A school trip to Sri Lanka is an educational experience your students will never forget!

Sri Lanka is an incredibly diverse island which lies in the Indian Ocean. Its rich culture has been influenced by the various different religions, ethnicities and languages prevalent on the island.

This spectacular country has a documented history spanning three millennia and harbours evidence of human settlement from even further back in time. This history has combined with the diversity of the people living here to create one of the world’s richest cultures. There are no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore here, including the breathtaking Sigiriya rock fortress, which is believed to be one of the oldest examples of ancient urban planning in the world.

Suggested Itinerary (10 days, 8 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Overnight flight to Sri Lanka

2

Group to be met on arrivaland transferred to hotel

Visit to Muthurajawela Marsh Land

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

3

After breakfast, depart for Sigiraya

Visit the palace complex

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

4

After breakfast transfer to Kandy

Visit the temples of Kandy

Enjoy a cultural dance performance

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

5

Visit to Tea Factory

Visit to Nuwara Eliya to see the waterfalls and the city

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

6

Depart for Horton Plains National Park

Continue to Udawalawe via Ella

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

7

Visit Thanamlwila village and spend time at the local school, where you can interact with the students in some lessons

Learn about the local agricultural economy with a tuk-tuk ride and canoeing on the lake

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

8

Early morning jeep safari in Yala National Park

Continue to Ussangoda via Galle Dutch Fort

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

9

Transfer from Galle to Colombo

Colombo city tour

Farewell dinner at local restaurant or accommodation

10

Return flight to the UK

Arrive back in the UK

10 days, 8 nights Price from £1,499 pp
  • 24-hour assistance from Halsbury Travel in the UK
  • 8 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Airport tax and passenger duty at current rates
  • Airport transfers in resort
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Local English-speaking guide during the tour
  • Programme as listed inclusive of transport and entrance fees
  • Return flights from London
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators

Accommodation

Tour Highlights

Horton Plains National Park

Visit Horton Plains National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Horton Plains National Park is in Sri Lanka’s central highlands. Covered by montane grassland and cloud forest, the park is famed for its biodiversity and cool, wet climate.

It’s also famous for the spectacular World’s End. This is where the plateau comes to an abrupt end, with the escarpment suddenly plunging 880m.

There’s a wide variety of wildlife to see in the park, from monkeys to mongooses, sambar deer and leopards. And the park is even home to its own species of slender loris!

Did you know?

Horton Plains National Park is the perfect place in which to talk about man’s impact on the environment around him. This is the only national park in Sri Lanka which isn’t home to a herd of elephants, because the resident population was hunted to extinction by British colonialists.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Visit Sigiriya

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is an iconic symbol of Sri Lanka and an incredible example of ancient urban planning.

As far back as the 3rd century BCE, the rock was used as a Buddhist monastery. Then, in the late 5th century CE, King Kasyapa selected the site for his new royal residence.

Despite sitting on a huge rock 200m high, the complex boasts some incredible landscaped gardens, consisting of water gardens, cave and boulder gardens and terraced gardens. And there’s a complex hydraulic system to water them which include fountains that may well be some of the oldest in the world.

Did you know?

Sigiriya gets its name from the huge stone lion that formed the entrance to the complex. Sigiriya comes from the word Sihagri, which means Lion Rock. You can still see the lion’s feet today, although sadly the rest has been destroyed over time.

Kandy City Tour, Sri Lanka

Take a tour of Kandy

The last capital of the ancient kings’ era and home to the Temple of the Tooth, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this tour will teach your students more about Sri Lankan history and culture.

Thanks to its location in Sri Lanka’s mountainous Central Province, Kandy remained fiercely independent after much of the rest of the country had fallen to European colonialists. Resisting the Dutch and then Portuguese colonists from the 16 th century, Kandy only fell to the British in the 19 th century. This allowed the city to preserve its unique culture and traditions. 

A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - one of the holiest shrines for Sri Lankan Buddhists, who believe they must visit at least once in their lifetimes.

Did you know?

The tooth of the aforementioned Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is said to be that of Gautama Buddha, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The tooth was retrieved from his funeral pyre by a disciple and eventually made its way to Sri Lanka.

Educational Activities

Degaldoruwa Cave Temple

Degaldoruwa Cave Temple

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Built in 1771 by King Rajadi Rajasinha, the Degaldoruwa Cave Temple is located in the small village of Amunugama, just… Read More

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

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Horton Plains National Park, a World Heritage Site perched on the southern edge of the Central highlands consists of montane… Read More

Kandy City Tour

Kandy City Tour

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Former capital of the kings of Sri Lanka, make sure you see all the treasures of Kandy with a guided… Read More

Muthurajawela the Swamp of Royal Treasure

Muthurajawela the Swamp of Royal Treasure

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Estimated to be around 7,000 years old, Muthurajawela is a large swamp in southern Negombo. Muthurajawela means 'swamp of royal… Read More

Sigiraya

Sigiraya

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The most visited historic site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage… Read More

Yala National Park

Yala National Park

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Famous for the diversity of wildlife living there, Yala National Park, on the country's southeastern coast is a must-see on… Read More

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