Wonders of Sri Lanka

January 2019 • 13 Days • Price TBA

Optional Extension to Taj Mahal, India available!

Sri Lanka is an island nation off the southern coast of India, blessed with an abundance of wildlife and home to an ancient civilization famous for its diversity.

We have over 50 travelers signed up for Sri Lanka and will likely offer 2 departures, the first in January and the second in March of 2019. Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this 2019 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

The name “Ceylon” is one from our childhood that brings up romantic images of tea plantations, herds of Asian elephants, verdant jungle vegetation, and pristine Indian Ocean beaches. It turns out there’s a lot more!

We are planning to offer this new walking adventure in Sri Lanka for January of 2019. January is a good weather month to visit this part of the Indian Ocean – the rains have subsided (Sri Lanka is the recipient of two monsoon seasons), the vegetation is lush, and wild animals are active, both on land and in the ocean.

Guide Dan Friesen took a scouting trip to Sri Lanka in October 2017, going on site to work with local partners to design a unique approach to Sri Lanka, the Walking Adventures WAY, using walks to uncover connections between history, culture and natural wonders! More details on this itinerary will be available in the winter of 2018.


  • Yala National Park – where a game drive gives us a chance to see the elusive leopard (Sri Lanka has the highest concentration in the world ), and some of the more than 200 bird species.
  • Nuwara Eliya – home of traditional tea plantations in the central highlands.
  • Anuradhapura – an ancient sacred city dating back to the 3rd century BC, first abandoned, then reclaimed by the forest, and finally rediscovered during the age of Portuguese and British colonialism.
  • Minneriya National Park – known for its herd of Asian elephants.
  • Kandy – gateway to the central highlands with their rubber and tea plantations. This was the major filming site for Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom.
  • Galle – with its impressive 17th century fort designed by Dutch colonists, today it’s known for its artist colony and Sri Lanka’s oldest lighthouse.
  • Sigiriya – an archeological fortress dating back to the 3rd century BC, this ancient city is isolated high on Lion’s Rock and considered by many to be the number #1 “don’t miss” site in Sri Lanka.

We are developing this new itinerary! More details will be available shortly.


  • All land travel
  • Tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • Tips for guides/coach drivers and group meals

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers


Strategically located Tourist Class hotels or better


Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.


Not Included. Travelers will be met at the starting hotel.


Included. We use full-size motorcoaches.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guide

Dan Friesen, WAI GuideDan Friesen has been guiding tours for over 20 years on all 7 continents. He has hiked the Great Wall of China, hobnobbed with penguins in Antarctica, felt the spray of Iguazu Falls in Brazil, yodeled from the heights of the Swiss Alps, and walked the ruins of majestic Machu Picchu. Dan will be accompanied by an assistant on this tour. He looks forward to exploring the Wonders of Sri Lanka with you!


We are developing this new itinerary! More details will be available shortly.

More Details

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

If you’d like to join us for our first-ever Adventure to Sri Lanka, contact us with your Early Bird!

Call or mail in your Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.

The January 2019 departure to Sri Lanka is currently full, but space is still available on the March 2019 departure!

Traveler Discounts

Our travel savings program is being revised for 2019 trips – more details will be available soon!

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain.  The explanation for this system is presented below.


1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.


A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.

We look forward to sharing the amazing wildlife and lush countryside of Sri Lanka with you in 2019!