which for a long time was a port located on the old trade routes and still has a colonial influence. Discover the neighborhood of the Portuguese fort, British colonial houses but also Galle Face Green or Gangaramaya temple. It is also an opportunity to enjoy the shops before leaving. Your driver then will take you to the airport. We hope you enjoyed your trip!

Travel duration - 1 hour
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I am proud to be from Sri Lanka, a country rich in diversity, a country with many incredible historical sites, lush forests, beautiful mountains, idyllic beaches and majestic flora and fauna. I come from a small mountain town where you can admire this lush nature and breathtaking scenery. My region offers many places off-the-beaten-path for unique experiences. After spending a few years in France, I decided to return to my home country and join the tourism industry in 2012. My passion is to create authentic tours for my clients to explore the island and leave with unforgettable memories of the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

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DURATION 13 Days   FROM USD 3615