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Group Size: Avg 12-16
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, learn how to cook Sri Lankan food, 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 funky boutique hotels and glamping resorts!
Day 1: Arrive into 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, where you’ll spend the night in a picturesque ‘glamping’ resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.
Day 3: Temples, villages and Sigyria Rock. Discover the majestic Golden Temple Cave, before making your way to a local village, where you’ll learn how to prepare delicious Sri Lankan cuisine and enjoy a local boat cruise. This evening, watch a magnificent sunset over the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Breakfast and lunch included.
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. Breakfast included.
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, before hiking to a spectacular local waterfall. 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! Breakfast included.
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. Breakfast included.
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! Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 8: Safari. Discover Udawalawe National Park on safari. Watch the sunrise over the sweeping highlands of the park, and watch free roaming wildlife in the slanting morning sunlight. This afternoon, journey to the south coast and hit some tropical beaches. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 9: Learn to Surf. This morning, you’ll enjoy some chill out time on one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches, before hopping 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. Breakfast included.
Day 10: Galle & Buddhist Monastery. Step back in time today with a visit to the world heritage city of Galle. Stroll past old 17th Century Dutch colonial buildings, beautiful mosques, cosy cafes and artistic boutiques, and watch the amazing stilt fishermen out on the ocean. After lunch, you’ll visit a nearby Buddhist Monastery and gain a unique insight into Buddhist ways of life. Breakfast included.
Day 11: Colombo. Your fantastic Sri Lankan experience has almost come to an end! Spend the morning making the most of the beautiful beaches on the south coast before travelling up to the colourful capital, Colombo. Tonight, enjoy an included farewell dinner with the group. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 12: Tour Ends. Your tour comes to an end today in Colombo. Time to say goodbye to your group and head to the 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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