Sri Lanka experience
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka might be known as ‘The Teardrop of India’, but there’ll be nothing but tears of joy on this life-changing 12-day adventure across one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Highlights include the most scenic train journey on the planet, dinner with monks, a visit to a tea plantation, a sunrise elephant safari, and a trip to the famous Sigiriya rock fortress.
Please note that the recommended age is 18 - 40+.
- 11 nights / 12 days accommodation (twin-share)
- Explore tea plantations and learn to pick tea with locals
- Scramble up little Adam’s Peak and snap the Insta-famous Nine Arches Bridge
- Spot water buffalo, crocodiles and herds of wild elephants on a sunrise safari
- Learn to surf or kick back and relax at Welligama Beach
- Visit a Buddhist Monastery and help local monk students to improve their English.
Valid for Departures
- 12 Jan 2022
- 26 Jan 2022
- 13 Feb 2022
- 27 Feb 2022
- 13 Mar 2022
Itinerary & Map
Landing in Colombo, we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to your beach front hotel in Negombo. Meet up with your travel crew and get ready to see the real Sri Lanka.
This morning we’ll jump into tuk-tuks to explore the pretty seaside town of Negombo, stopping off to visit the local fish markets. We’ll then head north to the serene and sacred town of Dambulla, where we’ll check in to our glamping resort. With comfy beds, aircon, WiFi and ensuites, we doubt you’ve ever done camping like this before.
- Breakfast and lunch.
Today we’ll take in views of the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress as we climb the towering rock adjacent, with 360 degrees views from the top. We’ll then head to a local village to understand how small rural communities live, before hopping on board a cruise where we’ll be treated to a cooking demonstration and a delicious lunch, courtesy of the local village women.
- Breakfast and lunch
It’s goodbye Dambulla and hello Kandy today as we head south to the cultural centre of Sri Lanka, stopping along the way to visit a spice garden. Once in Kandy, we’ll head out to visit the fascinating Temple of the Tooth. Dinner and drinks tonight will give us the chance to experience Kandy’s nightlife offerings.
Our southern journey continues today, surrounded by lush and green tea plantations stretching across the landscape. We’ll be stopping to get a closer look and learn the art of tea picking, and brewing, from local pickers. Then it’s ‘all aboard’ for world’s most scenic train journeys, bound for the picturesque township of Ella.
- Breakfast and lunch.
You’ll have time to yourself this morning to relax and explore the pretty town of Ella. Maybe treat yourself to a traditional massage, or curl up with a book and cup of local tea. In the afternoon we’ll then be lacing up our trainers for a hike to Little Adam’s Peak, where the views are stunning.
Get your cameras ready, as this morning we’ll be making a stop at Nine Arches Bridge, one of the most Insta-famous places in all of Sri Lanka. We’ll then continue south to Udawalawe National Park, where we’ll check in to our beautiful hotel located right on the edge of the park.
Travelling by jeep at sunrise we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the free roaming wild elephants, plus other species like crocodiles, buffalo and bird life. In the afternoon we’ll head to the beachside oasis of Dikwella, where we’ll finish the day watching the sunset whilst enjoying a BBQ.
- Breakfast and dinner.
This morning we arrive at our beachfront eco-retreat in gorgeous Tallala. The aim of today is to do as little or as much as you want. Yoga is an option, or you could just snooze under a palm tree next a secluded beach.
We’ll be stopping off at Welligama Beach this morning for a private surf lesson. We’ll then check in to our beach front hotel in Mirissa, our home for the next two nights.
Saving one of the best experiences till last, today we’ll be heading to a Buddhist Monastery to take part in a cultural exchange with the local monk students. We’ll learn about their way of life, and in return we’ll help them practice their English. Tonight and in celebration of our last evening together, we’ll be treating you to a farewell dinner on the beach.
- Breakfast and dinner.
Your unforgettable 12-day adventure comes to an end today. Those flying home will make their way to the airport, or keep living the dream and extend your stay in Sri Lanka with our help and the new friends you’ve made.
- Personal expenses
- Tips on excursions
- Meals not specified
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Any applicable visas.
- All accommodation is twin share.
- Solo travellers will be accommodated in a twin share room (two beds) with another traveller of the same gender.
- Please note that due to the nature of this tour it is only suitable for adults 18 - 40+ years old.
- The accommodation featured are the usual properties. At certain locations, we may use alternative accommodation (of equal standard) when needed.