Sri Lanka Intro
Mountains, beaches and jungles!
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Group Size: Avg 12-15
Trip code: SLIN
Duration: 12 days
Experience the very best of Sri Lanka on this fantastic 12 day group tour. Taking in all of the country’s biggest and best highlights, you’ll get involved with unique activities and unforgettable excursions. Explore Negombo by tuk tuk, visit a local village, ride the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, go on safari in Udawalawe National Park, discover the historic streets of Galle, & much more! This is the perfect introduction to this amazing country, plus you’ll be staying in unique accommodation, including eco-retreats, riverside glampsites and funky boutique hotels with pools!
- Explore the tea plantations and pick tea with the locals
- Hike up Little Adam’s Peak and drink in the stunning Sri Lankan landscape
- Spot herds of free roaming elephants on an amazing sunrise wildlife safari
- Relax on Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches and learn to surf
- Visit a local Buddhist Monastery, spend time with the monks and learn about their way of life
Day 1: Arrive in Sri Lanka. Touch down into Colombo airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation in Negombo. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight, lazing by the sea and meeting the rest of your group.
Day 2: Negombo/Dambulla. Today, you’ll hit the streets of Negombo in a classic form of Asian transport: a tuk tuk. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this city and explore the bustling local fish market. You’ll then journey north to the beautiful town of Dambulla.
Day 3: Temples, villages and Sigirya Rock. This morning take in the views over the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Then make your way to a local village, where you’ll cruise the waterways by boat, then see how delicious Sri Lankan cuisine is prepared, and even try it for lunch!
Day 4: Colourful Kandy. Journey south towards Kandy, stopping off to visit a fragrant spice garden. Visit the magnificent white-walled Temple of the Tooth and then explore the streets of Kandy.
Day 5: Scenic Train to Ella. Travel south through lush green tea fields. You’ll stop off at a tea factory and learn how to pick and make tea like the locals. You’ll then climb aboard the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. This train journey has been described as the best journey in the world!
Day 6: Little Adam’s Peak. Enjoy free time this morning to chill out and wander the sleepy streets of Ella. This afternoon, hike up Little Adam’s Peak and gaze out at the jaw-dropping views of green mountain slopes and plunging valleys. After our epic hike, you can enjoy a night out in town with your group.
Day 7: Udawalawe National Park. Today, you’ll tick off a must-see Sri Lankan highlight: the incredible Nine Arch Bridge. You’ll then continue south to Udawalawe National Park, which is home to elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, and more!
Day 8: Safari. Discover Udawalawe National Park on safari this morning. Watch the sunrise over the sweeping highlands of the park, and watch free roaming wildlife in the slanting morning sunlight. This afternoon, take a stop along the coast at Hiriketiya before journeying to our gorgeous ec-resort in Tallala.
Day 9: Tallala Eco Retreat. Today is all about rest and relaxation, as you chill out in the amazing beachside location. Try out some optional yoga sessions, or just grab a coconut and stretch out under a palm tree!
Day 10: Learn to Surf. This morning, you’ll hop along the coast to the laid-back sands of Welligama Beach. Here, you’ll learn to surf like a pro with an included surf lesson. Then take in the views from Coconut Tree Hill viewpoint before heading onto Mirissa.
Day 11: Buddhist Monastery Visit. Today, you’ll visit a nearby Buddhist Monastery and gain a unique insight into Buddhist ways of life. Spend time with student monks, before heading back to Mirissa for a farewell meal on the beach with your group, and one last night out together!
Day 12: Tour Ends. Your tour comes to an end today in Mirissa. Time to say goodbye to your group and head to Colombo airport. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. Your trip guide will be on hand to help you organise onward travel.
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Most expensive: £1,191 December, 2023
Arrange your flight to arrive into Colombo Airport any time on day 1, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation in Negombo. If you wish to arrive a few days early, you will still be entitled to a free pick up, but extra accommodation will be at your own cost. Speak to a travel advisor for more information.
The tour ends in Mirissa on day 12. You can leave any time. There is a free bus that will travel back to Colombo from Mirissa that will leave on the morning of day 12 and arrive in the late afternoon, then a taxi to the airport from Colombo will cost around £15. You should not book any flights that depart from Colombo before 7pm on day 12.
11 nights of twin-share accommodation are included on this group tour. You will stay in a combination of hotels and eco-retreats, including a night in a riverside glampsite in Udawalawe National Park and two nights in a beautiful boutique hotel with lush grounds and an outdoor pool in Sigiriya.
11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of Sri Lanka’s delicious local cuisine!
Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations as well. In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, we ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you on this trip.
The minimum age to join this tour is 18. This trip is designed for those aged 18-39.
All tourists visiting Sri Lanka can apply for a 180-day visa through the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) website. The fee for this is 50 USD. You can also obtain an on-arrival visa in Colombo Airport at a cost of 60 USD, but this visa will only be for 30 days. If you are planning to stay in Sri Lanka for longer than 30 days, we recommend that you apply for your visa in advance, so you don't have to extend your visa with the Immigration Department during your stay.